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Somerset Village Agent for The Parish of Ruishton Thornfalcon and Henlade

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Contact Audrey Mansfield at:

Telephone:  07870 577925

email:   audrey@somersetrcc.org.uk

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The Somerset Village Agent project is run by the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) and now covers half of the county.

The project uses paid, part time, highly trained individuals living in the parish ‘clusters’ they support.

Village Agents help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals & statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs.

We work with people of all ages and deal with a wide variety of issues although a considerable number of our clients are elderly and involves social care issues

Helping to solve these problems may, ultimately, help the elderly to remain living independently for longer. Agents also have the role of helping to shape services by feeding back to the appropriate body information about gaps in current services e.g. transportation. They can also motivate and support a community to respond to a local need by working together to address issues e.g. by helping them to set up a coffee morning for a group of lonely people or start a volunteer car scheme.

Audrey is the Village Agent for The Parish of Ruishton Thornfalcon and Henlade, plus many other surrounding villages. She has been in post for nearly three years working in other Somerset areas and is keen to get to know the community and offer signposting and support.

The objectives of the Somerset Village Agent project is to:

* Ensure that people receive the benefits they are entitled to

* Direct people to organisations that can help them

* Ensure people living alone are not forgotten

* Make the local community aware of social problems in their area

* Offer advice, particularly to the elderly

* Locate people who are lonely and need help such as food or
local services

* Advise on energy problem and how to save money

CCS

Registered Charity No: 1069260

If you have any concerns that you feel Audrey could help with, please do contact her.

Every consultation or advice given will be completely confidential.

Sponsors of CCS include:

Love SomersetTudor TrustSomerset Community FoundationBernard Herridge CharityWest Somerset CouncilLotteryHastoe GroupTaunton-Deane-Borough-Council

CCS Website link

Audrey Mansfield | Village Agent | Tel: 01823 331222 | Mobile: 07870 577925 | Email: audrey@somersetrcc.org.uk

20th February 2016

Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 19th July 2014

Why are there pirates in Ruishton this year? Answer - because there Arrr!

Weather forecasts promised torrential rain, hail and thunderstorms but this did not deter the villagers from providing the 32nd annual Ruishton Village Day and Flower Show with record numbers of entries. In the event apart from a brief shower and a rumble of distant thunder it was sunshine all the way and the heat of the afternoon was reflected in the hot competition in all of the Show’s many classes.

Pirates were the theme for this year’s Scarecrow competition and Arthur Atyeo’s winning entry “Captain Fat Jack” was brought to the Show to carry out the tradition of overseeing the “Potato Crop in a bucket” class which this year provided the judges with the mammoth task of emptying of 30 buckets and weighing the crops. The winner was Samantha Bright who received the new Potato Crop Trophy.

There was plenty of evidence of the popularity of Pirates to be found in the entries in the Children’s Classes with drawings, paintings, poems and posters depicting pirates all putting the “Arr” in Ruishton! There were so many entries in the Children’s section that they out grew the usual space in the meeting room. Grace Riches displayed a range of talents in winning the Henlade Cup for Decorated Cup Cakes and the cup for her Computer Generated Poster. Other Cup winners in the Children’s section were Lola Reed for her Wooden Spoon Person and Lizzie Blunt who took the David Berry Cup for her Bookmark, while Nathan Whitman retained the Growtage Challenge Cup for the Lego class.

The entries in the Fruit and Vegetable Sections increased over the previous year and continued to maintain their high quality. Mrs Sandra Rodgers secured the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Vegetable and Flower sections and also the Ruishton Vegetable Plate for amassing the most points in the vegetable section. Mrs Hazel Greenslade was awarded the Marshall Cup as runner up in the Vegetable and Flower sections

Rhubarb is one of the most keenly contested classes of the Show and Sue Sherry saw off fierce competition to take the Claydon Challenge Trophy. First time Show entrant, Lydia Bry, secured the Mary Rolland Millennium Cup for Pot Flowering Plant and went on to achieve further success by amassing the highest number of points in both the Handicraft Section (awarded the Arthur Jelks Tray and the Floral Art Section (awarded the Maudie Hayward Trophy) plus taking the Herbert Blaney Cup for the miniature floral arrangement. The Handicraft Section saw Paula Adams retain the cup for the Hand Knitted Article, while Paul Silvers received the Photography Cup and Sylvia Twine the Ann Bailey Cup for embroidery.

Even a power cut in the village on the eve of the Show did little to limit the number of entries in the Cookery Section, a huge variety of cakes, jams and savoury pastries which gave the judges a difficult task in deciding the winners. Hazel Greenslade displayed her culinary talents by taking the R & J Cave Cup as the overall points winner with the Walker Cup going to Mavis Skeggs as section runner up whose husband, Ken, took the cup for the men’s Victoria Sandwich. Teresa Glew was awarded the cup for the ladies Victoria Sandwich; Sandra Rodgers took the cup for the Pineapple Cake and Samantha Dash the cup for Scones. The Kathleen Frost Trophy for the Senior Citizens Group went to “Wonderful” which comprised M. Jeanes, J. Durdan and S. Creedy.

In the Wine and Drinks section entries of home-made Fruit Liqueurs continue to increase in numbers and varieties included, Strawberry, Damson, Redcurrant and Blackberry to name but a few. The Liqueur class was won by first time entrant Penny Kiss, while Lilian Marshall took firsts in the Sloe Gin and Homemade Non Alcoholic Fruit Drink and finished a close second to Paul Baker who retained the Mr and Mrs Breeze Cup as the overall points winner of the Drinks section.

The cups were jointly presented by Mark Harrison on behalf of the Schedule sponsors, Spirit Health Club Taunton, and the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Dave Durdan. The Mayor praised the villagers for supporting their annual Show in such large numbers and the Committee for organising such a successful event. More...

Mike Marshall Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee
19th July 2015

Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 17th July 2010

Villagers entered high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes

After the high winds and heavy rain of the previous two days the sun came out on Saturday and smiled on record crowds at the 28th annual Ruishton Village Day and Flower Show. “Willy Qualify” the winning scarecrow, created by Rita McClure in the previous week’s World Cup themed competition, came down to the Village Hall to oversee the day and to keep an eye on the crops from the “Potato in a Bucket” class where the winning entrant, Paul Baker, produced a crop of just under two kilograms from the one potato planted in a bucket.

The wet weather of the preceding week following the long dry spell did not prevent villagers entering high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and maintaining the tradition of keen competition. Mrs Sandra Rodgers secured the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Vegetable and Flower sections and also the Ruishton Vegetable Plate for amassing the most points in the vegetable section. Mrs Hazel Greenslade was awarded the Marshall Cup as runner up in the Vegetable and Flower sections.

The weather which had kept people in doors was a factor in a high number of quality entries in the Cookery section with an impressive number of cakes, jams and savoury pastries entered. Hazel Greenslade displayed her all-round talents by taking the R & J Cave Cup as the overall points winner with the Walker Cup going to Mavis Skeggs as section runner up. There was fierce but friendly competition in the Victoria Sandwich class for men only which drew record entries with the cup being awarded to Gordon Rodgers.

Wine and Drinks was another section that drew some very keen competition. The hedgerows of last autumn must have been particularly bountiful judging by the increasing number of entries of Fruit Liqueurs and Sloe Gins. The Breeze Cup was won by Roy Bulgin as the overall points winner of the section.

Titles of Musicals were the theme of this year’s Floral Art and Linda Claydon took the Maudie Hayward Trophy as the points winner in the section. While Samantha Dash was a first time winner of the Herbert Blaney Cup for the miniature floral arrangement.
Hilda Marsden displayed a wide range of skills in securing the Arthur Jelks Tray as the overall points winner of the Handicraft section as well as winning cups for embroidery and hanging basket.

There were record numbers in many of the Children's sections with particularly inventive and imaginative Lego models, paintings, posters, decorated pebbles and eggs, monsters, bookmarks and some very thought provoking original poems.

The cups were presented by the Chairman of the Flower Show, Mike Marshall, who said that he was pleased to see entries from villagers who had not previously entered the show and that this was a positive sign for the future of this annual event.

 

 

Mike Marshall Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee

17th July 2010

Somerset County Council News Release: £4million cash boost for A358

A £4m cash boost has been announced for the A358 - one of the busiest roads in Somerset.

Somerset County Council is one of the first authorities in the country to successfully bid for extra cash from the Department of Transport to carry out a major road maintenance scheme.

With around 30,000 vehicles travelling up and down it each day, maintenance of the A358 is crucial for the regional economy.

The money will be spent over 18 months on work to improve the lifetime of the road, making the road surface last longer, and help cut down on the need for emergency repairs in the future. This will include major repairs to the M5 junction 25 roundabout.

Work on certain sections of the road will start in the autumn and will be carried out mainly in the evenings and overnight to minimise disruption.

Ioan Rees, Head of Highways at Somerset County Council said: "We are delighted to be given this extra money to work on the A358, which will save us further time and money in the long run. It will also allow us to continue our level of investment in the rest of Somerset's roads."

25 April 2010

Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 18th July 2008

Smocks and Straw hats and smiles were the order of the day.

The Flower Show Committee “smocked up” for the 27th annual Ruishton Flower Show. The smocks, made to traditional patterns by Lilian Marshall and Sylvia Twine, reflected the fun of the day.

There was even a smile on the face of “Tin Lizzy” the winning scarecrow of the previous week’s contest who was brought to the show by her creators, Muriel Coles and Rosemary Elliot to preside over the 24 Potato Crop in a bucket entries.

Even a mid afternoon deluge couldn’t dampen the villagers’ spirits and the bumper number of entries made the Show one of the best yet.

The cups were presented by Jason Barrow; the Thornfalcon works manager of local employer Tarmac who had sponsored the Flower Show Schedule.

The wet weather of the preceding week did not prevent villagers entering high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and maintaining the tradition of keen competition. Mrs Sandra Rodgers secured the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Vegetable and Flower sections and also the Ruishton Vegetable Plate for amassing the most points in the vegetable section. Mrs Hazel Greenslade was awarded the Marshall Cup as runner up in the Vegetable and Flower sections.

The weather was not a factor in the Jams and Cookery section with an impressive number of cakes and jams on display. Hazel Greenslade displayed her all-round talents by taking the R & J Cave Cup as the overall points winner with the Walker Cup going to Mavis Skeggs as section runner up. This year saw the introduction of a Victoria Sandwich class for men only and the first winner was Gordon Rodgers.

The handicraft exhibits were of high quality with a diverse range of entries with Sylvia Twine the overall points winner.

Book titles were the theme of this year’s Floral Art and Hilda Marsden took the Maudie Hayward Trophy as the points winner in the section. Hilda Marsden displayed further skills winning cups for tapestry, hand knitted garment, handicraft and hanging basket.

The Claydon family demonstrated their all round skills in classes across the show, Linda Claydon won the Herbert Blaney cup for her miniature Floral Arrangement, Helen Claydon the cup for the Chocolate Brownies and Jim Claydon was the first-ever winner of the new Rhubarb trophy.

Another new cup, for a group entry for Senior Citizens was won by team “Two Plus One” for their display of flowers and foliage.

There were record numbers in many of the Children's sections with particularly inventive and imaginative Lego models, paintings, posters, decorated pebbles and eggs, monsters, bookmarks and original poems.

Mike Marshall Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee

01 August 2009

RUISHTON SCHOOL LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE

Welcome to Ruishton Church of England Primary School.

We are proud of our school and of the governors, staff, parents and children who work together to make our school a happy, secure and purposeful environment for us all.

At our school we aim to provide the best education we can for each child. This education will develop their academic, artistic and creative, physical and personal skills. All the adults involved in the school work together to create an ethos which will give the children the best opportunities.

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22 January 2008

Ruishton Village Day and Flower Show

Another fantastic day for the village

The weather was kind to the event until it was time for the presentations of the cups ensuring that there was a hall full of people to congratulate the winners on their successes when receiving their cups from Mike Marshall, the Flower Show Chairman.

The wettest summer for years far did not prevent villagers entering high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and maintaining the tradition of keen competition. The wet weather seemed to suit some of the classes especially the growing of rhubarb and Jim Claydon had to fight off stiff opposition to win this class.

Mrs Sandra Rodgers secured the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Vegetable and Flower sections and also the Ruishton Vegetable Plate for amassing the most points in the vegetable section. Mrs Hazel Greenslade was awarded the Marshall Cup as runner up in the Vegetable and Flower sections.

Full report and photo's

31st July 2007

Open garden boost

An open garden event at Lower Manor Fann, Thornfaicon, raised £1,052.20 for St Margarets Somerset Hospice.

Owner Marlon Cottey-Burt said:"We'd like to thank everyone who helped make this a great success without all the helpers we wouldn't have been able to achieve it. "It far exceeded last.year's £628." Somerset County Gazette

31st July 2007

Burglar 'flattened' by retired female teacher

Brave villager's actions led to arrest of violent serial offender

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A RETIRED teacher from Ruishton has told how she confronted a burglar in a neighbour's house. Anne Bartlett .. (pictured) who has just won a Provincial Police award for bravery, tackled the thief and even flattened him before he escaped. The 66-year-old's des-cription helped police track down the serial burglar after the incident in May 2005 and he was later jailed. She said: "After a neighbour alerted me I went next door and saw a shape in the house. There in front of me was a man with some rucksacks wearing a baseball cap and dark glasses. He came down a narrow pathway between the houses and told me in colourful language to get out of the way, When I didn't he barged past, pinning me against the wall with a rucksack, which I swung it at him and he fell over a bin and landed beside the road." The burglar then ran off, with Miss Bartlett in pursuit, while witnesses called the police. "I was out of breath and he got away behind the church," she said. "I'd have kept up 20 years ago." He was arrested three days later. She added: "I'm not a hero - 1 didn't think about it. But I was so angry I stood my ground. You just do what you think is right." Derek McKechan was later jailed for three years for ten burglaries, with 54 others taken into account. He was also jailed for three months (to run concurrently) for assaulting Miss Bartlett. Somerset County Gazette

8th July 2007

Park & Ride at Cambria Farm.

Your views are important, so make them known.

Somerset County Council are proposing to construct a Park and Ride scheme on the A358 to the East of Taunton. The location of the scheme is close to the existing junction 25 of the M5. The purpose of this website is to provide you with information about the proposals and enable you to give us your views, which will be passed on to the planning authorities. Please complete our online survey questionnaire.

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8th July 2007

FLOWER SHOW

Saturday 21st July 2007

Don't forget this year's `Potato Crop in a bucket' class; there's still time to plant your potato. Seed potatoes are available from Lilian, 13 Lawn Meadow, or Joan, 10 Overlands. The photography classes will be announced in next month's newsletter, but we have already made some changes to the cookery classes - chocolate eclairs, mini fruit pies, lime meringue pie and sausage rolls are new classes this year. The committee is always looking for helpers: if you would like to be involved in a village activity, we would like to hear from you. We will need help with distributing schedules and with general help on the day. Contact Lilian (442294). Joan (444796) or any committee member.

8th July 2007

VILLAGE DAY

21st July 2007

If anyone has any contacts for demonstrations or different attractions, please ring me with a phone number. To all organisations, have you decided what you are going to do this year, our 25 ? No problems if you are going to do the same as last year (put it on the form). But if you have an addition, or other ideas, please run it past me first, to make sure no one else already does it. Sponsors, Roy of R&B graphics and Paul of Paul Hawkins oil & gas services. J Elston (442568)

8th July 2007

COMPANION DOG SHOW

21st July 2007

t Schedules will be available from mid May, and on Village Day. The Dog Show will be licenced by the Kennel club and run by Taunton Canine Club. Profits towards Village Day funds. This years Judge will be Mr Michael Masters. Sponsors Jane of Hairlines & Craig of Western Fuel Supplies. Bob Wine (442075) & John Elston (442568).

8th July 2007