LIBRARIES
Radstock Library, The Street, Radstock – 01225 394041
Midsomer Norton Library, 119 High Street, Midsomer Norton – 01225 394041

POLICE : – Radstock Police Station
Wells Road, Westfield, Radstock, BA3 3SG

Opening Times
Enquiry Office Opening Times:
Monday 10am – 2pm
Tuesday 10am – 2pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

Telephone: 101
www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

POST OFFICES
Radstock Post Office within Radco, 3 Wells Hill, Radstock – 01761 432142
Sorting Office – 0845 6113014
Midsomer Norton Post Office, 122b High Street, Midsomer Norton – 01761 413211

PRESS
Somerset Guardian – 01761 417778
Journal (Free weekly newspaper) – 01761 408160

Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths
The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP
Opening Hours:
Wednesday 9am – 4pm
Thursday 9am – 12:30pm
Friday 9am – 4pm
Appointments – 01225 477234

Children’s Centres in Somer Valley
http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/childrens-centres/radstock-childrens-centre

As part of the Somer Valley cluster Radstock Children’s Centre is one of the buildings in which we deliver a range of services to families and young children including play and development opportunities, support and advice.

BUSES click here

Fairtrade click here

Farmers Markets

The 1st Saturday of each month 9am-1pm in Hollies Gardens in the Midsomer Norton High Street
For more information on other local farmers markets Click below:- http://www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk/calendar
To speak to the Co-ordinator 01373 814646 during normal office hours Monday- Thursday

Midsomer Norton and District Carnival Association www.illuminatedcarnival.co.uk

Radstock Museum
Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP – 01761 437722
www.radstockmuseum.co.uk

Somer Valley Radio
The community radio station serving the people of Norton Radstock and the surrounding district of Wansdyke – 01761 411755
http://www.somervalleyfm.co.uk

In Bloom
Westfield now has coal truck flower displays and hanging baskets hung from specially commissioned brackets depicting  a miner.  These are displayed on the Westfield shops and Methodist Church.

Westfield held its first Front Garden competition in July 2014.  It was determined a success and is now an annual event.

Helplines & Support
Age Concern – 01225 466135
Citizens Advice Bureau The Island, Midsomer Norton – 01761 418599
Crimestoppers – 0800 555111
Samaritans – – 01225 429222 (Bath) – 0845 7909090 (National)

Housing
Curo (previously known as Somer) provides affordable homes and high quality care and support services across the South West. We manage 12,000 homes and are building around 300 new homes every year. Tel: 01225 366000 www.curo-group.co.uk

The official UK Government website for citizens – www.direct.gov.uk/

Neighbourhood Watch
Contact Bath and North East Somerset Council Administrator – 01225 842480

SWAN Advice Network
Housing – 01761 432445
Welfare Benefits – 01761 437176
Volunteer Transport – 01761 439548
http://www.swan.btck.co.uk

HALLS/ROOMS FOR HIRE

Town Hall, Midsomer Norton (Tues & Thurs 9.30 – 1.30 only) – 01761 419133

Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton (Colin Taylor) Office – 01761 414577 – (Fridays only) 01761 419703

Trinity Methodist Church, Radstock  – 01761 431417

Trinity Methodist Church, Westfield  – 01761 432478

Radstock Baptist Church – 01761 568721

Radstock Scout Hall
Wells Road, BA3 3RP (available for daytime or school holiday hiring only)
Booking Secretary: John Mander 01761 412007 the.manders@btinternet.com

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Click here for latest Senior Siren

My name is Sergeant Ashley Jones of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary and I am writing to the Parish Council as a representative of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT). The SCLT comprises of a number of outreach and engagement services which aim to offer complementary crime prevention, victim support and social advocacy services to the older adult population of the Avon and Somerset Police area.

Our focus is very heavily targeted at vulnerable older adults who may be at risk of deception-type doorstep crimes (distraction burglary, rogue traders, etc) as these offences are particularly damaging for the unfortunate victims and their family group.

The SCLT have been existence since 2009, and have been providing a range of services in the Bristol area over this period. In 2013 we will extend our reach to cover the whole Avon & Somerset area with our crime prevention and educational services. Our main weapon of strength against the doorstep criminal is preparation, and to make our community aware of the actions to take to enhance their home and personal safety we publish a free quarterly magazine called the Senior Siren.

The Senior Siren is aimed at all members of the community, but with a particular focus at older adults and their close community group. It contains original lifestyle articles, as well as games and puzzles, social engagement information and columns by law enforcement professionals, guest writers and celebrity interviewees. All, of course, interspersed with the essential home and personal safety tips to keep the reader safe.

The Senior Siren is distributed via thousands of hard-copies and tens of thousands of electronic copies, to an estimated readership of 75,000 older adults in our target area. We aim to increase this coverage further and have asked for this link to be added to the parish council website.

Edition 12 features a fascinating interview with His Excellency Mark Capes, Governor of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan de Cunha, and many other articles which are designed to be interesting, yet also convey useful crime prevention and social improvement advice to the growing older adult population:

The Senior Siren is the quarterly publication of the award-winning Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT). Visit the website for previous copies of the Senior Siren and much, much more useful information.

SCLT Website

Ash Jones   (Ashley Jones) Sergeant 3359   Dundry View NPT
Visit the SCLT website at: http://www.sclt.moonfruit.com/

WINTER SUPPORT

Westfield Parish Council has volunteer Snow Wardens who help keep some key pedestrian areas gritted during spells of snow and ice.  December 2012 was the first year the volunteers had a chance to make a big difference.  They certainly stepped up to the challenge.

The Parish Council needs more volunteers for some key areas in Westfield, in particular for the pit path and the area around the local shops.  If you can help out at all, please contact the Parish Council at council@westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk or write to The Parish Clerk, Westfield Parish Council, The Oval Office, Cobblers Way, Westfield BA3 3BX.

Click here for 8 Steps to help prepare for severe winter weather.

ADVICE FOR HOT WEATHER

Advice for being sun safe is:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear loose cotton clothing
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Seek shade
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Also during very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport. Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy, times of the day. For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.

The Age UK website has an excellent guide with a printable leaflet: Staying Cool in a Heatwave. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/keeping-your-body-healthy/staying-cool-in-a-heatwave/

DOG FOULING

Users of the playing fields are particularly incensed with dog mess being left.  It must be nigh on impossible to track where a dog has left its calling card when off the lead on a large field – keep it on a lead.  Toxocariasis is the disease that children can contract from infected dog faeces – there is a danger of blindness.  Pick it up.

If you have information about an irresponsible dog owner you can contact the Dog Warden, Bath and North East Somerset Council 01225 394041.

Whose responsibility is it to clear away dog fouling?   

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog foul left by their dog. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000.

The regulations state specifically, that being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after your dog.

A plastic bag such as an old carrier bag or a nappy sack can be used to pick up any dog’s mess.  There are three easy steps for cleaning up after your dog:

  1. Grab it – using a plastic bag over your hand;
  2. Bag it – turn the bag inside out and tie;
  3. Bin it – put the bag into a dog bin or take it home.

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG

Toxocariasis is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites. It is spread from animals to humans via their infected faeces.

Roundworm parasites are most commonly found in cats, dogs and foxes and usually affect young children. This is because children are more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil when they play and put their hands in their mouths.

However, cases have been reported in people of all ages.