Sunday, 24 July 2016

Timberscombe Village Hall Online Booking

If you wish to check the availability of Timberscombe Village Hall or book the Hall using our Online Booking System please click on the link below:

Hall Hiring Charges

Click here to check Hall availability and book

Click on the + sign at the top corner of the day you want to book  and follow the on screen instructions to make a booking.

If you encounter any problems please e mail:

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Cowbridge Sawmill

Heritage Open Days




10th /11th September

Open 11.00 to 16.30

Guided Tours, Blacksmithing and Woodturning displays throughout the weekend. Refreshments available.

 Free Admission but donations welcome.

At junction of A396 and Wootton Courtenay Road , Timberscombe

Saturday, 2 July 2016


Last month all the Village Agents received dementia training as part of a scheme to make communities more dementia friendly.  Although I knew what dementia was, I was not aware exactly how it affected the brain so I thought I would share this with you all to help us understand those with the condition a little better.
Many people develop dementia in later life (although it can affect younger people as well)  but with support from family, friends and carers people with dementia can still have a full life.  There are a number of different forms, with Alzheimer’s being the most common.  It usually starts by affecting people’s short term memory, but can also affect perception, so for example people may not recognise themselves in the mirror. 
You can imagine the brain as a not very well made bookcase with your memories stored in a set of encyclopaedias, stacked from the bottom shelf upwards.  Every new memory goes into a book which is then placed on a high shelf.  If something shakes this wonky bookcase the volumes on the top shelf fall off, they are the most recent memories of today, this week, last month, all gone.  Lower down the books are still safely on the shelf and you can remember 10 years ago, or the French you learnt at school.
You keep feelings and opinions in a separate book, which isn’t stored on the bookshelf.  So you will know how you feel: happy, sad, hungry, don’t like chocolate, without remembering why you feel that way.
So it’s no good telling a loved one that they can remember what they had for lunch, or getting cross when they tell you the same thing over and over again.  To make someone feel good, treat each time as the first time that they tell you a particular story.  It is important to remember that having to make sense of a world you don’t remember is very hard work and those with dementia can get tired very easily.
You can join me in becoming a Dementia Friend – the Alzheimer’s Society runs short courses.  If you are concerned about someone, the Alzheimer’s Society can help.  The national helpline is 0330 333 0804.  The website is 

The Exmoor Carers Group will be meeting on Monday 26th September (12-2pm) at The Rest & Be Thankful, Wheddon Cross.  All welcome, guest speaker to be confirmed.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Groom Wanted

Experienced, mature, horse loving groom wanted to look after two horses and two ponies Monday to Friday mornings. Must be capable of taking full charge when owner is away. Excellent working conditions. Please ring 07786061045. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Reading Volunteers

Timberscombe and Cutcombe C of E First Schools would welcome volunteers to come and listen to children read once a week in the afternoon starting in September.  This is a lot of fun and very rewarding as the children are enthusiastic readers. No qualifications other than DBS clearance needed (we can arrange this) , just enthusiasm and a love of children. Please contact Timberscombe School 01643 841259.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Emergency Defibrillator News

Following the closure of the Lion Inn, the Council have had to remove the Defibrillator pending its relocation to a new home. Due to planning and consultation procedures within West Somerset District Council and Exmoor National Park this cannot be completed before August 2016.
Meanwhile anyone needing emergency medical assistance should call 
 999   or   112
If the defibrillator is required by the ambulance service, please contact me and I will try to make it available as soon as possible.
Katherine MacDonald
12 Meadow View
TA24   7TE
Mobile:  07977 542905

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Timberscombe Beat Surgery

The Old Dairy Timberscombe

A chance to drop in and meet your local PCSO Linda Brooks
Please pop in for an informal chat

Dates of Forthcoming Meetings
Thursday 5th May 2016
Thursday 16th June 2016
                    Thursday 14th July 2016
Thursday 4th August 2016
                  Thursday 22nd September 2016
Thursday 13th October 2016
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Thursday 1st December 2016

Please note these sessions are subject to operational commitments and may be cancelled at short notice.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sunday, 27 December 2015




2.30pm on the village playing field

Saturday, 26 December 2015

What's On

If your organisation is arranging events for 2016/7 please let me have the details

2016 Events
5th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
8th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
10th-11th - National Heritage Days Cowbridge Sawmill, 11am-4.30pm
24th -Film Club (Members only)
25th - St Petrock's Harvest Festival 6pm
29th - TVH   AGM
3rd - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
13th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
15th - Barn Dance TVH 7.30pm
22nd-Film Club (Members only)
7th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
0th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
26th- Film Club (Members only)
3rd - Christmas Coffee Morning - St Petrock's 10.30am
5th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P

Thursday, 24 December 2015


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Timberscombe Show

Timberscombe Show

Saturday20th August

2.30pm at Timberscombe Village Hall

Presentation of prizes at 3.30pm

followed by the auction of produce.

Schedules and entry forms available from

the Post Office or phone 841 471.

Refreshments available.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

OSC Events

7th Aug - Breakfast 8.30-11.30 pm
15th Aug - Summer Bingo TVH 7 for 7.30pm eyes down
20th - Beetle Drive OD 7pm

Zing as usual every Thursday Morning 9.15am TVH

To Book phone John on 01643 841778

Saturday, 31 October 2015


Noticing that a loved one, family member, friend or neighbour is struggling to cope with everyday tasks is something that most of us encounter at some point, but starting the conversation can be tricky and concern may be taken for criticism.  Often it is just a little extra help that is needed.  Asking a leading question that can reveal what your relative or loved one is struggling with can help;

“Is there anything around the house you need help with?”

“Is the cooker/fridge working okay?”  This could lead to a conversation about how they are managing to cook and whether they are eating properly.

“Is the washing machine okay?  How often do you do laundry?”  This could reveal issues with personal care.

Give specific examples of things you have noticed and suggest possible solutions:

“What would make life easier for you?”

“I heard of a service that can ....... What do you think?”

It is also now possible to pop in and meet a member of the Adult Social Care team direct without the need to book an appointment by using their drop-in services which are available on the first Tuesday of the month at Becket House, Bridge Street, Williton (10am – 1pm) and on the last Tuesday of the month at The Sanctuary, Watchet (10am – 1pm).

PCSO Linda Brooks will be holding her monthly beat surgery at The Dairy in Timberscombe on 4th August (10:30 – 11:30am), no need to book just pop along and meet Linda and if anyone wants to have a chat with me I will also be there. 

Due to the August Bank Holiday there will be no Exmoor Carers Group this month but we will resume again in September.

Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Friday, 30 October 2015


There are two new regular drop-in Hubs to let you know about this month where you can pop in and meet the Adult Social Care team for information and advice about support available in your community.  This is a new way of working in West Somerset where you can meet a member of the team direct, no need to book an appointment.  These Hubs will be on the first Tuesday of the month at Becket House, Bridge Street, Williton (10am – 1pm) and on the last Tuesday of the month in The Sanctuary, Watchet  (10am – 1pm).  So if you, a family member or a friend are struggling a little bit why not pop along to see what help is available. 

PCSO Linda Brooks will be holding her monthly beat surgery at The Dairy in Timberscombe on 14th July (10:30 – 11:30am), no need to book  just pop along and meet Linda. 

Somerset Sight’s Mobile Resource Unit will be at the following locations this month.  They offer a brilliant range of services and equipment for those suffering with impaired vision.

Watchet : Wednesday 6th July 10:30 – 3:30 – Coach Park

Wheddon Cross : Wednesday 13th July 10:30 – 3:30 – Car Park

Porlock : Monday 25th July 10:30 – 12:30 – Car Park (lower end)

Minehead : Thursday 28th July 10:30 – 3:30 - Morrisons

The Exmoor Carers Group will next be meeting on Monday 25th July, 12 – 2pm at The Rest & Be Thankful, Wheddon Cross.

Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.  Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Tablet and i phone training at the Old Dairy

There will be 6 week course to help people get the most out of their tablets or iphones. It will start on June 13th for three weeks and another three weeks starting Monday 18th July. Courses will be free of charge. You can bring you down tablets or the the equipment will be there for people to learn on. Each session will start at 10 am and finish at 12 noon. Tea coffee and biscuits will be provided. There are a couple of spaces left so contact John if you wish to join in on 01643 841778 or e mail on

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Methodist Church Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning in the Village Hall
Saturday 16th July 10.30am- 12 noon.
Cake Stall, etc.
Proceeds to the Chapel and the Leprosy Mission.
All welcome, do come and join us.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Missing Cat

Now returned home safely

Has anyone seen this cat which has gone missing from the Glebe?

If you live in Timberscombe please could you check sheds and garages as she's a very scared cat and is likely to hide herself away if she's become frightened and lost rather than run from something.

She is small, all black and has no collar on and this is very unlike her to stay away from home.

If you think you see this cat please contact Jade at Thank you

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Claire's Kitchen Events

Curry Night
Thursday 30th June @7pm
Minehead Golf Club
For further details see

Friday, 23 October 2015


PCSO Linda Brooks will be holding a monthly beat surgery at The Dairy in Timberscombe.  This will be held on 16th June, no need to book just pop along and meet Linda.  Your Village Agent (me!) will also be there to help with any questions or assistance you may need.

Somerset Sight’s Mobile Resource Unit will be at the following location this month.  They offer a brilliant range of services and equipment for those suffering with impaired vision.

Minehead : Thursday 30th June 10:30 – 3:30 Morrisons Car Park

Compass Carers are running a free Dementia Care one day course at their offices in Taunton on 15th July between 10am – 3pm.  Booking is essential so please contact Compass Carers on 01823 255911 or visit

The Exmoor Carers Group will next be meeting on Monday 27th June.  This will be a social meeting and will be held at The Exford Bridge Tea Rooms in Exford between 12 – 2pm.  Anyone wishing to attend or requiring a lift please contact me.

Finally, the Dulverton & Brushford Pastimes Club held at Hanover Court, Dulverton every Friday is looking for volunteers to help with it’s running. Anyone looking for a lovely volunteering opportunity should contact Mike Stables on 01398 324076.

Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Timberscombe Speed Watch needs YOU

Concerned about speeding in our village? The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their village. The scheme itself is run by the Police and the community volunteers. There will be a training session for anybody who is interested on Tuesday 7th June  at 7pm starting in the Village Hall. If you are interested please come along.
Volunteers are trained by the Police to use speed indicator devices which display vehicle speeds. Timberscombe owns its own speed camera. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the Constabulary, explaining that speeding is unacceptable. Persistent offenders will receive a visit from officers. Areas/times where speeding is identified as an issue will become the target of enforcement work by officers.
How do I become a volunteer?
To find out more about becoming a Community Speedwatch volunteer contact: Emma Savage, Paxholt, Great House Street.,    email    or telephone 07899 285829
How much time will I need to give up?
There is no minimum time. Times will be agreed between Volunteers on when to do a speed check. Checks must be done by a group not  individually.
Do you get training?
Yes full training is given to volunteers by the Police.
Is it safe for volunteers?
Volunteers are given full training and safety equipment to ensure they are clearly visible to road users.
What equipment is used?
Volunteers are provided with high visibility jackets and conduct speed checks using speed indicator devices. The vehicles speed is then displayed on the monitor.
Will records of the offending vehicles be kept?
Information gathered during the checks will be used to target enforcement and education measures. Persistent offenders will receive a visit from officers.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Queen's Birthday Tea Party

A Tea Party for the Queen's Birthday Celebrations.
11th June 2.30pm
Timberscombe Village Hall
Donations will be shared between
the Air Ambulance and OSC.
All welcome.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Can you help?

The rearranged annual Village Hall Spring Clean 
will take place on Saturday 4th June from 10am.
Any offers of help would be gratefully received. 
This is our chance to clean those things which don't get cleaned on a weekly basis such as windows, walls, lights and chairs and for doing those little jobs like fixing door stoppers and touching up paintwork. If you can spare an hour to help we would be very grateful - just turn up. Help us to keep YOUR hall looking good. Tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits for volunteers!

Breakfast 5th June

Sunday 5th June
Breakfast at the Old Dairy.
  8.30am to 11am
Full English Breakfast with
 plenty of Tea and Coffee.
£4.50. If you would like to book for this event 
please call John on 01643 841778 or just come along.
Everyone welcome.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Jumble Sale and 50/50 Sale

Jumble Sale and 50/50 Sale
Saturday 4th June 2.30pm
At the Old Dairy, Timberscombe.
50p entrance to include refreshments.
If you would like a table for the sale call John on 01643 841778

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Parish Clerk Vacancy

Applications are invited for the post of

to Timberscombe Parish Council

4 Hours per week at Local Council pay scales
Closing date:  Thursday 27th May 2016
For further information contact Katherine Macdonald
Tel:  07977 542905

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Plant Sale and Cream Tea.

St Petrock's Gardening Club

Annual Plant Sale and Cream Teas.

Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2.30pm

in St Petrock's Church Free admission.

Cream Teas from £2 Plant Stall,

Bric a Brac, Books, Cakes, Tombola.

Contact Marion Moncrieff on
01643 841318 for further information.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Zing Sports

Next session 19th May at 9.15am till 11am

Timberscombe Village Hall.

Zing is activities and light sports for all abilities and ages.

It will run for 8 weeks to start with, if it takes off it will take place regularly.

There is no charge for the first eight weeks and a small charge afterwards.

Just turn up. Hope to see you.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Duck Race

Friday 27th May - The Annual Duck Race!
Ducks are for sale in the Post Office, so pick a number or more, pay £1 per duck, and if your duck comes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, you'll get a cash prize: £20, £15, and £10!
The ducks will be released in Bickham Field at 4:30pm.  You're welcome to come and cheer the ducks on, as the children 'help' them down the river!!
Lots of splashing fun!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Claire's favourites Night at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall

Dear All, it is with great pleasure to have a Claire's Favourites night on Tuesday May 17th arrival timings are for 6pm to 6.30pm,for those who wish to come earlier and have a drink in our bar area with nibbles before dining at 6.30pm.There will be a licensed bar,menu choices the week before and all places to be booked either by email or call me on 07799066638.Look forward to seeing you there

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Village Agent News

I received a message from a colleague of mine in Mendip warning of a new scam that is occurring in Somerset at the moment.  Unfortunately a lady contacted her who had fallen victim to this scam and lost her entire life savings.  The victims are contacted by (allegedly) the Metropolitan Police Fraud Team advising them that they have managed to stop a fraudulent transaction on their bank account, but in order to keep the persons money safe they ask the person to remove their money from their bank so it can be handed over to “The Met” to be held in a safe account to be returned at a later date.  This is done over a series of phone calls so the victim is groomed before handing the money over.  The elderly and vulnerable are being targeted.
Somerset Sight’s Mobile Resource Unit will be at the following locations this month.  They offer a brilliant range of services and equipment for those suffering with impaired vision.
Dulverton : Thursday 12th May 10:30 – 12:30 Kemps Way Car Park
Minehead : Thursday 26th May 10:30 – 3:30 Morrisons Car Park
Watchet : Wednesday 4th May 10:30 – 3:30 Coach Park
Finally, due to the May Bank Holiday, there will not be a meeting of The Exmoor Carers Group.  We will however resume in June!
Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Monday, 12 October 2015

National Mills Weekend



14th/15th May

11am to 4.30pm each day 

Guided Tours, Blacksmithing and Woodturning  Displays
throughout the weekend. Refreshments available. 

Free Admission but donations welcome. 

At junction of A396 and Wootton Courtenay Road , Timberscombe

To see other Mills open for the weekend go to :

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Village Defibrillator

The Parish Council has been informed that the electricity supply to the Lion Inn will shortly be turned off. As a result the village defibrillator has been removed from the pub wall. It will be moved to another site in the village as soon as possible. We will let you know when it is up and running again.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Timberscombe Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting of Electors
to be held on
Thursday 12th May 2016
at 7.00pm in the Village Hall
This will be followed by the
Annual Parish Council Meeting

Everyone welcome please come along.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Walking Festival

We are pleased to announce that this years North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival is now taking bookings for the guided walks. The festival runs from Saturday 30th April to Saturday 7th May 2016 inc.

Please go to to view all the walks and to book. You can book online on the website or by phone on 01271 863001. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Auction of Promises

Auction of Promises
In Aid of Timberscombe School & Preschool,
Cutcombe First School and Dunkery Preschool
Friday 6th May,
Doors open at 7pm, bidding starts at 7:30,
Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross,
Entry £1 for bidding number
Commission bids taken if you can't attend
Catalogues available at the school porch or from
Terry Bruce 841217

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Claire's Kitchen Cookery School 30th April

It will be a tantalizing feast of around the world cuisine, using seasonal produce and herbs from  Claire’s Kitchen garden and meat from Heal Farm, to concoct beautiful, wholesome dishes, come and learn to cook with Claire. Join Claire in cooking up some seasonal dishes, catering for all tastes, there will be a vegetarian dish, gluten free and a Heal Farm meat dish included, this will include lunch and refreshments .There will be lots of Claire’s Chef tips which can be used at home, learn how to use seasonal vegetables and herbs to make an amazing family meal on a budget. My passion for using either home grown or organic vegetables is a priority, so much so that we have extended our Claire’s Kitchen Garden and hope to produce 80% of herbs, salad leaves, soft veg, seasonal vegetables for my Pop up events, so my clients receive the best I can give. Price for the Cookery school will be a  special introductory offer of £25.00,bookings to be made either by phone number 07799066638,email

Claire’s Kitchen are proud to be part of the Exmoor Food Festival. We will be at Dunster Tithe Barn on 27th and 28th February cooking up a feast, from 11am to 3pm,come and grab a bite  with us and meet all the Local producers too .

Claire’s Kitchen is currently undertaking many bookings for 2016, ranging from our restaurant style Pop Up nights to weddings, christenings, corporate events, special birthdays, funerals, lots of private cheffing all over Somerset and Devon in people’s houses and holiday homes. Currently launching Claire’s Kitchen event catering with my new hog roast machine, cooking up delights such as whole Mediterranean Lamb, Whole Goat for Carribbean events, Suckling pig or traditional hog roast, we cater for all the requests. Feel free to give Claire a call to discuss your requirements. Look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Village Agent News

Today I did something that made me feel good – I held a door open for someone, he smiled and said “Thank you”, I smiled and said “You’re welcome”.   It has set me thinking about how everyone can make their own lives and other people’s just a little bit better by small random acts of kindness.

On the NHS website, I came across the “Five Steps to Wellbeing” which I’d like to share with you:

The first step is to connect with people: have a natter with the other people in the bus queue, phone a friend or relation, write a letter to a cousin in Australia, go to a coffee morning, or the library.

It helps to Be Active, so go for a short walk if it’s a nice day, or even just out into the garden, join a walking group or a keep-fit group, or take the children for a kick-about in the park.

Keep Learning,  don’t let your brain go rusty for lack of use, even if you don’t want to take up a new hobby or learn Russian, read a book or do a puzzle, try a new recipe for dinner.

Be Generous – it doesn’t have to be money, give your time to listen to your neighbour, give your effort to help your friend dig the garden, smile and thank people who help you, offer them a cup of tea and a biscuit, tell someone how nice they look, how much you appreciate their help or friendship.

Finally learn to Appreciate the Moment, find good things that have happened today and treasure them.  Don’t worry over the past, you can’t change it, instead learn from it and look forward to a better tomorrow.

If you are finding life a bit hard going and think I could help, please ring or leave me a message.

The Exmoor Carers Group will meet again on Monday 25th April at The Moorland Hall,  Wheddon Cross between 12 – 2pm where we will be having free first aid training for carers covering a range of different health conditions.  To book a place on this training please contact me.

Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning
2nd April  10.30am
Timberscombe Village Hall
Raffle, Books, Cakes, Bric-a Brac.
£1 to include refreshments
Everyone is welcome.
In aid of church funds

Monday, 28 September 2015

Exmoor Gallery on Tour


A selection of Exmoor photographs by a local photographer

is being displayed in the

Timberscombe Village Hall.

Tuesday 29th March.

10am - 4pm.

Free entrance for all.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Easter Egg Hunt and Mad Hatters Tea Party Fundraiser for the Play Area

27 March at 14:00
In the Village Hall

Mad Hatters  Tea Party  and Easter Egg Hunt .
27th March 2- 4 at the village hall.
There will be a cake stall ,  tombola,  face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny .
 A light tea provided. Donations of cakes and prizes welcome .
No cost donations please . 
Come along and help raise funds for the play park.
Easter Egg Hunt in the park (weather dependent).

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Village Agent News

This month I thought I would start by outlining what it is a Village Agent does for those of you who are not quite sure!  Village Agents help those in rural areas gain access to services that might be of help or assistance to them.  Typical issues include help with benefits, pensions or debt, finding support groups, funding information, transport information, home from hospital, finding agencies to help you within your home environment, information on local events, social isolation, specific health condition support, young families and safety – the list goes on!  So if you have an issue that is worrying you, or if you want some information then please do get in touch, all advice is free and completely confidential.

The Beaches Hotel in Minehead is the venue for a Parent Carer Event on 2nd March between 10am-2pm.  There will be presentations, marketplace, free refreshments and a free lunch.  To register your interest please e-mail

The Exmoor Carers Group will meet again on Monday 21st March at The Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross between 12 – 2pm and our topic for discussion will be Care Plans, what they are, who does them and why?  Refreshments will be provided.   Also a reminder for your diary, on Monday 25th April we will be having free first aid training for carers covering a range of different health conditions.  To book your place please contact me as places are limited.

Please contact me by telephone or e-mail, or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Friday, 25 September 2015

Digital Villages Training Events

CCS are running three training events on ' How digital technology can help your community'.

The training is aimed at Community Buildings, Parish /Town Councils, Community Groups and anyone interested in technology, to improve your communications within your committee, community and with other organisations. This is for beginners and improvers

The Digital Training covers:
  • How you communicate within the committee / group / councillors
  • How you communicate with the residents / parish
  • How you communicate with other organisations / neighbouring parishes and beyond
We showcase tools, useful programs and ways to save you time, money – doing more for less.
Book your FREE space today

Thursday, 24 September 2015


The Community Council for Somerset (CCS) are running a FREE training event on 10th March at The Dunster Tithe Barn Community Hall.  The training is aimed at anyone interested in technology to improve communications between your committee, community and with other organisations.  It is for beginners and improvers and will showcase tools, useful programs and ways to save you time and money – doing more for less.  To book your free place call Nicola Elliott on 01823 331222.
A couple of websites have been recently brought to my attention that may be of help to some: 
1. is the first place to look for anyone needing help and support after separation, showing you where to find reliable information, easy-to-use tools and specialist services on a range of topics.
2. (child maintenance options) provides free impartial advice and support to help all parents make informed choices about child maintenance.
The Exmoor Carers Group will meet again on Monday 29th February at the new venue of The Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross between 12 – 2pm where we will be discussing local micro-providers and how to find the help you may need in the local area.
Please contact me by telephone or e-mail or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.
Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Meet the new Police Community Support Officer on 7th March

On the 7th March the new PCSO, Linda Brookes, who has replaced Sue Hurley,  will be at the Orchard's Coffee morning at the Old Dairy. Anyone who would like to meet her would be very welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Parish Council

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Casual Vacancy has occurred in
the office of Councillor on the Timberscombe Parish Council. Unless ten electors for the Parish give notice in writing by Tuesday the 23rd day of February 2016 to the Returning Officer, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset  TA4 4QA, requesting that an election be held, the Parish Council will, at a Meeting to be held on Thursday 10th March at Timberscombe Village Hall, fill the vacancy by the co-option of a new Councillor.

 Emma Savage

Clerk to the Parish Council

Great House Street,
TA24 7TQ.
 Dated: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Timberscombe Grass Cutting

Tenders are invited for the grass cutting contract as detailed below.

This area includes the two small islands by Tiki Cottage and the triangle on the approach road to the village from Wheddon Cross and the area between the bus shelter and road sign.

It should be noted that the playing field is the area with wooden play items. The area with goal posts is not to be included in this tender.

§  Cutting to begin week commencing 11th April 2016 and end week commencing 17th October 2016 - weather permitting. Any extra cuts needed by arrangement.
§  Grass to be cut fortnightly and cut grass to be removed from site as arranged with the Parish Council.
§  Areas that cannot be cut with a mower should be strimmed.
§  Account to be submitted after every 2 cuts.
§  Records of cuts to be sent with account.
§  VAT to be shown if applicable.
§  Anyone wishing to tender must be covered by Public Liability Insurance.  Please give details with tender.
Tenders for Brewers Green and Playing Field must be submitted separately to the Clerk of the Parish Council.
Priority will be given to those tendering for both areas.
Closing Date:  6th February 2016

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


The Rest & Be Thankful is the venue for a Micro Enterprise Workshop on Thursday 7th January 5pm – 7pm.  This is for all existing, new or developing micro-providers in West Somerset.  It will be an interactive drop-in session which will provide the opportunity to meet and network with other providers in the area and will also focus on what types of documents are needed to ensure that you are offering a safe, effective and person-centred service to the people that you support.  For more information please contact Rhys Davies, Community Catalysts, Tel : 07595 411945, e-mail :

I will offering a number of drop-in opportunities in January at the following venues :
Tuesday 12th January 10:30am – noon   The Royal Oak Winsford, Coffee morning
Monday 18th January 10:30am – noon  The Dairy, Timberscombe.
If there are any issues that are affecting you please do get in touch to see if I can help either at the above drop-in’s or by telephone or e-mail.

If you are interested in attending the new daycentre at Hanover Court on Friday’s but are worried about transport please get in touch with me.  To attend either a full or part day, or to find out more please contact Mike Stables, Hanover Court on 01398 324076.

Finally, the Exmoor Carers Group will meet again on Monday 25th January at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross 12 – 2pm.

Best wishes to you all for the New Year.
Please contact me by telephone or e-mail or a home visit can be arranged.  All advice is free and completely confidential.

Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Timberscombe Bus Service Survey

Somerset C.C. are completing a survey about the Timberscombe bus service reductions. If you would like to contribute go to :

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Christmas Waste Collection Changes

For household waste collections, nothing changes until Christmas Day, so kerbside pick-ups are unaltered on Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 December.
But recycling and rubbish collections are not taking place on Friday 25 December, Monday 28 December, or Friday 1 January.

•    Collections due on Friday 25 December will be on Sunday 27 December
•    Monday 28 collections will be on Tuesday 29
•    Tuesday 29 on Wednesday 30 December
•    Wednesday 30 on Thursday 31 December
•    Thursday 31 on Saturday 2 January
•    Friday 1 January collections will be made on Monday 4 January

Pick-ups in week starting Monday 4 January will be one day later, up to and including those due on Friday 8 January, which will be made on Saturday 9 January.
Clinical and assisted waste collections follow the same pattern. All recycling and rubbish collections resume from Monday 11 January on their usual days, including garden waste pick-ups, which are suspended from Monday 28 December.
Garden waste collections will not take place between Monday 28 December – Friday 8 January, resuming from Monday 11 January 2016 on usual days.

Recycling sites are open on their usual schedules except for the regular Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day closures.