Mark and Wedmore Ward


Polly Costello –

01934 713564

Will Human –

01278 641795


Polly Costello and Will Human have attended a number of committees this month including Licensing, Small Grants and Coastal Drainage Board, as well as attending a number of planning meetings in support of local residents applications where needed.


At the Small Grants meeting, Will secured funding for Mark Moor Bowling Club who are planning improvements to the Club House. This is in addition to the generous grant from Mark Parish Council. The grants are required to secure most of the cost of the project from Viridor.  Will also obtained a grant for the Kings of Wessex School Equestrian Team who are competing in the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships over the weekend of 21/23 October at Addington Manor, Milton Keynes. Some of the children are from the Mark and Wedmore area and have qualified in every single class at the championships. The grant will be used to help fund entry and stabling costs there.


Will helped the Community Payback team collect up tyres from a field in the village that had been dumped. There is more about the work carried out by the Community Payback project in the Parish Council Chairman’s report.







For the third consecutive year, a member of the Parish has been awarded the County’s Chairman Award for Service to the Community, this time Jon Glauert.  Jon’s citation reads:


Jon has been a Mark resident for many decades. He arrived in the early 1970s to take up a teaching post within a school in Weston Super Mare. He has been a valued member of the community taking on many roles.


During the 1980’s, Jon first became involved with Mark Church as a Church warden. When the vicar retired in 2O02 and an Interregnum became evident, Jon agreed to be Benefice Administrator and consequently managed Church affairs and maintained the fabric of Mark’s oldest building until the arrival of a part-time vicar. He remains associated with the Church as a volunteer and performs well beyond the reasonable demands expected and has provided support to successive vicars in the face of secular and social pressures.


Jon was instrumental in establishing the Avalon Summer Camps which provides camp for around 60 disadvantaged children and became Director in 2001. Over 800 children have benefited from this initiative and without his leadership, commitment and resilience, the camps would have ceased.


Jon has been heavily involved in the Mark Community Association and as treasurer has raised funds that led to the building of Mark Village Hall. Jon was Harvest Home Committee Secretary for over 25 years and is now vice-Chairman. He and his wife were involved in Children in Distress and he supported his wife during a trip to Romania with the charity.


Jon is a bastion and shining example of community responsibility. He rolls up his sleeves in a range of practical ways and his outstanding commitment in village affairs means that he is a highly valued member of the community of Mark.


Congratulations also to the White Horse Inn as Finalists in the Somerset Life Food & Drinks Awards 2016 thus:

  • Mike Mckenzie in the Best Chef competition.
  • Best Sunday Roast.  




Several members of our village attended the free Somerset NHS Health Check offered to those aged between 40 and 70yrs. The consultation took place at the Village Hall in privacy and lasted about 30 minutes. The nurse concentrated on blood matters, cholesterol levels, lifestyle and wellbeing, personal medical history, assessed the risk of strokes, diabetes, kidney and heart diseases and offered recommendations to reduce those risks. The Parish Council believes that the assessment is good value and that Somerset Health should be invited to return to Mark.  Any village organisation that wishes to host Somerset Health to a function, such as a coffee morning, should liaise through the Parish Council. Weekend and evening consultations are currently available.




Three teams of supervised offenders on the Community Payback initiative spent the weekend of 17/18 September in Mark, mainly trimming hedges in the Village Hall area and also removing over 60 tyres and inner tubes dumped in a field neighbouring Southwick Drove. Clean Sedgemoor removed these and a mound of vegetation. There is still a mass of fly-tipped rubbish throughout the Parish. The future use of Community Payback will be discussed at the next Parish meeting. 




The next Parish Council Meeting will be held at the Village Hall beginning at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st November 2016 and thereafter Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Members of the public are invited.


Nick van der Bijl

Mark Parish Council

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