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Welcome to West Coker’s website, sponsored by the Parish Council.

Thank you to all who have been interested enough to come and look.  And thank you to those who contribute news, ideas, photos and other material. More are welcome.  Everything here can be changed, so feel free to make suggestions or contributions –

 

Contact the website at:  westcokernet@gmail.com

NEWS:

A PLEA FROM NICK WHITE:
Wassail Theatre Company, based in West Coker is making its next show in the village before a Somerset-wide tour.

I’m on the look out for accommodation, ideally in the village, for 3 x people.   We can’t afford to put people up in the various B&B or Hotels in the village, so I’m looking for kindly folk with a spare bedroom who would be willing to host someone.  We can pay £10/night.  Food isn’t essential but a home away from home for them is. We are looking at dates 25 April – 20 May. If any of you can help, or think you know someone who can, it would be really appreciated.
I do hope you can help, and hope to hear from you in due course.

West Coker Commemoration Fund 2017 AGM
Monday May 15th 7:30 @ The Village Hall.  ALL welcome.

COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Elections to Somerset County Council will take place on Thursday 4 May. There are 55 seats to be filled when residents go to the ballot box and we want as many people as possible to get involved in the democratic process. Please make sure you are registered to vote and do so on 4 May.
You can find out more about the elctions – including information about standing for election HERE

Careline gives that extra support to people who want to remain living at home independently for as long as possible while bringing peace of mind to their family and friends. Find out about their Easter offer HERE

DEFIBRILLATORS NOW INSTALLED IN WEST COKER
Thanks in part to the British Heart Foundation, we are deploying four defibrillators within the Parish. They are already in place at Screwfix, White Post Garage and Halves Lane.  The fourth will be in the village square.
Thanks are due to Screwfix and White Post who have installed them and provided free power.

Test Census.  The Office of National Statistics has selected South Somerset to help them undertake tests as preparation for the next UK Census in 2021. You may be asked to take part.  Please see HERE

New rural crime initiative launched by Avon & Somerset Police
The number 81819 will allow the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

Trafalgar Night Dinner – a great evening.  See HERE

Scouts’ Visit to Romania   The local Explorer Scout group, known as the Coker Crusaders, recently gave their time to help an orphanage in Romania – see HERE

Travel Somerset Find live information about road conditions, road works and holdups etc HERE. You can read the full press release about this new service HERE.

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

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
Also, the Avon and Somerset Police Cimmissioner, Sue Mountstephens invites you to view her interview with the Chief Constable.  It’s accessible from HERE

Recycling More. Local Councils have agreed to extend the waste recycling scheme.  See more HERE. However, it won’t be implemented until Autumn 17.
Note that a permit is now needed if you take a commercial vehicle or a trailer to Yeovil’s recycling centre.  See HERE

Garden Waste Collections If you would like a fortnightly collection, please see links HERE. However, prices rise from April 2017.  See 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

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 in October 2015. Results from 2016 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

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
See HERE

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

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