This spring has seen the welcome sight of community groups have begun to return The Town Hall and Orchard Hall.
Community groups are able to use the buildings again as long as they can meet the guidelines set out in the government roadmap. A range of vital community services have already returned – including counselling, day centres, exercise groups, meetings and organised activities for children.
The great news is that the remaining community groups on a forced hiatus will be able to return with Step 4 of the roadmap – currently scheduled for June. This will bring the buildings back into pre-March 2020 levels. That said, not all groups will return straight away and some will wait until the autumn. Therefore if you attend an activity at one of the buildings please check with the group organisers about their return plans before visiting.
Light is also at the end of the tunnel for those missing their community events. After many false dawns The Community Trust is planning to fully restart its event programmes including like the Community Cinema, Paradis Trio and First Thursday Social in September. Keep your eyes peeled for film and concert listings, which will begin popping up over the summer on the website, social media and the local press.
The Community Trust are always looking for new volunteers so if you are interested in helping at events when they resume email firstname.lastname@example.org
An event that sadly won’t be taking place this year are Midsomer Norton Fayre. This event takes up larger resources and many months of planning that just were not possible with the uncertainty over the past few months. Rather than risk a late cancellation all efforts are now being put into next year’s Fayre scheduled for Saturday 9th July 2022.
More positively, it is hoped that the Midsomer Arts festival will be able to return with its activities later in the summer and plans are also afoot for a Christmas event. Details