Last week I wrote about how we are making improvements to the skate park. Before that we have been investing in new surfacing for Town Street and the Market Place. We also have numerous projects in the pipeline to further improve the physical environment in which we live.

Today though I am focusing on a cultural revival! We all know how hard the pandemic has hit the events industry and our town hasn’t been spared; indeed, last week should have been our annual Collett Park Day. The necessary restrictions and uncertainty meant that couldn’t go ahead so we have been planning an alternative!

This week we can announce the launch of ‘Summer in Shepton’. It’s a series of mini (covid-compliant!) events designed to be family friendly, all outdoor and all completely free of charge! There are things happening every weekend throughout July and August. Whether it’s hula hooping in the park, catching up with an outdoor film in the beautiful surroundings of St. Paul’s school grounds or watching circus performers amaze with their high-wire act, we’ve got you covered! All events are open to everyone (though some need to be pre-booked so we can manage numbers) so do take a look at our website for details.

I would like to thank Councillors Tim O’Connor, Gavin Mayall and Sharon Hale for working so hard to pull the programme together. I hope it allows local acts to showcase their talents and brings people together.

Until next time.
Matt Harrison, Chairperson