What a lovely summer we have been having, good to have a touch of replenishing rain too. I wanted to let everyone know that True Nature’s next wellness retreat weekend is coming up fast and that we have a few places left for the holistic wellbeing day on the Saturday. We also have a great new offer for the Saturday!



Places are very limited. 


SATURDAY 27th July 

_____10 – 5pm____

    £59.00  (Homemade delicious lunch included)


Our Exmoor National Park venue – Lower Holworthy Farm is such a special venue; right on the lakeside it provides a peaceful space to really relax, recharge and have some health enchanting fun! I hope you can join us.


Booking form: 

Alternatively email or tel: 07973 953 012
Holistic Health Practitioner / Consultant / Facilitator

Regards, Venetia

True Nature Wellness Clinics / Classes / Retreats

Tel: 07973 953 012                                                         ​             

Contact the Elderly – Can you help?


Minehead and its  surrounding area has one of the highest percentages in the country of people aged over 65 many of whom  live alone . For the past 5 years a number of these folk have been given the opportunity of being part of a local group taken out once a month for Sunday afternoon tea. This is thanks to a handful of willing volunteers who give up their time to give these isolated and often lonely people the opportunity of companionship and conversation with others of a similar age. These small social gatherings bring individuals together helping them to develop fulfilling friendships and support networks and this simple act of kindness has proven to be a very effective and enjoyable solution to combating their isolation and loneliness.

In the last 2 years the demand for places within the tea party groups has expanded to the extent that there is now a growing waiting list of elderly people just longing for the chance to join, highlighting the need for a further groups to be developed in Minehead and the surrounding area.. More volunteers are urgently needed to either drive or to host a tea party so that those on the ever increasing waiting list are able to share in this enjoyable activity.

Contact the Elderly is the only charity solely focused on aiming to combat one of the greatest challenges facing society today namely the loneliness and isolation among our rapidly ageing population.   Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each guest is collected from their home by a Volunteer Driver, and taken to a Volunteer Host’s home, where they join a small group (normally between 6-8 guests) for refreshment, conversation and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month but the drivers and guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness becomes a thing of the past.  This service is completely free.

If you think you could spare a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, either as a driver or a host please  get in touch with  Fiona Franklin, South West Support Officer 01934 316578  or Christine Payne, Contact the Elderly Coordinator for Minehead, Exmoor & the Quantocks, 01643 841276








Bell Ringing 22nd July

Dear Villagers
On Monday, July 22nd at 2pm we have a band of ringers who will ring a peal on our bells. They are a group of ringers who visit Lundy each year to ring at St. Helena’s church on the island. Before they go they like to ring at a church on the mainland and this year we have the privilege.
The band coming will consist of 2 from Lancashire and others from London, Limerick and Munich. Andrew, the tower captain of Minehead, who comes to our practice night to help us progress, is also joining them.
They will be ringing 5000 changes of a method called Uxbridge Surprise Major, a musical arrangement which will last about 3 hours.
Listen to these professional ringers, our bells are a delight to hear, and if you feel inspired your local band meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm. You will be most welcome.
Elisabeth Powls Tower Captain

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Proposals

Dear Sir/Madam – I am writing this letter/email following the announcement of proposed changes to Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service which were presented to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Fire Authority on Friday 28 June 2019.  The Fire Authority have agreed a 12 week consultation period and are very interested in hearing local citizens and stakeholders views on these proposed changes for a new service delivery operating model.

Under the new proposals, the Service would seek to move underused resources from where the risk is low and invest more into work to reach the most vulnerable members of society and help keep them safe.

This includes proposed closures of a number of fire stations where risk and activity is low and the removal of fire engines that are underused. We would look to reinvest some of the financial savings into prevention work in the community.

There are several reasons why change is needed. Lifestyles and geographical profiles of both Devon and Somerset have changed dramatically since many of our fire stations were built. Supported by the prevention work that has been carried out locally and nationally and by the Service, the number of fires attended by crews has fallen by a third in the last 10 years. We are also the largest employer of on call firefighters in the country. This provides challenges to recruitment and availability of fire engines within some areas meaning that some communities are better served by nearby stations where availability of firefighters and fire engines are more guaranteed.

We appreciate that any suggestion of removing stations or fire engines can be unsettling for residents and we want to ensure that residents feel informed and supported as a community. We will be holding public drop-in exhibitions in the localities that are affected by the proposals and other locations across Devon and Somerset throughout July and August. This is so that we can talk with local residents and explain the changes and reasons for change as part of the consultation process.

In addition to this, as an organisation we work with closely, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the proposals and had the opportunity to have your say through the consultation period that will run for 12 weeks starting from 3 July and finishing on 22 September 2019. Please note a change of dates to the consultation period due to a delay in the start of the consultation are incorrect on the attached poster, the correct consultation period date is 3 July to 22 September 2019.

The link below provides information about the dates we will be visiting your area and how everyone can have their say on the proposals. Should you wish to speak to a member of the Service or receive more information, please contact the Consultation and Engagement Team using the details on the poster. Please feel free to pass on this email and poster to anyone you feel would be interested.

For more information around the consultation, proposals and to take part in the consultation online please follow the link

If we can be of any further assistance or you would like to discuss this email further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours Sincerely, Best wishes

The Safer Together Programme Team