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News Archive December 2019

Guest Chef night at the Bicknoller Inn raises £1300 for Mind in Somerset

On the 30th of October this year, regular of the Bicknoller Inn Roger Polsom, turned his hobby of cooking into a money spinner for charity, becoming a Masterchef for the night and raising £1300 for Mind in Somerset at their highly successful ‘Guest Chef’ event.

Landlady Lesley Davis described it as “an absolutely brilliant night – Roger really came up with the goods and served up 60 meals of a five-star quality. Everyone had a fantastic time, really enjoyed the food and laughed late into the night “.  Roger’s menu featured local Scallops, Fish Pie or Steak and Kidney pudding with a vanilla pannacotta or chocolate mousse for dessert.


The fundraising event featured a raffle, with local producers donating prizes which added to their impressive total. Prizes included meat and fish from Faun and co. of Bicknoller and Weston Bay and treats and vouchers from many other local eateries and pubs including The Plough in Holford, Reeves in Dunster , Palmers Brewery and the Castle of Comfort to mention only a few.


Roger himself laughed “It was a great night but I’m never doing it again!”, where Lesley added “He’ll be back”.  Pictured from left are guest chef Roger Polsom, Maria Taylor from Mind in Somerset’s Wiser Money project and landlady Lesley Davis.  Staff at The Bicknoller Inn felt that Mental Health was an important and worthwhile cause, and particularly felt that in rural areas like ours it could ‘do with a bit of a boost’. Mind’s Maria Taylor said “We are really delighted with this generous donation, and so impressed with the generosity and goodwill of the staff and the customers at the Bicknoller Inn. The guest chef evening is a new idea and a delicious sounding one! All their hard work will go towards supporting people who are suffering with their mental health in Somerset through one of our many services throughout the county, we really can’t thank you all enough”.


There are so many ways to fundraise. Whether you want to organise a cake bake or raffle, run a marathon, take part in a Charity Boxing Challenges or stage a musical event. Check out our fundraising page for more ideas.

The best thing is that together we can also help raise awareness at the same time – let’s do as much as possible to normalise the conversation around mental health.

Author: Marc Lewis
Posted on: 11th December 2019

Mental health drop in services available

As of January 2020, we are able to offer support for anyone who feels like they are really struggling with their mental health. Instead of going to A&E, making an urgent doctor’s appointment or suffering in silence, you can visit one of our offices across Somerset in Bridgwater, Yeovil, Shepton Mallet or Taunton. There you will find a supportive member of staff who will be willing to listen and be able to help you with your problems, whatever they may be.

Here is our list of services and times:

  • Taunton: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 10:30PM, Saturday & Sunday: 8PM – 10:30PM.
  • Details: 01823 334906. Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Rd, Taunton Somerset TA1 1NS
  • Yeovil: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM.
  • Details: 01935 474875. Yeovil Small Business Centre, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil BA22 8WA
  • Bridgwater: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM
  • Details: 01278 421190. Town Hall, High St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AS
  • Shepton Mallet: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM
  • Details: 07395 259304. Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Please phone before though so we know that you are coming, and note that we cannot take anyone under eighteen or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Due to health and safety procedures we cannot guarantee there is an accessible toilet facility on site.

Alternatively, if you do not feel comfortable visiting the office or struggle with transport getting there, you can use our Mindline telephone support service. You can reach us on 01823 276892. This service will be open every night of the week 8PM -11PM, while Mindline Trans+ will be open every Friday 8PM – midnight. Mindline Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, or Non-binary. You can reach that service on 0300 330 5468

For more information on dealing with a mental health emergency, please visit the NHS website. For services available in the county specifically, please visit SOMPAR’s page.

Author: Alexander Priest
Posted on: 10th December 2019

Mind in Somerset on BBC Somerset

On Wednesday Karen Davis, from our Burnham and Highbridge peer support group, spoke passionately to BBC Somerset’s Charlie Taylor about the benefits of peer support.

Listen by clicking the link below and forwarding to 22mins in.

BBC Somerset: Connected with Charlie Tayor

The Burnham & Highbridge Peer Support Group takes place alternate Wednesday mornings, 10am-12.30pm at  The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre, Princess Street, Burnham on Sea, TA81EH

For more information email us on [email protected]   

Or phone: 01823 334906

Author: Marc Lewis
Posted on: 8th December 2019

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