15:38, 14 Jul 2021 by Roger Philip

The Somerset Bereavement Support Service is here if you’ve been bereaved and need emotional support or someone to talk to.

Marie Curie Companions can provide bereavement support for people across Somerset who are over the age of 18. This service provides telephone support calls with compassionate volunteers. They’ve all completed specific training, including how to support people in sensitive situations and dealing with difficult subjects, such as death, dying and bereavement.

In addition, a further six sessions of one to one bereavement counselling can be provided by experienced bereavement support workers at Mind in Somerset specialist bereavement service. Mind in Somerset support adults and children aged 12+.

We are here to help and welcome your call. 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call us on 0800 304 7412

Click here for a poster.

16:15, 13 Nov 2020 by Roger Philip

Click here for a  warning about cyber crime including 'phishing' attacks and attempts at blackmail and extortion, generally linked to the leaking of passwords. It includes useful advice on identifying risks and staying safe.



20:35, 10 Jun 2020 by Roger Philip

Village Agents

Do you need any assistance, care or support?  (Or do you know someone who does?)

A wide range of options delivered by North Somerset Council and independent organisations are available to provide support if needed. Care and support may be required because of ill health, a disability, because you are caring for others, or during a crisis.

Community Connect is the single point of access for all general health and social enquiries in North Somerset for the over 50s, outside those provided by your GP.  Community Connect offers impartial advice and can guide you towards social care services offered by North Somerset Council, or put you in touch with voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations.

Some of the services provided via Community Connect: Security; Fire Safety; House and Home; Money; Keeping Warm; Electrical and Gas Safety; Falls; Accident Prevention; Keeping Healthy; Social groups; Learning Opportunities; Getting out & about; Equipment for Independence; Care Support.

We can offer tailored support for older people to stay connected and active in their communities. We can also help you and your community to set up groups and activities that benefit the local area. There are simple effective actions we can all take to boost our wellbeing to feel healthier and happier.

If you're reading this and would like to get more involved in your community, or you are simply after information or advice, please contact your local Village Agent, Lyndsay Newman on 07967 345559 or 01275 888803, or by email on   


13:15, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

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Community Speedwatch

Are you concerned about road safety and, in particular, motorists exceeding speed limits in this parish?

The local Community Speedwatch team needs new members.

To inquire about helping to tackle the problem of speeding motorists, please contact the parish clerk (details below).

For further details about the Community Speedwatch scheme, please follow this link or click on the logo.

13:12, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

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This service is completely free to anyone in Somerset who has a diagnosis of any terminal illness and is over 18

Click here for further details.

Could you be a Marie Curie Helper or Companion? 

Marie Curie are looking for dedicated volunteers for their Helper and Companion Services in Somerset.  The Helper Service offers emotional and practical support to people in your area living with a terminal illness.  This includes visiting them at home, going out with them, or talking to them over the phone.  The Companion Service is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and offers one-to-one support for patients and their carers in their final days or hours of life. These volunteers give around three hours each week and provide companionship, comfort and emotional support for people on the hospital wards as well as family and friends who are visiting them. All services are completely free to the terminally ill person and full training and travelling expenses are given for all volunteers. If you are interested please phone 08003047400 or email 

13:09, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

North Somerset Council funds a loan scheme for homeowners for essential home repairs and improvements (subject to status). For more information, visit, call 01823 461099, or email

Your local, not for profit lender, working in partnership with North Somerset Council, is Wessex Resolutions CIC, Heatherton Park Studios, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, TA4 1EU 

13:07, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

0% Loans for Bulk Fuel Buying

Click here for details of a loan scheme funded by North Somerset Council that enables homeowners and private tenants with a household income of less than £30,000 per annum to borrow up to £500 over six months at 0% APR.  Loans can be used to purchase oil, LPG, wood or coal where these are the main sources of household heating.

North Somerset Council also funds a loan scheme for homeowners for essential home repairs and improvements (subject to status). For more information, visit, call 01823 461099, or email

13:02, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

Handy Person Service

North Somerset Council has launched a new service for people aged 60 or over, or who have a disability: to carry out repairs, maintenance, improvements, adaptations and other ‘odd jobs’ and to help people live safely and independently in their own homes.  They also run an equipment and demonstration centre in Weston-super-Mare which has a wide range of assistive technology and adaptation equipment for you to ‘try before you buy.’ For details, visit or phone 01934 520 116.

13:00, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip

Chew Valley Connect

Are you over 50? Or quite a lot older? If so, there is a new idea which you might be interested in. Chew Valley Connect is all about finding ways for older people living in the Valley to meet and explore how we could do things together and find shared interests.Chew Valley Connect plans to hold meetings in different parts of the area 3 or 4 times a year.  If you want to be kept in touch with plans, or if you have any questions, email or contact Rural Connections at WERN on 01934 225184. Here are links to You Tube for two short videos on the project:                                  

12:57, 22 Mar 2020 by Roger Philip