Village FaceBook Group

There is a very active Stawell and Sutton Mallet FaceBook group. You may apply to join, and if you live in Stawell or Sutton Mallet you will be admitted. As the group is getting rather large now we have decided to restrict members who are not villagers to those who have something significant to offer the group or who have a genuine interest in the community. If you just want to know what is going on then everything is posted here, on the website.

Wow..it's July already'

Cream Teas

The Church is hosting a Cream Tea event on 16 July. The Village Hall doors open from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.

Cream teas and other goodies will be available. Cream Teas £3 per person. 

There will also be a collection jar for medical supplies for the Ukraine. 

MOMSS: The July, digital edition of the magazine is now available under the ‘Organisations/Church’ menu.

Ruth Peberdy: Those of you who know Ruth will know that she has been waiting for an operation to improve her mobility for some time. Her brother has asked for an update to be posted here. Ruth had her operation at the weekend and her surgeon is very pleased with the outcome. She is standing and walking already so the outlook is good. Her family wish to thank all her friends and neighbours who have been supporting Ruth through recent times.

Parish Council Meeting: the July meeting will take place on the 4th. The agenda is available under the ‘Organisations/Parish Council, menu’

June Events and News

Clearly, the Jubilee celebrations are the big events of the month, year, decade… and all the details are given below. The latest update is that on Saturday evening, at the hog roast, there is a live showing of the Platinum Party Concert from Buckingham Palace. This will now be followed by a showing of the film Darkest Hour. This finishes at 1.00am and the bar will be open throughout! This is obviously dependent on there being people who want to stay and watch it. 

Coffee Morning: The June coffee morning will be hosted by Rachel and Roy Fortune at 6 Manor Court on 25 June.  As usual, the event will run from 10:00am until noon. Drinks and delicious home made cakes will, of course, be on offer. This is a great way to meet friends and neighbours old and new so do drop by.

Parish Council Audit: Four public documents relating to the 2021/22 audit of the Parish Council accounts are now available under the Organisations/Parish Council menu.

MOMSS. The colour, digital version of the magazine is now available under the Organisations/Church menu

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 Celebrations

Car Parking on Sunday:  Looks like the Sunday afternoon street party will be a popular and memorable event. Please can anyone who parks in the VH car park please move their vehicle for Sunday as the VH committee has asked so there is space for everyone to have a great time.

“All cars MUST be removed from the VH car park by 10 am on the Sunday 5th June for the ‘Street party’ There are now over 100! people attending and with the bouncy castle and skittle alley there can be NO vehicles at all please.”

Having listened to the concerns and issues raised by members of our community in respect to the forth coming Beacon event, it has been agreed that this will now take place on Richard Graham’s hill where all the other Beacon events have taken place.
This will then allow it to be a proper Beacon and not just a bonfire to celebrate this historic event.
However, all wood used for this Beacon must be free of all metals ie screw, nuts bolts & nails. So we need all hands on deck this coming Sunday at 3pm to help remove all the metal from the wood stored at the village hall. Please bring your pliers, hammers & gloves etc.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Unfortunately, the Glastonbury Woodfire Pizza van will no longer be able to attend on Thursday 2nd June to unforeseen circumstances, however there will be hot food available from the kitchen.

Thursday 2nd June

Bar open for drinks from 7 – 11pm
Hedge Monkey Ale on draught

Hot food available from the kitchen

Choir to sing “A Life Lived with Grace” 9.15pm

Lighting of the Beacon 9.45pm

Then return to the hall for celebratory drink to HM

Saturday 4th June

Bar open for drinks from 7.30 – 11pm

Hog Roast £5 purchase on the night from 8pm. Please book Veggie Burgers in advance with Denise Rogers.
(NO TICKET REQUIRED)

Platinum Party at the Palace streaming live from 8 pm on the big screen

Sunday 5th June

2.30pm – onwards at the Village Hall

Afternoon bring & share tea party with Pimms

Bouncy Castle (2 – 12 years only)

Skittle Alley – Ice Creams – Bar open

Tickets £1 – in advance from Denise Roger 07557336321

Sunday 5th June

10.00am in the Church

All Age Worship in part to celebrate the faithfulness of HM Queen Elizabeth II over 70 years.

Several people are arranging flowers in different parts of the church. All welcome.

Yay...it's May!

It’s wonderful to see the new leaves and blossom on the trees around the village. May is a beautiful month. 

Parish Council:  The agenda for the June 6 meeting of the Parish Council is now published under the Organisations/Parish Council menu

The colour edition of this month’s MOMSS is now available under the ‘Organisations/Church’ menu.

A reminder to yoga fans that the Friday morning sessions now take place every Friday and move to a 10am start time. Tuesday evening sessions take place most weeks – check out the calendar for dates.

The Parish Council Annual Meeting, followed by the Annual Parish Meeting take place on Monday 9 May, beginning at 7:00 pm. The agendas are available under the @organisations@ menu.

There is a Hub Cafe at the Village Hall on 7 May. Doors open for 10:00am and lovely food’ drinks and good company are available until 1:00pm.  If you haven’t been along to a HUB Cafe before you are guaranteed a great welcome and can drink some great coffee, or other drink of choice, along with hot sausage, egg or bacon baps or butties..to be followed up with a slice of one of a beautiful array of cakes. 

The Church Coffee Morning is to be held on 28 May and will be hosted by those wonderful people at Willow Cottage 😉

Don’t forget to check out the details for the planned Jubilee events early in June

Spring into April

Village Hall Car Park: Please could all cars be removed from the car park by Saturday evening. There is a private event taking place on Sunday 

Church Coffee Mornings: The April Coffee Morning will be held on 30 April. the host will be Denise Rogers at Holly Tree House.

For future reference, the dates and locations for the rest of the year are:

28th May – Brian & Janet Scowcroft, Willow Cottage

25th June – Rachel and Roy Fortune – 6 Manor Court

30th July Steve and Sue Bramble , Walnut Tree Barn

27th August Ralph and Anna Sealey, Cape House

24th Sept Tina and Paul Swift, McMillan Cancer Trust

29th October Nick and Alison Dunsby, The Clock Barn

26th Nov Jon and Arlette Banister, The Old Manor

10th Dec Margaret Hudson, 3 Church Farm Close.

Yoga Update

From the start of May, Clare Jones will be leading the Friday Yoga sessions in the village hall.

All the dates, times, and details are on the poster. 

Valerie will continue to lead the Tuesday evening sessions. 

MOMSS: The latest, colour, digital edition of MOMSS is now available under the “Organisations/Church” menu

Finally, after a two year hiatus we have the long awaited return of the ……Easter Bingo and Lamb Bonanza! 

Come along to Stawell Village Hall on Saturday 9th April for an evening of good-natured competition and fun, with seasonal refreshments.

Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.
Thanks go to Graham and Jill Fry who have donated a leg of lamb for the Bonanza – other prize donations can be dropped off with Tina Swift or left by the font in Stawell Church.

Come along and bring the family – anyone can play!

March Happenings and News

Parish Council Meeting: The agenda for the meeting of the Parish Council, scheduled for 4 April 2022, is now available on this website. 

Road Closures: I have been informed of two planned road closures in the villages.  

The first closure will be of Stawell Road out beyond the Hideaway Caravan park and the Billicombe Lane junction. It is planned for the 11-14 April. The reason is “.. to clear blockages in carriageway on behalf of BT Openreach”. The link gives a map showing the location of the planned works.  https://one.network/?tm=127106295

The second closure should begin on 14 April and last for 5 days and is for the same reason. This time the work is in Sutton Mallet and will close the road from just past the church to Godfreys farm.  Here is a link to a map of the location. https://one.network/?tm=127102256

HUB Cafe: As promised, social events in the village will be starting again in March. The first of these,that I’m aware of so far, is the long awaited return of the HUB Cafe on 12 March in the Village Hall.

Lent Lunch: Come along and share a lunch of homemade soup, bread and cheese with friends and neighbours.  All proceeds go to charity. 12-2pm  in the village hall on Saturday 19 March. 

MOMSS: The March edition is now published (under the Organisations/Church menu). 

Village Hall Minutes: The latest minutes are now published….and in a bit of a catch-up we now have all the 2021 minutes too!

Parish Council Minutes: The March minutes are now published

February News and Events

Recycle More

I think we all got our new blue bags today. We’ve had leaflets through our doors but it might be helpful to cover the main changes here. 

The new collections begin on March 2nd 2022

Our collection day changes to Wednesday.

Recycling will be collected every Wednesday.

Rubbish in normal bins will only be collected once every three weeks. Check out the calendar below.

Watch the video below for guidance on what goes in which box/bag

If your question isn’t covered here, you can check out the information at  https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycle-more/

Parish Council Minutes: THe minutes of the February meeting are now published under the ‘Organisations/Parish Council’ menu

The February MOMMS has probably dropped through your letterbox but there is a digital edition posted under the “Organisations/Church” menu on the site. Always good to see the colour version of the cover art.

Neighbourhood Watch: Here are a couple of links to advice from Avon and Somerset Police as a result of some incidents reported in the region.

Investment Scams on Social Media

Sheds and Outbuildings

Village Hall Events…coming soon.  The committee have been listening to villagers and sense a continued reluctance to mix with larger groups, It has been decided to launch a full programme of events In March. This will certainly include a Film Night and HUB Cafe. There are also early plans to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee later in the year. 

Road Closure change: The date for a closure of the A39 above the village has changed. The road will now be closed from 21 February for 5 days (9:30-15:30hrs) and for 5 nights (18:30-07:00hrs) from 28 February. This is for resurfacing works.

 LINK to the council notice.

January Goings On

Parish Council: The agenda for the next meeting, to be held on 7 February, has now been published. The agenda can be found under the “Organisations” menu. 

The deadline is just nine weeks away for anyone wishing to stand for election to a local council in May . There is a press release giving full details here.

Two Somerset and Avon Police Crime Reports

I have received two reports concerning break-ins in the local area. The first concerns a shed break-in over in Cossington where a ride-on lawnmower was stolen. The second relates to a series of break-ins into houses. None so far are on the Poldens but none are that far away so it is useful to be forewarned and the report offers advice to residents. Worth a read. The reports are available at:

Crime Report Jan 2022

A39 Road Closures

You may have seen the road closure signs on the A39. Here are the details.

The County Council will be undertaking urgent works to remove trees suffering from Ash Dieback next week on the A39 Puriton Hill – from the Bath Road junction (Silverfish) to the Ashcott Pipers Inn A361 Junction.

The road will be closed to all traffic between the hours of 09:15 and 15:30 weekdays from 10th Jan to 14th Jan 5 days.

The Diversion route will be signed. (There are currently 3 illumined advance warning signs at the M5, Silverfish junction and the Ashcott – Pipers Inn A361 junction.

A39 Diversion Route Map

Village Advent Calendar Trail

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the village advent calendar trail event.  Thanks also to Clare who generously gave gift bags to all the children taking part. Thanks also to everyone who contributed and bought maps to the decorated windows and fences. The event raised £223 for the Bridgwater Food Bank.

We went out on Christmas Eve to view all the windows and I took photos of them all. Unfortunately quite a few suffered from camera shake (No – I hadn’t partaken of too many festive drinks) but here are the ones that didnt come out too fuzzy.

Stepping Out do Bakeability

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Fresh homemade loaves, baked to order every Wednesday, starting 12th January.
£2.00 for a crusty white loaf. Different types of bread to come later.

Please fill in the order form attached. You can return it to Stepping Out at Stawell Village Hall or email it to us at bread.steppingout@gmail.comPlease order by 12 noon on Monday.  

Bread can be collected from the Village Hall on Wednesdays between 1.30 and 2.30 or we can deliver to addresses within walking distance of the hall. On the first Wednesday of the month it will be delivery only.

Each Wednesday except the first of the month, we will also be running a small café selling hot and cold drinks and cake so why not stop for some refreshments when you pick up your bread.

ORDER FORM: WORD or PDF

Regular Groups - restart dates

The Art Group restarts on Thursday 6th January. we meet at 7:00pm in the Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and give art a go.

Yoga dates for January are: Tuesdays – 11th and 25th at 7:15 – 8:30pm and, Friday 7th, 14th and 28th at 9:15 – 10:30am

Short Mat Bowlers restart on 5th January and Zumba has a first session at 9:30am on Thursday 6 January.

The Stawell Runners group never stopped…hardy souls that we are. We go out for a run, jog, walk/run … depending on our level of fitness at the time each Sunday at 10:00am meeting a few minutes earlier for a warm-up.

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service has advised that as of 5pm on the 3 November 2021 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain. This means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard are required by law to take a range of bio-security precautions.  Click Here for details of all the precautions to be taken.