A359 to close for four weeks

A359 to close for four weeks

The A359 south of Bruton will be closed from 26th February 2018 and is expected to last for 26 days to enable earthworks to be carried out, Somerset County Council have told us.

The work will be at Strutters Hill.

We have not been told if the closure is 24 hours.

MUGA repair work

Remedial work to the tarmac surface of the MUGA will take place from Tue 16 Jan to Thu 18 Jan.  During this period the MUGA will be closed.

Apologies for the short notice.

Report recommends tree felling on Jubilee Park

A report on a diseased beech tree near the pavilion on Jubilee Park has recommended its removal.

The report by Wincanton-based arboreal specialists Astill Tree Care was commisioned by Bruton’s Tree Warden Emma Donovan following concerns about visible damage to the trunk. Regrettably the report discovered significant disease and damage 5m up the trunk and in the opinion of the experts there is no option but to fell the tree. Other possibilities including pollarding and cutting out the diseased areas were considered but rejected as not viable or likely to be effective. 

The affected tree on the right

The Town Council considered this at their meeting on 31st October, and accepted the recommendation and resolved to get the required permissions as the tree is within the conservation area.

When we have more information we will post it here.

Councillor wins national award

Councillor wins national award

Bruton Town Councillor Mike Brownlow has been awarded the prestigious Councillor of the Year trophy by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Cllr Brownlow chairs the town’s Transport Committee, which has led a number of major recent initiatives including the 20mph zone and traffic calming on Cole Road.

The awarding committee said of his work: “We were very impressed with Cllr Brownlow taking what was obviously a new committee and really running with it in both addressing some of the long-standing issues that had obviously been present in the community and then also looking forward with his 20-year wish for the community.”

Mike Brownlow

Cllr Brownlow commented: “It was a genuine surprise when I was told I’d been nominated for Councillor of the Year, and even more of a surprise when I learnt I’d won! I was extremely honoured to accept this award on Monday on behalf of everyone on Bruton Town Council. There’s a lot going on in Bruton these days, and anything we achieve is the result of much collaborative effort. So I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to the clerk and my fellow councillors, who all contribute so energetically on behalf of our wonderful town. I’m really proud to be a part of such an imaginative and hard-working organisation.”


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.