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Defibrillators when and how to use themDefibrillator

There are two defibrillators in the village. Together with performing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), you could save a life (or someone could save yours).  Click here for more information and how to request training.

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Village Agent

Village Agents

The Community Council for Somerset has appointed Nic Edwards as our Village Agent and her colleague, Kizzy Marshall as Community Agent.

CCS Village, Community & Carers Agents are in communities across Somerset.  They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs.  We can offer advice and support to find local groups and activities available in your community and help you with any queries you may have or situations that you need advice and support with. Please visit and or call me to find out who can advise you.

Nic's work number is 07946 461468 and e-mail 

9June 2020

March 2021 News

Volunteers Needed to Help with the Vaccination Roll-out

Here's your chance to help speed up the vaccination roll-out, support NHS staff and get through the winter blues.

Currently looking for a Vaccination Support Marshalls to greet and direct people as they come to be vaccinated by marshalling within a car park and inside a vaccination centre. Training, where necessary will be provided and your travel costs will be paid. From 4 hrs/wk at Shepton.

The Somerset Covid Vaccination Programme has joined up with Spark Somerset to ask for volunteers to greet and direct people attending the vaccinations centres. Can you help? Could you share and forward this message to your friends and colleagues? This link  takes you to Spark a Change, the volunteering platform for Somerset where you can submit your expression of interest.
Thank you!


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!

We are all looking forward to starting our third season on the allotments.  The village has seen quite a few new people moving in over the winter and we are wondering if anyone would like to join us. We currently have one half-sized allotment vacant so if anyone is interested in applying, please contact Tim Spurgeon, on 01373 813027 or 07813 505830 or email 


A network of local volunteer drivers who provide lifts within Frome and beyond for those in need.
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There are 3 Leigh-on-Mendip charities -
  • Leigh-On-Mendip Memorial Hall
  • Leigh On Mendip Recreaton Field Management Committee
  • Friends of Leigh Church
  • (other charities are available)

Short-term Loan Mobility Equipment

Leigh on Mendip has a small selection of mobility equipment available for short-term loan. These items have all been donated by several villagers after use by a loved one. Four items are currently stored; a self-propelling wheelchair, a carer assisted wheelchair, a wheeled lightweight walking frame, and a tetrapod walking stick (one with four feet for stability). These are in good order and regularly maintained. We are very grateful for the donation of these items, and they are all very much held in memory of Roy Haywood, Maurice White, and Mark Wallace. If you would like to borrow any of this equipment, either for yourself or for a visiting relative or friend, please contact Ann and Roger Orpwood 812459.

Report of Mendip Country Practice activity and arrangements during the COVID pandemic

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

Thanks to all of you who expressed support for a cycle link to Colliers Way. The Parish Council have agreed to pursue it and so (on their behalf) Chris Cudmore has contacted those who volunteered to help. In the meantime you can try out a route via Mells which makes the most of an existing bridleway, here.

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)


Volunteers have already made a difference.

MORE needed
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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