MARCH 2021






Dogs and sheep – Walking with dogs:

This is the time of year that there are a lot of sheep with their lambs in fields around the Parish so please take extra care when out and about walking with your dogs.


It can be all too easy to become complacent when walking your dogs, after all it is something we do every day. But remember, the resulting loss of life if your dog escapes your control - even for a moment - can be devastating.


Do not be caught out - follow these top tips:

  • Be aware of the effects of sheep-worrying, and let others know too.
  • Make sure you know where your dog is always.
  • If you are letting your dog off the lead be confident there are no livestock nearby.
  • Be sure that your dog will return to you promptly on command and if in doubt, keep them on the lead.


Litter Picking Day


February should have seen the Parish Council’s Litter Picking Day take place, this would have been the 18th year of holding this event but due to the Covid Restrictions this did not happen. The Council is not sure when they will be able to arrange the day again but will inform the village in due course.


We would ask you all to please KEEP OUR VILLAGE TIDY.  Unfortunately, there are a few who do not i.e., cans/ litter/ dog poo, to name but a few of the items left around our roads and grass verges.  There are two Dog Rubbish bins in the village - one on Jubilee Green opposite the White Horse Pub, with the other at the village hall car park. The Council is looking into placing one along The Causeway near Harp Road.


The Parish Council would like to thank Mick Lockyer and other folk who do litter pick on a regular basis around the village, so if you can please all of you TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME


Fly Tipping and Roadside Litter


The Parish Council is keenly aware of fly-tipping and discarded rubbish thrown in verges and reports such deposits to Sedgemoor District Council. 


If you know about those who fly-tip, inform your district council immediately. If you see fly-tipping take no risks.  Do not touch anything fly-tipped or approach fly-tippers, but when it is safe, please contact our local council customer services at Sedgemoor District Council with any details.


SDC Clean Surrounds has an investigation capability and will challenge suspects provided there is the evidence, such as labels, invoices, documents giving names and addresses and, of course, sightings.  Local intelligence of offenders is essential.  While ‘professional’ fly tippers tend not to leave anything linked to them, someone, somewhere knows who these people might be.  In the meantime, the Parish Council will continue to report deposits, at present about once a week. 


Blocked Sewerage System in Mark


We have been advised that with all the rain we have experienced over the last few weeks there have been major problems with the main sewerage system pipe, down The Causeway, filling up with water.


You are probably aware that the sewerage system in Mark is a suction system dependant on regular suction valves throughout its length to create suction in the system. Wet Wipes, cotton buds, and other materials which do not break down or dissolve, that are flushed down the toilet can cause blockage of these suction valves meaning the sewerage is not sucked back up the system.


Sewage flooding is miserable and can cause damage to your or your neighbours’ homes and we appeal to all households not to flush material and bathroom waste which will not decompose down your toilets.


Somerset’s Covid-19 Weekly update - Thursday 11th February 2021


This update is provided by the Somerset Covid-19 Engagement Board and is designed to provide a weekly update on the current Covid-19 situation in Somerset.


As the vaccination programme continues to roll out across Somerset, anyone who is over 70 and has not yet had their vaccine, can now contact the NHS directly to book an appointment on this link: Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (


Over 1,275,000 people in the South West have now been vaccinated, and that is wonderful progress.  However, we must continue to stress how important it is for everyone to understand that while the vaccine is designed to prevent serious illness and death from Covid-19, anyone who has received the vaccine could still catch coronavirus and might still be able to pass it on to others. It takes between two and three weeks to build protection once you have had the vaccine, it isn’t instant protection. Therefore, we urge you to please keep adhering to the ‘Hands-Face-Space’ guidance in order to protect yourselves and others, and to share this important message with your networks.


With half term next week, and increasingly lighter evenings, we appreciate that it may be tempting to go out more often and venture further from home. However, we are still under a national lockdown, so we urge everyone to stick to the stay at home rules and help us all to stay safe and protect each other and our NHS.

 ‘Remember, everyone can catch it, anyone can spread it’.


Vaccine Hesitancy

We are aware that some people are very concerned about having the Covid-19 vaccine, because of things that they might have seen on social media or heard from friends.  We would like to help you to address these myths with the following information:

  • Some people are concerned that the Covid-19 vaccine might actually give them the virus.  This is not the case - you cannot catch Covid-19 from the vaccine as none of the current vaccines available contain live virus and are therefore unable to cause disease. The vaccines contain a genetic code that our cells use to make a little bit of the Covid-19 virus which causes our immune system to produce antibodies and other anti-virus immune responses.
  • Some people have concerns around whether the vaccine contains animal products.  Vaccine manufacturers AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech have confirmed the vaccine does not contain any animal ingredients and no animal-derived cells were used.
  • And for those who have heard rumours that the vaccination affects fertility there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccines affect fertility. The Public Health England guidance states there is absolutely no advice to avoid pregnancy after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination.
  • In terms of pregnancy and breastfeeding, while there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccines could cause harm to a pregnancy, the vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnancy, so until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not routinely have this vaccine.  There is no data on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines in breastfeeding or on the breastfed infant. Despite this, they are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant, and the benefits of breast-feeding are well known. Public Health England has recommended that the vaccine can be received whilst breastfeeding.

For more information on the NHS vaccination in Somerset please visit:


For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine please visit:


Resources and further information:

Please do keep an eye our Healthy Somerset website, which has a huge amount of information and resources to help keep everyone healthy happy and safe at this time:


For the latest local information.


The Parish Council has received the following details of this interesting, forward looking project from Sedgemoor District Council.

Environmental Champions in Sedgemoor


I would like to share with you an upcoming opportunity to share information on climate emergency action with your parish, and feed back to Sedgemoor District Council on climate activity within the area.


If you or an individual or group you know would be in a position to take on this responsibility, we would be very glad to have you on board. We are in the process putting out feelers to understand interest in the scheme and gather feedback from volunteers and groups about what you want from the scheme. Here is some info on the upcoming programme for Environmental Champions in Sedgemoor:


What is an Environment Champion?

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute towards positive climate emergency action in Sedgemoor. You will be an ambassador for climate change awareness in your community and help spread information and positive action throughout the district. You may be representing a parish or group in the district, or you may be an individual who is interested in learning more about combating climate change. Your role can be as big or small as you like; from spreading the word about environmental projects or helping neighbours to reduce their carbon footprint, to leading projects and helping us stay on the right tracks for our carbon neutrality goals. Each of you will have a unique part to play in protecting the environment in Sedgemoor.


What will be involved?

Although some things will have to wait until the pandemic situation is a little clearer, there are a few actions we can get started on now: 

  • Events (online, with a view to in-person long term) to encourage networking and knowledge sharing among groups and individuals. We hope to include guest speakers to share environmental knowledge and local projects.
  • Newsletter with environment/climate information from Sedgemoor District Council. As Environment Champions, you will be able to contribute and shape content to share to other champions across the district. You can help us by sharing this info with your group/neighbours/parish.
  • Online networking platform for collaboration and resource sharing amongst groups, parishes and Environment Champions.

What do you need to do next?

Respond to this email to let us know if you are keen to be involved. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in becoming an Environmental Champion – we are hoping to increase the network. As it is early days, if you have any feedback on what you would like to see involved in the scheme, please let us know!

With warm wishes,

Sedgemoor District Council Environment Champions

Climate Change <


Next Meeting of Mark Parish Council


The next Meeting is to be held via Zoom on 2nd March 2021 starting at 7.00 p.m.









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