Shepton Life

from cider to cyber

So to the land our hearts we give

Till the sure magic strike,

And Memory, Use, and Love make live

Us and our fields alike—

That deeper than our speech and thought,

Beyond our reason’s sway,

Clay of the pit whence we were wrought

Yearns to its fellow-clay.



Cookery Book

Chris Inchley - a View from the 'Left'

Radical Lib Dem Voice

Some Local Sites

n.b. Shepton Life neither endorses nor takes responsibility for the content of external sites to which it links.

Shepton Faces

The book to go with the 'Turn Back Time' series by Philip Wilkinson, is on sale in the Tourist Information Centre in Shepton Mallet. And it is selling like hot cakes because: retail price £20.00 - from TIC on special offer - £13.99!

Shepton Mallet TIC
70 High Street
Shepton Mallet
01749 345258

Shepton’s Neighbourhood Plan

Never Forget

Our commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.

BBC News

Latest Activity

This Is Somerset


Town Council Elections - March 21st 2013

Started by Deborah Towner in General. Last reply by Deborah Towner Mar 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Just to remind people there are Town Council elections for Shepton Mallet West Ward being held on March 21st 2013.I'm standing for election and representing the Labour party and would urge all eligible voters to cast their vote on the 21st, even if…Continue

When is an apology acceptable and what is it?

Started by Irene Handley in General Oct 8, 2012. 0 Replies

Cllr. Marvin's apology:  I attach a letter which I have today sent to the Journal and hope it will assist the current debate about what constitutes an apology, and whether an apology is appropriate in this instance.Continue

Be positive

Started by Steve Purcell, Ving Tsun Coach in General Jul 3, 2012. 0 Replies

Its all pretty bleak, household bills at a record high, fuel cost are through the roof, recession never ending, jobs are few and far between...I get down about it, just thinking about it..that is untill I look at my 2 yr old son. I love him with all…Continue

Mary Portas Application

Started by John Parham in Town Centre Mar 29, 2012. 0 Replies

If you would like to view the video that will accompany the Mary Portas Trial application, please click on this link

The Real 'Turn Back Time'

This is a website for the people of Shepton Mallet and the local area to help us explore, celebrate and publish the wonderful community we are.

It is also for those people who are thinking of visiting us, perhaps having seen the BBC TV series, 'Turn Back Time'. In the series, the problems the traders faced were wholly artificial. In the real Shepton, they are all too present, though very similar to those of other traditional shopping centres facing supermakets and the Internet, as well as so many families with two working parents.

But Shepton Mallet is fighting back and we are determined to revitalise our town centre. This is a wonderful community to live in and we are begining to remember that.

If you'd like to help run this site, just ask; it's for all of us. If you have a blog or other page, we can link to it and provide a live feed to help you get to a wider audience.

By all means use this site to advertise. It's completely free! And you could buy a domain name from a third part vendor for about £3 a year, point it at your page on here and you've got a mini website, quite enough for many businesses. Have a look at some of the featured sites or those on the 'Members' page.

The site is also much more than that: there is room for debate and discussion, a diary of everything going on in the town and much else besides. And it will only realise its potential if taken as an opportunity and used.

Nostalgia at the Stone House

The End

Update: Now regularly posting on my new blog Niki Fretwell.
On June 29th, my blog was 9 years old. 
Also on June 29th we began a rather epic 4 day move to our new home... 
As anyone who has moved house will know, it is a stressful process. We have been through several ups and downs over the past year, but finally the moving date was set and we hardly dare breath until the completion phone calls were made...
All our worldly good were packed onto a large lorry and trailer and finally after a day and a half, The Stone House lay bare...

It has been a happy family home for us all, but times change and now it's just hubby and me, we are ready for a new challenge...
So as my blog reaches its natural end, I'd just like to thank all who have visited over the past 9 years. It has been a great experience to keep my blog journal and it has been wonderful to share over 1200 post with you. 
I am overjoyed to say that we have now moved-in to our dream home down a narrow little lane, in peaceful, rural Devon, (something we have always hoped and yearned for)...A bit of a project, but one we wholeheartedly embrace...
A new and more private lifestyle awaits and so after having the internet connected to our home today, I bid you farewell from my blog.
Thank you,
Love Niki xx



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