The Axbridge Progressive Supper held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, raised £2,000 for local charities. The Committee behind the event of Zoe Hebden, Kirsty Edwards, Paul Hughes, Harry Mottram and Margaret Cowey donated £500 each to the Axbridge Heritage Trails, Axbridge Carnival, Axe Valley Mens’ Shed and Cheddar valley Plus Foodbank.

The Progressive Supper is a community charity event in which couples taking part sit down to a three-course meal with each course in a different home in the town – meaning much walking in between. The courses are chosen at random with most who take part preparing and serving a course to mystery guests. As an event it dates back decades and is a popular way of unexpectedly getting to know new people in the town. The next one is on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The event has its own Facebook page for more updates and news.

The Heritage Trails was set up to give visitors a tour of the town’s historic buildings plus a fun family trail for younger visitors and residents. The project was aided by Neil Barnes at Enable and pioneered by the work of Margaret Cowie, Caroline Harris, Paul Hughes, Nico Mann, Barbara Wells and John Page. There is more information at their website at

Axbridge Blackberry Carnival is one of the town’s big events marked in the calendar each year to coincide with a visitor of a fun fair in the town square. It is an afternoon and family friendly procession with the next one to be confirmed on a Saturday in September. Robin Mace is the chairman of the carnival and received the cheque from the progressive supper committee. The carnival has a Facebook page at

Axe Valley Mens’ Shed based in Cheddar about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge. Members created the railway carriages and sedan chair used in the Axbridge Pageant along with several other intricate pieces of carpentry and carving for communities in the area. For details of how to join visit and see their Facebook page with photos of their project at Shortlands.

The foodbank in Cheddar is a vital resource for those struggling during the Cost-of-Living Crisis. Trustee of the foodbank Penny Cooke said the Cheddar Valley Plus Foodbank at Unit 8, Wessex Business Park Cheddar, welcomed those who seek help in putting food on the table. To enquire about how to obtain a food parcel, or to make a food donation, please contact the foodbank by phone on 07922 309369, or by email at visit


Axbridge Heritage Trail. Pictured from left: Zoe Hebden, Kirsty Edwards, Caroline Harris, Barbara Wells, Nico Mann and Margaret Cowey with the cheque from the Axbridge Progressive Supper Committee for the Axbridge Heritage Trail

Axbridge Carnival. Pictured from left: Kirsty Edwards, Zoe Hebden, Carnival Chairman Robin Mace and Margaret Cowey

Axe Valley Men’s Shed. Pictured are Kirsty Edwards and Zoe Hebden presenting a cheque to John McQueen of the men’s shed

Cheddar Valley Plus Foodbank. The Progressive Supper Committee present a cheque to Penny Cooke (centre) of the Cheddar Valley Plus Foodbank