Neighbourhood Watch

BCU8 14022017 Somerset

BCU8 14022017

Romance Fraud – as part of the Cyber Crime Awareness month we would like to remind you that there are a number of scams that occur locally and nationwide – some of which relate to `romance scams’.

According to the reported figures from Action Fraud, a romance fraud is reported every three hours in the UK. That’s an astounding figure, especially when we know that a lot of romance frauds go unreported. The figures also indicate a victim loses, on average £10,000.

To find out more on preventing these crimes, we suggest checking out the website


R044 10022017 Farm Watch

R044 10022017 Farm Watch

Farmwatch members are invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Police and the Charity Crimestoppers to launch a campaign we are running to tackle sheep theft in Somerset.

WHERE: Edgar Hall, 8 Cary Court, Somerton, TA11 6SB

WHEN: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Time: 2.00pm

Help stop this crime. Please come along and find out how we can work together to combat sheep theft in Somerset.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd February.

Rural Crime Team.


Gardens Illustrated back copies.

I seek a home for approx 46 copies of the excellent monthly magazine Gardens Illustrated.

They date run from 2010 to 2015. There are some copies from each year. Would be excellent research material for Garden Designers, Horticultural students or make a very good read for keen gardeners on a cold grey day such as today!

Free.  Interested – please contact



Message from North Vale Parish Council

Working Group on Speeding Vehicles


North Vale Parish Council has set up a Working Group to look at speeding issues within North Cheriton, Holton and Maperton.

Terms of Reference

The Group is researching and discussing methods of reducing speeding within the Parish, which can be implemented at both local and/or district level.  It is proposed to concentrate on low-cost, ‘non-invasive’ methods which ‘remind’ people that they are driving through a residential area. ‘Invasive’ installations, such as speed bumps, barriers or chicanes, will not be considered.

Options to be considered

Possible options which have proved successful in other villages are under consideration. These are:

Name signage at village entrances

  • ‘Gates’ on verges at village entrances
  • Regular cutting back of verges
  • Cleaning and maintaining signage
  • Flashing speed limit signs
  • Review of the current speed limits.

Request for Input

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding  the possible options listed above, please email

Many thanks

Support needed for  Gardening Club



Dear Fellow Gardeners

Although the club has over 30 members, and has been a  great asset to the life of the village, it looks as if it  will have to close, unless we can find someone to act as secretary for the year ahead. Pat and Sarah Holmes have done a marvelous job for  the last ten years but quite understandably have now  decided to retire from the roles of Secretary  and Treasurer.

Fortunately, new member Eddie Martin has volunteered to act as Treasurer, leaving us to fill the key role of Secretary.  The role of secretary is to be the communication centre for the membership.  The Secretary’s main job is to send out notices advising members on topics such as meeting dates, Summer Annual Show, and Spring Plant Sale whilst keeping the membership list up to date.

Another key objective  must be to continue our special relationship with Castle Gardens in Sherborne which enables members to obtain composts, fertilisers and seeds at substantial discounts as these more than offset the club membership fee of £10 per annum.

So if you know of anyone who might like to come forward or feel able to accept the challenge yourself, please let me know.

My phone number is 01963 32671 and e-mail address

Songs of Praise

Sunday 19 February at 4 pm

Come along and sing your favourite hymns and enjoy tea and cakes !!

If you have a hymn of which you are particularly fond, let us know !  Please email your request to Sue Fitzmaurice (, or write it down and put it in the box in church, by Sunday 12 February.

We look forward to seeing you !