The old veranda decking had become unsafe and the railings had been vandalised over the years, so we've been working hard to restore it to its former splendour!
Big thanks to Paul Clayton & Graham Jones for their work painting the steelwork today, looking sharp!
Next will be the new decking, and then we'll be ready for the next Village Day just as soon as we're allowed to reopen.
We have a few more jobs coming up, big and small, so if you’re able to help please let Val Jones know:
New Veranda Taking Shape
Old rotten wood gone, railings repaired, new paint - it's starting to look good again.
Many thanks to Cerian from George’s Garden at Gurney Slade, who very kindly donated beautiful fuchsias and antirrhinums to fill the last planter outside our Village Hall.
More Plants for the Hall
Many thanks to George's Garden for a lovely donation!
You may have noticed a bit of colour brightening up the village hall this week, new signs and noticeboard coming soon! Big thanks to Val Jones and Lyndsay Thomas for their green fingers.
The spring flower swap has ended and a donation of leftover primroses has been made to Helen for a new wildflower meadow at Happy Landings. We plan to do a Summer Flower Swap and will keep you posted, thank you to all who participated!
Village Hall Colour
A bit of colour brightening up the village hall
MORE GOOD NEWS! THE PLAY AREA WILL BE OPEN FROM SATURDAY 4TH JULY.
Please follow the guidance below and posted on site.
Whilst some wipes will be provided, we'd be grateful if you would bring your own anti-bac wipes with you to wipe down touch points after your visit. This will help our funds go further with potential additional play equipment and maintenance in the future.
COVID 19 REGULATIONS FOR USE OF THE PLAY AREA
PLEASE FOLLOWING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AT ALL TIMES WHILST IN THE PLAY AREA OF 2 METRES (1 METRE, WHERE 2 METRES IS NOT VIABLE)
PLEASE CAN PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CHILDREN SANITIZE HANDS BEFORE ENTERING THE PLAY AREA AND WHEN YOU LEAVE
A MAXIMUM OF TWO CHILDREN ALLOWED AT ONE TIME ON A PIECE OF THE PLAY EQUIPMENT
ONLY ONE FAMILY MEMBER ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY A CHILD
ALL USERS OF THE EQUIPMENT PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACES
IF YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE PLEASE USE A TISSUE OR ARM IF NO TISSUE
PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR MOUTHS ON EQUIPMENT OR HANDS IN YOUR MOUTHS
PLEASE USE WIPES PROVIDED TO CLEAN ALL TOUCH POINTS WHEN LEAVING AND DISPOSE OF WIPES IN THE BIN LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PLAY AREA.
PLEASE ENJOY THE PLAY AREA AND STAY SAFE AT ALL TIMES BY FOLLOWING THESE REGULATIONS.
THANK YOU GET ACTIVE STON EASTON
Play Area Reopens
Great news! The play area reopens on Saturday 4th July.
An open letter from Ele Nash
I hope everybody is keeping safe and well in these crazy times.
Back in October last year, myself and my two children had a near miss crossing the A37 from the bus stop. A van came around the corner too fast and I had to run with the buggy and my four-year-old to get across the road. The buggy caught the edge of the very small dropped curb and it tipped fully over. Luckily, my baby was strapped in and none of us were hurt, though we all fell and were quite shaken up. Since then, I have been engaging with the council on what might be done to make things safer in Ston Easton.
At present, there is no safe crossing point in the middle of Ston Easton, despite the fact that the bus stop is used by multiple children and is adjacent to a care home. There is not even a dropped curb on each side to allow a buggy or wheelchair across more easily. In addition, anybody who has attempted to walk around the bend to the northern section of the village, particularly with buggies, kids or dogs will know how risky this is. Indeed, a quick search on www.crashmap.uk shows there have been over 20 (reported) road traffic incidents over the last 21 years, including fatalities. The peppered wall throughout, police tape and lorry tracks across the pavement serve as a constant reminder of how many drivers lose control. Even during lockdown, a cement mixer overturned and caused chaos. I used to do the school run through the hotel to make it safer, but this is sadly no longer an option.
I have raised these concerns with Tom Killen at a local level who has kindly passed it on to Mike Pullin at the County Council. They are raising it with the Highways Health and Safety team. I am not a highways expert so I do not want to give a specific request on how to calm the traffic or provide a safe crossing point but I do want them to do a proper assessment, engage with the community and find a solution that works for all.
I have only lived in Ston Easton for six years and I know from Tom Killen and from my neighbours that this issue has been raised before, so I wanted to let the village know what I am doing and give people a chance to add in their voice. Concerns can be directed to Mike Pullin ; 07885372447 or, if you prefer, you can email me and I will collate them all and send them on . I personally intend to film my journey home from the bus stop for him so he can see the problem.
My aim is that the only loss we suffer in the village due to vehicles is the post box.
The Main Road
What can we do?
An open letter from Ele Nash.
Latest news is that it will be replaced, but may take a while! Apparently when a box is knocked over they have to consider if it should be relocated so it doesn't happen again. So we just have to wait...
Over the next few weeks, you will notice the grass is being left uncut. In the past the sports clubs who used the playing field have taken care of this. Since they have disbanded the Village Hall has stepped in and been meeting the cost from income, generated from events and regular users. At a cost of £65 +VAT per cut.
The new Village Hall committee has decided that without any funding for this, and with no substantial income for the foreseeable future, we need to preserve what little funds we have to cover essential costs such as insurance, electricity and water bills.
We are seeking help from other sources to solve the situation for now and the future and would ask you to bear with us. We are working hard towards improving the Village Hall.
You may have noticed that the grass hasn't been cut for a while. Here's why.
Apparently the village post box was knocked down, presumably by a vehicle. Our postman found it lying down and emptied it, so any mail inside is safe. Hopefully it will be reinstated in a few days time.
Our postbox has disappeared. Here's what we know so far...
Would you be interested in having a Community Speed Watch Scheme in Ston Easton? Would you be willing to volunteer a small amount of time on an ad hoc basis to monitor vehicles using speed detection equipment? Please contact Keith Beevor on 07785 757513 for more information.
Whilst schemes have been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak – we can still begin to bring together volunteers and eventually reduce the harmful impact of speeding vehicles through our village and improve safety for pedestrians.
Community Speed Watch
Let's get a Community Speed Watch Scheme in Ston Easton.
News from Mendip District Council
We’re aiming to make it easier and safer for residents to travel by bike and on foot 🚴♂️🏃👣
We want to reconnect people and places through a network of cycle and walking paths across the district.
Mendip's 'active travel' plans put walking and cycling at its heart
Latest update from Somerset Waste Partnership.
Restrictions remain as recycling sites back on summer hours. Recycling sites have reverted to their usual summer opening hours from Monday 1 June. All usual kerbside collections - recycling, garden waste, rubbish - are underway.
See below for full information and follow SWP for the latest and up to date information: @somersetwaste on Facebook and Twitter and www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.
Recycling sites now open on summer hours and all usual collections underway.
🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼Local plants for charity 🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼
One of our villagers receives surplus plants from a wholesale nursery to sell for Happy Landings – a very good local charity who rehome animals. As they are now closed due to Covid-19, she is unable to do this and is offering the plants from home for a donation to the charity.
One of our villagers sells surplus plants for a local charity. Have a look at what's available.
The Somerset Coronavirus helpline deals with issues from finance 💰, personal care, feeling worried 😟, anxious or depressed, food requests 🍞 & transport arrangements 🚕. If have no one to turn to & you need help, call ➡️ 0300 790 6275.
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Outside the Village Hall, 10am-12pm
Many villagers will have been taking advantage of the wonderful weather and sorting out their gardens. In doing this there might be a few spare plants potted up and needing a home.
If you have any spares, please consider leaving them for villagers to help themselves at the hall each Wednesday morning, from 10am-12pm.
Could you add a label so that the plants can be identified? NO TRIFIDS!
Plant Swap Wednesdays!
Plant swap outside the Village Hall. Please observe social distancing rules!
Eleven recycling sites will reopen on Monday 11 May for essential visits only - in line with updated government guidance - and garden waste collections (see below) will resume from the same day.
To ensure social distancing, protect public and staff and limit numbers, there will be a range of temporary restrictions; queues and delays are likely.
Government guidance states visits should only take place if waste cannot be stored safely at home without risking harm or ill-health, or harm to public health and amenity. If not an essential journey, please wait until sites are back to usual.
Recycling sites open from 11 May: Bridgwater, Chard, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Williton and Yeovil. The other five sites are due to reopen from Tuesday 26 May.
There are revised opening times and other restrictions. Please see the website for full details.