Charity Night for The Space

There will be a charity evening supporting “The Space” – the drop in centre for young people from 13 – 18 organised by the Cheddar Patient Group – which will be held at the Rasoi Restaurant in the Gorge on Monday 26th February from 19.00-22.00. 

Please go along and show your support for this very worthwhile local group supporting the young people of Cheddar.

Further details can be found on the Rasoi Restaurant facebook page.

The Great British Spring Clean Comes to Cheddar!


10.00AM – 11.30AM

If you would like to join us and help make Cheddar a little tidier we are meeting at Kings Fitness & Leisure car park

We will be very pleased to see you on the day and should you have any of the following please feel free to bring them along: Hi Vis vest/jacket, heavy duty gloves, litter grabber

For further information please email

or telephone the Parish Office

on 01934 743217

Somerset County Council Press Release – “Have your say on how to make Somerset’s roads safer”

Residents are being urged to have their say on a new strategy which aims to prevent deaths and injuries on Somerset’s roads.

The consultation is launched as it is revealed that 22 people were killed in 20 fatal collisions on the county’s roads in 2017. This is the lowest number of fatal collisions ever recorded in Somerset and a decrease by three fatal casualties from the 2016 figure of 25.

Somerset County Council is seeking the public’s views on a new draft road safety strategy called Safe Roads in Somerset. This details how it plans to use a Safe Systems approach to deliver its ambitious vision that no road user should be killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety, said “Whilst it is pleasing to see the number of people killed on Somerset roads decreasing, even one death is one too many.

“This is why we are consulting on our new road safety strategy. We want to take positive action and continue to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Somerset roads.

“Every road user can play a part in improving road safety and we look forward to receiving feedback on our plans.”

Almost all road deaths and injuries are preventable. However, for a continued decline in road traffic collisions and serious injury there needs to be a shift in the way that road safety is delivered in local areas.

In a Safe System there is a shared responsibility for preventing injury, between road users, enforcers and those who design, build and manage roads or vehicles.

Of the 22 deaths last year, further analysis shows that 60% involved cars, 19% motorcycles, 5% pedestrians, 11% HGVs and 5% agricultural vehicles. Of the casualties, 68% were drivers, 23% passengers and 9% pedestrians. This shows that all road users can play a part in improving safety on our roads.

The full draft strategy (which explains the Safe System approach) and a consultation summary document are both available on Somerset County Council’s consultation website:

Please be sure to have your say before the consultation closes on 8 March 2018.

For more information on road safety in Somerset please visit

Road deaths year by year

2013: 28 collisions, 28 casualties

2014: 32 collisions, 33 casualties

2015: 22 collisions, 22 casualties

2016: 23 collisions, 25 casualties

2017: 20 collisions, 22 casualties

Avon and Somerset Police Press Release – “Budget protects neighbourhood policing”

Residents will pay an additional £1 a month on the policing part of the council tax in Avon and Somerset to protect neighbourhood policing according to the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. 

The decision was supported at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel who scrutinise Sue Mountstevens and have the power to veto the policing precept decision. Today local councillors and independent people on the Police and Crime Panel backed her decision to increase the police precept by £12 per year (for an average band D property).

Sue Mountstevens said: “I have been lobbying hard to secure the best possible funding arrangements for policing. The Government made it clear in December that an increasing proportion of policing costs will have to be met by local council taxpayers.

“I am pleased that the Panel has supported my decision however I recognise that any increase in household bills will be felt by residents. I want to assure local communities that the policing you receive on a local level through your neighbourhood policing teams will be unchanged thanks to the increase.

“I know that neighbourhood policing teams are important to local residents and I believe it is right to enable the Chief Constable to focus his resources in the areas that local people tell me matter most to them. The Constabulary will recruit 300 police officers this year and it is also their ambition for every primary school to be assigned a named PCSO and every secondary school a named PCSO or Beat Manager. Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work.”

The policing part of the council tax is just over 10% of the overall bill which goes to households in April. In 2018-19 the average Band D property will pay £193.81 a year towards policing.

Library Services Consultation Announced

A consultation on the future of how Somerset County Council library services could be delivered across Somerset is due to start at the end of this month.Image result for cheddar library

A formal decision was taken on 19th January to consult on a set of proposals that seek to put the service on a sustainable footing for the long-term.

The decision sets out that a public consultation will start on 29 January and run for 12 weeks (ending 22 April) and invites members of the public, businesses and organisations for their views.

Somerset County Council currently provides a library service online through LibrariesWest, a mobile library, a home delivery service for customers unable to visit a library for themselves and through 34 library buildings in major towns and villages.

As with many Authorities, Somerset County Council continues to face challenging financial times. Funds from central government reduce year on year whilst demand for services, such as adult and children’s social care, increase and all County Council services are considering efficiency and cost reduction options.

In summary, under the proposals, 15 of our 34 library buildings would be seeking community involvement to remain open. Where this is not possible, services would instead be provided either through outreach in community venues or through additional mobile library stops.

For 7 of our libraries, the County Council is consulting on two alternative options – either to seek community involvement to maintain library buildings or to keep existing library services as they currently are.  Cheddar Library is included in this alternative option.

There are Somerset library service proposals for 9 areas in total available to view. Anyone taking part in the consultation will be asked to view the area of the library they visit most often before completing a questionnaire asking for their views on the proposals.

The proposals and the questionnaire will be available online from 29 January at

Cheddar Parish Community Grants

Cheddar Parish Council is inviting local organisations to apply for grants of up to £500 to undertake projects which benefit people living in the parish of Cheddar.  Groups eligible to apply include voluntary or community groups which have a bank account, and preferably a constitution, registered charities, churches and schools.


The parish council wishes to support and encourage community initiatives and will fund up to half the cost of appropriate projects.  These could include help in meeting gaps in local services, promoting community development, support for the rural heritage, creating new opportunities for community involvement, activities for local people and schemes that reduce crime.


Applications must be submitted to the Clerk, Cheddar Parish Council by 31st March 2018.  For full details and an application form contact the Clerk on 01934 743217,, visit or call in at the Parish Office, Church Street, Cheddar.



Come along and have your say on the future of health services in the Cheddar area at a public event which is being held at Cheddar Football Club on 11th January from 19.00 to 21.00.

The event will give you the opportunity to say how you wish health services to be delivered in the future.  Add your voice to shape the services that you want to see from your National Health Service in the future.

Please contact the event organisers to register your interest




Telephone:01275 546702

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018

Social ventures and ethical businesses often rely on subsidy grants and a lot of good will. Competition for grants, donations and resources is steadily increasing. Against this background, and building on the success of their 2014-2017 programmes, the Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 will provide a tailor-made programme for social venture leaders to help them develop the skills, personal effectiveness and knowledge to help their social venture grow and become sustainable.

More information can be found here:

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018

Cheddar Festive Night awards

Cheddar was thronged with thousands of people for its annual winter showcase event on the 1st December.  From the village centre right up into the gorge the streets, bars, cafes and shops were packed with cheery festive goers.  Market stalls in Cliff Street car park did a roaring trade and local businesses were delighted by the numbers of shoppers.

There was entertainment aplenty, including the Moor Harmony singers and Salvation Army, children’s amusement rides, a land train up and down the gorge and, of course, Santa on his sleigh.

Homes and businesses put on lighting displays to add to the festive atmosphere.  The winners of the annual Cliff Street lighting competition were Cara Williams and Finlay Travis of No.1 Montrose Villas, judged this year by visiting dignitaries from North Somerset Council, Chris Blades, chairman and Ericka Blades, councillor.


Come along and have your say on the future of NHS services in the Weston area.

There is a opportunity for local people to have a say in how to develop a bright future for health and care services in Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Winscombe and the surrounding areas. North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group wants to make sure people have the best possible health and care services suitable for their needs, now and in the future.

The NS CCG  would like you to help us make the right decisions to achieve this, by looking at the options available to them and identifying the choices they need to make so that local people continue to receive high quality, sustainable services for the future.

Consultation events are taking place at Cheddar Football Club on 5 December and 11 January between 7pm – 9pm.

Everyone is urged to come along and have their say in what is an important public service for all of us.  Please contact the North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to register your interest:


01275 546702