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May 25th 2018

Defibrillator training.

Defibrillator training will be held on Monday 18th June, 6.00 pm at Meare Manor. Anyone interested in going please email: or ring 07731 624182 and leave a message.

The training will last approximately one and a half hours.

Apr 20th 2018

Defibrillator Training.

If anyone is interested in being trained to use the defibrilator, then please email the parish council and select some preferred dates.

The following list of dates are when the NHS South Western Ambulance Service trainer is available to provide training.

  • Wednesday 9th May (Evening)
  • Thursday 10th May (Evening)
  • Monday 14th May (Evening)
  • Wednesday 16th May (Evening)
  • Thursday 17th May (Evening)
  • Saturday 19th May
  • Saturday 26th May
  • Saturday 2nd June
  • Saturday 16th June
  • Saturday 30th June

Mar 1st 2018

Annual Parish Assembly.

The annual parish assembly is a chance to go through and get updates on any important items affecting parishioners and also to meet and discuss other parish concerns with the parish council members.

This year it will be held on Monday 16th April at 7:30pm in the Church Rooms (right after the parish council meeting which starts at 7pm).

Wine and nibbles will be available and there will also be some entertainment in the form of "The Meare Pluckers" - a local ukulele band.

Feb 24th 2018

Villager of the Year Award.

Nominations are requested for Villager of the Year 2018. If you know of anyone in the parish who you feel has gone above and beyond to help others, please send your nominations to or send a letter to: Greenfields, 9 Glastonbury Road, Meare before 5pm on 9th March 2018.

Feb 3rd 2018

Mendip Transmitter Retune on 27th February.

If you get your TV from the Mendip transmitter such as via Freeview with a TV aerial then there is going to be change to the channels that the Mendip transmitter will broadcast.

This will occur on the 27th of February.

Ofcom are in the process of freeing up some of the TV and Radio spectrum so that it will be reused for mobile phone coverage by 2020 in what is being called the 700MHz Clearance. This is a rolling change being done area by area throughout the UK and the Mendip Transmitter is due for the change this quarter.

Details of the change can be found on this link.

When the change occurs you will need to make your TV rescan the channels back in. More information for Freeview users can be found here.

Jan 23rd 2018

Ham Wall Nature Reserve are finalist in BBC Countryfile Awards.

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Ham Wall, the RSPB nature reserve that lies in the southern part of Meare, has become a finalist for best nature reserve in BBC's Countryfile Magazine 2018 awards. In amongst 4 other reserves, the winner will be chosen by the public through an online vote.

If you would like to take part and give Ham Wall your support then click here to go to the voting page. You have until the end of Monday the 5th to cast your vote.

Nov 21st 2017

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Nov 15th 2017 - updated 29th Nov

Meare based Carnival Float wins big !

The Masqueraders Carnival Club are a group in Meare who build a float each year for the Bridgwater Carnival. Bridgewater Carnival is the most famous carnival in the UK and runs at this time of year around Bonfire Night. It starts in Bridgwater and then heads into a number of towns and Wells city ending its run in Glastonbury on the 18th.

This year the Masqueraders have built a float called "Warhorse". Its spectacular and has been winning a lot of the prizes. The complete list now in:

  • Bridgwater Carnival - 1st in open feature, and most original entry.
  • Burnham on sea - 2nd in open feature, joint first towing vehicle, joint first generator and overall chairmans choice.
  • Weston-super-Mare - 1st in open feature, and best overall costumes.
  • North Petherton - 1st in open feature, and 2nd for towing vehicle.
  • Shepton Mallet - Generator breakdown so no lights and so no result.
  • Wells - 1st in open feature class, best decorated towing vehicle, and secretarys choice.
  • Glastonbury - 1st in local feature class, and best decorated towing vehicle again.

Now that all of the parades have taken place the overall county results have been decided. The float was awarded:

  • First place in the county for best Feature Cart collecting the Midsommer Norton Cup.
  • The Ted Putt Memorial cup for runner up for best decorated towing vehicle.
  • The Butlin Cup, judged at every carnival by "The man on the Street".

The Bridgwater Mercury has a complete list of all of the winners in every category.

There are a number of videos on YouTube like the one below where you can get an idea of just how much effort has gone into it. So if you went to any of the parades and have some photos, they can be put up in the photo galleries.

So well done to the Masqueraders Carnival Club ! If your interested in helping for next year then see their website. Their AGM is scheduled for Sunday 7th January, more details to follow in due course.

Dec 28th 2017

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Nov 15th 2017

Firearms Surrender campaign.

From 13-26 November, the police are holding a firearms and ammunition surrender campaign. This gives people the opportunity to dispose of these items in a safe place and those surrendering items will not face prosecution.

In Somerset the items can be surrendered at the following stations:

  • Bridgwater Police Centre: open 8am - 8pm everyday
  • Yeovil: open 8am - 8pm everyday

If you are unable to attend a police station please telephone the police on 101 to discuss alternative arrangements.

There will also be an opportunity to surrender bladed weapons at these stations during this time.

Link to the full article is here.

Nov 9th 2017

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Oct 17th 2017

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Oct 12th 2017

Police Advisory Leaflets and Crime Reporting.

Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Scheme have produced some leaflets for the upcoming festive events.

Halloween: High visibility No Trick or Treat flyers.

Christmas: Advisory leaflets on reducing crime leading up to and over the Festive period.

You can order copies of leaflets through Lindsey at the Neighbourhood Watch Office. Please specify how many you are requesting.

Also, some monthly crime statistics covering the Meare and Westhay area (amongst others) can be found here.

Oct 5th 2017

Defibrillator Training.

If anyone would like to attend a Defibrillator Training evening please email either or Fred Giles with your details and we will try and find a mutually convenient date and time.

Oct 3rd 2017

Scamming through impersonation of Police.

Police have had a number of reports of fraud where people have been duped out of cash or coerced into purchasing items from fraudsters posing as police officers.

The latest scam involves people being contacted by a man posing as a police officer who is investigating a fraud at their bank. The victim is then persuaded to take part in an undercover investigation by obtaining cash from their account or by purchasing high value items including Rolex watches.

Arrangements are made for the victims to attend a meeting to hand over the cash or goods - the meeting point is sometimes a railway station.

A police officer, or any other official, will never ask for money or bank details over the phone or on the door-step or ask you to arrange to take them to a pre-arranged location. If you are unsure if the person is who they say they are, ask for identification such as their collar number and call 101 to check the name and the authenticity of the caller.

If you want to report being a victim of this type of fraud call 101, quoting reference 5217219020

Sep 20th 2017

Meare HGV Problems - Public meeting announced from James Heappey MP.

James Heappey is our constituency MP and has been contacted about concerns from residents about the volume of HGV lorries passing through the village, particularly the HGVs connected with South West Wood Products. He has arranged for a meeting to be held to air views and share concerns with key people tackling this problem.

The meeting will be held at Meare School Rooms at 7pm on Thursday 28th September.

Alongside Mr Heappey will be:

  • Barry James - Strategic Commissioning Manager for Community Infrastructure
  • Andrew Turner - Strategic Manager for Highways, Economic and Community Infrastructure
  • Andy Hicklin - Area Environment Manager from the Environment Agency
  • Representative - From RSPB
  • Representative - From Natural England

If you are unable to attend then Mr Heappey requests that you email any issues you would like to bring up to

Aug 23rd 2017

Avalon Marshes wins Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards

Avalon Marshes in Westhay, Somerset, beat off competition from a record breaking 1,300 entries to win a public vote for the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The project will receive a £5,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and make an appearance on "The National Lottery Awards", a BBC One show broadcast on September 27 at 10:45pm.

The award was presented by somerset born TV comedian Bill Bailey at the Avalon Marshes Centre today.

More info including links to videos of the event on the Avalon Marshes website.

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July 11th 2017

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