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Steart Wetland Habitat Project

There will be another opportunity to get up to date with the development at Steart as members of the project team will once again be on site at the Stert Drove compound this Friday 26 October at 6.00pm. In particular Kevin Peberdy, a director from WWT, will be present to give a short talk on their future plans for the site.If you have any questions regarding the project or the site, please come along.

Paul Gripton Honoured

Paul and Sue Gripton

Paul Gripton received a Somerset County Council Chairman’s Award for Service to the Community at a Ceremony in Taunton last Thursday 18th October. The citation read: –“Otterhampton Parish Council is delighted that Paul Gripton’s service to our community has been recognised by this award. Paul has earned the gratitude and respect of everyone by his tireless efforts on behalf of our community, but particularly in identifying, researching and leading the community’s response to the challenges imposed by EDF’s proposals for Combwich with great skill and dedication”. Continue reading Paul Gripton Honoured

Flood Warning Service – Otterhampton Village Hall betwee17:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday 23 October 2012

We are pleased to inform you of some recent changes that we have made to our Flood Warning service for the Tidal River Parrett at Chilton Trinity, Combwich, Pawlett, Dunball and surrounding areas.

We regularly update our flood maps and flood warning areas to make sure that our warnings are as accurate as possible. Following a recent review, we have improved the way we define our flood warning areas, which have been changed to better reflect communities at risk of flooding.  Continue reading Flood Warning Service – Otterhampton Village Hall betwee17:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday 23 October 2012

Combwich Wildflower Meadow Project

You cannot help but notice the removal of turf at the entrance to Combwich and wondered what is happening. This is the start of the creation of a wild flower meadow by volunteers from the village. The work will continue next Saturday 20th October from 10am and volunteers are needed to complete this stage of the work. If you can give us an hour or two to enhance our village it would be much appreciated.. For more information contact Liz on (01278) 652687

OPRA Walk 9.30am Sunday 14th October

Please join us for one of our regular Sunday walks. The next one will be on Sunday 14th October.  We will meet at the Anchor in Combwich at 9.30am to share cars and travel to Williton where this 6 – 7 mile circular walk will begin. We will walk to Watchet then to Washford before returning to Williton. This should be an attractive walk through lovely countryside and with good company. One slight word of warning – shorts are not recommended as we will be passing through a couple of stingy nettle patches. As always boots and a waterproof jacket are recommended.
All welcome
For more information ring Barry on 652399

Another drop-in session at the Evironment Agency Stert Drove Compound

Just a quick reminder that members of the project team will be on site again this Friday 28th September at 18.00 to answer any questions on any aspects of the wildlife habitat creation scheme.

The format of the meeting this week is slightly different, we plan (weather permitting) to take any attendees to the trial bank to explain the kind of wildlife the reserve will encourage and also the sightings made on site to date.

For those who are unable to walk to the bank or would prefer not to, the site office will stay open during this time and someone will be present to answer questions.

If you wish to  wish to walk to the bank please wear sturdy footwear.

Heritage evening

Wessex Archaeology will be giving a talk at Stockland Bristol sports hall on Monday 1 October at 19.30. Please ‘spread the word’ and encourage people to come along to find out about the archaeological finds in the area.

EDF Update

The representations on EDF’s proposals for Combwich made by the Otterhampton Parish Council (OPC) and others to the Planning Inspectorate (formerly the IPC) have finally come to an end. OPC have submitted a huge amount of written evidence and attended many meetings and hearings. We now have to await the outcome.

The Planning Inspectorate will make their recommendations to the Secretary of State at the end of December and the Secretary of State is expected to announce his decision on the 28th March 2013.

The parish council would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this difficult and lengthy process.

Drop-in session at the Environment Agency Stert Drove compound

The work on the new wetland habitat scheme at Steart has been delayed a little by the very poor weather this summer. However the work is surging ahead and it is predicted that the breech in the River Parrett flood defences to create the habitat will be made in July 2013.

In order that you are able to keep up to date with the project drop-in sessions are held on the last Friday of every month at 6.00pm at Stert Drove compound. All are welcome.

Somerset Art Weeks – Local Artists

Post Olympic blues can be dispelled by witnessing the amazing talent here in our own community. During Somerset Art Weeks 15th – 30th September two of our fine artists will be displaying their works between 11 am and 6pm daily.

Tom Jacobs is a water colour painter inspired by the moody atmospheric West Country landscapes. Visit Tom in his cottage studio at 8 Church Hill, Combwich TA5 2QR. Watch him work and ask him to demonstrate his techniques.  A variety of his work will be on display including paintings, drawings, prints, cards, signed booklets and calendars.





Alison Jacobs lives and works on part of the Somerset coast line that is currently undergoing change not seen for generations. Her work in oils and photography reflects this transition as she explores the impact and possibilities of transformation. Meet Alison and see her work in her shed studio by the sea Brufords, Steart, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2PX