Seed swap at Cheddar Library 24th October

The Friends of Cheddar Library are holding their twice yearly seed swap at Cheddar Library next weekend.

With summer over, gardeners are preparing for next year’s fruit, veg and flowers and the event is a great opportunity to stock up.

The swap, which is taking place from 10 am to noon on October 24, will enable keen gardeners to get ahead for next year’s planting, exchange their surplus seeds and plants and try something new.

Those without anything to swap can collect unusual and common species for a small donation.

The experts from Cheddar Horticultural Society will be on hand with advice for those who need it and there will be tea, coffee and cakes and a chance to talk about all things gardening for the expert and the beginner.


Join Cheddar Youth Trust and be Forever Young

Cheddar Valley Voices singing at last year’s event

Cheddar Youth Trust is inviting residents to join it for an evening in being Forever Young.

That’s the name of the organisation’s latest fundraising supper evening featuring a wide range of musical talent including singer songwriter Sam Evans.

The supper with musical entertainment is being held in Cheddar’s Church House on Friday 30 October.

“Events like Forever Young are not only a great evening,” said trust chairman Keith Herring. “They also enable us to raise funds so we can make even more grants to local young people.”

Tickets, which cost £15, are available from trustees or via secretary Jennie Colton on 01934 742703, include a full supper.

Cheddar Youth Trust was set up in 2000 to enhance the lives of young people in the parish of Cheddar under the age of 25.

It makes grants for educational, professional and vocational training to those offering service to communities here and abroad, those who take on voluntary positions of responsibility, and young people in real financial need.

Recent beneficiaries include an applicant who has been helped with funding towards kickbox training, another with swimming lessons and a third assisted with the costs associated with windsurfing.

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.