News and Events
Wine Tasting Evening Saturday 18 April at 7pm, Weare Village Hall
Does 'Every Little Help' when it comes to wine? Can you actually 'Taste the Difference'? Does buying locally bring 'Little Surprises' when it comes to vino?
Join Matthew Hemming, local Master of Wine (one of just 389 in the world!) for a fun and informal evening of wine tasting, pitching familiar supermarket bottles against their peers sourced from a local Winscombe wine shop.
Adding a couple of bottles to your weekly basket is so convenient, and the supermarkets always out-perform on value, right? See if this is really the case, while testing out the value and quality that can be found for similar money in a local business. Matthew will guide us through the evening, throwing in some simple tips about wine, as we share a few bottles with friends and neighbours whilst raising money to support the Friends of Weare Church charity.
Tickets are only £12.50, which includes wine tasting, cheeses, breads and nibbles. To buy tickets please contact Steve Mercer on 01934 732668, Paul Wattam 01934 732413, Rita Hanson 01934 732212 or Angela Le Prevost on 01934 732419. There are only a limited number of tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.
Somerset County Council Adopt a Path scheme
With seasonal growth now appearing on paths across Somerset, volunteers are invited to help protect and maintain the country's public rights of way. Anyone can help get involved when they are out and about on their favourite Public Footpaths, Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs). Find out more
Help from the council for heating systems
Especially topical at the moment, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils are taking the opportunity to remind homeowners and landlords of a loan scheme to replace heating systems. The scheme has been developed to keep people warm and cosy in their homes over the winter months.
The loan scheme is open to people who heat their homes with gas, oil, Calor gas, LPG, electric or other sources and to those who do not currently have central heating installed. Eligible homeowners can choose their own contractor and there are a variety of loan products available to suit individual needs and means.
Wessex Resolutions CIC is a not-for-profit finance provider working in close partnership with the council to deliver the loan scheme. The partnership has been running for over ten years across the district and has helped a huge variety of homeowners, from people simply requiring a new gas boiler to those needing the whole system installed, through to people living in off-gas properties or those that have lived without heating for years because they did not know help was available.
If your boiler has packed up; or your current system is inefficient or non-existent, a loan funded by the councils can help spread the cost of a replacement but let you enjoy the benefit right away. Through providing loans, the councils are ensuring that funds for homeowners are sustainable which means that every repayment goes back into the council pot to lend to homeowners into the future.
For more information, call Wessex Resolutions direct on 01823 461099, visit www.wrcic.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loans have a fixed interest rate and typical 4.2% APR and are subject to status. Missing future payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future. Wessex Resolutions CIC may insist on loans being protected at the Land Registry by a Title Restriction.
Help our hedgehogs
There has been a lot of publicity about the plight of hedgehogs. 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 Warwickshire Wildlife Trust suggests 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.