Messy Church


Getting Messy For Christmas

Primary School aged children and their families are invited to a pre-Christmas Messy Church in Holy Trinity Walton
Tuesday 6th December 3.30 – 5pm.

This free event offers games, songs, craft and refreshments on a seasonal theme.
No need to book, just come along.
For more details of this and all the Christmas services and events at Holy Trinity, please visit or find SWCD Churches on Facebook
Ana Lawrence, Rector

Shop local and park for free on Small Business Saturday – 3rd December

Mendip District Council is offering free parking at selected car parks across the district on Saturday, 3 December, to support Small Business Saturday.

The Council is encouraging shoppers to visit our high streets and purchase locally to support our independent businesses.

Small Business Saturday is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Free parking will be available in the following Council-owned car parks to support this initiative:

  • Cattle Market Car Park, Frome
  • St John’s Car Park, Glastonbury
  • Great Ostry Car Park, Shepton Mallet
  • Cranhill Road Car Park, Street

  • Union Street Car Park, Wells


Cllr Simon Carswell, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “It’s great to once again support Small Business Saturday. Our high streets are packed with fantastic local retail businesses and this important campaign shines the light directly on them.

“The cost of living crisis is having an impact and now more than ever small businesses are facing tough circumstances. Let’s do all we can to support them.”

Remember, it is free to park in all Mendip owned car parks after 6pm including on county Carnival nights at Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury and Wells.

Residents are asked to note that all terms and conditions of car parking within the relevant car parks remain in force – including maximum time limits. To ensure everyone has a fair chance to enjoy this offer, please don’t overstay. Please don’t park in disabled bays, unless you are a blue badge holder. And park responsibly, by staying within the parking bay markings, and avoiding hatched lined areas, for safety reasons.

Penalty charges will be issued if you breach the conditions. There is an appeals process, details of which can be found on your parking ticket.

For more information on Mendip car parks, please visit Pay & Display Car Parks in Mendip:

For more information about Small Business Saturday, or to get involved, please visit

Table Top Sale at Walton Village Hall

poster illustrated with flags and colourful writing Saturday 19th November 11am to 3 pm – in aid of  Walton Pre School !

A great opportunity to have a clear out before Christmas at £5 per table. – to book your table call 07873543547 or email

Or why not come along and have a browse and enjoy the refreshments on offer.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Walton Under 5’s Preschool

Westhay Moore and Catcott Nature Reserve – dog walking restrictions

Earlier this year, Somerset Wildlife Trust announced that dogs — with the exception of guide dogs — would be restricted to the public rights of way (the droves) on their Westhay Moor and Catcott nature reserves and that they would no longer be permitted on any central permissive paths.

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The restrictions have been in place since 15th August, at which time a spokesperson from the Trust explained: “This isn’t a decision we are taking lightly or without proper consideration. We know that there are lots of responsible dog owners who visit our reserves, and we regret the inconvenience this may cause them. Unfortunately, this decision has been made as a direct response to a growing number of irresponsible dog owners visiting our reserves. Westhay and Catcott are primarily managed for nature and wildlife, and it is vital that we can make sure they remain safe havens for the rare and vulnerable species that make their homes there.”

The majority of dog-walking visitors to the nature reserves have since been following these new rules, and the Trust has said how appreciative they are to everyone who has respected the decision and helped them protect the vulnerable species living on the reserves — which have been thriving since the restrictions came into place, with visitors reporting regular otter sightings, including cubs being spotted playing in front of some of the hides, and roe deer grazing on the main path at Westhay.


More information about the new restrictions on these reserves can be found on the Somerset Wildlife Trust website:

A39 Road Closure

A39, Bath Road to Main Street, Walton, Somerset:
Advance notification of major road works

Night working 21 November 2022 – 2 December 2022 6.30pm-7.30am
under full road closure

Somerset County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a statutory duty to maintain the roads in Somerset, except for the motorway and trunk roads. There is over 4,000 miles of highway network in total, all of which require some form of maintenance at some time in its life.
The A39, Bath Road to Main Street is showing signs of failure. There are numerous cracks in the road and settlement across the carriageway width.
This location has been subject to many visits to undertake repairs in the past, clearly this is unsustainable and larger scale works need to be carried out.

The proposed maintenance works will include minor works to the existing drainage systems, siding back of verges, where they are encroaching onto the carriageway and cutting back of selected areas of vegetation.
The whole length of road from 20m west of the junction with Bramble Hill, westwards to the Pipers Inn will be resurfaced.
The Resurfacing will take place over two weeks (21 November – 2 December) – it will be necessary to fully close the road between 6.30pm and 7.30am during Monday-Friday.
The Road will be open to traffic at the weekend and daytimes. An alternative route will be signed We will of course maintain access to any households and businesses within the closure and will work closely with those affected by the works by liaison with on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum.
Any changes to the works programme will be displayed on site information boards.
Roads locally which are unsuitable for diverted traffic will be signed during the closure period.

If you have any questions, queries or observations on the works, please use the contact details below:
Call 0300 123 2224 or

Pre School Halloween Disco

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Walton Under 5’s PreSchool invites you to a Halloween Disco

Friday 4th November @ Walton Village Hall
Preschool only from 3pm –
KS1 welcome from 3.30pm5:30pm

£2 entry, each additional child after the first £1
Hotdogs, Cakes, Tea and Coffee on sale

Avian Influenza – [bird flu]

From 7th November 2022, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds housed and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to protect their flocks. This applies whether keepers have commercial flocks, or just a few birds in a backyard. Link to the housing order:-  Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [Logo] (

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The decision was made by the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, as the UK continues to face its largest ever outbreak of avian influenza – with over 70 cases since the start of October.

You should be vigilant for any signs of disease in your birds and seek prompt advice from your vet if you have any concerns.

You can help protect your birds and prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on your premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds – including making sure that their feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.
  • preventing access by poultry and captive birds to ponds and watercourses
  • cleansing and disinfecting footwear and equipment before and after contact with poultry and captive birds (or changing into clean footwear before tending to your birds)
  • regularly cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces in areas where birds are kept
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination, and using effective vermin control
  • keeping fresh approved disinfectant at the right concentration for use at farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures

Full details of what is required can be found on the government website –

You can also find a self-assessment checklist at the above link to help you put the measures in place, as well as more information about the virus.

You can keep up to date with any future changes by regularly visiting the avian influenza section on the government website, and by registering for email or text alerts –

The risk to public health from the virus is very low, however it is important that people don’t pick up sick or dead birds.

You should call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

The Food Standards Agency advice remains unchanged, that avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Local Road Closure

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: –

Temporary Road Closure: ttro259222ME – Street Hill, Walton Hill Road, Street

Please be aware that we have received notification of a date change to a temporary road closure at Street Hill and Walton Hill Road, Street for approximately 1133 metres.

The new date for the works to commence is 31st October 2022  and is expected to last until  17th November 2022 between the hours of 07:00 – 06:00.

This will enable Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd to carry out tree cutting works due to ash Dieback..

The contractor Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd  has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Hi-Line Contractors SW Ltd on 03334567886, quoting reference: ttro259222ME.

Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).