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 and are willing to follow the group rules 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.

June news and events

Parish Council: The next meeting will take place on 5 June at 7pm in the Village Hall.  The agenda has been published here under the ‘Organisations’ menu

Stawell Youth Group News

The Stawell Youth Club is open to any children in the village aged 8yrs and above.

To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Youth Club, the children decided to mark the occasion by going Go Karting at Haynes at Sparkford. They planned to pay for the trip through a Sponsored Bike Ride. They used posters and the Facebook page to advertise the ride and friends, family and villages came forward and the group were touched by the generosity they received which was enough to pay for the trip. During the event each member cycled 8 miles around the villages; this was no mean effort given that the youngest riders were only eight years old. The whole group together cycled over 100 miles!

Over the past year the teamwork of the Youth Club has really grown and children who didn’t know each before are making strong friendships with each other. The Club has enabled them to come together in a safe place and play outside, go off for bike rides to Milk on the Moors, Chedzoy Park and Peasey Farm. We have celebrated Birthdays through-out the year and visited the bee hives,
alpacas and best of all … kids at the goat farm with Ian Graham.

My thanks goes out to everyone who has supported financially or volunteered their time, to help out over the last year. The kindness shown for this group, has been overwhelming and I hope the club will grow from strength to strength in the future. If anyone would be interested in volunteering some time on Fridays 5pm – 6.45pm – (TERM TIME ONLY), please get in touch, as its lovely to have a bank of people I can ask to join us on trips out and activities in the hall.

Denise Rogers

So what else is happening in May?

50 Peculiar Artifacts: Take part in a fun, informal quiz where you get to examine some historic artifacts and try and figure out what they were used for. Hosted by the Parish of Stawell Heritage Society with guest expert, Anne Murch. Full details below. May 13 7:00pm

Parish Council: The Annual Meeting and Annual Parish Meetings take place on Monday 15 May at 7:00pm. Agendas available under the ‘Organisations’ menu.

Coffee Morning: The next Coffee Morning is on 27 May with hosts Anna and Ralph Sealey at Cape House. 

Road Closure: The main road through the village will be closed from the junction with Ford Lane westwards for 75 metres. This will be a full closure with no emergency vehicles able to pass. Works are expected to begin on 30 May and last for 10 days. This is to allow the National Grid to do work connecting new supply. 

The statutory notice can be viewed here: Statutory Notice

The map showing the road closure can be seen here:  MAP

Parish Of Stawell Heritage Society

“50 peculiar historical artifacts!”

Anne Murch will be bringing along 50 odd, unusual objects, gizmos and gadgets from times past to the village hall on Saturday 13 May at 7:00pm

See how many you can identify. No prizes, just the honour of knowing you are the top village history ninja!

Tea and Coffee will be available and yes, Anne will tell us what they all are and a bit about their history and use. 

Tickets £3 – adults, £2 for children.

Further information: Jackie Lusty – 07970974215

Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort - The Village Celebrations

Charles and Camilla photo

The celebrations commence with a special HUB Café where the Coronation will be broadcast on the big screen in the Village Hall. This will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday 6 May.

In the evening of 6 May there will be a Coronation Curry evening. Chicken or Vegetarian options. During the evening a beacon will be lit. Tickets for the evening (to be booked in advance) will be £5 per adult and U16s £2.50. The bar will be open from 7pm to 11pm.

On Sunday 7 May, there will be a Commemorative Service in the church at 10:00am followed by an Afternoon Bring and Share Street Party. “

We cordially invite all residents of Stawell and Sutton Mallet to join us for an afternoon of food, games and festivities on Sunday 7th May from 2pm to 5.30pm at Stawell Village Hall Car Park. There will be plenty of food and drink for everyone to bring and share, including traditional British fare such as scones, sandwiches, and tea.
This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate our shared history and culture. It is also a chance to show our support for the new king and wish him well in his reign.
We hope that you will join us for this joyous occasion. Please feel free to bring your family and friends and spread the word to your neighbours.
If you have any questions or would like to buy a ticket @ £1.00 to come the party, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Rogers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 7th May 2023 and celebrating this special event together.’

Who Wears Wins!

A “Fashion through the Decades” Exhibition is planned to take place in the Village Hall on Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th September.

We are sending out a request for everyone to hunt through their wardrobe for clothes that were once so fashionable. Maybe you have something new that might become a style icon of the future,

I you have a special outfit, uniform, dress, hat or shoes that you would be happy to exhibit then please get in touch with Kay McDonald :, Jackie Lusty: or Margaret Williams:

ALSO: Calling anyone who has a dress-making mannequin at home and would be prepared to lend it for the above event. Many thanks.

Additional Route 19 Buses

I have been informed that the Route 19 bus service which runs through the villages has additional buses running in term time only. The primary purpose is to serve students at the college but they are open to all. The additional times are shown below.  

UK Emergency Alert System Test

The following message comes from Avon and Somerset Police:

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger. It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding. There will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts System on Sunday 23 April.

Please see the attached document for more information.

April Happenings

Parish Council: The minutes of the special planning meeting on 12 April are now published. Available under the “Organisations/Parish Council” menu.

Parish Council: There will be a second Special Planning Meeting of the Parish Council to discuss two further planning applications. The meeting will take place on Thursday 20 April in the VH at 6:00pm (note the earlier time)

Parish Council: The minutes of the April meeting are now posted. There is also an agenda for a Special Planning Meeting on Wednesday 12 April.

MOMSS. The digital, colour, edition of MOMSS is now available 

HUB Cafe: Cancelled due to staff shortages 

Coffee Morning: This will be hosted by Denise Rogers at Holly Tree House on 29 April. As usual, our host will be brewing coffee and serving cakes from 10:00am to 12:00pMorag and Jim at the Old Manor Farmhouse

Goodbye and Good Wishes to Stepping Out

As many villagers will know, Stepping Out are moving on and continuing their fabulous provision at Bawdrip and Cossington Village Halls from next week. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for making our hall their home for some time and providing lovely lunches on Tuesdays.  We wish them all the best in their future enterprises and I am sure villagers will continue to order their weekly bread from them. 

March...Spring is on the way

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE:  Wessex Water will be carrying out essential maintenance (a mains leak) from Tuesday 21 March to Friday 24 March. This will require the closure of Ford Lane to all through traffic (but emergency service access is permitted). The closure appears to be from just past the village boundary sign to the bottom of the hill.  Pedestrian access may still be possible. Any concerns and questions can be directed via 0345 6004600. I believe all properties should have received a letter from Wessex Water with details and a map but the map can also be accessed at

March Parish Council Meeting: The agenda for the next meeting (6 March) of the PC is now available here on the website. 

HUB Cafe: This month the wonderful HUB Cafe will be on Saturday 11 March. Come along for a guaranteed warm welcome along with good food and hot drinks. 

Lent Lunch: On Saturday 18 March from 12:00 to 2:00pm there will be a Lent Lunch in the village hall. Have a lunch of soup and rolls and make a donation to charity.

Coffee Morning: The March Coffee Morning will run from 10:00am to 12:00 noon 25 March. Your hosts are Nico and Soraya Anvari who live in Catslide Barn (5 Manor Court) at the end of Manor Court in Stawell – There will be signs up outside! 

Easter Bingo: In the evening of the 25 March, after partaking in the fantastic cakes and coffee which Soraya and Nico are promising 😉, you can go to play at the annual Easter Bingo event. The VH doors open at 7:00pm.  Refreshments will be available.

As usual donations of prizes are very welcome. They can be left with Ruth Peberdy at Old School House or Tina Swift at Carisbrooke House. If you wish to donate a prize but cannot deliver then call Ruth on 722914 who will organise their collection. 

It's February Already!

Parish Council Minutes: The minutes for the February meeting have now been published.

HUB Cafe: Yes, there is a HUB Cafe this month!  Come to the Village Hall this Saturday (11 February) and enjoy good company with friends and neighbours plus great coffee and a range of foo, both sweet and savoury. Doors open at 10am until 1:00pm.

Coffee Morning: This month our hosts are Giles and Ailish Edwards at Connaught in Stawell. Always a lovely event with good company, cofffee and home-made cake. 10:00am to 12:00 noon (ish).

MOMSS: The February edition of the MOMSS magazine is out. The digital edition is available here under the Organisations/Church menu. Always worth a look at the digital version to see Anne Farmer’s cover pic in colour.

Road Closure: If you drive through Chedzoy I’m sure you will have seen the signs but if not here is a notice of a road closure there. There will be a road closure at Ward Lane, Chedzoy which will commence on 2nd February 2023 – 3rd February 2023 (00:00 – 23:59) for a total of 2 days.
This will enable Wessex Water to carry outa sewer repair due to severe cracks in broken pipe.

A couple of notices from the police. Firstly,  garage has been broken into between 9am on the 26th and 9am on the 27th in West View Close, Middlezoy. Once inside the offender stole a motorcycle described as a KTM 450 in Orange & Black (VE58YKK). The police are also warning about scams where someone sells something on  Facebook Marketplace. A fraudster agrees to buy it. The fraudster then arrives at the victim’s address, presenting a fake banking app showing that the payment has been made to the victim. The victim hands over the goods, believing they have been paid, only to realise that they haven’t received the money some hours later. If the victim checks their account and questions why the money hasn’t yet arrived in their bank, the fraudster will say that it can take a couple of days to show. Intimidation tactics may also be used. Police advise always using the site-approved payment method. 

What's Going on in January

The first Coffee Morning of 2023 takes place on 28 January and is hosted by Jean Reynolds at 5 The Old Apple Store in Stawell.  Doors open from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 

There is always a warm welcome, plenty of coffee and a range of fabulous cakes to ruin the New Year diet!!  Do come along and spend time chatting with friends and neighbours. Funds raised are used to support the village Church. 

Parish Council: There is a special planning meeting taking place on Tuesday 3 January.   The agenda is published under the Organisations/Parish Council menu. 

Road Closure – Ford Lane:  a notification has been received of a TTRN (urgent) road closure at Ford Lane, Stawell which will commence on 9th January 2023 – 13th January 2023 (00:00 – 23:59) for a total of 5 days.  This will enable Wessex water to carry out main leak repair works.
The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro914515SE.
Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).

HUB Cafe and Film Night: January 21st is the big day for Village Hall events this months. The Cafe will be open in the afternoon from 10am to 1pm and in the evening the cinema opens for a showing of Mrs Harris goes to Paris.  Full details of both events below

Doors open at 7:00pm on 21 January for a 7:30pm showing. Bar and food on sale.

Based on the book “Mrs ‘Arris Goes To Paris” by the celebrated American author, Paul Gallico (living in Salcombe at the time), the film tells the story of  a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.

This film was praised by critics and audiences alike and achieved an excellent 94% on the Rotten Tomatoes website. 


Alternative Fuel Payment

The Government has announced that Alternative Fuel Payments will be made in January to Northern Ireland customers and in February to those in Great Britain.  this is a payment being given to homes and businesses who do not use mains gas for heating. This payment is in addition to the Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) non-repayable discount of £400

"Warm Spaces"

The VHC is very pleased to say that after much form filling and questions beyond belief we have been granted £750.00 towards the ‘Warm Spaces’ project over the winter. This will allow us to do seriously subsidised extra VH hub cafes etc and other ‘things we have planned. Dates of these other cafes etc will be made known when we know ourselves lol. This will be from December through March

Fixed Payments for Oil Heating Consumers

I’ve had the following notification passed on to me which should interest the many users of oil for heating in the village. I went to the UKIFDA website to check this and discovered that the site has lots of information that would be of use to oil consumers. 

UKIFDA, the trade body for the liquid fuel distribution industry, has met with the government to discuss the most efficient way of getting the £100 fixed payment announced on 19th September to heating oil customers.
Given the highly competitive nature of the heating oil market, customers have the ability to purchase from a number of different distributors and outlets. Consequently, they are likely to hold multiple accounts, which makes the fixed payment distribution challenging to deliver without duplication.
Inevitably this will take some time, so we strongly recommend that customers do not wait if they need heating oil. We are working closely with the government to find a solution and ensure that heating oil households receive their £100 as soon as possible.