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How do you feel about solar farm development in your area?

Tue 1 Aug '17, 18:47
By Caitlin Hafferty
How do you feel about solar farm development in your area?

Cardiff University student, Caitlin Hafferty, is currently conducting a study into the impact of solar farms on local communities in Somerset. Take a short survey to have your say on the solar farms that have popped up in the Wincanton area.

Shiny new picnic benches for Cale Park play area

Wed 26 Jul '17, 19:29
By Dave Smith
Shiny new picnic benches for Cale Park play area

The recently refurbished play area at Cale Park now has two shiny new picnic benches. They are adjacent, and both overlook the sandpit and swings where the littlest people are likely to spend most of their time.

At last, there's waterworks at Cale Park

Wed 12 Jul '17, 22:32
By Dave Smith
At last, there's waterworks at Cale Park

At long last the public toilet at Cale Park has re-opened, and there's a brand new drinking water fountain in the play area! Since the play area has received a huge upgrade it has been so popular the Town Council has prioritised getting the amenities up and running.

Major water improvement works at Rick Hayes

Wed 28 Jun '17, 15:43
By John Smith
Major water improvement works at Rick Hayes

Wessex Water is currently conducting major water improvement works in the Rick Hayes residential estate in Wincanton. Work began on 1st May 2017 and is scheduled to take up to 29 weeks to complete.

Residents gather to voice concern over revised Windmill Hill development plan [UPDATED]

Tue 9 May '17, 08:05
By Fanny Charles
Residents gather to voice concern over revised Windmill Hill development plan <small style='color: blue'>[UPDATED]</small>

Residents of Bayford and Penn View are opposing new plans to develop farmland off Bayford Hill. They voiced their concerns at a meeting in Bayford on Friday 6th May. Public consultation closes on 15th May and South Somerset planners are expected to consider the application in July.

BBC Somerset radio broadcast from Cale Park last Sunday

Sat 6 May '17, 09:25
By Dave Smith
BBC Somerset radio broadcast from Cale Park last Sunday

Last Sunday, 30th April, the BBC Somerset radio programme Clueless with Richard Lewis featured Cale Park, broadcast in part from the old bridge near the car park. Wincanton Town Clerk and members of C.A.T.C.H. were interviewed about the new play park and the work the team does to help the river.

£170 million plan to dual A303 from Sparkford to Ilchester

Wed 8 Mar '17, 18:32
By Fanny Charles
£170 million plan to dual A303 from Sparkford to Ilchester

There could be an end in sight to the notorious congestion at the Sparkford roundabout on the A303 if Highways England plans for a new dual carriageway from Sparkford to Ilchester get the go-ahead.

Bayford's new Village Hall opens Saturday 10th

Thu 1 Dec '16, 22:17
By Marilyn Miland
Bayford's new Village Hall opens Saturday 10th

The opening of the newly named Bayford Village Hall will take place on Saturday 10th December. Since the purchase of the hall in April 2016 it has been repaired and converted into a safe and accessible community facility, at a total cost of £96,000.

Public Consultation on Wincanton’s Draft Neighbourhood Plan Has Begun

Wed 9 Nov '16, 13:16
By Matt Day
Public Consultation on Wincanton’s Draft Neighbourhood Plan Has Begun

The Wincanton Neighbourhood Plan has reached a milestone, and a public consultation has begun. This is an opportunity for local people to view the Draft Plan and give their comments. The Plan will influence the future of the town.

Bonhams Auctioneers to Hold Charity Valuation Day for Bayford Chapel

Sat 1 Oct '16, 16:37
By Marilyn Miland
Bonhams Auctioneers to Hold Charity Valuation Day for Bayford Chapel

To help finance the building and conversion work on Bayford Chapel, Bonhams the international auctioneers will beholding a charity valuation day in Wincanton Memorial Hall on 12th October between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Heritage Open Day Saturday 10th September in Parish Church

Tue 6 Sep '16, 22:17
By Diana McEwen
Heritage Open Day Saturday 10th September in Parish Church

It's part of a nationwide event to promote heritage sites and buildings. Wincanton has many interesting stories and historical events to choose from. This year we are linking our first Open Day to the new town Heritage Trail, launched late December, 2015.

Open Garden at Pen Mill Farm

Tue 6 Sep '16, 21:35
By Fanny Charles
Open Garden at Pen Mill Farm

Lovers of unusual trees, shrubs and plants should make a date to visit a beautiful garden at Penselwood which is open for National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

Opening Ceremony for New Cale Park Play Area and Footbridge on 25th August

Thu 18 Aug '16, 17:59
By John Smith
Opening Ceremony for New Cale Park Play Area and Footbridge on 25th August

The new Cale Park play area has been open to the public since the beginning of the month, but the official opening ceremony for both the park and the new footbridge will be on Thursday 25th August, to coincide with the second of two Play Days organised by South Somerset District Council this summer.

Local Businesses Support Cale Park Play Area

Thu 28 Jul '16, 13:18
By Louise Treacher
Local Businesses Support Cale Park Play Area

The Friends of Cale Park are delighted to have received two donations from local businesses to help towards the final costs for the Play Area project at Cale Park.

Myakka is on a Mission to Help the Local Community

Sat 16 Jul '16, 08:43
By Andrea Cowan
Myakka is on a Mission to Help the Local Community

The Myakka Grass Root Fund has been set up to help the Somerset Community Foundation promote and support vibrant, inclusive communities within South Somerset. Bayford Chapel is the most recent project to benefit.

Community Raises Funds for Major Bayford Chapel Renovation

Thu 14 Jul '16, 17:24
By John Smith
Community Raises Funds for Major Bayford Chapel Renovation

Residents of Bayford have formed a charity to purchase and renovate Bayford Chapel to ensure that the building continues as an important focal point in the village. Fundraising is underway to raise £32,000 from local donations.

Development of Waypoints Dementia Care Home Delayed Again

Fri 8 Jul '16, 08:33
By John Smith
Development of Waypoints Dementia Care Home Delayed Again

After poor weather conditions hindered building of a new dementia care home in Wincanton earlier this year, a lack of available contractors is quoted as the reason for delaying further work until 2017.

Major Roadworks on A371 in July – Diversions Planned

Fri 1 Jul '16, 17:06
By John Smith
Major Roadworks on A371 in July – Diversions Planned

Between 4th July and 15th July road users in Wincanton, Bruton, and Castle Cary will yet again be subject to a major road closure to allow resurfacing of a section of the A371 road between Bratton Seymour and Cary Hill.

Wincanton Areas Visited by Neighbourhood Plan Group

Wed 25 May '16, 22:30
By Matt Day
Wincanton Areas Visited by Neighbourhood Plan Group

On Friday 12th February a group of participants in the development of Wincanton's Neighbourhood Plan visited a number of areas around the town. The process, called a Placecheck, is a facilitated series of short visits to areas of land which could be used for housing and/or employment in future.

Cale Park Play Area is Closing for Refurbishment!

Thu 5 May '16, 11:28
By Dave Smith
Cale Park Play Area is Closing for Refurbishment!

At long last work is about to begin to upgrade the Cale Park play area. Starting with the brand new footbridge and finishing with a full set of all-new play equipment, the exciting work requires the play park and associated car park be temporarily closed to the public.

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