Date for your Diary: “The Guardians” at Stogumber Cinema

Date of Event: Friday, 1st March 2019

Location of Event: Stogumber Village Hall, Stogumber, Taunton, TA4 3TG


The Guardians (Certificate 15) is the next film presented by Stogumber Cinema. It is directed by Xavier Beauvois and concentrates on those left behind rather than the battles being fought at the Front.

It is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings in an outsider, a teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). Newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. French with English subtitles.

Doors open at 7pm when a short film or trailer for the next film, Bohemian Rhapsody showing on Friday 5th April, will be screened with the main feature film starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be available including Styles ice-creams, tea, coffee and a range of drinks from the bar. Tickets are available from or on the door, £5 adults, £3 accompanied under 16s.

Exmoor’s Hidden Gems

Can you help:  We have been asked by a well-known publication to provide them with a list of 10-15 hidden Exmoor gems (with photos).

What do you think should be featured? We are looking for destinations for walks, less well known pubs/restaurants/tea-rooms and even some special Exmoor-based shops.

You can email us your suggestions (with photos) to  – looking forward to hearing from you!

Bossington Beach.Photo by Elma Vonk.



Exmoor might be soggy and rather damp at the moment, but on the whole we can count ourselves lucky and open for business, despite the awful weather which has hit the UK in the past weeks.

However, only about 30 miles from here the story is completely different.  Acres and acres of land are under water in the Somerset levels, homes and businesses are flooded out.  Farmers have worked relentlessly day and night to save their farms from flooding. However, they have lost the fight.  But while many have found shelter for their animals, they desperately need fodder, straw and silage.

Whole villages have been evacuated, and it might be weeks before people can return to their homes.

*** The Somerset Levels flood victims need all our help ***

You can donate feed, forage or animal bedding through Sedgemoor Auction Centre, at J24 of the M5. Please call 01278 410 278 first to arrange a delivery time.

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Well-wishers without fodder who still want to help can make donations via the Farming Community Network webpage at Just Giving.  Donations should be marked “For Somerset Farmers”. The web address to donate is .

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flood relief SQ

You can also donate via the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund which has been set up by the CLA:


Communities on the Somerset Levels have reached a crisis point as they cope with extensive and long-term flooding. For many it is the second time in two years they have been affected, and whole communities have been cut off for weeks.The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent but there is only so much they can do for themselves. As part of our Surviving Winter campaign Somerset Community Foundation is urgently appealing for donations to relieve the immediate hardship people are facing and support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. With your help, we will help families and communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • You can donate online

  • You can donate by calling us on 01749 344949.
  • You can donate by sending a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation and write Flood Relief on the back of the cheque. Please send it to us at Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN.

If you are a UK Taxpayer, please also use this gift aid form to add 25% to your donation.

Our target is to raise £150,000.

We will use funds raised to:

  • Provide emergency relief grants to people whose homes have been flooded to meet the immediate financial burdens of moving out, pumping and drying, and emergency repairs. These are £250 and usually awarded within 48 hours of receipt of an eligible application.
  • Help those who face additional financial burdens as a result of the flooding, for example though loss of earnings, extended daily commutes and school runs.
  • Support local micro-businesses to ensure their survival and swift recovery as an essential part of the local community and economy through grants and, where applicable, loans.
  • Support counselling and other support services to help people cope with the emotional stress caused by the flooding in the short and medium term.

If donations exceed the immediate need outlined above we will use donations to help communities on the Levels increase their resilience, or retain for future episodes of flooding. As far as possible the cost of administering the fund will be taken from gift aid receipts, and no more than 10% will be taken from non-gift aided donations for administration.

Telephone: 01749 344949


Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN


Date for the Diary: Family Fun Day at Wimbleball Lake

Family Fun Day1The Family Fun Day on Monday, 6 May, will bring people together in the local community and get people to know each other in a fun and entertaining way!

Entry is free (although normal car park charges apply), and there will be many free and low-cost activities (e.g. have-a-go archery / high ropes) for people to enjoy.