My Cheddar is working on a proposal to deliver a community partnership for Cheddar, as detailed at our AGM in January 2016, focusing on economic development, health and well-being, community, and environment issues. Find out more here.
My Cheddar is a volunteer community group supporting the Parish Council, working with various local authorities and landowners. Running since 2011 we are focusing on making Cheddar a better place to live, work, shop and visit. Any local resident can join. Our group comprises people with a wide variety of skills and experience and includes people who have only lived in Cheddar a few months, right through to those who were born and brought up here over 60 years ago and have seen many changes. We are not separate from the community, we are the community, and our members are simply local residents who have chosen to get involved in doing their bit to improve the area. How would you like to see Cheddar and the Gorge improve? Have you got some workable ideas? Can you lend a hand? Then please join us…
Making Cheddar a better place to live
If you care about improving Cheddar and getting various community groups to work together towards a common goal, please join us. Time commitment is as much as you can spare, and even if you can’t help with the more physical aspects such as gardening, speed checks and so on, just being part of the our network will help to keep you in the loop, enable you to share your views, and you never know when you might be the critical connection when we are looking for someone with specific skills or expertise. Who might you know who can help out? And could we reach a membership of 500 (which would be approaching 10% of the village population)?
Whilst as individuals, My Cheddar members may have our own views on development proposals, we are not particularly a pro- or anti-development pressure group, but focused on looking at a addressing local issues or shortfalls in services where community expertise or manpower from local residents and businesses could be useful. We don’t get involved responding to individual planning applications “as My Cheddar” although our members may choose to do so on an individual basis.
Our project teams aim to improve the way the community functions, focusing on topics around sustainability, local shopping and markets, environmental considerations, sports facilities, health and well-being, transport, tourism, and generally developing a cohesive community. This approach can help to reduce the need for external investment in the community and make it more resilient and self-sufficient. A strong community network is also said to improve property values. These days, councils and other authorities don’t have the money available to do all the things we may have previously taken for granted. Today, if you want to see improvements in your area, a group of enthusiastic locals armed with some community grant funding, is far more likely to achieve the desired outcome.
Our projects are not only related to environmental action or global economy topics, they’re more about fixing local issues which in turn can help to address these wider concerns. For example we also co-ordinate our Community Speedwatch scheme encouraging people to drive carefully through the village. As well as tackling quick win projects, building a good community requires looking for integrated solutions over longer term periods, thus becoming economically, environmentally, and socially healthy over time.
Our members and partners
We are part of a wider community partnership, working with members of local business networks, pressure groups, churches, schools, clubs, charities, councils, sports teams, Scouts, Guides and so on. Projects have individual leaders or chairs, and those involved in projects can be from a wide range of groups such as these. If you are involved with a local Guides group, sports club, charity, etc., being in the “My Cheddar loop” will keep you informed of opportunities to share your skills elsewhere in the community too. A wide range of local organisations have already been getting on board to help out with our projects – see the list on our partners page.
Join the group and subscribe to newsletters
You can join the group on this site, and pay a registration fee of anything from £0 upwards.
To stay in the loop with the latest local discussions you can also join the My Cheddar Facebook Group, like the Friends of Cheddar Facebook Page, and follow @mycheddar and/or @cheddarvillage on Twitter (see left margin).