NEWS IN BRIEF & DIARY DATES

Increase In Car Park Charges/ September Farmers, Makers And Antiques & Vintage Market

Car park charges in Crewkerne are set to rise this month, due to the first increase since 2012 by South Somerset District Council.The cost of one and two hour parking fees at car parks in Abbey Street, Henhayes, South Street (Waitrose), South Street (Lidl) and West Street will rise by five pence, with three hour stays at Waitrose and Lidl car parks rising by 10 pence and four hour stays at the Lidl car park rising by 20 pence. Long stay parking tickets, for all day, at Abbey Street, Henhayes and West Street will rise by 15 pence from £2 to £2.15. Parking in Market Square remains free, with a maximum stay of 30 minutes and return prohibited within one hour. Although the new parking charges were understood to have taken effect from September 1st, the information boards and ticket machines hadn’t been updated in Crewkerne on Wednesday. Motorists are advised to carry five pence pieces with them, which many would have excluded from their purse, saved at home or donated in charity tins, as the ticket machines do not give change.
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The trio of monthly markets at Henhayes continue to grow, following the success of the partnership between Crewkerne Farmers Market, Crewkerne Antiques & Vintage Market and Crewkerne Makers Market. Positive comments have been received by the organisers from visitors about the increase in traders and the addition of music and free children’s entertainment. Holly Barwick of Strawberry Jam Entertainments proved to be an instant hit with families at last month’s market.

Natasha Rand of Creative Minds has become a regular at the market and will return on Saturday September 21st, enabling visitors of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity and make a work of art, using a variety of art mediums and materials. High quality food and drink from local growers and producers will be available from the Farmers Market stalls, with fresh strawberries on sale at the Bower Hinton Farm produce stall. Monty the Market Mouse will be hiding once again, inviting youngsters to find him and a selection of antique, vintage and collectable items and home-made gifts and crafts will be on offer. The markets are held at Henhayes from 9 am to 1 pm on the third Saturday of every month.

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