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The Magazine for Stoke St Michael, Leigh on Mendip and Downhead

Another on-line edition for August. Thanks to Jane Evans. Click here.

The normal distribution of hardcopies is also continuing this month and will be with subscribers shortly. 

If you haven't previously been receiving copies of the Village Connection parish magazine, contact Margaret Loten (812922), it's normally published monthly and delivered for just £5 per year.

Proposal for 40 House Development at rear of Ivy Cottage

Click here for the Parish Council Notice and the proposed Site Plan


Click here for links to help us keep each other safe and connected during this difficult time.  Please send me any useful information about local community groups, offers of help, updates on shopping and anything else that would help us in Leigh on Mendip. 

Not everyone is on Facebook, but hopefully most have an internet connection.


Despite "loosening" we should continue to:

Stay at home as much as possible
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
Keep to the establishment's Covid-19 guidance when in a "1m plus" setting 
Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Follow the UK.Gov Guidelines

CycleA Safe Route from Leigh on Mendip to the Colliers Way Cycle trackCycle

With the recent increase in cycling, which hopefully will continue in our “new-normal” lives, Leigh on Mendip Parish Council are exploring the possibility of a safe route to the Colliers Way cycle track. Before we pursue this further we need to know if there is any interest within the parish.

Please contact a Parish Councillor or Chris Cudmore to indicate your support, make a comment or volunteer to help.  Without a sufficient expression of interest by 20th July the Parish Council will shelve the idea.

Colliers Way is a cycling and walking path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome which makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes through picturesque Somerset countryside, with links to Bath and Bradford on Avon.


One Somerset

Somerset County Council are Proposing to become a Unitary Authority, taking on the District Council roles and disbanding them. Click here for more information and how to have your say.

(Parish Council, 29Jun2020)
Village Agent

Village Agents

The Community Council for Somerset has recently appointed Nic Edwards as our Village Agent and her colleague, Kizzy Marshall as Community Agent.
Nic says "I have lived in the area all my life and will be covering the whole of East Mendip.
I want to say thank you to the community of Leigh on Mendip for the fabulous work that has been going on to support everyone at this difficult time. You are all amazing!
I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you all to offer information and advice about a range of issues and to provide links to services that some people may find hard to access.
I have been introduced to PCSO Russell Ford and will be liaising with him.
Our website has information about our agents and the Community Council for Somerset Facebook page has links to videos and our live Talking Cafes, which offer an opportunity to share ideas and information.
My work number is 07946 461468 and e-mail "

9June 2020


Volunteers have already made a difference.

How can you help?


The Parish Council is looking for volunteers to help look after our footpaths, primarily any minor pruning if necessary and reporting any significant access issues to the Parish Path Liaison Officer (Parish Councillor David Sparkes), who can then liaise with Somerset Rights of Way. To identify a footpath and stile which you may like to "adopt" click here. We've had a good response so far but there are still some left! See the current list here. Note that it is the responsibility of the landowner to maintain Rights of Way.

A handy website for reporting problems to both Somerset and Mendip Councils (fly tipping, street lights, pavement, pot holes etc). See what has already been reported.  The site automatically sends a report to the relevant authority. Don't just talk about it - report it at fixmystreet . You can still report directly to the Councils (details are on the "Village Services" page).

Just click on this link to Facebook.  Members and anyone wishing to join this group must agree to follow these rules.

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