Featured post

Flower Festival

Flower ShowThe Flower Festival at St Andrews Church will be held from Saturday May 28th to Monday May 30th, 10am until 5pm. The theme this year is “Anniversaries” and everyone is welcome to come and view all the displays. Plus the Scarecrows made by the Brookside School students which will line the Church path.. Refreshments will be provided and if anyone would like to sponsor an arrangement please call Sheila Taylor on 272344.  Donations much appreciated.

Castlebrook Inn – Community Questionnaire included in the Parish News Letter.


The pub has been open again for just over a year. We are aware that only about 10% of parishioners regularly use the Pub. We do not want to see our Village Pub closed again, and Nicki and Wes are keen that it is at the centre of the community.
The Parish Council would like to hear from people what they like / don’t like about the pub and what would make them more likely to use it in the future.


Please complete it and put it in the box in the Post Office
or speak to a parish councillor.

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.18.00 Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.19.27


European Union REFERENDUM DEBATE Event – IN or OUT ?

at St Michael and All Angels Church, Market Place,

Somerton TA11 7NB

Saturday 4th June at 7:30 pm

All Welcome – Admission Free
Donations to the church charity Burkina Faso Fund

Jacob Rees-Mogg for OUT

Mark Holdsworth for Conservative IN

St Michael and All Angels Church is located in the heart of Somerton
https://www.google.com/…/@51.054232,-2.72843…/data=!3m1!1e3…Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 17.33.04


Sunday June the 5th at 10:00amScreen Shot 2016-05-25 at 09.21.44

at St Andrew’s Church

Bring your pet to Church to a special service and your teddy bear

(or other soft toy) for a parachute jump from the tower.

WI Report – May 2016

Our Speaker, Kay Coombes, had the most inspiring personality and this came over in her talk Knitted Knockers. Kay, a single mother working in the tax office, told of her experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A lump in her armpit, leading to a mammogram showing lump in her breast, biopsy – cancerous. Kay has a particular form of cancer, normal drugs ineffective , following her first round of chemo her hair disappeared between Christmas and New Year.Her son felt very insecure and Kay involved him in her treatment  as much as she could, he shaved her head and became the man of the house, taking over lots of little chores.

Radiotherapy treatment at the local Beacon Centre, Kay returned to work, her hair had grown back but blood tests showed a risk of further cancer and Kay underwent  double mastectomy plus removal of her ovaries.Complications following surgery prompted Kay to join support groups online,leading to her discovery of an American based company Knitted Knockers. A knitted knocker is simply a knitted prosthesis as opposed to one made of silicon.A simple idea perhaps why has no-one thought of it before?  This product has changed the lives of many women. U K orders are dealt with by a group of lady knitters in the U K so despatch is swift. Kay polished her knitting skills and started a knitting group. Knitted Knockers are soft and comfortable, the latest innovation is a knocker suitable for insertion into swimming costumes. These are made from acrylic yarn and stuffed with sponge as opposed to knitted with pure cotton yarn and stuffed with material used to stuff toys. It must be emphasised that knitters originally met all the costs of materials and postage but following strenuous efforts to raise funds and to be adopted as a charity, costs can now be met. No charge is made to the recipient,every order is individually made to measure and a knocker can come in any colour, with or without a nipple, leading to the slogan “nipple on your knocker”.

Kay’s work led to four of her ladies being invited to an event at the Cabinet Office dealing with funding for charities etc.Expecting a slap up lunch, the bacon butty on offer was a bit of a let down but the cream tea later made up for it.Interviewed on B BC Breakfast Show, meeting Esther Rantzen and Lionel Blair boosted the publicity and last year, on her

birthday, Kay received the news that her Knitted Knockers has been given charity status.

This product will always be free to anyone who has had cancer and not everyone can have reconstructory surgery.Kay uses Facebook to contact people but also has a website, Knitted Knockers UK.

Mary Badman gave a heartfelt thank you to Kay, we were given much to think about and were impressed by her products.

Annual General Meeting 2016

Our 86th Annual General Meeting followed the speaker, Trish Cox unanimously voted to continue in the post of President.

Pat Maddaford presented the financial statement.  In her report, Trish thanked everyone for their continued support,the committee members, Wendy for press reports, Gill and Sue for teas, Gill for skittles and Anthea for drama.

Janet, our secretary, commented on the very varied programme over the last 15 months, on average we have 33 members with attendance averaging 24.Scrabble, Ladies Who Lunch Short Mat Bowls continue to flourish. Individual triumphs, Julie Gordon with the Christmas Quiz and Sally Walker winning the W I Shield for Cookery with her Boiled Fruit Cake.We were defeated in the semi final of the County Skittle Cup but were victorious in the Short Mat Bowls Competition.Julie Gordon attended the Royal Garden Party, we took part in the Group Concert and exchanged visits with Bucklers Mead W I. Janet said this is just a small snapshot of our activities and appealed to us to keep going for at least another three years when we will be 90  years old.Angie thanked  Janet and Trish for all their efforts and this concluded the Annual General Meeting.


Resolutions were discussed and voted on, food waste resolution was passed but we abstained on the resolution dealing with care with dementia patients in hospitals.

It has been agreed to donate  £50 to the Denman Appeal.

Skittles: Match against Ashcott won by 9 pins. Forthcoming matches, Thursday 12 May v Middlezoy at Moorlynch, Thursday 16 June v Walton Street Inn 8 p m.

A group visited Pittard’s Leather Factory at Yeovil followed by lunch at a nearby hostelry. Angie and Wendy attended the Roadshow at Croscombe. Mary and Wendy will join Puriton W I at the birthday party. A visit to Midney Gardens is planned for August.Ladies Who Lunch meet at the Crown and Victoria Tintinhull Friday May 20.

Thankyou received from Val Day for the delicious brownies taken by  Mary to speed Val’s recovery from her recent surgery, good news here we are pleased to report. Edna joined us as a visitor and thanks go to Nicky Wisniewski who acted as invigilator for the

Presidential voting.Julie appealed for help with the forthcoming Flower Festival. The competition for a knitted article was won by Joan Carbin who was complimented by the judge on her high standard of work, second was  Christina and third, Trish Cox. The Flower of the month was won by Janet Davies.

Next month’s speaker Jan McNeill My Life at Sea,  competition, Anything Nautical.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – April 2016

A celebratory cake commemorating the Queen’s forthcoming 90th birthday, made by Mary Burt and tastefully decorated by her granddaughter Carly was on display, later to be consumed at cup of tea time. Sally asked for a round of applause for Julie Gordon who achieved 3rd place in the recent County Christmas quiz. The correspondence included renewed invitations to visit N F W I

headquarters in London and the opportunity to enter a competition to transform a bra into a  hanging basket –  a bracket.It is hoped Sally will work the oracle here.

Next month voting takes place on the two chosen resolutions. Skittles recommence April 25 when we meet Ashcott W I

at the Street Inn. The designated speaker was unable to come but will visit us next month when the competition will be for a knitted article.Trish thanked everyone who supported her recent coffee morning resulting in donating £350 to St Margaret’s Hospice at Yeovil.

Simon Dore, accompanied by his wife, Allie, stepped into the breach caused by our speaker and took us on a tour he and Allie had taken three years ago celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary. The most striking thing about India is the colour and the birds.

Delhi, a brief history, Hindu and Mongul Architecture. Simon and Allie decided to go into the centre of Delhi on the Underground, having been assured that local people did not use it. The station was deserted, boarded the train but as each station en route was reached, more and more people crammed into the carriages, sardines in a tin had nothing on this. Trying to get back to the hotel was even worse, and Simon and Allie resorted to the local cycle rickshaws.

In a Sikh temple 2,500 people are provided with a free meal every day. Because of many fireworks etc being lit at festivals, the smog was incredible, the sky always yellow. On to Agna where the fort had once had a moat in which crocodiles were kept.

Then to the Taj Mahal, where tourists were given precedence over local people, the former paying a much higher entrance fee.

Bharatpur was reached by train, just to experience Indian railways, sharing a carriage with three men who were fast asleep and remained so. The area is very similar to the Somerset Levels, with lots of birds.Staying at a very luxurious hotel, at Ranihamshore Tiger Reserve, Simon actually saw the tail of a tiger disappearing into the undergrowth.A ride on an elephant took them to Amber Fort and at Jaipur the wedding season was in full swing.At Jodphur a bullock cart ride took Simon and Allie to an open air meal on the edge of a Stepwell, a swimming pool with steps down to get into it.Lit by 1,000s of candles, very atmospheric. Suddenly, they were seized upon and given head and shoulder massage, very painful apparently. Home by Jeep.

Ruby Wedding celebrations at Pleasure Island, being showered by rose petals and wined and dined with champagne and chocolate cake, the latter organised by their son.

Gill thanked Simon and Allie and expressed the hope, on behalf of all of us, that Simon will return at some future date to bring us up to date with news of their more recent visit to another part of India.

The competition for the prettiest bra was bravely judged by Simon with Pat M the winner with Wendy second and Angie C third.

The Flower of the month competition was won by Joan Carbin with Narcissus.

Wendy Edwards.