Winsham Community Speed-watch 2017

Winsham Parish Council is undertaking a 2017 Speed-watch in response to concerns raised by parishioners about the speed of traffic coming through the village. This initiative will be undertaken in conjunction with the Police and South Somerset Community Speed-watch, it aims to:

·        Help us address speeding problems in Winsham

·        Increase public awareness of the dangers of speeding

·        Provide help and advice to enable us to make Winsham roads safer

·        Promote and participate in specific road safety campaigns initiated by the police

We hope to involve and engage all sectors of the Winsham community. We need 12-15 volunteers, who will be trained by the police in the operation of the ‘speed gun’ and collation of vehicle details and will work initially in teams of three. If you are interested in taking part please give your name and address to –

Trevor Harris at 24, Church Street, Winsham. Tel: 01460 30389, or email –

By 31st of July 2017.


Please find attached, by clicking here, an invitation from the Hear of Wessex Local Action Group to a meeting to discuss investment in local businesses & organisations, being held on: 

Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 6.00 pm

East Coker Village Hall, East Coker, BA22 9JJ 

Please use this link to book your place:



Help Shut the Gate on Rural Crime

New text number to combat rural crime - 81819

Avon & Somerset Police are launching a new text service, 17/01/2017, to help prevent and detect rural crime.

They are asking rural communities and businesses to help them by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area.  The new number will allow the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We are trialling the number for three months. Many people who belong to our Farm Watch scheme had said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this new number will allow that.  We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example - details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.  No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice."

Messages are currently sent out via text message and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.

The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.

The new number is 81819, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area. You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  They never ask your name or trace your call.

Standing Up Against Hate Crime

Following Winsham Parish Council's meeting held on the 7th September 2016, the Members unanimously agreed to follow South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) Commitment against Hate Crime:

“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. We will work to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community.”

Flood Re Scheme

 Flood Re Scheme started in April 2016 and by clicking here you will be able to see information on how the scheme works.

Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service

Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.  They see people at outreach, their premises, their home or hospice.  They can help take the worry out of the finances during these difficult times.

Please contact on 01935 847667 for their help. 

Bus Services

Transporting Somerset have recently carried out a tender process for service 99 between Chard and Yeovil (the service between Chard and Taunton is operated commercially by Stagecoach). This contract has been won by South West Coaches and from the 13 June 2016 they will be operating this section of the route on a 7 year contract.

This service has been renumbered 96 to avoid confusion with the Stagecoach Chard to Taunton 99.   Please click here for a copy of the new timetable from 13 June 2016.

Volunteer Driver Recruitment - Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council is appealing for more volunteer drivers to help provide a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults and children.

The County Council currently provides transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children.  This includes trips to hospital for medica appointments, or transport to day centres.

A dedicated army of nearly 200 fantastic drivers across the county currently act as volunteers, but the ageing population in Somerset means demand for transport is growing and more volunteers are needed.

Volunteer driving is a rewarding opportunity to get out and about, helping others and meeting new people, while providing a vital lifeline in your local community.

Anyone can be a volunteer - the only criteria is that drivers must be over 18, have use of their own four-door vehicle, and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than six points.  Mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile.

To find out more about volunteer driving, please contact Somerset You Can Do by phoning 01278 664180 or visit

Blackdown Hills Community Nature Project

The Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Project is an exciting new community wildlife project that aims to discover and record the diverse range of wildlife in the area as well as equipping people with the skills they need for its future conservation.

They are looking for community groups who want to set up nature projects that will benefit wildlife in the local area.  Please click here for more information. 

Adopt a Path Scheme

Somerset County Council (SCC) has introduced a new scheme called Adopt a Path Scheme. The scheme is open to everyone between 18 and 75 years old. SCC would like volunteers to:

  • Walk a path, or ride/cycle a bridleway/restricted byway as often as possible
  • Report any problems encountered to them or a local Adopt-a-path Coordinator.
  • Help with cutting vegetation back from signs, stiles and gates.
  • Keep an approximate total of time spent clearing vegetation.
  • Promote responsible use of the path.

SCC will give help and advice with any rights of way questions, provide cover under their insurance policy whilst carrying out this role and loan gloves and tools to do the clearance.  To take part either go online to fill in the application form or contact Rights of Way Service, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY, telephone number 0300 123 2224.  SCC will then send you a map asking you to mark which paths you would like to adopt.  When returning the map SCC will send you relevant information and details of any local co-ordinator. To download SCC's brochure, please click here.

 New Traffic and Travel Website

Somerset County Council has recently launched a new traffic and travel website –

This runs alongside the @TravelSomerset Twitter account, which provides live updates from the Council’s traffic control team.

The aim of Travel Somerset is to improve how they tell people about what’s happening on the roads in Somerset – from planned roadworks and public events to unplanned incidents, accidents or congestion.

The website provides updates 24/7 and also has a searchable map showing current and future roadworks. You can sign up for travel alerts or subscribe for emails about roadworks in an area of your choice.

The new website also has information about public transport, cycling and walking, and will be developed and improved over time.


Somerset Waste Partnership

The Somerset Waste Partnership's August Monthly Briefing is now available and can be viewed here. Somerset Waste Partnership have also published details of the revised Bank Holiday collection dates for 2017.  Please click here to view.

"Report a problem" on the Highway 

A new online, interactive map has been launched by Somerset County Council to allow residents to report potholes and other issues on Somerset’s Highways.

‘Report it’ is now available at  and allows users to report any issues across all 4,206 miles of Somerset’s highways.

How does it work?

Residents can now go on the website to report issues they find on a highway such as a pothole, blocked drain or poor road surface. Simply log the issue on the map by location and then fill in the details of the problem using an online form. People can also leave an email address to receive updates on potholes they have reported.

When residents report a road defect it will be inspected within 3 working days, and programme repair work will be scheduled where required. 

You can find out more information about how we find and repair potholes here.

Explore Somerset – (Public Footpaths and Rights of Way)

A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council.

How does it work?

Explore Somerset is now available at and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset.

The interactive system can also be used to simply report any issues you find on a right of way – such as a broken stile or blocked path.

Residents can log the issue on the map and also upload photos to help wardens easily locate the problem. They can also leave an email address to receive updates when the issue is resolved or closed.

Explore Somerset is being improved and developed all the time, and one of the next phases is to develop a volunteer module for the many individuals and groups who give up their time to help the County Council look after the network.

Explore Somerset

If you have any queries about Explore Somerset please email:,

or if you’re interested in volunteering opportunities on the path network then please visit or email

The Highways ‘Report It, and “Explore Somerset” online systems continue to be improved and will work in co-ordination with the all new Travel Somerset website, ( 

Residents can also report issues to Highways and Public Footpaths and Rights of Way through their dedicated Contact Centre on 0300 123 2224.

Gold Star Awards 2017

Please click here to view a poster regarding the Gold Star Awards for 2017.  Nominations are now open so if you know a young person who is doing something special in the community, a youth club/organisation that deserves some recognition, or an adult who gives up their time supporting young people, then please nominate them for a Gold Star.

The easiest way to nominate is through South Somerset District Council's website - you can request a nomination form by contacting Helen Sharpe by email –

Nominations close on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

SSDC looks forward to receiving your nominations!

Share your views on digital opportunities and barriers for rural businesses


Businesses located in rural areas, including villages and small towns, are being asked to contribute their views by responding to a major survey about the use of digital technology.

Who can take part?

Information is sought from all types of businesses:
Sector: from retailers, to manufacturers or professionals
Size: from small sole traders to larger employers
Type: from PLCs to social enterprises
Age: from recent start-ups to long-established firms

Responses are just as valuable however much or however little a business uses digital technology.

What will the questions be on?

The survey asks questions about how businesses use technology (e.g. smartphones, laptops and tablets), what they use it for (e.g. emails, e-commerce, Skype meetings and social media).  It also asks about the benefits from using digital technology and whether anything holds back its use.

How can you help?

This is an important and ground-breaking piece of research about the future of the rural economy.  The overall results will be discussed with MPs, Government departments and many others.  So please help us by passing this on to as many rural businesses as possible.  The deadline for responses is 1st September 2017.

Who is the survey for?

The research is being undertaken by Rural England CIC and Scotland's Rural College, with YouGov running their survey.  Survey responses will be treated in confidence and businesses do not have to provide information that would identify them.

If you are a parish council, local authority, individual person and you have links with local rural businesses or networks, please share this survey as wide as possible!