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





Festive Night on 1st December

”Every year the historic village of Cheddar comes alive with the magic of Christmas. Lights sparkle along the village streets and idyllic gorge as choirs sing in the streets and late night shoppers enjoy a glass of mulled wine or satisfying hog roast as roads are closed from the bottom of Cliff Street to the Cliffs up the Gorge and the caves are open for the evening.

This is Cheddar Festive Night, an enjoyable experience for all the family with attractions, entertainment and of course brightly decorated shops catering for all tastes.  This year the event will be held on Friday 1st December. It will begin with a carol service in St Andrews Church at 5.30pm, following which shops, cafes etc. will be open late and there will be a market and fairground attractions in Cliff Street Car Park.

Remembrance Service 12 Nov 2017

Cheddar’s annual remembrance service takes place on Sunday 12th November, timings as follows, weather permitting.

14.45 Wreath laying at War Memorial

15.05 Parade to St Andrews Church along Bath Street and Church Street

15.30 Remembrance Service at St. Andrews Church

The parade will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

There is £13 MILLION available through the Community Fund for Communities affected by the Hinkley Point C Development

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There is £13 MILLION available through the Community Fund for Communities affected by the Hinkley Point C Development:


Have your say on what would make your community an even better place to live! Don’t let your voice go unheard- take part in the survey -see below link for further information.