We apologise for any out-of-date information on the site. It is currently undergoing an update and a new version will be live mid-October.

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Community Notices

To see your community events and notices posted on our website contact the Town Council offices: clericalofficer@watchettowncouncil.org

Community Notices can also be posted in the Community Notice Boards around the town:

The Triangular Notice Board located on the Esplanade - There are 2 sides for community notices, the Market House Museum side for A4 Annual/Seasonal events calendars, and the Esplanade side for A5 Single Events

The Swain Street Notice Board located at the Swain Street entrance to the Car Park - For A5 Single Event notices

The Mineral Yard Notice Board located at the entrance to the Mineral Yard Car Park - For A5 Single Event notices

Watchet Town Council reserve the right to amend notices that do not fit this criteria





We are designing a new website, and we would like to make you part of it. If you are interested in having your Community Group or Charity advertised on our website, with a link to your information please contact Jo on 01984 633344 or email clericalofficer@watchettowncouncil.org for further information.



The Environment & Planning Committee meeting was held on Thursday 29 August 2019 at the Watchet Community Centre to consider Planning application 3/37/19/021 - Outline Planning for the former Wansborough Paper Mill site. The Senior Planning Specialist (SW&T) and the Agents acting on behalf of the developers attended to answer questions from Councillors and members of the public. The Q&A responses will be available to view on the Council Website from Tuesday 10 September 2019. Watchet Town Council were asked to make the only hard copy of the plans available for the public to view, and we are pleased to be able to inform you that these are now available.

Watchet Town Council is a Statutory Consultee for Planning, but this is only on an advisory basis, and whilst the Council is happy to hear the views of the public, if you have any comments to make you MUST submit them to Somerset West & Taunton Council, as the Planning Authority. Details can be found on their website https://www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/planning/find-a-planning-application/

Watchet Town Council has submitted a statement, and has asked for an extension, as they feel that they cannot make an informed decision by the deadline date of 5 September 2019 as there are too many reserved matters to consider.



At the National Association of Local Council (NALC) awards event on Tuesday 30th October 2018, Watchet Town Council were announced as runners-up as the Star Council of the year. Councillor John Irven, Chairman of Council and Mayor of Watchet accepted a plaque and certificate on behalf of the council, and is pictured with Councillor Loretta Whetlor, who was present as Somerset’s representative to NALC.

NALC is the national organisation representing the 10,000 community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils in England. Finalists were selected by a NALC panel from over 120 submissions, with the final winner chosen by public vote. Award winners were Northwich Town Council (population 20,000), runners-up Watchet Town Council (population 3,785).

John Irven said, ‘We were very proud to become runners-up and be recognised by our peers and our local public for the quality and effectiveness of the work we do. This wonderful award recognises the hard work and commitment of all our councillors and staff, and I would really like to thank all my councillor and staff colleagues, especially Sarah Reed our fantastic clerk who co-ordinated our application, and of course all the people who supported us by voting’



Ever wondered who does what in Watchet? Click here for useful Contact numbers



Watchet Town Council are aware of the concerns that have been raised regarding the installation of a webcam on the Esplanade by the WACET Organisation. The Town Council has no standing on this matter and would ask that any queries are made to the WACET Organisation direct, contact details can be obtained from the WACET website www.visit-watchet.co.uk.



Would you like to help someone in your local Community? Then why not consider Volunteering for Somerset Sight?

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A new community electric car transport scheme is starting in Watchet in the New Year, where volunteer drivers will provide lifts, in a specially provided electric car to elderly or infirm residents in and around Watchet, to get to the Doctors surgery or to any of the various support groups in the town is asking for volunteer drivers to support the scheme.

Watchet Drives, funded by The National Lottery Fund, and DCMS is the new strand of community support from Watchet Connects, a programme run by Watchet Coastal Community Team. In partnership with Community Council Somerset, it is seeking to support those residents in Watchet who often miss doctors’ appointments or can’t get to the shops because they suffer with mobility problems. The scheme has been designed in close consultation with the current community transport providers Watchet and Williton WHEELS and hopes to free up their capacity to concentrate on longer journeys outside of Watchet. We hope to supports their fantastic work of wheels by transporting people on short journeys around the town on a shuttle service to the roads highlighted by the GP surgery.

Watchet Drives is looking for volunteers who would be happy to give half a day a month to drive short journeys around Watchet. Volunteers would be covered under a separate insurance and drive a leased community electric car. Electric car training will also be provided for volunteers so that they are comfortable driving an e-car. Village Agent and Watchet Connects volunteer Izzy Silvester says: “We know there are plenty of quite isolated people who live in Watchet and are often unable to leave their house because of either a physical or mental disability, Watchet Drives hopes to help those people get the support they need in town, whilst also providing a friendly face to chat to. We’d love to hear from anyone that would enjoy talking to people about Watchet and are happy to help by driving them short distances to get to support they need, and then taking them home again afterwards.”

The team are working closely with the Council towards installing an electric car charging point in the town. Watchet Connects will pay for the lease of the car, insurance and any fuel and associated costs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, or would like to find out more information please contact Georgie Grant at georgie@watchetconnects.com or call her on T: 07940 950 396

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Quantock Foodbank are seeking items for its store - please click here to see a list of items required.

February 2019 Newsletter



Home Start West Somerset is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children in West Somerset through challenging times - Click here for more information including how to get in contact.

Story Start sessions - Supporting parents to interact, communicate and read with their young children from birth. Story start is held at Watchet Community Centre every first Thursday of the month, 9.30am - 11.30am (term time).



FORGET-ME-NOT CAFE - 2020 Programme



COMMUNITY BUS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Due to contractual reasons, this service cannot be used for routes already covered by the First Bus Service 28, e.g. Harbour Road to Minehead and all stops in between. However people alighting at any point between say Donifod and Liddimore Road are entitled to use the service.

For more information on this service and an up to date time table please Click Here



The Community Makers are a group of volunteers, lead by experienced builder, Ian Wedlake. The group aim to help other local Community groups with Designing, Building & Fixing projects. To see the Watchet Community Makers flyer, Click Here.



The Community Employment Hub runs every Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm at The Sanctuary, Swain Street, Watchet. To see the flyer, including contact details and other Employment Hub locations, Click Here.

The Community Hub are looking for Volunteers. Click here for more information.

The Phoenix Centre's Seasonal Calendar can be found by Clicking Here!



For more information on the club, Click Here.



Watchet Dementia Alliance offer support for anyone living with dementia or other memory problems, and their carers. Compass Carers will be attending some sessions. All are very welcome to attend at The Sanctuary, Swain Street, Watchet.

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Somerset You Can Do are looking for Volunteer drivers to help out in the Community. All you need to be is over 18 years old, have less than 6 points on your license, and have access to your own 4 door car. Reimbursement for fuel available. For more information and the flyer, Click Here.