What's on in Stoke

Important news: Stoke Community Shop Project

Pam and John who run the Shop on the Cross in the centre of Stoke are retiring at Christmas, which means the shop and the Post Office will close and we will lose all the amenities these provide.
However, they are happy to gift the shop to the village to run as a community store. A group of villagers is looking into trying to keep the shop open as a community amenity and we want to know your thoughts.
There are several ways you can do this:
Fill in a questionnaire:

  • via this link [https://zfrmz.eu/wPjbsnHuWaPysBIAdtib]
  • on a paper copy that you can pick up from the shop. See the questionnaire for where to return it to.
  • with one of our project group, who may call at your house to get your views.

We appreciate all the comments and help that you can give us. Please let us know your views so we can deliver what the community wants.
Feel free to get in touch with Lyn Foley, project lead, either by email at lafoley@live.co.uk or by phone on 01935 823051.

Hamdon Medical Centre ‘flu vaccinations

This years ‘flu vaccinations will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for patients that are in an ‘At Risk’ group including all patients aged 65 years and over and those with a chronic disease (such as heart, lung, liver or neurological disease). Patients who have diabetes, a weak immune system, that are pregnant, seriously overweight or are carers are also entitled to a ‘flu vaccination together with Health and social care staff who work in registered care/nursing homes and registered domiciliary care providers (care agencies).
To book an appointment please ring 01935 827003 or 01935 827004 between 9.00am and 10.30am or 4.30pm and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
Lines will be open from 16 September 2019.
If you have a pre-booked appointment with a Nurse or Technician from the end of September you can request to have your ‘flu jab at this appointment.
If you are housebound and cannot attend the surgery (friends, relatives and taxis are unable to bring you), please contact the surgery as above.



We wanted to say a big “thank you” to the village now our project is finally getting started and we have our own place. We are just beginning the work to change the Methodist church into our very own Youth Centre. It’s going to be lots of hard work but really exciting!

Stoke is such a great place to live and grow up in, and we are very proud to be part of it. Thank you for making this happen!
Please take a look at our little film …

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News from your Village Agent
I was very honoured to attend the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce meeting with Sue Mountstevens the Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and Sharon Baker the Chief Inspector for Yeovil. Sue explained how the charge on our council tax bills has risen and this has directly paid for an extra 100 police officers. She is adamant that the police are to be part of our community and doesn’t want them to be sitting in offices when they could be visible.
To this extent, our council tax money has been spent on providing upgraded equipment such as phones and laptops so that your officer can sit in a public space such as a coffee shop to complete their admin, rather than driving back to the station. This means they are not wasting time and petrol travelling and are visible in the community. She encourages us all to go and chat and get to know our local police constables and PCSO’s – they are there to support us and be a part of the local community.
Sue has also employed mental health nurses with access to medical records to support phone calls to the 101 non- emergency number so people in distress can be supported by a network of family, medication and mental health support services. In turn this should reduce the numbers of mentally ill people being put into cells and through the criminal justice system when they need medical support.
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary 4 priorities are :

  1. To protect the most vulnerable from harm,
  2. Strengthen and improve local policing teams,
  3. To ensure Avon and Somerset Constabulary have the right people, equipment and culture
  4. effectively with other police forces and partner agencies to provide better services to local people.

Our Village, Carers Community Agents all have great relationships with and work closely with our local police teams.
Interestingly she also spoke about the need for volunteers. She reinforced the fact that the police are the citizens and the citizens are the police. We need to work as a team to reduce crime. Sharon Baker, our Chief Inspector for Yeovil would love to see growth in volunteers in:

  • An increase in Specials Police (15 hours a month) who will be trained alongside other police officers.
  • More people shadowing a Police Officer. She stated that you are able to join the police for a shift and experience first- hand what the police do. Just fill out the online form.
  • You could join as a speed watch volunteer or
  • Join the independent residents panel to monitor people’s experience of the police; discussing the use of tasers and stop and search techniques or visit custody units to take views from detainees on their experience.

One thing she stated very clearly is that Yeovil, and Somerset in general, are low crime areas and that they are working hard to keep it that way with investment into preventative long term solutions to crime.
It was a fascinating meeting and I hope we can help facilitate what I have learnt into the community.
Other News:
Did you know our latest newsletter is out now for the Somerset Carers? Download it here: https://issuu.com/communitycouncilforsomerset/docs/newsletter_issue_2_final
I support unpaid carers in South East Somerset to connect them with community resources, support groups and personal support around benefits and allowances. We also have a new team of Community Agents and Village Agents in South Somerset providing those in Somerset’s rural communities with easier access to information and services. They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs. We can offer advice on support, local groups and activities available in your community. Please visit www.somersetrcc.org.uk and www.somersetcarers.org or call me on 07968521746 or email cath@somersetrcc.org.uk to find out who can advise you.