The Wincanton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is appealing to the local business community for help to ensure that their aspirations for growth, and future requirement for premises, are taken into account when the plan is drafted. Responses will inform the Plan how the town should develop, to support existing companies and attract new ones.

Wincanton businesses can complete a short online survey at

The closing date is Sunday 29th March.

Undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan gives residents and local businesses an opportunity to influence how the town will develop over the next 10-15 years. Identifying the challenges for businesses and demand for new workspace is a key piece of evidence the Plan needs.

The Steering Group intend to hold an evening meeting in April to present the findings and give local businesses an opportunity to discuss the issues and ask questions.

For questions about the survey please contact Matt Day on 01460 929865 or email

For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan, contact Colin Winder on 01963 33462.



Wincanton Chamber is partnering with the Town Council and other local organisations to plan and create the new “Neighbourhood Plan”. The new plan supersedes the original “Wincanton People’s Plan”. The WPP had very few, if any teeth to help develop Wincanton. The new Neighbourhood Plan is being designed to comply at all government levels, and thus, will have the necessary teeth to encourage compliance in all areas.

We will do our best to publish updates as and when received.


Our local Churches are appealing for help to find their lost flock of little sheep. It seems that some of the flock have done a runner and are in hiding. Investigations to date lead them to believe that they are hiding in some of our High Street shops.

Secret agents have narrowed the field and place coded signs in relevant shop windows. So starting on the night of the Extravaganza we need you to collect a Search Form and go find those lost lambs. Those woolly jumpers are exactly that, woolly! They are hand knitted mini sheep/lambs, each with their own name tag.

Little Purl

Meet Little Purl. He’s a helpful little lamb, seen here helping out at the Parish Office. So, search all the shops and write down the name of the lamb and the shop you saw it. There may even be a reward.


The Wincanton Choral Society is the latest addition to the Extravaganza entertainment. They will be performing over the course of the evening, starting in Market Square at 6:30pm after the Mayor has switched on the Town Christmas Tree Lights.


Wincanton Silver Band

Wincanton Town Silver Band will be playing at the Extravaganza. This is a special year for them, as they have been awarded the Town Council’s 2014 Community Award which will be presented to them on the evening of the Extravaganza. They will be playing at various locations over the evening.


BugfestWe are delighted to announce that Bugfest will be joining us at the 2014 Extravaganza. They made their first appearance at one of the Sunday Street Markets earlier in the year, and also at the District Council Play Days. They were a big hit at both events.

So come to the Christmas Extravaganza and visit Bugfest in The Wincanton Baptist Church Hall, Mill Street from 5pm. Come and see all those slithery, slippery reptiles, spiders and bugs.


The Extravaganza is a great opportunity to get your business seen by lots of people who come to the event. Every year we now see around 3000 people over the course of the evening. You can advertise in our programme. But you’ll need to be quick as we really need your advert by end of this week latest. Download our advertising form and submit it with your fee and advert as per the details on the form.

Whether you are a High Street business or an edge of town business this is an opportunity to support and be part of one of the main events of the year. Support this event and help us to not just keep it going, but to create other new events at other times of the year.

With your support we can do more. Without your support it simply can’t happen. Let’s show the residents of this community that the local Business Community cares.


There is still time to book your pitch at the Christmas Extravaganza. Download your application form and submit with your fee. All relevant information can be found on the form.


The Extravaganza is on, and planning is well under way. We are hoping for another great night with market stalls, entertainment and support from local high street traders opening late. Come and see just what you can find in your own High Street. Wincanton High Street is an Aladdin’s Cave.

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