Parish Councillor Vacancy



Parish Councillor Vacancy


After the May 2019 election, Cheddar Parish Council has a vacancy for a member of the public to become a Parish Councillor representing the Nyland Ward


If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you.


Do you have an interest in your local environment, local transport, local government finances, amenities, planning and housing issues, community events, anti-social behaviour and policing and want to make a difference, please apply.


You must be aged 18 years and over, eligible to vote and have lived or worked in the parish of Cheddar, Nyland for 12 months or more or within 3 miles of the Cheddar, Nyland parish boundary.


Please apply to the clerk at or 743217 for an application form.

Annual Cheddar Parish meeting

Hannah More Cottage in Cheddar was packed at the annual parish meeting in April to hear Cheddar Parish Council chairman Peter Colton deliver the council’s annual report and present community service awards to local residents.

Most notable among the council’s achievements over the past year was, firstly, the completion of the Neighbourhood Plan after six years’ hard work.  This is now primary legislation and must be taken into consideration by planners and developers.  Another major achievement was saving Cheddar library from closure.  Here the parish council worked closely with the Friends of Cheddar Library and provided funding for the self service book scanner.  Finally, the council won a major grant from the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation Fund to extend the pavilion at Sharpham Road playing fields to provide a wider range of activities for the benefit of the whole community.

Guest speaker for the evening was Professor Chris Lewis, chairman of the Somerset branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.  He talked about the different campaigns run by CPRE, many of which resonated with the audience, including controlling wind and solar farms, fracking, building on brownfield in preference to greenfield sites and the need to protect countryside from unnecessary development.

Special awards were presented to a number of local people for their outstanding service to the community.  First up for these was Sue Purkiss, chair of the Friends of Cheddar Library, who received the award on behalf of the group for the work they have done over ten years in increasing the usage of the library by various community groups and, in the past year, for leading the campaign to keep the library open.

Paul Tullett of My Cheddar is the inspiration and architect behind the renovation and landscaping of Hannah More Cottage garden and, more recently, the island beds in the River Yeo in the lower gorge, which have been much admired.  He is also church warden at St Andrew’s and very active in church events.

Suzanne Green was described as a village stalwart having at various times been secretary of the gardening club and twinning association, editor of Cheddar Challenger, volunteer driver for Mendip Community Transport, chair of Cheddar in Bloom and is a current friend of Cheddar library.

Angela Wilson runs the friendship café at the library, which was established to support those with early onset dementia and their carers and has now been opened up to a wider audience and includes regular contact with Cheddar First School.  Through her enthusiasm and energy the group has thrived.  The final awards were presented to Lyn Goodfellow and Paul Fineran for the exceptional work and time they put in leading the neighbourhood plan steering group and seeing it through to completion.

At the end of the meeting everyone was invited to stay and chat to parish councillors over a glass of wine or soft drink.

Annual Parish Meeting 2019

All parishioners are invited to the



To be held at

Hannah More Cottage,

Lower North Street, Cheddar



at 7.00 pm


1. To receive apologies for absence
2. To receive a Police update for 2018-19
3. To approve and sign the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 2018
4. To receive the Chairman of Council’s annual report
5. To adopt the draft Charity Accounts for the Hannah More Trust and Henry Budgett Trust(displayed at the meeting)
6. Presentation on the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England by Professor Chris Lewis, Chairman Somerset branch
7. To present the Cheddar Service to the Community Awards
8. Public Participation

Please join us for a glass of wine or soft drink and an opportunity

to talk to councillors after the meeting

Cllr Peter Colton Chairman, Cheddar Parish Council

4th April 2019

This meeting is open to all, but only those on the electoral roll for the Parish are eligible to vote on any matters requiring resolution.