Ansford and King Arthur’s kids join in world music festival 

Ansford and King Arthur’s kids join in world music festival 

During the week of 24th April around 600 school children aged 8 – 16 years from Somerset will be learning about West African music beats, instruments and heritage as part of a World Music Residency produced by Taunton based performance company, Actiontrack and funded by Sound Foundation Somerset.

Afriquoi will lead this year’s residency. Afriquoi is a London based music collective that uses traditional West African instruments such as the Gambian kora and the Congolese guitar to create captivating and beautiful new world music. Afriquoi will be working with school children from King Arthur’s Community School, Wincanton, Ansford Academy, Castle Cary and a number of local primary schools to introduce the young people to West African instruments, music making and culture.

Nick Brace, Artistic Director of Actiontrack said,
“We are absolutely delighted to be organising this years’ residency. Weeks like this offer a
unique opportunity for children and young people from Somerset not only to be introduced to new cultures and diverse musical traditions but also to work with musicians who are at the top of their game. Afriquoi is a group musicians leading the way in reinventing and reinvigorating the world music genre. The long-term legacy and benefits of this type of residency cannot be under-estimated, this is something the participants will remember for the rest of their lives”.

This is the 2nd annual Somerset World Music Residency. Last year 800 children and young people from schools in West Somerset were introduced to modern bhangra music and instruments from the Punjab in a series of workshops delivered by The Dhol Foundation.

Schools involved in last year’s residency said,
“The children just loved it and still talk about it now. It has inspired a number of children who
took part to take up and learn a new instrument. I remember one nine year old saying after a workshop, ‘that was brilliant – they are so my favourite band now’”.

The general public will also have a chance to enjoy the sounds of Afriquoi as this year’s World Music Residency will culminate in a public performance 8pm on 28th April at Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased online or by calling 01823 274673.

Looking to help on

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Looking for a way to help out the community in Bruton but have a phobia of committees? Good with words? We may have the very thing. We’re looking for volunteers to help with the Bruton website – posting news about events, keeping the calendar up to date and adding details of local services.

You’ll need access to a computer, but we’ll show you how it all works. If you can use Facebook then you’ll be able to work the software! The main requirements are decent writing skills, having a few hours a month free, and a desire to help your fellow Bruton residents find out what’s going on in the town.

Think you can help? Please e-mail to find out more.

Long-awaited 20mph zone arrives in Bruton

Long-awaited 20mph zone arrives in Bruton

The narrow town centre streets are now a 20mph zone, with crews putting in the signage over the next few days.

First mooted over 20 years ago, many residents have been calling for a reduced limit for some time. Two years ago the Town Council agreed to fund its installation if there was a demand. Following consultations including a public meeting in 2015 it was decided to go ahead; Somerset County Council did a further round of consultation earlier this year, and the proposal was overwhelmingly approved.

To emphasise the reasons for reducing the limit, the Town Council held a competition with Bruton Primary School, supported by the Bruton Area Street Improvement Initiative, for local children to design pictures to be added to the signs. We hope you agree they look great!


Solution proposed to Darkey Lane footpath

Solution proposed to Darkey Lane footpath

As many residents will know, the footpath alongside the Brue from Darkey Lane towards Brewham has been of a great deal of concern since the landowner put up “Private” signs a few months ago.

The path across that field has been in use for many years, but is not a Public Footpath. The route came in to use after the old path – still marked on Ordnance Survey maps – became impassable following the demolition of a bridge over the river on the site of a now removed weir. However it was never legally moved so the landowner was within their rights to not allow access.

After discussions between the landowner and Somerset County Council, encouraged by Bruton Town Council, an agreement has been reached to adopt a new Public Footpath on the south bank of the Brue, restoring access to Brewham. The new route will require some work to make the path wide and safe.

The detailed route is:

The path will start from a new kissing gate on Darkey Lane at the southern end of the bridge over the River Brue (point A on the attached plan) and will run over a 4 metre pedestrian bridge and on in a generally east north easterly direction for approximately 115 metres to a 1 metre gap in the hedge at point C.  The path will then run along the southern bank of the River Brue in a generally north easterly direction for approximately 55 metres where shuttering and fencing will be installed in the river bank at point D. The path will then continue in the same general direction for a further 70 metres to point E where a sleeper bridge (with hand rail) will be installed and then in a generally easterly direction for approximately 15 metres where some steps will be cut into the bank at point F. From there it will run in the same general direction to a new 4 metre pedestrian bridge at point G. Clearance works will be carried out to create a width of 2 metres throughout apart from the sections over the pedestrian bridges (1 metre), sleeper bridge (0.5 metres) and at a few pinch points such as the section at D where a minimum of 1.5 metres will be available.

Somerset County Council are now seeking feedback on this proposal; you can send your comments by e-mail to or write to:

Stuart Lloyd, Somerset County Council, Rights of Way – PP B2S 1, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY