Active Spaces programme returning

SASP Return to Sport and Physical Activity – Active Spaces Sessions

SASP are excited to announce that the Active Spaces programme will be returning in Sedgemoor and West Somerset week beginning 27 July.

Sessions will look a little different for the time being, with extra hygiene and social distancing measures in place to protect participants and instructors. 

Active Spaces is a friendly, low-cost, group fitness in outdoor parks across Sedgemoor, currently at Stogursey, Nether Stowey and Bridgwater. More information at

Only £12 per month, you can pause or stop your subscription at any time.

The timetable is up NOW to book, with sessions starting on Monday and you can book up to two weeks in advance. Book your session here – 

First booked first served! Outdoor fitness has never been so popular and thankfully SASP have the experienced instructors to support you, to feel safe, strong, and active.


Message from Mike Onions, Quantock players


PANTO 2020

No doubt you have been wondering whether this year’s panto would take place – we, too have been wondering, and after much consideration the decision has been made to cancel this year’s show.  Auditions have already taken place, and rehearsals would be due to start in September.  Nobody knows what the Covid 19 situation will be by  then – we just have to be patient and keep safe.

So,  the panto, Robin Hood, will now take place in 2021, and with your support I am sure it will be well received.  If you already have a script, then PLEASE DON’T LOSE IT!!  And maybe, just maybe, you will know a few lines by this time next year!  No doubt Jemima’s enthusiasm will carry us through to next year, and we look forward to supporting her in directing Robin Hood.

Thank you to all our advertisers,  your support is invaluable and enables us to put on a show, and we hope you will bear with us and continue with your support.   Thank you to our audiences, your support is also invaluable and we hope will continue next year.

Any queries you may have, please contact Mike (732195) or Wendy (733197)

In the meantime, take care and stay safe.

Mike Onions

Parish Council Meeting Monday 13 July

he meeting will be held virtually using the Zoom platform and will start at 7pm. All are welcome. Link to meeting:

The agenda is available here: July agenda

Draft minutes:
previous Parish Council meeting are here: PC meeting 8 June 2020

Planning applications:
Link to Planning application (opens application details in the Sedgemoor Planning website):
36/20/00011 – Inwood Farm (Park + Ride), Nether Stowey 
36/20/00013 – 30-32 Castle St, Nether Stowey 

The meeting will be held in accordance with the current adopted Standing Orders as modified by the Virtual Meeting Protocol

Latest update from Somerset Waste Partnership

Link to SWP homepage

All “business as usual” materials are now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in Somerset.

That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only).

Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit.

Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced “shop-style” social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well.

However, please note, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items.

Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being.

Once on site, safety restrictions remain in place, including:
    · Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle
   · Maximum of two people per household
   · Strict social distancing

On busier sites traffic, may still be directed by staff.

All sites are open for their usual summer hours. There have been long queues at peaks times, notably first thing in the morning, and we will continue to encourage people to only visit the sites when they really need. Quieter times tend to be 4pm-6pm on weekdays.

Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater (link here, new tab), Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil, and we would advise people to check these before they visit.

There have been significant improvements with collection services, with far fewer missed collections and quicker return visits when collections are missed. Customer services teams have also considerably reduced the backlog of requests.

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Response to anonymous letter

The above anonymous letter was delivered to the Parish Office and under normal circumstances, the Parish Council would not react to such letters but in this instance, it is felt a response is due.

If the Parish Council were to erect, as desired in the letter, poster, banners, etc at the entrance(s) to the village, this would incur costs, (production, etc) which would have to be taken from the very limited precept.  As the Parish Council have to manage and account for public funds, it is very likely that as many villagers would object to such expenditure as support it. We feel that the funds can be better used to directly support residents and services.”

In addition, there is and has been nothing stopping villagers erecting posters, banners, etc of their own volition to express their personal views.

If the author wishes to make themselves known, the Chair and/or Vice-chair of the Parish Council would be happy to discuss this further.

The Parish Council is very supportive of, and grateful to, all key workers who have helped to keep us all safe and sound during what has been an extraordinary time in our lives. Throughout the recent lock down the Parish Council has worked with our Medical Centre regarding volunteers etc and we feel that this serves the village better