Parish Bulletin January 2020

What’s in your Parish Bulletin this month?

  1. Mendip Parish Forum Events and Dates For 2020
  2. Parish Forum Agenda 23rd January 2020
  3. Mendip Business Awards Launching Soon
  4. YMCA Sleep Rough Challenge
  5. Super 1's Cricket
  6. How are Stroud District Council responding to the Climate Emergency?
  7. Shape Mendip Lottery - New Cause
  8. Community Funding
  9. News from the Monitoring Officer
  10. Calendar of Meetings and Dates for your Diary

If you wish to submit an item for the Parish Council Information Bulletin, please email it to parishbulletin@mendip.gov.uk

Mendip Parish Forum Events and Dates

The Mendip Parish Forum is for clerks, chairs, elected members and community representatives from across Mendip. The forums are held quarterly in the Council Chamber at the Mendip District Council offices from 6:00pm with the main agenda items beginning at 6:30pm.

Forum Dates for 2020 are below :

  • Thursday 23rd January - Parish Forum
  • February 11th February - Parish Forum - Planning Training
  • Thursday 26th March - Parish Forum
  • Thursday 2nd July - Parish Forum
  • Thursday 8th October - Parish Forum
  • Thursday 10th December - Parish Forum

Next Forum date: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Parish Forum Agenda 23rd January 2020

The agenda for the Parish Forum is below. I hope to see you there

  • Leaders update
  • Recycling More - Somerset Waste Partnership
  • Parish Forum Development Plans and training programme
  • Climate Change Events

Do you know any home owners currently without heating?

Somerset Independence Plus (SIP) can provide FREE temporary heaters to Mendip residents, whilst the heating is being repaired or replaced. In addition, if you can’t afford to repair or replace the heating you may be eligible for a Council grant or loan. In Partnership with Mendip District Council and Wessex Resolutions, Somerset Independence Plus can support a homeowner in arranging a loan or grant, oversee the work from start to finish, get quotes and manage contractors.

Please call SIP on: 0300 303 7794 to find out more information.

Volunteering: no-one can do everything, but everyone can do something

An easy thing to say, but maybe not as easy to do, particularly with the busy lives we lead today. There are a range of benefits that come from volunteering – not only to the organisations that benefit from volunteers time and skills, but also to the volunteer themselves. Research shows that volunteering can:

• Give the volunteer a greater sense of wellbeing, from knowing that they are making a positive difference to their community

• Reduce stress from everyday life

• Gain confidence

• Meet new people and make new friends among like-minded volunteers and staff

• Gain new skills and experiences

You may feel that now is the time to give your time to benefit others, but you’re not sure how or what.

Looking to go the extra mile and help others in the Mendip area?

We are looking for volunteer drivers in Mendip. Can you help?

Volunteer drivers provide a crucial transport service for non-emergency NHS patients and social care users enabling them to get to various locations across the county and further afield. You could also help transport children to college or to school, providing a crucial service to a young person’s academic career.

Each journey connects people with services they would otherwise miss out on. As a volunteer driver, you would be providing a vital lifeline to people in your community.

This is a rewarding opportunity to provide a valuable, practical support for people within your community and your mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile. You will also be supported by a Transporting Officer from Somerset County Council’s Transporting Somerset team.

Not only will you be helping the community, it’s an excellent way of meeting new people.

To find out more visit https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/or call 0300 1232224.

Mendip Business Awards Launching Soon

Organisations are being invited to enter the prestigious competition, now in its 6th year. The Mendip Business Awards are a unique opportunity to showcase local entrepreneurial talent, and our outstanding businesses across the Mendip district.

Whether you’re a winner, runner-up or simply nominated, being part of the event can add credibility to companies, raise their profile through valuable media coverage, inspire staff and provide an exclusive networking opportunity.

More than 200 people celebrated Mendip’s business talent in 2019. Why not join them? Entering is quick and easy, and you could be joining the very best in business at the Royal Bath and West Showground this summer.

Applications open on Monday 20th January and close on Friday 27th March, 2020. Find out more about the Mendip Business Awards, and enter here: https://www.mendipbusinessawards.co.uk/

YMCA Sleep Rough Challenge

Super 1s Cricket

Super 1s gives young people aged 12-25 with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket. By creating community cricket hubs for young people to receive coaching, we give participants the chance to compete against peers and enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle.

For many young people with disabilities throughout the UK, opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited. Super 1s provides these opportunities and helps young people to improve their physical and mental well-being while making friends and engaging with positive role models.

The programme aims to:

• develop the physical and mental well-being of players

• help players make friends and engage with positive role models

• provide an environment for competition amongst peers

How it helps young people

Super 1s provides young people with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch. It enables them to discover what they can do, not what they can't, and become role models for their peers.

Engaging in regular sport helps all young people develop personal skills, including confidence, leadership and independence. For young people with disabilities the opportunity to do this can be very limited.

Super 1s in Somerset

We have six Super 1 clubs running in Somerset

  • Bridgwater
  • Bath
  • Street
  • Taunton
  • Weston Super Mare
  • Yeovil

All sessions are free to attend and run from 6-7pm.

How to get involved

To book a place or for more information, please contact Steve Gass at Somerset Cricket Board on 01823 352266 or email steve.gass@somersetcricketboard.org or visit https://www.somersetcricketboard.co.uk/disability/super-1s/

How are Stroud District Council responding to the Climate Emergency?

Cllr Simon Pickering (Chair of the Environment Committee at Stroud District Council) will be giving a talk on how Stroud are tackling the climate emergency, since their declaration in December 2018.

Cllr Pickering has driven Council policy and strategy development to help enable Stroud to become carbon neutral by 2030. In 2015, Cllr Pickering oversaw Stroud being named the first carbon-neutral district council in Europe.

Actions that have been achieved so far include:

  •  Appointing a Carbon Neutral 2030 Officer
  •  Community engagement via Transition Stroud
  •  Public, Charity & Business sector engagement via Local Strategic Partnership
  •  16 Parish councils also adopting the Climate Emergency
  •  Updating of Local Plan Policies

Join us for an inspiring talk on Stroud’s journey to carbon neutral and learn more about what we can do in Mendip.

How are Stroud District Council responding to the Climate Emergency?

  • When: Monday 27th January 2020 at 6:00pm
  • Where: Council Chamber (MDC offices)
  • No sign up is required, just turn up on the day.

Sign up to the Shape Mendip Lottery

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to The Shape Mendip Lottery!

The Shape Mendip Lottery is a weekly online lottery created to support local causes in Mendip. Tickets are only £1 per week and 60% of your ticket price will go to local causes! To find out more about how it works, the causes you can support and how to sign-up, visit the website below.

Community Funding

Spark can support groups to get themselves ready to apply for funding; writing a constitution, getting any relevant policies and procedures in place and ensuring you have the right management structure.

We have a funding database to search for any new funding opportunities and for groups who need a bit more support we have recently employed a funding officer. For more information email Sharon.Hale@sparksomerset.org.uk.

THE ECOSURETY EXPLORATION FUND – Grants up to £150,000 available to UK companies, charities, not-for-profits and academic institutions working on projects that seek to reduce the impact on the environment of packaging, batteries or waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Application deadline: Tuesday 10 March 2020.

Further information about the programme and its application process can be found

THE THOMAS WALL TRUST DIGITAL SKILLS GRANTS - Grants up to £5,000 for UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills among disadvantaged groups to increase employment prospects.

Application deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Further information, together with the online Expression of Interest Form, can be found

THE LENNOX HANNAY CHARITABLE TRUST - Grants up to £20,000 for registered charities in England and Wales for a wide range of charitable causes.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.

The Trust does not maintain a website and applications, which are considered every 6 months, may be made in writing at any time (there is no application form).

Contact details for the Trust are:

C E S Scott

Company Secretary

Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

RF Trustee Co Limited

15 Suffolk Street



Tel: 020 3696 6715 or Email: charities@rftrustee.com

THE ROBYN CHARITABLE TRUST - Grants for registered charities in England and Wales that are working to improve the welfare of children.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.

The Trust does not maintain a website.

Contact details for the Trust are:

The Robyn Charitable Trust

64 New Cavendish Street



Tel: 020 7467 6300

(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)

THE LLOYDS BANK FOUNDATION - Core funding grants up to £100,000 over 3 years for small and medium-sized locally based charities in England and Wales working helping people aged 17 years and older achieve positive change.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.

Further information about the programme is available on the

News from the Monitoring Officer

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee has an important role in seeking to ensure high standards of behaviour amongst Members of the District Council as well as Parishes.

Contact details below for:

Somerset Association of Local Councils

Society of Local Council Clerks

Calendar of meetings for 2019/20

Mendip District Council has prepared a calendar of its public meetings to be held in 2019/2020. Please contact committee_services@mendip.gov.uk if you wish to have a copy.

It should be noted that this calendar may be subject to change. However, any changes will be because of the timetable for Council business - it will not be possible to make changes to suit individuals.

A date for your diary – January and February 2020

Planning Board 22nd January 18:00 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Standards Committee 28th January 2020 14:00 Council Chamber Mendip District Council Offices.

Audit Committee 29th January 2020 17:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Cabinet 3rd February 2020 18:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Joint Cabinet and Scrutiny 4th February 2020 18:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Licensing Board 12th February 2020 18:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Scrutiny Board 17th February 2020 18:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Planning Board 19th February 2020 18:00 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Full Council 24th February 2020 18:30 Council Chamber, Mendip District Council Offices.

Contact details for the committee officers are as follows:

Claire Dicken: claire.dicken@mendip.gov.uk or 01749 341341


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