Archbishops’ Council committee upholds objection to moving residence of Bishop of Bath and Wells

The Committee appointed by the Archbishops’ Council to hear an objection to a Church Commissioners’ decision to move the residence of the Diocesan Bishop of Bath and Wells has upheld this objection from the Bishop’s Council.  This means that the the exchange of residence from the Palace in Wells to The Old Rectory in Croscombe will not now go ahead.

The Committee, which met in Wells from 28-29 April, issued its ruling today, having considered the grounds of objection, and all relevant circumstances, to the Church Commissioners’ decision to move the residence.

Tessa said:

“I was honoured to have the opportunity to give evidence as a witness on behalf of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and I’m absolutely delighted that the Archbishops Council has been just and fair and made a common sense decision which will be welcomed and supported by the whole of the Diocese.

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Tessa pushes for greater rights for those in private rented accommodation

I often meet people who tell me about the problems they have as tenants in privately owned properties.

Recently, Lyn came to my advice surgery to talk about the difficulties of living in a poorly maintained property.  She had moved in during the Autumn of 2012, but by Christmas, had buckets around the flat to catch the rain from leaks in the roof.

She spent a year asking her landlord to carry out works, but nothing happened.  Finally, this January, Lyn reported him to the local Council.

His response: serving Lyn a notice to quit her home.

After the first six months of a tenancy, a landlord can evict his or her tenant without having to give any reason for doing so.

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Tessa presents the prizes at Wedmore Young Farmers 80th Anniversary livestock ‘Show & Sale’

Tessa with 'Show Stealer' James HoleTessa was delighted to be asked to present the 80th Anniversary Show & Sale prizes at a packed gathering at The George Hotel in Wedmore.

This hugely successful event included a show of beef, dairy, sheep, pigs, poultry, handicrafts and much more besides.  Church Street was closed to traffic in anticipation of the crowds, and to mark the 80th milestone, the Nat West Bank Chambers were used to host a special exhibition of Wedmore Young Farmers’ history, with an interesting display of photographs from across the 80 years of shows.

(Very) Young Farmer, Grace Willcox, won first prize for the Non-Member Stockjudging in the Yard competition.

James Hole stole the show – his last event as a Young Farmer – scooping Champion Dairy Heifer, Dairy Heifer Leading & Grooming, Champion Bird (with one of his chickens), Overall Joint Winner of the Best Kept Record Book (with Hannah Lukins), Senior Male – Best Sports Day Personality, and the Best All Round Member prize, awarded at the Dinner in the evening.

Louise Seymour, Wedmore YFC Advisory Chairman said:

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Tessa cuts the ribbon at revamped Gurney Slade Post Office

Tessa cuts the ribbon at the Gurney Slade Post Office

Local MP Tessa Munt ‘cut the ribbon’ at the opening ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the new-look Gurney Slade Post Office.

Sub postmistress Karen Weller organised a community day to celebrate the official re-opening of the Post Office and shop.

People were invited to Gurney Slade Post Office to enjoy wine and cheese, coffee and cake and to take part in fundraising for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The revamp came about as part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend hours for customers. Customers now benefit from opening hours being extended by an extra 21 hours and 30 minutes a week.

Tessa Munt MP said:

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