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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:

Consultation on the A358 improvements east of Taunton
Highways England has launched a second consultation about the proposed improvements of the A358 between Ilminster and Junction 25 of the M5 at Taunton. Their new schemes – 3 options – are described HERE and you can have your say HERE .  The schemes bypass Henlade but, IMHO, do nothing for the congestion at Junction 25.

St Martin’s Church Roof fund HLF grant awarded. Work can start!
Pat Ricketts today received the following email from the Heritage Lottery Fund concerning repairs to St Martin’s church roof:
“Dear Pat I couldn’t be more delighted to tell you that we have awarded the PCC a grant of £nnn,000 to repair this much loved building. You have all worked so hard, and I know what a difference this is going to make. A signed copy of this letter and all the attachments etc will follow later next week, but I wanted to let you have something in writing as soon as possible. ….. enjoy the good news. With very best wishes to everyone. Helen Helen Wheatley”

We wouldn’t have succeeded in this grant application without the commitment shown by the village in raising our contribution. So thanks to all.

St Margaret’s Hospice is looking for volunteers to join its support groups.  See HERE   And they are holding the Great Somerset Walk:  See HERE

The National Trust is seeking new volunteers to help at Barrington Court See HERE

LIBRARIES CONSULTATION  SCC is looking to reduce the cost and has launched a consultation.  You can go and talk to them;  see HERE .  Or you can read all about it on line  HERE .   Yeovil library is not threatened, but Crewkerne’s is.

RECYCLING CHANGES.  Somerset Waste Partnership has issued two notices.  One tells us that their contractor is being changed earlier than planned. See HERE . The other explains that China’s recent policy change restricting the import of waste has no impact here because all our waste is processed in the UK.  See HERE.

WESTERN CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS  – this means 18 months of road works to upgrade all the junctions between Bunford Lane and Thorne Lane.  You can more about what and when in the the contractor’s first Bulletin  HERE

PILATES classes at the Village Hall.  See HERE

West Coker celebrates Nelson’s victory.   Programme and photos HERE

Family Support Services & Children’s Centres consultation. A Somerset County Council consultation on proposed changes to the way it provides support to children and families is now underway. The proposals are for a Family Support Service that would bring together the Council’s getset service – which includes children’s centre support for families and children aged 0 to 19 – and support from Health Visitors and the School Nursing Service. The proposals aim to make support more accessible by delivering more through community venues, in people’s homes and online. They include changes to the role of children’s centres. The services and support will still be available, but where people get it from could change.
See HERE for more details and HERE for the Consultation

DEFIBRILLATORS NOW INSTALLED IN WEST COKER

Thanks in part to the British Heart Foundation, we have deployed four defibrillators within the Parish. They are in place at Screwfix, White Post Garage, Halves Lane and the Vilage Hall.
Thanks are due to Screwfix and White Post who have installed them and provided free power.

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.

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

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 and 2017 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

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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