News for March / April

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday, April 28th at 7.45 pm. in the Village Hall. Please note that this is not the usual third Monday of the month as that is Easter Monday. This is a week later. All are very welcome to attend.

Parish Council Lengthsman Required

The Parish Council are looking to employ a lengthsman to maintain their village and community garden. The work is estimated at 16 hours a month for 9 months of the year. Please apply to M. Daniels, 6, Middlemead, Stratton on the Fosse, Radstock BA3 4QH or email:

If you are interested then the full job specification in pdf format can be found by clicking here or the full job specification in spreadsheet format can be found by clicking here.

New Book about the St Benedict's Catholic Parish

A new book about St Benedict's Catholic Church, Parish and School was published this week by Downside Abbey Press. Part of a series on local Catholic Parishes being proposed by the Abbot of Downside, Abbot Aidan Bellinger, this book has a long history.

Picture of Book Signing The origins of the book may be found in a study carried out by Gerald Brine, a one-time resident of the parish of Stratton on the Fosse who moved to London in his thirties. The result of the study was written by Gerald in 1972 as a twenty page document which came into the possession of the current author, Frances Daniels. For a long time, she was keen on publishing Gerald's document as she felt it would be very interesting to the parishioners of the Church.

Frances is a researcher who has been helping others discover their family history, as well as uncovering her own, for twenty-five years. She has published three books concerning her family history. This current book, her most ambitious, has taken two years of research, building on the work done by Gerald Brine.

The book details the foundation of the parish after the monks infamously walked from the canal at Paulton to Downside in 1814, the history of the church and the parish priests, along with information about the parish registers. The Churchyard contains some graves of notable persons such as Edward Green who was Herald of Somerset and Sir Rowland Blennerhasset who was a distinguished parliamentarian in Ireland and President of Queen's College, Cork. The book also contains a wonderful collection of photographs, both historical and modern, about the religious, scholastic and social life of the village, many of which have never been published before.

Previously unpublished data in the book includes a list of parish priests, Easter communicants of 1858, members of the congregation in 1895, WW2 Evacuees and Members of the Temperance Society. Also included is work by Sir Mervyn Medlicott regarding Monumental Inscriptions and by Alfie Smith concerning a plan of the graveyard along with details of many of the burials that took place there.

Copies of the book may be obtained from the Downside Abbey Bookshop, telephone 01761 235174 or email

Mobile and Internet Safety

There are new 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.

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


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.

A Lovely Picture of the Flooded Field below Middlemead

My thanks to Margaret Barron who sent in this picture. Any other pictures about Floods or anything else should be sent to

Please note changes for the Little Angels

Little Angels will take place in the Village Hall at 10am to Noon on Every Thursday during term time. Everyone is welcome. £2 per adult and coffee will be served.

Photos from the Village Day can be found by clicking here

Please note that there will be no update of Planning Applications and Decisions until Mendip District Council have completed updating their computer systems. Any enquiries should be submitted to Mendip District Council at the Council Offices, Shepton Mallet.

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!