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John Sykes
3 months ago

A371 blocked south just after Cattle Hill ; large timer building has appeared!

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John Sykes
3 months ago
Reply to  John Sykes

timber!

Sue Hester
5 months ago

Does anyone know who this dog belongs to

Oliver Dowding
5 months ago
Reply to  Sue Hester

This was a dreadful thing to happen to anyone.
I think I know and have replied privately to the lady who was attacked by it. It’s timely to remind everyone about keeping dogs under close control while in public spaces including on the footpaths. When a boistrous dog races up to a young child, or anyone, they don’t know if it’s “friendly” or “safe”. Everyone would like to enjoy their walk without fear.

Janet Robinson
5 months ago
Reply to  Oliver Dowding

The owner of the dogs concerned have been cautioned in past but have taken no notice they have bitten other dogs and people I sincerely hope the police take action I don’t feel safe out my dogs or will nothing be done until someone is really badly hurt

Sue Hester
5 months ago
Reply to  Oliver Dowding

Thanks oliver

Jenny Fereday
7 months ago

Don’t know if I’m allowed to put for sale items on here, but here goes

Bosch Pressure Washer – ideal for patios car washing etc – excellent condition all attachments and instruction book £50
Kenwood Gourmet Variomatic food processor, all accessories and instruction/menu £30
Large mirror with wide matt silver textured frame (3″ wide frame). Measures 50″ wide, 41″ high £20
Double sized electric blanket as new, 1 control, 3 settings, used 3 times £10

Contact email jennyfereday@hotmail.com

Sue Hester
7 months ago

Just wondering how much was made at the village fete and how the money is to be spent?

John Sykes
5 months ago
Reply to  Sue Hester

Sue: sorry, only just seen your question.
The amount raised was £5,700, a record amount due in part to the ending of lock-down combined with wonderful weather on the day. The proceeds are split between the village hall and church maintenance.
John

Sue Hester
5 months ago
Reply to  John Sykes

So pleased the money is staying in the village.

Sue Hester
7 months ago

Any news on Sean’s Camino walk ?

John Sykes
8 months ago

Fete pre-sale items

1. JVC Boomblaster RV–B99 with Portogram variable speed replay.
This CD / Radio / Tape player is offered in exceptional and fully-working condition. Comes complete with original
– instructions
-remote control and
-carrying strap.
It has been professionally modified to allow “Portogram” variable speed replay for CD’s and cassettes (dancing, exercise classes etc). It also incorporates a switchable guitar /mic input. Powerful unit, mains or battery, weighs 20lbs /9.5kG without batteries. Happy to demo.
£125
portogram1

portogram2

2. “Robolamp” night light.
Very unusual ceramic night-light which takes standard SES mains bulbs. Would make someone of any age very happy.
£10 (or more if you fall in love with it, or I get conflicting bids).

robolamp

John Sykes
9 months ago

There will be a Fete planning meeting at Christina & Robert Dimond’s** at 18:30 on Wednesday 18th August . Please come along if you’re a stall-holder, helper or in any other way involved. Drop me a line if you’re coming so we know approx numbers.
John 07770656390

Sue Hester
9 months ago

Would anyone like a leather sofa in excellent condition for a donation to Parkinson’s UK

Lucy Farmbrough
10 months ago

SM Village Fete 2021 – Bottle Stall 

Hello All, 

The Farmbrough Family are collecting bottles for the village fete. Any contributions would be really welcome. If you have a donation please can you either:

  • drop off any contributions you might have – they can be left opposite our back door in the log store at The Old Vicarage or
  • we are very happy to come and collect from you – just let us know when is convenient and where we should collect from

Many thanks, 

Lucy 

Lucy Farmbrough
Mob: 07702 669 169
Tel: 01749 812 276

Sue Hester
1 year ago

Just seen the new membership fee for the Newt. Think I will stick with the National trust!

Oliver Dowding
1 year ago

If anyone finds a green backed mobile phone, which fell off a van roof used by the guys roofing Hillside Cottages, please either kindly take it to them or me. Would be much appreciated.
01749812652

Sarah MAUDE
1 year ago

As well as collecting plastic bottle tops (milk cartons, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, etc.) for a friend’s charity and empty jam jars with lids for Unwrapped Essentials in Cary, I also collect postage stamps (commemorative and foreign, no 1st/2nd class UK) for Dogs for Good, a wonderful charity that trains dogs for specific disabilities, illnesses and autism, please drop them off outside my front door or in the post box above the Dairy Barn sign or my garden shed if raining – thank you

Jessica Parkhouse
1 year ago

Hello everyone, just sharing an update from The Newt: We will be celebrating our annual Wassail ceremony on Friday 5th March at 6pm (we like to celebrate ours a little later than the traditional January and February!). We wanted to advise that there will be some fireworks around 6.20pm, and some smaller practice illuminations around the same time on Wednesday 24th February. The ceremony on the 5th will be live streamed to Facebook so everyone is invited to watch, and there’s the option to get yourself a Wassail Kit and join in from home. Best wishes.

John Sykes
1 year ago

Found:
pair of purple-framed glasses on footpath near Press Hill orchard.

Oliver Dowding
1 year ago

People have been telling us that there is an increase in the sighting (and hearing) of owls in and around the village recently. That is not a chance thing! For an organic farmer there are limited ways of controlling pests, and every effort has to be taken to find natural solutions, including in orchards.   We needed to address a predator problem and rather than just buying standard owl boxes ourselves and guessing where best to put them, and how many, or for which owls, we commissioned Alan Wells from Pitcombe Rock Falconry (next to Bruton School for Girls) to investigate potential for introducing some owls here.   He undertook a significant amount of observation and investigation last summer. Once clear about what would work, and where, he put up 4 owl boxes in and around our orchards last September. The main objective is to control the many voles nibbling the roots of young apple trees. This is something that would eventually destroy the trees, and could potentially wipe out entire young orchards.   Alan’s monitoring and research will… Read more »

John Sykes
1 year ago

Possible injured Buzzard
We spottted a buzzard on the ground, down by the stream adjacent to Oliver’s oldest orchard. This was from the public footpath. It didn’t fly away as we passed at quite close range. By the time someone from Alan Wells’ rescue centre arrived, it had disappeared. If anyone spots this bird again please ring me.
John

Sarah Maude
1 year ago

Wessex Internet Full Fibre Q&A

For those who are Wessex Internet customers, I thought the following Q&A that I had with them might be of interest.

Link to Q&A

Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine.
Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’.”
“If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details.
“After entering your details, it then requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’.”
“But as with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not http://www.nhs.uk/

John Sykes
1 year ago

Credit card phishing attempt. We had a call @ 15:00 to day from a woman from the Coop Bank, credit card fraud department: correct number came up on our phone. She was telling us the card had been used for a suspect transaction: was it ours? No. Then a lot of talk, followed by a request to go through security check. At this point we terminated the call and I phoned the bank. it wasn’t them. Easy one to fall for though. She had our tel no (obviously), name and first four digits only.

Julia Hunter
1 year ago

Reverse Advent food boxes

Please see the link below for a message of thanks for the food boxes delivered to Wincanton and Bruton food banks.

Food banks message

Steve Fereday
1 year ago

I got an email from Paul Williams on Thursday and he told me ‘there is little more the Parish Council can do’. I think that’s a bit rich myself. A member of the Parish Council dumped the tyres, and the Chairman of our Parish Council tells us there is nothing more he can do.

Pathetic.

Sue Hester
1 year ago

From the minutes of the 18 th August
TyreDumping:AWupdatedthemeetingonhiscontactwiththeEnvironment Agency. OD confirmed that EA had been in contact with him today and had set a deadline of 3 months for him to take action.
That deadline has now passed. What’s happening?

Jessica Gregory
1 year ago

Has anyone seen this cat? She has been missing for just over a week now from the barns on East Street (lane out of village to Bratton Seymour and Verrington Lane) she turned up about 2 years ago and has since become friendly… very unusual for her not to be around in the afternoons. She is all black, has 4/5 white hairs on her chest, yellow eyes and scabby ears….. I have called all local vets and she has not been handed in. Alternatively if she is your cat please let me know!
Any news good or bad would be greatly appreciated. Jessica 07970926790

Jo W.
1 year ago

Plants for re-homing
We’re clearing a border and have loads of Crocosmia spare if anyone would like to re-home them. Give us a call or drop in

Sonia Kundu
1 year ago

INTRODUCTION:

You may have taken part in a general survey about transforming disused railways in Somerset into multi-user pathways. This survey is specifically regarding transforming the section of the disused Somerset & Dorset line that runs from Wincanton to Cole (for Bruton) into a path for walkers, disabled users, cyclists and horse riders. As a resident of Shepton Montague, your feedback is invaluable. Please answer this VERY SHORT survey and add any comments if you choose. It will take less than a minute! Thank you. Your help is much appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MX5JPDQ

The survey will be inaccessible from 4pm Jul 3rd to 4am Jul 4th as survey monkey are carrying out essential maintenance on their site.  We’d like to close the survey by Jul 10th.

Click on the map image to see the planned route.

Sue Hester
1 year ago

Just to let you know the EA have replied to my issue and I have sent the requested info.As the next parish council meeting isn’t till August I hope this will be in hand by then.

Janet Robinson
1 year ago

Oliver Dowding doesn’t have cows anymore so why does he need tyres for silage why not recycle them not dump in a beautiful field next to a foot path it beggars belief and calls himself eco friendly

Sue Hester
1 year ago

Today I heard from the environmental agency asking for the OS map reference and who the land owner is. According to the men who moved the tyres, it was Mr Oliver Dowding who had arranged for them to be moved, so I’m assuming it’s his land that they’ve been moved to or he’s fly tipping!
OS coordinates have been sent, along with a map.I had already sent the photos.
When I spoke to Mr Robin Bastible I got the impression I was making a mountain out of a molehill, he even suggested that farmers were allowed to keep tyres for covering silage! I suggest he takes a walk along Horn Lane and he will see this isn’t JUST a few tyres to cover silage. I would be more than happy to accompany him!
The irony is there is a sign next to the dumped tyres saying “take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints”

Janet Robinson
1 year ago

No action taken yet and I can’t see i see it happening we all know who the perpetrator is and he or she calls themselves green what a joke

Nicola Garton
1 year ago

Re the disgraceful ‘dumping’ of the huge mass of tyres from one field and then to another, of all the places now desecrating a field by a public footpath, which is bound to invite comment and speculation. According to the ‘draft’ minutes of the Shepton Montague Parish Council meeting 5.5.2020, under AOB, 3rd bullet point, it states that ‘Robin Bastable reported that he had been informed by a member of the Parish that there were a lot of tyres in a field near Pitcombe and the matter had been reported to the Environment Agency. AW- this had come up some years before (!) and action is needed. Robin Bastable agreed to pursue the matter in (sic) SSDC. Who is the landowner? Action Robin Bastable. It is therefore incredulous that out of 4 members (present) of the Parish Council and the County Councillor and 9 members of the Parish that nobody was able to answer or own up to, the most pertinent of questions, ie who was the landowner/and or more to the point, the perpetrator??… Read more »

Sue Hester
1 year ago

I reported the original tyre dump BEFORE they were moved to this NEW site, weeks and weeks ago to town councillor Mr Bastible who did nothing about it. I also wrote to the county councillor Anna Grosrup. This week I reported it to the Environment Agency sending pictures of where they were moved from and where they are now.I know we are in unprecedented times but these tyres have been hanging round the village for years they haven’t just arrived here.
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Andrew Wiley - Chair Shepton Montague PC
1 year ago

If you have an issue you wish to raise with the Parish Council contact the Parish Clerk, Jay Bunyan at Jay Bunyan sheptonmontague.clerk@gmail.com

Andrew Wiley - Chair Shepton Montague PC
1 year ago

The Parish Council reported the tyre dumping to the Environment Agency, the enforcement agency for these matters, immediately after they were dumped. The PC will follow up with the EA to ensure that action is taken.

Janet Robinson
1 year ago

Very well said Sue

Sue Hester
1 year ago

I totally agree with Steve over this tyre issue. I know there are other people in the village who are unhappy about it, and that the parish council seem to be turning a blind eye to it. Just because end of life tyres used to be put into landfill( bury them) in Britain , but it’s now illegal under EU waste directives. The trouble with tyres in landfill is that they leach toxins into soil and water. Tyre dumps are a fire risk, and burning tyres are notoriously hard to deal with. The S2 waste exemption allows you to store specific waste at a SECURE intermediate site, separate to where the waste was produced, BEFORE transportation to another site for recovery. Waste codes 160103, 191204 permits tyres, tyre chip and crumb up to 40 tonnes to be stored for 3 months. I think the environmental agency, our MP and the local paper will be very interested in this mountain of tyres that have been hanging round the village for years. I’m VERY disappointed that this… Read more »

Janet Robinson
1 year ago

I am amazed that more of the village hasn’t said anything about the tyre dump i agree with everything Steve has said what an eyesore and what was the point of moving from one end of the village to another we all know who he or she is perhaps he or she could explain themselves and I think there should be a parish council meeting asap

Steve Fereday
1 year ago

Jo, it’s now been a week since those tyres began their journey to this new location. I’m astonished by the lack of posts on this forum complaining about this, apart from Sue. But what astonishes me more, is that one week on, the person who did this has not had the decency to explain on here, or anywhere I know of, why he or she has done this. Or, what he or she intends to do with these tyres in the future. Notwithstanding who owns this land, the responsible person will have an affinity with this village. It beggars belief these tyres have been deliberately dumped right next to the busiest, and probably most scenic public footpath in the village. However, it appears to me that whoever has done this, has absolutely no regard whatsoever for the people who live in this village, and obviously has no conscience. Surely this circumstance should warrant an emergency meeting of the Parish Council. In the 23 years my wife and I have lived here, we have never seen… Read more »

Sarah Maude
1 year ago

Rosie, could I ask you to put two Basil plants aside for me and I’ll pick them up on Saturday and probably buy some veg. as well – many thanks, Sarah M.

Sarah Maude
1 year ago

WARNING, there is a telephone call scam going round claiming a security alert for your Mastercard which has had a £600 transaction abroad, please press 1 etc. – DO NOT, JUST HANG UP – my card holder company says they have had many calls about this

Rosie Watch
1 year ago

Vegetables and herbs for sale on the front wall under the blue umbrella at The Old Post Office.
 
I currently have tomatoes, peppers, chillies, dill and beetroot with corriander and basil arriving by the weekend.
 
A donation of the sales will be made to St Peter’s Church.
 

Sue Hester
1 year ago

See my post April 23rd ..we saw them being removed from the field on the rt out the village on the 13 /
14June and being dumped in field off stony lane. The mess on the road thru the village was unbelievable and a hazard on the bikes. I did report it in April to the parish council and the town council and thought when they were removing them they were being taken away , not just moved to another field.!

Jo W
1 year ago

This is in the field at the top of Horns Lane. Wow what a sad sight

Jo W
1 year ago

Tyre dump

Sue Hester
1 year ago

Hi Julie- whilst out walking today we saw the tyres being removed! Oh no they were being moved!They are now in a field up Stoney lane behind the Hollows.Watch this space!

Vanessa Stubbs
2 years ago

HOSTA SALE

Bank holiday Friday 8th May 10 – 5 pm.

End of Drive for Covid 19 distancing

Hill Farm House, Shepton Montague (near Montague Inn)

small selection of other plants; Iris, mint, sisyrinchium, tansy.

All proceeds St Peter’s Church

payment by honesty box or paypal

contact Vanessa Stubbs 07971 917470

Vanessa plants

Anna Watson
2 years ago

We would very much welcome faster broadband speeds. We currently have BT and it’s frankly appalling. In these difficult times we have both been trying to work from home and with our current speeds it’s practically impossible to both be on line, make Skype calls etc. We would be prepared to pay extra if it meant we could actually live in the modern world.

Julia Hunter
2 years ago

This is excellent news but I would like to add a slight word of caution….when we signed up to Wessex a couple of years ago we were told they were very competitive on their pricing. We have SKY. When we actually started using them we incurred costs of over £20 per month on top of our subscription. This was basically for using our Sky TV box and downloading programmes. It is the same if you use iplayer or download movies etc etc.
So although the faster speed will be great, please do carefully check the cost because Wessex were not up front at all about usage of a SKY box or similar even though I asked the direct question several times!!! We left Wessex within two months!
We have unlimited broadband through our current provider and it is a very competitive price so we will have to weigh that up against the increased speed – which for us is not unbearable but could certainly be improved!!!

Julia Hunter
2 years ago

Sue – Good question. Maybe start with who owns the field. It has certainly been there for years rather than months!

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