News and Events
Update on fund-raising for better broadband to Weare and Brinscombe
Since the meeting with BT in Weare Village Hall on 30 March, there has been terrific interest iin the project from the 100 houses which will benefit from faster broadband speeds through the BT fttp solution. So far, pledges have been given by the following families:
Hunt, Streeter/Flynn, Cryer, Woollon, Stitch (William), Willetts, Northmore, Lands End Farm, Fox, Merry, Prentis, Price, Jordan, Gibson, Morgan, Bates, Brooks, King, Storey, Freedman, Shepherd, Brown, Smith, Williams, Nesbitt, Ham (Jem), Ouzman, Pope, Ball, Jacksons, Vowles, Wallace, Arnison, Jefferies, Costen, Yates, Mayes, Lemanski, Simms, Mansfield, Heffernan, Peace, Yates, Whitehead.
If you would like to subscribe or if you need more information, please phone Phil Lemanski (732120) or Trevor Morgan (732922).
As part of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), the children in Year 4 of Weare School were to be seen in the village on 23 November offering acts of kindness out in the community, rather like the Boy Scouts used to do Bob-a-Job but with no money involved.
The photograph shows three boys from the school busy sweeping autumn leaves supervised by a member of staff.
Help our hedgehogs
There has been a lot of publicity about the plight of hedgehogs, including an article in the Daily Telegraph (5 November 2016) detailing the work being done by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to increase the number of hedgehogs in gardens. This decline in one of the country’s favourite animals is thought to be largely due to loss of habitat. This is particularly so in our over-tidy gardens and the Trust is suggesting the following simple measures to help this mammal that is truly ‘the gardener’s friend’.
- Make sure hedgehogs can get into next door’s garden. They need to travel to forage for food and to meet other hedgehogs. If you have a wooden fence cut a small hole near the base, the size of a music CD is an ideal size.
- Consider leaving a patch of your garden to go wild: long grass with a fallen log or two close to your hedge is ideal hedgehog territory.
- Build a pile of sticks or offcuts of timber and twigs then cover with leaves in a quiet part of your garden - under a thick hedge or behind the shed is ideal. This will provide somewhere for them to shelter and maybe build a nest. It can also provide a place for winter hibernation. Hedgehog houses can be purchased for this purpose. There are websites that give instructions on how to build your own hedgehog hideaway, from simple ones needing only an old crate or box and plastic covering to a solid wood construction that will last many seasons.
One last thought, sadly many hedgehogs die as a result of strimming, try to leave a wild area for them under your hedge.
The Parish Council regularly gets complaints regarding hedges and shrubs overhanging the road and pavements. This often narrows the road by two to three feet, causing problems for pedestrians and traffic. The Council asks you to please look at your boundary hedges and, if necessary, cut them back beyond the road or pavement edge.
Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society
The society is looking for new members to join them. They meet on Thursday evenings during September to May at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, College Street, Burnham on Sea. The choir is mixed, so men and women are welcome, there are no auditions and the first three weeks are free so there is no pressure to decide on the first night. For more information contact Bev Hearn on 01934 732041 or email Jane Lee. Or visit their Facebook page where there are some video clips of past concerts.