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Pete Richards wins Pride of Somerset Award

17 December 2014

Pete Richards, the street cleaner in Street won an award at the Pride of Somerset Awards earlier this month for ‘going the extra mile’.  Pete has been keeping the streets and pavements of Street clean and tidy for many years and really deserves this award.  He is always very helpful and friendly.


David Hall of Street also won an award for his Man in a Shack Endurance Challenge.  David ran the length of the UK in 40 days, sleeping in a shack at night.  Currently the appeal has raised £95,000. He ran for the charity Home Leone and hopes to raise enough money to build 40 homes in Sierra Leone, where up to 10 people can live in a single corrugated iron shack, causing early death.








Independent Residents’ Volunteer Panel Vacancies

17 December 2014

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner would like to appoint three local, independent people to contribute to the work of the Independent Residents’ Volunteer Panel. Members of the Panel are an important means of enhancing public trust and confidence in the handling of complaints against Avon & Somerset Police and supports the governance role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.


The role profile, person specification, candidate timetable, application form  and supporting literature can all be found on the PCC website in the ‘Take Part’ section at: .

The advertising campaign began on 16 December 2014 and the closing date for applications is 16 January 2015.


Somerset Local Access Forum – Recruitment of New Members

15 December 2014

Somerset Local Access Forum Recruitment of New Members– Closing Date 27th February 2015


The Somerset Local Access Forum is a statutory body that provides local, regional and national organisations such as Somerset County Council, Natural England and DEFRA with advice on improving outdoor access to green spaces for all users including walkers, horse riders, cyclists and vehicle drivers.


Topics the Forum consider and discuss are wide ranging and have included:


  • The development of Somerset’s Rights of Way Improvement and Action Plan;
  • How to manage Somerset’s rights of way network so it meets the demands and expectations of all users;
  • Raising the profile of the Forum with local and national partners including Natural England, the Ramblers Association and Somerset’s Strategic Partnership;
  • Participating in the Rights of Way Team’s Excellence Programme suggesting how processes for dealing with applications to add, remove or divert public rights of way shown on the County’s Definitive Rights of Way Map could be improved; and
  • Helping to develop the County’s innovative Community Paths Partnership – A scheme to enable willing volunteers to get actively involved helping us to maintain and improve Somerset’s rights of way network.
  • Alternatively if you have any queries about the work of the Forum or the recruitment process itself, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Portman 01823 356264 or Emma Parsons 01823 356018 or email
  • I enclose an advert and would be grateful if you could publicise the vacancies by any means available to you or pass to an appropriate person who can.  Further details about the Forum as well as an application form and person specification are available online at
  • The Forum is currently recruiting new members and seeks to attract a wide range of candidates that can contribute to the debate about the above issues.  This may be a position which appeals to you and/or people you know?
  • Members of the Forum come from a broad range of backgrounds and include landowners, teachers, business & tourism representatives, parish councillors motor sport enthusiasts, horse riders, walkers, dog owners, cyclists and members of local and national organisations.

Councillor Wins Somerset County Council Chairman’s Award

10 December 2014

Cllr. Mrs Barbara Cowell recently won an award for Service to the Community from the Chairman of Somerset County Council at a special award ceremony.  Barbara has been a councillor for over 20 years and is also a committed member of other local community organisations in Street.  Street Parish Council congratulates Barbara for her achievement.




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Zing Somerset – stay physically active

04 December 2014

Zing Somerset is a website and phone app designed to encourage and motivate people of all ages who live in Somerset to get and stay physically active. It not only allows people to record their activity minutes but is also designed to be a one stop shop to allow people to browse what is on offer in Somerset.

Zing Somerset also has a number of challenges for people to sign up to and record their minutes towards. These challenges maybe to train and run a race, to try out an activity they haven’t logged before, to introduce a friend to physical activity etc.

Zing is commissioned by NHS Somerset to the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership.

Please visit and sign up FREE today!

Help in at hand for those struggling with winter fuel costs

25 November 2014

The Community Council for Somerset is offering free advice and training sessions for community groups, local organisations and front-line workers interested in helping people to reduce their energy bills.

Sessions are based around a one hour presentation with information leaflets provided.

Please contact Louise Evans on 01823 331222 or email



Parish Council Elections May 2015

25 November 2014

Standing As A Candidate

Anyone can stand for election to either the District Council or local parish/town council

You do not have to represent a political party to stand as a candidate. It does not cost any money to stand; unless you spend money on an election campaign (any money spent on a campaign must be declared to the Electoral Commission and is non-refundable).

However if you wish to stand as a candidate in a general election then you will need to pay £500, which will be refunded to you if you manage to attract 5% of the total vote.

If you are interested in standing as a candidate at an election you can request a nomination pack by contacting customer services on 0300 303 8588 or emailing

The papers should be delivered to:

Returning Officer
Mendip District Council
Cannards Grave Road
Shepton Mallet

Nomination packs will also include guidance about the whole election process from start to finish including the declaration of any expenditure during the election process.

Street Recycling Centre

18 November 2014

Street Recycling Centre will be closed for drainage repair work from Monday 1st December to Wednesday 3rd December.  It will re-open on Saturday 6th December after its usual Thursday/Friday closure.

Healthwatch Somerset

12 November 2014


Healthwatch Somerset is the local consumer champion for health and social care. We gather views from the community and report back to the people who provide the services we hear about, letting them know what is working well and what could be improved.

Volunteers help us gather views and promote Healthwatch in the community. If you are part of a group you can be a Champion – the point of contact between Healthwatch and your group, keeping your group informed and feeding in views. We are looking for Champions from a diverse range of groups across Somerset to give us a representative overview of how local people feel about their health and social care services. A group could be faith, activity, neighbourhood, support or health related – anywhere there is a group of people that you can talk to and consult.

Other volunteer roles include Representing Healthwatch at board meetings within the health and social care sector and becoming authorised to ‘Enter and View’ services, to observe and speak to patients or residents and hear their views.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Healthwatch then please contact or telephone 01823751403.

You can contact Healthwatch and share your views at any time.

Telephone: 01278 264 405   Text: 07860 021603 type ‘Som’ and then your message


Merriman Park Meeting

10 November 2014

All residents of Street are invited to a meeting about the future of Merriman Park to be held at Street Parish Rooms, 6 Leigh Road, Street BA16 0HA on Tuesday 25th November, 2014 at 7pm.

It is hoped that a community group will be formed that will be chaired by a Parish Councillor.


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