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The Coffee Morning for Macmillan is on the 30th NOT the 20th as advertised in the Ropewalker
The Royal George has new tenants. Sue and Darren have taken over
Mobile Library Threatened again. West Coker’s service was reduced to one stop in late 2015. The whole service is being monitored again and services will be withdrawn if there are fewer than 3 regular users, or a stop is unused for 3 consecutive visits or, and this is worrying, if the stop is less than 3 miles from another stop or a library. Our stop is less than 3 miles from the Odcombe and East Chinnock stops. The van stops at Cedar Fields BA22 9DB from 12:10 to 12:30 every Tuesday.
Report Road Problems On-Line Somerset County Council now has a system whereby you can report, potholes, weeds, overgrown verges, failed lights etc. You can read all about it HERE. To get directly to the reporting system, click HERE. There is also a site for Rights of Way. You can see them all on a map and report problems See HERE. To go straight to the map, click HERE
Want to Learn to Play Bridge? See HERE
Become a volunteer with Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner! See HERE
Contacting the Police. Avon & Somerset Police have asked us to draw your attention to their on-line non-emergency reporting system which is intended to reduce demand for the 101 phone system. You can find it HERE
Bus Service cut. A few months ago, SCC undertook a ‘consultation’ about proposed bus service cuts. The links were given on this website, and the Parish Council objected strongly to the proposal to halve the number of 99 and 99A services through West Coker. The SCC did not announce any conclusions, perhaps because they have made the cuts anyway. The 99 and 99A are now replaced by the 96 which operates between Yeovil and Chard from June 13th.
The previous 12 buses per day in each direction now become 6 east and 7 west. There is no 9:06 bus any more. See HERE
OAP bus passes are no longer accepted before 9:30 (so getting to Yeovil costs £2.40).
Recycling Changes From October 3rd, a permit will be needed if you take a commercial vehicle or a trailer to Yeovil’s recycling centre. See HERE
St Martin’s church roof repairs. The submission for Heritage Lottery funding has passed the first round hurdle. Please see HERE
Youth Club Needs Help. A Treasurer and other volunteer help is needed to support our VERY successful Youth Club – please. See HERE
Yeovil Mayor’s events – October to December. Please see HERE
Garden Waste Collections If you would like a fortnightly collection, please see links HERE
Somerset Community Micro-enterprise Project Are you interested in helping older people in your community? Would you like to make a difference, work for yourself, working hours that suit you? See HERE
FREE Money Advice Need help? A Wiser£money adviser may be the answer. See HERE
WCCF Lottery AND Sponsorship Request. £12 buys you 12 monthly entries into the lottery where you can win £15, £10 or £5. Proceeds go to the Village Hall. Please contact David Neal 862402 or Barbara Blackmore 862013. Or, you might care to sponsor part of the refurbishment. Please see HERE
Patient Online Access. You can use this to book routine appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access a summary of your medical record. Discover more HERE
Somerset Choices. A website where you can find lots of information about help you can get to live as independently as possible. See HERE
Speeding on the A30
You may have noticed the temporary speed warning light at Uplands Terrace – in fact, given the results, it probably flashed at you!
Here is a summary of what it recorded last October. Results from this year are very similar (which leads to wondering why they do it when no action is taken):
– 1600 vehicles each day travel west into the village (1200 on Sundays)
– Only about 100 of these (6%) obey the 30mph speed limit
– About 1100 (67%) travel at 30 to 40 mph
– About 400 (25%) travel at 40 to 50 mph
– About 33 (2%) exceed 50mph. That’s 12,000 per year
Results for November and March this year were very similar.
Volunteering in Somerset. Find out more HERE
West Coker in 1934. Julie Harvey found a BFI film made in West Coker, directed by Matthew Nathan. See HERE
Somerset County Council SINGLE PHONE CONTACT NUMBER
If you need to contact SCC, please note that all the old 0845 numbers have now been replaced by one single number –
0300 123 2224
Homefinders ‘We are a partnership of local authorities and housing associations working together to make the process of finding a home simple and transparent for all applicants looking for housing in Somerset. If you are looking for social housing anywhere in Somerset you only have to complete one application form and your needs will be assessed against the same clear set of criteria no matter where you live.’ See HERE
Somerset CC appealing for volunteer drivers
The County Council currently provides transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. This includes trips to hospital for medical appointments, or transport to day centres.
Phone 01278 664180 or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering
West Coker Young People’s Visit to WWI Battlefields and Cemeteries
You can find a longer version of the Ropewalker article, with more photos HERE
Are you an ‘Od’ person? People whose land adjoins or includes West Coker’s River Od or its tributaries need to know their rights and responsibilities. See HERE
RECREATION GROUND PROJECT. Upgrade or replacement of the buildings and facilties are needed. Thank you to the people who responded to the on-line survey – especially those who have offered help – we will be in touch. The results are available if you click: TIME TO FIX THE RECREATION GROUND SURVEY 2014 RESULTS
The ROPEWALKER is available to download from this site. Just click HERE and then click ‘download’ on the next page. So if you don’t have a delivery (maybe because you live in New Zealand) or you lose your copy, a few clicks here will sort matters.
Here are some links to other websites which you might find useful. Just click on the red words:
The West Coker Somerset Meeting Place/News Facebook page has been shut down. However, the Ropewalker page is alive and well. See HERE
Here is the: West_Coker_Parish Profile – some history and local statistics NEW REVISED
Here are lots of stats about West Coker from the 2011 census. See HERE
Here is West Coker’s: Wikipedia entry – more history and local information
Here is a leaflet: 6 Walks Around Yeovil (includes West Coker parish walk)
Here is a Map of West Coker Footpaths
Here is a map showing the Parish of West Coker and its boundaries