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.


Join in the festive spirit and sing with the 


On the 3rd December we will be at the Christmas Fair in St Michael's Church, Brent Knoll.

There will be two performances, one at 10.45am and the other with the Brent Knoll School at 11.45am.

On the 13th December come and enjoy free mince pies and tea/coffee from 2,00pm in

LEBE's Community Cafe at the Pavilion, Lympsham.

On the 18th December candlelight beckons at St Mary's Church, East Brent, for our Carols for Christmas from 5,30pm.

We would love to see you there.

Contact Sue Toon on 01278 760753 for further information.



Contact the Elderly - Sunday Afternoon Tea.

(please see Community Notices)



An Invitation for a Free Health Check

Since April 2015, ToHealth have been working in collaboration with Somerset County Council to provide free NHS Health Checks to eligible residents of Somerset, currently we have delivered just under 10,000 checks countywide. We have been very successful delivering in other communities such as Martock and Chilcompton and we would like to extend this invitation to your parish.

The NHS Health Check Programme is a national service which assesses a person’s risk of developing heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. The health check provides advice and support on how a person may prevent or reduce their risks and live a healthier life. This is an ideal opportunity to offer the people of your town access to a free NHS Health Check, which could help them prevent long-term chronic conditions and potentially save their lives. The NHS Health Check provided by ToHealth is the same as the NHS Health Check that is provided by GPs and pharmacists.

In order to qualify for a free health check, parishioners must be:                           

Aged between 40 and 74. Should not have received an NHS health check elsewhere in the last five years.                                                                                               

Some parishioners may not qualify if they already have certain conditions or are taking certain medications (e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc).

Individuals must either live in Somerset County Council region, or be registered with a Somerset County Council GP

If anyone is interested in this scheme will you please contact the Parish Clerk

on: 01278 722577 or email at:






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



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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