Defra confirms ACRE funding


Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has  confirmed that it will maintain its investment of £2.3m in the ACRE Network for 2015/16.

CCS acting chief executive Keeley Rudd said: “This is good news for CCS and we would like to thank everyone who showed their support for CCS and  all the rural community councils across the country.”

FREE Love Digital Events


LOVE Digital is a series of free workshops and events focused on women business owners. Our LOVE Digital events across Devon and Somerset are for women seeking to develop or grow their business and for female entrepreneurs looking to get their ideas off the ground.

The LOVE Digital Workshop series will cover  E-Marketing, Selling Online, The Cloud and the latest Gadgets available in a bite size two hour session, and will include a networking lunch.

National Study on Flooding and Health 

Public Health England logo
Somerset residents asked to participate

Public Health England (PHE) is to conduct the first ever long term study into the impact of flooding on health and wellbeing. As part of the national study, PHE will be in contact with flood affected residents across the country.

A fair deal for rural communities in the ACRE Network’s newly launched 2015 manifesto.


Community Council for Somerset (CCS) is calling on the next Government to deliver a fair deal for rural communities in the ACRE Network’s newly launched 2015 manifesto.

CCS is  a member of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) – is urging politicians to improve health, wealth and access for the millions of people who live in the countryside.

The manifesto sets out the ACRE Network’s 12 key asks in the run-up to the General Election on May 7. The pleas are based on the intelligence ACRE collects from its nationwide Network of 38 rural community councils, which reaches 52,000 grassroots organisation.

Modernise Parish Polls

CCS Community

The Department for Communities and Local Government are seeing views on proposals to modernise parish polls.

Please see the below link to the consultation

The consultation closes on the  30th January 11:45

Consultation description

A parish poll allows for a ballot of local government electors in the parish to be called on any question arising at a parish meeting.

The consultation seeks the views of the public, local authorities and the parish sector on:

  • the trigger (the number or proportion of electors required to demand a poll)
  • the voting arrangements for parish polls
  • the questions on which a poll can be held
  • consequential related matters

Ways to respond

Email to

Write to:

Hannah Brook
Department for Communities and Local Government
2nd Floor NE, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

Do you know where there are publicly Accessible Defibrillators in your community?

Can you help? 

The South West Ambulance Service Trust are looking to fund publicly accessible defibrillators across Somerset. In the past defibrillators have been funded in a variety of ways and there is no single organization that knows where they all are. Their ambition to make sure all Somerset communities  have access to a defibrillator and have funding available to do this. So they need to know where defibrillators are currently located, to know where the gaps are.  Can you please help by emailing or calling CCS if you know of one local to you.

Moorland & District Village Hall celebration and re-opening

Alex Lovell re-opening the hall

After 9 months of recovery and building work Moorland and District Village Hall is open for business. The hall celebrated its re-opening ceremony last night on the 20th November,   lead by Alex Lovell presenter of the BBC’s Points West followed by a hog roast and drinks, funded by the Village Hall’s insurer, Aviva. With a fantastic turn out of local residents and people who have supported the reinstatement of the hall, the celebration marked the start of a more positive future for residents at the end of 2014 and into the New Year.

Success for 26 Village Halls across Somerset

Hallmark 1 (small)

CCS proudly awarded 26 Village Halls trophies and certificates to celebrate their Village Halls achieving the Hallmark quality standards at the end of October at Langford Budville Jubilee Hall at the CCS Annual Training Event & AGM.


Somerset Levels and Moors – 20 Year Flood Action Plan

South Somerset District Council is hosting a public meeting for residents and business owners to provide reassurance and information on flooding as the winter approaches.

  • Date: Monday 24th November 2014
  • Time: 7-9pm (arrivals from 6.30)
  • Venue: Huish Episcopi Academy – 6th Form Auditorium, Wincanton Road, Langport TA10 9SS

For seating and refreshment purposes please let us know you plan to attend: email

Flooding events



Keep up to date with events to support communities and individuals – also you can review all the Flood Newsletters from issue 1 – 9.

Somerset Community Foundation Grant Deadline

SCF logo final long

Somerset Community Foundation is keen to hear from grassroots voluntary organisations who are looking for small grants to carry out projects within their communities.  The Foundation is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups supporting vulnerable, isolated and lonely older people and their carers.

The next deadline for receipt of applications is 1st December.     Please go to for full details and information on how to apply.

NEW Somerset Warmer Families Project

CCS has been successful in obtaining a grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to work with families in Somerset to fight fuel poverty and cold homes. CCS will now work with partners to plan a range of activities to highlight the problems faced by communities across the county and look at innovative ways of tackling these problems. 

Flood Newsletters

Katherine Armstrong CE CCS

Have you attended the New Flood Support Information meetings?

We have created a web page that now features the newsletters responding to residents questions. If you have missed out or think you may find the information useful please

Download the newsletters on the right-hand side of the web page

Please share this information with anyone you think it may benefit.

Village SOS Survey


ACRE would like to find out your views to help them design the new Village SOS programme of support for community enterprises in rural areas across the UK.

Your answers to the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence and you will not be identified. The survey should not take any more than 10 minutes to complete and by taking part you are helping ACRE to ensure
that they deliver a great service to rural areas across the country.

To complete the survey, please click here.

The closing date is July 31, 2014.

NEW Flood Support & Information Meetings


A series of NEW Flood Support and Information Meetings will take place, continuing work previously held at Canalside.

The new meetings will be held at the North Petherton Bowling Club, starting from Wednesday 9th July, 2014 from 6pm until 8pm and continuing every other Wednesday going forward.  Agencies that will be attending the events will include Somerset Village Agents, the Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, District Councils and other agencies on request.

Please spread the word and print the poster or leaflet to inform your local community of the meetings.

Download Poster

Download Event Dates

Download Leaflet



New Community Buildings Training Events this September

Community Buildings

This September CCS will be holding three Community Buildings Training events across Somerset.

The events are being held in Oake, Batcombe and Othery covering three topics

1. Annual Returns 
2. How to run an AGM 
3. How to create social media accounts

Members and Non-members are invited to attend.


WISH Volunteering


Do you have time to spare? Do you want to help local people stay warm and well in their own homes, while helping the environment? If so please read on…..

Would you like to help us attend events and deliver presentations to raise awareness of our work in your community? This can have a positive impact on the way people think about their energy use. Individuals looking for one-to-one support often hear about our projects through events in their local community.

Open for Business

Main Area  Sofas

The new Moorland & Fordgate Community Hub is open for business.

Now open and available to the residents the Moorland & Fordgate Community Hub is a space to find information, chat, have some time out, meet organisations, ask questions, meet with neighbours and have a cuppa.

Support for Somerset’s flooded communities

Three of our Village Agents, supported by their Manager, Sarah Aston are working to support flooded communities. Their support ranges from help to complete flood grant application forms including those for businesses who have been affected, signposting to other support agencies dealing with very specific issues such as animal welfare and simply being a friendly and supportive “shoulder”.

More help for victims of flooding

A three-pronged bid to help flood-hit home-owners and communities has been unveiled by Somerset County Council.