Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Naturally Healthy Month May 2017

Sedgemoor District Council has launched its Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Sedgemoor.  This sets out how the core District Council services contribute to supporting people to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.  Underpinning the strategy are six themes:

  • Planning for Sustainable Communities
  • Healthy Housing
  • Economic Independence
  • Healthy Body and Mind
  • Safer Communities
  • Safer Individuals

SDC has not included transport as a theme although it is recognised this is a very important issue as the responsibility for this sits at County Council level.  SDC recognise that Parish/Town Councils and other statutory and voluntary organisations as well as individuals within communities all contribute to promoting community wellbeing and will be looking at ways that it can work in partnership to support and promote project ideas. Therefore, the district council will be interested to hear about what is happening within our community.

The other initiative being promoted is Naturally Healthy Month May 2017.  Access to green space benefits both physical and mental health.   Tentative estimates suggest that a 1% fall in sedentary behaviour could produce nearly £2 billion in benefits through reduction in coronary heart disease, cancers, stroke, depression and anxiety.    May 2017 has been designated as Naturally Healthy Month  during this month a range of organisations are running activities in  green spaces throughout Somerset so that people can enjoy the natural environment around them and feel the benefits of enhanced wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the timetable of events for Naturally Healthy Month 2017 can be found on the District Council’s website

Steve Backshall talks rubbish!

We’re on the countdown to the Great British Spring Clean from 3rd-5th  March  2017, and the campaign is being supported by TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA Award-winning Deadly 60 presenter. To hear Steve visit:

Help clean up Cheddar for an hour or so on Sunday 5th March. Meet at KOW Leisure Centre at 9.30am.  Equipment will be provided.  Please contact the Parish Council  to advise how many people from your organisation are willing to help on the set day (please note children must come with a responsible adult). For more information on the Great British Spring Clean 2017 see:

Community Service Award

Do you know anyone in Cheddar who deserves an extra special thankyou for their work in the community? We would like to recognise local unsung heroes by presenting an award at our Annual Parish Meeting in April. Please contact the Parish Council office with your suggestions by 20th March.

Great British Spring Clean

Cheddar is taking part in this national event:
on the morning of Sunday 5th March. Areas covered will include the Strawberry line to Sharpham Road and Draycott Park. Please look out for information on where to meet to start the big clean up. Everyone is invited to help make the village look sparkling and fresh for the year ahead. High viz jackets and equipment will be provided. The event will last about 2 hours.

Meet in the Leisure Centre car park from 9.30, bring hi viz and gloves if you have them, but some will be supplied.

Grants to community organisations

Cheddar Parish Council is inviting local groups to apply for grants of up to £500 in its annual small grants award scheme. This year a total of £5,000 is available to help fund projects that will benefit the community. Voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations may apply, including registered charities, churches and schools.

Up to 50% of the cost of projects will be funded and applicants must show how the balance will be raised. The Council will support a diverse range of projects including, but not exclusively, the promotion of community development and self help, meeting gaps in services, support for the rural heritage, reducing crime or the fear of crime and developing new initiatives.

Awards are made for the benefit of people living in the parish of Cheddar and must be spent within one year. Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Parish, Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA. Tel 01934 743217 or email Forms can also be downloaded. The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2017.


MP to open new Play Area

James Heappey, MP will be coming along to open the newly installed play and fitness equipment at Sharpham Road Pavilion. He will be bringing along some experts (his children!) to try out the new facilities. The event will start at 10am on Saturday 10th December and everyone is welcome to come and join in.

The Future of Cheddar – event today!

Cheddar’s Neighbourhood Plan has reached the final stages. The draft plan is on display over the next couple of days in Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street. This is your chance to find out what kind of development is being proposed for the village and to make any comments. Next an Independent Examiner will consider the Plan and then all residents will be able to vote to approve the Plan at a local referendum.

Please come along to the consultation today, Friday 30 Sep from 3pm to 8pm and tomorrow, Saturday 1 Oct from 10am to 3pm.