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The Exmoor Rural Housing Network


The Exmoor Rural Housing Network is launching a new project that aims to work to try to meet the housing needs of local people living on Exmoor.

Our Year 2015

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Take a look at our year’s achievements in our Annual Review 2015 – 2016

CCS invites you to attend


The Annual Community Building Training /Networking event, AGM  and FREE CIL Workshop.

We are celebrating our 90th!

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This year we are celebrating 90 years of supporting communities across Somerset. What do you love about Somerset and share it on social media with the #LoveSomerset

CCS Welcome Matt Day

Matt Day

Our New Community Involvement Officer for Mendip and South Somerset.

CCS launches New Friends Membership


The new membership scheme has local health and wellbeing offers and discounts for you. This is an opportunity for you to support a local charity that works across your communities whilst receiving member benefits too.

New Community Buildings Trustee Training

  • Do you understand your role as a Trustee?
  • Do you understand the role of your representatives?
  • Are you a new Trustee and could you benefit from some training?

Congratulations to The Roxy Cinema Axbridge

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The ‘Rescue the Roxy’ Crowdfunding campaign which ended late on Thursday, March 17th met its ambitious target, raising over £5000 to keep one of the UKs smallest cinema’s open.


Somerset residents gifted thick blankets ahead of cold winter months


The CCS Village Agents have been handing out winter blankets to residents after they secured a £500 Keeping Warm fund from Public Health England. This allowed them to purchase 50 thick blankets to donate to those who need them most.

CCS village agents live and work in their local area, making them well placed to support needy individuals and improve the quality of life for isolated people living in rural areas.

Audrey Mansfield, the village agent who made the successful application, said: “The feedback has been really great and I know that all recipients were extremely grateful for the thought as well as the actual item.”

2016 BFEF Grant Deadlines


The aim of The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation (BFEF) is to promote the education of young people through a grant scheme

New Community Centre opens just in time for Christmas


A festive opening for a new Day  Centre called ‘Dulverton and Brushford Pastimes Club’ was held at Hanover Court Dulverton last Friday 11th December, for both residents of Hanover and for local residents to attend.


Trustee of the Year 2015

Trustee of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Sue Walker of Burrowbridge Coronation Hall for winning the Trustee of the Year 2015.

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.

CCS Launches a NEW FREE Funding Portal

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

NEA Heat Heroes Reception 2015House of Commons Churchill Room

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!

(Left Village Agent Manager Jinny Uppington (Right) Keeley Rudd CCS Cheif Executive jpg

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: