Parish Noticeboard for Local Issues

Reduction of Fire Cover

At the meeting of Shipham Parish Council on Monday 17th January we received a briefing on the proposed change to service provision at Cheddar fire station from the crew manager.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have decided to withdraw the current fire appliance and replace this with a smaller vehicle with lower water capacity and worryingly less associated critical equipment. This includes a fan capable of ventilating property immediately after a fire AND a high volume pump of the type that has proved absolutely essential when the Cheddar team has attended cave rescues involving flood situations.

Apparently this reduction in capability is based on national models rather than local need. The immediate area served by Cheddar Station has considerable on-going growth in residential properties (including Bloor North, Round Oak Farm, the Yeo Valley site in Cheddar/Axbridge and around Wedmore) as well as Kings Of Wessex secondary, Shipham, Cheddar, Draycott and Wedmore first schools and two middle schools.

There is concern that with a reduced capacity appliance Cheddar crews will in some circumstances need immediate backup more than has been the case. At a recent fire at one of our quarries it took 17 minutes for a second appliance to arrive from Wells – the incident was dealt with by Cheddar’s current capability but demonstrates a potential problem if the size of appliance were to be reduced.

The Fire Service has requested that the community respond with their concerns to the following address:

Churchill and Langford Minibus


(Reg. Charity 1975)

The Churchill and Langford Minibus Society operates two minibuses providing Community transport for all the residents (of any age) living in the Shipham Parish who join the Society. Membership is free and members give a donation towards the cost of the journeys. The Parish Council supports the Society and the benefits it brings to those who use the minibuses.

During the week the minibus provides scheduled trips to shops, banks, opticians, cafes etc. in Wells, Weston, Nailsea, Clevedon and other towns in North Somerset. On a less, frequent basis scheduled trips also go Street, Bristol and Bath.

In addition, the members of the Society benefit from a whole range of unscheduled trips to the coast, pub lunches, cinema, theatre, Churchill Music and lots more. Prior to the Pandemic the Society ran annually over 50 unscheduled trips during the year.

The Society is also there to help other Clubs, Societies and Charities in the local community with their transport needs, such as the Brownies and Churchill Music.

Both minibuses are in great demand and the Society urgently needs to find more volunteer drivers and organisers in order that we can meet all the transport requests. If you are able to provide some time each month or every other month then please contact the Chairman Trevor Smallwood on 01934 852589 to discuss either becoming a driver (we provide training for free) an organiser or how as a member you can use the minibus for an unscheduled trip or we can help provide transport for your organisation, society or charity.

The Scheduled Trips for the current month and the organisers to contact for each trip can be found via the link below please page to the bottom of the web page for the current month's scheduled trip details