Thursday, 17 December 2015

Family Zing

Calling all families in Timberscombe............. want something to do after school before the weather turns to winter? Then come to our 'playing out' sessions in Timberscombe park. Fun family games for you and your children to have a go at together, all children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Wednesdays Sep 21st, 28th and Oct 5th, 3.15pm to 4.15pm in Timberscombe park. Attend all 3 and get a free bag of equipment for you and your family to enjoy.#Familyfun #Beactive #ActiveinTimberscombe

Monday, 14 December 2015

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.

Thursday, 5 November 2015




2.30pm on the village playing field

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Friday, 28 August 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.

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, 12 February 2015

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