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.

Parish Councillor vacancy


If you would like to serve Cheddar residents and can bring relevant skills and knowledge to the Parish Council you are invited to express your interest in this vacancy. For eligibility rules, application process and an overview of the role please contact the Clerk. Applications should be made in writing no later than 10th May 2016 to
The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA

Telephone: 01934 743217
Email: clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org

New Cheddar Business Directory

Cheddar Business DirectoryLocal businesses are being invited to list themselves in a new Cheddar Business Directory being launched on the Cheddar village web site. Whether running an accommodation business, operating in the building trade, running a shop, or providing business consultancy, all local traders can take advantage of this opportunity to promote themselves to people in the local area.

Village webmaster Martin Kay said “whilst the web site always provided business listings, these often became out of date as businesses closed or changed their details, without remembering to update their listing. This meant that over time the site became less useful, as people clicked on broken web site links, wrote to defunct PO Boxes, or dialled phone numbers that now gave an ‘unobtainable’ tone. However a new listings feature has now been added to the site, which comes with automated email reminders for business owners to check that their listings are still valid”.

During March and April, old listings on the web site are being reviewed and converted to the new style if they can be verified as still valid, but the system is ready to accept new listings, so there is no need for existing businesses to wait. Short term free lineage listings are still available, or traders can take advantage of the new image upload feature with a paid ad for periods up to a year.

Martin set the web site up in 2004 to help promote local trade and awareness of local events, activities and clubs, and in the peak season it receives over 12,000 visitors a month. But times have changed and an increasing number of people have sent in listings for new small business ventures which have either not been successful and closed, or they have evolved into something else and/or moved out of the area. This ever-changing business landscape means the old format of listings for brick-and-mortar shops going up once and remaining on the site without re-validation is no longer going to provide visitors with a reliable way to find local traders.

The site itself is a not-for-profit enterprise with all proceeds going to support site development and hosting costs. Martin adds “I think Cheddar is really on the way up now after last autumn and winter, after Lanes closed, and when we also had no supermarket or post office. But we have a great selection of local independent stores here now. I hope that the village web site can do its bit to help local people and visitors find the product or service they want in Cheddar, rather than having to drive out to Wells or Weston.”

Businesses interested in getting listed in the Cheddar Business Directory can do so at cheddarvillage.org.uk/business-directory.

Cheddar Fire Station needs new on-call firefighters

Businesses which allow their staff to perform their role as on-call firefighters while at work have been praised by the fire service.

Cheddar Fire Station is looking for additional on-call firefighters and Station Manager Mike Porter said that the Service was extremely grateful for the support of local business owners.

He said: “We could not operate from our local fire stations as we do without the support of the primary employers of our on-call firefighters.

“When there is an emergency and they are on duty, on-call firefighters have to be able to drop everything and get to the fire station quickly. The employers we work with are very aware of their role within the community and accept this as part of that relationship.

“Having on-call firefighters on their staff can also bring benefits, as they can provide fire prevention advice, have first aid training, and are used to working as a team.”

The way that the Service works with local businesses has been highlighted in Cheddar, where Crew Manager Bob Salway has recently been employed by Sainsbury’s and they are keen to support the community and allow him to turn out to fire calls from work.

In addition, as he cannot park nearby, The Bath Arms public house opposite Sainsbury’s has dedicated a parking space for him to ensure he can get to the fire station quickly.

Station Manager Porter added: “I would like to say a big thank you to the primary employers of all our on-call firefighters for their support to us and their local community.”

  • Cheddar Fire Station is hosting an open evening for men or women who are interesting in becoming on-call firefighters on Monday 29 February 2016, starting at 7pm.
  • You need to live or work with five minutes response time to the fire station, be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength.
  • All those interested are welcome to attend at Cheddar Fire Station, The Hayes, BS27 3AW, on Monday 29 February, at 7pm.

Launch of FitCheddar


Cheddar Patient Group is launching FitCheddar at Kings Fitness and Leisure…

Monday 29 February 7pm – Free

7pm Kings of Wessex Theatre Launch of Fit Cheddar John Pimblott, Chair, Patient Group.

Dr. Baines from Cheddar Medical Centre talking on ‘I’m a FIT Doctor’ with presentation.

Free swim/class pass to all attendees

Followed by Open Evening at Fitness Centre. Questions, equipment viewing.

10% discount voucher for coffee and refreshments.