Sainsbury’s statement regarding Steart Farm

“As you may be aware in May 2014 we gained planning permission for a new supermarket on the site.

Following an internal review we have decided we are unable to proceed with plans to develop our proposed new store on this site.

This decision has taken some time to reach and has not been made lightly, however in the period since our proposals were first announced, the food retail market and customer shopping patterns have changed considerably.

As part of an ongoing review of all new supermarket schemes, we’ve concluded that a viable scheme can no longer be delivered and we will be marketing the site as soon as possible.

We recognise that this news will be disappointing to you, however we will soon be opening our smaller supermarket in the town at Roynon Way which will bring a quality shopping offer for the people of Cheddar.”

Cheddar Patient Group wins award

Cheddar Patient Group receiving their award
Cheddar Patient Group receiving their award

Cheddar’s Patient Group supporting the Medical Centre in Roynon Way won an award last week for the Patient Group of the Year at the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group’s AGM in Taunton. Pictured are Tony Watts OBE, a patient group member, journalist, the group’s mentor, and ambassador for the elderly; Eileen Tipper, lay member of the CCG; Patient Group Vice Chair Elizabeth Herridge and Chair John Pimblott.

The proposal nomination featured the work the group are doing at all levels in the community and especially the vision of connecting the various strands of health and well-being within Cheddar.


Post office services update

20150918_140623Cheddar is without a Post Office temporarily, from this week. The Post Office are working hard to find a solution and discussions are taking place with interested parties.

Meantime post box collections at the former Post Office site will remain unchanged. The delivery office in Saxon Place is open for parcel collection as usual, Monday –Saturday 0700-1200, but they are unable to extend these hours. During the current closure any items which are already prepaid and have had the correct postage affixed to the item will be accepted at the delivery office. However the delivery office does not have any facilities to sell stamps or postage, although stamps are available to buy at Tesco Express.

Draycott and Axbridge Post Offices are available weekdays and Saturday mornings (they close for lunch weekdays between 1pm and 2pm), and there is also Westbury Sub Mendip post office which is open all day and Saturday mornings.

None of these offer Passport Check and Send, On Line Lottery or Dollar Travel Money, and only Westbury offers Car Tax services.

There is also a Post Office by Worle Sainsbury’s for those who are using the shoppers’ bus service, which offers all services except TV licences and top ups, which are available at the newsagent next door.

Post office services in Worle

sainsworleIf you need a Post Office in the coming weeks whilst Cheddar doesn’t have one, you may find this useful.

If you are travelling on the free Sainsbury’s bus to the Worle Store there is a sub post office just outside the rear of the store, café side (see Google Streetview image) which may be of use. Lucille Simms our Village Agent has confirmed with them that all services except TV licence and ‘top-ups’ are provided there. These additional services are available in Martin McColls almost next door to the post office.

Remember you will need a Sainsbury’s receipt for the return trip.

Somerset Art Weeks

imageSomerset Art Weeks will be starting on 3rd October until 18th October.

During the festival there will be two venues open in Cross, which we hope you will visit.

Venue 93 features the work of Andrea Oke and Juliet Arnison and can be found at Marcombe, Old Coach Road Cross. (just round the corner from the Village Hall) We will be showing a selection of our works from Juliet’s laser cuts to my printmaking and drawing and will be open every day, except Mondays, from 11am. On Sunday 11th October there will be a charity afternoon tea which we hope some of you will support.

Juliet and I will be at the studio throughout the festival and would love to discuss our work, or just have a chat with any of you who come along. You can find out more about our work at our website

At Venue 92 you can see the work of John Richardson. Johns studio can be found at Greenacres, Old Coach Road, which is in between the New Inn and The Lamb. John is a very talented painter and will open his studio every day from 11am although he is able to make private appointments if required. As a successful artist and illustrator John has many interesting stories to tell and a vast amount of technical skill which I a sure he would love to share with you.

We do hope you will drop into the venues and support us.

Many thanks

Andrea Oke