The South West Outdoor Festival Is Coming To Cheddar

South West Outdoor FestivalCheddar is hosting a festival of all things outdoors this autumn. Building on the huge success of the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival held last year in Devon, the National Trust is working with partners and outdoor experts to prepare for the 2017 event which will take place in and around Cheddar Gorge over the weekend of September 8 – 10.

The festival is open to local residents, day visitors and campers, with a small entry charge covering all entertainment and some activities. The idea behind this celebration of all things wild and adventurous is for people to try new outdoor sports or experience favourite pursuits in new and challenging settings.

Last year’s event introduced festival goers to hiking, biking, paddling, axe throwing, star gazing, endurance running and much more, with plenty of food for the brain as well in the form of music and motivational speakers. There was relaxation too around the camp sites.

If you would like to attend or spread the word to friends and families who live further away check the event website for more details as it will be updated nearer to the festival weekend. If you would like to volunteer to help there are plenty of opportunities and rewards so do contact the organisers.

The festival is run by the National Trust in conjunction with Cotswold Outdoor and the Mendip Hills AONB, with support from Somerset Wildlife Trust and Longleat. You can learn more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionsouthwest/south-west-outdoor-festival

Great British Spring Clean

Cheddar is taking part in this national event: http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

on the morning of Sunday 5th March. Areas covered will include the Strawberry line to Sharpham Road and Draycott Park. Please look out for information on where to meet to start the big clean up. Everyone is invited to help make the village look sparkling and fresh for the year ahead. High viz jackets and equipment will be provided. The event will last about 2 hours.

Meet at Kings Leisure, in the car park, from 9.30. If you have gloves or a hi viz vest please bring them along, but some will be supplied.

Community Partnership Survey

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Have your say! Win a £25 voucher for the Riverside Inn and Restaurant.

This is your chance to influence where money is spent in Cheddar. The Cheddar Community Partnership wants to attract funding into Cheddar to deliver a real change in the level of investment in the areas of Community & Environment, Health & Wellbeing and Economic Development.

Applications for external funding need to be supported by up-to-date data and strong evidence of need. A lot of work has been done already so your input will be supported by previous surveys including the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

There are many examples around the country where Community Partnerships have been successful in attracting funding in to communities very much like Cheddar.

Click here to complete the survey

NB – This is a separate survey to the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Survey, which is about the future vision and policies for the parish – if you haven’t taken that survey yet, please click here.

Land’s End To John O’Groats walker in Cheddar

Stephen at Wadebridge last week
Stephen at Wadebridge last week

Stephen Fox is 68 and is walking from Land’s End To John O’Groats raising awareness of the pre-cancerous condition Barrett’s Oesophagus, and will be in Cheddar YHA overnight Saturday 21st May.

Few people have heard of the condition but it may afflict one million people in Britain.

Deciding he wanted to help raise awareness of this condition, on May 6th, he set out to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats carrying his tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and everything else he might need, on his back.

Of his decision to embark on the 1000 mile sojourn, Stephen says, “I realised that people were not aware of the condition and decided I wanted to raise awareness of it and hopefully some money too. Barrett’s Wessex was the obvious choice of charity to support.”

The charity’s co-founder and chairman, Chris Robinson, explains, “There are many charities that focus on cancer but with oesophageal cancer, a diagnosis is likely to come too late with a typical prognosis of a few weeks. Barrett’s Wessex is a charity specifically attempting to raise awareness of Barrett’s Oesophagus which can be monitored and treated to minimise the risk of it progressing to cancer. We are delighted that Stephen has chosen our charity and we wish him bonne marche.”

Stephen’s progress may be followed by occasional updates to the dedicated website: www.LE-JOG.org.uk

Barrett’s Wessex charity was inaugurated in Southampton in 2009. It now covers the whole of the 7 counties of modern Wessex with hubs in other parts of the region and providing support for other groups they have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in other parts of the country.

 

Chris Robinson
Chairman, Barrett’s Wessex

Get Business, Get Digital!

Sedgemoor District CouncilSole trader or a small business owner? Need to get digital? Get Business, Get Digital!

Thanks to high demand the Get Business, Get Digital team are running two more free sessions in Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar in the coming weeks. These additional workshops, in addition to pre-published programme, will allow Cheddar and Burnham retailers and businesses to get an edge in the online marketplace and sharpen up their digital toolbox.

The team behind Get Business, Get Digital, which launched in October 2015, and has so far held sixteen events in the district, are here to help small businesses thrive and get to grips with the world of digital. Get Business, Get Digital offers a wide range of free workshops for sole traders and small businesses living and working in West Somerset and Sedgemoor. Tourism businesses in the wider Somerset area are also able to take advantage of the programme.

The next half day workshop, which takes place on the morning of 24th May in Burnham-on-Sea, focusses on selling online and how businesses can build on income from online sales with EBay and Amazon amongst others. Online selling can be complex so anyone looking for tips and practical advice should take advantage of the tutor’s expertise and come along. There will be a follow-up session on the afternoon of the 24th  in the same location which will focus on Search Engine Optimisation and how to get the best for your business out of Google, Yahoo and other search engines. Business owners can attend one or both of the May 24th sessions.

The two additional sessions are taking place on 14th June at Gordon’s Hotel, Cheddar and 12th July at Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, Burnham-on-Sea. The Cheddar event will focus on standing out on social media and what makes a great website with the Burnham workshop focussing on helping independent retailers surviving in digital era. Booking details for these new sessions will appear on the team’s website in the next few days.

As we move into summer future sessions include Financial Forecasting, Bridgwater on 28th June and Cloud for Business, Bridgwater on 30th June.

For a full list of free workshops, information about the wider programme and to book please visit www.getbusinessgetdigital.co.uk. It’s easy to register to attend, simply click on the event and follow the instructions.

You can book on to the Cheddar session here.

 

Visit Somerset eBook

Visit Somerset eBookVisit Somerset has just released a new 243-page eBook “History and Heritage” about the county. It’s been three years compiling it, and is now a free resource for everyone to use, to draw people to visit Somerset, including Cheddar (see The Dawn of Man Pages 13 & 14) and promote what a beautiful county we have.

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Somerset is a county that has it all. Ranked seventh in the UK for size with vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored.

Join award winning author and photographer, Ian Brodie, on a journey of discovery through the history and heritage of the county. Uncover the stunning variety of scenery: compare the bleak majesty of the Mendip Hills with the ever-changing vistas of Exmoor, the soft folds of the southern hills, the rich green flatness of the Levels, the great expanses of sand beaches with their popular resort towns and the rocky headlands at either end of the Somerset shoreline.

Discover noble ‘wool’ churches, with their imposing towers and contrast them to the dignity of Georgian Bath, the medieval quaintness of Wells or bustling market towns like Taunton, Yeovil and Frome.

Published by Visit Somerset, the official Destination Management Organisation for Somerset, this eBook showcases more than 200 sensational places to visit. It includes in-depth touring information, handy hints, maps, enhanced eBook features and over 750 stunning images.

Photo: Ian Brodie © Visit Somerset

Walking for Health leaders needed

Walking-for-Health-logoFor a while now there have been successful Walking for Health walks in Cheddar.  Gentle, sociable walks, lasting about three quarters of an hour to one hour, near lavatories and refreshments – with kind, trained leaders.

However, these are suddenly under threat as two of the four leaders who trained are unable, for various reasons, to continue.  This leaves two who are heroically struggling. If anyone would be happy to do the training and lead some walks, please get in touch.  This is only Stage 1 training and is mostly health and safety procedures.  It is compulsory to do the training however good a walker you actually are.

The walks are designed to get people back into gentle exercise, combat isolation, and just to generally get people healthier. Can you help please?  Do you know someone who can? If so please get in touch with the team via the My Cheddar contact form.

Parish Councillor vacancy

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CHEDDAR PARISH COUNCIL

If you would like to serve Cheddar residents and can bring relevant skills and knowledge to the Parish Council you are invited to express your interest in this vacancy. For eligibility rules, application process and an overview of the role please contact the Clerk. Applications should be made in writing no later than 10th May 2016 to
The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA

Telephone: 01934 743217
Email: clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org
www.cheddarparishcouncil.org

New Cheddar Business Directory

Cheddar Business DirectoryLocal businesses are being invited to list themselves in a new Cheddar Business Directory being launched on the Cheddar village web site. Whether running an accommodation business, operating in the building trade, running a shop, or providing business consultancy, all local traders can take advantage of this opportunity to promote themselves to people in the local area.

Village webmaster Martin Kay said “whilst the web site always provided business listings, these often became out of date as businesses closed or changed their details, without remembering to update their listing. This meant that over time the site became less useful, as people clicked on broken web site links, wrote to defunct PO Boxes, or dialled phone numbers that now gave an ‘unobtainable’ tone. However a new listings feature has now been added to the site, which comes with automated email reminders for business owners to check that their listings are still valid”.

During March and April, old listings on the web site are being reviewed and converted to the new style if they can be verified as still valid, but the system is ready to accept new listings, so there is no need for existing businesses to wait. Short term free lineage listings are still available, or traders can take advantage of the new image upload feature with a paid ad for periods up to a year.

Martin set the web site up in 2004 to help promote local trade and awareness of local events, activities and clubs, and in the peak season it receives over 12,000 visitors a month. But times have changed and an increasing number of people have sent in listings for new small business ventures which have either not been successful and closed, or they have evolved into something else and/or moved out of the area. This ever-changing business landscape means the old format of listings for brick-and-mortar shops going up once and remaining on the site without re-validation is no longer going to provide visitors with a reliable way to find local traders.

The site itself is a not-for-profit enterprise with all proceeds going to support site development and hosting costs. Martin adds “I think Cheddar is really on the way up now after last autumn and winter, after Lanes closed, and when we also had no supermarket or post office. But we have a great selection of local independent stores here now. I hope that the village web site can do its bit to help local people and visitors find the product or service they want in Cheddar, rather than having to drive out to Wells or Weston.”

Businesses interested in getting listed in the Cheddar Business Directory can do so at cheddarvillage.org.uk/business-directory.