Community spirit is very much alive on Exmoor


Caroline Harding Somerset Village Agent bridged the gap between two local groups on Exmoor to solve a small problem – Cutcombe pre-school had a number of toy dollies missing their clothes.

Grant Opportunities from your local County Councillor

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Get a grant – make a difference

For the fourth year in a row, every County Councillor in Somerset has been given a pot of money to help develop local activities that promote health and wellbeing in their area.

Each councillor has £5,000 to spend in their own patch. They can award grants from £250 to local community groups and organisations, for example parish councils and voluntary groups.

All the applications must be made through your local councillor, so if you’re not sure who that is or how to contact them, visit, or phone 0300 123 2224.

Applications are being accepted until 31st January 2016 so get in there quick!


CCS New Annual Review 2014-2015

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Since 1926 CCS have been supporting communities across Somerset, see our work and achievements for 2014-2015.

CCS Launches a NEW FREE Funding Portal

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The NEW FREE online portal provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities; European, national and regional schemes, local initiatives and is kept fully up-to-date.   Access to the huge database of funding opportunities is available 24 hours a day, all you need to do is register and you can instantly start searching.

First event for Burnham on Sea Community Agent


Steve Ballinger the Community Agent for Burnham on Sea attended the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event on Sunday. Steve and Nicola Dawson promoted the Community Resilience in Somerset Project(CRISP) and had a great response.

The aim is to build strong, interactive and therefore resilient communities, prepared to deal with any emergency, through developing and using local resources and trained volunteers. CRISP is committed to ensuring that plans and procedures are in place to prevent, control or reduce the effects of major incidents, whatever the cause.

Steve pictured talking to Cllr Michael Clarke, the Mayor of Burnham on Sea and Highbridge, and Cllr Maria Clarke, the Mayoress.

Trustee of the Year 2015


CCS Community Building Members are invited to nominate a trustee from their committee for the Trustee of the Year Award 2015.

To give recognition to:

  • a long-serving member of a Hall management committee who has held an ocer position
    and has been very active in the work of the committee, or
  • someone who has had a major inuence on turning the fortunes of a village hall around, or
  • a person who took up the challenge of a major Hall project which otherwise may not have

7 New recruits for the Somerset Village Agent Project!

New Village Agents Lucille Simms, Steven Ballinger, Raj Sing, Alex Ward, Nathan Fox, and in front Left Clare Pawley, Jinny Uppington VA Manager, Nicky Gibbard and Debbie Dennis

CCS is delighted to announce 7 new additions to the Somerset Village Agent team, following its successful funding award from the from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The new team members will work across 74 new parishes enabling the project to cover just over 56% of the county.

CCS’s Energy Support Officer Louise Evans wins Heat Hero Award

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Louise Evans, our former energy projects officer won the ‘Heat Hero Award’ whilst working on the Somerset Warmer Families Project.  The project aimed to reduce energy bills for families with young children in fuel poverty households across Somerset.

The Heat Hero awards were presented on the 30th June last week, in London.

Princes Trust Award Finalists


The Somerset Village Agent Project were one of the five finalists for the Prince of Wales Award, which was presented at the Bath and West Show on Wednesday 27th May, 2015. This is in recognition of the Village Agents work across the county and during / after the Somerset flooding last year.

The future is bright for Somerset Village Agents!

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CCS is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £499,933 of funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to contribute towards its Somerset Village Agent Project until March 2018. This not only allows for the current work to continue but also to extend the Somerset Village Agents’ roles to just over half of Somerset.

To read the full press release click here

CCS’s Louise Evans scoops national Energy Award!

CCS’s Energy Project’s officer, Louise Evans has just been revealed as one of the successful winners of the ‘Heat Heroes 2015’  award from National Energy Action in associate with Scottish Power.

Somerset Warmer Families competition winners!

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Our Somerset Warmer Families project officer has been visiting schools and children’s centres around Somerset giving energy-saving advice this winter. 2 lucky children from Stogumber and Combe St Nicholas Church of England schools are the winners of slow cookers and cookbooks for their families after taking part in an ‘energy detective’ challenge to save energy at home.
For advice and information on ways to reduce fuel bills, visit the project’s webpage:

Bishop Fox’s Showcase

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The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation Charity celebrated nearly 25 years of grant giving to young people, who either live or are being educated in the Borough of Taunton Deane, with a showcase event held in the Taunton Conference Centre at the Somerset College last week on the 26th March, 2015.

The showcase highlighted some of the talented young people and clubs giving testimonies and performances of what they have achieved since receiving funding. Enjoyed by all the showcase event was attended by over 80 guests.

For more details about the foundations grant scheme

New community guide from ACRE

A new community guide is available on managing your water environment.

This guide has been produced with support from Defra and the
Catchment Based Approach.

Our natural water systems have been affected and changed by
human activity and infrastructure, such as the building of houses and
roads. However, if we begin to understand how water impacts on our local community we are better able to take targeted action
to reduce risks from drought and flooding protect important environmental aspects, such as rivers, lakes, ponds and streams.

Download here

CCS Community Planning Workshops


Do you need support with planning for your communities’ future? CCS is holding 2 free community planning workshops in March.

FREE ICT skills and knowledge courses


‘Get up to Speed’ is a support programme designed to help businesses and communities across Devon and Somerset improve their ICT skills and knowledge. See all the events happening across Somerset and book your FREE space.

Take advantage of the lowest energy prices in years!

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LSI LogoIt’s a new year. And you really can make it a new beginning by saving some money.


Which is where one of our partners, LSI Utility Brokers, comes in. (call 0800 019 95 95)


Here at the CCS, we’ve partnered with LSI to help Somerset businesses save money on one of their largest expenditures, GAS AND ELECTRICITY PRICES and benefit from the lowest commercial energy prices in years. Established for over 20 years, LSI is one of the UK’s leading energy consultancy specialists, working with businesses from large commercial organisations to smaller community organisations.

Request your free assessment from LSI today and see how much you could save!


Call: 0800 019 95 95 / 01727 877 039.


Success for CCS!

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Community Council for Somerset (CCS) is thrilled to have successfully maintained the highest quality standard level 3 from its umbrella body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The quality assessment programme is endorsed by The Charity Commission the quality system is a challenging benchmark for comprehensive, robust and objective assessments of how charities are run.

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 

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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.