Halloween and Bonfire Night - Mendip Matters - 26th October

With the children off school this week for half-term, Halloween and firework season is upon us already. It’s normally such an exciting time, especially for children, but unfortunately due to government safety restrictions, most public firework displays and bonfire nights have been cancelled this year.


Many people will no doubt be buying their own fireworks to hold private displays outside their homes. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has some good safety advice if you are thinking of holding a home firework display: www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety.

Please be careful for your own safety of course, but also because we need to make sure we don’t put the emergency services under any unnecessary pressure. It’s also important to be considerate and think of your neighbours, pets and farm animals.

With ‘trick or treating’ also off the cards this year, it’s been lovely to hear about how people are still planning to have fun, despite restrictions, with various pumpkin trails, socially-distanced Halloween games and spookily-painted pebble hunts. It got me thinking about how we are all having to be more creative during these challenging times, creating new traditions. Let’s hope there will be some positives to come out of 2020.

Speaking of challenging times, my heart really goes out to all the people who are caring for loved ones, often without any rest and respite. I know from first-hand experience, being a carer can be tough and relentless, especially at the moment if you are looking after someone who needs to be shielded.

There is support out there though, you can call the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275 between 8am to 6pm every day, including weekends.

Finally, don’t forget the roll-out of the Recycle More programme across Mendip. This is a really positive, long-awaited addition to our recycling. There will of course be some teething issues as we all get used to the expanded recycling services, the new blue bag and what goes where. But on the whole, hopefully we will all get used to it quickly and the changes will be positive as we all manage to ‘recycle more’

If you need to find out when your collection dates are or if you haven’t received your new blue bag, there is some useful information here: www.mendip.gov.uk/recyclemore. If you are not online, you can call Mendip’s customer services number on 0300 303 8588.

Stay safe everyone and do get in touch directly with me if you have any questions or suggestions, it’s always good to hear from you. I can be contacted through my Facebook page, @Ros.Wyke, or you can send me an email: [email protected].

Written by Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council

Please get in touch either on my Facebook page @Ros.Wyke or you can send me an email: [email protected].

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