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Lucy Farmborough
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Lucy Farmborough

Success!!
A brutal mental and physical challenge and extraordinary adventure:
After climbing up thousands of metres over 5 days (climbing high and sleeping low) at 11pm on Sunday 6th October we set off for the summit. We climbed 1,500m to reach the top at 7am – 5,895m. This was followed by a 7 hour descent the same day to spend our last night on the mountain at 3,000m.
Our guide had insisted on the toughest route – Umbwe – and it certainly felt like it.
Your support, donations and messages have been massively appreciated and a huge driver in my quest to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, in aid of PROMISEworks.
If you haven’t already….there is still time to donate. I have added some photos to the Gallery on the justgiving web page too.
TOTAL raised so far due to your generosity and support: £4,123 – http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-farmbrough1
Many thanks again,

Lucy

Sarah MAUDE
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Sarah MAUDE

Some of you may be aware of a new shop in Castle Cary, Unwrapped Essentials, near the Horse Pond, which encourages shopping using renewable containers – if you have any jam jars with lids (for them), milk/juice carton tops (Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance) or newspapers (vets or animal rescue centres), to spare, please bring them to Dairy Barn and leave them in my log store (just behind my garden gate) and I will take them to the sources that can use them – thanks, Sarah M.

Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

WARNING…..People might want to check their oil tanks…we did our regular check today and were staggered when the sight gauge went down in front of our eyes to zero. We thought we’d had the fuel stolen, but when we checked the tank it was ok. We then realised that our fuel supply valve on the oil tank had been switched off. This is not something that could have happened accidentally, so we can only assume it was a deliberate act, most likely occurring today. It has resulted in our heating going off and our boiler man needing to be come out to vent the system.
This comes after a serious burglary in Bratton Seymour last week, so we are wondering if the same people/person are involved and maybe checking out other homes in the area. We have reported this to the police who will be following it up.

John Sykes
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John Sykes

Village Fete Wash-Up Meeting

You can find a copy of the notes of our meeting to review this year’s fete and consider ideas for the future on the link below.

Meeting Notes

Lucy Farmborough
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Lucy Farmborough

Dear Villagers, On the 2nd October I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,895m). I will be following the Umbwe route, which is described as one of the most challenging routes on the mountain. The climb will take 6 nights and 7 days. The Kili climb is a fundraising initiative for PROMISEworks, a charity for which I am a volunteer and mentor to a 6 year old boy. My Kilimanjaro climb is entirely self-funded, so EVERY PENNY YOU DONATE WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PROMISEworks. PROMISEworks is a Somerset based charity, which provides inspirational and intensive one-to-one mentoring for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young adults who are on the edge of care or who have just left the care system. Most are formally recognised as Children in Need, and have been subject to one or all of abuse, neglect or exclusion. The mentors in the PROMISEworks programme are unpaid volunteers who under-go intensive in-depth training, and commit to a minimum of 2 years with their young person. Positive benefits to mentees… Read more »

Sarah MAUDE
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Sarah MAUDE

Lucy, I really must remember to check in to this more often as I had no idea you were doing something so wonderful – you may have done the climb but I would like to contribute, just let me know how, Sarah M.

Lucy Farmbrough
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Lucy Farmbrough

Bottle Stall Request:
 
The Farmbrough family would be really grateful for any donations of bottles for the stall we will be manning at the fete. Any spirits, wine, cider and soft drinks would be most welcome.
We can either collect bottles just give us a call – Lucy 07702 669 169 – or they can be left in our log store opposite the back door at The Old Vicarage, if no one is home.
Many thanks,
Lucy

John Sykes
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John Sykes

More fete pre-sale offers
  
1. Truefitt & Hill luxury shaving kit: new. Ideal gift!
Comprises:
Wellington badger-hair shaving brush
Pre-shave oil
1805 scented Shaving cream
Wellington Mach III razor (Faux ivory)
Items total over £190 !
https://www.truefittandhill.co.uk/collections/shaving
Offers over £30
Shaving kit
 

2. Wild animal 4-off tablemats + matching coasters, new, shrink-wrapped, £5 per set, two sets available.
Mats
  
3. Highland 31-day chiming mantle clock, 1 second pendulum, chimes hour + half-hour, chime can be switched off.
Keeps very good time! £25.
Clock
  

Offers to: jaybsykes@gmail.com

John Sykes
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John Sykes

Fete poster

Village Fete: 18 days to go!

Cake-bakers: gird your loins!

Jam & marmalade makers; are you bottled?

If you’ve not already volunteered to help setting up on Saturday morning and you’re able to help, please contact me at jaybsykes@gmail.com

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Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

Fete..for sale items.

Have been tidying out shed; assorted plant pots destined for the Village Fete but if any residents want them in advance please email me at jennyfereday@hotmail.com
Suggested price £5 for larger ones, £3 for smaller ones and obviously proceeds to the Fete.
Pots

Julia Hunter
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Julia Hunter

I have many washed and de-labelled (or they can be!) glass jars if anyone needs some.

John Sykes
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John Sykes

Fete “for sale” items: First refusal to Shepton Montague Forum !

Here’s an opportunity to aquire some quality gear in advance of the bric-a-brac scrum!
Offers etc to me please at jaybsykes@gmail.com
1. Unused BBC World Service golfing umbrella. Branding from c 2004: in my view the finest example of World Service’s art. Rare survivor. Best offer over £10 secures.
Umbrella

. Panasonic DECT cordless answerphone* + second handset. Excellent condition, Panasonic quality, complete with leads, power supplies, rechargable batteries etc,
Plug & play, £25. * KX-TG6621E
Phones
John

John Sykes
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John Sykes

Village Fete update.

Just a reminder that the Fete will be held on Saturday 24th August (Bank holiday weekend).
Please drop off any bric-a-brac at the Dimond’s (undercover on RHS of courtyard).
Lucy Farmbrough & family would be very pleased to accept bottles for the bottle stall.
Richard Ellis now accepting books for the book-stall.
If you’re a jam or marmalade maker and need more jars please post a wanted here.
Ditto if you have spare clean jars you could offer them here.
Any volunteers for help with set-up on Saturday morning please contact me jaybsykes@gmail.com
Volunteers to sell raffle tickets outside Morrisons weekend of 17th/18th August please contact Jeremy or Anne.
A full copy of the stall list is available here.
I can supply emails and telephone numbers for anyone you need to contact.
Look forward to seeing everyone next month,
John

John Sykes
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John Sykes

The Loop

Quite a few people are now walking, riding or running around the village “loop”, so you may be interested to know exactly how far you’ve travelled. (Measured with a wheel pedometer, 1 metre resolution)
3380 metres / 3.38 km
= 3700 yards
= 2.1 miles almost exactly.

John

Sarah Phillips
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Sarah Phillips

Black Cat, Ethel

Ethel has been found after 6 days shut in an empty house. She is safe and well and back home. Thank you so much for looking.

Sarah

Sarah MAUDE
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Sarah MAUDE

HOORAY!!! Sarah M.

Sarah Phillips
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Sarah Phillips

Missing black cat, Ethel

Ethel has been missing since Thursday night, 23 May.

She is completely black and has a shaved area on her tummy from a recent operation.

Please could you check sheds/garages/outbuildings in case she could possibly have got shut in.

Any information at all about her whereabouts would be very gratefully received.

Thank you.
Sarah Phillips 01749 812468
sarah.phillips100@btinternet.com

John Sykes
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John Sykes

I hope there will be a majority of people in the village who will sign this petition!

“Developers, and other interested parties are circumventing laws protecting birds by ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting.

This facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline.”

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244233

John Sykes
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John Sykes

The village fete will be held on August 24th, the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, as usual. Robert & Christina have generously agreed to host again this year.

You are cordially invited to a first planning meeting, as follows:

Date: Tuesday 9th April

Venue: Montague Inn (back-room) @ 18:30.

Please drop me a line if you’re coming so I can give Sean an idea of numbers.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to help in some way (or have ideas for what to feature/include this year), please email me in advance.

Look forward to seeing you next week,

John Sykes

John Sykes
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John Sykes

We have a quantity of professional-quality flat-packed removal boxes on offer, if anyone is moving house! Or, you could use a couple to store items for the Fete bricabrac…. :>)

John Sykes
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John Sykes

Boxes now mostly taken!

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Miscreanty activity. On 4.3.19 someone broke open the back door at 2, Hill Farm Cottages. As I am currently renovating it, there was nothing of value to steal. However, they bent the lock and left the door open. Did anyone see anything untoward or know anything about this? Secondarily, where we are replanting some apple trees etc. some trees were left heeled in over the w/e 15.3.19. I passed by at the weekend and at least 6 were out of the ground drying out. I heeled them back in. My man planted most on Monday, but when returning on Tuesday 19th found 2 out of the ground again. On 19.3.19 while planting, he felt there was someone watching him. He turned round and saw a man c.100m away, stationary and watching. He walked over to talk to him. The man turned and ran, hurdled a barbed wire fence and ran off. Edd gave chase but didn’t feel like hurdling the wire and ran round the end of the hedge. Nonetheless he saw the weird man… Read more »

Sarah Maude
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Sarah Maude

It is 7pm on Friday evening and someone is setting off fireworks – please would you take into account that this is not a day that they are traditionally used (5th November, New Year’s Day) and fireworks can terrify domestic and farm animals, causing distress to the animals themselves and, if they panic and run off, their owners, as well as frightening the elderly and vulnerable – a local farmer in a nearby village was nearly killed when his cows took fright and pinned him against a wall, crushing him – if you insist on using them any time, please give your neighbours notice so that we can take appropriate action – thank you.

Jay Bunyan
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Jay Bunyan

Notice was given on the Alternative Bruton Facebook page a couple of days ago. Not sure where else. ?emily Estate or near there.

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

I forget where I saw news that it was to happen, but it was the Emily Estate firing off big-time, I think for a staff party.
I don’t suppose it will be the last time.

Julia Hunter
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Julia Hunter

Sarah
I think they were coming from the Emily Estate and Brian said they happened last Friday too so maybe a weekly thing??? Izzy hates them so we are very aware when they start!

Sue hester
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Sue hester

If this is going to be a regular occurrence it would be polite of the people responsible to put a notice on the village notice board so residents can be prepared and keep their animals indoors. NOT too much to ask.

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

The event was, I am told, was a Wassail. Presumably this was for their cider orchard and venture but probably had a wider objective. It was for invited guests only. How often they will do this, or for what reason, is speculation. What control anyone has over such is unknown. For example, various businesses (H & W in Bruton, notably) have fireworks from time to time, and I don’t recall seeing any info in advance.
From the SSDC website: Activities such as fireworks, fairgrounds and inflatables, unless alcohol is being sold or there is a different licensable activity, do not require a Temporary Event Notice.”

Sarah Maude
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Sarah Maude

2.40pm Wed 12th – I just got an extremely nasty scam call which I have reported to my accountant and the police – the number shows as 01677 562 409 claiming that “this is HMRC and this is your last call, an arrest warrant has been issued against you.” – needless to add, this is a scam but, nonetheless, very frightening – please warn anyone you know NOT TO PRESS 1 when asked and to report it to the police – Sarah M

Sue Hester
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Sue Hester

I read with interest the parish council minutes and can’t believe that anyone would suggest that Hadspen would end up like a theme park! If you take the time and trouble to look at what the owner has achieved in South Africa at Babylonstoren then I think their worries will be unfounded.Everything has been done in the best possible taste to restore and enhance the estate.As to the When will it end,these restoration projects don’t happen overnight. Years of neglect take years to put right, the Roman villa was an amazing find. Not many local farmers would be in a position to spend the amount needed to preserve it . I just hope that the Estate will remember the village and give us access to the footpaths again and maybe some concessions to the Spa and restaurant !!

https://www.babylonstoren.com

Martyn Webster
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Martyn Webster

Dear Friends, I am from Dover in Kent and am preparing a history of the Koettlitz family who were three generations of very popular local family doctors.One of their number was Dr Reginald Koettlitz, the doctor on board the Discovery research vessel to Antarctica in 1900-1904 accompanying Shackleton.The family background and origins are extremely interesting stretching back to East Prussia in the early 19th century. Rosetta Ann Jane Koettlitz and her two spinster daughters, Rosetta and Eliza lived at South View House,Shepton Montague from 1923 onwards and the house passed out of family ownership in 1948, Rosetta senior having died in 1929 aged 95 and Rosetta junior in 1934 and Eliza in 1940. I have been trying in vain to trace where locally they are buried but so far cannot find any reference despite much searching through local parish lists of monumental inscriptions.Their deaths were reported by M.Parsons of Hillside Cottage. Is there any kind person locally who might be able to help me,or know of anyone who knows,to find the graves of these ladies… Read more »

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Missing tortoise
Reward if you find our precious tortoise.
Escaped Sunday 20.5. Either come to Southdown
or ring 01749 812652 or 07966 456244

Pancake

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Thank you to everyone who came along to vote in the Shepton Vets Farm of the Year competition at the Dairy Show.
The winners are Clare, Richard and George Reed of Lily Farm, who were nominated for their effort in fertility.
Congratulations, time for a well deserved tipple!

Reeds

Julia Hunter
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Julia Hunter

Many congratulations to you all – you really deserve the win! So pleased for you!

Val Snelling
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Val Snelling

Hello, I have been researching my family tree and find that James Perry born 1747 was born in this village. I was wondering if there are any Perry’s left living there

Margaret. Parish Clerk
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Margaret. Parish Clerk

Hello Val,
The current register of electors for Shepton Montague Parish shows no Perry’s at all.
(Sorry not to have replied sooner!)

James March
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James March

Hi. Just wondering if anyone has or might know of someone who has, a place to rent for a few months, from 1st September, while our extension at Southdown Farm gets finished. We have a 2 year old and a 3 month old so would need 2 bedrooms minimum. It could be furnished or unfurnished and we are hoping to move back in by Christmas… Yours hopefully James and Thekla.

Sarah Westropp
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Sarah Westropp

Hi James. Please contact me for some ideas. S

James March
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James March

Thanks Sarah, whats a good number to call you on?

James March
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James March

I found your email now!

Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

Plastic plant pots….I know it’s a bit late for the plant sale to which I wasn’t able to get to, but I’ve just been having the annual clear out of our garden shed, and have about 60 plastic pots of all sizes, some black plastic seed trays and a couple,of wicker hanging baskets to find new homes for. I wondered if they would be of any use for other gardeners in the village. Please call me if you are interested. 07738616386 Jenny Fereday, The Hollow.

Sue hester
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Sue hester

I would like it recorded that In January 2016 the forge ,the tibbatts, rose cottage and no 1 and 2 higher cottages had sewage treatment plants installed ,Any sewage found in the ditch behind the car park since then as noted in the parish council minutes is not Being generated by the afore mentioned.
If there is still a problem then other properties in the village that have very old septic tanks that may need replacing must be the culprits.

Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

A lovely plump white cat with a touch of Siamese has just wandered into our garden. V friendly and tame, and shows no,sign of leaving. Came from Southdown direction. Haven’t seen this car before and just wondering where he/she belongs. Not wearing a collar Has anyone got a cat like that..and if so he/she is sitting under our car..

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Surely not yet another fat cat in Shepton Montague!!

Amanda Mcnamara
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Amanda Mcnamara

Hi my name is Amanda I am the Great Great Grand Daughter of the blacksmith Frederick Hobbs, his wife was named Charlotte I believe that two of his daughters were mistresses in the village school. Is there anyone in the village who might have memories or photographs of the Hobbs family, I would love to hear from them. My Great Grandfather was also called Frederick he left the village to join the army in 1888 but married a local girl Mary Randell. Many thanks

Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

MUD ON ROAD An update on the above. Our local PCO arrived very promptly, agreed that the state of the road was not acceptable, and that efforts should be made to contact the farmer concerned to clean the road, and also put warning “Mud on Road” signs in place. As luck would have it, the tractor was in Horns Lane when he arrived, and (I assume) this prompted the farmer to drive over here, and so the PCO was able to speak to him directly about the road condition. Shortly after that the PCO left, having said he would be back tomorrow to check on the road. Subsequently the Portches returned and cleaned part of the road, and put up two warning signs. I would also like to say that I did not “harangue” George Reed…..we knew it was not caused by him, but as we were outside anyway and saw him drive down East St, I flagged him down and asked him if he knew who was doing the mud spreading. He said he… Read more »

Jenny Fereday
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Jenny Fereday

MUD ON ROAD…there is a huge amount of mud outside our house, from Horns
Lane down to the T-junction in the village…it froze last night and presented a hazard, it is going to freeze again tonight and be a hazard. Added to which there is currently a diversion from Bratton Seymour through the village and up East Street. Is it not a requirement that if mud is deposited on the road there should at the very least be a warning sign, and at the best the farmer concerned should clear the mess up. We know which farmers are not responsible for this..so will the person concerned, or the persons who are renting these fields and carrying out this messy work, please do the decent thing and clean the road up. I believe there is a legal obligation to clean the roads and I have been in touch with the police, who in turn are liaising with the Highways Authority. I have some photos to demonstrate the mess on the road.

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

FYI this is the responsibility of the user of the field, Andy and George Portch of Gilcombe Farm. I gather George Reed was harangued on a wrong presumption that it was him – not good of whoever that was. George Portch has reacted quickly which is to his credit. He says: “We have been up there and had a look and agree it is not great – the problem I think is more down to our spreader being too wide for the lanes and clipping the verges either side and flicking up soil. As a result we are heading back up there in a minute to put some signs up and clear it as best we can. We have finished up there now. I think the best way forward will be to stop the spreader going up there all together in the future. As a result when we clear our covered yards out in the spring/summer we will cart the muck up in our dump trailer which is not as wide, tip it in a… Read more »

Sue hester
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Sue hester

Whilst pleased to hear they are ‘going to stop the spreader going up there as it’s too wide for the lanes and its clipping the verges either side and flicking up soil’ the damage to my water main was already done. They clipped the verge where my water main is and the pipe ruptured. We could hear water running but it was our neighbours who saw it bubbling out so we called the water board.Fortunately the leak was their side of the meter and the meter damaged so we didn’t have to pay. They informed us if it had been our side of the meter we would have been responsible for the cost.

Alison Boylan
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Alison Boylan

Lucy Farmborough is a good friend of mine and suggested posting to your village website.
We have had a beautiful litter of 9 pedigree black lab puppies. They are Kennel Club registered and are looking for good homes from 8th February. They are £650 each. I currently have 4 boys and 4 girls but I do already have some enquiries. We live near South Petherton about 30 minutes from your village.

Kind regards, Alison (07831 688333)

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

I am really sorry that Oliver’s post was delayed by two months and I am surprised I am getting the blame after handing over the baton some 18 months ago. The key words I set up were the usual spam nonsense like ‘nu*de’ and ‘via*gra so I can’t imagine what offensive word Oliver used to get his post sent to the spam dump.
Anyway Oliver, how did your mate’s wild camping adventure turn out? As you know all camp things float my boat. Is it a reality television show? Do you feature in it? What is it called and when is it likely to be on? Perhaps you could organise a private viewing in the Village Hall.
I see there are no cricket reports for this year. Presumably Oliver is no longer getting nagged about them which must be a huge relief for him.
Alan Ashdown

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Woops, sorry not to have seen this sooner.
For those interested Nick and Matt (the camerman) created a filmlet of each day they were here, with Nick “lodging” in a make-shift “tent” in near the orchard.
Days 1-5 feature
https://vimeo.com/185272148

Stuart Sinclair
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Stuart Sinclair

Hello Shepton Montague from Bratton Seymour. I understand that there is to be a meeting in the pub about possible faster broadband connections on Tuesday 29th. November at 7.30 p.m. I trust this is the case, as I will be making a huge effort to attend.

Kenneth Williams
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Kenneth Williams

Dear sir or madam

I had the occasion a few weeks ago to pass through your beautiful village as I was meeting an old friend in Bruton, on my way to a wedding in Bath. It was quite a sunny day and the drive into the village was so lovely, passing what appeared to be a very new visible village sign and an extremely pretty house on the left, with beautiful stone walls and the very nice looking pub on the right hand side.

I asked my Bruton friend about Shepton Montague and he told me that it was a very sought after village, a very nice place to live and the pub is terrific. I am retired and now considering a life change and moving to a new location in England.

I was wondering that if you posted my note on your village website that hopefully some people could advise me of the pro’s and con’s (hopefully none!!) of contemplating buying a property and living there.

Best regards

Kenneth Williams

Dr. Erica Douglass
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Dr. Erica Douglass

Hi Kenneth,
I have lived in this area for 28 years (Batcombe and then Bruton), and moved here 2 years ago to make a new start. I can thoroughly recommend it as a village to live in. It is a great community to be a part of, and very welcoming to newcomers. If you like it at this time of year, you will love it in the spring and summer when it is just magical. I hope this is helpful.

S James
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S James

Hi Kenneth,
never, ever, judge a book by its cover,
there are issues!
Need I say more?
S James

S James
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S James

e.g. what speed were you doing?

R moore
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R moore

Hi Kenneth,
thank you for such kind comments regarding my little cottage.
It is indeed lovely stone (Sherborne) which I had done especially and most of the village agree. However, I have found you can’t please everyone.

It is a friendly village ,though and the pub is warm and welcoming with good beer and the clientele of sober mind including the inn keeper.
I recommend moving here and look forward to buying you a pint.
Richard Moore

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

I just wanted to give you a heads up that over the next week, the first week in October, there will be somebody in the apple orchards and/or the adjoining wood, camping. His name is Nick Carter, a mountaineer/adventurer/explorer, who has climbed Mount Everest amongst other things. He is part of a project to demonstrate how one can live in the wild off what one can find.
All week he will be being filmed by Mat Hale, aiming to make material of value to schoolchildren. Nick has spent many years interacting with lots of schools, through his work for the Adventure Council.
You can find out more about Nick here, and if you see him, say hello!
http://www.alphamountaineering.co.uk/

Steve Fereday
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Steve Fereday

Happy Easter Sunday Shepton Montague Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Just a note on the condition of the road on East Street from Horns Lane back to the triangle at the Dimond’s. The mud on the road outside our house, The Hollow, is reminiscent of a field near Ypres in 1914. Would it at all be possible for the responsible people creating the mess, once they have finished what they are doing, to perhaps clean the street and return it to the condition it was in before this work started? Thanks. I never bother washing my car for the reason that once those Polish fellows have got it in pristine condition in Wincanton, by the time I get it back onto my drive, it also looks like a vehicle driven in Ypres in 1914. Not wishing to get too serious about this, but I would assume that there are some laws which state that people responsible for getting roads into poor conditions must be responsible for reinstating them back to their original state. Or… Read more »

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Steve, firstly I’d like to just make sure you realise it’s nothing to do with me! Nor the Reed’s. I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe you know as you live right beside it and could approach whoever it might have been?
Secondly, I suggest that you could have used better comparative situations than Ypres, twice. That was extremely insensitive.
Thirdly, FYI the mud would probably have been dropped during the dry spell. Clearing it up then isn’t as easy as you might think, and it may only have been a very small amount. Once it rains everything becomes hydrated and a mess until the rain washes it away. It’s been that way for many years.
I sympathise with the problem, but the solution isn’t that simple. This is a rural area. There are obligations to clean the road if one makes an excessive mess, and in general we all try to do that.

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Hi Steve
Having worked in construction all my life I was repeatedly threatened with prosecution within 30 minutes of dropping mud on the road. If I had put up warning signs I would not only have been prosecuted but sacked for admitting liability. I have never understood the difference with the farming community, but then lots of politicians own farms.
The subtly of Ypres known to the Tommies as ‘Wipers’ wasn’t lost on me.
There is an easy answer, move to Bruton, the eighth coolest place to live apparently.

Best wishes
Alan

Steve Fereday
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Steve Fereday

Thanks Alan and of course understand your comments having done a bit of that myself.

And Oliver of course I did not accuse you of anything. I merely put my comments on this forum for open discussion and comment/opinion to state there was a mess on the road, which there still is, and would it eventually be cleared up. However, if it is nothing to do with you or the Reed’s, then would you know who owns these fields that the tractors are going to and creating this mess??

The Highways Act of 1980 addresses the issue of fouling roads, so there is a legal obligation.

I am quite surprised that there has not been many responses to my note, given that in my almost 20 years of owning a house here, that the condition of the village roads has been the most popular line of chat. Followed by the weather.

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Hi Steve
If you are going to report the mud on the road I wish you luck with that. The land is probably owned by an international shell finance company registered in Panama so that the EU subsidies, entirely legitimately, attract no tax. It will then be sublet to an international shell farming company registered in the Cayman Islands for entirely legitimate tax reasons for their subsidies. They will then sublet it to an absentee farmer, who despite his subsidies never makes a profit so pays no tax and runs his Range Rover on red diesel. The land is then worked by an agricultural contractor who pays cash in hand to his Polish tractor drivers. The name on his fake international driving permit will contain every letter in the alphabet so if he is caught he will be back driving a taxi next week.
Cynical, moi?

Sue Hester
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Sue Hester

Whilst not here all year when we are here we like to ride our bikes. When we moved from rural Bucks to rural Somerset 23 years ago we thought all our Christmases had come at once. All the roads were in pristine condition no pot holes and very little mud. Of course then there was much less big machinery and we rarely saw it on the lanes. Sadly things progress? More and more work is done by contractors who charge around the lanes with little regard for other road users,or our countryside. Branches torn off trees,banks eroded away with the huge tyres ,and yes the potholes. Will not forget the death of a dear friend. Lifelong cyclist Margaret Nicholl, 67, was killed as a result of head injuries sustained when she was thrown from her bike after hitting a pothole. Margaret was out riding with her husband, Richard, in Shepton Montague, Somerset, on March 12 2011 when her cycle struck a pothole on a descent almost outside The Hollow. Somerset County Council had checked the… Read more »

Malcolm Henry
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Malcolm Henry

Since moving to Cary earlier this year we’ve been occasional visitors to the village when walking our dog, and I just wanted to say how much we enjoy our visits.
Lovely rolling scenery, a great pub with good food (and dog treats!) and friendly villagers and only a short drive from home.

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Recently our M.P., David Heath, visited the village. He met two villagers and was made aware of concerns regarding vehicle speeding, poor road conditions, especially the road to Stoney Stoke, the lack of verge maintenance reducing visibility at junctions etc.
Even more recently there was a Parish Council meeting where as well as discussion of the many current Planning Applications there was discussion of vehicle speeding, poor road conditions, especially the road to Stoney Stoke, the lack of verge maintenance reducing visibility at junctions etc.
The only connection between these two events seemed to be that the vast majority of the village residents (97%) were uninterested.

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Alan, that’s very disappointing.

Regrettably, I hadn’t checked in here for a while and hadn’t appreciated there was a parish council meeting. Equally, I didn’t know David Heath was passing by. Well done to you for being alert. I don’t walk past the parish noticeboard so I don’t see these notices.
Suggestion: could one have an email list that the PC could use to keep parishioners informed of such meetings etc? I’d willingly subscribe.
Well done for raising the issues that were raised, particularly the state of the road. It’s not just about the condition itself, but the quality of the previous repairs which don’t last long!

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Oliver,
It was not me that raised the issues, I too missed David Heath but that was intentional !! I did query the reason for such short notice of PC meetings but apparently there are only a few days from the notice of Planning Applications for the PC to comment.
It seemed odd that the same issues were discussed in both forums but without any connection between the two. Lack of ”joined up” governance, now there is a surprise.

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Enough said!!!

Richard Ellis
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Richard Ellis

I too missed the visit of David Heath. Was anyone informed of his visit? Seems a little pointless to visit without giving us some notice.
The second point re advertising Parish meetings is one I will bring up at the next meeting . I too feel that it is a pity that more people do not attend and am sure that even though information is put into the Parish magazine and on the notice board that many people remain unaware of the meetings. Email is certainly a possibility.

Sylvia Reed
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Sylvia Reed

I have a lot of plastic flower pots of various sizes that I must get rid of. Would any one be interested to perhaps use them for cuttings and plants for the plant sale. Free to good homes. Sylvia Reed 01749 812768

IAN TROTTER
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IAN TROTTER

Further to my comments about the wall in front of the Village War Memorial. I notice earlier this afternoon that a silly piece of Yellow String has been but above the chain but it is so loose that it serves no purpose at all. It seems a bit childish to me .
The wall has servived for 60 + years and only started to crumble in the last couple of years. I never remember the wall being repaired in my life time but thousands of feet must have climbed over it.
Therefore, why does the Church Warden assume it is going to fall apart after a few weeks of being repaired ?

sue hester
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sue hester

Whilst not in the village the whole year we spent 13weeks over the summer and were shocked at the speed of the traffic passing through the village especially the agricultural machinery. We spent most of the time outdoors and Not only did we observe them driving fast but on their mobiles.There were numerous near misses outside our cottages and on more than one occasion close calls on hitting the side of our cottage.The amount of HGVs coming down Verrington Lane is alarming also.The manouvers they have to make to turn out of the lane beggars belief.Whilst we are in the village I would be happy to participate in monitoring the traffic.

IAN TROTTER
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IAN TROTTER

Having gone to the church yard of St Peters Church this morning to put flowers on our four family graves, I was amazed and dissappointed to be told off by one of the Church Wardens for getting over the wall in front of the War Memorial and told not to do it again !! My family and especially my mother have been connected with St Peters for nearly 80 years and have got over that wall every two weeks since the late 1940’s.
If the Church Council want to stop people climbing over, they should put up a notice to that effect.
Ian Trotter, Stoney Stoke.

Mike Bowman
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Mike Bowman

A note to draw your attention to some popular village events:
Sunday 22nd September at 6.30pm: Harvest Festival at Church
Sunday 22nd September at 7.30pm: Harvest Supper at Village Hall
Sunday 10th November at 9.30am: village Remembrance service at Church
Thursday 19th December at 6.30pm: village Carol Service at Church (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE) – a good sing, and refreshments afterwards.

Julia Hunter
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Julia Hunter

I wish to add my support to Mike Bowman’s comment about the agricultural traffic passing at alarming speeds through the village. I would also like to add that there has been a noted increase in ALL traffic through the village recently and I can only assume this is mainly down to the closure of the bridge in Castle Cary. The traffic and in particular, the agricultural traffic appear to travel at speeds in excess of 30mph past our house and down the hill. I have listened and waited on numerous occasions, to the screeching of brakes and I wait….. is there going to be a crash? So far we have all been lucky but you only have to look at the rubber tyre marks on the road to see how often this happens! It will only be a matter of time before someone gets hurt or worse! I understand that the tractors and trailers have to travel through the village and that the farmers have jobs to do but I don’t accept that the speed… Read more »

Alan Ashdown
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Alan Ashdown

Sounds like a good idea, more information here: http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/units_and_departments/operations/rpu/speedwatch/
Lets start recruiting.

Julia Hunter
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Julia Hunter

I would also like to add, slightly ironically, that since the “car park” has been built for the residents of Hillside Cottages, the speed of the traffic has increased considerably!! I think when it was known, by the local residents, that there was the possibility of parked cars on the road, traffic slowed down, however now it is no longer there it appears to be a point for accelaration!!!

Oliver Dowding
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Oliver Dowding

Julia, be very interested to see how many tractors you find travelling at over 30 mph. I suspect there won’t be any. I fully agree that they might “seem” to be travelling at speed, but I think that’s a function of size. They may well be travelling very nearly that fast. It will be interesting to see what your camera picks up.

Having spent many years living at the top of the hill, as you know, do, I am well aware of how many times I heard screeching tyres. A lot of the time it was due to buses – I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of them going along in the middle-of-the-road.

megan
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megan

Get on your bike!

I’m trying to organise a campaign here (East London) to get our road blocked off to cars. While gathering information I came across this site with some hand tips on traffic monitoring etc. http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/local_campaigning/online_guides/slowing_traffic/get_busy/traffic_calming_measures

I was always too alarmed by the speed of traffic on the little lanes around Shepton Montague to ride my bike. Wouldn’t it be great if there were safe routes for bikes so that everyone could cycle to the shop as often as they liked. Perhaps the old railway could become a cycle route? And a small parking area either end of Bruton to reduce the through traffic?

Mike Bowman
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Mike Bowman

How fashions change! We’ve only just got ourselves trained to say how we supported the notion of buying on-line, so that centralised van distribution (the equivalent of buses for items: collective travel which achieves individual delivery) networks could save individual car journeys. Now we read that vans of certain type are enemy.
Good to read some support for supermarkets, though: a single trip to do a whole varied shop for a week rather than multiple trips to what are now called specialist shops (formerly just shops) in a number of places. Now that’s what I call irony!