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AGM September 2023

Chair’s Annual Review  

A very busy year

  • Another two Freecycle Days keeping stuff out of landfill and providing convivial village events
  • Green Wedmore’s participation in the successful ‘Warm in Wedmore’ last winter
  • A busy Street Fair (On show for the first time GW’s new stand signs)
  • The Solar 1000 rolls along well with close to 80 installations and generous donations from Sunlit Solar to GW funds
  • A well-attended Repair Café
  • Thanks to Jan at The Cottage Gallery, the cookbook continues to sell, encouraging a focus on local produce and shops … and giving GW steady revenue
  • The magnificent Wilder Wedmore weekend that focussed the village on nature and created a solid legacy – most notably the Serp Eel project 
  • The Community Power Co-op achieved its’ 10th anniversary. Over £100,000 already given back to the community in grants
  • 2 Big Tidy Up days that were well supported
  • There have been work parties at Worthington Woods and Terry’s Wood. Increasingly the woods are now used by groups such as the Guides and a Forest School
  • The imminent news about the launch of Wedmore Community Farm

Nomination For Key Posts – 

  • Sonya is moving and will not continue as Vice Chair. The group recognised her enormous contribution to GW. Action – Please speak to SM if you would like to take on this role
  • Chair Action – SM invited everyone to consider putting themselves forward for the Chair role but he will continue in the meantime
  • Minutes & Agenda group emails. Ben has agreed to taking on this role protem alongside his website role. Many thanks to Nikki for handling this so well to date
  • Gail has agreed to continue at Treasurer
  • David and Liz have agreed to continue as joint Secretary

Event Updates – 

Big Tidy Up – Sunday 5th November from 10am at Borough Yard. Action – All come if you can and spread the word. Contact Venetia 07967 660040

Repair Café – Saturday 11th November. Action – All … please opt into helping with the registration and Café, please let Steve know if interested. Mike R is gathering the mender team

Warm in Wedmore – date TBC. GW have undertaken to host a Wednesday/Thursday during the winter. The Wedmore Community Power Co-op are funding the Masonic Hall rental. Action – DH to let the group know the dates when confirmed

Terry’s Community Orchard – Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am. There will be a work party to do some pruning and replace some tree stakes.

Zero Carbon Group Reports –

Transport:

No news on the 20mph this month Action – Rupert to report back next month. 

Informal comments from the PC Chair indicate that the Pilcorn St footpath project is progressing.

Somerset Bus Partnership will have a stall outside the Village Store on Saturday 30th September. Action – All try to go down and get involved.

Food:

The Wedmore Community Farm: The preparation work is nearly complete and a lease with the owner is about to be signed. The Men’s Shed will share the farm premises. A full update on the plans and strategy should be available at the next meeting. Action – SM and DH

Energy:

Emily told the meeting that close to 80 installations are complete with more in the pipeline. SM pointed out that about 15% of all homes in Wedmore now have PV panels. These, together with the 2 solar power paddocks, represent a considerable village achievement.

Action – SM and EM are planning a publicity campaign this autumn.

Nature/Carbon:

Worthington Woods and Terry’s Community Orchard

Dovecote School in Shapwick will be using the woods for their Forest School.

The sedum roof of the shelter has been mended/adjusted. The recent work party was successful but was not well attended – Action – can group members consider committing to a couple of hours now and again to keep this special place a haven of peace and nature. 

SM & DH had a meeting with the PC Chair to tidy up the agreements between the PC and GW.

There will be a work party at Terry’s Community Orchard on Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am to do some pruning and replace some tree stakes.

Phillipa is arranging replacement trees to be planted to remember our friends Rob, Liz and Rosie

SM referenced Adam Caunt’s huge and essential help at Terry’s Wood

SERP Eel Project:

A major announcement is imminent Action – VBH and GC to update the group when appropriate. VBH stressed that Green Wedmore are central to activity locally. She updated the meeting on the rope making workshop (ropes that help eels around barriers) and about a recent meeting in Cheddar. Run by the Wildlife Trust on 14th October, there is an event at the Canalside, Bridgwater to celebrate community nature projects including a piece from Vanessa/Geoff on the cultural importance of eels with stories and talks.

Does anyone know where we can get some fishtanks? Action – All

Wilder Wedmore Future:

There will be a meeting soon to discuss possible one off events to maintain the momentum. Action – VBH and GC. A full weekend festival is not envisaged in the near future.

AOB

Liz mentioned the Weston Hospicecare BIG DROP event on Saturday 30th Septrember. 

Next meeting – Thursday 26th October at our new venue The Bluebird Café.

NB Usually meetings will henceforth be on the last Thursday of the month 

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March Update 2023

Green Wedmore Meeting Summary – 27 March 2023

Another great meeting this month.

Following the business meeting Andrew Kerr from the Sustainable Eel Group and eel fishers from Steve Beard & Co gave a talk about the future of Eels in our area.

A copy of Andrew’s presentation can be found here.

Andrew gave a fascinating introduction to the eel’s complex lifecycle, challenges including habitat loss, migration barriers, climate change, water pumps, over fishing and trafficking and disease and pollution. Andrew introduced the eel release program  ((TWWERP) and the involvement of the local schools that will culminate in a release during Wilder Wedmore.

Outstanding Actions –

Parish Council – Action – Steve will continue to try to make contact with the PC Chair

On Street Recycling Bins – Awaiting conversations with the landlord of the Borough Mall. Action – Steve still working on this

Worthington Woods ‘Honesty’ QR Code – Board with QR code ordered

Community Farm – Steve updated the meeting. Plans are coming together with a potential grower and work on a business plan, the lease and fundraising should see an autumn start

Event Updates –

Big Tidy Up – A late autumn date to be decided.

Worthington Woods work party – Mike is now undertaking 2 hours every two weeks to supplement the work parties. Next work party date to be fixed.

Freecycle – Steve reported on another successful event. Next date to be decided.

Wilder Wedmore Festival – 9th, 10th, 11th June. Geoff gave an update of events. More volunteers needed.

Repair Café – Saturday 11th November. Mike Rippon leading.

Zero Carbon Group Reports

Transport:

No update this month

Food:

No update this month

Energy –

Emily reported 6 completed installations. From May Sunlit will have additional capacity and GW have undertaken to help promote with social media

Nature/Carbon –

No update this month

AOB – None this month

Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on Monday 24th April at St Mary’s.

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January 2023 Update

Event updates

Warm in Wedmore-15th & 16th February – members are asked to lend a hand

Big Tidy Up. Sunday 5th March.

Street Fair.  Saturday 1st July. GW will have a stall

Freecycle. Sunday 28th March.

Repair Café. Saturday 11th November

Zero Carbon Group Reports

Transport:

ongoing discussions about footpaths, the 20’s Plenty speed limit and street lighting are at a halt. No news from the Parish Council about the mooted ‘Have Your Say’ day. Action – Steve to try to meet with the PC Chair Jacky Farley

Food:

David gave an update to the 2023 Somerset Food Trail 14th to 30th July. The emphasis will be more on ‘feasts’ with multiple producers encouraged to team up for events. Wedmore will have a good cluster.

Wedmore Community Farm. Steve reported that, though details are confidential, it looks as though land and a grower might have been identified.

Energy –

We are really pleased that 70 solar installations / 400 kilowatts) through Sunlit Solar have been carried out in the village and the surrounding area!

Nature/Carbon –

Wilder Wedmore plans are well underway, please follow their Wilder Wdmore Festival facebook group for the latest information.

Liz stressed the need for volunteers to help. Please join them, email geoff_carss@hotmail.com if you can help.

Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on Monday 27th February, 7:30pm at St Mary’s.

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November Meeting Minutes

Green Wedmore Minutes – 28 November 2022

Apologies –Emily, Ben, Sonya, Anthony, Melvyn, Rupert

The chair welcomed everyone especially the new faces present.

Rob Richley –

The chair mentioned the sad news of the recent death of Rob and the meeting remembered his long association with Green Wedmore as a founding member, including 8 years as secretary and his work on Terry’s Wood and the solar power co-op. His funeral will be held on Monday 5th December at 1pm, Sedgemoor Crematorium and after at The Swan. Anyone wanting a lift please contact David Hopkins.

Action: to consider a fitting memorial at one of the community woodlands – all

Outstanding Actions –

Instavolt confirmed with Sonya that they have paid donation into GW account of £1k, although not yet showing. Action – Gail to check and if still no sign of amount to ask Sonya to chase.

It was agreed that we should look at insurance options next year as the most recent increase had been 18% Action carried forward: Gail

Our regular corporate donors should be thanked and mentioned on the website Action carried forward: Ben

Next Big Tidy Up, next date is Sunday 5th March.

Bat Boxes in Churchyard. Vanessa has corresponded with Richard Neill who approves of the idea. He also offered the church grounds as a site for a bike repair station location. Mike Rippon reported that the Village Hall have been approached by the Parish Council to host one in their grounds and the PC have suggested the Village Hall applies for grant funding from Wedmore Community Power Co-op for this.

Repair Café went ahead on 26/11 and was very successful. Thanks to Mike who organized the day. Approximately 40 items were brought in to be mended. With donations, cookbook sales, Alison’s sales and money from the café nearly £300 was raised.

Transport –

No update this month.

Food:

The Somerset Food Trail will now be back in 2023 albeit in a slightly different format. The emphasis will be more on ‘feasts’ with multiple producers encouraged to team up for events. There will be less involvement from the co-ordinators and more organised by the SFT team.

Back in February group members had an initial meeting to explore the possibility of a Wedmore Community Farm.  There followed site visits to various local enterprises. Another brainstorming meeting is scheduled for next week.

David H announced that the cookbooks would now be sold at £5 each. Action – David to notify retailers.

Energy –

70 solar installations booked or completed. Action – Emily and Steve to politely follow up with any who have not donated

There may be a change in government direction regarding onshore wind power, however the issue with grid capacity remains. A large battery set-up will almost certainly be part of a future renewable energy scheme in the village.

Nature/Carbon –

Geoff gave an update on the plans for Wilder Wedmore. Geoff brought the meeting up to speed on the speakers, walks, talks and Bio Blitz. A grant application for funding to be submitted to the Power Co-op. A separate group has formed to run this event. Please join them, email geoff_carss@hotmail.com if you can help.

Finance –

Gail reported that income for the month was £415.44 which included £80 donations and £100 solar donation. This doesn’t yet reflect all the Repair Café fundraising.

There was £1.60 in expenses leaving a balance of £6,881,43.

Events –

Wedmore by Lamplight – 7th December. Steve will be the lead on the GW stall. Let him know if you can commit to helping that evening. Additional volunteers are David, Sarah and Zofia. Action: Cookies or muffins should sell. Any bakers please contact Steve on stevemewes415@gmail.com

Worthington Woods Work Party – Group to meet on 27th December

Warm in Wedmore – Green Wedmore have committed to hosting on 15th and 16th February. Action: Anyone wanting to help contact David Hopkins

Wilder Wedmore – 9/10/11 June 2023.

AOB

David Hopkins updated on progress making contact with the local schools. We are keen to connect with them and want to offer retro fitting for both schools to reduce their carbon emissions close to zero and drastically reduce their costs. Action – David to pursue.

On-street recycling bins. There are currently approx. 6 litter bins in the village serviced by the District Council. Steve has been in touch to explore the possibility of on-street recycling bins instead of the litter bins. It is being piloted elsewhere and Steve proposed we move this along by offering to fund the purchase of a bin (circa £1,000). The group agreed.

Worthington Woods Management. A new plan to keep on top of maintenance, Food Forest Project have some funds available quarterly to help with this. Likely to be in the region of £100-300 p/q. Tristan has offered 2-hour visits fortnightly at £15p/h. Steve suggested the idea of virtual honesty box where visitors could give donations to help with any shortfall in maintenance costs, a start-up exists locally which Steve is in contact with. Permission has been granted by the PC to erect a shelter. Vanessa discussed some ideas to help visitors get the most out of their time at Worthington Woods and help them connect with nature. Possible info boards or a QR code system. Mike B offered to tackle the brambles and a date was agreed for a work party to meet on 27th December. Mike also reported back that advice received from Prickles was that it was ok to release a family of hedgehogs into Worthington Woods.

Following the formal meeting we had an interesting and informative talk from Ellie, Ops Director at Lendology.

Next Meeting – Following a Christmas break, the next meeting will be 30th January, 7:30pm at St Mary’s.

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October 22 Meeting Minutes

Many thanks to those who attended our meeting at the end of October. Please find the minutes below.

Apologies –Jean, Emily, Rupert, Liz Burton, Sarah Holloway

Liz McDonnell –

The chair mentioned the recent death of Liz and the meeting remembered her long association with and work for Green Wedmore, her eminent career as a botanist and her fellowship. Action: to consider a fitting memorial at one of the community woodlands

Finance –

The treasurer mentioned expenditure on printing the new Wild in Wedmore booklets and on public liability insurance. Income included revenue from cookbook sales and from Somerset Stove donations. There is a balance of £6467.59

It was agreed that we should look at insurance options next year as the most recent increase had been 18% Action: Gail

Instavolt donation not yet received. Action: Sonya to chase

Our regular corporate donors should be thanked and mentioned on the website Action: Ben

Events –

The Big Tidy Up – A good turnout including a big group of cubs, beavers and their parents. Lots of litter collected and much of it recycled. Action: Venetia/Alison – Date to be chosen for early spring 2023

Repair Café – 26th November. Mike Rippon reported that many of the usual repairers are not available this year and that there is doubt that it will go ahead. Action: David to contact Men’s Shed & Laura to give Mike the Glastonbury contacts. Decision shortly.

Wedmore by Lamplight – 7th December. Steve will be the lead on the GW stall. Let him know if you can commit to helping that evening. Rupert has already volunteered. Action: In addition to wrapped cook books, cookies or muffins should sell. Any bakers please contact Steve on stevemewes415@gmail.com

Wilder Wedmore – 9/10/11 June 2023. Geoff brought the meeting up to speed on the speakers, walks, talks and Bio Blitz. A separate group has formed to run this event. Please join them, email geoff_carss@hotmail.com if you can help.

Transport –

No update this month and no news from the Parish Council about 20s Plenty etc. The next opportunity to make progress might be the proposed village ‘Have your Say’ event (No date yet)

Nature/Carbon –

Geoff gave an update on the plans for Wilder Wedmore

Bat boxes in the churchyard Action: Vanessa to speak to Richard Neil

Energy –

69 solar installations booked or completed. Vanessa has done a ‘70’ post and there was brief discussion about a suitable event to mark the 100 installations milestone.

Sonya reported that the new government is not pro on-shore wind and that a large scale local wind project is unlikely.

Re-confirmation that a £5,000 donation has been secured from Wedmore Community Power Co-op for ‘Warmer Wedmore Winter’ for the Village Agent to use to help those in fuel poverty.

Lendology to be invited to speak at a future meeting. Action: Vanessa to contact.

Street Light campaign. We are keeping this in the public conversation via the Isle of Wedmore News. The next opportunity to make progress might be the proposed village ‘Have your Say’ event (No date yet)

An energy advice day is also being planned for January possibly to coincide with Green Wedmore’s stint with the Warm in Wedmore scheme. Need to ensure those who need it are aware of how to get help and access grants etc so a series of articles has been appearing in the IOW News. Action: Steve will continue to pursue.

Food:

Though the 2022 Somerset Food Trail was a great success there will be a pause in 2023 as they reassess how to grow the event whilst staying more closely to the original sustainability concept. There was discussion about the possibility of Wedmore doing something independently perhaps using the Glastonbury model. Action: Laura to liaise with David to share the info, but with our energy and focus being on Wilder Wedmore in 2023, this may be too much to coordinate.

AOB

David introduced the Warm in Wedmore winter events and the meeting agreed that Green Wedmore would host one early in the New Year. Action: David to let the organisers know. A group is needed to run this.

The Men’s Shed are going to refurbish the information sign at Terry’s Wood

Following the formal meeting we had an interesting and informative talk from Deb Geraghty from the Centre for Sustainable Energy about energy saving

Next Meeting – Monday 28th November 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church.

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AGM September 2022

We have had a busy summer, this month saw our AGM. It was great to see so many people in attendance, but here is a summary of the minutes for those that were unable to attend.


Brief summary of the year from the Chair:
Times are challenging especially with a new leadership team in government
obsessed on growth at all costs. As ever we must focus on the positives and continued local and achievable action.


We have a new County Councillor, Harry, a long-standing GW member who understands the climate change issues and there is lots of action being taken. We have a supportive Parish Council and a meeting is arranged with the new Chair later this week.


By all accounts Green Wedmore remains the most active climate group in Somerset, a huge credit to the team

AGM Business –
Thanks to David Bunt for all his hard work as Treasurer over the past 3-4 years. Welcome to Gail who has stepped up to take on the role and handover plans are in place.


As there are no new candidates standing for positions, the following have agreed to remain in role for a further year:
David Hopkins/Liz Burton – Joint Secretary
Sonya Bedford– Vice Chair
Steve Mewes – Chair

A brief summary from each of our Zero Carbon Groups can be seen below.

Transport

Rupert reported ongoing work to improve pedestrian/cyclist access in the village. A useful walk-about with Harry Munt who will discuss issues further with the Transport rep on the Parish Council.
20s Plenty scheme was timetabled to be discussed at the Parish Council meeting which sadly has been postponed.

The feedback from the public about the reduced speed limit at recent events was not wholly positive. More action needed to win hearts and minds.

Nature and Carbon

Geoff is working on an outline plan for upcoming Wilder Wedmore event proposed for next May or June. Steve, Sonya, Jon and Vanessa all agreed to help with the planning.

Energy

Sunlit Solar continue to be exceptionally busy and have taken on 2 new local members of staff. The energy crisis is driving up costs (and demand). The package that they were able to offer for £4,000 when the scheme started has now risen by approximately 60%.  They continue to offer 10% off standard prices for residents of Wedmore.

There are a further 19 installations booked in, with the total installs now standing at 49.

Sonya has secured a £1,000 donation from Instavolt.
The large-scale wind project may be possible again following a possible favourable change in planning laws. The issue with grid capacity remains. Sonya is in touch with a company called Thrive Renewables (linked to Triodos Bank) who are keen to assist.

The group are concerned about the cost of living crisis and a £5,000 donation has been secured from Wedmore Community Power Co-op for ‘Warmer Wedmore Winter’ for the Village Agents to use to help those in fuel poverty. Centre for Sustainable Energy will be speaking at the next meeting 31 October, offering tips and energy saving advice.

Suggested that Lendology may wish to attend. Action: Vanessa to contact.
An energy advice day is also being planned for January. Need to ensure those who need it are aware of how to get help and access grants etc so a series of articles has been appearing in the IOW News

Food

Cookbook sales continue with 3 more books sold at the Wellbeing Day.
An evaluation event is due this Saturday by Somerset Food Trail to build on the success for next year.

AOB

Tessa enquired whether any group was organising ‘warm banks’ in the
village. She stated that the Community Foundation could help with this. Steve explained that plans for this had been discussed and he would put Tessa in touch with the team

Vanessa has led two Cub group sessions at Worthington Woods working towards their Naturalist badge. All children can now identify 6 different species of trees and they were lucky enough to spot bats using the bat boxes.


Anthony has an abundance of empty jam jars if anyone would like some get in touch.

We had a visit from a bat flying around the Lady Chapel and Vanessa suggested seeking permission to put boxes up on the church/church yard.


Upcoming Events
Worthington Woods Work Party – 2-4pm Saturday 1 st October bring
tools/wheelbarrow/bucket
Freecycle – Village car park 10am Sunday 2nd October
Big Tidy Up – Meet at Borough House 10am Sunday 30th October
Repair Café – Village Hall 10am-1pm 26th November.


Next Meeting – Monday 31 st October 26 th 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church.


Following the formal meeting we had an interesting and informative talk from Tristan and Sophie from Food Forest Project about their work to date and future plans.

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Plan Bee

Plan Bee: help your local bees Honey bees and other types of bees are suffering a sharp drop in numbers, with serious consequences for the natural environment and our food crops.


Bee Project

Plan Bee: help your local bees Honey bees and other types of bees are suffering a sharp drop in numbers, with serious consequences for the natural environment and our food crops.
Green Wedmore is working with local beekeepers to support bees in the area. We also have a DVD of an informative film called Vanishing of the Bees available for loan – contact Steve Mewes s.mewes@virgin.net or 01934 710530.

Here are top tips for helping honey bees:

  • Plant bee-friendly plants – where there are few agricultural crops, honey bees rely on garden flowers for a diverse diet of nectar and pollen. Encourage them to visit your garden by planting flowering plants and vegetables. Go for the allium family, all the mints, beans and flowering herbs. Bees like daisy-shaped flowers – asters and sunflowers – and also tall plants such as hollyhocks, larkspur and foxgloves. Leaflets on bee-friendly trees and shrubs can be downloaded from www.britishbee.org.uk
  • Join your local beekeepers – they welcome people who are interested in bees and beekeeping to observe apiary meetings in the summer, and they also run bee-keeping courses. Contact Liz Friend, secretary of Wedmore & Cheddar group of the Somerset Beekeepers Association; 01934 712771.
  • Find space for a beehive – ask the local association if anyone would be interested in siting a hive in your garden. You could have a look inside with the beekeeper without having responsibility for the hive.
  • Buy local honey.
  • Ask your MP and MEP to lobby for more funds for bee health research.
  • Don’t leave unwashed honey jars outside your door – honey brought in from overseas can carry bacteria and spores that are very harmful to honey bees.
  • Bee friendly – if a bee hovers in front of you, don’t flap your arms about, but stay calm and move slowly away. Bees don’t like the smell of alcohol on people or the ‘animal’ smell of leather, while dark clothing can be seen as a threat – it could be a bear! Sometimes scented soaps, shampoos and perfumes can confuse bees.
  • Protect swarms – they are nature’s way of increasing colonies of honey bees. Contact a local beekeeper and they will come and collect it.
  • Encourage local authorities to plant bee friendly plants in public spaces.
  • Learn more about honey bees – ask a local beekeeper to come and talk to your group, or visit www.somersetbeekeepers.org.uk
     
    Pollen and nectar sources for bees

Bees collect nectar – a dilute solution of natural sugars produced by flowers – and pollen. The list below shows which species produce pollen and nectar and when.

The asterisks indicate main sources.

Feb Crocus, alder, laurestinus
Mar Willow*, blackthorn, celandine, flowering currant
Apr Laurel, gooseberry, plum*, dandelion*, cherry*, pear, rape
May Rape*, bluebell, sycamore*, apple*, maple, field beans*, cotoneaster, hawthorn, horse chestnut
Jun Raspberry*, white clover*, many garden plants and shrubs
Jul Lime*, blackberry*, willow-herb*, white clover*, sweet chestnut, fuchsia
Aug Blackberry*, willow-herb*, heather*, balsam, fuchsia
Sep Heather*, Michaelmas daisy, golden rod
Oct Ivy*
Nov Ivy

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Updates from July 2022

Wedmore Warmer Winter


This winter will be a struggle for many. Plans are afoot to help through the Community Council for Somerset’s Village Agent Scheme. Look out for how you can help.

Wedmore’s Solar 1000


Congratulations our partner Sunlit Solar who have hit 50 PV Panel installations installed or booked for installation.

Worthington Woods Food Forest


If you have not been down there yet come and see the sights and sounds of nature – including fruits and berries for you to pick and enjoy, two outdoor meeting areas, bird boxes, bat boxes, hedgehog boxes and bee/bug hotels nestled in amongst the fruit trees and fruit bushes.
If you have time to take on a specific task, please contact us (07984 924432). Otherwise see you perhaps at the regular monthly get togethers/work parties on the first Saturday on each month from 4pm …. Next one on the Saturday 6th August

The ‘Close to Home’ village cookbooks


On sale at The Cottage Gallery, at The Swan and at The Valley Smokehouse at The Wheatsheaf. A great present that exemplifies our village’s community spirit and energy

20’s Plenty


You may have noticed that other villages are, or are considering, reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20 mph. You may agree with us that “20’s Plenty”. Watch out to see how you can help

Terry’s Community Woods and Orchard


Just 15 minutes’ walk to the east of the village. If you have not yet been there, have a look at the website for the route and watch out for work parties soon at this magical spot

Wedmore Community Mapping – Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)


Let’s record our nature data so we can show that our natural environment bouncing back in Wedmore.
Green Wedmore, collaborating with SERC, has launched the Wedmore Community Mapping scheme so everyone with a smart phone can learn and record all the amazing
plants and animals we have in the parish. More information is on the SERC website here; http://www.somerc.com/community-wildlife-mapping/ . To take part you just need to register for iNaturalist on your computer here; uk.inaturalist.org/  before downloading
the iNaturalist and Seek apps on your phone (more info on those phone apps can be found here www.somerc.com/help-tell-us-what-you-see/).

Wellbeing Day – Saturday 17 th September


Along with many of the clubs and associations in the village, Green Wedmore will have a stand where you can talk to active members, learn what is going on and perhaps be enthused to join us.

Freecycle – Sunday 2 nd October


Start looking in those sheds and attics and come along to the Cheddar Road from 10am to midday on Sunday 2 nd October to give your unwanted and unloved things a second life. The only rules are that no money changes hands and that you remove items not taken away at
the conclusion

The Autumn Big Tidy Up – Sunday 30 th October


Join us for the autumn village tidy up. With fresh impetus from Blackford, many new helpers from Wedmore and re-equipped by a donation of litter pickers from Thatchers

Cider, we are well set to help keep the roads and lanes around the village clean and cared for. Meet in the yard of Borough House

Repair Café – Saturday 26 th November (TBC)
There is a new hand on the tiller so look out for the return of the Repair Café – probably on the last Saturday in November.
If you are handy at mending things, please contact Green Wedmore and lend us a hand as we give fresh life to worn and damaged items

Aluminium Cans


Rather than recycling your aluminium cans please flatten them and bring them to the big bag hanging in the open fronted barn in the yard of Borough House. They will be taken to the scrapyard and turned into money for Green Wedmore village projects.

A Community Supported Agriculture Scheme for Wedmore?


Following an inspirational visit to Plotgate farm in Barton St. David in July, join us soon as we visit other community farms in the county that might serve as a template for something
similar in Wedmore.

Parish Council


Our Parish Council has signed the Green Charter and do a great deal to support Green Wedmore and our local environment. They are short of councilors at present – can you play a part by becoming a parish councilor and help maintain the green momentum?

Green Wedmore Meetings


On the last Monday of every month at St Mary’s at 7.30pm ….. or at Worthington Woods Food Forest if the weather is good!
Come along to our meeting and AGM to see how you can help on Monday 26th September

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Updates June 2022

We have had a busy month!

Cost of Living Community Support
This winter will be a struggle for many. Plans are afoot to help through the Community Council for Somerset’s Village Agent Scheme. Watch out for how you can help.

Worthington Woods Food Forest
Along with 16 other venues in the Wedmore Cluster, the Food Forest welcomed visitors from all over the county to the 2022 Somerset Food Trail. Visitors were able to see how this derelict corner of the village is steadily evolving into a haven of calm and nature.
If you have not been down there yet come and see the sights and sounds of nature – including fruits and berries for you to pick and enjoy, two outdoor meeting areas, bird boxes, bat boxes, hedgehog boxes and bee/bug hotels nestled in amongst the fruit trees
and fruit bushes.
If you have time to take on a specific task, please contact us. Otherwise see you perhaps at the regular monthly get togethers/work parties on the first Saturday on each month from 4pm …. Next one on the 6th August.

The ‘Close to Home’ village cookbooks
On sale at The Cottage Gallery, at The Swan and at The Valley Smokehouse at The
Wheatsheaf. A great present that exemplifies our village’s community spirit and energy

Terry’s Community Woods and Orchard
A big shout out to Adam Caunt, Rob Richley, and to a team of volunteers who are doing a
marvellous job maintaining and enhancing this magical spot. It’s just 15 minutes’ walk to
the east of the village. If you have not yet been there, have a look at the website for the
route and watch out for work parties soon

Wedmore Community Mapping – Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)
Let’s record our nature data so we can show that our natural environment bouncing back in
Wedmore.
Green Wedmore, collaborating with SERC, has launched the Wedmore Community Mapping scheme so everyone with a smart phone can learn and record all the amazing plants and animals we have in the parish. More information is on the SERC website here; http://www.somerc.com/community-wildlife-mapping/ . To take part you just need to register for iNaturalist on your computer here; uk.inaturalist.org/  before downloading the iNaturalist and Seek apps on your phone (more info on those phone apps can be found here www.somerc.com/help-tell-us-what-you-see/).

Wellbeing Day – Saturday 17 th September
Along with many of the clubs and associations in the village, Green Wedmore will have a stand where you can talk to active members, learn what is going on and perhaps be enthused to join us.

The Autumn Big Tidy Up – Sunday 30 th October
Join us for the autumn village tidy up. With fresh impetus from Blackford, many new helpers from Wedmore and re-equipped by a donation of litter pickers from Thatchers Cider, we are well set to help keep the roads and lanes around the village clean and cared
for.

Repair Café – a late autumn Saturday to be confirmed
There is a new hand on the tiller so look out for the return of the Repair Café – probably on the last Saturday in November.
If you are handy at mending things, please contact Green Wedmore and lend us a hand as we try to give fresh life to worn and damaged items

A Community Supported Agriculture Scheme for Wedmore?

Following an inspirational visit to Plotgate farm in Barton St. David in July, join us soon as we visit other community farms in the county that might serve as a template for something similar in Wedmore.

Parish Council
The Parish Council do a great deal to support Green Wedmore and our local environment. They are short of councilors at present – can you play a part by becoming a parish councilor and help maintain the green momentum?

Green Wedmore Meetings
On the last Monday of every month at St Mary’s at 7.30pm ….. or at Worthington Woods Food Forest if the weather is good!
Come along to see how you can help