Twerton shop raising funds for the Somerset Levels
A Twerton store has been drawing attention to the plight of people caught up in the flooding crisis on the Somerset Levels.
For many days, the One Stop shop at the bottom of The Hollow, has made available a collection bucket for a charity called Flooding on the Levels Action Group (FLAG).
Customers at One Stop have been donating spare change to the charity, aware of the widely televised scenes of devastation to homes caused by the out-of-control river water.
The Flooding on the Levels Action Group has a Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/FLAGSomerset.
It is being used to discuss information about fund raising, travel and help currently available for victims of the floods.
In Twerton, a resident brought a large collection of music CDs into One Stop, to be exchanged for donations to flood victims on the Somerset Levels.
Store manager Shaun Murphy said that local people had been “very giving”. A girl commented that she could have bought one of the CDs for a lower price in the city centre but made the donation anyway.
Fundraising is a regular activity in Twerton and Whiteway. In March, a team from The Golden Fleece Pub will be doing a sponsored walk to purchase trained dogs that help members of the armed forces disabled in combat.
Photo: Staff member Jason with the flood victims’ collection bucket at One Stop.
First edition of Twerton & Whiteway News
Normally when things go a bit quiet on here, it’s because other projects are developing in the background. Over the last few weeks content from this website has been compiled into a community newspaper called Twerton & Whiteway News.
Learning how to produce a newspaper and then getting it printed and delivered it to some 3000 homes in Twerton and Whiteway, has been quite an experience! Now we are awaiting feedback from residents on what they thought about the paper, ahead of producing the next edition later in the year.
Twerton & Whiteway News is designed to raise the positive profile of the area and encourage resident-led action.
Local agencies can advertise activities and support services to the community for free. There is also an idea that residents of Twerton and Whiteway who have their own businesses could advertise for free.
The paper will hold local councillors to account when they make decisions affecting the community without consulting residents themselves, or show favouritism to one part of their ward over another.
Twerton & Whiteway News can be read online here.
New landlord needed for The Full Moon
Time is running out to find a landlord to run The Full Moon Pub in Twerton, which may otherwise close in a couple of weeks.
The current pub management have indicated that they will be leaving The Full Moon on 27th January.
This afternoon (January 14th) there was no word in the pub that anyone new had applied to run The Full Moon, which is currently listed as available to let on the Admiral Taverns website.
Customers in The Full Moon today spoke highly of the pub and the community of regulars that have formed around it. A lady named Carol who lives in Twerton said:
“I’ve been coming to The Full Moon since I was fifteen and I’m now sixty. We all have good relations with each other in this pub and everyone will stand by you.”
For a prospective landlord or landlady, The Full Moon benefits from a steady daytime trade. One unique feature is that some deaf residents from the Action on Hearing Loss Centre at Poolemead, go to The Full Moon where they are accepted and known by name.
UPDATE: A couple from Bristol have now taken over the running of the pub.
Save our children’s services on 16th January
The Council Cabinet are attempting to cut children’s services by nearly forty percent.
Services at First Steps Children’s Centre in Twerton are among those at risk. The cut will be debated at the Council Meeting in the Guildhall, on 16th January at 6.30pm. If you want to help resist the cut, do the following:
* Join the protest outside the Guildhall from 6pm until the meeting starts at 6.30pm. Bring placards and friends.
* Register to speak in support of Children’s Centres at the meeting. You will need to register at least 5 days in advance by contacting Democratic Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Or just support others who are speaking against the cut by listening from the public gallery.
* Spread the word. This doesn’t only affect us but will have repercussions for all our local communities.
For more information read through the article here.
UPDATE: The campaign has had some success, as the Council Cabinet has now announced an extra £500,000 to lessen the cut to children’s services. Further pressure is still needed.