Dunster Benefice Newsletter 14th October 2022

SWT Council Business Bulletins

Somerset Health and Wellbeing Updates

  • Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) – Countdown to Exmoor Dark Skies Festival

    The thousands of stars and bright planets in the October sky will form the perfect backdrop for over fifty events during this year’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival. From sessions in a mobile planetarium at Dunster and Barnstaple, and space-themed painting activities for children at Lynmouth, to walking under the stars with an astronomy expert, there are events to appeal to all ages.

    Please click here to read the full press release.

  • Exmoor Day Celebrations

    Exmoor Day is fast approaching. Wednesday 19 October marks an annual celebration of Exmoor, established as a means of showcasing the National Park’s special and unique area. The 19 October is the anniversary of the area’s designation as a National Park in 1954. Over recent years the date has become a particularly important online event for Visit Exmoor, the National Park Authority and the many businesses and residents that call Exmoor home.

    To find out more about Exmoor Day 2022 and to watch a short film visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/exmoor-day.

    Please click here to read the full press release.

  • Think fire safety when saving money on energy bills

    As the weather starts to get cooler, DSFRS are asking you to think about fire safety when saving money on your energy bills.

    They are concerned that people may put themselves at additional risk as the cost-of-living increases. As part of a new campaign called ‘save safely‘, they are asking people to think now about preparing for winter, by doing three checks:

    1. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detection
    2. If you’re going to use a portable heater – check it over first
    3. Complete an online fire safety check.

    The fire service is offering safety advice and signposting to support available in relation to staying warm and saving money this winter. Find out how to stay warm safely this winter.

  • Local Community Network (LCN) Consultation

Local Community Networks (LCNs) will be part of the new Somerset Unitary Council, with formal power as ‘Committees of the council’, that listen to and are influenced by local communities.

LCNs bring Somerset Unitary Councillors and Officers together with key partners such as Town, City and Parish Councils, Health, Police, the Voluntary Sector and local groups,

The public consultation is about gathering views from the public and key stakeholders about how LCNs should develop and work in practice. It will explore how many LCNs the new Somerset Council will have, the role they will undertake and their name; exploring whether Local Community Networks is the right title for this Committee.

You can find out more information about the consultation here.

  • Police Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, PCC Mark Shelford is urging local people and businesses to remain vigilant to protect themselves online. Please see the attached document for more information.

Attachments: pcc-urging-residents-to-becybersmart-.pdf

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