Monday, 23 May 2016

Lock it or lose it!

An important note from our village Neighbourhood Watch organiser about minimising risk of opportunist theft, which is on the rise.

"Around 7.30pm Saturday evening a person dressed in a "Hoodie" wheeled a motorbike out of a garage whilst the owner and his family were eating a meal in the room next door. He was observed and chased, where upon he dropped the motorbike and ran off. The Police were contacted but as the motorbike was recovered, did not attend. Did anybody see suspicious people in a van on Saturday etc?

I went to warn some people whose e-mail addresses I have not been given, one particular house, garage wide open, lots of valuable items on show, no answer to front door bell or knocking on front door. Back door wide open and no answer when I called out, I then knocked on door, no reply. I then undid the side gate and enter back garden where the occupiers were. The moral is either "Lock it or lose it", especially when it is made so easy for the "Light fingered" brigade."

There is useful information about keeping your property safe on the Aller Parish Council website here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Plant Sale and Pop Up Cafe

Saturday 14th May - 10am

Plant Sales and 'Angel' Pop Up Cafe

Come along this Saturday to St Andrews Church in Aller for a cup of espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte or a selection of teas. There are also home-made cakes, savory treats along with local stalls selling plants and produce.

Come along to this community event at St Andrews Church Aller between 10am - 1pm

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Aller Parish Council AGM

The time for the Aller Parish AGM has rolled around agaain.
It will be held in the Village Hall at 7pm on Monday, 9th May and will receive reports from village organisations. All parishoners are welcome to attend the public forum and the Parish Council Meeting which will follow.
Please support your local Parish and the Councillors who act on our behalf entirely voluntarily.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

BIG BREAKFAST and Rogation Walk from the Village Hall

May 1st Rogation Tide Blessings and Breakfast

At Rogation it's traditional to gather to bless the parish and the community and there will be a Rogation Walk starting from the Village Hall at 10:30am, where by popular request we will be holding another BIG BREAKFAST in the Village Hall from 9:15am

Do come and join us to give thanks for, and bless, our community.

If you need more information you can contact our churchwardens.

Monday, 4 April 2016

New bus service for Aller

From the 29th March 2016 Webber Bus introduced Service 34. This operates from Bridgwater to Yeovil via Westonzoyland, Langport, Somerton and Ilchester. The service runs every two hours through the day. If you would like any more information please contact, or see page 2 of the timetable here.

Please note that from 1st April 2016 the time from which the Concessionary Bus Pass is accepted for free travel will change from 0900 to 0930 on Monday through to Friday.
Passes remain valid at all times on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.  (Although some services do not operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays).
The decision was made by Somerset County Council and not the bus companies.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Mothering Sunday Workshop

Saturday 5th March 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Calling all children of Aller, St Andrews, Aller are having it's annual Mothering Sunday Workshop at the church from 2:30pm on Saturday 5th March.

Please come and join us and make something special for your Mum...a card, a posy of flowers, biscuits, cakes to decorate (Dads very welcome too!)

If Mum can pick you up around 4pm and join us for a simple Mothering Service of celebration and thanksgiving.

There will be tea and cake on offer for all that come along, hope to see you all there.

For more information contact: Rev Jess Pitman 01458 251489 or Pat Harvey, Churchwarden 01458 898119

Please note: There is no service in St Andrews Aller on Mothering Sunday, 6th March. There are Mothering Sunday services on Sunday 6th March in St Andrews, High Ham at 11am and at St Marys, Huish at 9:15am

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Become a Flood Warden

Are you a flood warden or volunteer in Somerset? - The Environment Agency are offering FREE flood warden training courses. Sign up today!

The training will be delivered by the Environment Agency and the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service at Rivers House, Bridgwater, TA6 4YS. You can either split up your training over two sessions on 23 February and 1 March (6pm to 9pm) or do it in one day on Saturday 5 March (10am to 3.30pm).

To register, send your name, contact details and course option to

Communities are better prepared to cope during and after an emergency when everyone works together. The Cornwall Community Flood Forum has developed a Community Resilience Toolkit which they have kindly allowed EA to offer to wardens and volunteers in Somerset. This toolkit supports communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from flood events. The purpose of this guidance series is to help you to act safely whilst providing the best level of support to your community during an emergency.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Road Closure in Aller - 24th Feb have been notified that the A372 will be closed to all traffic on Ridley Hill for one day on 24th Feb, to allow Wessex Water to replace some manholes. Local diversions will be signposted.
See the Road Closure Notice here.

Scam phone calls - be aware

There are a lot of scam phone calls around at the moment, and a lot of scam or phishing emails. Please beware to protect your personal information.
An example from the Wincanton area:A man of Asian origin has been calling local people claiming to be from the council. He asks about an accident and then asks for personal details. Please be advised DO NOT give any personnal details over the phone and if you receive a call from this man please call 101 who will direct you to Action Fraud.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Aller's Big Breakfast

St. Andrews raised more than £500 on Sunday at a community big breakfast in Aller Village Hall. A happy team of helpers manned the frying pans and served more than 60 big and delicious cooked breakfasts. The money raised will go towards the roof repair fund for St.Andrews Church. You are probably aware that the church is raising money towards repair of a weaken roof identified in a 2014 report on the state of the church building, full details can be found HERE. With calls from many people who came to the breakfast to make it a regular event it was lovely to see so many villagers getting to know their neighbours.

St Andrews PCC have done a few money raising events in the village over the past few months and the whole parish have supported us with amazing generosity. Carol Singing around the village raised over £300, Tea and Crumpets held at the Old Rectory thanks to Ros and Peter over £350 was raised, with £505 raised on Sunday and personal donations totalling almost £2400 we could not have asked for a better response to this cause.

A huge thank you to everyone that attended, donated and helped.

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