Saturday, 26 August 2017


Monday, 14 August 2017

Jumble Sale

Jumble Sale
21st April 2pm
Timberscombe Village Hall

 Good quality clean clothes, books, CD’s, games, linens, bric-a-brac, etc.
 Jumble can be delivered to the Hall between
  9.30 - 11am on Saturday,
 6-7.30pm on Friday
 For collection please call 01643 841803.
     Entrance 50p includes Tea/Coffee and biscuit

Sunday, 13 August 2017

House to Rent in Timberscombe

2 Bed property available in Timberscombe.

Vicarage Court, Timberscombe, Somerset, TA24

Large 2 bed house set in a rural location. Garden and drive.

Applicants must have a Local connection to Timberscombe.

Total Cost : £87.41, Weekly (52 weeks)

Ref no:52221  -  Falcon Rural Housing Association

Before you can express an interest in this property you must be registered on the Homefinder Somerset Housing Register. To register please complete the online application form at
CBL Property - Expression of interest for these properties must be made no later than midnight on Apr 8 2018

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A39 Closure

Dear Sir/Madam
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE Minehead to Williton Road (A39), Old Cleeve 
I am writing to inform you that Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of Minehead to Williton Road (A39) from Somerset Highways.
This road will be closed from 11th April 2018 and is expected to last for 3 nights (19.00 - 07.00hrs) to enable patching works to be carried out.
Every effort will be made to keep the duration of this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption.
For any further information please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224.
Yours sincerely
The Road Closure Team

Friday, 11 August 2017

Breakfast 8th April

Breakfast at the Old Dairy.
  8.30am to 11am
Full English Breakfast - 2 bacon, 2 eggs, beans, tomatoes,
mushrooms, potatoes, fruit juice, toast, marmalade 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.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Showcase Timberscombe

Showcase Timberscombe

16th March 2.30pm to 7pm

17th March 10am to 12 noon.

Timberscombe Village Hall

  • Find out more about the activities currently available in the village and give feedback about anything new you would like to see. There will be representatives from groups such as the    Bowls Club, Cricket Club, Zing Sports, Art Group, Bell Ringers, Cowbridge Mill, Garden    Club, Film Club, Writers Group, Timberscombe Show Committee and Orchards Social Club.
  • Speak to support organisers such as the Village Agent, local PCSO (Police), Housing Initiative Officer, Contact the Elderly and local Housing reps from Magna and Falcon Housing.
  • Find out about Timberscombe First School and Pre School.
  • Speak to your local Councillors from the Parish Council and West Somerset Council.
  • Find out about local businesses. Business cards or information will be displayed during the event.
Free entry
Free prize draw ticket for each person attending.
Refreshments available so why not just join us for a chat.

Come along to this event.

There may be more going on in your

village than you think!
For further details contact Peter Pilkington on ‭‭07528 539113‬‬ or
email Lesley Webb at :

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Parish Council Meeting March 2018 Change of Date

Dear All,

 Please note that the March parish council meeting date has changed to the 5th of March.

 If you could please amend your records/diaries.

 Again apologies for any inconvenience caused.

With thanks,
Sofi Cogley

Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Timberscombe Parish Council

01643 842912

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Climate Change Film - Miehead

Arguably the need to combat climate change is the biggest current challenge facing humanity. On Monday 5th March 7:30pm at The Regal Theatre Minehead the film QU’EST-CE QU’ON ATTEND (What are we waiting for?) portrays a year in the life of the French village of Ungersheim and how it embraced Transition. The people doing Transition are the film’s characters, the Mayor, the young, the old, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Perhaps even more important than the projects, the jobs created and the CO2 emissions cut is the change in people’s sense of what is possible. We see growing happiness and pride of acting together for a universal cause: the protection of the planet.

Tickets from the Regal Theatre Box Office on 01643 706430. A trailer can be seen at For information about the organisers West Somerset LETS please see or ring 01643 821768 (Hester).

Friday, 4 August 2017

CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club

 Celebrating beautifully cooked Exmoor produce

 The first dates of the new CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club have been released. Top chefs are supporting the National Park by holding special lunchtime and evening events celebrating their use of local produce and raising funds to help keep Exmoor special.

 During the meal, diners will enjoy hearing from the chefs, as well as some of their suppliers, about their passion and love for Exmoor produce. Events will take place throughout the year at different locations from award-winning restaurants to unique pop up events across Greater Exmoor. Each event will have its own unique menu created specifically to celebrate locally sourced produce. Whilst highlighting their passion for local food, the chefs are also supporting the National Park as the fixed price meal for each event includes a contribution to CareMoor for Exmoor, which raises funds for nature, heritage and access projects across the National Park.

 The first dates for 2018 include:

 ·         Friday 26 January at The Swan, Bampton. An evening meal with owner / chef Paul Berry preparing a 5-course tasting menu in conjunction with Wicked Wolf Gin and Exmoor Ales
·         Sunday 4 February with Claire’s Kitchen at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall preparing a 2-course Sunday Lunch in partnership with Little Oak Farm.
·         Saturday 10 February with Claire’s Kitchen at Dulverton Town Hall for a three course oriental evening in conjunction with Secret Orchard Cider·         Saturday 3 March a four course evening meal presented by Head Chef Barrie Tucker Chef at Psalters Restaurant, at the Luttrell Arms, Dunster.
·         Thursday 29 March with Chef John Bradley at the Coleridge Restaurant, Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel with a ‘Taste of the Moor’ tasting menu

 Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park said, “The Dining Club is part of our joint Eat Exmoor project which aims to spread the message about the quality of our local food and its link with the landscape we all love and want to conserve.  CareMoor for Exmoor is our donations scheme, which helps to keep Exmoor special. We are very grateful to the chefs and venues who are supporting us by hosting a Dining Club event and hope that this will give people a unique opportunity to experience the true taste of Exmoor.”
As part of the Eat Exmoor project Visit Exmoor (the official tourism association)  is also publishing a new, free Eat Exmoor food and drink guide early next year and local food lovers can sign up for a foodie E-Newsletter making sure they hear about all the latest food events including those under the banner of  CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club.

 For full details, prices and booking information visit Further Dining Club dates will be added throughout the year.


Contact: Katrina Munro, Exmoor National Park Authority

01398 322236

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Claire's Kitchen

Dear Villagers,please read the exciting event below,

The amazing Justin from Reeves Restaurant in Dunster(previously twice winner of Somerset Life chef of the year)and Claire from Claires Kitchen are doing a brillant cookery school.Entitled Entertaining at Home-Chefs tips.There will be hands on throughout the workshop,Justin will be covering Modern European,Claire will be covering Vietnamese,there will be some canape work with filo,and try your hand at making a lemon curd and summer fruit meringue roulade.Guidance from both of us on the day,cookery demos,hands on work,it will be a cookery session to remember.All refreshments included and a feast guaranteed for lunch with all your wonderful concoctions.Cost will be £35.00 per ticket per person.To book either,call me on 07799066638 or email,spaces limited as already ten tickets sold,will be held at Wootton Courtenay village hall which has amazing surround sound and excellent facilities.11am and 2pm,see you there,if you have a favourite knife and apron feel free to bring along.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Two cars were broken into at the Nutcombe Bottom Car Park on New Year’s Day at about  12.30 Cash was stolen. If you have any information regarding this please contact the Police. Do not leave any valuables in your cars when parking in the area.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Message From Claire's Kitchen

Dear all please see attachments, menus for both below, booking either by email or call me 07799066638, thank you

 Sunday 4th February 2018 1 pm, licensed bar, £15.00 per ticket-(can be made GF) at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall-

Little Oak Farm Slowly Roasted Leg of Pork served with sage, onion and thyme stuffing balls, honey roasted parsnips, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables with a delicious gravy OR

Little Oak Farm Pork sausages served a creamy chive mash, seasonal vegetables and an onion and rosemary gravy

(V)Aubergine and potato moussaka served with seasonal vegetables


Homemade Apple and blackberry crumble served with clotted cream or custard

 Saturday February 10th £25.00 per ticket-at Dulverton village Hall 7pm-

Duo Starter of Thai Beef Salad and Homemade Crispy spring roll with fresh coriander, basil, bean sprouts, spring onions, carrot, red pepper, served with sweet chilli sauce

(V) Homemade Crispy spring roll with fresh coriander and Thai rice noodle salad with Vietnamese Lemon grass marinated mushrooms

Main Course

Vietnamese poached Duck in an aromatic broth with star anise, hoisin, lemongrass, shallots, ginger, served on a upon noodle stack with pak choi, spring onion and fresh basil

(V)Thai Sweet potato curry with a coconut rice  and pineapple, chilli and cucumber salad Dessert

Duo dessert-Mango Fool and poached pineapple upside cake

CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club – celebrating beautifully cooked Exmoor produce

 Top award-wining chefs are supporting the National Park by holding special lunchtime or evening events celebrating their use of local produce and raising funds to help keep the area special. Claire from Claire’s Kitchen, Barrie Tucker from the Luttrell Arms in Dunster and John Bradley from the Dunkery Beacon Hotel in Wooten Courtenay are among those involved. During the meal, diners will enjoy hearing from the head chef about their local suppliers and why they love Exmoor produce. Local food producers will also be telling their stories - Claire’s Kitchen is teaming up with pork producer Little Oak Farm from Timberscombe on 4th February and Secret Orchard Cider from Nettlecombe on the 10th February at Dulverton village hall.

The series of meals known as the CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club, will take place at top restaurants around Greater Exmoor throughout the year, each with its own unique menu created specifically to celebrate locally sourced produce. The chefs will be showcasing their love of local food whilst also giving their support to the National Park by raising some funds for CareMoor for Exmoor, the authority’s donation scheme which helps keep Exmoor special, £5.00 of every ticket sold goes to Caremoor.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park said ‘The Dining club is part of our joint Eat Exmoor project which is all about spreading the message about the quality of our local food and its link with the landscapes we all love and want to conserve.  We are very grateful to the chef’s hosting an event and supporting CareMoor for Exmoor, our donations scheme which helps fund specific nature, access and heritage projects.’

‘Our partner Visit Exmoor (the official tourism association)  is also publishing a new, free Eat Exmoor food and drink guide and local food lovers can also sign up for a foodie E-Newsletter making sure they hear about all the latest food events going on including those under the banner of  CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club.’

The website contains details of the restaurants and dates of CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club events.

Saturday, 29 July 2017


Age UK Somerset are looking for new “ Befriending” volunteers. No experience is necessary and any expenses are paid. They also have lots of activities for the aged such as:

Ageing Well – Promoting health activity

Information and Advice – Helping the elderly make the right decisions.

Toenail Cutting – Referals are through your own GP

Products and Services - designed for the over 50s.

Volunteering – Admin, exercise leaders, paperwork, befriending

Visit the website at : 

Or call 01823 345627 for further information.

Friday, 28 July 2017

New book by Cindy Hurn

Request from Local author, Cynthia J Hurn - aka: “Terry’s mum”, “Grannie Cindy” or “the American lady with the golden retriever”
I am seeking book-lovers who would like to join the Launch Team for my upcoming new e-book, titled:The Shimmering
This historical fiction is a compelling, heart-warming tale of resilience, love and courage, and is suitable for readers from 8 to 98 years. 
Launch Team members will receive a free, privately released, pre-launch copy of the manuscript on a PDQ file attachment, which can only be read on an ipad, tablet, laptop or large screen. (A paperback version will be available to purchase in April 2018.)
All I ask of my team is that they …
·         Read their free copy of the PDQ manuscript over the next month
·         Download the e-book from Amazon during the 2-day launch in January 2018
·        Post a review on Amazon and
·         Spread the word (by mouth or by social media)
Interested? To join my team, just email me, Cindy Hurn, at
You will receive my personal welcome and your copy of the file in the next 48 hours.
See what two readers have written in praise for The Shimmering…
From Pat Murphy, MA; Film Director, Writer, and International Lecturer:
In The Shimmering, Cynthia J Hurn brings us beyond the myths and legends of the Old West to show how the vast energy and power of compassion can act across time and space.
In 1845, three pioneer children lost their parents in a devastating accident. In 2017, on modern-day Exmoor, a grandmother describes the pioneer children’s hopeless plight, and the four Hanlon children are fired by a desire to help. They follow a spirit guide through the mysterious “shimmering” to find themselves back on the Oregon Trail, where they vow to stay with the young pioneers until they reach their destination.
There are terrifying obstacles to overcome and thrilling adventures to be encountered. Everything is grounded in a deep understanding of the life of the pioneers as they journey through deserts, tackle dangerous fast-flowing rivers and cross unforgiving mountains in search of a better life. In fact, the daily courage and resourcefulness of the pioneers is brought so vividly to life in this important and fascinating book, I suspect that C J Hurn has herself gone through “the shimmering.”
From Alan Hines, Author and Screenwriter: 
The Shimmering is one of those “Once Upon A Time” stories, the kind that lures you in with the promise of a good tale. And it delivers. It’s about three children in 19th century America - Jake, Anna, and Ben - who find themselves suddenly alone in the world and of their adventures as pioneers on their journey across the American west. Unbeknownst to them, their lives intersect with four English, modern-day brothers and sisters. 
Cynthia Hurn’s tale draws on American history, folklore, cultural traditions, and an appreciation of classics for children and adults alike – through the looking glass, or into the wardrobe, or over the rainbow…. With The Shimmering, Hurn proves that she is a skillful and gifted storyteller. 
So, if you wish to join my team at the beginning of a wonderful adventure, send an email to me,, and you’ll soon be curled up by the fire, walking the Oregon Trail with seven lovable, courageous children!
Warmest wishes,
Cindy Hurn

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Support Local Producers

New shop to promote Exmoor Food and Crafts
A recently formed group of local food producers and crafts people is opening a brand new shop in The Avenue, Minehead on 15th January.

 Following the recent decision to close the Exmoor Producers Association Shop on Friday Street Minehead, some of its members, along with a many new producers got together to form a new ‘not for profit’ community group.

 Pam Barr herself a local pork farmer from Little Oak Farm, is chairing the new group called Exmoor Food & Crafts. Pam said, “There is real enthusiasm and excitement among our members - the new shop which will allow a great platform for locally produced goods. We’ll be offering a great selection of Exmoor and Greater Exmoor handmade crafts and fabulous food items including honey, jam, chutney and meat.”

 Local producers who might be interested in selling their goods though the new shop are invited email Pamela via or pop in after 15th January.

 Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager from Exmoor National Park said, “We’ve been delighted that this new group is going to promote local produce in this way. It is essential that residents and visitors can easily source the items being made here on Exmoor and the new shop will give a real focus for the wider activities of the group. ”

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Exmoor National Park Local Plan

At its meeting on 4th July 2017, Exmoor National Park Authority resolved to adopt the Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2011-2031 (including minerals and waste policies), which wholly supersedes the saved policies of the previous Exmoor National Park Local Plan (2005). 

The Local Plan promotes sustainable development, which enables local communities and businesses to thrive, whilst conserving and enhancing the National Park’s special qualities. The Plan includes a vision, objectives, strategic priorities and also contains both strategic planning policies and development management policies, which will guide development and the use of land in Exmoor National Park until 2031. Now adopted, the Local Plan is the statutory development plan and forms the basis for planning decisions within Exmoor National Park.

The adopted Local Plan, together with its Policies Map and adoption statement, are available online.  Alternatively, the Local Plan and associated documents can be viewed at the offices of Exmoor National Park Authority and North Devon and West Somerset councils as indicated in the attached adoption statement. 
Anyone requiring further information on the Exmoor National Park Plan should contact or 01398 323665

Kind regards

David Wyborn

Head of Planning & Sustainable Development

Road Closure

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE Ranscombe Road, Wootton Courtenay 

I am writing to inform you that Somerset County Council as the Highway Authority have received an application for the temporary closure of Ranscombe Road from CJ Lynch & Sons (Minehead) Ltd.
This road will be closed from 08th January 2018 and is expected to last for 2 days to enable a connection to a  foul drain to be carried out in this road.
Every effort will be made to keep the duration of this closure to a minimum to reduce any further disruption.
For any further information please contact CJ Lynch & Sons (Minehead) Ltd on
01643 704124
Yours sincerely,
The Road Closure Team SCC

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2018

All meetings in Timberscombe Village Hall
11th January
8th February
5th March * ( n.b. changed to Monday)
12th April
10th May
14th June
12th July
No Meeting in August
13th September
11th October
8th November
No Meeting in December

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Donating Your Winter Fuel Payment

An Idea Worth Warming To

Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, encouraging people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment each year to help local people living in fuel poverty.

Last year, over 400 older people in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to local donors and pensioners who gave to Surviving Winter.

When a person receives their Surviving Winter grant, it doesn’t just go towards paying the heating bill. It is also the first step towards connecting them to a local community partner; this can become the foundation for a new relationship that can help to overcome the isolation and loneliness many older people experience.

Help Somerset Community Foundation reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people this year.

To donate to Surviving Winter, visit or call 01749 344949. Gift Aid forms are also available to download from the Somerset Community Foundation website.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Refuse Collections

Christmas and New Year 2017/18

Usual collection day                                                       Revised collection day

Monday 18 to Friday 22 Dec                                         No change

Monday 25 to Friday 29 Dec                                         All two days later

Monday 1 to Friday 5 Jan                                              All one day later.

Monday 8 Jan onwards                                                 Usual collections resume

Revised collection days above also apply to assisted and clinical waste collections.

Recycling & Refuse Collections Bank Holiday Changes 

Garden waste collections will not take place Monday 25 December – Friday 5 January, resuming from Monday 8 January 2018 on usual days.

 Decoration-free natural Christmas trees under 6ft should be composted: Take to your local recycling site or, if you pay for garden waste collections, put them out on your usual garden waste collection day from 8 January. (As a very last resort you can send your tree for landfill burial. Place next to your refuse bin on your usual collection day between 8 - 19 January 2017).

 Recycling centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Open all other days on their usual schedule. Vehicle permit conditions apply as usual over the festive season. All recycling sites accept only debit or credit card payments for disposal of soil, hardcore, tyres, gas bottles, vehicle parts and commercial waste, and to purchase Revive compost. Asbestos and plasterboard disposal is by online pre-payment. Crewkerne and Dulverton community recycling sites’ £2 entry fees are by cash.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Neighbourhood Planning

Check out this link which explains how local communities can organise themselves and design a local plan for planning


Monday, 6 March 2017

Promoting Health and Wellbeing in West Somerset

Wednesday 13 December
at Minehead Jobcentre 10am – 12.30pm.

The event is free to attend and open to all.

This event is for anyone who is looking to develop their confidence, health and wellbeing or maybe looking to find a new hobby or access additional support.

If you would like any additional information in relation to the event then please get in contact Emily Wishart at:

West Somerset Council, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA

Tel 01984 635221 or 07739 958441

Days of Work – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Friday, 3 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017


Providing people in West Somerset’s communities with easier access to information and services.
Hello, I would like to introduce myself as the new Village Agent for West Somerset. My name is Kristy Hirons and I am looking forward to being able to meet many of you within our community very soon.
The role of a Village Agent is to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs. All of the support that I offer is free and confidential.
·         Do you live alone, have a problem and are not sure who to turn to?
·         Do you need some help finding  the right agency, service or people to help?
·         Are you a carer that needs help and support?
·         Does your community have a collective problem that needs a kick-start?
·         You’re just finding life a bit hard going at the moment?

I am here to help.
I am based in Minehead but will visit all areas of West Somerset. I will be available at the Talking Cafe at The Beach Hotel, Minehead every Monday morning between 10am and 1pm. There, you will able to book an appointment to see me or just pop in for a chat if you are passing. I work 5 days a week and will answer my mobile if I am able to. If I don’t answer, please do leave me a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.
 You may see me walking around the villages or at local groups and coffee mornings. If you do, please come and say “Hello”, I’d love to have a chat and perhaps a biscuit or two! If you’d prefer, I am more than happy to visit you in your home.
So any query, large or small – get in touch.   07931017889

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Free King size Mattress

Silent Night Miracoil Mattress.  vgc kingsize mattress free to anyone who needs one,  approx 4 yrs old.  It is very in a clean condition, medium to firm. 
Contact Pamela Barr  at if interested.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sold Out


Photographs by Ian Moncrieff
Sold in aid of
St Petrocks Church Vestry Improvement Fund, Timberscombe
A3 Spiral Bound Calendar including Envelope
Available from:
·       Timberscombe Post Office, 
·       Waterside Great House Street at other times (01643-841318)