Longleat to speak at Cheddar Parish Council’s July meeting

Cox’s Mill, Cheddar which has fallen into disrepair

Head of Operations for Longleat Enterprises, David Gillingham, will be speaking about the company’s plans for new visitor attractions and other improvements in Cheddar Gorge at the monthly meeting of Cheddar Parish Council, 7pm on Tuesday 25th July.  All locals are invited to attend the meeting where they will have an opportunity to question Longleat about issues which have been of concern for some time, including the long term future of the historic Cox’s Mill Hotel which has been closed for several years and is now in a very serious condition.

The meeting will be held at Cheddar Village Hall (formerly Church House) opposite St Andrew’s Church as it is expected that many locals will want to hear what the company has planned.  Those attending are asked to arrive in good time and, because of current building work at the village hall, parking may be easier in the Sainsbury’s car park.  The open public session will be followed by the regular monthly parish council meeting.

Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre summer season

Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre’s summer season includes top quality films and live summer jazz.

On Thursday 11 May, London is the setting for A Street Cat Named Bob, the movie based on the life of homeless recovering drug addict and busker, James Bowen and his companion – ginger cat Bob.

Manchester by the Sea is Cheddar Arts’ next film on Tuesday 23 May, starring Casey Affleck as a janitor whose solitary life is challenged by the death of his brother and its consequences. Critically acclaimed for his performance, Affleck won Bafta, Golden Globe and Oscar awards for his role.

The final film of the season is Lion, on Tuesday 13 June, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and based on the real story of a young Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian couple and 20 years later found his birth mother once again.

To conclude the season Cheddar Arts is bringing jazz musicians the Blue Notes and their guest singer Hannah Wedlock to the theatre for a summer night of jazz on Friday 14 July.

The doors of the Kings Theatre at the Kings of Wessex School open at 6.45pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets for all events are available online at www.thelittleboxoffice.com/cheddararts

For help call 01934 744939 extension 2 or visit Kings Fitness & Leisure in person.

Payment for the new booking system is by credit/debit card only and cash will only be accepted for tickets sold on the door.

Copies of the programme are available in local shops, the leisure centre and on the organisation’s website – www.kowessex.co.uk/cheddarArts.

Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre is a collaboration between the Kings of Wessex School and the village community, centred on the school’s state of the art studio theatre.

For more details visit www.kowessex.co.uk/cheddarArts  or for queries email cheddararts@googlemail.com

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