26th February – 11th March
In order to promote Fairtrade,
there will be an opportunity to buy Traidcraft products on: Friday 9th March
at The Brambles, Pilton.
More details in next month’s Roundabout. Traidcraft products always available from:
Hilary Austin, phone: 01749 890561
or you can e-mail: hilary.austin2@btinternet.com for any enquiries.


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Somerset residents are being urged to make a new effort to recycle light but valuable aluminium foil rather than let it go to waste in their rubbish bins. And to make recycling easier, all aluminium foil can now be scrunched together in a ball for recycling in the same box – usually the black one – as families’ aluminium and steel food and drinks’ cans, rather than the green box for paper and glass.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) want to collect all aluminium foil including take-away containers, trays from tarts, lids from some food packaging, and clean aluminium wrapping from general cooking. SWP’s advice is clear: at the end of your washing up, rinse foil used for food to remove the worst of any contamination, scrunch it all together so it will not blow away, and leave with other materials to be easily spotted by the collection crew.

To check if an item is metallised plastic or aluminium foil, do the scrunch test: if it springs back, it is metallised plastic and cannot be recycled. But if it stays scrunched, it is aluminium foil and should be recycled in your black recycling box.

Householders seeking advice about kerbside collections, the network of recycling sites or for waste prevention ideas, should visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.

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Website Changes for 2018?

Here we are again, the beginning of another busy year and at this time I usually archive last years posts to ‘2017’ pages on the website and start afresh. I know that for many people even the slightest change is unsettling so this time, rather than just make all of the decisions myself I thought I would invite suggestions from the readership first. Maybe you would like to see or perhaps not see something? Perhaps you would like to send me monthly updates for something in the village that does not appear in Roundabout?

Simply e-mail your thoughts to me at scott@piltonvillage.co.uk .I will consider the requests and at the next update will revamp or change things as necessary (if practical and acceptable of course!)

I the meantime, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!


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Maintaining Footpaths

Thank you to Sandi and Will Leach for reinstating the footpath across the Barrows at an acceptable gradient by spreading the whole of the footpath with wood chippings. They do this on an annual basis keeping all those who take this route on an even keel. Your hard work and generosity in providing the wherewithal is very much appreciated.

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Monday 8th January 7.30pm in the Village Hall


After extensive searches our archivists have found a treasure trove of Pilton news events covering the last 150 years.
Stories of riotous assembly, testimony to the effectiveness of Doan’s Lumbago Pills and attacks by an angry bull will keep you transfixed ! With readings by members accompanied by a display of photographs from the archives.

Visitors welcome.

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Monday 22nd January 2.00 – 4.00pm
Pilton Village W.I. invite you to join them on Monday 22nd January (and on the 4th Monday of every month) between 2.00and 4.00pm at Pilton

Post Office for a cuppa, cake and a chat.
Everybody is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you.

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The Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, funded by the Bhopal Medical Appeal, uses yoga as one of the treatments for survivors of the Bhopal Disaster, 33 years ago. Yoga is used to treat chronic diseases involving the respiratory, musculo-skeletal, neurological and endocrine systems, and serious gynaecological problems.

On 1st December, Adele Robertson led a yoga session at Pilton Village Hall, to awaken compassion and the heart centre. The class was followed by refreshments, a raffle and a showing of the film ‘Sambhavna’ about the Bhopal Disaster and the work of the Clinic. Adele would like to thank everyone who supported the event, which raised a fantastic £620, especially Fiona Case, PWMC Ltd for providing the space and film equipment, and Andy Reilly for his time helping us get the film rolling. Also thanks to those who purchased T Shirts (still available from http://bhopal.org/yoga-teeshirt). Adele Robertson

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There have been some changes to the times of buses to service 669: Mondays – Saturdays

Pilton to Glastonbury/Street
8.20, 10.20, 12.20, 14.20, 16.20, 17.45 Pilton to Shepton Mallet
9.30, 11.30, 13.30, 15.30, 17.12, 18.12 For full details ring 01373 471474

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Roundabout Magazine – We are lucky to have it

THE ROUNDABOUT TEAM would like to thank the many people involved in the production and distribution of Roundabout Magazine: those who deliver the magazines to every home in the parishes of Pilton, Croscombe, Dinder and Dulcote; Terry Scott-Alexander, our printer; the people who collect the magazines from Terry and take them to central distributors in each village; Paul Warry who deals with our finances; Gail Milne who co-ordinates the advertisements in the central supplement; our advertisers and everyone who contributes reports, news and notices of future events.

The donations received from groups and individuals are much appreciated and enable us to provide the magazine free to all parishioners.
A new and most welcome member of the Team is Eve Harris, and her telephone number is included in the team’s details in the front of the magazine(page 2).

Please remember that reports should be about 18 lines (approximately 200 words) in length, preferably in Word, and we aim to acknowledge receipt of material within two days of receipt.
NB. Check out the new advertisements in the coloured section

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Every year, Somerset Community Foundation runs an appeal, encouraging people who do not need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it so that it can be redistributed to elderly residents suffering from fuel poverty in the county. Last year over 400 older people in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected, thanks to local donors and pensioners who gave to Surviving Winter.

This year we have a target of raising £100,000 so that we can help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people over the winter. If you wish to have more information or have further queries, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01749 344949 or visit our website : http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter

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