West & Middle Chinnock Volunteers COVID 19
There are lots of volunteers in West & Middle Chinnock already helping residents. Examples include:
Jane and Jonathan
Follow our West & Middle Chinnock Community Webpage Facebook page
Request from Gary & Ruth of Hillview Close. Could you please let them have any used postage stamps & old mobile phones for their charity Canine Partners. (www.caninepartners.org.uk)
New travel website for Somerset. The aim of Travel Somerset is to improve how we tell people about what's happening on the roads in Somerset from planned roadworks and public events to unplanned incidents, accidents or congestion.
Sign up for travel alerts or subscribe for emails about roadworks in an area of your choice. go to www.travelsomerset.co.uk
West Chinnock is a village in Somerset, England, situated near the A356 road 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Crewkerne in the South Somerset district. The village forms the civil parish of West and Middle Chinnock with the neighbouring village of Middle Chinnock and has a population of 592 (2011 census).Middle Chinnock was a separate civil parish until 1884. It was then absorbed into the parish of West Chinnock. In 2003 the parish was renamed West and Middle Chinnock.
Living in West & Middle Chinnock: Our villages have a great vibrancy with a variety of clubs and societies, a pre-school and primary school, two churches, a recreation ground and pavilion, children's play area, a vey active community village hall, local pub and lots more.
Links to Local Somerset Services
How do I see the submitted plans and information digitally?
Application 21/03372/HOU or 21/03373/LBC
What is proposed? Conversion of existing outbuilding into a home office (re-submission of 21/02207/HOU)
Where is it proposed? Twindown Mead Middle Chinnock Road Middle Chinnock Crewkerne.
Comments close: 15th December 21
APPLICATION NO. 21/03366/HOU
PROPOSAL: Proposed Extension and Garage
LOCATION: The Old Flax Mill Lower Street West Chinnock Crewkerne TA18 7PT
Comments Close 13th December 2021
Report a Bonfire or nuisance smoke
Dog Fouling report website is
Somerset CC link to verge cutting schedule.
News on the Patch
Do you need some additional funding for a project to benefit the community? West & Middle Chinnock Parish Council is inviting applications for grant funding from any community group or organisation in West & Middle Chinnock, for activities or projects which benefit our community. £600.00 is available either as a single grant, or to be split between applicants. Applications must be received by Friday 25th February 2022 and applicants will be notified of the outcome on Thursday 10th March 2022. Application forms available the Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please phone 07957 358431 or email the Clerk if you would like to discuss how to make an application and /or need support in filling in the forms.
Queens Platinum Jubilee events
A separate grant/s are being considered by the Parish Council and will be confirmed at the February 9th 2022, Parish Council Meeting.
Can you help support our Phone Box? – Volunteers wanted
The refurbishment of our Phone Box into a community hub for a variety of different uses has been a great success. Sadly on some days it does get a bit untidy and needs some TLC . We currently have a few volunteers who help on an ad hoc basis, but would like to have some more so we can create a regular rota for the year – we promise, it won’t be too onerous! Please contact the Clerk if you can help email@example.com
New Year - New Allotment?
An allotment isn’t just a space for you to grow fruit and vegetables. It’s also a place where you can relax, be part of a community and get some exercise. With luck, patience and hard work, you’ll be rewarded with delicious, home-grown crops, not to mention the satisfaction of having raised them yourself. If you are interested in one of our new style starter plots or even something a little bit bigger please contact the Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)
Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service has advised us that as of 5pm on the 3 November 2021 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain. This means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard are required by law to take a range of bio-security precautions:
· Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources.
· Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds.
· Minimise movement into and out of bird enclosures.
· Cleanse and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy.
· Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas.
· Keep free ranging birds within fenced areas, and ponds, watercourses and permanent standing water must be fenced off (except in specific circumstances, e.g., zoo birds).
Keepers with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
Full details of what is required can be found on the government website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030990/aipz-declaration.pdf
To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, the biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists have been updated and all the latest information can be found at
Remember that if you have poultry it is your responsibility to keep updated on any outbreaks and an easy way to do this is to sign up for text notifications - register with the APHA alerts service.
Did you know Somerset libraries offer a Home Library Service to individuals who cannot access the library due to ill health, mobility or caring reasons?
Our volunteers will choose and deliver books to you on a
regular basis. If you or anyone you know might be interested in volunteering or receiving this service please contact the Home Library Manager on tel: 07814 079831 or email at KJenssen@somerset.gov.uk who will be happy to help you .
Report a Bonfire or nuisance Smoke
Bonfires can cause a nuisance for the community if not managed correctly and in particular large bonfires.
Please be a kind and considerate neighbour and follow the guidelines and regulations which are clearly set out relating to bonfires.
If you would like to report repeated incidents of bonfires or large bonfire which is causing a nuisance, or just need some help and guidance on bonfires please use the link below.
Development of West & Middle Chinnock
Back in 2016, the Community Plan Survey identified the Rec as one of the key assets of the village and the number one priority for improvement.
A committee was formed, chaired by Neil Cochran, which has now had several discussions after a slow start due to Covid. Committee members have some differing views of how best to develop the Rec, but have agreed a common vision:
“To create a destination benefiting the whole community, which is a key focal point within the village for building community togetherness, delivering spaces for social cohesion, recreation and exercise as well as promoting personal and community wellbeing and positive mental health benefit”.
To get the best possible advice for the village, the committee has decided to use a professional landscape consultant with experience of designing recreation spaces such as ours. Their remit will include discussing ideas with the committee, producing an initial plan or plans, running a public consultation exercise in the village to hear community views, and modifying the plans accordingly.
Overarching design requirements include:
As plans progress, we will update the community through the Parish Council, the Parish Magazine and relevant social media and websites. And our aim is to hold the public consultation at some time over the summer. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Neil (email: email@example.com).