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.


Briefing Paper – New measures to ensure swift, smooth and safer visits to Somerset's 16 recycling sites.


This briefing paper outlines the details of the introduction of new measures, including a free permit system for a small proportion of customers, from Monday 3 October 2016 at Somerset’s 14 Recycling Centres and two Community Recycling Sites.

Somerset’s growing population, greater vehicle ownership, and rising waste levels have caused the annual number of recycling site visits to jump 400,000 in recent years to well over 1.5 million. Somerset Waste Board has approved the changes to cut congestion, improve services, enhance safety and reduce costs.

Residents bringing in household waste using a car (but not towing a trailer), including estates, 4x4s, people carriers and campervans, do not need a permit.

Those using smaller vans, pick-ups, or single-axle trailers of up to three-metre floor length towed by cars for household waste need a free three-year permit, available only to Somerset residents, for use on weekdays and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays.

The largest vehicles – vans over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW), box (Luton) vans, agricultural vehicles – and trailers of over three-metre floor length or with more than one axle, including box trailers and horse boxes, or any combination of van and trailer, cannot be used to bring in household waste from 3 October.

Business vehicles using the 10 recycling sites accepting paid-for trade waste need no permit. At Taunton (Priorswood) and Highbridge there are no restrictions on trade vehicles, trailers, vehicle-trailer combinations or access times. At the other eight trade sites, businesses must observe the same measures as residents, including no vans with trailers and access on weekdays and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays.

Residents using a hire vehicle for up to three days to deposit household waste or charged-for materials, such soil or hardcore, can obtain a temporary access permit at a recycling site by presenting the hire agreement and completing a waiver form.

Each Somerset household can have one permit for a specific van and one trailer permit with details of two towing cars. Permits cannot be transferred or altered; any changes require a new free permit application and the old permit to be destroyed.

Applications are made online via Somerset Waste Partnership’s website. Residents without online access can use any local library for online access and assistance.

Visit for full details, including a visual checklist of vehicles accepted and not accepted, terms and conditions, and answers to FAQs.

Somerset Waste Partnership August 2016


East Brent Harvest Home

If you didn't manage to get your tickets from the East Brent Village Hall

you're not too late.

Try The Brent Knoll Inn or Betty Griffin Tel: 01278 760154






             An Evening Entertainment with      

                      Richard Lennox

We are organising an evening to listen and sing along with Richard

In East Brent Village Hall at 7.30pm on the 8th October 2016.

There will be cheese and wine during the interval and the ticket price

will include a ‘glass of something’ as you arrive.

For tickets (£10 pp) or further details, please contact Kathy on:





           Drifting Dreamers Ltd

With the help of the Princes's Trust I have recently set up an open-air/pop-up cinema company and are currently looking for appropriate venues to hold an event. If you could let me know of any parks etc which you think would be appropriate for this type of event I will send off the TENs request. 
Any help with this matter would be much appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you. 
Please feel free to contact me if you require further information, or have any queries or questions.

Thanks again,

Andrew Morris  





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.




Somerset County Council is encouraging parents to be ‘sunsmart’ to protect their children from the harmful effects of the sun this summer.

Exposing children to too much sun may significantly increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Covering up, staying in the shade and using sunscreen are the best ways to protect children against the sun.

More people develop skin cancer in Somerset on average compared to the rest of the country. Somerset has the 14th highest incidence of skin cancer diagnosis compared to other areas in England and on average between

2013-15 there were 37 skin cancer deaths each year.

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health said: “Being out in the sunshine is a great way for children to be active and get the Vitamin D their bodies need. But parents need to make sure they know their children’s skin, don’t let them burn and if they’re outside for a while make sure they’re in the shade, covered up or wearing sunscreen.”

Councillor Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Children and teenagers might need a reminder or a helping hand, but setting a good example yourself is a great way to help them learn and get into good habits.

“And it’s not just when you’re on holiday abroad that you need to think about slapping on the sunscreen, the sun can be just as strong in the UK. People often get caught out when they’re not expecting it, like when out for a walk or playing in the garden.”

Six top safety tips to protect children in the sun:

• Spending some time every day playing outside with faces and arms uncovered will give children the Vitamin D that they need for strong bones. But parents need to make sure children don’t get too much sun and avoid sunburn.

• When the sun is strong encourage children to play in the shade – for example, under trees or a parasol – especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.

• Keep babies under six-months-old out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.

• Cover exposed parts of children’s skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use a high factor sunscreen (at least SPF 15, preferably 30 or above) that is effective against UVA and UVB. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of their feet and reapply often throughout the day.

• Cover children up in loose, baggy cotton clothes, such as an oversized t-shirt with sleeves or get them to wear a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck.

• Protect children’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard and carry the “CE” mark (check the label or ask the manufacturer).

• If your child is swimming, use waterproof sunscreen and always reapply after towel drying.

For more advice on how to protect children in the sun, go to:

Cancer Research also has lots of advice about protecting children in the sunshine, visit their website:


For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email




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



Somerset County Council - Press Release

Got a road traffic problem? Find a solution with Traffic Choices

A new website to help people understand how to tackle traffic issues in their community has been launched by Somerset County Council.

The Traffic Choices website provides information about different options which can be used to solve problems on the road. So whether you’re concerned about pedestrian safety, speeding vehicles or inconsiderate parking, this is the first place to go.

The website has details on all the various solutions which may be available, and uses pictures and video clips to show how each option works and explain the pros and cons.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This new website aims to help communities understand what can and can’t be achieved through traffic and highway improvements – and also explain why some solutions may not be appropriate for some areas.

“Often people come to us with their idea for a solution to their problem, when sometimes there are practical reasons why this might not be suitable – for example, speed humps may be effective in reducing traffic speeds but could also be noisy and cause vibrations in nearby homes.

“The website is easy to understand and should help explain the process people need to follow if they would like us to consider taking action.”

Somerset County Council has a small budget to spend each year on small-scale road improvements which are a priority for local communities. If people have a problem they can view the options on 

Traffic Choices but should get in touch with their local Parish or Town Council and their County Councillor in the first instance to discuss further.

To find out who the elected Somerset County Councillor is for a particular area, simply

Traffic Choices was originally developed by Bristol City Council and Somerset County Council has worked with them to adapt the site to reflect the more rural nature of Somerset.

You can access the site by visiting


For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or

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Brent Knoll Bazaar

Farmer's Market & Parish Cafe

2nd SATURDAY every month

at Brent Knoll Parish Hall - 10.00am to 12 noon

Locally produced Fresh Beef, Pork, Chicken, Eggs, Cheese, Pickles and Preserves

Asian Food, Vegetable Stall, Westcroft Cider, Homemade Cakes and Savouries,

Phoenix Cards, Handmade Cards, Silver and beaded jewellery, Children’s Games,

Toys and Puzzles, Local Crafts, Textiles, etc., CDs, DVDs, Books, and Bric-a-Brac; plus Raffle.

The Parish Café will be serving Bacon and Sausage Butties & light snacks

Entrance FREE

Book a Table (£7 per table) Phone Eddie Fuller (01278 760 308)