Monday, 31 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

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

Breakfast Sunday 6th Septemeber

Breakfast at the Old Dairy.
  8.30am to 11am
2 Bacon, 2 Sausage, 2 Eggs, Beans, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Potatoes,  Black Pudding, Toast, Home Made Marmalade,
 plenty of Tea and Coffee.
£4.50. Please book for this event 
by calling John on 01643 841778
Everyone welcome.

Monday, 24 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

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Exmoor Crime Report

During the morning of 13 August a break occurred at a property in West Luccombe. Access was gained into an insecure shed and a chainsaw was stolen.

Overnight of 12-13 August a break occurred at another property in West Luccombe. Access was gained into three secure sheds and items stolen including a chainsaw and other power tools.

During the early morning of 13 August a shed at a property in Horner was broken off and items stolen including a chain saw, hedge trimmer and an amount of alcohol.

During the past week or so property was also stolen from sheds at Doverhay.

Please ensure all outbuildings are secure and report any unusual activity IMMEDIATELY to the Police.

Thursday, 12 February 2015


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 :

What's On 2015

2015 Events

If your organisation is arranging events for 2015 please let me have the details
6th - Breakfast OSC 8.30am - 11am
9th - A Right Royal Evening Social (IAO  St Petrock's) - The Great House
10th - Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
12th-13th - Heritage Days at  Cowbridge Mill 12 noon to 4.30pm each day.
2oth - Sunday Lunch OSC 1pm
24th - Village Hall AGM
26th- Film Night
27th - Harvest Festival St Petrock's 6pm
8th - Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
17th - Macmillan Coffee Morning 10.30am
24th Film Night
12th - Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
20th - Quiz Night TVH
28th - Film Night
5th Christmas Coffee morning in St. Petrock’s   10.30am
11th - Panto TVH 6pm
14th - Bingo TVH for 7pm
16th Christmas Lunch OD 1pm
20th - Christmas Carol Singing 6pm
23rd - Christmas Lunch TVH 

Garden Designs

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.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Timberscombe Parish Councillors 2015/16

15 Orchard Way Timberscombe TA24 7UL 01643 841396

Details as for Charlie Parsons

CHRIS GUNTER 01643 841781
27 Orchard Way, Timberscombe, TA24 7UL

12 Meadow View, Timberscombe TA24 7TE 07977 542905

JOHN GOODALL ( Chairman )01643 841778
1 Orchard Bungalows, Timberscombe, TA24 7TF

WAYNE PAULL 01643 841244
8 Willow Bank, Timberscombe, TA24 7TW

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

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.


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  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.

Volunteer and Trails Officer
Rights of Way C601c
Economic & Community Infrastructure
Somerset County Council
County Hall
01823 358250

For further information about Rights of Way please visit our website

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:
 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:
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.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Parish Members of Exmoor National Park Authority

Dear Exmoor Parishes
I understand that the Somerset Association of Local Councils will be notifying you all of the result of
the election of parish members of Exmoor National Park Authority. In case you haven’t yet received
this, I can advise that the following Parish Councillors were duly elected:
Mr Mike Ellicott (Exford Parish Council)
Sir Richard Peek (North Molton Parish Council)
Mrs Penelope Webber (Selworthy and Minehead Without Parish Council)
Mr Vivian White (Cutcombe Parish Council)
Mr Alan Wright (Porlock Parish Council)
As you will know, the Government values the important contribution of Parish Members of National
Park Authorities, who help to ensure that local people have full involvement in the running of the
National Park. All Authority Members, including Parish Members, have a primary responsibility to
seek to ensure that the Authority furthers its statutory purposes and Parish Members are appointed
to represent the wider National Park view, and not just their own parish or group of parishes.
Thank you to all parishes who participated in the election process.
Kind regards
Carol Carder
Corporate Support Officer
Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL
Tel: 01398 323665
Tel. Direct Line: 01398 322229
Visit Our Website at

Sunday, 1 February 2015


The new Exmoor Carers Group had its first meeting last month and was well attended. The word “carer” is one that people do not often associate with themselves but which is defined as “someone who spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or friends.”  This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday 17th August, 12-2pm at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross and will again be a bring-and-share lunch.  We will be joined by Compass Carers and Carers Voice, two organisations who are there to support carers and offer advice.  So if you are an unpaid carer looking after a loved one please do come and join us, those cared-for are also very welcome too!

I have been asked a number of times recently about eligibility for Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance.  If you think you might be eligible but need some advice please do get in contact with 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 :

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015

Liberator by Stacked Wonky Dance Company

Mid-afternoon. October 1942. A plane crashes. A sole survivor.
July to September.  Five site specific dance encounters that rewind in and around Porlock Vale.
 Audience numbers are limited.  All tickets must be booked in advance - 

Episode 1: GLADE
A wingspan of 110 feet
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July @ 4 pm
Nutcombe Bottom, Dunster
Adults £5, Under 18 £3  (minimum age 5)
Maximum 30 tickets per performance
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: 1.5 miles

 Episode 2: FIELD
Low cloud all around
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August @ 2 pm
West Luccombe Farm, West Luccombe (National Trust Holnicote Estate)

Episode 3: BARN
Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August @ 8.30 pm / 9 pm / 9.30 pm
SECRET LOCATION (National Trust Holnicote Estate)

Episode 4: HILL
With the downdraught
Sunday 6 September @ 11 am and 2 pm
Bossington Hill, near Minehead (National Trust Holnicote Estate)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Orchard Social Club Outings

Day trip to Ilfracombe
Friday 24th July starting at 9.30am
£8 for OSC members
£10 for non members

Trip around Exmoor with a stop at Horner for a cream tea.
Friday 7th August starting at 2pm until approximately 4.30pm
£5 for members 
£6.50 for non members

Limited numbers. First come first served.
To book call John on 841778

Monday, 26 January 2015

Play Area

The next Play Area meeting will be on 23rd July at 2pm in village hall.
Everyone welcome

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Coffee Morning

Timberscombe Methodist Church
Coffee Morning
Timberscombe Village Hall
Sat. July 18th. 
Usual Stalls. All Welcome 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

West Country Night Out
Friday 17th July @ 7:30 (doors 7:00)
Timberscombe Village Hall

A relaxed, intimate concert evening, with Tom 
and Barbara Brown, which explores the rich and
 diverse song traditions of the South-West.
From classic folk songs to modern writing, the songs
 are set in context with humour, harmony and skilled 
musicianship  that make the time simply fly by. 
A relaxed, fascinating and entertaining show with sentiment 
(rather than sentimentality) and with a deep affection
 for the area it portrays.
Admission £6:00
Tickets available from 9th June from:
 Timberscombe Post Office 01643 841225
or Tel; 01643 841803
Bar and Tea/Coffee
Presented by Umber Music as part of the ENP Lynmouth Pavilion Project

Thursday, 22 January 2015


There have recently been some new changes to the Slinky Bus service, they now offer dedicated time in various areas served on different days.  For more information about this timetable and current charges please call ATWEST on 01643 707090 or visit In addition to this, and to complement the Slinky, ATWEST have started a new Dial-A-Ride service which runs Monday to Thursday and which you can pre-book much like the old Slinky service. Both are door-to-door services. Again, do call ATWEST for more details or to register to use this transport.
On the same subject, Somerset County Council have a good lift-share website for people who travel around Somerset and want to share costs.  For more information about this service please visit or call 01953 451166
Just a reminder for all unpaid carers, there are still some places left on the First Aid course at the Exmoor Medical Centre in Dulverton on 7th July, 2:30 – 4:30pm.  For further information or to book a please contact Compass Carers on 01823 255911.
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, 21 January 2015

Barbecue at Sunnyside

11th July - Barbecue at Sunnyside   5.30pm
Saturday 11th  July  9.30 am to 12.30 pm

                     CPR and Early Defibrillation Saves Lives
                               Join our next course and learn how.
                               Free to Timberscombe residents.
                            To book your place call Kath MacDonald
                               Mob:  07977  542  905 
                                    Places are booked on a first come first served basis. 
                                   Ring Kath for more details.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Somerset Choices is on its way

Somerset Choices, which is set to launch later this month, will transform the way people access care and support services and find out about local groups.
The new website will provide a wealth of useful information and advice and will allow people, or others on their behalf, to search for 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.
Somerset Choices will give people more choice and in the future will be the primary way for care and health professionals to find out what is available in Somerset.
The site has been developed by Somerset County Council in partnership with the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.

Do you know a local care provider or local group?

We want as many care providers and local groups as possible to sign up to the website.
It is easy to upload information and it is absolutely free too. If you know a local care and support providers or local group in your parish, please pass on this information and encourage them to add their details to Somerset Choices.
Information on how to register can be found here: as well as dates of local information events.
It is free to upload information and we can provide support to do this if required.
We are very happy to speak to you or meet with you to answer any questions you have about Somerset Choices. 

Timberscombe Parish Council

The newly appointed Timberscombe Parish Councillors are:

John GOODALL ( Chairman)
Kathernie MACDONALD ( Vice Chair) 
Charlie PARSONS 
Wayne PAULL 

The new clerk to the Council is Elaine Necchi Ghiri. She can be  contacted on:

More detail about the roles and responsibilities of the council to follow.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Jazz Night and Pork Roast

           Please book tickets in advance.

Friday, 16 January 2015


We are holding another one of our popular take-away menus freshly prepared for you.

Complimentary canapés - Choice of
·        Parma ham rolls with homemade pesto, rocket and mozzarella or
·        Boccocini mozzarella, basil and olive on a bamboo canapĂ© skewer. (V)

Main course - Choice of
·        Braised shin of Heal Farm beef with melting onions, potato gratin and seasonal veg or
·        Chicken Kiev (our special Claire’s kitchen recipe) with potato gratin and a green herb salad or
·        Vegetarian Lasagna (we are making fresh pasta ourselves) with a green salad and garlic ciabatta or

Puddings – Choice of
·        Raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake or
·        Devils fool chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

Menu choices must be returned by Monday 29th June with full payment.

Orders will be chilled ready for Collection on Friday at Timberscombe Village Hall from 2.30pm – 3.30pm or from Claire’s Kitchen, Allens Meadow, Wootton Courtenay  1pm to 2pm  or 4pm to 6pm or delivery by arrangement please phone 07799066638.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


On Monday 22nd June at 12 noon there will be an inaugural meeting of a new group for carers at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross.  This group is for all unpaid carers who look after their loved ones and this first meeting is to see if such a group is wanted and what people would like from it.  There will be a bring-and-share lunch and the aim  will be to offer support with free help and advice from Compass Carers.  So if you look after a loved one, maybe a husband, wife, parent or sibling then please bring a plate of food to share and join us for lunch.  If you have any questions about this group or would like to come along but cannot make this date, please let me know.
Compass Carers are also offering the following free training in this area :
June 12th – Dementia Care 10:00am – 3:00pm, Community Hospital, Minehead
June 19th – Recognising & Managing Health Conditions 10:00am – 3:00pm, Community Hospital, Minehead
June 29th – First Aid 10:30am – 12:30pm, Community Hospital, Minehead
July 7th – First Aid 2:30 – 4:30pm   Exmoor Medical Centre, Dulverton
For further information or to book a place contact Compass Carers on 01823 255911.
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, 11 January 2015

Rare Breed Pork for Sale

We are a breeder and producer of Traditional Rare Breed Middle White Pigs. The majority of these pigs then become Little Oak Farm Pork, which at present we sell to the public locally and we also supply a small number of hotels and restaurants in the area.

We sell our meat by the whole or half pig and also have a selection of all the usual pork joints of various weights.
We also sell joint boxes which contain a variety of joints and sausages.
Whole pigs are also available for Hog Roasts.
For further details go to

Or contact us at:
Little Oak Farm
Email address.
Tel 01643 841160 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Route Sixty+

Come along to our Roadshow:
Timberscombe Village Hall,
TA24 7TY.
10:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday, 19th May 2015
Route Sixty Plus is a FREE workshop run
 by Somerset Road Safety.
The aim is to enable older drivers
 to continue their driving career safely
and for longer. There will be an opportunity 
to chat to various other helpful services.
At 10:30 a presentation lasting approx 1hr 
will cover a variety of driving and coping strategies.
For further information call:
01823 423430

Friday, 9 January 2015

Playing Field Fund Raiser

Also coming soon 21st June - Sponsored walk in aid of the Playing Field Fund. Refreshments in the Old Dairy afterwards and fun and games in the park with a bouncy castle. If poor weather the event will move to the Village Hall.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Jumble Sale

Saturday, 16th May at 2.00pm
at Timberscombe Village Hall
Books, Games, Good Quality Clothes, Bric-a-Brac, etc.
Entry 50p to include refreshments
Any jumble can be left at the Village Hall on the morning of the sale,
or the evening before, between 6 and 8pm.
Also at Timberscombe Post Office during the previous week.

For collection of items please phone 841471 or 841803

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Timberscombe Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting of Electors
to be held on
Thursday 14th May 2015
at 7.00pm in the Village Hall
This will be followed by the
Annual Parish Council Meeting
and a meeting of the

John Arlott Playing Field Trustees.
Everyone welcome please come along.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

National Mills Weekend

To view other mills taking part in the National Mills Weekend

Monday, 5 January 2015

Exmoor Walking festival

North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival

SATURDAY 2ND MAY TO SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015 for further details Go to

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Revised Waste Collections

 Easter Monday will mean changes for recycling and rubbish collections

The May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 4 May mean all that week’s collections will again be one day later, including Friday’s pick-up taking place on Saturday 9 May.

Clinical and garden waste collections will also be affected by the bank holidays and will be collected a day later than normal.

Recycling Centres and Community Recycling Sites are open as usual. Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil recycling centres are open 8am-4pm seven days a week. Other sites are open five days through the week including 8am-7pm on Mondays and 8am -1pm on Sundays.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Wootton Courtenay Village Hall
An Evening Of Dance and Music

We are delighted to welcome a performer of the calibre of Max Hutton
Max has performed all over the world including many TV appearances
He sings Sinatra to Williams and more
Antipasti and tapas by Claire’s Kitchen
Music and Dancing - Bar and Raffle
In aid of the village hall stage lighting improvements

Saturday 18th April  7.00pm to 10.30pm
Tickets to include food
Book by 11th April for a £1 discount
Tickets from Villagers’ Stores  or Claire Lynch 07799 066 638


Friday, 2 January 2015

Can you help?

The annual Village Hall Spring Clean 
will take place on Saturday 18th April 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!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Advice from our Village Agent Caroline Harding

As from April of this year Government legislation allows people to cash in their pensions.   Sadly this may result in a number of scams which can defraud the Pension Holder.
Individuals could be targeted in a number of different ways including:
*Websites, mass texting, telephone calls or cold calls
*Scammers may suggest that the Government has asked them to make contact
Scammers may offer a number of services such as:
*’One-off investment opportunities’, ‘free pension review’,’ cash bonus’, ‘government endorsement,’ ‘legal loopholes’
*Transfer of your money overseas
*Access to pension before the age of 55 years.
*Encouragement to speed up transfer of money to a new scheme
If people are interested to cash in their pension they should-
1.Consult their Bank Manager, Solicitor, Accountant or responsible person such as a member of their family before doing anything
2.Insist in having everything in writing
3.Not give details of their pension scheme or Bank Account to anyone other than a responsible person
Remember - if it appears to be too good to be true it probably is not true.
For any issues that may be affecting you please call.  All advice is free and completely confidential.
Caroline Harding, Village Agent, Tel : 07908 160733, e-mail :