Young People’s Music Festival

The Hamdon Community Arts Project is hosting a Young People’s Music Festival on Saturday 3rd February at 7pm.

Come and Listen to Young People Showcasing their Musical Ability in Concert. Awards given to everybody taking part. Admission Free. Donations to the Arts Project invited. Refreshments and Raffle.

The Hamdon Community Arts Project is located in the former United Reform Church in North Street. For more information contact Alan On 01935 579 730. Any Young Musicians 18 years and under Who would like to take part phone Alan. Click the image to view the poster.


Arc Homes application refused !

Arc Homes, the developers at the Stanchester site (Shuldam’s Fields), recently put in an application to the District Council to be released from building six affordable housing units and from paying a developer’s contribution of just over £110,000 towards community facilities. Their reason was that the site is commercially unviable.

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the District’s Area North Committee have supported our village in rejecting this application. We had always maintained a very strong opposition to Arc Homes’ attempt to be relieved of community responsibility. We attended the Committee meeting on Wednesday 27 September to speak on behalf of our residents and to put forward our technical reasons why this application should be refused. Our new statement can viewed by clicking here. We understand that the District took expert legal advice and research and as a result rejected Arc’s application.

A word of caution, before we all break open the champagne! Arc Homes have the right – and probably will – appeal against the decision. Area North form0ally advised Arc Homes that they expect them to consider re-negotiating the Section 106 obligation, rather than just appealing for the decision to be simply overturned, sending a very strong message to the developers that community interests are always important in new developments. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

The Parish Council is proud to have been part of such a very positive first step.

Barbara Brooks
Stoke sub Hamdon Parish Council
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Sarah Moore
Parish Clerk
Stoke sub Hamdon Parish Council
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January Message from Cath Holloway, the Village Agent

Not sure who to turn to? Village Agents are a charity that work with individuals and social groups to give confidential support and advice. We can enable people to be more independent in their home, manage personal finances, care for family members and advise on just about anything! You can find Cath at local coffee mornings and events. Call and email me. (Enable Javascript to see the email address) 07968521746

January can be the hardest month, dark, cold and lacking in money. Give yourself a mental boost by planning! Take your mind away from the cold and lose yourself in how you are going to spend those long summer evenings! Perhaps engage in some mindfulness by spending time marvelling at the beauty of the sun setting on the flooded moors and the starling murmerations.

Many villages have weekly groups to join such as coffee mornings (great cake and biscuits – I can personally vouch for it!) and special interest groups. Perhaps you could join the gardening group and get inspiration on planning some changes to your own patch. Many groups are free or low priced and will have someone who can come and pick you up. I can support you in making these links.

There are lots of opportunities to join an exercise group, which is proven to help depression. If you can’t understand where the “fun” is in a “fun run”, start gently, you could try walking football, health walks, classes to aid balance and prevent falls and sitting games such as boccia. You don’t need a leotard or mankini, just some baggy trousers and a pair of trainers! You are most welcome to go and watch a session first to see what it is all about. Look for local adverts or phone me for more information. Zing will also help you to start your own group, contact Catherine Devonshire 01935 462347. Perhaps you could call on a neighbour who lives alone and arrange to go with them. People can go days without seeing someone in the winter when there is no chatting over the garden fence.

There are lots of small grants available to help your group develop, perhaps you could plan a special group trip or buy some equipment. I can support you with this.

Don’t forget that we can also advise you on keeping warm in the winter and the new SMART meters.



Stoke sub Hamdon Band Christmas Concert

Stoke sub Hamdon Band will be holding their Christmas Concerton Saturday 9th December 2017 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 7.00pm

Licensed Bar, Puds and Pies, Refreshments and Raffle.

Tickets £6 Contact Ralph and Jane Herbert on 01460 419317