Isle of Wedmore News – January 2021

January 2021 – New Year, new horizons!

With 2020 firmly behind us, now is a good time to start afresh to think about looking after our health & wellbeing. As I write this, the prospect of at least one vaccine against Covid-19 looks very hopeful, but it is unlikely that all restrictions will be removed just yet. Many of our local organisations have had to curtail their activities, but fortunately there are still some organisations and groups in and around Wedmore and further afield which can help us promote our Five Ways to Wellbeing. Here are a few suggestions. The ‘Directory’ refers to The Isle of Wedmore Directory, which was published and distributed to every Wedmore household in Summer 2019. You can access the most up to date version online at


We know that keeping moving is good for us, but taking the first step is not always easy.

John Beasley’s Zoom sessions have proved very popular and he would like to see more people join him! He will return to the Village Hall, when possible and he is planning to run sessions outside, as soon as the good weather allows! To contact him to find out more, including free starter sessions, go to the Directory listings, Piloga & Pilogafit and Tai Chi for Health.

Chair Yoga with Jo Willis has been taking place in the Village Hall with distancing measures in place. During lockdown classes are via Zoom on Tuesdays 11-12.  Future plans will depend on govenment guidelines. Go to the Directory for her contact details.

Joe Wicks has a selection of workouts you can do at home for all abilities, including seniors! Follow the link on our Health & Wellbeing website. (Please attach info for the 3 Joe Wicks we do and maybe others)

There are lots of tips and help available via various NHS tools and apps.

Go to our website for links.

Keeping connected has been more of a challenge in 2020, but there have been some organisations which have kept going.

Reverend Richard Neill and his team from St Mary’s and the other churches have been holding services and events, including a quiz, via Zoom. To find out more and to join in please contact

Stella Moore has kept on singing! She has sent CDs to her group, so they can keep singing too. If you would like to find out more, go the Directory listing for ‘Music in Mind’.

Maureen Campbell has also kept singing via Zoom with her group. These sessions are open to people living with memory difficulties, their carers and anyone who is feeling isolated or alone. Find out more via the Directory listing ‘Music Matters’.

The people at Bagley Church have remained active during the last year. You can access their live-streamed services on YouTube. It is hoped that Bagley church will be open to the public for Sunday morning services at 10.30am, also on Wednesday mornings 10am – 12md for a Pop Up Bible Study. (All subject to current Covid-19 safety restrictions)
To find out more go to the Directory.

This has been an ideal time to learn something new or to acquire a new skill, helping to keep our brains active.

Like so many organisations the Isle of Wedmore Society was forced to suspend its meetings, but, regulations permitting, it is hoped that meetings will re-start in January on the fourth Thursday of the month. To find out more go to the item in this issue of Wedmore News.

The local Bridge Clubs have merged into Axe Vale Virtual Bridge Club, playing twice weekly on Bridge Base Online. If you would like to play online, contact Steve Pedrick who can advise on how it works and help you to get started. See the Directory for contact details.

Our specially formed Covid-19 Support group has a team of volunteers ready to support people in the parish. If you would like to volunteer or need some help, please go to the website for details and links.

The Rotary club has continued to meet via Zoom meetings. If you would like to find out more about how you can support them, go to the Directory for all contact details.

The Cheddar Vale Lions have remained active during the pandemic, fund raising for local causes in a variety of fun ways! If you want to help, new members are very welcome. Go to the Directory for all contact details.

Theale Show (formerly “Theale Flower Show”)held a virtual show in September and is planning more events, virtually or live in 2021, including a Spring Show. To find out what’s on and how you can join in go to our website.

Just making the most of our countryside by taking a walk can be very beneficial, both physically and mentally. And if you would like to help keep a footpath open for yourself and for other people, contact Shaun Thorogood by email

Mr Punch‘s Folk Club has entertained people throughout the lock-down via Zoom on alternate Fridays. There are plans to ‘go live’ again as soon as restrictions allow, meeting in Theale Village Hall. To find out more go to the Directory.

Wedmore in Bloom volunteers have been planting, tending and watering the plants in the tubs around the village. More volunteers are always welcome to help keep our village tidy and attractive. If you are interested, go to the Directory for who to contact.

Green Wedmore has launched an exciting new project called Worthington Woods in the Lerburne, next to the car park. This has been designed by The Food Forest team and is a joint Green Wedmore and Wedmore Parish Council project. It is designed to help produce locally sustainable food from and to create a place to recharge and let nature nurture. To find out more and to take part go to the Directory for all contact details.

For more ideas about how you can maintain your health & wellbeing and all links go to our website

To find the information about the organisations listed go to our Isle of Wedmore Directory, which is updated online. You can find the complete up to date Wedmore Directory online by going to

If you have any difficulty in accessing websites, please contact me for help to contact the relevant people and organisations listed above. Cathy Butterworth 01934 712775