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School Governor vacancy

 At Wincanton Primary School, we’re recruiting for a new co-opted Governor to join our friendly board. We currently have around 380 pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds, taught in fourteen classes, with numbers expected to grow in line with the new developments in and around the town.

The three core responsibilities of the Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of ethos, vision and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

We’re looking for someone who has the ability to think on both strategic and granular levels, believes that a creative, broad based primary education is vital for the future development of young people, enjoys being part of a team, and would like to make a real contribution to our community.

Our board meets in the early evening ten times during the school year for a maximum of two hours and we have specific in school monitoring activities several times a year.

New governors are assigned a ‘buddy’ to help understand the role and a variety of training courses are available to develop knowledge and expertise.

If you’d like an informal no obligation chat to find out whether this might be something for you to consider, give me a call on 01749 938927.

Peter Gane



A revised timetable for bus service 667 Street to Wincanton with a stop in Shepton Montague, which is funded by Somerset County Council and operated by South West Coaches,  will be introduced from Monday 2 September 2019.

The new timetable is available here.


Six candidates have been nominated for the five Council seats available. Therefore an election of Councillors will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, at the same time as the election of a Councillor for the Tower Ward of South Somerset District Council.

The persons nominated are:

Dowding, Oliver Hugh Arnold

Hunter, Julia Margaret

Reed, Richard Paul

Sykes, John Brailsford

Wiley, Andrew Gerald Cozens

Williams, Paul Robert Edwin



South Somerset District Council has produced guidance on searching for planning applications on their new website. The guidance is available here.

The Council website address is



Please accept, on behalf of everyone at Emily Estate, our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the traffic lights on the A371 and the A359. The works on the A359 will provide a turning lane for traffic arriving at the Visitor attraction and hotel, providing a safer turning and avoiding local traffic being delayed. The A371 works will provide an underpass thus, as much as practicably possible, keeping estate and visitor traffic away from the main highway when accessing other parts of the estate.

Also, in conjunction with Somerset highways, we have taken this opportunity to even out the bend that has been the cause of so many accidents. We had been hoping to phase the works but the Highways permissions for one of the projects was received much later than anticipated. The contractors have been asked to ensure that the lights are serviced on a regular basis as we have been made aware that they are sometimes faulty.

18th/19th Feb: There is likely to be some disruption to the entrance of Green Lane opposite A359 gate of Emily Estate.

6-8 March: There will be a total road closure on Cary Edge Lane whilst the stretch outside the new visitor carpark is resurfaced. This is a fixed date for a formal road closure and will be signed and diverted accordingly.

18th March: (weather and programme permitting) will final surfacing on the A359 stretch. On this day, during short periods, there will be long delays at the works whilst the centre of the road is surfaced. There will not be a road closure but the traffic will need to be stopped and held for up to 15 mins, on 1 or 2 occasions during that day. This date is not fixed and it will be confirmed exactly which day it will be nearer the time. We will put signs up with advance notice a week prior.

22nd March: A359 traffic lights should be removed

31st March: A371 traffic lights should be removed

We do appreciate your patience and thank you for bearing with us.

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 4 JANUARY 2019 – from Sue Seager

We will soon be commencing the recruitment process for the majority of the teams required for the Visitor Attraction and Hotel. We are looking for cheerful, positive, trustworthy people with a can do attitude with a variety of skills. 

Details of the substantial number of full and part time roles which will be available initially, with a preference for local recruitment, can be viewed here.

Getting rural areas connected

Mobile and broadband coverage are improving in the UK, but too many rural areas still get a poor signal – according to Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, published 18 December 2018.

While there have been improvements in mobile coverage, Ofcom wants to see faster progress in rolling out mobile internet to areas still lacking good coverage. So today we have set out updated plans to release new airwaves for mobile services, including requirements for operators to significantly increase outdoor data coverage.

We plan to auction two spectrum ‘bands’ for mobile services together, in late 2019 or early 2020.

  • The 700 MHz band.
  • The 3.6 GHz – 3.8 GHz band.

Ofcom plans to include binding coverage rules with the spectrum. These mean that up to two winning bidders would each have to, within four years of the award:

  • Extend good, outdoor data coverage to at least 90% of the UK’s entire land area within four years of the award.
  • Improve coverage for at least 140,000 homes and offices which they do not already cover. This means new coverage will be targeted at areas that are harder to reach; and
  • Provide coverage from at least 500 new mobile mast stations in rural areas. This will ensure operators transform coverage in areas where it is lacking, rather than meeting the rules by just boosting existing signals.

During next year’s auction, the price for winning airwaves that carry these rules would be discounted by up to £300-400m – to reflect the significant investment required to meet them, and the social benefits they will deliver.

Sharing spectrum to support coverage and innovation

Ofcom has today also published plans to allow certain spectrum to be shared by different users, to support innovation and local coverage initiatives across the UK economy. This includes proposals to make spectrum available for shared use in the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands, which can be used by existing mobile handsets. We also plan to enable third parties to use airwaves that are licensed to mobile operators, but not being used by them. This could be particularly suitable for local communities to boost coverage.

Broadband progress and ensuring safe, reliable networks

Today’s Connected Nations report also shows progress made in extending decent broadband coverage to the whole country, which has reduced from 4% of premises to 2% in the last year. There have also been improvements to the availability of superfast, ultrafast and full-fibre broadband. These are detailed in the report, as well as Ofcom’s work with industry to help ensure the safety and reliability of the UK’s communications networks.

news release is available.

Finally, Ofcom has also today published its International Broadband Scorecard – comparing availability, usage and choice of broadband across 19 countries; and a report on Economic Geography, which examines factors that affect 3G and 4G mobile coverage in different areas of the UK.

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 26 NOVEMBER 2018 – from Sue Seager

We received notification on Friday 23rd November, from SSDC that they will commence the road widening works on the A359 during the week commencing 5th December these will continue until March 2019.  The works will start at the Hadspen exit on the A359 moving down to the Cary Edge Lane entrance.  These works will require temporary traffic lights which will not be in use whenever work does not require them and will also be taken down during the Christmas period.  There will be no requirements for a total road closure.

EMILY ESTATE UPDATE 17 NOVEMBER 2018 – from Sue Seager

Just so as everyone is aware that the excavations that are going on at the Roman villa site are not the commencement of building works.  Emily Estate, are, at the County archaeologists request, digging some trial trenches.  These are to determine whether, in the event that we are granted planning permission, there will be anything that would be damaged during the construction of the villa or Museum.  Any finds will be recorded and reported back to SSDC.

As part of Somerset County Council’s efforts to reduce costs in order to avoid  bankruptcy, winter highways services are being reduced. During the winter of 2018/19 precautionary gritting will only cover 17% of the county’s roads compared to 21% in the previous year.

A map of the roads which will be gritted, plus those which have been previously but will not now be covered is available here.

To show that you haven’t been completely abandoned to the mercy of the elements there is also a map showing the location of salt bins in South Somerset here.


South Somerset District Council are currently considering a planning application to build a museum and replica Roman villa at Hadspen Estate at the top of Cattle Hill.

Planning application number 18/02384/FUL


Salt/Grit Bins

There are 5 salt/grit bins in the parish located as follows:

1) Stoney Stoke

2) In East Street,  on the verge opposite The Hollows.

3) In Lower Shepton at the bottom of Horns Lane.

4) At the crossroads near the Montague Inn.

5)  On the High Street opposite Fairbank House

All except number 5 are full of salt/grit for use by residents in winter conditions.  Number 5 will be filled shortly.

In addition, there are a few bags of salt/grit which can be requested by contacting the Parish Clerk on 01749812564 or by email: hill.bowden@btinternet.com