Members of the local LETS group met in Crewkerne to judge a competition for a new logo. The decision to replace the old image, which many felt gave the wrong impression of the organisation, was taken at the AGM of Yeovil & South Somerset LETS in East Chinnock village hall in January. It was agreed to invite members to come up with a new design, which needed to be clear on what LETS is about and be eye-catching.

LETS stands for Local Exchange & Trading Scheme. Apart from an annual membership fee of £6, all trading and attendance at the group’s social events, is conducted using the non-monetary currency of scrumpies. Nine LETS members submitted a design for the new logo, with silent voting taking place alongside trading and afternoon tea, hosted by Crewkerne members Zena Morgan and Richard Langford, at their mill home in the town.

After much deliberation, design number 8 was declared the outright winner. The new logo features two hands, a money pouch with the word scrumpies not £’s and the words LETS TRADE & EXCHANGE centred in green ink with Yeovil & South Somerset printed around the edge of the circle. It was designed by Crewkerne member Anastasia Collingridge.

Scrumpy accountant Meriel Wheeler has offered to consult with a printer so that the new logo can be professionally printed. It will appear at the top of the organisations monthly newsletter, on LETS pamphlets and other promotional material. LETS is a non-profit organisation, run by its members with an elected ‘core group’ who administer the running of the scheme. Regular social events and trading days, take place in Crewkerne, Martock, Yeovil and across South Somerset. New members are always welcome. For more information, please email zenam1@hotmail.co.uk

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