Friday, 29 January 2016

Sunday Lunch 21st Feb

21st Feb - Sunday Lunch 1pm bookings only.
All events at the Old Dairy to book please call
 John on 01643 841778

Other OSC events:

Sunday 7th February
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.





Barn Dance 27th February

Barn Dance at Timberscombe Village Hall
Saturday 27th February at 7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 to include a light buffet supper.
Tickets now available from the Post Office or Tel 01643 841490

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Timberscombe Grass Cutting

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

BREWERS GREEN
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.

JOHN ARLOTT PLAYING FIELD
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.

SPECIFICATIONS
§  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, 6 January 2016

Parish Council

TIMBERSCOMBE 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

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

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Saturday, 26 September 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 http://www.exmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk/ to view all the walks and to book. You can book online on the website or by phone on 01271 863001. 

VILLAGE AGENT NEWS

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.     www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk 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.     www.cmoptions.org (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 : caroline@somersetrcc.org.uk



Thursday, 24 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

Wednesday, 23 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

Saturday, 19 September 2015

What's On


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

2016 Events
Feb
7th Feb- Breakfast at the Old dairy
11th- Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
21st Sunday Lunch at the Old dairy 1pm
20th - Film Club (Members only)
27th - Leap Year Barn Dance TVH
March
7th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
10th- Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
19th- Film Club (Members only)
29th - Photographic Display Exmoor Gallery TVH 10am-4pm
April
4th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
9th - Village Hall Clean UP 10am TVH
14th- Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
15th- Quiz Night TVH 7pm for 7.30pm quiz.
23rd - Film Club (Members only)
30th- Jumble Sale 2pm TVH
30th - April to 7th May - North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival
 May9th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
12th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
14th-15th - National Mills Weekend Cowbridge Sawmill, 11am-4.30pm
30th- Annual Plant Sale and Cream Tea 2.30 at St. Petrock’s
June
9th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
10th - Gardening Club Outing
11th - Queen's Birthday Celebrations Old Dairy/Village Hall
July
8th - Gardening Club Outing
14th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
August
20th - Timberscombe Show TVH 2pm
September
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)
October
3rd - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
13th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
22nd-Film Club (Members only)
November
7th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P
0th - Parish Council Meeting TVH 7.30pm
26th- Film Club (Members only)
December
5th - Gardening Club 7.30pm St P





Friday, 18 September 2015



OLD POSTS BELOW



Wednesday, 16 September 2015

VILLAGE AGENT NEWS

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 : rhys.davies@communitycatalysts.co.uk.

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 : chardingva@somersetrcc.org.uk

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.

Friday, 11 September 2015

VILLAGE AGENT NEWS

This month my news is about local groups and activities!  A new exciting daycentre has started at Hanover Court, Dulverton every Friday.  Activities include a new Movement to Music class in the mornings, a two course lunch, coffee and tea with guest speakers and further activities such as craft making in the afternoon.  To attend either a full or part day or to find out more contact Mike Stables, Hanover Court on 01398 324076.
Bereavement is not a subject easily spoken about yet it affects us all at some point or another.  The Minehead Bereavement Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Gascony Hotel in Minehead at 10:30am for coffee and also on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Kildare Lodge, Minehead.  For more information please contact Elaine on 01643 841751.
The lunch club at St Michael’s Church in Alcombe has availability at their monthly lunches.  They meet on the 1st Thursday of the month and to find out more or to book a place please call Margaret O’Hara on 01643 841278.
Finally, the Exmoor Carers Group will not be meeting in December but will meet again on Monday 25th January.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
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 : chardingva@somersetrcc.org.uk



Thursday, 10 September 2015

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunches at the Old Dairy

16th December 1pm
Three course lunch with all the trimmings
£4 for OSC members and £8 for non members

23rd December 1pm
Three course lunch with all the trimmings
FREE for OSC members and £8 for non members

25th December 1pm
Three course lunch with all the trimmings
£8 for everyone.
Profits from the Christmas Day lunch will go to the Playing Field Fund

Spaces are limited for all these events
so please book early by calling 01643 841778

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Christmas Carol Singing

Christmas Carol Singing/ Hand Bell Ringing
at Timberscombe Village Hall
20th December 6pm.
Everyone welcome.
Collection will go to the
 Bumble Bus a local mobile chemotherapy unit.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Bags 2 School

Timberscombe School and Preschool would like to thank all of you who donated clothes, bags, shoes and teddies for our Bags 2 School collection!
This collection has raised £132!  We had more donations than ever before! 
The support we get from outside the school makes a huge difference to the money we can raise, and feed back into school to make our school even more special for all our children.  Thank you so much!
If you missed the collection this time - don't worry, there will be another in the spring!

We'll keep you posted about the date!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Vintage Geraldo Accordian for sale

FOR SALE   £40
Vintage Geraldo Accordian.
In excellent condition and in original case.
To view or buy contact Lesley on 01643 841803.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Bags2school Collection

Bags2school pay schools for unwanted clothes and shoes.
We have arranged for them to collect from Timberscombe School on
 Wednesday the 2nd of December
 and would like to invite any villagers to donate any unwanted clothes
 and shoes to help us raise funds!
They can leave donations at the school in bags on the
 Monday or Tuesday prior to collection.
Thanks

Jade Webber.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Quiz Night 20th November


Quiz Night - SOLD OUT

 Friday 20th November

7.00 for 7.30pm quiz

Timberscombe Village Hall

 £7.50 to include a meal  with dessert.

Advance tickets only. Bar and Raffle.

Tickets from Timberscombe Post Office

 or any Committee member.

Teams of up to 6 people.

 Come as a team or join up with others on the night.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

VILLAGE AGENT NEWS

It has been lovely to meet so many people throughout October at the many flu clinics that have been held in our local villages and I have been asked many different questions about a whole host of subjects.  However, a lot of questions have been about transport issues and has highlighted the need for more volunteer community drivers to help run people to medical appointments etc.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver please do get in contact either with myself, AT West (01643 709701) or Mike Ellicott (01643 831500), volunteer co-ordinator for the Exmoor Medical Centre.  There is a lack of drivers on the moor for this much needed service.  Fuel costs are paid for from door to door, so if you think this is something you would like to get involved with then you would be helping many people in your local community.
Also, just a reminder that anyone who has been affected by flooding could be able to get a Flood Resilience Pack from Somerset Emergency Volunteers.  These packs contain silicon gel bags that swell to sandbag size upon contact with water.  They are free to anyone who can show their home is at risk of flooding.  Please get in contact with me if one of these packs would be of help to you.
Finally, the Exmoor Carers Group is next to due meet on Monday 30th November between 12-2pm at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross.  This event is free, just bring a plate of food to share and come along! 
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 : chardingva@somersetrcc.org.uk

Saturday, 29 August 2015

OSC Jumble Sale

Jumble Sale at the Old Dairy
Saturday 14th November 2.30pm
50p entrance which includes tea/coffee and biscuits
If you have any unwanted jumble please give us a call
on 01643 841778

Friday, 28 August 2015

Yoga and Shiatsu


Yoga and Shiatsu

with Terry Bruce

Classes in Wheddon Cross and Timberscombe

Pregnancy Yoga - Minehead

Family Yoga Workshops

Children's Yoga

One to One Yoga sessions

Student Shiatsu Practitioner

Offering Shiatsu at Toucan Wholefoods, Minehead and in Wheddon Cross

Tel: 01643 841217   mail: okamitree@gmail.com              

Timberscombe Pre School rated GOOD

Congratulations to Timberscombe Pre School who have once again 
been rated GOOD by OFSTED.
Well done to all the staff, committee members and parents who
 have worked so hard to keep our village Pre School going.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Porlock Curry Night by Claire's Kitchen 31st October


To book either email me on claireskitchen@outlook.com or ring me on 07799066638,menu choices week before, allergens available on request


Menu for October 31st Porlock Village Hall Curry night 7pm bring your own drink Halloween themed-

STARTERS

Thai beef Salad £4.95

Sizzling Tandoori chicken with onions and coriander with a yoghurt/mint raita £4.95

Chicken Katsu with a pickled cucumber salad £4.95

Freshly fried Poppadoms x 2 with a selection of homemade chutneys and onion salad £2.00

Begun Bhaja(shallow fried aubergine with a herb encrusted topping with poppy seeds )vegetable samosa served with a yoghurt mint raita £4.50



MAINS

Claires Kitchen special Chicken tikka Balti served with a spiced pilau rice and a coriander and onion seed chapatti £9.95

Thai red tiger prawn,aubergine and tomato curry with a spiced pilau rice and a jetalah pineapple,cucumber and shallot salad £11.95

Slow cooked Heal Farm Shin of beef in a Rogan Josh spicy sauce served with spiced pilau rice and a coriander and onion seed chapatti £10.95

Funky Thai spiced Fish and fat garam masala  chips with a side of Balti sauce(deep fried cod with a caraway batter with double cooked chips sprinkled with garam masala and salt)£10.95

Vegetarian Balti served with a spiced pilau rice and a coriander and onion seed chapatti £8.50



SIDES(1 person portions)

Fat garam masala chips £2.00

Split pea and spinach dahl £1.50

Bombay potatoes £1.50



Puddings

Mango sorbet sauce served with a star anise and cinnamon poached pineapple with a lime snow £4.95

Mini pavola with Chantilly cream ,summer fruits and a meringue kiss £4.50

Devils food chocolate cake with chocolate ganache £4.95

Friday, 21 August 2015

Timberscombe First School

Anyone experiencing problems accessing the new Timberscombe First School website can find it by clicking at the following link :
Timberscombe First School

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Winter Warmer Soup Lunch


Winter Warmer Soup Lunch

- in aid of Timberscombe First School and Pre-School

Beat the cold, damp weather with a bowl of hearty, homemade soup (£2.50 for soup and a roll)

Cakes and drinks also being served (from 50p)

Sunday 18th October,  from 1pm in Timberscombe Village Hall

Everyone welcome – no need to book!

While soup is served, the school children will be completing a sponsored walk from Timberscombe to Nutcombe Bottom

Village Agent News


Aster Living have been awarded funding for a Warm At Home Scheme to make homes more energy efficient.  You can apply for free funding for work such as insulation, draught proofing, boiler service, boiler repairs and repair/servicing of storage heaters. Aster have also been awarded funding from the Electrical Safety Charity to help make homes safer.  You can apply for free funding for electrical safety work such as PAT testing, repairs/replacement of dangerous lighting/sockets for safety reasons, repairs/replacement of dangerous electrically powered showers or immersion and water heaters.  To apply you need to be either over 60 years old, or receiving income-related benefits or have a disability or long-term illness.  The funding is generally for home owners but tenants of private landlords can apply as well if they fall into the above criteria.  For more information call 0333 400 8299 or e-mail info@asterliving.co.uk

Finally, the Exmoor Carers Group is next to due meet on Monday 19th October between 12-2pm at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross.  This event is free, just bring a plate of food to share and come along!

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 : chardingva@somersetrcc.org.uk




Macmillan Cancer Support


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

New Parish Council Clerk Required


TIMBERSCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL

Applications are invited for the post of

CLERK

4 Hours per week at Local Council pay scales 

Closing date 8th October 2015 

For further information contact Katherine Macdonald

Tel:  07977 542905

Email: Kathjmacdonald@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 17 August 2015

Church Events for September

9th - A Right Royal Evening 7pm at The Great House

27th - Harvest Festival 6pm at St Petrock's Church

Sunday, 16 August 2015

National Heritage Days
Cowbridge Sawmill
 Saturday and Sunday
12th and 13th September
Open 12.00 to 16.30
Guided Tours, Blacksmithing
displays throughout
the weekend.
Refreshments available.
   Free Admission but donations welcome.
     Cowbridge Sawmill is 2 miles from Dunster at junction of A396 and
Wootton Courtenay Road , TimberscombePostcode TA24 7TD

Friday, 14 August 2015

Timberscombe Show knitters



Many thanks to the Timberscombe knitters for knitting these hedgehogs to raise vital funds.

From Hedgehog Rescue

OSC Events for September at The Old Dairy

6th - Breakfast 8.30am-11am
12th -Easy Quiz 7.30pm
20th -Sunday Lunch 1pm, bookings only
25th -Beetle Drive 7.30pm

Village Hall AGM


The AGM of Timberscombe Village Hall will be held 

following the committee meeting on Thursday 24th 

September at 7.30pm. All residents over the age of 18 are 

welcome to attend.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

VILLAGE AGENT NEWS

Last month saw the 10th anniversary celebration of AT West and I was reminded how lucky West Somerset is to have this great transport service.  The success of this organisation relies on us all using this service so please remember and support AT West when considering your transport options.
During September I will be holding a couple of drop-in sessions around the area.  These will be held as follows :
Monday 7th September (11:30am – 12pm) – The Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross
Wednesday 16th September (10am – 12pm) – Exmoor Medical Center, Dulverton
Friday 18th September (10am – 12pm) – Hanover Court, Dulverton
If there is anything that is concerning you or if you are looking for some advice or information then please do pop in and see me.  All advice is free and confidential.
Finally, the next Exmoor Carers Group meeting will be held at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross on Monday 21st September (12-2pm) and will again be a bring-and-share lunch.  We will have a guest speaker and this group is free to join, just bring along a plate of food to share.  Please do phone me if you have any questions.
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 : chardingva@somersetrcc.org.uk

Garden Designs

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Timberscombe Parish Councillors 2015/16

CHARLIE PARSONS
15 Orchard Way Timberscombe TA24 7UL 01643 841396

JOSEPHINE PARSONS 01643 841396
Details as for Charlie Parsons

CHRIS GUNTER 01643 841781
27 Orchard Way, Timberscombe, TA24 7UL
mansellgunter@aol.com

KATHERINE MACDONALD ( Vice Chairman)
12 Meadow View, Timberscombe TA24 7TE 07977 542905
KathJMacdonald@hotmail.co.uk

JOHN GOODALL ( Chairman )01643 841778
1 Orchard Bungalows, Timberscombe, TA24 7TF
Johngoodall163@gmail.com

WAYNE PAULL 01643 841244
8 Willow Bank, Timberscombe, TA24 7TW
Bath-wetroom@outlook.com

JADE WEBBER 01643 841574
15 Vicarage Court, Timberscombe, TA24 7UP

Portfolio Holders

John Arlott Playing Field                  John Goodall
Parish Lengthsman                            John Goodall
Bridleways and Footpaths                 Wayne Paull
Exmoor Panel and Highways            Josie Parsons
SALC                                                 Elaine Necchi
Village Hall Representative               Kathy MacDonald
Salt Bag Allocation                           John Goodall
Defibrillator                                       Kathy MacDonald


Local District CouncillorBryan Leaker. 01643 703547 or mobile 07714836901, email Bryan.leaker@btconnect.com

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Timberscombe Show 2015

Timberscombe Show
Saturday15th 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.

Bingo

Bingo
Monday 17th August
Timberscombe Village Hall
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
Cash Flier of at least £150.00

Adopt a Path Scheme

The Parish Clerk has received this e mail If you are interested in finding out more please contact the clerk at necchighiri@btinternet.com  for further details.

Dear PPLO – I am emailing to inform you of a new Adopt-a-path scheme that we are intending to launch in the near future.  The attached leaflet highlights the role and provides background information.  It will enable individuals to adopt a local definitive public right of way that they use regularly and help to keep the vegetation clipped back.

When a volunteer sends/emails their request to adopt-a-path we will have the ultimate approval in case there are paths that have long standing issues (legal or otherwise), conflicting landowners or other problems.

To save you accumulating more responsibility and time commitments we will encourage some volunteers to become local co-ordinators to report in problems.  If you would be happy to do this then I can inform the volunteer on approval, but please do not feel under any pressure to take on this role.

You may already operate a similar scheme in your parish or town.  If you do I would encourage you to register the individuals with us they can benefit from being covered by our insurance and receive a pair of secateurs and gloves (if required) as well as avoiding any potential duplication of paths being adopted.

The scheme will be advertised quite widely across the county through newspaper articles, the SCC website as well as through health centres and vets.  A major health link can be attributed to the scheme by encouraging people to get out and walk, ride or cycle whatever distance they choose.  We feel that the scheme will build on the excellent work that you already do and help to spread the load further.

Regards,
Andy
  
Volunteer and Trails Officer
Rights of Way C601c
Economic & Community Infrastructure
Somerset County Council
County Hall
Taunton
TA1 4DY
01823 358250

For further information about Rights of Way please visit our website www.somerset.gov.uk/rightsofway/

Ping Pong anyone?

Tony who is a volunteer working with Age UK Somerset is looking for more people to come along and join him on a Friday morning for Ping Pong, the sociable game of Table Tennis.
All abilities are catered for as everyone swaps around, some play two man games and sometimes we have a go at four man games, there is always plenty of chatter and we have a cup of tea too.
We meet at 10am and finish at 12 and always have a cuppa and all for just £2.50, we look forward to welcoming you along, whether you have played recently or not.  You soon get the hang of it.  The Lawns Club, off Townsend Road, Minehead.
Just turn up or for more details contact Di Ramsay 0845 643 4702.

Age UK Somerset promotes the well-being of all older people in Somerset and North Somerset to make later life an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Somerset Choices is here

Somerset Choices is a new website that aims to help people help themselves stay independent, healthy and well. It will put people in control of their care and wellbeing and give them more choice when it comes to who provides their care and support.
 Visit the site here: www.somersetchoices.org.uk
 The new website guides people through self-help forms, provides easy access to information and a directory of local services, products, groups and events in their local area. Such as care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups and breaks for carers.
The site is now live in a test version – which means people can access the site but lots of work is still going on behind the scenes to improve the content and respond to feedback. More local care and support providers are also being encouraged to upload their details so that the site contains a really comprehensive directory of local services. If you have any initial feedback on the website please email: help@somersetchoices.org.uk
There will be promotional activity to raise awareness of Somerset Choices including newspaper and radio advertising and events across the county.
The event dates and locations are:

Saturday 11th July
Wiveliscombe Town Centre
Saturday 18th July
Chard Town Centre
Saturday 25th July
Clarks Village in Street
Saturday 1st August
Taunton Town Centre
Saturday 8th August
Bridgwater Town Centre
Saturday 5th September
Minehead Town Centre
Friday 11th September
Shepton Mallet Town Centre
Wednesday 16 September
Wells Town Centre
Friday 25 September
Yeovil Town Centre
Saturday 26 September
Junction 24 in Bridgwater
Anyone who attends the event can talk to a member of the team about Somerset Choices and what it will offer and try the site out.

The Somerset Choices website has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.