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New-style town meeting to discuss climate, planning and volunteering

New-style town meeting to discuss climate, planning and volunteering

The first of a new kind of town meeting tackling key issues facing Bruton will take place on Tuesday 24th, and the Town Council would like you to come.

“Town Matters” is to be more welcoming and inclusive than a traditional Council meeting, and the first will be held in the September monthly Town Council slot, from 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 September.

There will be three main Town Matters on the agenda:

  • Making Bruton carbon neutral by 2030. Following Bruton Town Council’s declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 26 March, our Working Group will be presenting its first proposals for discussion and decision.
  • Planning Bruton’s Future. The Town Council agreed our response to the “Preferred Options Consultation” on SSDC’s Local Plan Review (to 2036) at our August Meeting. Now we need to develop our own Neighbourhood Plan, which would set our local statutory planning policies. Come along to find our more and get involved.
  • Connecting Bruton Volunteers. Our energetic town has many community organisations who are looking for volunteers. Many Brutonians want to volunteer their skills and time, but don’t know where to look. The Town Council has a sizeable but limited budget, a Community Office, and a website. How should we use these connect volunteers with organisers?

Each “Matter” will involve

  • A short (maximum 10 minutes) presentation of information
  • A group discussion on ‘café style’ tables mixing Councillors and fellow Brutonians
  • A decision on the recommendations

Chair of the Council and town mayor Ewan Jones explains why they are introducing these meetings:

“Greater demands are being placed on Towns and Parishes to solve our own challenges. Following some community feedback, the Town Council began reviewing our way of working after the 2 May elections, to increase both our effectiveness and the whole town’s engagement with our Council.

“On 11 June, we invited representatives from Frome Town Council to facilitate a workshop, and give us the benefit of their experience. Some Councillors have also visited other innovative Town Councils. At our 30 July Council Meeting, we approved recommendations including simplifying our meetings into “Town Matters” of interest to the whole Bruton Community and “Council Matters” where the necessary administrative stuff, such as accounts, legal contracts, and staff employment will be decided.

“We intend to make “Town Matters” more welcoming and inclusive than a traditional Council meeting, and will be holding our first in  September.

“Please join us for what I am sure will be an inspiring evening. As Bruton’s 2017 Town Plan says, we hope you agree that Bruton deserves a bright future, and we urge you to get involved.”

International choir concert at St Mary’s

International choir concert at St Mary’s

20th anniversary concert by the international, award winning AURIN GIRLS’ CHOIR from the Kodály School, Kecskemét, Hungary, conducted by László Durányik A varied programme of music, including sacred motets, Hungarian folk songs, spirituals and light pieces St Mary’s Church, Bruton, Wednesday 26 June, 7.30pm Admission £7 in advance, £10 on the door, Children free From… Continue Reading

The Newt In Somerset

The Newt In Somerset

Gardens now open to the public For many years, this historic country estate in Somerset has been under restoration. The first phase of The Newt in Somerset is now open, a visitor attraction incorporating its local heritage and curiously cultivated gardens. The Newt in Somerset – formerly Hadspen House – is a working estate celebrating… Continue Reading

It’s war with Batcombe!

It’s war with Batcombe!

Secure your doors and windows! The Batcombites are planning to raid Bruton again – as they did on 24 February 1641! The English Civil War Society will re-enact this event as part of the Bruton 400 celebrations. A ‘Living History’ village will be in the field next to Lusty Bridge and Budgens at the West… Continue Reading

The Packhorse Fair is back!

The Packhorse Fair is back!

After a fallow year while King’s music block was built, the highlight of Bruton’s calendar returns on May 27th. As always the day includes dozens of stalls, activities for all the family, a great music line up and of course lots of food and drink! You can find full details of everything on offer here:… Continue Reading

Cary museum seeks help

Castle Cary Museum is looking for a competent person to look after its Archive. This needs to be someone with relevant qualifications and experience. There are no fixed hours and the work would be done on a voluntary basis. We would hope for participation in the Museum’s management committee which meets approximately once a month.… Continue Reading

Truffles restaurant re-opens

Truffles restaurant re-opens

Long standing Bruton restaurant Truffles Brasserie will be reopening from 1st March 2019. Catering and day to day management for the restaurant will be in the experienced hands of Annie Austin of The Table. This is Annie’s website: http://www.tablecatering.co.uk/ For more information, call or e-mail on 01749 812180 or trufflesbruton@gmail.com Continue Reading

The Dove hits its century

Bruton’s award-winning parish magazine The Dove publishes its 100th issue this month, and has celebrated with a colour section and a special cover treatment. The magazine, which covers Bruton and the wider benefice, is edited by Elizabeth Balfour and run by a team of volunteers. Pick up a copy of the special edition before they… Continue Reading

Bricolage in Bruton

Bricolage in Bruton

The current exhibition at Bruton’s Museum is a collection of contemporary bricolage and drawings by artist Alexandra Drysdale. What’s bricolage, you ask? It’s the creation or construction from a diverse range of available things, the process of improvisation in a human endeavour. The objects on display combine original and traditional techniques of art and craft,… Continue Reading

Celtic folk in Cary

Roving Crows will be playing at Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ on Saturday 08 December.  They are a Celtic folk fusion band – innovative, funky and energetic.  Doors open 18.45.  Performance starts 19.30.  Advance tickets £12.00 from Bailey Hill bookshop, Castle Cary or www.wegottickets.com/event/436734 £15 on the door. Plenty of free off road parking and cash… Continue Reading

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