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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.citizensadvicesedgemoor.org.uk
Advice will be provided by phone, email, webchat or face to face by appointment.
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).
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 email@example.com or 01278 229 682
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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.
The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. All are welcome.
The agenda is available here: October agenda
Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 13 September 2021
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):
- Electronic Communications Apparatus, A39 (near Lime St/Stogursey Ln junction), Nether Stowey – Application for the Prior Approval of the proposed installation of 15.0m Monopole C/W wrapround Cabinet and associated works (Revised application)
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.
Funding is available from Somerset Community Foundation for young people, from two grants programmes:
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 (www.etsy.com/shop/thenotionbox), 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: www.somersetcf.org.uk/grants-individuals or if you have any questions, please contact Kirsty Campbell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
From Naomi Hansford at Quantock Lakes – www.quantocklakes.com
As noted previously we will aim to fire before 10.30pm. I will update this list and recirculate if additional dates are added or removed.