I try not to think about Christmas until after my birthday, which is late November. However, the aisles are already full of chocolate advent calendars, and festive adverts are on the telly, so what he heck... Jingle my bells!
Late night Christmas shopping at Kilver Court starts this evening, and continues tomorrow ( Friday 10th) , with the luxury stores open till 8pm. I shall be there in my bobble hat, sampling warm mince pies and singing carols- despite it being just a few days past Guy Fawkes night. This weekend our whole family will attend the Remembrance Sunday parade at Shepton Mallet Cenotaph. My husband, a Royal Signals Veteran, will march with the British Legion to the church service. You can buy poppies all this week from various locations around town. Next Week it's carnival time. The awe-inspiring illuminated extravaganza comes to Shepton Mallet on Wednesday 15th, Wells on the 16th and finally Glastonbury on Friday 17th- with its legendary 'end of run after party'. Local schools are encouraging parents to buy their flashing wands, and glow toys from them, in advance, instead of the independent sellers on the night. More money then goes to the carnival committees and the local community, ask in your school office.
If that wasn't enough excitement for all the family, it's the last Sunday Market of the year on the 19th. Hundreds of food, drink, craft and bric-a-brac stalls will line the streets of Shepton, plus the hip new 'Vintage & Artisan' quarter in Town Street will be buzzing with thrifty bargain hunters – looking to bag a deal. Here, retro pieces and unique antiques can be bought at a fraction of the price of collectors fayres and other 'Artisan' areas in Somerset. It really is worth a visit! I do have a few sad things to announce. One is the impending closure of Martin's newsagent on town street. I wrote about this only a few weeks ago. At the time, a representative from head office promised the store would remain open after moving it's post office services up to partner store McColls on the High Street later this month. It's not. Next, what the heck happened to Nippybus – service 669 from Shepton to Street? Last Sunday night apparently the firm collapsed, leaving students unable to get to college, and elderly residents stuck at bus stops for hours. MDC are apparently trying to arrange cover services. Just be sure to check before you travel.
And finally, despite the amazing public meeting to 'Save Our Hospital Beds' – SomPar have now closed the ward 'temporarily' until goodness knows when. I'm still convinced they have acted unlawfully, and now a community fundraising page has raised over £1,500 to get the very best legal team on the case. The fight is not over, watch this space! Visit my website bryson-banks.weebly.com for the latest, and see SomersetLive for news as it breaks.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)