Latest update

New Youth Centre on its way

We’re pleased to report that contracts were exchanged on the 14 September for the purchase of the Methodist Church in West Street. This will become the new Hamdon Youth Centre for our Brownies, Guides, Youth Group, toddler group etc. It will be run by a village charity, made up mainly of service users themselves. This is the first successful Community Right to Bid sale in South Somerset since the legislation was introduced in 2012, only 1 of 12 in the UK, and is a tremendous achievement for our village. It will complement the adult use of the Memorial Hall, All Saints Hall, the Club and HCAP and will make a significant improvement to community facilities in our village.

Formal completion of the sale will be at the end of October once we have received Charity Commission paperwork. Work will then begin on updating the building by putting in extra toilets, a kitchen, central heating etc. If you would like to join us in helping us to get this new facility up and running, either as a tradesman or a resident you will be warmly welcomed! Contact Barbara Brooks at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) You can read the full Council Report explaining what it is all about and recommending the signing of contracts by clicking here and the Supporting Documents by clicking here.


Birds, Oceans and Flowers

22nd Sept’ – 5th Oct’ Tuesdays to Saturdays

Exhibition of Bird carvings, oceans and flowers are just some subjects of paintings and wood carvings on show at the attractive Malthouse Gallery at East Lambrook Manor Gardens South Petherton. Sheila Bowman and Lee Allen have painted and exhibited their paintings together successfully at this venue 3 times and have been reunited once again- this time together with Peter Waterfall and his unusual woodwork/engravings & carvings.


September Message from Cath Holloway, the former Village Agent

My role in the community has changed. I am now working with unpaid carers who care for their families and friends. I am supporting unpaid carers in South East Somerset to connect them with community resources, support groups and personal support around benefits and allowances. The funding cycle for Village Agent in South East Somerset has come to an end. CCS are looking for new funding opportunities to maintain this Village Agent position. In the meantime we have a new team of Community Agents and Village Agents in South Somerset. Two Village Agents are funded by the CLICK federation of Doctors surgeries, 2 Community Agents funded by Somerset County Council and 2 Village Agents funded directly by their parish council. For more information please visit and 07968521746

Hi All,

When September comes, the summer fetes end and the regular groups resume. These are a great way to meet people and to share experiences and thoughts. They can be extremely uplifting and can give a great sense of purpose. Most groups will love extra volunteer support if you have time to give.

Talking Cafes are often held on a Monday to provide much needed company after a long weekend. You are sure of a warm welcome where you can come and chat to like- minded people and find support and advice from the agencies who come each week. Another great support is the Active Living groups that run for several hours twice a week. They often provide a subsidised healthy lunch so you can skip the washing up every so often!

Many villages have a coffee morning where locals can meet up and chat about local issues. These can be monthly or weekly.

There are also gentle exercise groups. You can work on your balance if you are vulnerable to falling, try seated yoga and Tai Chi to stretch muscles and feel peace, seated bowls for fun and gentle exercise and health walks to raise spirits through gentle exercise and conversation.

There are also a network of support groups for those who work as unpaid carers. Here you will find speakers, people who have experience of your needs and a chance for a chuckle.

Perhaps if you drive to a social group, you could consider if there is anyone in your area who can’t walk there and give them a lift. Some people would like someone to walk with them, to give them the confidence to join a group.

If you struggle to get out of the house, you could receive a weekly telephone call from Age Uk or Silver Line or a visit from the Royal Volunteer Library Service.

To find out what is available near you, try your parish magazine, village hall notice boards, and click on what’s on in your area, try your local village website or give me a call and I can direct you.