Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Halloween weekend

Halloween weekend is fast approaching and while many of us love a fun scare and a bit of trick or treating, with coronavirus cases still high across Somerset, Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about things they can do whilst having fun, to help control the spread of the virus.
This year, everyone is encouraged to enjoy Halloween sensibly by taking very simple steps to ensure they do not spread coronavirus over the coming weekend.
This includes trying to stay in household groups if heading out trick or treating, wash or clean hands regularly and avoiding sharing treats with other households.
Other infection control measures advised are regular testing (even when you don’t have symptoms), including before attending parties or crowded events, wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, and opening windows to ensure good ventilation.
Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “Coronavirus isn’t a trick, and catching it is certainly not a treat. We want people to have fun over the Halloween weekend, but with a recent rise in cases across Somerset, we must ask everyone to do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
“It is a case of individuals making small changes to how they have fun to help prevent the spread of the virus to others.  This is so important now ahead of winter with other infections that come with this time of year, like flu.  We need everyone to take sensible control measures to help bring our very high case rates of Covid-19 down, we can only do this if we all act collectively.”
Cllr Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Education and Public Health at Somerset County Council, said: “With high case rates of Covid-19  in Somerset, it is very clear that coronavirus is still with us. Don’t forget, some people won’t exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus, so you should take a test even if you feel fine.
“If you take a lateral flow test and the result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test to confirm the result.
“With other winter bugs going around at the moment, even if it’s not coronavirus, you might think twice before knocking on neighbours’ doors if you’re not feeling well. Stay home with a scary movie instead!”
To order your lateral flow tests, please call 119, order a test online at or collect them at a local pharmacy with a collection code (

For more information visit Somerset County Council/coronavirus

Citizens Advice Sedgemoor has moved

Due to damage caused by flooding to their offices, Citizens Advice Sedgemoor has moved to Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater TA6 7AS.
This is an administrative base for staff and advice on an appointment basis only.

Citizens Advice continue to help all clients and can be reached on freephone 0808 2787 842 or by email or visit their website

Advice will be provided by phone, email, webchat or face to face by appointment.

Improve your mobile phone coverage

A scheme to improve mobile phone coverage in rural parts of Devon and Somerset is being expanded.

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has announced that its Mobile Boost Programme, which aims to upgrade indoor 4G coverage in “not-spot” areas, now includes a greater choice of equipment.

The initiative, which is being funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSWLEP) Growth Deal, aims to improve the quality of mobile phone calls and connectivity. It’s targeting small businesses and households in rural communities who currently have inadequate coverage, or have access to only one provider and are currently struggling with connectivity.

Businesses and households can apply for a voucher of up to £1,200 towards the cost of a mobile signal booster from a registered supplier. The value of the voucher will be dependent on the type of technology most suitable for the premises.

There are now three options of equipment available – these are a 4G booster and two models of “signal repeaters” which repeat the outdoor signal indoors. Suppliers will be able to advise on the most appropriate option.

Businesses and residents applying through the scheme will be required to make a contribution to cover the cost of installation. Depending on the option chosen, this will range from a one-off fee from around £200 to a monthly fee for a SIM card (averaging around £30 a month).

Link to Connecting Devon and Somerset here

Nether Stowey School seeks new Governors

Would you like to give back to your community and have a positive impact on the lives of local children?

Nether Stowey C.E. V.C. Primary School has 2 vacancies on the Governing Board:

1. Governor to join the Business Committee of the Board.

2. Foundation Governor. 

For the Business Committee role, we are not looking for a finance expert, just someone with an understanding of budgets, commercial contracts and monitoring of such.

For the Foundation Governor role, it is not required that an applicant be a Church-goer, simply that the individual will monitor that the school’s Christian basis is being upheld.

School Governors come from all walks of life and they bring different skills to help our children and our community thrive.

The time commitment is approximately 2 meetings of 1-2 hours every 4-6 weeks plus some extra hours each month to read relevant documents. Meeting timings are flexible to suit the governors. Training is provided and this is a fabulous opportunity to gain new skills and really make a difference to your community.

For more information, please contact

Ruth Richardson, Clerk to the Governors or 01278 229 682

Mill Lane Road Safety

This is call to action for villagers and residents to join forces to create a safer route to school and the village by improving road signage, speed restrictions and safe footpaths with a 20mph limit.

There will be paper petitions to sign situated at the village library, local shops – the more signatures we can collect the greater the chance of implementing change and even quite possibly saving lives in the future.
For more information on how you can help please contact Tina Muir by e-mail here.

If you would be interested in joining a Community Speedwatch team please contact the Clerk at More information about Community Speedwatch is available here.

Click here to sign the petition online


The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. All are welcome.

The agenda is available here: October agenda

Draft minutes:
Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 13 September 2021

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend but are not public meetings. In order to facilitate contributions by members of the public there is a public session at the beginning of the formal meeting. 
During the public session, members of the public are welcome to address the Council on any matter relating to the agenda or on any other matter that they would like the Parish Council to consider at a future date. It is helpful if you inform the Chairman or the Clerk beforehand of any matter you wish to raise, so that the Clerk can have to hand any necessary information. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on an agenda in advance.
At the end of the public participation session, the Chairman will resume the formal meeting under standing orders.

Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting of the Council to conduct Council business. They are not permitted to enter into the debate of agenda items unless invited by the Chairman. In this case, he will temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow that person (only) to speak.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (re-adopted on 6 May 2021). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Grants and support for budding young business people in Somerset

Funding is available from Somerset Community Foundation for young people, from two grants programmes:

•           Enterprise Grants

•           Training and Employment Support Grants

Both programmes are open to young people who live in Somerset.

Enterprise Grants are for those not in employment, education or training, aged 18-30 to launch their business idea or to support their business in its early stages. This money could be used to pay for things like equipment, materials, stock and services to help get their business up and running. Grants for up to £1,000 are available from this programme.

Training and Employment Support Grants could help a young person aged 16-30 with the cost of essential items for training or apprenticeships, or to start a new job. This could include the cost of a course, a laptop, tools or clothing, or transport costs. Grants for up to £500 are available from this programme.

Gina, from Taunton, received an Enterprise grant of £1,000 for her online business The Notion Box (, which provides haberdashery (or notions) boxes comprising a complete kit of sewing essentials. Gina said: “The grant has already made a massive difference, allowing me to produce three types of Notion Boxes including a special design for Christmas. Being able to have more designs available on my Etsy shop has helped to move my business forward immediately.”

She added: “The grant has been more than just a financial support; Somerset Community Foundation has offered additional business mentoring too which I hope to learn so much from.”

Grants awarded from the two funds have included safety clothing and tools, beauty equipment and uniform, laptops, kit for a photography business, and supplies for a gift card business.

Kirsty Campbell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be opening up this fund again for applications.

“Whether you need an extra bit of money to help get your new business off the ground, are starting a new job after a period of unemployment or are taking a course at college or an apprenticeship – we’d like to help if we can. It’s amazing the difference these grants can make.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 November, 2021. For more information visit: or if you have any questions, please contact Kirsty Campbell by emailing or by calling 01749 344949. 

Somerset Community Foundation is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.

Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £15 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.