Stratton on the Fosse News for May/June 2020

Please let me know any news you might have or any tips you want to share. This is your website, so without news it is very difficult to keep it interesting and alive! Contact the webmaster, Malcolm, at

The Parish Council is in the process of commissioning a new web site. This will hopefully appear early in July. As webmaster, I am appealing to you all to send in photos of the village or surrounding areas that we can use on the website. To fit with the website, most of the ones we use will be in Landscape format rather than Portrait. I am offering a bottle of Prosecco for the best photo submitted. We need them fairly quickly so get your thinking hats on and perhaps get some exercise around and take some new photos. The weather is expected to be good over the next week, so it is an ideal time to do it. Please send your pictures to me at Thank you.

Stratton Parish Council Meeting
These are strange times and call for different solutions. As from April, until further notice, Parish Council Meetings will be held on-line as we are not permitted to meet in person due to current restrictions.

We will be using the software app called Zoom. This is available for almost all types of equipment that is able to go on-line, Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Phones.

Details for the logon to Stratton Parish Council Zoom session which will start at July 20th, 2020 at 7:45 PM will be posted four days before the meeting.

The minutes for June's Parish Council Meeting can be found by clicking here.

Minutes for all Parish Council meetings:

  • for those held in 2017 can be found here
  • for those held in 2018 can be found here
  • for those held in 2019 can be found here
  • and
  • for those held in 2020 can be found here.
  • Important Information about MOTs for Cars Vans and Motorcycles
    Six month extension if due after 30th March 2020
    See details here

    Coronavirus or Covid-19 Virus

    Rather than trying to keep up to date with information, which has proved to be impossible with so many changes, I refer you to this link on Somerset County Council web site which will be updated daily.

    Government Guidelines
    The Government has a website dedicated to Coronavirus advice

    Bus Services
    First Bus have a web page with extensive information about both their services and the regulations which come into operation on 15th June. See their Bus travel information here.

    Corona Virus Detailed Advice
    COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. There are a lot of posts on Twitter and Facebook which are not always giving the correct information. Here are some links to official websites, which are, at the moment, updated daily or even more frequently: NHS Coronavirus site. This gives all the medical information that you will need.

    Coronavirus Symptom Checker
    Another site which could be invaluable is the NHS 111 online Coronavirus Symptom Checker This is here. Government and other sources of Financial Advice, and/or Help

    Government Guidelines
    The Government has a website dedicated to Coronavirus advice

    Help with Home Schooling

    Stories for kids of all ages
    Audible, which is an Amazon Company, is putting only lots stories online through what is normally a charged service. It is now free! You can find the site at All stories are free to download to your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

    Maths for kids aged 4 to 12
    Carol Vorderman is making her maths school the maths factor FREE for kids aged 4 to 12 until school reopen.


    Plastic and other improvements to Recycling Collections
    Recycle More's expanded kerbside collections will begin rolling out in June 2020, starting in Mendip. Recycle More will add a wide range of extra materials to weekly recycling collections: household and food plastic pots, tubs and trays, Tetra Packs and other beverage cartons, small electrical items and household batteries. For more details see here.

    Scam Warning from Police A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam. Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust. If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at

    Defibrillator for Stratton on the Fosse - Please take note! The defibrillator is now installed at the front of the Village Hall and is ready for use.

    Website News Following Correspondence between your Parish Council and Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, she has made various suggestions as to how the Police can have better communication with Parishioners. There have therefore been changes which you can see under Emergency Services and Police News in the Menu to the left of each Page. These include direct links to the Police in the Shepton Mallet Rural District within which we live and to Crimestoppers. Graphical representation of crimes mapped can also be found under the page on Police News.

    Buses serving Stratton on the Fosse - Use them or Lose them!

    Bus Service 174 starts in Bath, runs through Peasedown, Radstock to Stratton and then carries on to Oakhill, Shepton Mallet, Croscombe to Wells. Click here for the 174 Timetable.

    Bus Service 184 is run by Libra Coaches. This Bus runs from Midsomer Norton, Old Mills Tesco to Frome Market Place via White Post, Stratton on the Fosse, Holcombe, Coleford, Mells and Great Elm. The timetable for the 184 can be found here.

    Report a Problem Certain problems including Abandoned Vehicles, Dog Fouling, Fly-posting or graffiti, Fly-tipping or litter or unlit Lampposts can be reported through the FixMyStreet website. Please note however that there are things that you cannot report through this site and these are listed at

    Mobile and Internet Safety
    There are pages in the Web help area about keeping children (and indeed others) safe on mobile phones and the internet and a series of pages from Sophos - the antivirus company - on keeping your facebook experience safe.

    Crime map for Chilcompton and Stratton-on-the-Fosse can be found by clicking here. Other information from this Police UK web page includes details of members of the policing team for the area.

    Would you like to know your internet access speed?
    This website now includes a test that you can use to determine your internet access speed. It is to be found in the section on 'Useful Links' at the bottom of the menu bar and then following the 'Help with the Web' tab. Just Click on the Start Speed test tab and await the results. You might be amazed at what they are!! You can also click here for access to it.

    Police News: There is now an expanded section of Police News (see menu at sidebar). There are links to the Avon and Somerset Police Force website and also the website of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

    Mendip District Council's Parish Information Bulletin is now available and may be found by clicking here.

    Follow this link for a map of Footpaths both in Stratton and some of the surrounding area. The map also shows the parish boundaries.