September Update

Queen Camel Community Land Trust




Hello everyone!  We trust you have had a happy and refreshing summer holiday despite the disappearance of the heatwave.  During this holiday period, refurbishment has continued apace at the Old School. This includes the transformation of one room into a hairdressing salon which Lisa Hinks plans to open on 7th September.  A huge vote of thanks to husband, Rob, and other members of her family who have worked so hard to help us achieve this deadline – and our very best wishes to Lisa from everyone already at the Old School.

Since the last edition of this magazine we are delighted to tell you there are three new enterprises starting by or during October.  These are

  1. ‘Lucy’s Beauties’, by Lucy Stone, a beauty therapist: face–hands–feet. Facebook: @sparkfordbeautys;
  2. The Old School Day Centre’ for people with complex needs, by Ewelina Wiesner owner of Silverstars Care, who says, Our aim is to offer day activities and a hot meal to enable and stimulate, for example people with dementia. In addition, we would like to offer help around learning new skills (e.g. employment opportunity) for people with learning disabilities”; and
  3. The Clinic’, by Kit & Simon Stapely, who will be providing a holistic health clinic which will help those who suffer from, for example, Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis and similar afflictions, and much more.

Each of the above will have their own websites and/or Facebook (and other social media) sites which in turn will be linked to the Old School website.  To achieve their opening plans and like Lisa & Rob, they will be helping the Old School band of volunteers to transform their rooms.

While this is happening, the external transformation of the old school hall by HFP is continuing.  For a (short) while it might become a white box, The length of ‘short’ is somewhat dependent on paint supplies – suppliers are struggling to get stock – but this does give Perry a little longer to design a mural!


Art Exhibition: tenant Andy Palmer, is holding an exhibition of his work from 18th September to 3rd October.

This is part of Somerset Art Works’ ‘Open Studios’ event across Somerset.  More information can be found on their website:

We (CLT) hope to have restarted our art gallery by that date.  Some of you will remember we had started this before the advent of Covid but when the first lockdown came upon us we returned most of the art to its owners. We hope that all readers of this magazine may wish to visit this exhibition, noting of course that Cam’s Kitchen is open on Wednesday-Friday and Saturday morning and usually the artisans in the Pods in the old hall will also be open for you to visit.


We had originally planned that the anniversary of our acquisition of the site, 3rd May 2019, would become our annual open event but Covid stopped that happening for two years.  Our forward plan for next year is to dovetail our open event with the village celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (from  Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June). This is just an early notice so that you can mark the dates.

As always enquiries through or to 01935 850254.