Community grants

Cheddar Parish Council is inviting local groups to apply for grants of up to £500 in its annual small grants award scheme.  This year a total of £6,000 is available to help fund projects that will benefit the community.  Voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations may apply, including registered charities, churches and schools.

Up to 50% of the cost of projects will be funded and applicants must show how the balance will be raised.  The Council will support a diverse range of projects including, but not exclusively, the promotion of community development and self help, meeting gaps in services, support for the rural heritage, reducing crime or the fear of crime and developing new initiatives.

Awards are made for the benefit of people living in the parish of Cheddar and must be spent within one year.  Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Parish, Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar BS27 3RA.  Tel 01934 743217 or email clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org.  Forms can also be downloaded from here.  The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2019.

Parish awards 2019

Isn’t it nice when you can praise someone or say thank you for something they have done? Well, Cheddar Parish Council wants to be able to do that and to recognise a local person who has made a difference to our village life in the past year.

If you think someone has contributed to the community of Cheddar ‘above and beyond’ what is expected of them then please put their name forward for consideration for the Cheddar Community Award given by Cheddar Parish Council.

Nomination forms are available from our Parish Clerk and can be obtained by:

Calling 01934 743217, emailing clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org , or downloading a form from this website here.  Alternatively you can write to ‘The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA’ to request a form or call in person to collect one Monday to Friday 10.00 to 12.00 and then 14.00 to 16.00.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 22nd March 2019.  The award will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

Councillors are looking forward to receiving your nominations and to having the opportunity to give a public thank you to someone you believe deserves it.

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 clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org.