Could you be a Marie Curie Helper?

Marie Curie are looking for dedicated volunteers for their Helper and Companion Services in Somerset.  The Helper Service offers emotional and practical support to people in your area living with a terminal illness.  This includes visiting them at home, going out with them, or talking to them over the phone.  The Companion Service is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and offers one-to-one support for patients and their carers in their final days or hours of life. These volunteers give around three hours each week and provide companionship, comfort and emotional support for people on the hospital wards as well as family and friends who are visiting them. All services are completely free to the terminally ill person and full training and travelling expenses are given for all volunteers. If you are interested please phone 08003047400 or email

Temporary Closure of Minehead to Williton Road (A39)

These works are due to commence on 7th  October and expected to last for 8 evenings (18.30 – 23.30) excluding the weekend

Minehead to Williton Road (A39) from 155m east of the
junction with Forches Lane, eastwards for a distance of 210 metres.
This order will enable Somerset Highways to carry out resurfacing works.
Please visit for further information on the alternative route.

Position Available

Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

to Timberscombe Parish Council

(Part-time – 4.5 hours per week) 

Salary NALC LC1 scale point 7-12  = £ 9.02 to £9.58 per hour.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage the agendas, formal minutes and correspondence of the Council, keeping the Parish website page updated (training available). In addition, the Clerk will be responsible for all aspects of financial administration of the Council.  Attendance at the evening meetings of the Council is a requirement of the position.

There is a minimum of 10 meetings a year, the fourth Monday of the month.

The Clerk works from home and must be computer literate, laptop provided.

Training will be provided.

For further information please email the Clerk, Sofi Cogley: –

Closing date for applications: Friday 11th October 2019

Avoiding Burglaries Police Advice

We have seen a number of burglaries across the force area where the offenders have targeted homes while the residents are on holiday. There are a number of things you can do to make your home look occupied, which can also be used as the nights are starting to draw in.

 As the nights are starting to draw-in, the most important thing to prevent burglary
is to make the home look as if it’s occupied. The use of lights on timer switches is
recommended, and if you can also put one on a radio tuned to a talk station that will
also make it sound like someone is in, and having a conversation. Fake TV lights are
now available, which gives the impression that someone is watching television, and
these can work really well if you have them in an upstairs bedroom.
 Ensure that all doors and windows are closed and properly locked – use a key,
don’t just lift the door handle. Take the keys out of the door when it’s locked and put
them somewhere out of sight and reach, but make sure all the residents know where
they are kept in case of emergency.
 Sheds, garages and outbuildings are popular targets for burglars, so increase the
security to these whenever possible. Check that the contents of these places are
included on our home and contents insurance.
 Register your belongings on the Immobilise property register. If anything lost or
stolen is handed to the police you have a good chance of getting your property
 Restrict access to the rear of your property wherever possible – lock any side
gates leading to the rear – as the back or patio doors are the most popular site of
forced entry. Think about growing some thorny bushes along the garden fencing.
 Lock away ladders or any tools that could help a burglar, and secure any garden
furniture or wheelie bins that can be moved to help gain access to an extension or
first floor window.
 If you’re taking the car with you, ask a neighbour to use your driveway while you
are away to make the home look occupied.
 Cut the lawn and keep the garden tidy. Long grass suggests that the house is
empty or the occupant is unable to look after the garden.
 Consider installing a burglar alarm – they are a real deterrent – but get an
approved or recommended model, as the cheap ones aren’t really that reliable and if
the alarm keeps going off your neighbours will soon lose interest and may ignore a
real activation.
 Don’t forget to cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, and postpone ordering
anything that may arrive while you’re away