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Lucy Farmbrough
8 days 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
2 months ago

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

Oliver Dowding
2 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

Oliver Dowding
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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

John Sykes
7 months ago
Reply to  John Sykes

Delonghi sold; tree stand still available

John Sykes
6 months ago
Reply to  John Sykes

Xmas tree stand gone to meet its maker…

John Sykes
7 months ago

Found: powerful LED head-torch. Please ring if it’s yours!
John
07770-656-390

John Sykes
7 months ago

For sale

Classic GPO 232 telephone (1929-1959),with “Rotatone” adaption to allow use on current telephone lines. In very good condition, with Shepton Montague dial label.

The phone would be best used as a second phone for emergency use during power cuts. Rings, dials out and receives calls.

See:
https://antiquetelephones.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d2_GPO-200-Series-1929-1959.html

 £100.  Proceeds to Church funds.

John Sykes
7 months ago
Reply to  John Sykes

Sold

Sue Hester
8 months 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?

Steve Fereday
7 months ago
Reply to  Sue Hester

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.

Jessica Gregory
8 months 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.

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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 »

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
Reply to  Admin

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.

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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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.

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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
Reply to  Admin

Why on earth is this a post? We see TV and we listen to radio. Absolutely ridiculous.

What about the tyres?

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.
 

Sarah Maude
1 year ago
Reply to  Rosie Watch

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.

Jo W
1 year ago

Tyre dump

Jo W
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo W

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

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Sue Hester
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo W

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.!

Steve Fereday
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo W

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 »

Vanessa Stubbs
1 year 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

Lucy Farmbrough
1 year ago

Quarantine Kitchen Dear all For those of you who don’t know, we normally do food for supper clubs and events. We’ve been wracking our brains about how to keep busy during these extraordinary and straitened times and we’ve settled on the idea of doing handmade filled pasta. Wherever we can, we will be using ingredients from local growers, food producers and suppliers to help support them, too. Here’s what some of our guinea pig customers said: clip_image001.png “I would cross the Himalayas on a pogo stick for food this good.” “Lucas & Lucie’s pasta is a world apart from anything else one can find, and lets you think you’ve made a star quality dish all by yourself!” “I could eat this every evening.” Each week we will make a different pasta. As time goes on, we may start doing other dishes. Maybe even the odd pud. Orders can be picked up from us in Bratton Seymour or – if you are not venturing out – we are happy to deliver locally. NEXT WEEK (order by… Read more »

Admin
1 year ago

Ultrafast Broadband for Shepton Montague?

Wessex Internet, which already supplies some residents with a Superfast wireless service, has government approval for a Full Fibre Scheme covering Shepton Montague, Bratton Seymour and Welham.

They are currently looking to establish whether there is enough sign up and funding to make extending their network financially viable.

You can see the content of their email to existing subscribers here.

Julia Hunter
1 year ago
Reply to  Admin

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!!!

Anna Watson
1 year ago
Reply to  Admin

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.

Sue Hester
1 year ago

How has a tyre dump been allowed in the village?
Hm govGuidance
S2 waste exemption: storing waste in a secure place 40tonnes for 3 months.I think this is more than 40 tonnes in the field that backs on to Bruton road.

Julia Hunter
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue Hester

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

Sue Hester
1 year ago
Reply to  Julia Hunter

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!

Lucy Farmbrough
1 year ago

Meals for the NHS:
Help buy meals for the NHS staff fighting COVID-19
After 18-hour shifts trying to save our lives from COVID-19, NHS Hospital Staff are faced with canteens that shut at 5pm.
Help get food to wards, today.
https://www.mealsforthenhs.com

Lucy Farmbrough
1 year ago

Gillingham Foodbank – Donations of food and cash urgently needed. List of food items and local supermarkets where donations of food can be left are in the link below.
Many thanks.

https://gillingham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

John Sykes
1 year ago

Good article on viral load in the NY Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/opinion/coronavirus-viral-dose.html?

John Sykes
1 year ago

By happenchance I have a few litres of Carex anti-bacterial hand-wash which can be used for refilling pump dispensers (if you run out & can’t find any locally).

Jo W
1 year ago

Just pruned the Sage plant and lots of lovely fresh Sage available now if anyone wants some. Dry for Christmas perhaps?
Can leave at end of driveway for social distancing purposes

John Sykes
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo W

Many thanks Jo: is there some out there to collect or do we need to book?

Sarah Maude
1 year ago

Castle Cary, and other recycling centres run by the same company, are closed as of today – of course we can put most of our recycling out for the recycling collection each week but for other items, such as one-use plastics, batteries, printer cartridges, clothes, they will have to wait until the centres re-open

Lucy Far
1 year ago
Lucy Far
1 year ago

Roth Bar and Grill – Takeaway & Delivery is now available

View this email in your browser

TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY IS NOW AVAILABLE

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, we are excited to announce our menu is now available for collection each week from Wednesday to Sunday, between 12 – 6pm,
for both lunch and dinner. Deliveries available between 2 – 3pm.

Our NEW POP-UP FOOD STORE will open on Wednesday 25th March
visit the website for more info

VIEW TAKEAWAY MENU HERE

James March
1 year ago

We’ve had some undesirable youths speeding in unregistered motorbikes and quad bike up and down east street. So far they have killed a cat and I am worried it will be a child next. Does anyone have any legal/police advice they can give? I can’t belive filing an online incident report is going to get anything doneI think if it doesn’t get checked, anarchy may ensue…

Susie Dowding
1 year ago

One of the few pleasures left to us at this time is walking, and it’s uplifting to see newborn lambs in the fields, so if people want to walk across farmland it is particularly important that they keep dogs on leads and keep to the footpaths.

Rod Banner
1 year ago
Reply to  Susie Dowding

I am fully appreciative of the need to keep dogs and sheep apart but as someone with a number of dogs and no fields of my own, it is sometimes difficult to decipher some of the more obscure signs and restrictive bylaws applicable to walkers with dogs. For example I was recently (and fairly) rebuked for walking up a restricted byway (BOAT) because it had sadly ended without any signage to that effect. Is there anyone who can shed any light to fools like me as to where they might walk their furry friends with impunity? (And yes, I am familiar with King Alfred’s Tower).

Susie Dowding
1 year ago
Reply to  Rod Banner

Hi Rod, Here’s a link to the SSDC website which has the map of footpaths in the village: https://roam.somerset.gov.uk/roam/map#
you can zoom in to see fields. Some parishes have a laminated map of village footpaths on the village notice boards which is a nice idea, but I don’t have a large enough laminator.

Rod Banner
1 year ago
Reply to  Susie Dowding

Thanks Susie, This is a great resource. Really useful. Do you suppose we could create a dog walkers community resource on this website?

Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Rod Banner

You could start a new thread on here Rod, to see what level of interest there is. If there’s enough, maybe set up a Facebook or Nextdoor group for members.

Suse Elderkin
1 year ago

The Nextdoor app is great – I used it when we lived in the States and it is actually a really good way of building and staying in touch with your local community. Easier to keep an eye on than a website. I will form a neighbourhood group and we could give it a try with a few of us and then extend it if everyone likes it, perhaps?

Elizabetg
1 year ago
Reply to  Suse Elderkin

Thank you for setting this up. Does anyone know who/if someone is coordinating X

Lucy Far
1 year ago

Dear All,

Please see the message below from Jules at the Roth Bar & Grill, who are in desperate need of local support:

**Supporting our community, suppliers and team**

We are amidst setting up a takeaway / delivery service from this weekend with a daily newsletter of our menu and details on the website. In addition, given the state of supermarkets, we will open a pop up community food store next Wednesday with fresh produce from ours and other local farm, ready meals, bread, milk, cheese, meat, veg etc.

Watch this space and please share far and wide. We are so desperate to retain and support our amazing team during this incredibly challenging time.

Jules & Steve

Lucy Far
1 year ago
Reply to  Lucy Far

Hi All,
I’m afraid the due to the latest Govt measures the Roth B&G has now closed.
Lucy

Richard Ellis
1 year ago

Richard & Liz
Always happy to help out.