Community Portal

Welcome to East Brent Community Portal.

The Community Portal has been provided by East Brent Parish Council and is managed by The Website Committee.

We hope that the Community Portal Project will develop and we welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement. We cannot promise to implement your suggestions, but we will take on board all of your suggestions and put them into the melting pot for consideration at the next development stage of the website.

For those who are new to the site, have a look at our About Page which summarises each of the sections of the website.



Devon & Somerset Fire Brigade have asked that a warning go out regarding safety of tumble dryers and a copy of their document is attached for your information.

Please click on the PDF symbol for the document. 



21 March 2017

For immediate release

New text number to combat rural crime - 07492 888109



The service was aimed at encouraging rural communities and businesses to help us by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. 

The number allows the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who  assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently. 

The service is going to continue following its three month trial but the number is changing. The 81819 number, which was also shared with our Drink Drive campaign and other services, is being discontinued and new numbers are being rolled out.

The new Rural Crime number is now 07492 888109 and will working in exactly the same way.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We trialled the number for three months and have decided to carry on with the service. However, we felt we needed our own specific number and the 81819 number was quite expensive to run. The new number is specifically for Rural Crime and is a lot more cost effective.

“The number came about as many people who belong to our FarmWatch scheme said they wanted a facility to be able to pass on information and respond to messages quickly, and this number has facilitated that. 

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example - details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for. 

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice." 

Messages are currently sent out via text message, voice alert and email to members of the Neighbourhood, Farm and Horse Watch schemes to alert them to crimes and incidents in their area. This new number will allow people to text back information quickly and easily.

Anyone can use it if they have information about rural or agricultural crime in their area, and isn’t just for Watch members.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Rural crime affects the livelihoods of farmers, smallholders and rural businesses and presents some real challenges for the wider rural areas.  I know the Rural Crime Team, working closely with our local communities are committed to tackling and preventing crime.

“I know from speaking to residents and farmers that there is a real desire to engage with the police when it comes to tackling rural crime.  Providing an appropriate way for our rural communities to contact the police with intelligence will make a real difference to ensuring our countryside is safe and feels safe.”

It is important to note that the number isn't monitored 24/7. The team will be looking at it when they are on duty, it therefore shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes.

You can report a crime online via our website

If it's a crime which requires an immediate police attendance then dial 999.

The new number is 07492 888109, please text us any information you believe could either help prevent or detect a crime in your area.

You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.













We now have, in this Parish, the third defibrillator. It is fitted on the cowshed wall at Laurel Farm, Edingworth opposite the end of Strowlands. It has kindly been donated by Ashlawn Ltd, the company set up to install the Solar Farm on Pill Road and The Pineo family have agreed to support the installation. This is in addition to those located outside Brent Area Medical Centre and on the wall outside Rooksbridge Post Office. In the unfortunate event of a possible cardiac arrest in your household, a defibrillator could save a life. They are simple to use and do not need specialist training. Dial 999 for an ambulance and you will be given the code for the defibs as well as the nearest location. In addition, the parish also subscribes to a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS). Any parishioner who finds him/herself in urgent need of help can ring this number and one of 10 volunteers from the parish will hopefully be available: 01278 393190 This does NOT replace the need to call the emergency services on 999 first. Please keep a note of the number above and contact me if you have any questions. Judith Webb 01278 760219


Joseph’s Pound Children's Play Area, Rooksbridge.

Last year the East Brent Parish Council opened a new play area, off of Pill Road, for all of the children of Rooksbridge. The Parish Council is delighted to announce that the more equipment has now been installed which includes swings and rides for younger children.

The Parish Council would stress however that the equipment and area is for the enjoyment of ALL the children of Rooksbridge.                                                                            



A new £3.8 million grant programme for communities across England to celebrate what makes their local place great in Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday year opens today.

The Big Lottery Fund is calling on local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding, between £300 and £10,000, to hold events or activities that will bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.

This opportunity comes as a survey* by the Big Lottery Fund found that given the chance, more than 40% would like to celebrate their local history, and more than two fifths (43%) of those aged 16 to 24 would celebrate their local culture, art or music. The research also revealed that more than half (63%) of people asked reported that they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their local neighbourhood.

In response to these findings the Big Lottery Fund is putting people in the lead to come up with their own ideas on what they would like to celebrate, and what kinds of events they could host to bring all corners of their community together.

The Celebrate programme is the perfect opportunity for people to showcase and enjoy something important to their community, be it an iconic building, a precious landscape, a unique service or a community hero. There will be £5 million available in total across the UK.

Peter Ainsworth, UK Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said: “Celebrate gives people the chance to come together, whether that’s to mark something important to their community like The Queen’s 90th birthday, commemorate a historic local event, or simply get to know your neighbours better. We want to celebrate what makes your local community great, so I’d encourage groups of all sizes to get in touch with us with their ideas.”

To be eligible, applicants must be part of a constituted group which has its own bank account. The Big Lottery Fund welcomes applications from voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies, particularly those who have never considered the Big Lottery Fund as a potential source of funding. Organisations are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment as once funds have been allocated, Celebrate will close to new applications.

For more information or to apply for a Celebrate grant please visit

Website: Twitter: @biglotteryfund #BigLottery Facebook:

For funding and general enquiries call:

BIG Advice Line: 0345 4 10 20 30

For press enquiries call:

Press Office: 020 7211 1888

Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572



* The total amount available for the Celebrate programme in England is £3.875 million.

* The total amount available across the UK for the Celebrate programme is £5 million. To find out more about the scheme in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland please visit:

* The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

* It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

* Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

* *YouGov poll on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund with 2109 respondents, June 2016.




Extracts from The Community Council for Somerset latest newsletter.


IMPORTANT – are you missing out on money for your local parish? 

Community Infrastructure Levy is the new way in which local authorities can collect a tax from new development. It only applies to certain types of development (mainly housing and shops) and only if your local authority has made a plan for collecting this money. This could amount to considerable sums of money in some cases (£100,000s) and in all cases represents a boost to parish funds. As the body which supports local communities across the County CCS wants to ensure that Parish Councils are aware of this new source of finance and are in a position to manage the responsibilities that come with it. More specifically CCS would like to know whether your parish would like to know more about CIL and how we may help. Would a conference/workshop on the subject be useful? Would your parish like us to advise you specifically on your situation or put you in touch with others who might be able to help? What we are hoping to avoid parishes receiving unexpectedly large sums of money without, either, the processes in place to manage the money or some idea on what they want to spend it on. If it isn’t spent on legitimate purposes in 5 years it can be clawed back by the local authority.

Please contact us on 01823 331222 or email: Keeley Rudd, Acting CEO , or Jane Birch, Community Involvement Officer on



Computers for Rural People Scheme

Individuals clubs and organisations, etc, in rural areas that need access to information and services, are able to purchase fully functioning ex-government computers for as little as £130. The computers are being made available through the Arthur Rank Centre. This is a collaborative unit supported by the National Churches, the Royal Agricultural Society of England and the Rank Foundation. For organisations that need more than one computer; e.g. for a Drop-in centre, School etc. the prices are even lower. Pilot projects sought for Making Local Woods Work

Expressions of interest are now being accepted for Making Local Woods Work, an exciting pilot project working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises across the UK. The project will work with 50 woodland social enterprises across the UK over the next three years. Find out more here.

Mortgages and Loans for Rural Shops

The Rural Shops Alliance is becoming aware that current Rural Shop owners wishing to refurbish or expand their business and those looking to purchase a rural shop are finding it increasingly difficult to secure loans and mortgages from the banks and other providers. We would like to hear from anyone who has been refused a loan or mortgage or had any other similar problems, particularly if a specific reason for refusal of the loan or mortgage has been given. Please email Gary Hepburn at the RSA on