Update on 126 shuttle bus timetable

As a result of feedback from users that the updated 126 shuttle bus timetable and route is not being adhered to by drivers, the parish council has temporarily removed the information from its website until it receives confirmation from First that the new timetable and route is operational.

The parish council continues to press for improvements in the temporary bus service with the support of the office of James Heappey and will endeavour to update users when it has more information from First.

Spread some warmth this winter by donating your Winter Fuel Payment

Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, which encourages people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help local people living in fuel poverty. This year, any online donations to the campaign made during the week-long Big Give Christmas Challenge – midday Tuesday 27 November to midday Tuesday 4 December – will be doubled!

Last year, over 500 older people living in fuel poverty in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to pensioners and other local donors who gave to Surviving Winter.

Help Somerset Community Foundation to help more isolated and vulnerable older people this year.

To donate to Surviving Winter, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter or call 01749 344949. Please remember that all donations will help the Surviving Winter campaign, but if you donate online between midday Tuesday 27 November and midday Tuesday 4 December your donation will be doubled.

Proposed changes to the County Council’s support and services for children and their families

Somerset County Council has informed us that the above 8 week public consultation has now launched (Monday 5th November).

The County Council wants to hear as many people’s views on their proposed changes to the support the Council provides for children and their families.

People can share their views by completing a questionnaire which is available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation, or a hard copy which is available in the 8 main Family Centres and libraries, and at the information “Drop in” sessions.

Further details on the drop in sessions and the consultation can be found on the poster below:

Childrens consultation poster Publisher

Public meeting with Sue Mountstevens

The Parish Council has called a public meeting for 7pm on Tuesday 27th November at Fairlands School, Cheddar for all local residents and businesses to meet Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mounstevens, to ask questions and express any concerns they may have regarding crime, anti-social behaviour and policing in the parish.

Accolades for Cheddar

Accolades for Cheddar        

Cheddar was recently shortlisted in Somerset Live’s (Large) Village of the Year Competition and representatives from the parish council and community groups attended the awards ceremony at Edington village hall.  Although Cheddar was pipped to the title by eventual winners Paulton the judges said how impressed they were by the community representatives they met on their official visit, the diversity of activities available in the village and the lovely setting of Cheddar at the foot of the Mendips.

This accolade followed shortly after the Sunday Times article extolling the virtues of Cheddar as a desirable place to live and the survey by Volkswagen and Waze which voted the drive through Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills as the most scenic in the UK.


Cllr Anne Fontaine receiving the certificate at the Somerset Village of the Year Competition.

Connecting Devon and Somerset digital user survey

As Connecting Devon and Somerset continues its work to improve broadband services across the counties, they are keen to get an updated picture of the current state of play.

Where communities have benefited from new superfast broadband, what impact has this had? In communities yet to feel the effects of superfast, what are they able to do with the service they do receive and what would they like to do?

Connecting Devon and Somerset has developed a survey to capture people’s broadband needs and compare whether these needs are met by the service they receive. The survey is open to all residents and businesses within Devon and Somerset and in addition to capturing the impact from the new infrastructure, it will help CDS to identify the broadband needs across the counties and the data will influence its future Digital Strategy.

The Broadband User Survey asks questions about currently available speeds, what homes or businesses can and cannot do with their existing broadband and the levels of satisfaction with their provider. The survey typically takes about five minutes to complete online and can be found at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/broadband-user-survey.

Revised shuttle bus timetable for 126 service

We have been informed that First are trialing a new shuttle bus service timetable which should mean that the shuttle bus from Draycott via Cheddar Tweentown will link up more effectively with the 126 which is being diverted via Wedmore for the duration of the A371 closure.  The new timetable is attached to this post here   Revised shuttle bus timetable

The parish council is doing everything in its power to engage with First and Somerset County Council to compel changes to be made to the revised service which we are aware has meant, until now, long waits on the Axbridge Road when the shuttle bus does not connect with the 126.

Any feedback from service users can be sent to our Facebook page or emailed to the clerk at clerk@cheddarparishcouncil.org.

Job vacancies at Somerset Waste Partnership

Somerset Waste Partnership’s collections contractor has jobs available now for HGV Class 2 Recycling Driver/Loaders (newly qualified drivers welcome, and loaders keen to train as drivers) in Bridgwater, Evercreech, Taunton. Full-time, temp-to-perm at £11.28/hour with £16.92/hour overtime after 40 hours. Mon-Fri, 6.15am start, no overnights. Hard work but rewarding, a recycling job pays well, keeps you fit, helps the environment, and gets you home with plenty of the day left. Text DRIVEKIER to 88802, or call 0117 916 0760 (M-F 9-4.30) or 07866797200 for more information.