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Notice: Casual Vacancy

 

 

 

 

WELLINGTON TOWN COUNCIL

 

 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVENthat a Casual Vacancy has occurred in

the office of Councillor on the North Ward of Wellington Town Council.

 

Unless ten electors for the Parish and from that Ward give notice in writing by the 4th day of May 2017 to the Returning Officer, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton  TA1 1HE, requesting that an election be held, the Town Council will, at a Meeting to be held on Monday 22 May 2017 at 7p.m., fill the vacancy by the co-option of a new Councillor.

 

 

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                                                             Greg Dyke

Clerk to the Town Council

 

 

 

Dated:  11 April 2017

 

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                                                             Greg Dyke

Clerk to the Town Council

 

 

 

Dated:  11th April 2017

Updating War Memorial

Updating the War Memorial

At a meeting of the Town Council Mr Ray Hitchcock drew attention to a number of names which were missing from the War Memorial in the Park. Research by him and Mike Perry for publication of their books “Our Boys”, “Our WW2 Boys (and a girl)” and “Our Other Boys” had revealed that there were a number of names that could be potentially added to the memorial. The Council have agreed to place the missing names on the Memorial. However, before doing so the War Memorials Trust strongly recommend that the list of names to added are publicised. This is mainly so that attention can be drawn to what the Council are doing and give an opportunity for anyone else to come forward with names that might have been missed. The names to be added are :

First World War

 

Baker A

Bennett F

Blackmore C S

Burrows A

Burston E

Cole R J

Coram H W

Corner E F

Darch E A

Davey F G

Davis J

Fouracre W J T

Gooding A T

Gooding F

Gould F

Grabham A

Hill F

Hine A

Jones J T

Kemshead L I

Lowman R E

Manley W B

Mutters F

Pavey F

Perham W F G

Purnell S G H

Smart D

Stephens H

Treble J N

Waygood C R

Webber M

Whitmore J F

 

 

Second World War

 

Ashplant W L

Blackmore R

Dunsford J A

Durston E J

Griffiths J G

Hattersley P W

Holloway R M

Marsh A V

Martin E C

Robinson R E

Twose R G

Register to Vote

Don’t forget to register to vote

 

WITH local elections for Somerset County Council taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Taunton Deane and West Somerset are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.

 

The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.

 

Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils’ joint elections team is now also reminding voters in the two areas that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the Somerset County Council elections.

 

Elisa Day, Electoral Services Manager for the councils, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in elections this May, so I’d encourage everyone in Taunton Deane and West Somerset to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 13 April, it will be too late.”

 

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission said: “Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Somerset.”

 

To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday 13 April.

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NEWS FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

 

Food Town

Our local food and drink festival will return in 2017. They are now open for bookings and expect to attract over 80 food and drink producers into the town centre on Saturday 2 September. There will be cooking demonstrations, workshops, competitions and entertainment. All free entry. Find out more at www.wellingtonfoodtown.co.uk

 

Organiser Sarah Milner Simonds told us

"We have spent the Autumn gathering feedback face-to-face here in Wellington and via social media. We are not planning radically changes, but evolution and inclusion of people's ideas is top of our to-do-lists. 

 

We had a great feedback session with the volunteers at Odette's and once a again a big thank you from us to them for their time, care and effort in creating a great, safe event in the town centre."

 

If you are a local business who wants to get more out of the festival do get in touch with the organsiers via wellyfoodfest@gmail.com.

Taunton Deane Roadshows

A series of roadshows is being launched in Taunton Deane and West Somerset to give people the chance to give their views on a proposal for a new single district council covering both geographical areas.

 

The six roadshows are part of a consultation across the two existing council areas to obtain people’s opinions on the new council proposal and provide the chance to learn more by talking directly to representatives from the authorities.

 

The series starts on January 12 in West Somerset and finishes in Taunton Deane on January 26:

 

·       January 12 – Watchet, Phoenix Centre, 10am-3pm

·       January 17 – Wellington Library, 10am-3pm

·       January 17 – Dulverton, Library 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

·       January 19 – Taunton (venue to be confirmed) – see www.yournewcouncil.org

·       January 20 – Minehead, Beach Hotel, 10am-3pm

·       January 26 - Wiveliscombe, Community Centre, 10am-3pm

 

The consultation, launched in December 2016, will help inform the Secretary of State’s decision on creating a new council. It is not a referendum or ballot.

 

Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council have been working together for the past three years and, through joining management and sharing services, have achieved an annual £1.8m of savings.

 

Both councils now want to modernise and streamline council services and delivery to achieve significant savings and also propose to create a single new council, covering the current geographical areas of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

 

People can find out more and have their say on the new council proposal at the roadshows and by visiting the dedicated website: www.yournewcouncil.org where there is an online comment facility.

 

An information booklet has been produced and is available at council offices and will be available at the roadshows. Please follow the councils’ Twitter accounts @TDBC and @wsomerset and check out our Facebook pages for further updates.

 

Cllrs John William, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, and Anthony Trollope-Bellew, Leader of West Somerset Council, said: “It is an established fact that all Councils across the land are struggling with the severe reductions in Government grant funding, we have lost more than 40% of core funding since 2012.

 

“We have met this challenge so far by reducing administration and back office costs and by joining our workforces into a single team through our partnership agreement.

 

“There is only so far we can go with cost savings at present so we are considering how we modernise and streamline what we do and how we do it. This, together with the proposal to form one district council covering the geographical area of the existing two councils, will deliver substantial savings to help maintain the vital front line services we know people value. We urge you to respond to the consultation and let us know your views.” 

Notice of Casual Vacancy

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Christmas Lights Switch On

The Town Council's Switch On of the Town Centre Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 3 December this year.

High Street will be closed to traffic from 4pm onwards to enable a variety of activities to take place.  Father Christmas will be arriving to take his place in his Grotto, escorted by the Wellington Majorettes.  The Majorettes will give their usual excellent Christmas themed display.  Music and entertainment on the trailer will be provided by the award-winning Wellington Pantomime Society.  Once again Langford Lakes have donated a splendid Christmas tree for the town centre and the massed choir of Beech Grove School will be leading the Carol singing around the tree.  The Christmas message this year will be given by pupils of Beech Grove as well and will herald the start of the Christmas sheep competition organised by Churches Together.  The Celebration of Light in the Quaker Meeting House will begin during the evening with the lighting of candles in the peace garden.  New this year will be a double decker play bus which is being provided free of charge for all the children.  The lights will be switched on at 6pm by Town Mayor, Cllr Bob Bowrah, assisted by two pupils of Rockwell Green School.

Armistice Day

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Two Minute Silence will be observed in Wellington Town Centre to mark Armistice Day.  On Friday 11 November 2016 shortly before 11am the Mayor, Cllr Bob Bowrah BEM, together with the President of the Royal British Legion Wellington Branch, will lead Town Councillors, officers, representatives of the Royal British Legion and Wellington School CCF in procession from the Town Council offices to the centre of town.

The Last Post will be played on the bugle to mark the beginning of the Two Minute Silence at 11am.  Following the Two Minute Silence Reveille will be played.  Both the Council and the Legion are grateful to Wellington School CCF for providing the excellent buglers and standard bearers.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 signalling the end of the First Word War.

Beating of the Bounds

Around 20 enthusiastic townspeople enjoyed Beating the Bounds on Sunday, 2 October to follow and mark the parish boundary in a ceremony dating back centuries.  The Mayor, Cllr Bob Bowrah, saw the walkers off and they were then led by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Gary James who ensured everyone had a turn ringing the bell at the site of boundary stones.

Much of the route followed the old canal bed from Nynehead to Holywell Lake, taking in beautiful scenery along the River Tone.  Dave Mitton highlighted numerous points of historical interest along the way including the unconsecrated burial place of the last man hanged in Wellington!

The all-important tea and cake stop at Prowses Mill was generously provided by the Brunsch family while feet were rested and the view of the Blackdowns enjoyed.

Returning along the A38 boundary, kindly marshalled by Wellington Walking Group, it was a day for appreciating the beautiful setting of our town with wonderful weather and enjoyable company

Are you passionate about Wellington Monument?

Standing high on the Blackdown Hills, the Wellington Monument is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world and a much loved local landmark. 

The National Trust is currently looking for "Wellington Monument Champions" as its future is in danger - join us to help create plans to restore and reopen this iconic place

"Monument Champions" will act as advocates within the local community - Helen Sharp, National Trust Project Manager

Visit http://bit.ly/wellingtonvolunteer

For other details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteering

Free Christmas Parking

Taunton Deane Borough Council have again granted Wellington free car parking on Saturdays leading up to Christmas. In addition to the usual four Saturdays in December,   charges in Longforth Road, North Street and South Street Car Parks will be waived on 26th November as well as 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th December. This maintains the tradition of goodwill in an effort by TDBC to help the local economy.

Allotment Awards

Allan Cavill, former Regional Director of the National Society of Allotment Gardeners, together with Councillor Janet Lloyd, Chairman of the Allotments Committee, and Gill Croucher have recently completed this year's Allotments Competition.  The winners were as follows:-

Best Newcomer - Sarah Pritchard-Wright

Highly Commended - Kerry Herbert and Wellington Children's Centre

Most Ecological - Ian and Helen Gillingham

Highly Commended - Chris Capell

Best Cultivated - Arthur and Monica Carter

Highly Commended - Holly Mackenzie

Best Cultivated - Trevor Pritchard

Highly Commended - Mary Bradford

Councillor Lloyd emphasised that the high standard of most of the plots at the Basins Allotments site had resulted in highly commended certificates being awarded in each category.

The Mayor, Councillor Bob Bowrah, and Councillor Mrs Lloyd presented the winning certificates at the September Council meeting.

Take Sally and Harry to Sunday Tea

Change lives by Volunteering

One sunday afternoon a month, local older people and volunteers OF ALL AGES get together for afternoon tea.  Our guests are aged 75 and over, live along, often without family nearby, so the teas are a nice opportunity to leave the four walls behind

Wellington area - Can you help a new Contact the Elderly group?

DRIVERS: You will collect a couple of older people, in your own car, and take them to a host's home, joining the rest of the group for tea

HOSTS: Offer to hold a tea party for the local group in your family home once or twice a year (downstairs loo and easy access required)

COORDINATORS - just a bit of admin makes the party happen

It is a simple yet very effective idea, and it gives our older guests the knowledge that someone really cares

Most importantly it changes lives - maybe yours too

Contact: Helen Helen.ker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

@contact_teas 01225 873812

Civic Service

Harvest Songs of Praise Civic Service – Sunday 11 September 2016 at 4pm

St John the Baptist Church, High Street, Wellington

Wellington Town Council will be holding a civic service in St John the Baptist Church at 4pm on Sunday 11 September 2016. The Mayor, Councillor Bob Bowrah, would like to extend a warm invitation to all residents of Wellington. Everyone is welcome.

The service will be a songs of praise service with hymns and prayers for harvest celebrating all that is produced in Wellington.

Councillor Bowrah hopes that as many clubs, societies, organisations and individuals as possible will be able to attend. The service will be taken by Rev Tim Treanor.

After the service there will be refreshments in the Church Hall. The Mayor would be delighted if you were able to join him.

Wellington Food Festival - 3 September

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are essential in the running of the Festival and we need your help with such tasks as helping at the Apple Bobbing and Bake Off competitions, manning the barriers, counting attendees, keeping the site clean and clearing up at the end of the day

If you are able to spare an hour or two to help make the Festival another great success please contact Jill Mitton 01823 666233 e-mail jillmitt@aol.com

http://www.wellingtonfoodtown.co.uk

Grants

The Council are always keep to support local clubs and organisations and have recently made the following grant to Wellington Flower Show - £200 towards the cost of the hire of premises

 

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Grants

The Council are always keen to support local clubs and organisations and have recently made the following grants to a variety of groups:-

Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Wellington Outreach - £2,900

This grant enabled the CAB to provide an outreach service in Wellington.

Celebration of Light - £300

This grant would go towards funding the Celebration of Light 2016 at the Quaker Meeting House in December.

Wellington Museum and Local History Society - £750

This grant was a contribution to the Museum’s rent.

The Big Tent - £600

This grant would go towards the overall cost of the 2016 Big Tent event, a children’s and youth holiday bible club.

Wellington Bowling Club - £1,000

This grant was a contribution towards the cost of a cooker to be used at the Club.

Wellington Operatic Society Touring Group - £500

This grant was a contribution towards the reciprocal hosting of a visiting choir from Torres Vedros.

Civic Award Ceremony

The Civic Award is now in its 5th year and is supported by the Town Council. It requires pupils from year 6 to learn new skills and aims to show the children the difference they can make to themselves, others and collectively the wider community.  The Town Council is delighted to see the scheme grow each year.

Pupils from Beechgrove, St John’s and Rockwell Green Primary Schools attended their Civic Award Ceremony at St John’s Church on Friday 8 July where certificates and prizes were handed out by the Mayor. 

Visits to Wellington Town Council Chamber

Bouncy Bears Nursery visited the Council Chamber on Wednesday 8 June to meet the Mayor of Wellington.  The delightful children were very interested in his robes and chain and asked lots of questions.

Rockwell Green Primary School’s Year 6 pupils also visited the Council Chamber on Thursday 30 June to find out more about the Mayor of Wellington and the Town Council.

They learnt about the role of the Mayor, his robes and chain, the work of the Town Council and its officers. Pupils were told about Twinning, the town crest and the relevance of the symbols within the Town’s history.

The 25 pupils asked extremely intelligent and inquisitive questions about Wellington and issues discussed by the Council and were a credit to the school.

Armed Forces Day

TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR ARMED FORCES DAY

 Wellington Town Council is giving its support for Armed Forces Day this Saturday 25th June with the laying of a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.  The Royal British Legion Wellington Branch Garden of Remembrance will also be dedicated and the ashes of remembrance crosses scattered.

Town Mayor Councillor Bob Bowrah will be joined by other town councillors in Wellington Park, Courtland Road, at 10am for the occasion.

Members of the Royal British Legion Wellington branch will also accompany the Mayor and Army Cadet Force. A reading will be given by Rev. Tim Treanoras well as the exhortation by Chairman of the Royal British Legion Wellington Branch, Ray Filler.  This year the centenary of the Battles of Jutland and The Somme will also be commemorated.

Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show their support.

Councillor Bowrah said: “The Town Council wanted to formally express its gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served and are serving our country.

“We recognise the hard work our service men and women have carried out and wish to also show our support to those who are still serving.”

Residents and visitors who would like to mark the occasion are welcome to join the Mayor for the ceremony.  The Friends of Wellington Park are providing seating for veterans.  Please contact Councillor Peter Critchard on 01823 668698 if required.

For more information about Armed Forces Day log onto the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Wellington Traders


Now that last Christmas is fading from our memory the Town Council wish to arrange a meeting of all the traders in the town for an opportunity to discuss the annual Christmas Lights Switch On event and the display of Christmas Lights. Hattie Winter of TDBC Economic Development Unit is also keen to talk about anything that might be done to promote Small Business Saturday in Wellington. The aim is to hear the views of the traders to see if there is anything extra that we might all be able to do to promote Wellington and encourage more people into town.
A meeting has therefore been arranged to take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Fore Street, Wellington at 7p.m. on Monday 21 March 2016. The meeting is open to all so please encourage any of your colleagues that are not included on this email to come along. We hope to see as many people there as possible.

Deputy Town Clerk

Wellington Town Council – In the office

From 15th February Deputy Clerk Debbie Bere will be on Maternity Leave. There will be temporary cover in the form of an Assistant to the Town Clerk post filled by Mrs Gill Croucher who is experienced in local government from her time working at Taunton Deane Borough Council, she can be contacted in the office on 01823 662855 or via email gill@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Flooding & Bad Weather contact details

Flooding & Bad Weather

Flooding: 01823 356356 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm)

                     01823 351411 (Out of Hours)

               999 (Emergency situations with risk of injury or death)

Grants

Grants

·       St John’s Community Support Group: £500

          To support running costs of this new but essential group.

 

·       Wellington Bowling Club: £2,500

Request for funds as part of a larger Viridor Credits application for the cost of the replacement of the roof on the indoor bowling rink.

 

·       Basins Volunteer Group: £918.55

To provide folding chairs and tables for use at the various community events held by the group.

 

·       Wellington Wildcats Girls Football Team: £650

To help provide additional equipment for an extra training session as the club grows. 

Budget 2016/17

The council’s budget and the level of its council tax for 2016/17

When considering the level of the Town Council’s Council Tax this year Councillors have been giving some thought to how best the Council can maintain and improve services in the town now that it has become clear that the County Council and the Borough Council will be facing even more cuts. It appears that the principal councils will be reducing services to such an extent that in some cases they will be only carrying out those that are a statutory requirement.

Councillors have agreed that there is an opportunity to take back responsibility for some of the services carried out locally in the past. They want to do all they can to improve the local environment, co-ordinate support for older people, support families and young people and be pro active in getting people into employment. There will, however, be a cost involved and this has been reflected in the Town Council’s element of the Council Tax for 2016/17.

The Town Council’s portion of the Council Tax has traditionally been kept very low. It is one of the lowest in Somerset for a town of this size (£27.40 a year). However, in order to achieve its aims and to take full advantage of the opportunities that have now presented themselves it has been agreed to raise the precept by around 25p per week to £40 per year. Members hope that the community will support its bid to improve services in the town

Wetherspoons - Town Hall

Wetherspoons are due to commence work converting the old town hall building on 29 February 2016.  The work is due to be completed in July.

Somerset Choices

Somerset Choices – short film to help you get started

 

An animated guide showing how the Somerset Choices website can help you access a world of local care and support is now available. 

Somerset Choices is a website that provides easy access to information and a directory of services, products, groups and events. These include care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups, breaks for carers and lots more.

The animated film, found at www.somersetchoices.org.uk/about-this-site/help, demonstrates how the self-help section on the website lets people tap into a wealth of information and advice and search for local services and events to find support that meets their needs.

 

The animation is really helpful if people are not quite sure what they are looking for on the website or if they need a bit of help finding their way around.

 

Four months on from the launch of the website and there have been over 120,000 page views and 1,000 services registered on the site.

Somerset Choices allows people to make informed decisions about who supplies their care and aims to help people to help themselves stay independent, healthy and well.

More local care and support providers are being encouraged to upload their details so that the site contains a really comprehensive directory of local services. Providers can register by going to: www.somersetchoices.org.uk/marketplace/register/index

The Somerset Choices website has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.

Maintaining Local Services II

Councillors at Wellington Town Council have been giving some thought to how best the Council can maintain and improve services in the town now that it has become clear that the County Council and the Borough Council will be facing even more cuts. It appears that the principal councils will be reducing services to such an extent that in some cases they will be only carrying out those that are a statutory requirement.

Recent informal meetings of town councillors have agreed that there is an opportunity to take back responsibility for some of the services carried out locally in the past. They want to do all they can to improve the local environment, co-ordinate support for older people, support families and young people and be pro active in getting people into employment. There would, however, be a cost involved and this is likely to be reflected in the Town Council’s element of the Council Tax for 2016/17.

The Town Council’s portion of the Council Tax has traditionally been kept very low. It is one of the lowest in Somerset for a town of this size (£27.40 a year). However, Councillors have pointed out that in order to achieve its aims and to take full advantage of the opportunities that have now presented themselves it will be necessary to raise the precept by around 25p per week. It is intended to set up a Working Group of Councillors whose aim will be to prioritise any services that are to be taken on. The level of the Council Tax will be decided at the Council meeting on 4 January 2016. Members hope that the community will support its bid to improve services in the town. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact the Town Council office or email your views to yourview@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Maintaining Local Services

Following news that Somerset County Council have announced a freeze on all non essential expenditure and that Taunton Deane Borough Council need to make further reductions, Wellington Town councillors have been giving consideration to how best the Council can maintain and improve services in the town.

A recent informal meeting of town councillors agreed that there was an opportunity to take back responsibility for some of the services carried out locally in the past. They want to do all they can to improve the local environment, co-ordinate support for older people, support families and young people and be pro active in getting people into employment.

Much of this can be done by working in partnership with and by supporting other agencies. There would, however, be a cost involved.

The Town Council’s portion of the Council Tax has traditionally been kept very low. It is one of the lowest in Somerset for a town of this size (£27.40 a year). However, Councillors have pointed out that in order to achieve its aims and to take full advantage of the opportunities that have now presented themselves it may be necessary to raise the precept to a more realistic level. The level of the Council Tax will be decided at the Council meeting on 4 January 2016. Members hope that the community will support its bid to improve services in the town. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact the Town Council office or email your views to yourview@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Christmas Lights Switch On

28th November 2015 4-7pm

High Street will be closed for the Wellington Christmas Light Switch On. The Majorettes will lead Santa into the town on his sleigh. The Pantomime Group will be performing songs from their upcoming show as well as christmas tunes. 

St Johns School will be performing a short nativity scene accompanied by Beech Grove School Choir singing carols. 

The lights will be switched on by the head boy and head girl of Wellington Prep School. 

The fantastic town tree is being donated once again by Langford Lakes. 

A Family event with small rides and the fire service.

Grants

Wellington Town Council have recently given grants to the following:

Genesis Youth Theatre: £750 – a contribution towardsthe cost of replacing tab tracks, curtains, costumes and light and sound equipment used by the group at the Arts Centre in Eight Acre Lane. The money willalso help toward providing specialist make-up workshops

Wellington Cricket Club:£1,050 – a contribution to assist with its successful series of winter coaching sessions for the young people of the area.These sessions meant young people could continue the sport throughout the winter months and enabled growth and development of the club.

Wellington Remembers

The Mayor of Wellington Cllr Janet Lloyd, Councillors and Officers joined the Remembrance Sunday Parade through the town followed by the service in the park. A wreath was laid on behalf of the Town Council at the war memorial. It was fantastic to see the efforts made by the community to attend this Royal British Legion event and remember those that had fallen for our country

 

The town fell silent on November 11th at 11am to mark Armistice Day. The Mayor of Wellington, Councillors and Officers accompanied by Royal British Legion and Wellington School CCF representatives and standard bearers, paraded into the town centre. Shopkeepers, school pupils and shoppers came out and lined the streets to mark the 2 minutes silence. 

Section 106

Alison North, Community Leisure Manager and Debbie Arscott, Community Leisure Officer Taunton Deane Borough Council presented a short paper on the S106 spend options/proposals for outdoor recreation in Wellington at the Town Council’s November meeting. A number of preferred options were identified including the possible provision of a Petanque Court, outdoor table tennis tables, outdoor gym equipment, picnic benches and seating and a storage container as part of the Greenway Road project. It appeared that the cost of these proposals could be met from the S106 funds that were available. The TDBC officers would consider the views of the Town Council when auctioning any spending.

Litter Bins

Taunton Deane Borough Council have started work on the litter bins in the town with the aim to replace all of the post mounted bins in the town with new free standing bins.

Christmas Free Parking

Taunton Deane Borough Council have granted Wellington free car parking on the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas. This maintains the tradition of goodwill in an effort by TDBC to help the local economy. Charges in Longforth Road, North Street and South Street Car Parks will be waived for the whole day on 28th November as well as 5th, 12th and 19th December 2015, following a tradition established now over a number of years. 

Goodbye to PCSO Pearl Hine

With great sadness the town has said goodbye to PCSO Pearl Hine who has now left Wellington to join Devon and Cornwall Constabulary as a Police Constable. The Mayor presented Pearl with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all she had done for the town including her involvement in local events, Dreamscheme initiatives and Wellington One. 

Armistice Day

 

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month The Two Minute Silence will be observed in Wellington Town Centre to mark Armistice Day. On Wednesday 11th November 2015 shortly before 11a.m. the Mayor Councillor Janet Lloyd, together with the President of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch will lead Town Councillors, officers, representatives of the Royal British Legion and Wellington School CCF in procession from the town council offices to the centre of town.

The Last Post will be played on the bugle to mark the beginning of The Two Minute Silence at 11 a.m. Following The Two Minute Silence Reveille will be played.

Both the Council and the Legion are grateful to Wellington School CCF for providing the excellent buglers and standard bearers.

 

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice on the 11 November 1918 signalling the end of the First World War.

Civic Service

Songs of Praise Civic Service – 4p.m. Sunday 4th October 2015

St John the Baptist Church, High Street, Wellington

 

Wellington Town Council will be holding a civic service in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday 4 October 2015. The Mayor, Councillor Janet Lloyd would like to extend a warm invitation to all residents of Wellington. Everyone is welcome.

 

The service will take on the format of a songs of praise service for harvest celebrating all that is produced in Wellington both voluntarily and commercially. The growth of our voluntary sector and our community and all that is created from it will be worshipped alongside hymns, a performance from Court Fields School and prayers.

 

Councillor Lloyd hopes that as many clubs, societies, organisations and individuals as possible will be able to attend. The service will be at 4p.m taken by Rev. Tim Treanor.

 

After the service there will be refreshments in the Church Hall. The Mayor would be delighted if you were able to join her.

Allotment Awards

Allan Cavill, former Regional Director of the National Society of Allotment Gardeners and Debbie Bere, haverecently completed this year’s Allotment Competition. The winners were as follows:

Best Managed: Mrs Kay Jenkins

Most Ecological: David Capell and Ian & Helen Gillingham

Best Newcomer: Charlotte Chaffe

Best Cultivated: Toby Billinger

The Mayor (Councillor Janet Lloyd who was also Chair of Allotments Committee) emphasised the high standard of most of the 101 plots at the Basins Allotments site and presented the winning certificatesat a recent Council meeting.  

Mentors wanted for Court Fields School

 

Raising Aspirations Programme (Mentoring)

Introduction

The Raising Aspirations programme has been designed by Somerset Community Foundation as a

response to the low levels of aspiration and achievement by many young people in Somerset. A

particular concern was low GCSE attainment levels achieved in Somerset in 2009 and previous years by those students from low-income households. This ambitious programme draws on some of the lessons learned from work in inner city areas and adapts them to a more rural setting.

 

The programme mobilises resources in the business and wider community to help young people

develop self belief, confidence and aspirational life goals, and ultimately fulfil their potential within

Somerset and the communities where they live. Raising the students’ aspirations and their

engagement is the most important outcome but we would also expect to see an improvement in

attitudes to learning and improved GSCE results.

 

The Foundation has already successfully run the programme at Crispin School in Street and it has been proven that one to one contact with a mentor has raised children’s confidence, self-esteem , academic and employment aspirations and this has had a positive impact on their academic achievement at school. You can read more about Crispin school and their achievements by following this link:- http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/special-projects/raising-aspirations

 

Mentoring in Court Fields School, Wellington

 

We are delighted to announce that thanks to funding from Taunton Deane Borough Council we are now able to grow this innovative programme and offer up to 40 Year 7 students  the opportunity to receive mentoring and support from an inspirational volunteer.

 

Court Fields School is in Wellington, and teaches over 700 students aged 11-16 years.  It is a happy and friendly school where students and teachers enjoy working together.  Court Fields School converted to an academy in January 2014; since then the school has progressed significantly and is consistently working towards raising standards for all children.

We hope to start the mentoring in the autumn of 2015, and we are currently looking to recruit volunteer mentors.  Face to face meetings take place 3 times a term, in the school, each session lasting for between 30 and 45 minutes. Ideally, a mentor would support a mentee throughout their time at their chosen school, or at least for 3 years.

 

 

 

 

 

The role of the mentor

 

The role of the mentor will be one of listening, encouraging, valuing and respecting - letting students come up with their own solutions. The students will be self selecting as much as possible and will represent a cross section of abilities.

A good mentor/coach should be:

• Interested in helping young people to succeed

• Approachable and flexible

• A good listener

• Non judgemental

• Trustworthy

 

Age is not an issue in itself but we are looking for individuals who can build a rapport with

young people, have an understanding of the current education system and be IT literate.

 

All mentors will receive training in advance of taking part in the programme and this is also a chance to meet other prospective mentors.

 

 

Interested ?

 

If you would are interested in becoming a mentor or keen to have an initial discussion then please contact Jenny Perez who would be delighted to hear from you.

 

 

Jenny Perez

Raising Aspirations

Somerset Community Foundation

Tel: 01749 344949

E-mail: raisingaspirations@somersetcf.org.uk

Web: www.somersetcf.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1094446

Mindline Somerset

Mindline Somerset Providing Helpline in Somerset


Mind TWS has been running Mindline Somerset now for nearly 15 years. During this time the service has supported many thousands of callers, and now has over 6000 contacts per year.  Funding challenges and keeping on top of new technology have been some of the things we have overcome. We have seen many friends come and go, and it was with great sadness that we heard at the start of this year that our sister helpline WAND based in North Devon was going to have to close due to funding cuts. This has meant that our 7 day a week service has been temporarily dropped back to 5 evenings Tuesday, Wednesday,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2000-2300h on 01823 276 892. We are hoping to return to 7 nights a week early next year.

Ben McGrail from BBC Radio Somerset recently broadcast live from the offices of Mind Taunton and West Somerset. Ben led his 3 hour show talking about suicide and the help that is being offered in Somerset.

Mind TWS entered a team into the Headway Somerset Dragon Boat Race in Taunton on 7th June. There were 19 teams taking part raising money for Headway Somerset. Mind TWS team didn’t mange to get into the final but have raised over £1500 to go towards Mind TWS and Headway Somerset.

Mindline Somerset is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give basic information about mental health and local services. Mindline Somerset volunteers are just everyday people like you who decide they can offer their time and support to listen to others. Some may have a particular interest in mental health, while others may be survivors or have looked after someone close to them who has experienced distress. The volunteers are fully trained and receive ongoing training and support. All have an understanding of what mental distress means for others.

For more information on Mindline Somerset our website is www.mindline.org

The helpline sector is thriving, you can find details of Mindline and other helplines through the Helplines Partnership’s, ‘Find a helpline service’ at https://helplines.org/helplines .

Volunteering for Mindline

If anyone is looking for an opportunity to practice listening skills and being part of a team that make a real difference to people’s lives please get in touch via mindline@mindtws.org.uk.

Mike Jackson, Mindline Co-Project Leader

Mind TWS also run a Suicide Bereavement Support Service helpline on 0300 330 5463, and deliver Mental Health First Aid (www.mhfaengland.org) training giving people the confidence to support someone in distress. For more information visit www.mindtws.org.ukor call 01823 334 906 or email mail@mindtws.org.uk

Mind TWS offices at Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NS and are available there to provide information to anyone in the community.

Funding Portal - Community Council for Somerset

Today CCS is launching the Funding 4 Communities portal, it provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities; European, national and regional schemes, local initiatives and is kept fully up-to-date.  

Access to the huge database of funding opportunities is available 24 hours a day to anyone with a Somerset Postcode. 
 

Register today and start searching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once registered you can narrow the funding search and use a number of features - setting up automatic email alerts so they are first to know when relevant new or updated funds are added, as well as signing up to weekly newsletters packed with the latest funding announcements.
   

Don’t forget after your search CCS can help! 

The following list gives typical examples of the successful work we are already doing with communities and projects across Somerset:

Project planning

Evidence of need – how to consult your community including

  • pre-survey expert advice
  • custom questionnaire design
  • paper or online surveys
  • if paper-based, we can input responses or train your volunteers
  • analysis, report writing and presentation of findings

Assistance with bid writing

Business Planning

Budget and cash flow advice

Recent evidence from major funders suggests a lack of both quantity and quality of funding applications from Somerset. Increase your chance of success and let CCS help. If you have a particular need not listed here; call our friendly team to talk it through. 01823 331222

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

Wellington Food Town Festival - 5th September 2015

 

Can you spare 1 hour or more?

 

Please contact jillmitt@aol.com

Wellington Monument

The Wellington Monument

The Town Council recently received a presentation from the National Trust regarding the Wellington Monument and the current research being undertaken to find out how it can be restored.

Measuring and monitoring was seen to be progressing well and the open day held by the Trust in May had been positive.The open day had been for members of the public to come and take a look at some of the research being undertaken and results found.

The Council were pleased to hear that so much intensive work was being undertaken behind the scenes. The Trust was asked if they could make every effort to publicise future developments. The Trust officers emphasised that it was committed to finding the best repair option for the Monument. There was, however, a long way to go with a lot still to do including raising the necessary funds. This all made it difficult to predict when the necessary repairs would be carried out.

As well as this work the National Trust had lit the Monument to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. This event was extremely well attended and really showed a passion from the residents of Wellington and surrounding areas for this local historical landmark.

Civic Award Ceremony

As part of an exciting final week of primary school, Beech Grove’s, St John’s and Rockwell Green’s Year 6 pupils attended their Civic Award Ceremony held in Wellington Methodist Church. Throughout the year the pupils had been participating in the project that aimed to show them the impact they can have on society as both an individual and as a group. Wellington Town Council has been running the project for 4 years now and is delighted to see it grow each year. 

Rockwell Green - Get to know your Councillors

27th July 6-8pm

Rockwell Green Christian Centre

 

Residents of the Rockwell Green Ward are invited to get to know thier Town Council and Borough Council representatives.

 

Come along, meet Councillors and ask them your questions.

 

Refreshments provided.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2015

Wellington Town Council’s Christmas Light Switch on will take place on 28th November 2015 – Pop the date in your diary!

Armed Forces Day

Wellington Town Council supported Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June at the town’s war memorial in the park. The Royal British Legion attended with their standard carried by the Wellington Army Cadets. Councillors were present along with the Mayor who laid a poppy wreath, and Rev. Tim Traenor who led prayers.

Armed Forces Day

 

Wellington Town Council is giving its support for Armed Forces Day this Saturday 27th June with the laying of a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.

Town Mayor Councillor Janet Lloyd will be joined by other town councillors in Wellington Park, Courtland Road, at 10am for the occasion.

Members of the Royal British Legion Wellington branch will also accompany the Mayor and Army Cadet Force. A reading will be given by Rev. Tim Treanoras well as the exhortation by Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch, Ray Filler.

Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show their support.

To mark the run up to Saturday the council is also flying the union flag on the town council offices at 28 Fore Street.

Councillor Lloyd said: “The town council wanted to formally express its gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served and are serving our country.

“We recognise the hard work our service men have carried out and wish to also show our support to those who are still serving.”

Residents and visitors who would like to mark the occasion are welcome to join the mayor for the ceremony.

For more information about Armed Forces Day log onto the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Fire Station Presentation

Wellington Town Council presented recently retired fire fighter Derrick Ridgeway with a plaque to mark his 36 years service to the town. The fire station was also presented with a plaque to recognise all those past and present that have served the town.

Youth Provision - Review

WTC are supporting a review of youth provision in Wellington and need your input.

 

We want to know 

  • if you use the Youth Club on Mantle Street are you happy with what is on offer? If not please tell us why?
  • If you don't use the youth club can you tell us why not?
  • Have you any ideas or suggestions for future youth provision in Wellington?

If you have any further comments please email them to yourview@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk (all responses will be treated in confidence and passed on without contact details to the consultant collating the review.) All comments need to be sent back by Friday the 5th of June. 

We thank you in advance for your input. 

Mayor of Wellington

Mayor of Wellington 2015/16

The Mayor of Wellington Cllr Janet Lloyd was elected in May to represent the town. Her role along with Consort Mr Ian Lloyd is to promote Wellington and represent the Town Council at events. As well as this the Mayor must chair Council meetings and is the first citizen of the town. Every year the Mayor has a Civic Service- this year this will be held on 4th October 2015.

The Mayor has decided to focus her efforts on volunteering in Wellington. She will be inviting various representatives of organisations to a monthly Tea with the Mayor and linking with Engage a volunteer development agency.

To invite the Mayor to an event or find out more information please contact the office on 01823 662855 or email debbie@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Cllr Bob Bowrah was also elected as Deputy Mayor at the May Annual Council.

New Councillors

Charles Biscoe– Councillor for the new Wellington Town Council Ward, Wellington South.

Cllr Biscoe has lived in Wellington for more than twenty years. He trained as a registered nurse at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and has worked in the community as a Health Visitor and NHS Manager in the west of England and Wales. He works for Public Health England and NHS England in Taunton.

Both Cllr Biscoe’s daughters went to school in Wellington at Beech Grove and Court Fields. He is a keen cyclist and spends much of his spare time on the road with the Wellington Wheelers. Naturally, he would like to see the roads of Wellington and the surrounding area made safer for non-motorised road users, and has long advocated a traffic-free route between Wellington and Taunton.

Cllr Biscoe is an enthusiastic musician who played for many years in the Wellington Silver Band, but is nowadays more commonly seen singing in local choirs, or with his guitar on a pub stage.

 

Will Brown  - Councillor for Wellington North.

Cllr Brown moved to the Wellington area aged 5.  He attended Court Fields Community School. On the completion of his A-levels, he spent three years reading his degree in History at Aberystwyth University; graduating in 2014.

Cllr Brown is a keen road cyclist, and can be often seen dashing around the country lanes; and hopes that if anyone comes across him when he is dressed in cyclist’s attire that they are not dissuaded from coming and talking to him.

He also represents Wellington North on Taunton Deane Borough Council where he sits on the Planning committee and the Licensing committee.

 

John Thorne– Councillor for Wellington North

Cllr Thorne has lived in Wellington since the age of 10. He trained as a journalist on the Wellington Weekly News and worked for many newspaper groups in the Westcountry before moving into a career in public relations.

Currently, Cllr Thorne is a single parent to two young sons and works part-time as a customer assistant in a Tesco supermarket. John has helped with campaigns for local people. He has been a governor of the former Linden Infants School, served on the committees of Wellington Food Town and Wellington Carnival and was involved in the refurbishment of Wellington Cottage Hospital resulting in enhanced outpatient and new clinical services.

Cllr Thorne has run his own businesses and is a former chairman of Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He feels strongly about the need to attract new jobs to Wellington alongside all the new housing development which has been going on, by encouraging new and existing enterprises and supporting major employers such as Relyon and Aerosols International to remain here, as well as the need to make the best possible use of the former Fox’s factory sites.

Cllr Thorne enjoys using his life skills for problem resolution and directing people to organisations and/or individuals who can help them. 

 

Gary James– Councillor for Wellington East

Gary has lived in local area since 1975 and Wellington Town since 1989 with his wife Birgit and two sons.

He has served in the H M Army (Airborne) and worked for the H M Government. Cllr James later retrained and worked for the Nuclear Industry and then went on to work for the H M Government overseas.

On retirement he has decided to re-enter politics to try to make a difference on the issues the community encounters. Cllr James now represents the residence of Wellington East on the Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Councils.

He currently assists in a youth programme for Ten Tors Training.  Gary’s sporting passion is squash. He enjoys gardening and takes great pleasure in looking after their new granddaughter and keeping abreast of current affairs.

Gary feels that it is a privilege to live in such a lovely part of Somerset and have the opportunity to serve the people of Wellington.  

 

Marcus Barr– Councillor for Rockwell Green Ward – Cllr Barr has lived in Rockwell Green for the last 16 years. He is married to Lisa and has enjoyed raising his family in Wellington.  He feels Wellington is a great place to live with brilliant shops, it can be a quiet town with low crime rates. 

Marcus supports S.W.A.G who are trying to bring awareness to the community on legal highs.

He is also keen on recyling as much as possible.

Marcus runs a business in Wellington so understands the concerns of other shops in the town. He hopes to always stand up and support the town and believes he has Wellington's best interests at heart.

Wellington Town Council Election Results

For the election results for Wellington Town Council please click here

Elections

Find out whose standing for elections in Wellington

Click here: Elections TDBC

HEALTH AND WELLBEING AFTERNOON

24th April 2015

1pm – 5pm

Wellington Young Peoples Centre, Mantle Street, Wellington

 

An afternoon for all the family.

Wellington Our Place is a project aimed at supporting families in our town.

Come along and find out more about support available in Wellington.

Also play games, take part in activities, bouncy castle, football and more.

Join us for food and the Smoothie bike!

Find out more about Our Place and where you can get help in Wellington.

 

Promote, celebrate and maintain Health and Wellbeing in Wellington.

 

All our welcome.

 

Supported by Wellington Community Support Services, Wellington Town Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Wellington Medical Centre, Get Set Children’s Services, Wellington One, Knightstone Housing, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Somerset Skills and Learning, Wellington Scouts. 

Free Computer Courses

Need help using a computer, internet and computer?

Supported online courses.

Mondays 9:45am - 11:15am & 11:15am - 12:45pm

Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm

To book contact Wellington Library

Offices Closed

Wellington Town Council Offices will be closed on the following days:

 

Wednesday 18th February 10am - 12midday

Friday 27th February 11am onwards.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Wellington Town Council will be holding a meeting with Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens on Thursday 29th January at 6:30pm. The meeting is being held in order to further consider the policing plan for the area. Wellington Town Council have also invited surrounding Parish Councils to attend.

All members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting is being held in the United Reformed Church Hall, Fore Street.

Christmas Light Switch On

Wellington Town Council

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

22nd November 2014

Click here for poster

 

4pm: High Street Closed

Father Christmas in Grotto

Children's Roundabout

Shops open late                          

Celebration of light – Quaker Meeting House – Lighting candles in the garden

Music and announcements.

Police display

St John Ambulance

 

4:30pm: Wellington Majorettes performance

 

5.00pm: Charles Dyke and Christina Green - Award winning singers. Both products of the Wellington Arts Association etc

 

5.30pm: Pantomime Group – Scrooge

 

5:40pm: Anunciation story (When the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary)

Narrated by The Revd Tim Treanor with a mini drama performed by pupils of St John’s Primary School

        

6.00pm: Switch On – Jake Bowden and Lauren Cornforth- Smith Competition Winners from Wellesley Park School "What makes the proud to be a Wellesley Park-er" and Wellington Mayor Cllr Dave Mitton

 

Music

 

7pm: High Street Opens

Our Place Project - Wellington

There is a project currently taking place in the town designed to help  join up and integrate services for children and families in the Wellington area. This project is called OUR PLACE. Can you help? What services do you feel are available in town.

Fill in this form and send it to yourview@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Download the for here

Drop In Sessions - Wellington Town Council

Wellington Town Council invites members of the public to it's DROP IN SESSIONS being held on:

Saturday 4th October 2014 10am - 12noon

Saturday 1st November 2014 10am - 12noon

The Town Council will have a stall at the Farmers market in Town Centre at which Town Councillors and the Town Clerk will be present.

All questions and queries welcomed.

Grants

·       Wellington and District Twinning Association

£1,000 – Twinning anniversary celebrations.

 

·       Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Wellington Outreach

£1,850 - towards providing an outreach service in the town.

 

·       Friends of Wellington Park

£1,000 – to help continue their Mayday eventandsummer entertainment programme.

 

·       Churches Together Wellington

£550 – towards Howard Road Fun Day and setting up its New Estates projects.

 

·       Wellington in Bloom

£750 – to support their aims and projects for the year.

 

·       Wellington Whirlwinds Trampoline Club

£516 – contribution to the teams South West Regional Finals preparation and kit.

 

·       Wellington Local History and Museum Society

£750 – to contribute towards their rent costs

 

·       Inspire Hope Today (known locally as King’s Church)

£2,000 – to be split equally between four projects

Ø  King’s Toddler Time

Ø  Shine Summer Kidz Camp

Ø  Ignite Youth Club

Ø  Fired Up Summer Youth Camp

 

·       Life Education Wessex

£250 - towards providing health and drug prevention education to 260 children at Beech Grove School.

 

·       Reminiscence Learning

£1,650 - towards its Archie Project and making Wellington a Dementia Friendly Town.

 

·       Whiteball Tunnel Project

£500 – to help towards providing a community performance event celebrating local history

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON

This year Wellington Town Council’s Christmas Light Switch On will take place on Saturday 22nd November 2014 in High Street, Wellington. All our welcome for fun and frolics with local performance groups and carols to get the town in the festive spirit.

Public Toilets

Public Toilets

Taunton Deane Borough Council would be making an award of £10,000 to the Town Council which would allow the public toilets in North Street and Longforth Road to remain open for a further year. This would be used to cover the cost of running the facilities whilst the Town Council worked out its own running costs should Taunton Deane decide to close one of the toilets next year.

Commonwealth Flag

Wellington Town Council has agreed to Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth. The 9th March 2015 will see the raising of the Town Council’s new Commonwealth Flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day joining with many Town Councils, communities and groups across this worldwide family.

Armed Forces Day 2014

Wellington Town Council is giving its support for Armed Forces Day this Saturday 28th June with the laying of a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.

Town Mayor Councillor David Mitton will be joined by other town councillors in Wellington Park, Courtland Road, at 10am for the occasion.

Members of the Royal British Legion Wellington branch will also accompany the mayor with their standard. A reading will be given by Rev. Tim Treanoras well as the exhortation by President of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch, Michael Rose

Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show their support.

To mark the run up to Saturday the council is also flying the union flag on the town council offices at 28 Fore Street.

Councillor Mitton said: “The town council wanted to formally express its gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served and are serving our country.

“We recognise the hard work our service men have carried out and wish to also show our support to those who are still serving.”

Residents and visitors who would like to mark the occasion are welcome to join the mayor for the ceremony.

For more information about Armed Forces Day log onto the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Actiontrack - WHITEBALL TUNNEL

Wellington Town Council have been working with Actiontrack on a project about the history of the Whiteball Tunnel.

The Whiteball Tunnel Project is going very well. Below is a recent update which gives further information particularly about forthcoming workshops. The first one is tomorrow night at 6.30-8.30 at Court Fields School Hall where the focus is on music and the songs. Everyone welcome.

They are also running workshops in Devon over the next few weeks and a community workshop on the 18th June.

Please click here for more information: here

Skatepark Consultation

A consultation with skatepark users is being held about a potential shelter at the Blues site (by Wellington Sports Centre) next Wednesday, 28 May from 11.00am for a couple of hours. Do you use the skatepark? Go along and get your voice heard, help shape what is planned at the site.

New Mayor elected

At the Annual Council Meeting held on 12th May 2014, Wellington Town Council elected Cllr David Mitton as Mayor of Wellington and Cllr Janet Lloyd and Deputy Mayor.

This marked the end of Cllr Gloria Copley's term as Mayor. The Council thanked her for her fantastic efforts promoting the town and excellent service to the people of Wellington.

 

 

Welly Youth Council - LAUNCH DAY

Wellington's Youth Council are holding a Launch Day

Last year Revive Youth were given funding to start a Youth Council voice group for those aged 11-19 years old living in Wellington. The initial start up period has now come to an end and the project is being taken on by Wellington Town Council who have been given a grant from Somerset County Council to continue the work.

To help boost the town's knowledge of the Welly Youth Council and get other Young People involved they are holding a LAUNCH DAY.

Saturday 17th May

10am - 2pm

Wellington Young Peoples Centre

This is for anyone to drop in and find out more. Have a bite to eat, talk to members of the Youth Council, Officers of the Town Council and Youth Workers.

There will be an opportunity to be involved in debates around current Council issues in Wellington.

Have your say on safety concerns highlighted by young people.

Help decide what young people want from a voice group such as a Youth Council and how this can best be achieved.

If you are aged 11 - 19 and are interested in making Wellington better - pop in.

 

Click here for poster

Click here for leaflet

Food Waste Collection Trials

Trials are being organised in the Wellington area to test improvements to food waste recycling. All households on rounds with Thursday collections will be covered by the trials, so this may not include every household if your collections fall on different days.

Composition analysis of refuse in Somerset has shown that about half of food waste is still put out with refuse for landfill disposal, which now costs over £100 per tonne.

To improve this situation and encourage more recycling, we successfully applied for funding to undertake trials from Government-funded agency WRAP.

Last November, local surveys were undertaken to identify barriers to food waste recycling. Those found included the cost of caddy liners, hygiene concerns and not recycling raw meat/fish and mouldy food wastes, and some households not having food waste collection bins.

Somerset Waste are aiming to address some of these barriers through the trials, which for the Wellington area will start on 8th May, with the attached leaflets and a free supply of liners delivered to householders the week before.

Another set of trials are being organised in Street and both will be monitored to check their effects.

www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
01823 356346 

Civic Service

Civic Service – 4.30p.m. Sunday 25 May 2014

St John the Baptist Church, High Street, Wellington

 

Wellington Town Council will be holding a civic service in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday 25 May 2014. The Mayor Elect, Councillor David Mitton would like to extend a warm invitation to all residents of Wellington. Everyone is welcome.

 

The aim is for the service to reflect the valuable voluntary service that plays such a large part in the local community. Councillor Mitton hopes that as many clubs, societies, organisations and individuals as possible will be able to attend. The service will be at 4.30p.m

Recycling Site Opening Hours

Poole Tip (Wellington) Opening Hours

 

Monday: 8am – 7pm

Tuesday:  8am – 4pm

Wednesday: 8am – 4pm

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 8am – 4pm

Sunday: 8am – 1pm

 

 

NEW HOURS FROM 1 APRIL: Taunton  Recycling Centre will be open 7 days a week from 8am – 4pm, including Sundays. Opening hours for other sites will stay the same

New Chapter for Wellington Library

Wellington Library will unveil self-service technology and a fresh new look when it re-opens next week.

 

The library has been temporarily closed for a full refurbishment and for the new self-service equipment to be installed and will reopen for business at 9.30am on Monday 31 March.

 

Self–service means library users can issue and return books, DVDs and other materials for themselves using the newly-installed self-service touch-screen kiosks. The kiosks are simple to operate and self-service reduces queues at peak times and allows staff to focus on customer enquiries.

 

Library users need to bring their membership card and PIN (Personal Identification Number) to use the kiosks. Anyone who doesn’t have a PIN, has forgotten it or wants to change it, can ask a member of library staff or telephone 0845 345 9177.

 

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “Staff will be on hand to help people get to grips with the new technology.

 

“We’ve already successfully introduced self-service in nine of Somerset’s busiest libraries and I’m sure it will prove just as successful in Wellington.”

 

The Library will be officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9.30am.

 

Complimentary refreshments will be served from 9.30am to noon and there will be opportunities to chat with library staff about using the new self-service equipment and exploring the new look library.

Footway Works - Fore Street

The pavement on the Library side of Fore Street, is being renewed and replaced.

 

The Highway Contractor has contacted this office advising the footway works will start next week on the 10th March, working hours will be 8.00am to 16.30pm. Access to the business units will be allowed but there may be times when delays will occur.

 

The weather forecast for next week is good and that is one reason why the contractor is starting the work or it will not be done in this financial year and the money allocated to Wellington for this footway job will be lost.

 

It is hoped the other side of Fore Street will be done at some point in the future.

All properties being affected will have letters dropped in today with more details.

Contact: Kenny Gallagher 01823 285813 or Paul Quick 01823 285812

Wellington Youth Council - Questionnaire

Have Your Voice Heard!

11-19 years old? Live in Wellington?

Wellington Youth Council have formed a questionnaire for Young People of the town to have their say on street safety. Results from these will be analysed by the Youth Council and taken to Wellington Town Council as part of an initiative with Revive Youth to get the voices of Wellington's Young People heard.

To complete the questionnaire you can download it here

LIKE us on Facebook - Wellington Youth Council

Follow us on Twitter - Welly Youth Council / @WellyYouthVoice

 

COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES

Email: yourview@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk

Post: Wellington Youth Council, 28, Fore Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8AQ

GRANTS

Since our last newsletter grants have been awarded to the following organisations:

Wellington Cricket Club - £1050 – Winter coaching for young people

Somerset Community Justice Panel - £1000 – Restorative Justice Work in the area

Wellington Baptist Church - £500 - Mission project to Uganda with 5 young people

Wellington Quakers - £300 - Contribution towards the Celebration of Light

Safer Internet Day

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2014

Wellington Police are promoting Safer Internet Day 11th February 2014.

Please support where you can and promote this cause.

 

“In this time of ever-increasing use by young people in particular, of modern technology, it’s important to impress upon parents/carers the importance of engaging with their children rather than banning them from the internet if they have what might be perceived as a personal safety issue with it. Building up that trust between child and parent/carer so that the young person is made to feel confident that, if they do have an issue with its use, they can seek help from their guardians without fear of their being denied access to the many aspects of the internet, is key to safeguarding young people”.

Sergeant Helen Boyd

Recycling Centre upgrade goes ahead

Wellington Recycling Centre upgrade goes ahead

 

Essential improvements are to be carried out at Wellington Recycling Centre at Poole Brickworks in Nynehead.

 

Renewing surfaces will require a temporary closure from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February so concrete can fully harden.

 

The site will reopen on Saturday 22 February at 8am on its usual schedule.

 

During Wellington Recycling Centre's temporary closure, the nearest alternative recycling sites and their opening hours will be as follows.

 

Mon 8am-7pm, (Tues-Wed closed), Thurs-Fri 8am-4pm:

- Taunton, Crown Ind. Est., Priorswood TA2 8QY.

- Chard, Beeching Close TA20 1BB.

 

Mon 8am-7pm, Tues-Wed 8am-4pm, (Thurs-Fri closed):

- Williton, Roughmoor Ind. Est. TA4 4RA.

- Dulverton Community Recycling Site, Brushford Rd.,TA22 9AA (£2 entry fee).

 

As well as an advert in local newspapers, leaflets are being given to customers to advise on the nearest alternative recycling sites, local parish councils and other community organisations have been alerted while there is signage warning about the closure at the site itself.

 

Anyone needing information on recycling sites, including locations and opening hours, in being advised to contact Somerset Direct on 0845 3459188 or visit: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.

 

Somerset Waste Partnership and site company Viridor have emphasised that during the temporary closure, Wellington Recycling Centre will remain fully protected by security cameras and waste should not be left outside of the gates as this may result in prosecution for fly-tipping.

 

About Somerset Waste Partnership: Somerset Waste Partnership manages waste and recycling services on behalf of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council.

TDBC Bussinesses Survey

Calling all Taunton Deane businesses - help us improve our service to you, please complete our business needs survey

 

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Happy New Year from The Mayor

The Mayor of Wellington Councillor Gloria Copley would like to wish everyone in the town a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts, wishes and support. She is now recovering from surgery and we hope to see her back in February.

The Deputy Mayor Councillor David Mitton is currently taking on all Mayoral engagements. Please contact us in the office for details.

Civic Award

Wellington Town Council are excited to once again be involved in the Civic Award scheme with both Beech Grove and Rockwell Green Primary Schools. Year 6 pupils from each school have visited the Town Council offices for talks on the roles of the Council by the Mayor Cllr Gloria Copley and officers.

This award scheme helps pupils not only learn new skills themselves, but gain responsibility for their peers and community.

2013 Allotment Awards

Wellington Town Council’s Basins Site Allotment Competition winners were happily announced as the following:

Mrs Capell: Best managed plot

Mr Broom: Most well cultivated plot

Mr and Mrs Ronson: Most ecological plot

Mr and Mrs May: Best newcomer’s plot

By Election Results

Wellington East Ward, Town Council By-Election 25th July 2013
 

Results

Mark Lithgow - 269
Jill Mitton - 113
Andrew Sully - 308

Andrew Sully has therefore been duly elected as a Town Councillor

Notice of Poll

TauntonDeane Borough Council

Election of Town Councillor

for the

Wellington, Wellington East WardTown Ward

NOTICE OF POLL

Notice is hereby given that:

1.    The following persons have been and stand validly nominated:

SURNAME OTHER NAMES HOME ADDRESS DESCRIPTION (if any) NAMES OF THE PROPOSER (P), SECONDER (S) AND THE PERSONS WHO SIGNED THE NOMINATION PAPER
Lithgow

Mark

19 High Path, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NH Liberal Democrat Peter Critchard(P), Pauline Sturgess(S)
Mitton

Jill

17 Queens Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AW Labour Party Candidate Andrew J Govier(P), Jacqueline F Govier(S) 

Sully

Andrew Paul 15 Dabinett Close, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6RT The Conservative Party Candidate B Broomfield(P), L Broomfield(S)

 

2.    A POLL for the above election will be held on Thursday, 25th July 2013 between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00

3.    The number to be elected is ONE

The situation of the Polling Stations and the descriptions of the persons entitled to vote at each station are set out below:

PD Polling Station and Address Persons entitled to vote at that station
CT

77 / CT

The Bond Room, The Old Vicarage, High Street, Wellington

1 to 10, 13 to 19, 21 to 150, 152 to 218, 221 to 285, 287 to 289, 292 to 359, 361 to 390, 392 to 493, 497 to 500, 502 to 689, 691 to 708, 710 to 917, 919 to 969, 971 to 1198, 1200 to 1253, 1255 to 1281, 1285 to 1290, 1292 to 1369, 1373 to 1655, 1657 to 1839, 1841 to 1881, 1883 to 1941, 1944 to 1988, 1990 to 2102
CU

79 / CU

Primary School, Wellesley Park

1 to 149, 151 to 179, 183 to 524, 527 to 615, 617 to 724, 726 to 847, 850 to 908, 910 to 912, 914 to 917, 919 to 940, 942 to 983, 986 to 1025

Free after 3 parking

WELLINGTON FREE PARKING TRIAL CONFIRMED

‘Free after three’ is to be trialled for a six week period in Wellington from August through to September on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Taunton Deane Borough Council, Wellington Town Council, the retailers and the Wellington Business Association will all work together to give this trial its best opportunity for success and once the trial period is over we can best assess the impacts positive and negative and see how this can be taken forward.

It is vital that visitors to Wellington do not purely change their habits and shop at a different time, the idea is that they come to Wellington and stay for longer. The business community will be working to gather the evidence so we can assess any change.

This is only part of the solution, town centres across the country need to work harder to make themselves destinations it is not always about cost it is more often the retail environment and the engagement the town centre has with its visitors. So whilst we can assist with this initiative, it is important everyone understands what needs to happen, this is just one part of the retail jigsaw we are all working with. I believe that Wellington has that inspiration and drive so let’s make sure we can deliver a positive outcome".

Parking will be ‘Free after Three’ on the following days:

August

·        Thursday 15th

·        Friday 16th

·        Saturday 17th

·        Thursday 22nd

·        Friday 23rd

·        Saturday 24th

·        Thursday 29th

·        Friday 30th

·        Saturday 31st

September

·        Thursday 5th

·        Friday 6th

·        Saturday 7th

·        Thursday 12th

·        Friday 13th

·        Saturday 14th

·        Thursday 19th

·        Friday 20th

·        Saturday 21st

Statement of Person Nominated

Taunton Deane Borough Council

Election of a Town Councillor

for the

Wellington East Town Ward

STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED

The following is a statement as to the persons nominated for the election of a Town Councillor on Thursday, 25th July 2013 for the Wellington, Wellington East Ward Town Ward.

PERSONS NOMINATED

5. REASONS FOR WHICH THE RETURNING OFFICER HAS DECLARED A NOMINATION INVALID

1. SURNAME,

OTHER NAMES IN FULL

2. HOME ADDRESS

3. DESCRIPTION (if any)

4. PROPOSER’S NAME

SECONDER’S NAME

Lithgown

Mark

19 High Path, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NH

Liberal Democrat

Peter Critchard(P), Pauline Sturgess(S)

 

Mitton

Jill

17 Queens Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AW

Labour Party Candidate

Andrew J Govier(P), Jacqueline F Govier(S)

 

Sully

Andrew

15 Dabinett Close, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6RT

The Conservative Party Candidate

B Broomfield(P), L Broomfield(S)

 

 

The persons opposite whose names no entry is made in column 5 have been and stand validly nominated.

Armed Forces Day

TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR ARMED FORCES DAY

Wellington Town Council is giving its support for Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 29th with the laying of a poppy wreath at the town’s war memorial.
Town Mayor Councillor Gloria Copley will be joined by other town councillors in Wellington Park, Courtland Road, at 10am for the occasion.
Members of the Royal British Legion Wellington branch will also accompany the Mayor with their standard.
Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show their support.
To mark the run up to Saturday the council is also flying the union flag on the town council offices at 28 Fore Street.
Councillor Copley said: “The town council want once again to formally express its gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served and are serving our country.”
“We recognise the hard work our service men have carried out and wish to also show our support to those who are still serving in places like Afghanistan and Iraq”
Residents and visitors who would like to mark the occasion are welcome to join the mayor for the ceremony.

For more information about Armed Forces Day log onto the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk

Wellington Food Festival

Saturday 3 September 2016

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are essential in the running of the festival and we need your help with such tasks as:- Helping at the Apple Bobbing and Bake Off competitions, manning barriers, counting attendees, keeping the site clean and clearing up at the end of the day

If you are able to spare an hour or two to help make the festival another great success please contact Jill Millton 01823 666233 e-mail jillmitt@aol.com

http://www.wellingtonfoodtown.co.uk

Wellington Food Festival - Saturday 3 September 2016

Volunteers Needed!!

Volunteers are essential in the running of the Festival and we need your help with such tasks as helping at the Apple Bobbing and Bake Off competitions, manning the barriers, counting attendees, keeping the site clean and clearing up at the end of the day

If you are able to spare an hour or two to help make the Festival another great success please contact Jill Mitton 01823 666233 e-mail jillmitt@aol.com

http:www.wellingtonfoodtown.co.uk

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