At the end of last week face coverings became mandatory for most of us in certain settings such as public transport, shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices. Please note, however, that some people are exempt from having to wear one. To read the full guidance, including exemptions, please review: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
A message from South Somerset District Council:
PlayBox is here! It’s this summer’s safe alternative to the Playday events
Free play activities are on their way for families this summer in South Somerset thanks to our new PlayBox scheme.
This year, to ensure the safety of children, adults and our teams, we have had to cancel our Playdays, YouthDays and School’s Out summer activities due to Covid-19.
However, all is not lost, as we are still providing South Somerset families with play alternatives this summer with PlayBox. PlayBox is a free activity box including arts and crafts, baking and outdoor play idea, and environmental activities.
The PlayBoxes will be given out at our collection points across South Somerset on the following dates between 11am and 2pm:
4th August – Kingsbury Episcopi Recreation Ground
5th August – Cale Park, Wincanton
6th August – Jocelyn Park, Chard
7th August – Yeovil Recreation Ground, Mudford Road, Yeovil
To receive a box, you will need to visit one of our collection points. We have a limited stock and will be giving the boxes out on a first come first served basis.
One box will be given to each child aged between five and 11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be different PlayBoxes to choose from covering a range of activities.
There will be a booklet listing the activities featured in each box to help you make your decision before reaching the collection point.
We ask that you are respectful of others and adhere to social distancing guidelines when collecting your play box. There will be a one-way system in place so please follow the signs at the collection locations. We advise you to bring hand sanitiser and will have some at the collection point.
South Somerset District Council, Yarlington Housing Group and Yeovil Town Council have hosted Playdays, YouthDays and the School’s Out programme in South Somerset for many years, providing joy to thousands of our residents. So it is with great sadness that they will not be happening this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at South Somerset District Council, said, “We have to think about the safety of our communities at this time and although it was a difficult decision to cancel our PlayDays and other events, it was the right thing to do. I’m delighted, however, that our fantastic team is going to be able to provide safe alternative play opportunities to our communities through the PlayBox initiative.
“We look forward to providing great activities to families and bringing Playdays back next year if it is safe to do so.”
PlayBox is accompanied by a booklet of activities and our online resources which can be found on our website.
Lots of essential advice for businesses: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-back-to-work-government-guidelines/
A link to previous webinars: https://communityenergyengland.org/pages/previous-events/
Do you want to help shape the future of rural transport services in South Somerset?
For the past 12 months, South Somerset District Council has been investigating how a better rural transport service can be established and now we need your help.
We have been working with partners, commercial providers of new technology and the Government’s innovation arm the Connected Places Catapult, to look at creating alternatives to heavily-subsidised fixed-timetable and fixed-journey services which currently exist.
An important part of this work is to fully understand of needs of residents, and we are delighted to announce that the Connected Places Catapult has chosen South Somerset as the subject of its research looking at a largely rural area.
The first part of this activity is to put together a focus group of 15 people who can help design and launch the study.
How can I help?
We’re inviting residents to put themselves forward as be part of the research group.
Initially, you would have to be available next week to take part in an online session on the 13 July, and participate in two tasks based around how rural transport could be improved in South Somerset.
We are looking for a representative group of residents across the district’s rural areas, including students going to college, people travelling to work, and older residents needing to travel for healthcare. The study will also include shopping and meeting with family and friends.
If you would like the opportunity to shape the way that transport works in South Somerset, please apply by visiting https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6TE4XP/
A member of the team will be in contact with you should your application be successful. We are particularly keen to hear from people who rely on public transport to move around the district and those who are eager to switch to public transport for environmental benefits.
CASTLE CARY’s TUESDAY MARKET
RETURNS on 7 JULY
The following traders will be there:
Taylor’s of Bruton (Bread)
Paul (Hart’s Natural Seafood),
Shaun & Karen (Fruit & Veg),
Leah (Blissful Bakes),
Simon (Hillside Farm Cheese etc.),
Pop (Thai Food),
Claire (Perennial Plants),
Erin (Ethnic Clothing).
Expect a different layout as they will be following the recommended safety guidelines.
We ask you all please to do the same by:
There’s been a lot of activity at the end of the cricket nets on the Donald Pither Memorial Field; many thanks go to Nick Weeks, Bob Gilbey, Steve Biddlecombe and Justin Birch for their hard work installing it, saving the Council a lot of money. The hoop was partly funded by Churches Together.