Help with the May Fayre

Are you able to give a couple of hours help at the May Fayre?

If so, we would extremely grateful, from manning a stall to the selling of soft drinks, car park attendant to directing stall holders, handed out free programmes or selling raffle tickets, or just helping out were needed during the day. If you know of someone who would like to help please get in touch.

We also need help setting up (from 8- 10,30am) marquees and rings, picking up and distributing tables before the event and taking things down and back after the event (5-7pm). We need help the Sunday before marking out the stalls, putting up fencing. We also need litter picking after the event to make sure the site looks as good as it did the day before.

If you can help, please contact Denise Burton on 01935 827793 or denisesburton at or moira at


May 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

Hi All,

A little bit about dementia awareness for this month!

Dementia Awareness Week 2018 will take place on Monday 21 May – Sunday 27 May 2018.

We are all more aware that many more people are living with dementia in our society but we may feel that it doesn’t concern us because we may not know anyone who has the condition.
However, there are now many more people who are successfully living independently with a diagnosis and so it is useful for us all to know something about the condition so that we can respond appropriately when we meet people who may be struggling.

There are many types of dementia. Most people will have heard of Alzheimer’s which is where proteins build up in the brain and stop the signals from being accurately transmitted. Vascular dementia is the result of small strokes which damage the brain. Both conditions will get worse with time, but how rapidly can vary between people and condition. Alzheimer’s is a smoother process and vascular can be more stepped. There are many other forms including damage to the brain through excess alcohol consumption.

The changes to the person can also vary but you may see a change in personality, mood swings, confusion and frustration. People may start to avoid social situations as they feel anxious and exhausted. Later symptoms can include reduced hand eye co-ordination, visual disturbance and of course forgetting the immediate information and living in the past. The memory can be imagined as a wobbly book shelf. The most recent memories at the top are the ones that fall off first. The dementia sufferer will start to forget the recent things and as the condition progresses, they can move back to living in a previous age.

You may come across someone experiencing symptoms when you are out. Someone may suddenly become lost or forget what they were in the middle of doing. They may forget how to count money or the system of how to buy something. Visual disturbance can be a problem, for example a mat in a shop doorway may look more like a huge lake that needs to be negotiated. There will be added confusion as to why there is a lake in the middle of the shop doorway!

There is a huge range of publications available that are all worth a read. Ask me, your surgery and the Alzheimer’s society in Langport 01458 251541 for information. There is also a super booklet called “When Grandma came to stay” to help children understand and be prepared.

Look out for local dementia awareness events and press releases for organisations.



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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