Recent spate of vehicle break-ins

The local police beat team have asked for this message to be sent out:

Since the start of October, Cheddar Beat team have been made aware of 14 cases of theft from vehicles or criminal damage caused to vehicles in Cheddar, Wedmore and Axbridge.

As a result of the higher than normal number of reported incidents, the local beat team have requested an increased police presence in the area to deter any further incidents and will be distributing reminders in local car parks about vehicle crime. The local beat team would like to make the community aware of the steps they can take to secure their vehicles and keep their property safe.

Beating Car crime

  • Lock door, windows, the boot and sunroof every time you leave the car however briefly.
  • Don’t leave bags, coats or change on display.
  • The cost of replacing a broken window is often more than the value of goods stolen. If you can, take your things with you. If you can’t, lock everything out of sight in the boot.
  • Never leave driving documents or personal letters inside your car, they could help a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by police.
  • Don’t leave sat navs on display when you’re not in your car.
  • Never set your home address in your sat nav for your start or return journey, use an area near to your home you know; if your keys are stolen a criminal may use your sat nav to direct them to your home.
  • Keep valuables out of sight while you’re driving and consider keeping the doors locked.
  • Take the ignition key out even when the car is parked in your drive or garage and always set the immobiliser. If you don’t have an immobiliser, consider having one fitted.
  • Always keep your car keys in a safe place at home, away from windows and doors and preferably in a locked cupboard or cabinet.
  • When parking your car away from home look out for The Park Mark Scheme to demote a car park that has security measures in place.

By drawing more attention to these recent incidents I hope we can get the message to these offenders that the community and police are aware and will be monitoring and patrolling the area.

If you notice any suspicious behaviour please contact 999 if an incident is ongoing or 101 if it is not urgent.

Cheddar Festive Night 2018

Festive Night map, click to enlarge in a new tab

Cheddar Festive Night takes place on Friday 7th December this year, and as usual there will be a wide variety of stalls and events taking place in the village and gorge. Proceedings start with the service at St. Andrew’s Church at 5.30pm. See the leaflet map opposite for information on locations and parking.

For all enquiries about the event please contact the Clerk at Cheddar Parish Council on 01934 743217 or email

Cheddar Community Pavilion – open weekend

Cheddar Parish Council has an opportunity to bid for money from the Hinkley Point C mitigation fund, provided for locations affected adversely by the quarrying contract for Batts Combe Quarry. If would like to help a bid to improve the facilities at Sharpham Road pavilion, and can provide your views on the effect of the Hinkley Point C quarry contract on Cheddar, see this article:

There is also an open weekend planned for June 16th and 17th, come along and see the plans between 10 and 4 each day.

UPDATE: More details on the proposals here

Annual Parish Meeting

Parishioners registered as residents of Cheddar and Nyland are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting to be held at Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street on Wednesday 18th April commencing at 19.00.

The evening will be hosted by Cheddar Parish Council Chairman, Peter Colton and will involve a talk given by Jim Hardcastle from Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue and the ringing of the Cheddar hand bells by Mrs Christine Barker.

Community Service Awards will be presented to parishioners in recognition of the service they have provided to the community over a number of years and those attending will be able to enjoy a glass of refreshments and nibbles after the formalities and chat to members of the parish council.