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.


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Dear Sir / Madam,   


You will be aware that at the start of July this year the Accident and Emergency Department at Weston General Hospital announced that it

would have to temporarily close overnight due to staff shortages.


As we are now in the main holiday season the hospital has asked me to re-circulate their poster advising members of the public that the hospital’s A&E

Department continues to be closed overnight and should anyone have an urgent need for medical advice overnight they are advised to telephone

the free, 24 health helpline, NHS 111.


In the event of someone experiencing a  life threatening medical emergency (eg, head injury/ unconsciousness, heart attack, stroke or a

serious loss of blood)  people should telephone 999 and ask for an ambulance.


I would be grateful if you would consider sharing this information with residents and visitors to the area in whatever way you feel most effective.


Paul Courtney

NHS Communications Manager

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Phone: 01935 385241


Twitter: @somersetccg

Somerset County Council

Library Customer Satisfaction Survey

Tell us about your library

We are launching a customer satisfaction survey on Monday 24 July for library users, and non-users, to tell us what they think about their library and the library service. And we want as many people as possible to take part.

The results from the survey will tell us what’s important to library users and how we can help customers make the most of library services in the future.

The questions we are asking include how often you visit, what services you use, how you find staff support, the quality of library facilities and services, how library services could be improved in future and what stops people visiting their local library.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council, said: “We always want to know how we are doing and would like as many people as possible to complete this latest customer satisfaction survey. The results will tell us more about what’s important to our customers, the services they like and suggestions for improvement. We also want to hear from people who don’t use their local library. Why don’t they? Is there a particular reason that we could improve on in future?”

You can complete the survey online at from 24 July until 12 August - and surveys are available from your local library – just ask a staff member.

The survey is also open to library users under 16. So, children may be asked by a member of library staff to complete a questionnaire.




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. 













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.                                                                            





Extracts from The Community Council for Somerset latest newsletter.


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