Community Partnership Survey

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:

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 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.