New Centre Manager

Charlie Botting started at the Centre on the 7th September.  Please do come and say hello if you’ve not met her yet!

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New Centre Manager appointed

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Dawson as the new Centre Manager.   She has started work with us and is very knowledgeable, but please give her space as she settles in.  She can be reached on

Vacancy for Centre Manager

The present Centre Manager is retiring so we need to recruit a replacement.   The Cameo Club and the Brightside Club are both run from the Centre as well as a wide range of therapies, health classes, room bookings, etc.

The job calls for the ability to deal with people, a high level of administrative skills,  IT user skills, the ability to manage staff and the infrastructure of the Centre building. Full details, including an application form, can be found here.

Job Description

Application form

EGM passes Motions

We held the EGM on Tuesday 26th as advertised, to tell everyone who was interested about the new constitution and seek approval to move the charity to the new CIO, see below.

Eighteen people came and there was one apology for absence.  After considerable discussion, the three motions were all carried very easily.  They were; to change the constitution of the existing charity to allow it to merge, to move the assets to the new CIO, and lastly to merge with it after everything has been transferred.


New Charity successfully created

We have been applying for a new charity for some time and today we received news that it has been accepted by the Charity Commission.  A copy of the new constitution is attached here.  CIO-Constitution211113

It is a new legal form called a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which has a number of advantages for us.

At the moment it is an empty shell and we continue working within the existing charity 278819.  Hopefully at the EGM we shall get the support of the community to transfer the assets of 278819 to the new one and merge with it.



Blackdown Hills Network meeting at the Centre

Leaders of both Devon and Somerset County Councils will be at the Blackdown Hills Parish Networking Meeting on Wednesday November 13th at7:15 for 7:30 at The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Hemyock.
What do they have in mind for our Community in the next few years? Come and find out at the open meeting next week. More information from your parish clerk.

Do you have a question you would like to ask of your County Council Leader? Email it to

Baby Massage

Are you interested in attending a baby massage course at our Centre in November?

If so contact:

Culm Valley Children’s Centre on 01884 35993

New constitution

I know it sounds boring, but it has to be done.  We are having an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday the 26th November at 7:30 at the Centre to discuss this.  There will be light refreshments afterwards.

Its quite important to us that as many people as possible come.  More information is here

Autumn Term?

The Children are back at School, that summer holiday seems a long time ago and the Christmas preparations are a few months ahead……how to fill that spare time you have or how to wind down before the next onslaught of life?

Learn to create an inner stillness….try our yoga classes on Friday mornings 9.30-10.30 with Jan Botsford. Everyone works to their own level in a safe, friendly environment. Beginners very welcome. Build fitness, improve posture and balance, aid weight loss, increase flexibility, stamina and confidence.

Under 5’s still at home and missing their siblings?!!

Come down to Bookworms on Thursdays 1:30-3:30 at The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre. No need to commit every week (but we are sure you and your child will have so much fun you will attend on a regular basis). We work on a drop in basis and voluntary contributions of a £1 per family is suggested. This session co-ordinates with the local library parking outside the Centre at 3.05. Story telling, baby area, singing, crafts and puppets. An ideal way to encourage your child to listen, read and play.

Mother or Father not getting out much lately? Why not pop down or join the Brightside Club for recreation and laughter down by the Riverside. Our next trip out is on Friday 13th September 11:00-3.30 to Doniford Farm and Watchet. Link to farm is https//

Grandma or Gramps need a little more care and attention?

The Cameo Club provides a Day Centre for the elderly frail and those with Memory problems. We have motivated, caring and trained staff who aim to provide mental, physical and social stimulation in a happy and safe environment. Refreshments throughout the day and a main meal at lunchtimes. We also provide respite for Carers.

Need a bit of pampering and who doesn’t?

Elaine’s Beauty Room now presides at the Centre offering a full range of Beauty Therapy Services.

Contact Elaine on 01823681245

or mobile 07870513014 to talk about your requirements.

We have a range of Therapists including Acupuncture, Osteopaths, Homeopathy and a Reflexologist on hand if need be if you are under the weather.

If you are planning an event in the future give us a call or visit to see what rooms are available and at what very reasonable price.

Come down and see us at The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre where a warm welcome will be waiting.