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04/02/2018 Civic Award winners New


Thank you to all those who took the time to nominate individuals for the Civic Award and the newly introduced Young Person’s Award – showing just how much the town appreciates those volunteers working hard to make Axbridge such a lovely place to live.

We are delighted to announce that Barry Hamblin has been selected to receive a Civic Award this year for all the time, effort, enthusiasm and sheer hard work he has put into establishing and managing the Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets TS Goathland Unit. He had also been actively involved in many other organisations which have been of benefit to the town.

Jamie Harris has been selected as one of the recipients of the Young Person’s Award in recognition of his incredible sailing achievements, being Cadet World Champion in Argentina and receiving Somerset Young Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. This is in addition to his many other achievements – not least his outstanding academic results!

Katherine Sousa is also a very worthy recipient of the Young Person’s Award, due to her contribution to civic life, not only as the first Mayor’s Cadet in Axbridge, but also her recent appointment as Cadet to the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. Alongside these commitments, she plays an active and valued part of the Sea Cadet Unit and still finds time to be an Ambassador for Kings of Wessex School.

The awards will be presented by Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset Brigadier Tom Lang QVRM RD* DL at the Civic Service on Sunday 25th February 2018.

All residents are cordially invited to join in this thanksgiving for the community of Axbridge. Please be seated by 2.50pm.

16/01/2018 Asistant to the Clerk - applications welcome New

Applications are invited for an assistant to the Town Clerk. The successful candidate will play a key role in the administration of the council, assisting the clerk with correspondence, filing, administration of the cemetery and allotments and preparing for civic events. Key duties will involve maintaining the Council’s website, with the integration of social media, and monitoring the work of contractors.

The ideal person will be sociable and affable; self-motivated and able to maintain good relationships with employees, council members, contractors and the public. A willingness to learn new skills would be welcome, as would an interest in the work of the council and the community.

This is a new post so will be for a fixed term of 1 year, 20 hours per month, plus holiday pay. The successful candidate will have an option to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Application forms and further details are available here, or email: or tel. 07884 264033.

Completed forms should be returned by 12 Noon on Monday 19th February 2018.

21/11/2017 Town Council press release concerning the proposed development south of Houlgate Way

The Town Council discussed recent changes to the planning application at the last full council meeting, and here is the press release published as a result.

02/04/2017 Pictures from Civic Service 2017

There are now some pictures from the last Civic Service, where Wendy Mace received a Civic Award, and Jim Lukins received the freedom of the town. Thanks to Tim Hind for the photography.

02/04/2017 Conservation Area and Listed Building guidance from Sedgemoor District Council

Sedgemoor have published a Guide for Owners and Occupiers to Living in a Conservation Area, and a Guide for Owners and Occupiers to Living in a Listed Building.

30/01/2017 Local Plan Consultation available

Sedgemoor District Council has published a set of documents for consultation:

This is your chance to comment on the future of our town.

27/10/2016 Voices of Axbridge goes to the Somerset Heritage Centre

The South West Heritage Trust is delighted to announce that the Voices of Axbridge archive is now available for research at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

The archive was officially handed over on 17 August at a ceremony at Axbridge Town Hall attended by the Mayor, the Voices of Axbridge project team and an archivist from the Heritage Trust. Maggie Tur, the project leader, paid tribute to the hard work, dedication and good humour shown by the project volunteers, and commented that this was where the team’s job finished and the work of the Archives Service started.

The archive consists of over 100 interviews (with full transcripts) with Axbridge people, giving a very detailed picture of life in the town in times past, as well as a snapshot of life in the 21st century. Interviewees included 18 of the town’s former mayors, local business people, older residents and Civic Award winners.

The collection has now been catalogued and can be consulted at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton. The Heritage Centre is open Tuesday to Friday and the morning of the second Saturday of the month. Visitors are warmly welcome to come to listen to these fascinating interviews.

For more information about visiting the Somerset Heritage Centre


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