Emergency Contacts

If you are a land owner, operate a community building, have stables, a farm, a barn or any other facility that is used by other people please ensure that your address AND postcode are shown in an obvious place on your property, to ensure that the emergency services can be easily directed in the event of an emergency.

Updates

SWT Council Business Bulletins

Dunster Benefice Newsletter 25th Nov 22

  • Somerset – make sure you get your winter vaccinations
With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.  Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.

If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or are a paid or unpaid carer, you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, and you can likely get the Covid-19 seasonal booster. Children aged 2-15 years old are also eligible for free flu vaccination, which is delivered through either their GP for pre-school and school for school age children – parents need to sign a consent form.

If you are eligible, you can book your seasonal Covid-19 vaccine using the online booking service by calling 119 or finding a local vaccination walk-in site.  

If you have not yet had your earlier doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, it’s not too late to come forward and you can get these at any time.

Getting both vaccines is important because more people are likely to get the flu this winter, and you’re more likely to be seriously ill if you get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

A number of clinics across Somerset are also open for walk-ins. More details can be found at COVID-19 and Flu vaccinations in Somerset – NHS Somerset.

  • Exmoor National Park Authority (ENP) – Help needed with Bye Wood Tree Planting

Bye Wood is part of the biggest woodland creation project to have taken place in the National Park in the past 15 years and forms part of the commitment to increase tree cover on Exmoor from around 13.5% to at least 17% by 2050 – the amount recommended by the UK government’s independent Climate Change Committee.

Bye Wood is the first step in the wider CareMoor Woods & Trees appeal. 100% of donations to this appeal will support tree planting and woodland creation schemes on Exmoor. ENP are starting winter planting of saplings at Bye Wood, Winsford again this November.  They would love your help on two dates: 

Saturday 26 November and Saturday 3 December 2022  
Meet at Winsford car park TA24 7JE (opposite the garage) at 10am, from where it is a 30-minute stroll up to the site. The team aim to finish around 3pm. Please bring with you:

  • A spade if you have one
  • A packed lunch and drink
  • Warm waterproof clothing & wear sturdy boots.
    Fun for all the family, groups welcome too. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To sign up email getinvolved@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk with your name and contact number and we’ll add you to the list

You can also join the team of volunteers helping collect and grow tree seeds on Exmoor or get involved with the new Tree Nursery. Sign up to the woodlands newsletter for details or email  getinvolved@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.

  • Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) – Donate your Winter Fuel Payment

SCF has launched this year’s Surviving Winter appeal, which encourages people who can afford it to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help vulnerable older people in Somerset who are unable to afford to heat their homes to stay warm and well.

The cost-of-living crisis means that this winter will be one of the toughest we have faced for decades. Many older people are already extremely anxious about rising bills and around 11,000 Somerset pensioners will find themselves living in fuel poverty this year, double the number in the same situation last year. The team at SCF know, from many years’ experience of running their Surviving Winter appeal, that many of the poorest pensioners may not turn their heating on at all or will cut back on food to save money as they are forced to choose between heating and eating. And with everyday costs like food and fuel rapidly increasing, this winter will see many of our most vulnerable older neighbours struggling to cope. Many will stay at home to save money and will find themselves cut off from family and friends.

Please click here to read the full press release.

  • Community Council for Somerset (CCS) – Last chance to order heating oil before Christmas

Have you checked your Oil tank lately? Need a top up before Christmas? Order through the CCS Oil Scheme partner AF Affinity by Wednesday 30 November to ensure delivery by Christmas!

Heating oil prices have dropped by 15% during November, the lowest since early September. The CCS have no indication if these lower prices will continue which makes now a good time to order. If you would like to place a heating oil order, contact the CCS  on 01603 881888 or those with a Direct Debit can place their orders by emailing somersetbuying@af-affinity.co.uk.

More about the scheme and how to join here: https://ccslovesomerset.org/oil/.

  • Talking Café Live

The final November Talking Cafe live-streamed session will take place on: – 30 NovemberNHS Somerset Flu Vaccinations in Somerset – everything you need to know.

Please click here to watch LIVE every Wednesday at 1pm and ask questions in the comments for instant answers. Want to take part and SHOUT about the organisation or community project you are passionate about? Contact hannah@somersetrcc.org.uk or message the Talking Cafe page.

Don’t forget you can search for previous live recordings by subject here:

https://somersetagents.org/talking-cafe-live/ . Just select the topic that interests you from the drop-down menu.

  • Safe and Warm Somerset

Everyone deserves a home which is warm, comfortable and affordable to heat. Safe and Warm Somerset supports anyone in Somerset who may need help with energy bills or keeping warm at home.

If you live in Somerset and any of the following apply to you, the CSE can help with free, impartial advice and support:

  • Struggling with energy bills.
  • A cold home.
  • Broken heating system or boiler.
  • Damp and mould in the home.
  • Unsure about how to use your heating system.
  • No gas central heating and high electricity bills.

Please click here to find out more information.

  • Need to seek help?

If you, or someone you know are feeling like things are too much, please know that you / they don’t have to be alone. Here are some numbers of organisations that can help:

  • Samaritans – 116 123
  • CALM – 0800 58 58 58
  • ChildLine – 0800 1111
  • Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774
  • Mindline Somerset – 01823 276892
  • Somerset Domestic Abuse helpline – 0800 69 49 999

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