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
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
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
The September Prize Fund exceeded £240 !!
You need to be ‘in it to win it’ so fill in an application form now and pop it through the letterbox at 3 School Lane or hand it in at the Post Office Stores.
Details of September 2012 100 Club Winners here.
Do come and enjoy Combwich Village Market this Saturday 13th October 10am to 12 noon, take the opportunity to get organized and do some early Christmas shopping. There is a wide variety of hand made crafts including hand engraved glass, hand made jewelry, and hand crafted stationery products to choose from, as well as fresh garden veg.,duck eggs, plants, fresh apple juice, home made jam, chutneys, soup, cakes and bread and to finish your shopping enjoy a cuppa and home made cake.
With UK industry in decline, unemployment on the rise, household incomes at their lowest level for years and properties being repossessed at a rate of one every 14 minutes, there’s little wonder the nation is getting thrifty!
It was recently estimated that the average UK home has nearly £600 worth of unused items. Collectively, we all own millions of £’s worth of equipment, tools, sports gear, musical instruments, home and garden items, as well as clothes and accessories, books, CD’s and gadgets – all sitting idle! WRAP recently revealed that 1.7 billion items of clothing haven’t been worn for over a year! All this stuff sitting idle or, worse, some of it eventually getting sent to landfill!
With the UK economy unlikely to get any easier for some time, sharing, hiring, swapping and borrowing is now on trend. Transition movements are on the increase and the resurrection of the good old fashioned concept of sharing with your neighbours is beginning to return to our lives. The latest phrase for this type of trading is “collaborative consumption” or the “sharing economy” and websites like www.theborrowers.co.uk are ideally positioned to support this renewed activity.
On Saturday 6th October The Borrowers bring to the village the first ever Combwich Shwop – a new type of marketplace where you can bring along up to 10 of your unwanted items and swap them for something more useful, without any money changing hands. There are strict rules about a Shwop but it’s set to be a fun event for all the family.
Any remaining items will be donated to Little Otters and the charity CLIC. Admission is £2 which includes a cup of tea, coffee or juice and Lyn and Robert will be on hand selling their delicious home-made cakes. For more details, see the “What’s On” page and click on the calendar event.
Hope to see you there.
Take a look at OPRA’s newsletter for September.
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.
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.
……………watch this space for details of the next OPRA Sunday Walk in October, the dazzling Firework Display on Sunday 4th November and not least of all the first of the regular winter OPRA Talks on Tuesday 20th November.