Villages Together report January 2016


Heather Strawbridge was congratulated on her being awarded an O.B.E.

Social Activities for Older Residents

The "Over 60's" of Woolavington and Puriton enjoyed the Christmas Lunch and Entertainment at 37 Club on Wednesday, 16th December. Thanks to all the team at the 37 Club for laying on superb food. Special thanks to Heather Strawbridge for hosting the group meetings and to Yvonne Kay, Jenny Morgan, Alison Hamlin and Gladys Harris who did sterling work behind the scenes organising this event. Thanks also to Somerset Rural Youth Project for providing transport for selected pupils from Puriton Primary School who came and sang carols beautifully, such that an encore was requested.

Youth Activities & Facilities

Somerset Rural Youth Project will have a detached youth worker, Vicki-Lyn Windsor working alongside Helen Baker to engage with youngsters from January to March 2016 on Thursday evenings, to produce a report highlighting their leisure interests, personal and developmental needs, their feelings towards their local community and ideas about how they could contribute and take ownership of any improvements provided. This is part of our endeavour to involve young people in the wider community and activities.

Community & Sports Facilities

Survey forms to indicate current availability and frequency of use of our facilities have been sent to the relevant authorities, so that we can assess the future potential needs of leisure activities that are not already in place within our Big Local area.

For example, there is nowhere to play Badminton, Netball, Basketball or other indoor games needing a high ceiling.

A meeting of the sub-group has been arranged for 7.30pm Monday, 25th January at the 37 Club – volunteers will be welcome to attend.

Keeping People Informed

An improved website is to be launched soon and linked to our Facebook page.

The Parish Councils have given their agreement for 2 new notice boards in each village, so that news and events can be advertised more widely.


Puriton now has a defibrillator at the Butcher's Shop and there will be one at Woolavington Village Hall and another at Woolavington Communal Hall as soon as fitting can be organised. Training in how to use the defibrillators will be offered in due course.

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