Parish Clerk Vacancy
18 December 2021

Ilton Parish Council are seeking to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

The post is part-time for an average of 30 hours a month, mostly home based.

The working hours are very flexible and include attending the monthly parish council meetings held in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month, except for August, in the village hall in Ilton.

This is an interesting and very varied position. Duties include preparing agendas, producing minutes and receiving and responding to Council correspondence which is now mostly by email. As Responsible Financial Office the Clerk is responsible for all aspects of financial administration of the Council including HMRC records and VAT claims, as well as the production of final year-end accounts and audit submission. The job will also entail updating the Council website.

In addition the Clerk is responsible for the management of the Cemetery, liaising with funeral directors and the maintenance of Cemetery records.

The applicant must have excellent literacy, numeracy, communication and IT skills and be able to work on his or her own initiative.

The successful candidate is not required to have local government experience and training will be available. There is the opportunity to work towards the Certificate in Local Administration qualification.

The starting salary will be as per the national recommended scale for part-time clerks starting at NALC SCP scale 14 equivalent to £12.00 per hour.

For further information please contact the current Clerk, Sue Morley at suemorley@talktalk.net or tel: 01460 53378.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter by email to: suemorley@talktalk.net. Closing date for applications is 31st January 2022.

Parish Council Vacancy
03 December 2021

There are vacancies for councillors on Ilton Parish Council. If you think you can help to make a difference in your village, please contact the Clerk by email at suemorley@talktalk.net or telephone 01460 53378. We look forward to hearing from you.

Library Service
05 November 2021

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 .”

The way in which the service works is:

When an individual contacts us we will arrange for a volunteer to visit you. They will ask you what you like to read and the best times to visit you, usually on a fortnightly or monthly basis.

The volunteer will choose books based on your preferences and deliver them to you .

Our volunteers can also support you in accessing free-e- book, e – audiobooks and e-magazines. They can provide you with audio books and DVDs for free.

All our volunteers are DBS checked and have provided references and undertaken training.

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 27 August 2021
27 August 2021

Sedgemoor is now sadly reporting among the highest Covid-19 rates in the country, with the South-West as a whole experiencing the highest-rates in the country. Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, we are encouraging visitors and residents to keep up all important safety measures; wearing a mask in enclosed spaces, distancing where possible/or meeting outside, washing hands/using hand sanitiser, ventilating inside spaces and testing regularly.

This week sees the Government roll out vaccines to all 16-17 year olds. DHSC has produced a toolkit of new materials from PHE to help us promote the benefits of the vaccine to young people. Young People Vaccines - Coronavirus Resource centre (phe.gov.uk) Full details can be found in the update.

Finally, the next phase of our campaign to keep Somerset safe over the summer is in full swing, with targeted safety messages being deployed in the Sedgemoor areas. Somerset businesses are reminded of the full suite of resources available to support them during this challenging time. Stay safe (somerset.gov.uk) Full details are included in the update.

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 19 August 2021
19 August 2021

On Monday further changes to the Government guidance were made, in particular a change to the self-isolation guidance. Full details can be found in the update.

We have seen the number of cases rise again this week, particularly in the Sedgemoor District, and our Public Heath team are aware and are supporting accordingly, So, to keep yourself and those around you safe, we recommend you get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, participate in testing and self-isolate when required. Although it's no longer a legal requirement, we also recommend you continue to wear a face covering, keep your distance, meet outdoors and let plenty of fresh air into indoor spaces.

Finally, we have now launched the next phase of our campaign to keep Somerset safe over the coming weeks and months, particularly as we are seeing more visitors to the County. Full details are included in the update.

Emergency Road Closure - Westport & Hambridge
16 August 2021

Emergency Road Closure:ttro465592SS - S50 - Westport, Hambridge & Westport

Please be aware that we have received notification of an emergency road closure at Westport, Hambridge and Westport, which will commence on 16th August 2021 and is expected to last until 24th August 2021 (the closure is between the hours of 00:00 - 23:59).

These works are for G A Doble Civil Engineering Ltd to create a new manhole over the existing drainage line, their works reference is AH030C22.

For any further information about this closure please contact G A Doble on 01458 448283.

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 13 August 2021
13 August 2021

From next Monday there will be further changes to Government guidelines, including a change to self-isolation guidance which we have summarised for you within the update.

We have seen the number of cases rise this week so to keep yourself and those around you safe, we recommend you get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, participate in testing and self-isolate when required. Although it's no longer a legal requirement, we also recommend you continue to wear a face covering, keep your distance, meet outdoors and let plenty of fresh air into indoor spaces.

Finally, we are launching the next phase of our summer campaign to keep Somerset safe.Please find attached two posters for displaying. The webpage will be live later today. Thanks in advance for your support.

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 5 August 2021
05 August 2021

Please find attached this week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset on behalf of the Engagement Board.

Following an announcement made yesterday at a Downing Street press conference, 16 and 17 year olds will soon be invited to have their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is great news as the more people receiving the vaccination the better protected we all are.

The national media are also reporting the news we are unfortunately seeing a rise in the number of pregnant women with Covid-19, and nationally some pregnant women are being hospitalised. In part this is because vaccination rates in pregnancy remain low. In the vaccination section of the update we have included important information for pregnant women, and those breastfeeding or looking to become pregnant.

We are also reminding everyone of the need to use our local healthcare services wisely, as our hospitals and ambulance service have come under increasing pressure in recent weeks.

Somerset Waste Partnership Garden Waste Briefing
02 August 2021

Latest SWP Briefing attached. Reluctant decision to suspend garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday 2 August.

This step will free drivers and trucks to help maintain recycling and rubbish collections and minimise extra disruption.

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 29 July 2021
29 July 2021

Please find the week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset on behalf of the Engagement Board.

Here in Somerset the cases of Covid-19 are still high but, like the rest of the country, there has been a reduction of rates in the last week. It is too early to be sure why our cases are falling and it may not mean there is less virus circulating. We also know there are many cases of Long Covid now being reported nationwide and this is something which people need to be aware of.

To keep yourself and others safe you should get vaccinated, continue to participate in testing and self-isolate when required. Although it is no longer a legal requirement, we also recommend you wear a face covering, keep your distance, meet outdoors and ensure your indoor spaces are well ventilated.

With this in mind, we continue to urge caution, and encourage you to help us spread the message, ‘think twice, do the right thing and stay safe’.

Universal Credit
21 July 2021

To  help local people navigate claiming Universal Credit here is the link to the Universal Credit guide https://www.jobcentrenearme.com/universal-credit/

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 15 July 2021
15 July 2021

From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away. As cases rise here and across the country, we urge you to be cautious, not only for yourselves, but to protect our vulnerable residents and frontline workers. This update contains our recommendations, and our message to everyone is please ‘think twice, do the right thing, and don’t let your guard down’.

Closure Isle Abbotts Road, Ilton
15 July 2021

Temporary Road Closure: Isle Abbotts Road, Ilton

Please be aware that we have received notification of a date change to a temporary road closure at Isle Abbotts Road, Ilton for approximately 280 metres.

The new date for the works to commence is 26th July 2021 and is expected to last until 28th July 2021 between the hours of 08:00 - 17:00.

These works are for M J Quinn to lay duct in Carriageway on behalf of BT Openreach, their works reference is HV6175.


Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 9 July 2021
09 July 2021

Update on latest Covid-19 situation in Somerset.