Arrivals and departures: Please notify Sue Wild of your time of arrival. She will arrange for someone to meet you at the site with keys and show you around.
Access to the site is by a narrow lane so if arriving by coach it is advisable to drop off at the end of the lane. Coaches can get down the lane but during the building work we are not sure of the state of the lane - please ask when you book.
Campsites: Please use the fire shelter and altar fire for cooking (if cooking with wood). There is a tarpaulin for the roof of the fire shelter if needed. This is in the toilet block for your site along with your incinerator, metal bucket and shovel. Please dispose of the ashes, WHEN COLD, along the hedgerows.
If using patrol fires (these are NOT provided) please keep them to the edges of the field. NO turfing is allowed on the sites.
Camp Fire Area: If there is more than one group camping, please liaise with the others over use of the camp fire area or join together for a joint camp fire.
Cars: Cars must only be parked on the hard standing.
Charges: These cover water, electricity and wood, but please use all of them sparingly. We may have to make a small charge for wood if we have to buy it in. Elsan fluid for the toilets is not provided so please bring your own. Please make sure that camp fees are paid at the end of your stay or by arrangement.
Fridge/Freezer: Please ask about the location of these.
Noise: Please make sure that there is silence after 11.00pm. Noise carries a long way and we don’t want our neighbours disturbed.
Rubbish: Somermead is a ‘green’ site so please use the recycling bins provided. Glass, tins and paper are collected by Somerset Recycling from the end of the lane on alternate Wednesdays.
Please take recycling bins to the end of the lane the night before collection and collect at the end of the day. As these are only collected fortnightly there may be recycling left from a previous camp so we would appreciate it if you could take their bins for collection as well. Thank you.
Please rinse all bottles, jars and tins before recycling (wasps and flies can be a problem during hot weather) and burn any other rubbish, including waste food.
Please take anything that is not recyclable or can’t be burnt to the tip in Cheddar (next to the Leisure Centre) or take it home!
Shop: Due to the building work there will be a mobile shop this summer organised by Betty Morgan. She will visit you at the beginning of your stay to arrange days and times for opening, or alternatively you can ring her on 01934 712366. The shop sells a range of goods including t-shirts, tea towels, badges, pens, notebooks and sweets. We would ask you not to bring your own tuck as the profits from the shop help to keep the site prices down.
Showers: Each site has its own numbered cubicle. The fourth shower is out of action for this summer. Showers are limited to 5 mins only due to difficulties with water disposal. Please liaise with other camps on site if you want to use more than your numbered shower. We ask you to keep a note of the number of showers used and pay with the camp fee.
Toilets: Each site has its own block of three toilets. Guiders are asked to supervise the emptying. Nothing other than toilet waste is to put in the sewage disposal point.
There is a composting toilet on site 2, which can be used by the other sites if site 2 is unoccupied. Please make sure the instructions in the toilet are followed, otherwise the toilet will not work.
Please burn all sanitary pads and dressings or dispose of with non recyclable rubbish.
Water: There are water taps on each site, please use sparingly. Please do not use the tap area for washing up or use the drains for greasy water. Please use grease traps near the hedges and move frequently.
Wood: There is a woodshed to the right of the gate. Please do not cut wood from the trees or hedges.
Wedmore Papershop - 01934 712545
For: Cakes, Sandwiches and Pastries, Fresh Bread and Rolls, General Groceries including sausages, bacon, eggs, sliced meats, milk, Wine and Beer, Soft Drinks and Ice Creams.
They will deliver for orders over £10.00
Hansfords Butcher - 01934 842879
For: Fresh Local Meat, Homemade Pasties and Pies.
They will deliver for a reasonable order
Please ensure that traders accounts are settled at the end of your stay.
Nearest supermarkets are:
Asda – Highbridge, Tesco Express – Cheddar, Tesco – Wells (you can order on line and have your order delivered to the site), Budgens - Cheddar.
Banks: NatWest, Church Street, Wedmore (No cash point); NatWest, Cheddar; Lloyds TSB, Cheddar. Also cash point outside Tesco Express, Cheddar.
Coaches: Axe Vale Coaches, Apple Tree Cottage, Biddisham - 01934 750321
Churches: C of E, Wedmore and Blackford; Methodist and Baptist, Wedmore; Roman Catholic, Cheddar
Dentist: Wedmore Dental Practice - 01934 713013
Doctor: Wedmore Surgery - 01934 712774
Hospital: Weston General Hospital, Uphill, Weston Super Mare - 01934 636363
Gaz: Broadway House Caravan Park, Cheddar - 01934 742610
Caves: Cheddar - 01934 742343; Wookey Hole - 01749 672243
Windmill: Ashton Windmill, contact Ros Prince for tour - 01934 710261
Dry Slope Skiing, Riding: Lyncombe Lodge, Sandford, Churchill - 01934 852828
Swimming: Sedgemoor Splash - 01278 425636; Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre, Cheddar - 01934 744939; Wells Leisure Centre - 01749 670055
Caving, Climbing, Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Team Challenges etc:
Country Wide Weekends www.countrywideweekends.
Mendip Outdoor Pursuits - 01934 820518
Mobile Climbing/Abseiling Wall: Country Wide Weekends, as above
Assault Course: There is an assault course on site. Please ensure that the girls have adult supervision on the assault course. It is recommended that no more than six people use the assault course at any one time.
Pioneering: There are old tent poles and rope in the left hand side of the wood shed that can be used for pioneering.
Games: Footballs, goal posts etc and large board games are also available on request.
For any other local information and places of interest contact Sue, Ros or Wendy.
Please get in touch if you have any other queries.