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

Combwich Village Market

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.

The Combwich Shwop

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 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.

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

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