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Supplementary consultation on design changes

National Highways is consulting on design changes for the proposed upgrade to the A358 between Taunton and Southfields roundabout.

The consultation will run from Tuesday 24 May until 23:59 on Sunday 26 June 2022.

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Parish Council Minutes 6th April 2022

Planning, Highways and Footpaths, Recreational Ground, Neighbourhood plan, Clerk's report, Chairman's report, Money matters...

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Parish Council Meeting Agenda 10/5/2022


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News Letter May 2022

Monthly draw winners, Carpet Bowls Club, Jumble Sale, Bingo, Health Walks, Artists in TexStyles, Friendshop club, Book club, Parish council and local adverts.

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2022 Flower show Link....

Toneway - Creech Castle Improvements

This bulletin is to share the attachments/Plans for the night time closures taking place at Toneway in Taunton outlined in the previous bulletin. These closures will take place on the below dates:

  • Night 1 20/03/22.  2000hrs to 0600hrs.
  • Night 2 to Night 4  21-23/03/22.  2200hrs to 0600hrs.

Click here to view attached plans.
Plan 1
Plan 2 
Plan 3
Plan 4 

Please share with friends, family, colleagues, etc and add to social media. The newsletter can also be printed and added to noticeboards as appropriate.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Toneway - Creech Castle Junction Improvements

This bulletin is to inform you of night time closures taking place at Toneway in Taunton. These closures will take place on the below dates:

  • Night 1 20/03/22.  2000hrs to 0600hrs.
  • Night 2 to Night 4  21-23/03/22.  2200hrs to 0600hrs.

We are closing the Creech Castle junction of the A358 and A38 overnight on the above dates to undertake a traffic switch that will shift the traffic onto the alignment shown on the attached layout (Phase 3) and allow us to commence works on sections of the Scheme that have currently been unavailable to us.  Works on the north carriageway east of the junction are substantially complete although final surfacing works will take place later in the project.

This traffic switch will give us access to the south carriageway east of the junction and also the verge area immediately adjacent to the boundary wall of the Creech Castle Hotel.  Works on the widening of Bathpool Bridge will continue as we complete the actual structure and widen the embankment to accommodate the additional carriageway width and combined pedestrian/cycle ways.

The  diversion routes remain as previous, as attached, and arrangements for Businesses to undertake overnight deliveries will be in place.

Please share with friends, family, colleagues, etc and add to social media. The newsletter can also be printed and added to noticeboards as appropriate.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Copyright © 2021 Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email as you have requested to receive updates on the Junction 25 project - Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.

Our mailing address is:
Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
Waterways House

Our Mailing Address for this Project is:
[email protected]


Our Buses Are Under Threat

April 2022 was meant to augur in a new era for our buses. It was the month when the £3 billion as part of Bus Back Better, National Strategy for Buses for England, could be used to improve bus services. People could be invited to abandon their cars and opt for the ‘greener’ option of going by bus on journeys to nearby towns and villages.

To improve buses across the county, Somerset had put in a bid for £163 million of Bus Back Better money. That was the sum of money Somerset needed because Somerset bus services currently are the worst rated of any county in England. But the Bus Back Better fund has been over subscribed 8 times by all the bids from across England and so it’s unknown how much money Somerset might get. But it’s unlikely to get anything like what Somerset needs.

The 2 years of Covid with endless warnings not to use buses has seen bus passenger numbers down 40% on pre Covid levels. This has meant the Government has had to step in and subsidise bus services in order to keep them running. To fund this the Government has diverted more than half of the £3 billion pot allocated for transforming our bus services to just maintain our current bus services.

Worse still, the Government has still not said whether it will keep funding our existing bus services from April.

If it doesn’t, then without this subsidy, bus services across the county (including here in Somerset) could “fall off the side of the cliff” (as said by Wera Hobhouse, Bath MP). It’s been estimated 30% of bus services would go. Some bus services could even disappear completely.

Without this Covid Bus Recovery Grant, a leading bus operator has said, “The bus sector is hurtling towards disaster.”

So what can we do?

Could you please … today … send an email (doesn’t need to be long) to the Government Buses Minister demanding that the Covid-19 Bus Recovery Grant funding is continued beyond April. Send it to BARONESS VERE OF NORBITON (Buses Minister) - email [email protected]. Also copy your email to your MP:

REBECCA POW (Taunton Deane) - email [email protected]

Please also copy in Somerset Bus Partnership to any emails too. Our email address: [email protected] .

Additionally, if you should speak to any of the candidates for the Somerset Unitary Council May 5th elections, please ask them what their plans are to protect and improve our bus services here in Somerset. There’s never been a time when our bus services in Somerset have been at so much risk.

Somerset Bus Partnership Team


Our Strategy - Our Future

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) will help the residents of Ruishton & Thornfalcon Parishes to shape the future of their area.

Key Documents

Neighbourhood Plan (Draft)...Link

Documents used to develop the plan...Link

Ruishton, Thornfalcon and Henlade Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Next year, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee on the weekend of the 2nd – 5th June 2022. After the restrictions of the pandemic, the Parish Council would like to establish if there is enough community interest to organise a Jubilee Celebration during this

As only a small number of parishioners were able to attend a recent meeting held to discuss this, it was agreed that the views of the wider community should be sought. To make a community event happen, we need more than 5 volunteers! The Covid pandemic has meant there is less time available for planning, organising and fund-raising, so more volunteers are needed to make any celebration a success.

To establish community interest, we attach a short survey and would be grateful if you could complete and return this as soon as possible and no later than the November 3rd, 2021.Your completed survey can be returned to either of the addresses at the bottom of the form or there is a downloadable version on the village website: Ruishton.org.uk

Information may also be found on Facebook on the Ruishton,Thornfalcon & Henlade community pages. Should you have any difficulty either completing or returning your survey, please contact either of the phone numbers given.

Any celebration should reflect all members of our community, therefore ideas from young people, families and older members are particularly welcome. It is important to include existing community groups or networks to ensure that the wide interests of the village are represented, so any views these groups may have would be especially welcome, as would their inclusion on any organising group formed.

To make the event happen, we will need both time and money, so if you have any fundraising ideas or can offer some time / contacts / services or sponsorship, we would love
to hear from you!

There will be a further meeting held on Thursday 4th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. A decision will be made at that meeting as to whether there is sufficient community interest to take the planning and organisation of such an event further.

We hope we can rely on your support and look forward to hearing from you.

Sally Smith & Bridget Dickinson
On behalf of the Parish Council






Local Plan Issues and Options Document

The first stage was the Issues and Options document. The document looks at key issues for our area and suggests ways we can address these.  The issues we are looking at include how to plan for the places and spaces we live and work in; community services, shops, transport and infrastructure; our wildlife and landscapes; and the climate emergency.

Link to map of Ruishton and Henlade

Link to Appendix 2

Link to Local Plan review 2040

October 2020

Meet your local Police Community Support Officers for Taunton East

If you have any queries, the team can be contacted at: [email protected]

Link to Newsletter

Ruishton Weather

Ruishton has it's own Weather Station site ITAUNT13. The weather monitor is based in the village and measures a number of weather related values, such as temperatures, dew point, wind etc.
This is a great site and I'm sure it will be a great place to get data for a school science project.

Link to Ruishton Weather Site


Five arch bridge once used by the railway


Village playing field with stalls

Village Day July 26th 2018

Facebook Links:
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Useful Documents:
National Cyber Security Centre - Using Passwords
Safer Somerset Partnership - Domestic Abuse Newsletter
Somerset County Council - Environmental Maintenance
Scams - Help Identify and Prevent Scams in Society
Avon & Somerset Police Cyber Protect (Presentation)
Avon & Somerset Police Cyber Protect (Documentation)
Avon & Somerset Police Quick Tips

This website is maintained on a voluntary basis by the residents of the parish of Ruishton, Thornfalcon and Henlade. If you are running a club or business or other organisation within the parish, then you are invited to be included in the website, but don't forget to often update your information.