Isle of Wedmore News – June

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Our Health & Wellbeing

In consultation with Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice and with the support of Wedmore Parish Council here is this month’s item relating to our health & wellbeing.

A shout-out to the men!

The men have their own special week this month from 10 – 16 June. This is Men’s Health Week. For all the men out there, how about doing a DIY Man MOT? The Men’s Health Forum gives you a quick and easy guide to checking all those vital functions, for example, Test One: Is your engine tuned? (Checking your pulse) what about Test 3: Look out for dashboard ‘warning lights’ (Unexplained lumps and swellings) There are seven Tests, which all help men to monitor their own health in a man-friendly way!

For the full MOT Tests go to the Men’s Health Forum website.  DIY Man MOT | Men’s Health Forum (

It’s ok for men to talk about their health, if fact you will be in ‘royal’ company if you do. King Charles has been open about his enlarged prostate and later about a cancer diagnosis. Talking with like-minded people can often be very helpful. Maybe there is a lot of talking at the Mens’ Shed. I will never know, but all you men can go along and find out!  For more details about how you can join the Men in the Shed, email or just pop up to ‘the shed’ at The Village Farm, Plud Street on a Tuesday morning between 9.30 and 12 or Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 4 o’clock for a cuppa and a chat.

For all of us between 30 and 95 we might want to check out our ‘heart age’ and see if it correlates to our actual age, or even younger! You can calculate your heart age at the specialist page on the NHS Website and search for ‘calculate your heart age’.

All of this information might prompt you to sign up for a free NHS Health check. These free NHS Health Checks are available once every five years to anyone aged between 40 and 74 with no pre-existing cardiovascular condition. You can book your own appointment online via the Healthy Somerset website. These checks can be done at Wedmore Pharmacy, so not too far to travel!

Wedmore Wellbeing Day – 4th May

A very big THANK YOU to all who helped make Wedmore Wellbeing Day a success. The feedback from visitors was overwhelmingly positive, for example:- ‘Really good to see groups I never knew existed!’ and ‘A wonderful social day with lots of stalls’. There were some good suggestions for next time too.  Thank you to the 45 exhibitors who gave of their time to show us what amazing things go on in Wedmore to boost our wellbeing! A special thanks to the three organisations which funded the event – Wedmore Parish Council, Wedmore & Axbridge Community Health Fund CIO and Cheddar Vale Lions. Thank you to Richard Neill for the use of the Church. NB – St Mary’s had the most visitors! It must have been the excellent coffee and delicious cakes! Thank you to all who helped on the Day.

Support for people with dementia and their carers in Wedmore  

Memories Workshops at Heads Up Somerset 

HeadsUp aspires to improve the lives of people with Dementia and their Carers, by enabling choice, control and opportunity in a safe and comfortable environment. Our Memories Workshops not only enable those living with Dementia to spend time with others in a safe, nurturing environment but provide vital respite for carers and families. Our Memories Workshops are held on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week (10am-3pm) at the Heads Up Centre.  Activities throughout the day are very much based on individual preference and can include but are not limited to; arts and crafts, cooking, spending time in our healing garden gardening, sharing memories and reminiscing, pottery, woodwork, singing, dancing, flexercise and Tai-Chi.  From time to time we run theme days, have specialist musicians and storytellers come into the service to perform, and host Silent Discos.

Carer’s Group

Do you care for or support a person with dementia? Then this friendly informative group is for you! Come along on the first Friday of the month to The Swan Hotel, Wedmore between 10am and 12md, next meeting on Friday 7th June. If you want to find out more about the Memories Workshops and Carers’ Group, phone HeadsUp on 01749 670667 or email