The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is coming!

The Bruton Town Plan 2017 is coming!

Bruton’s new Town Plan will be launched at Bruton Community Hall on Thursday 29 June 2017, at 2.00. Turn up to find out what’s in it, or wait till the weekend when a copy should plop through your letterbox. For those who can’t wait but can’t make it the Plan will also be published on this website on the 29th.

Design and Photography: MarkPickthall.com

Help save Man on Bench for Bruton!

Help save Man on Bench for Bruton!

Man on Bench has been on loan to the Town Council for the past two years through the generosity of his maker Giles Penny. Giles needs to cover his costs, so if Man on Bench is to stay the town now urgently needs to raise the funds to keep him.

The Town Council does not have the legal power to purchase works of art (though it may own them). We are exploring other avenues (such as grants) to raise some of the money, but we also need your help if Man on Bench is to stay.

We have set a target of £12,500 to be raised by the end of July 2017. If you want to help please complete the form below, pledging £5 or a multiple of £5. We will not collect any money unless we reach our target. (If you made a pledge at the Packhorse Fair we will already have your details).

Quaperlake Street to close for resurfacing in August 2017

The Town Council has just heard that Quaperlake Street will be closed from 21 to 25 August 2017, from the Library Junction to the Brewham Road junction.

According to the email we have received from the County Council, the resurfacing work will include ‘removing some of the height off the crown of the road to give a flatter profile’ and possibly some minor works to the kerbs, but not to the footway itself. The County Council has undertaken to give us more details nearer the time.

99% recommend a visit to Bruton!

99% recommend a visit to Bruton!

Earlier this year we interviewed 103 people in the High Street, using a standard set of questions which were compared with the answers given in other towns. People in Bruton were extremely positive about the town: 99% said they would recommend a visit to the town. In other comparable towns only 66% recommended a visit.

People were more positive about Bruton in other ways too. Customer service scored highly, as did the range of restaurants and cafes. You can read more about what we found, find out what our businesses think of the town, and find out how our car parking compares by following this link.

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/actiontrack-presents-afriquoi-tickets or by calling 01823 274673.