Stratton on the Fosse News for August / September

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will take place in the Village Hall at 7.45 pm. on Monday 17th September 2018. The agenda for the Parish Council Meeting may be found by clicking here. The minutes for the last Parish Council Meeting can be found by clicking here.

Minutes for all Parish Council meetings held in 2017 can be viewed here and for those held in 2018 can be found here.

Dementia and other functional Mental Health needs
Your Parish council has been notified of the following. If you are in the described situation, please complete the survey so that your views may be taken into account.

Somerset County Council are currently reviewing the way they run day activities for adults with dementia or other functional mental health needs. A survey has been designed to be completed by individuals living with dementia or other functional mental health needs and their carer(s). A copy of the survey is attached and is also available for completion online at

You can also contact Mandy Seaman at Compass Disability Services on 01823 282823 or email: to arrange to complete the survey over the phone or to request hard copies of the survey. 


Defibrillator for Stratton on the Fosse - Please take note!

The defribillator is now installed at the front of the Village Hall and is ready for use.

Community Gardens

The Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) volunteers, James and Matt having been working under the supervision of Malcolm to restore the raised beds. There was an amazing amount of weed roots to be removed and a number of wheelbarrows full were dug up. The Three beds have been thoroughly cleared.

The work, after removal of all the weed roots, involved using weed suppressant matting through which plants would be planted and then the whole topped out by slate ovals to keep the beds looking nice. Originally the intention was to put grasses in each of the beds. However, in consultation with Cleeve Nurseries, who are growers of an extensive range of grasses, it was decided it would be better to have one bed of grasses, one of herbs and the other as a 'mediterranian garden'. Here are the lads with some of their work:

Felicity Down, the owner of Cleeve Nurseries, kindly helped pick out suitable cultivars and supplied them at a good price. She also donated two large bags of soil improver and three of slate ovals, free of charge. Cleeve Nurseries and Felicity are very experienced plantspersons, rather than your normal garden centre workers, and I would like, in return for their help, to encourage their use. They can be found at 138 Main Road, Cleve, BS49 4PW Tel: 01934 832134. They also have a very nice little cafe!

I would like to thank Felicity for all her help and for her generosity. Malcolm Daniels

Stratton Community Lift Scheme has now been cancelled due to lack of necessity. Many thanks to Sara Crawshaw for her hard work in getting this going.

Website News Following Correspondence between your Parish Council and Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, she has made various suggestions as to how the Police can have better communication with Parishioners. There have therefore been changes which you can see under Emergency Services and Police News in the Menu to the left of each Page. These include direct links to the Police in the Shepton Mallet Rural District within which we live and to Crimestoppers. Graphical respresentation of crimes mapped can also be found under the page on Police News.

Buses serving Stratton on the Fosse - Use them or Lose them!

Bus Service 174 now runs through Stratton. It starts in Bath, runs through Peasedown, Radstock to Stratton and then carries on to Oakhill, Shepton Mallet, Croscombe to Wells. Click here for the 174 Timetable

Bus Service 184 has been run by Libra Coaches for some time. The Bus runs from Midsomer Norton, Old Mills Tesco to Frome Market Place via White Post, Stratton on the Fosse, Holcombe, Coleford, Mells and Great Elm. The timetable for the 184 can be found here

Planning - A redesigned section of this website has established to keep parishoners up to date with Planning Issues as much as possible. It is under the menu Parish Council - Planning Applications - or Click here.

Report a Problem Certain problems including Abandoned Vehicles, Dog Fouling, Flyposting or graffiti, Flytipping or litter or unlit Lamposts can be reported through the FixMyStreet website. Please note however that there are things that you cannot report through this site and these are listed at

Police Information
The fraud awareness campaign "Spot It, Stop It" has been launched in Avon and Somerset targeting doorstep, phone and online scams. The campaign, a Home Office initiative supported by Avon and Somerset Police and Neighbourhood Watch, has been developed following input from local people across the force area.

The crime prevention advice for the campaign focuses on three key rules - making decisions in your own time, checking people are who they say they are, and not sharing personal information.

Visit for straightforward advice on how you, your family and neighbours can protect themselves from fraud.

Photos from the Village Day 2014 can be found by clicking here

Photos contributed by Dale James from his Nan's collection here and more from Helen Murtagh here

Whats on in Stratton The list of regular events in the Village Hall has been updated and they may be found under Village Hall - Regular Events in the Menu.

Shocking Traffic Speeds in Stratton!

Below are tables of the traffic Speeds measured by the Speed Indicator Device which Somerset County Council put on the A367 as a result of considerable action by your Parish Council over a long period of time. The results are probably even worse that we expected with one in eight vehicles travelling south at greater than 50 mph! Travelling northbound, just one in 16 vehicles kept to the speed limit!

As a result of these tests, your Parish Council have managed to be included in the scheme where the Speed indicators are put up on a regular basis. The report from the Traffic Engineer said that the speeds (especially northbound) are particularly excessive for a 30mph speed limit and both locations qualify for inclusion in the speed indicator device (SID) programme to receive a SID on a regular basis.

The Tables show the number of vehicles in each speed grouping seperately for northbound and southbound directions. Below each half are the percentage of vehicles in each speed grouping.

Less than 30mph Greater than 30 and less than 40 Greater than 40 and less than 50 Greater than 50 mph
Wednesday 11th February 18 238 428 109
Thursday 12th February 3 96 159 45
Friday 13th February 10 185 255 60
Saturday 14th February 2 51 136 50
Sunday 15th February 2 75 199 88
Monday 16th February 14 460 579 77
Tuesday 17th February 10 328 543 98
Wednesday 18th February 12 305 563 143
Thursday 19th February 4 106 160 66
75 1844 3022 736

Total Count 5677


1.3% 32.5% 53.2% 13.0%

Less than 30mph Greater than 30 and less than 40 Greater than 40 and less than 50 Greater than 50 mph
Wednesday 11th February 135 605 419 75
Thursday 12th February 242 1058 720 98
Friday 13th February 308 1056 633 77
Saturday 14th February 159 856 630 113
Sunday 15th February 104 691 534 106
Monday 16th February 225 980 656 120
Tuesday 17th February 218 959 731 125
Wednesday 18th February 222 1023 717 111
Thursday 19th February 78 262 203 33
1691 7490 5243 858

Total Count 15282


11.1% 49.0% 34.3% 5.6%

Mobile and Internet Safety

There are pages in the Web help area about keeping children (and indeed others) safe on mobile phones and the internet and a series of pages from Sophos - the antivirus company - on keeping your facebook experience safe.


Crime map for Chilcompton and Stratton-on-the-Fosse can be found by clicking here. Other information from this Police UK web page includes details of members of the policing team for the area.

Photos from the Village Day 2013 can be found by clicking here See above for those of 2014.

Mobile Library Your Parish Council has negotiated a change of venue to make it easier for everyone to use the Mobile Library service. The Wells Mobile Library will now visit the car park of the Kings Arms Public House. The dates and times can be found by clicking here. The Wincanton Mobile Library will continue to call at Red House Farm, BA3 4QE. These visits can also be seen by clicking here.

New Planning Applications and Decisions can be viewed by clicking here

Would you like to know your internet access speed?
This website now includes a test that you can use to determine your internet access speed. It is to be found in the section on 'Useful Links' at the bottom of the menu bar and then following the 'Help with the Web' tab. Just Click on the Start Speed test tab and await the results. You might be amazed at what they are!! You can also click here for access to it.

Police News: There is now an expanded section of Police News (see menu at sidebar). There are links to the Avon and Somerset Police Force website and also the website of the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

Mendip District Council's Parish Information Bulletin is now available and may be found by clicking here

Whole section on Photographs
There are now Photographic Sections on the Village Day, Modern Photos of Stratton and Old Photos of Stratton. They can be accessed from the Menu on the left of each page. The old Photos were lent for copying by Alan Norris. There must be many of you who have old photos of Stratton - please loan them briefly so that they may be copied and so we can build up a library on the site - you will get the originals back in their original condition as they will just be copied electronically. Anyone who would like to submit modern photos may also do so! Send me an email by clicking here!- webmaster, Malcolm Daniels

Follow this link for a map of Footpaths both in Stratton and some of the surrounding area. The map also shows the parish boundaries.

Please let me know about events that you are planning so that they can be featured on the website. This is your website, so without news it is very difficult to keep it interesting and alive!