Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is currently down to nine members, down three from the full size of twelve. If anyone would like to be co-opted on to the council then please contact the parish clerk on 01761 232974.


Abbey Road Houses

A planning application has been made for 16 new houses in the Abbey Road area, as expected.  The planning application will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on the 8th May.


Notice of Elections                      7/3/19

Should they be required there will be elections for the Parish and District Councils on May 2nd.  Should you wish to stand, nomination forms can be obtained from Mendip District Council, but also in the case of the Parish Council from the clerk (232974) or Marlene Pickford (232774).  Nomination forms need to be handed in personally to MDC between the 18th March and the 3rd of April. Any queries, contact the clerk.


Annual Parish Meeting

All villagers are welcome to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 27th March, at 7.30 in the Village Hall.


Downside Development

There are plans to build a number of houses alongside Abbey Road.

Click here to see plans

When the official plans come to the Parish Council and a date is set to discuss them, that date will be announced on this website.  So watch this space.


Pharmacy Petition

Currently the law says that if a pharmacy were to open within one mile of Chilcompton Surgery then the dispensing there would have to stop.  So the surgery is asking you to sign a petition seeking the government to abolish the'one mile rule'. For more details and to find the petition go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/230270


Another car over the bridge                                      21/11/18

Just three months after a driver lost control over their car and went careering over the bridge on the Street - it has happened again.

It is only a couple of weeks ago that the wooden fence was repaired and now it will have to be done again.

Meanwhile the bus shelter at the site is still awaiting reconstruction.

20mph speed limit for the bottom of the village?


Spread the cost of heating your home this winter

If you are one of the UK’s 1.3 million plus households which have a heating oil tank or you have another off-gas heating system, you may be interested in the bulk buy fuel scheme funded by Somerset Councils. 

The scheme offers an interest-free loan (Representative 0% APR) over six months and is delivered by not-for-profit lender Wessex Resolutions CIC.  The loan enables eligible applicants to spread the cost of bulk buying home fuel over a number of months rather than paying out a large sum in one go.

To apply you must be either a homeowner or private tenant living in Somerset and rely on either oil, wood, Calor Gas or coal as your main source of home heating.

For more information, call Wessex Resolutions direct on 01823 461099, email enquiries@wrcic.org.uk or visit www.wessexresolutions.org.uk

Loans have a fixed interest rate and representative 0% APR and are subject to status. Missing future payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future.


Chilcompton Matters Online                 9/10/18

For anyone who missed it in hard format, the Autumn 2018 issue of Chilcompton Matters is now available on this website.


For the attention of all parents/carers with a child due to start or transfer school in September 2019.

If your child is due to start school for the first time (will be age 4 before 1st September 2018) or due to transfer to a junior, middle, secondary or upper school then it is very important you make an on time school place application.

Deadline for primary admissions         15th January 2019

Deadline for secondary admissions    31st October 2018

To download the primary or secondary booklet for parent’s, to make an on-line application and for further information please visit our website www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions. Please phone 0300 123 2224 if you require a paper application form or further advice.



After a summer of growing the Parish Council would like to kindly ask landowners if they could keep public footpaths on their land clear.


Public Meeting on Chilcompton Station

There will be a public meeting on Chilcompton Station on Tuesday 4th September at 7.30 in the Village Hall.

A group has been formed in the last year called The Somerset and Dorset Railway: The Chilcompton Project, who have expressed an interest in reconstructing the station at it's original site.

However some local residents are alarmed at what this might entail.


Next Parish Council Meeting

The August Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday August 15th 7.30 at the Village Hall.


Parish Council Meeting on Thursday

The July Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 12th July not Wednesday 11th.  The meeting in the Village Hall will start at 7.00pm.


Rural Crime                                          16/5/18

Residents are being encouraged to take part in a National Rural Crime Survey to determine views on police response.

The aim is to create a better picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural areas and the impact it has on people who live in the countryside.

To take part go to www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/     You have until 10th June to respond.



The Parish Council is asking people to show consideration to other residents in their use of bonfires.


Early Start for PC AGM on May 9th

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will start at 7.00pm on Wednesday April 9th, rather than 7.30pm when most PC meetings start.

This is because it will be followed by an Ordinary General Meeting and will provide more time.


Defib Training

Training in how to use a defib will take place on Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm in the Small Lounge at the Village Hall.

There are now three defibs in the village: at the Village Hall, in the telephone box in the lower part of the village and at the Sports Ground.

Anyone interested should come along.


All Change                                                                   21/3/18

The 173 bus service that goes from Bath to Wells via Chilcompton is becoming a double decker service.  The implications of this is that it will no longer pass through the lower part of the village.

Instead the buses will go straight from Midsomer Norton up to the Wells Road (the top part of the village).

So that the lower part of the village does have some kind of bus service there are plans to divert the route of the 184, from Midsomer Norton to Frome, to pass through the bottom section of the village.

Changes will take effect from the end of April.


Village Agent Service Ending                                     21/3/18

The Somerset Village Agent service has been operational since 2012 in the Mendip area but is unfortunately coming to a conclusion.

Sadly, some of the funding is coming to an end which means that the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) are withdrawing the Village Agent from Mendip. CCS are confident that this is a temporary situation as they are actively trying to secure long term funding across Somerset.

CCS can still offer support to individuals through our other services - we have our Carers Agents and Community Agents. Please ring CCS if you would like to discuss any implications of losing your local Village Agent, they can help point you in the direction of alternative support options.    *Phone number below.

 For information on the Somerset Carers Agents please go to www.somersetcarers.org or call 0800 3168600.

 Or for any other information please contact info@somersetrcc.org.uk  or call the Community *Council for Somerset on 01823 331 222.


Women in WW1 Exhibition                                        18/12/17

Radstock Museum are to hold an exhibition towards the end of 2018 about the role women played during World War One and the impact that this had on future generations.  So if you have any interesting stories about the significance of Chilcompton women during the Great War then please let the clerk know.


Autumn Chilcompton Matters

If you missed it, the latest edition of the village newsletter is now available on this website.


New Homes at Parsonage Lane

Six new homes are available in the village at affordable rent.

2x 1-bed house; 2x 2-bed house and 3X 3-bed house.

Rent including service charge from £114.43 to £156.38 per week.

These homes have local letting criteria.  Applicants must live or work in Chilcompton or have immediate family living in Chilcompton.

The local letting criteria will be expanded after four weeks to surrounding Parishes.

To apply you must be registered on Somerset Homefinder, to apply call 0300 303 8588. Website www.homefindersomerset.co.uk/  Web Stonewater.org


Remembrance Service         02/08/17

There will be a Remembrance Service at 3.00pm on the 12/11/17 at the war memorial, which will be followed by tea and cakes at the Village Hall.


Flower Show

The 38th annual Chilcompton Flower Show will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 2nd September, starting at 2.15pm.

Entries are welcomed from all residents.  Bring your entries to the Village Hall between 6-8pm on the 1/9 or between 8-10am on the 2/9.

Any queries contact Dave Rogers on 01761 233142.

Have a go and good luck!


Fringe Festival              12/07/17

The very first Chilcompton Fringe Festival is being held from midday until 11pm, Sunday 27th August 2017, at the Chilcompton Sports Ground, Bennell and the line-up is looking truly exciting..

We have a wealth of talented Musicians, Bands, Writers, Poets and Drama groups confirmed to take part in this explosion of new and emerging creative talent!

Alongside bars and street stalls there will be performance stages in three marquees, literary workshops, food and drink markets, art & craft stalls and activities, along with local volunteer groups and charities.

We have created a multi-faceted Bank Holiday event that will appeal to a wide audience. A fantastic variety of musical acts including Shake the Tree, Frequency Cowboy, Hurry Up Harry, Real Life, Hidden Gentlemen, Parfanon, Venezuelan Pig Rustlers, 200 Hurts, Fraser Road Race, Stealth Legion, Bewildered Herd, Helena and many more have already confirmed that they will play. Mendip Brass Band will play twice during the afternoon. There is music to appeal to all tastes.

But it is so much more than music… we are making upwards of 30-hours of stage time available across a full range of performance types. We have Drama and Musical Theatre from Exit Stage Left and authors including Jenny Kane, Jennifer Ash, Tracey Norman, Chris Tetrault-Blay, Richard Dee, Mark Norman will all be reading and there will be poetry by P.J. Reed and Trina J. Stacey. Fascinating and informative literary workshops will take place throughout the afternoon.

We still have stage time available for comedy acts but whatever your creative output we would be delighted to discuss how you could get involved. We have a particular desire to see new talent coming through so don’t be shy.

The Chilcompton Sports Ground is a fabulous amenity and it is good that we are able to increase the value it provides to the community by hosting a different type of cultural event. Because we want each act to be able to perform to a good size audience we have ensured public access to the event is affordable with ‘early bird’ entry at just £3/adult & £1/11-16yrs before 5pm. Anyone arriving after 5pm will pay slightly more. The festival will raise much needed funds for local volunteer groups and charities, along with being an inspiration for many.

If you would like to get involved as a performer or are willing to give us some of your time to help run the event please get in touch with…

Giles Harrod

07740 896085 01761 233501 (office) 01761 233736 (home)


Revamped SpeedWatch         28/6/17

SpeedWatch is up and running again in the village under a new coordinator.  If you think you can be of help, please get in touch.

A Community SpeedWatch can be set up in any village, small town, or urban area, governed by either a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit.  Community SpeedWatch is a partnership between the Community, the Police and Local Authorities.

SpeedWatch gives local people, over 18 and a driver, who are willing to become trained police volunteers the ability to actively get involved in road safety.  By making a regular commitment to the scheme, giving a small amount of time each week to help monitor speeds, is effective in ensuring the speed limits are adhered to.  Community SpeedWatch changes people’s attitude to speeding.

Community SpeedWatch in the village could help improve your quality of life; approved sites are already in existence with two more identified for assessment/approval.

Please help to keep the roads and people in this village safer by volunteering with SpeedWatch and putting something back into the community.

For more information please email the village coordinator at

cswchilcompton@hotmail.com    or the Mendip area coordinator at terrydrake156@gmail.com  


The Great Chilcompton Picnic

The idea for The Great Get Together is about bringing communities together to celebrate what we have in common.

So Chilcompton is holding a picnic.  Saturday 17th June 11-3pm at the Old Rec.  There is very limited parking - so walk!

Bring a picnic, something to sit on, the kids and your granny and anyone else who would enjoy spending a community social afternoon together.

MP Jo Cox's killing was meant to divide us, and the best response to this is to show how united we are.

So join us for the picnic - no agenda, just socialising, eating sandwiches and maybe a community game.


Four new homes for sale

Houses currently under construction on Parsonage Lane, Lewis Close/Winsley Way in Chilcompton are up for sale with priority for local applicants.

The properties are being sold as part of a shared ownership scheme.  Two of the houses have two bedrooms, the other two have three.

Prices are from £72,000 for a 40% share.

Contact Stonewater Homes on 023 8065 8858 for more information.


Sign up here


If you want something done about speeding in the village then sign up here.


Speed Petition

Go on the Chilcompton Facebook now and sign up for the petition about speeding in the village.


Chilcompton Matters

The Spring Newsletter, if you missed it, is now on the website.  Enjoy!


Litter Pick

 Don't Forget this Saturday, 8th April 2017

 We're picking up Chilompton's Litter.

 Come along and give us a hand.

 Meet 10am at the Village Hall

Contact: Christine Foster, 232158.


Annual Parish Meeting

All villagers are welcome to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 22nd March at the Village Hall, 7.30pm.


Farmers' Markets                19/12/16

Just a reminder that the local Farmers' Market at Midsomer Norton is on the first Saturday of the month.

There is not one in January, but from then it will be the 4th February, 4th March, 1st April etc.

The market takes place at the Hollies Garden between 9.00am and 1.00pm.


Phone Boxes To Go                9/12/16

The Parish Council has learnt through Mendip District Council that BT are intending to remove the village's two phone boxes in the new year.

In fact BT are planning to take away more than 20 of these iconic edifices across the Mendip area.

On Wednesday December 14th the Parish Council will be discussing the future of the village's phone boxes, whether to object to the removal or whether to adopt the phone boxes, which can be done for the small fee of one pound.  If you have an opinion on what should be done with them, then come and have your say at the meeting or alternatively contact the parish clerk.

Last year there was talk of turning the one on the Street into a mini art gallery.  Stratton has turned their phone box into a book depository.


Public Meeting on Flooding

There will be a public meeting on flooding at the Village Hall on October 26th at 7.30pm.

The meeting comes as a result of the events of June 17th and other occasions through the year.  The aim of the meeting it to collate the issues in preperation for a drop-in meeting with Somerset County Council officials on November 10th also at at the village hall between 4-7pm.


Audit completed

The Parish Council's 2015-16 accounts have been audited.  Anyone who would like to see the accounting statements, please contact the parish clerk, Malcolm Rigby, on 232974.


Chilcompton Art Club, Annual Art Exhibition 2016:

Takes place at the Village Hall on Saturday October 8th between 10:30am and 4:00pm. Approximately 150 paintings produced by the club’s artists will be on view, and some items will be available to buy at modest prices. Refreshments will be available and also a tombola to raise funds for charity.


Chilcompton Flower Show 3rd September 2016

The Chilcompton Society Flower Show on 3rd September will be the 37th, the first one was held in the Miners’ Welfare hall in 1980. The format is much the same, but with more classes of flowers, veg, cookery, crafts and children’s options

This year there are new classes, such as apple cake, tea bread and jelly jam; one of the photo classes is entitled, ‘reflections’, and children are asked to design a party invitation for the Queen’s 90th birthday or paint a space picture.

The show opens at 2.15pm; a raffle and teas are on offer all afternoon with winners being announced at 4.15pm. It is hoped there will be lots of entries to ensure a successful day and a promising future for the show.

The photo shows last year’s visitors enjoying tea. At least come and share a cuppa with us.

Schedules are available from David on 233142. 

Skateboard Park to Stay                 6/7/16

After public consultation the Parish Council decided at the June meeting that the village skateboard park should stay where it is.

An article in the local paper about it's future provoked much discussion amongst the community including the creation of a petition to save it. 

So the PC decided that the park should remain where it is, on the basis that the organisers keep it as tidy as possible.

Post Office Changes                      29/6/16

Significant alterations are to be made to Chilcompton Post Office and they want to know what are your thoughts.

Area Manager, Adrian Skinner, said: "There's an exciting programme of investment and transformation taking place across the Post Office network, helping to make our branches more modern and convenient for you and for the operators who run them. We're talking to the operator about changing to one of our new style local branches."

Changes would include much longer opening hours: Mon-Sun 7.00 to 22.00.

But first of all, and by 27/7/16, the Post Office wants your views.  These can be expressed through postofficeviews.co.uk  and entering the unique code for the branch 16250499.

The Co-op store is itself closing for extensive refurbishment and the Post Office will also need to close.  The closure is expected to take place about mid August and will take roughly three weeks. The Co-op is planning to provide a free bus service to Radstock Post Office.

The Redan Celebrates Chilcompton               29/6/16

An event to celebrate Chilcompton is to take place on Saturday the 9th July at the Redan from 2pm and on until the evening. 

There will be food and drink with music from the Honky Tonks and You, Me & Him. There will also be a raffle and stalls. 

Villagers, friends and families are all welcome but the pub has asked that people walk to the party as parking is limited.

Somerset Choices                              21/6/16

A county wide website is offering a chance for local organisations to advertise their services. 

Ruth Cooksey, of Somerset Choices, said: "What we really need is for the individual providers to register themselves and for them to have ownership of their own records. This way we can be more sure the records are up to date and they reflect the services on offer in the best possible way. 

Possibly the best way for this to happen is if you could send them the link to the website https://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/ 

If they then select if they are offering a service to either Adults or Children and move into the next screen they will then see an option in the top righthand of the screen, to either login or register. If they click to register as a provider and follow the directions, we can approve them and make their record live. Help is available online and also at any Somerset local library, if required. 

This is a free opportunity for them to advertise their services and events and raise awareness of what they are offering. I am sure that many of the local businesses and services currently advertised on the Chilcompton Parish Council website would be very glad of this opportunity."

Flash flooding rips through the village                 18/6/16

Torrential rain tore through Chilcompton yesterday ripping up roads and flooding many people's houses. 

The river escaped its banks in many places, the usual tranquil stretch of water became a heaving brown beast testing and beating weak flood defences. 

Our house was flooded, we've been here for 30 years and never known the water reach our front door. But we were not the worst, Brook House suffered badly and I have heard bad news about Greenways.  Please let me know if you have stories to tell and I will post them up here.  Contact parishclerk@chilcompton.org

At one point, too late, there were two fire engines, two police cars and an ambulance on the curve of the Street, some people watching and many others getting their hands dirty in trying to tame the wild animal that the river had become. As one policeman said, amidst the mayhem, "it's good to see a community working together." 

Now the river is restored to its meek manner, as if nothing had happened, except for the smell of a flooded house and the pile of torn up rotten carpets.

Police Surgery                 15/6/16

There will be a police beat surgery on July 4th.  PCSO Nikki Housley will be in the village hall car park between 10am and 11am.

Consultation on play areas         27/4/16

The Parish Council is currently re-examining the play areas across the village, in particular, as you may well know, the PC is considering a major development of teenage/adult play/exercise equipment for the Old Recreation ground. 

But there are also two other areas under consideration and your views are desperately needed.

For some weeks the PC have been investigating the possibility of de-commissioning the play area on Station Mead, which is meant for small children but is often used anti-socially by teenagers.  Should it stay or should it go?  Let us know.

The other area in doubt is the skate park at the new rec.  The Sports Committee claim that it is rarely used and would be better utilised as extra car parking.  The Skate Park Committee insist that it is used. 

What are your views on each of these amenities.  Do your children use them?  Would your children use them? Now is the chance to have your say.  Contact the parish clerk at parishclerk@chilcompton.org

Newsletter online               18/4/16

If you somehow missed the spring newsletter or need to revisit an article the issue is now available on this website to view.

Anyone for tennis?   7/4/16

As the summer approaches tennis sessions and coaching are being organised at the Chilcompton sports ground click here for more details.

Eileen Gould Benefit                 7/4/16

A gig is being organised for the Chilcompton resident who was scammed out of her entire life savings. 

The date has been set for the 30th April and the venue will be the Church Hall, but watch this space for further details.

Anyone who might not want to attend the event but would like to help, can contribute through the Parish Council.  Make cheques to Chilcompton Parish Council and post to the Parish Clerk.

Annual Parish Meeting

The APM takes place on Wednesday 23rd March, 7.30pm at the Village Hall.  Come and hear the reports about what the Parish Council and the various sub-committees have been doing over the past year.

Sadly                                                15/3/16

The 776 bus service that runs from Shepton Mallet to Midsomer Norton, and crucially along Parsonage Lane, will stop on the 21st May 2016.

 Transport Scheme                   2/3/16                                                         

Stratton-on-the Fosse Parish Council is hoping to start a COMMUNITY TRANSPORT CAR SCHEME to provide lifts for people who are unable to access public transport, but need to attend doctor, dentist or hospital appointments. The scheme works by matching up volunteers who would be happy to use their own cars to provide transport for villagers who are not able to drive or access public transport, but need to attend medical appointments etc. Passengers will pay either a pre-arranged fare or make a donation depending on how we decide to operate the scheme. Drivers are reimbursed at the HMRC mileage rate which is usually about 45p per mile. Several very successful car schemes already run in other areas of Somerset and in Wiltshire. We need to know whether there is a demand for such a scheme in Stratton, Holcombe and Chilcompton and also if there are any volunteers who could give a couple of hours to help with driving or co-ordinating the scheme. We would value any comments and suggestions you may have and any thoughts on the best way of contacting volunteers who may be able to offer their time for an hour or so to act as a driver. I am also contacting Holcombe Parish council as we feel that including two or three local villages might increase the success of the scheme. 

Any volunteer drivers should contact Sara Crawshaw on 239135.

Adopt-a-path, the local way                  22/1/16

Chilcompton now has its very own scheme to look after the footpaths that meander in and around the village.

Some months ago you may remember reading about how Somerset County Council was trying to introduce an Adopt-a-path scheme county wide that would involve individuals taking responsibility for their chosen paths.

However the local footpaths sub-committee and the Parish Council thought that the plan was too formal and potentially laborious for those volunteers.  So now a new local and more informal scheme has been set up to monitor the paths.

Councillor Marlene Pickford said: "Residents in Chilcompton have long been walking footpaths and this has ensured that they remain open and in good condition for everyone to access and enjoy. By adopting a path, simply walking it 3 or 4 times a year and reporting any blockages , you will be helping to keep these paths in use for future generations."

Any individual that wants to volunteer to walk occasionally a particular path and keep an eye out for any problems and then report the issues, can join the scheme.
So if you have a favourite path that you would like to call, in just a little way, 'your own', then contact Cllr Marlene Pickford on 01761 232774.


Keeping Warm                       20/1/16

A long-standing fuel poverty programme that has been helping older people across the county has extended its reach to include all ages and all housing types.

Warmer Improved Somerset Homes (WISH) is working in partnership with the Community Council for Somerset and Somerset Care & Repair to aid people in fuel poverty or fuel debt to have a better quality of life as a result of improved access to good quality energy advice and energy efficiency improvements. And they want to see the community working together to tackle cold homes.

WISH aims to maintain the fuel poverty advice service across Somerset, identifying and supporting householders in rural areas who live in cold, damp homes or who struggle to pay their energy bills. They will be offering these people advice on how to manage their energy use and reduce their fuel bills, as well as letting them know about any available grants for insulation or heating system improvements.

If you know any Somerset residents who would benefit from a short talk with a friendly advisor, or a longer home visit to talk about any of the issues,  please ring 0800 082 2234 or email: home.energy@cse.org.uk or wish@cse.org.uk.


Bus Matters                      4/01/16

Another opportunity to have your say on buses, this time in Wells.

Saturday 9th January at Wells bus station.  12.00 until 4.00pm.

The 776 service that goes down Parsonage Lane is under threat.


Police surgery                               21/12/15

PCSO Nikki Housley will be in the village hall car park on 19/1/2016 for Beat surgery between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.


Your bus matters!                            15/12/15

There's an opportunity to tell the people who run your bus service what you think.  Come along and have your say!

Taunton bus station (Tower Street)

Wednesday 16 December 2pm-6pm

Yeovil bus station (Glovers Walk/Central Road)

Friday 18 December 10am-2pm

Frome Market (Market Yard)

Saturday 19 December 10am-2pm

Changes to bus services in Somerset:


Changes to concessionary passes in Somerset:


At the Taunton and Yeovil events, passengers using Class 2 mobility scooters will have the

opportunity to receive a ‘permit to travel’ which is needed to use these scooters on the bus:



Chilcompton youth club closure                      2/12/15

The club committee would like to thank all the children who have supported the club and also the parents who kindly helped.

Sadly, as we have not been able to find a permanent leader to replace Julie and Theresa the club has now permanently closed.

Residual finances are to be transferred to the Parish Council to be kept in trust for any future setting up of a youth club. Some remaining equipment is to be donated to the local primary school.

We wish you all an enjoyable Christmas break and a healthy 2016.

Chris Llewellyn

Secretary  01761 414964     chris.llew@btinternet.com


Villagers say “No” again

The quiet and placid atmosphere of a village Parish Council planning meeting, used to the temperate discussion of a new conservatory or garage, was disturbed by a score of angry protesting residents last week.

The villagers were opposed to a new planning application for a housing development at Somer Lea in Chilcompton.  An application that has been put in despite the fact that a similar proposal was rejected by the Parish Council, Mendip District Council and H.M. Inspectorate as recently as January this year.

Parish Council Chairman Jon Pike said: “It was good to see such an attendance on Wednesday, it shows the strength of feeling that residents of Chilcompton have towards unwanted developments.  We will continue to fight against developments that threaten the sustainability, landscape and character of our village.”

Other reasons given against the application included road congestion, parking, drainage, ecology, privacy and the fact that it is outside the village envelope.

Local resident Pete Sinclair said: “What is essentially the same application was rejected by Mendip a little over a year ago and this rejection was upheld by H.M. Planning Inspectorate.  Very little has changed and the congestion in Chilcompton has not changed.  I see no reason whatsoever why the latest application should be accepted.”

The Parish Council voted to recommend rejection of the application and urged people to write to Mendip DC expressing their disapproval.


Somer Lea Meeting            18/11/15

The Parish Council will be discussing a proposed development for Somer Lea at a planning meeting on Wednesday 25th November where local residents will have an opportunity to express their views.

Last year a similar plan was rejected by both the Parish Council and Mendip District Council; there followed an appeal which was turned down by HM Inspector.

However, yet another planning application has been put in and local people are being urged to express any sentiments not just to the Parish Council but more importantly in writing to the district council.

The planning meeting takes place at the village hall at 7.30pm.  The application number is 2015/2580.


Pub Reopens            6/11/15

Amidst great expectation, anticipation and excitement The Redan public house is born again today Friday the 6th November.

What to expect?  Who knows?  There has certainly been a lot of time and effort put into the venture.  Food-wise there is talk of Michelin experience but also regular pub classics.  Beer-wise, you can certainly see a number of hand pumps from the pavement, but how much for a pint?

Give us your thoughts.


Remembrance Sunday             3/11/15

A memorial service will take place at St Aldhelm's this Sunday November 8 at 3.00pm followed by wreath laying at the war memorial.

There will also be a service of memorial within the ordinary 10.30am service at St John's.


Beat Surgery                   2/11/15

The next opportunity to get police advice and comments is on Friday the 6th November.  PCSO Nikki Housley will be in the village hall car park from 11.30 to 12.30.


ROAD CLOSURE                           28/10/15

Bakers Lane and Bowden Hill are to be closed for a few weeks at the beginning of December so that water works can be carried out.

From the junction at the Coop down to Britannia Close the roads will be shut from Monday 7th December.  It is expected that the work by Bristol Water will take 16 days.


Village Design Statement

The final completed and endorsed VDS has now been sent off to Mendip District Council and can be viewed on this website (along side the Village Plan).

Cllr Martin Stanford said: "It is another important tool in our armoury against unwanted developments."

So do peruse. 


Lunar Eclipse in Chilcompton

The moon as captured by Pete Sinclair in the early hours of Monday September 28th 2015.


Pick it up!

One of the twice yearly village 'Litter Picks' takes place next month.

Parish councillors will meet up with volunteers at 10.00am  on Saturday the 10th October at the village hall.

If you would like to help contact David Aldridge at david.aldridge@mendipexport.com



Somerset County Council is introducing a scheme to help maintain public footpaths and now Chilcompton Parish Council are asking you, the residents, what do you think of the plan?

            The county council are hoping to persuade individuals all across the region to adopt a path – to walk it regularly, report any problems, do any light maintenance and generally take responsibility for it.

            Parish Councillor Martin Stanford said: “It seems like quite an interesting idea because we do have constant ongoing problems with footpaths, some in particular.  However we wanted to test the water, so to speak, see if people would really be prepared to take on a path.”

            The cynical might say that it is the county council abrogating their responsibilities, passing the buck to individuals.

            Give your thoughts to the Parish Council through parishclerk@chilcompton.org

            There are 6000km of public rights of way in Somerset and the CC are hoping to promote health and well being through encouraging walking.

            If you were to adopt-a-path then you would be expected to:

·         Walk a path or ride a bridleway as often as possible

·         Report any problems to an Adopt-a-path Coordinator

·         Help with cutting back vegetation from stiles and gates

·         Keep an approximate total time spent clearing vegetation

·         Promote responsible use of the path

The support you would get in return would be:

·         Help and advice with any rights of way questions

·         Cover under their insurance policy whilst carrying out the role

·         Loan of gloves and tools to do the clearance

Take pride in maintaining your own little bit of countryside or doing the council’s job for them – you tell us.


In honour of Des

A bench has been bought in honour of Desmond Mattick, farmer, parish councillor and one of the village’s most notable sons, who died earlier this year.

            The location for the seat, on Church Lane close to Manor Farm, has been chosen by his wife Betty.  It will be installed shortly and anyone taking brief respite on the bench will be able to look over the fields that he toiled towards Clapton.

            Among his many contributions to the village Desmond was Chairman of the Parish Council for 25 years and was also a Mendip District Councillor for a while.

            The current Chairman of the Parish Council, Jon Pike, said: “It seems only fitting that we should have something physical to mark the memory of a man who did so much for Chilcompton.”


Date for health checks set                   10/8/2015

Friday September 18th has been chosen for the free NHS health checks (see below) for those aged between 40 and 74.

The check-ups will take place at the village hall but all spaces have to be booked in advance and there are only 18 slots available so claim your place soon.  Ring Martin Stanford on 01761 233045 to book or email mwstanford@aol.com 


Holy Cow – A café in the stables!             3/8/2015

A stylish new bijou bistro has opened in a local farm hoping to refresh both office-workers and local residents with homemade and locally sourced food and drink.

            Manor Farm on Church Lane in Chilcompton has for many years been converting their barns into offices as part of an agricultural diversification scheme.  Now husband and wife team, Paul and Karen Mattick, have created a café/restaurant in one of the outbuildings to cater for the people who work there.

            Karen said: “With about 120 people employed here in the converted barns at such companies as Occam, The Response Team and Imaging Equipment, we want to offer the offices a place to relax with good food and a pleasant environment.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while and now after a little, actually, a lot of hard work we are up and running.  

“Plus of course we are delighted to serve residents of the village and indeed anyone who may just be passing.

With chunky black wooden tables, exposed lighting, soft chairs and bar stools, the swish interior design was created by artist Victoria Young-Jamieson, Paul’s God-daughter. Karen and Victoria wanted to create a comfortable atmosphere evoking the farm and its history with a modern touch. Karen described the look as ‘culturedly rustic.

The name of the café, Holy Cow, was Karen’s idea too: “It just seemed obvious because of the proximity of both the local church and the farm cattle.”

The stable doors are opened at 8.30 for croissants and bacon butties for breakfast and close at 4.30 on the completion of afternoon tea and cakes.  Specialities during the day include soups, toasties, salads, quiche and artisan sausage rolls; with food sourced locally wherever possible.

Paul said: “There are lots of future potential developments too.  Soon we will be open on a Saturday with a focus on breakfast.  Other people have expressed the desire for a glass of wine or cider so we will try and get a license to sell alcohol.  We’re also looking to introduce outside seating that overlooks the church.”

Who knows, they could even get an endorsement from Batman and Robin.


Somerset Choices is here                                   28/07/15

Somerset Choices is a new website that aims to help people help themselves stay independent, healthy and well. It will put people in control of their care and wellbeing and give them more choice when it comes to who provides their care and support.

Visit the site at: www.somersetchoices.org.uk

The new website guides people through self-help forms, provides easy access to information and a directory of local services, products, groups and events in their local area. Such as care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups and breaks for carers.

The site is now live in a test version – which means people can access the site but lots of work is still going on behind the scenes to improve the content and respond to feedback. More local care and support providers are also being encouraged to upload their details so that the site contains a really comprehensive directory of local services. If you have any initial feedback on the website please email: help@somersetchoices.org.uk

There will be promotional activity to raise awareness of Somerset Choices including newspaper and radio advertising and events across the county.


Search for missing soldier           27/07/2015

Two D-Day veterans in their 90s and 17 members of a forgotten soldier’s family will attend a special service of remembrance in August to commemorate an army officer left off a war memorial.

After last year’s remembrance service in Chilcompton, a local historian, David Strawbridge, discovered that Captain William A Hollwey’s name was missing from the village War Memorial.

The case was taken up by David Richardson-Aitken who lives on Stockhill Road, just as Captain Hollwey had

He said: “I was intrigued by the omission of this brave soldier, who died at the age of 23 while fighting in Burma on March 16, 1943. I decided to track him down and have his name rightfully added to the memorial. I was on the village parish council when the case of Bill’s missing moniker was raised.

“After some research, I found that his family once lived not far from me. A couple living in the same street told me they knew William’s – or Bill, as he was known – name was omitted and they’d always wanted it included on the monument among the dead from both World Wars.”

“The couple put me in touch with Bill’s niece, Helen, who has provided useful information about the soldier.”

Bill Hollwey was born on January 11, 1920, and lived in Chilcompton with his parents. His father worked in the local colliery and his mother ran a sweet shop.

After attending Midsomer Norton County School in the 1930s, where he excelled at cricket and hockey, and became head-boy in 1937 – Bill was awarded a senior county university scholarship, which enabled him to study at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Bill enlisted in the army in 1939, was called up the following year, commissioned in 1941 and made a captain in 1942. He served with the Royal Indian Army Service Corps (10th Pathans) until his demise

Although there is no known grave for Bill, he is commemorated on the Taukkyan War Cemetery in Rangoon, the Norton Hill Memorial, and also at Selwyn College. 

However, his name was left off the Chilcompton War Memorial. One reason for this omission could be that his parents moved to Wiltshire at the start of the war

David said: “Apparently Bill’s death came as a huge shock to his parents and his father never really recovered from the tragic news. His hair turned white overnight when he heard of his son’s death.

As well as celebrating Bill’s military achievements, the village will also acknowledge his talents as a poet. His poetry was regularly published in the school magazine, the Nortonian, and he went on to write in adulthood. 

The service will take place at 2.00pm August 15th at the Catholic Church on Bowden Hill, followed by an unveiling at the memorial.  A piper is to play Heroes of Kohima and The Flowers of the Forest during the wreath laying.

Afterwards, those attending will be invited to a tea party at the village hall where there will be a small exhibition about Bill and VJ Day.


Healthy Middle Aged Village?        27/07/2015


A Somerset village is to offer its residents an opportunity to change their lives in just twenty minutes.

            Chilcompton Parish Council is arranging for a health team to visit the local village hall who will provide a free NHS health check for people aged between 40 and 74.

            Villagers who sign up for the event will be seen by a healthcare professional and have their blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and lifestyle checked in less than half an hour.

            Parish Councillor Martin Stanford said: “You may feel good but this will be a great opportunity to find out just how healthy you are.  The visiting teams can cope with 14 patients per team and it is anticipated there will be two teams.”

            As people get older there is a higher risk of developing something dangerous, like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.  The NHS health check aims to spot early signs so people are more likely to enjoy life for longer.

            The health check includes taking blood pressure, a simple blood test to gauge cholesterol and sugar levels, measurements, and questions about family history and lifestyle. The results are sent to the relevant GP.

            Residents will then be invited for another check in a further five years so that their health can be monitored long term.

            Cllr Stanford said: “It’s a no-brainer.  Potentially, people can change their lives in minutes.”

            It is thought that the health check will take place in September but residents are being asked to watch the village website www.chilcompton.org for the precise date as they will have to book in.


Speedwatch Needs You                    14/07/15

Chilcompton's volunteer Speedwatch team are looking for new recruits.

Just one hour a month is all that you have to offer, training is provided, and you'll be helping to keep the streets of the village safe.

Contact Richard Morgan on 01761 232442


New councillors settling in                22/06/15

The May elections brought a new MP for the constituency, a new district councillor for the area and four new parish councillors for the village – all of the latter are finding their feet in the stodgy mud that is village bureaucracy and politics.

            New face Tom Duggan quipped that the council were a bit of a “dour group”, adding “is it compulsory to have one’s sense of humour removed?”  ‘Fraid so Tom, don’t forget your appointment on Wednesday at the RUH Surgical Department.

            Kulwarn Gill admitted to being bamboozled by all the different place names that are bandied about.  He said: “I get the feeling that there is an air of us newbies spoiling the party by joining the once exclusive club that is the council.”

            Clearly a natural to the world of politics, Linda Travis thanked the electorate for her appointment before doffing her cap to the old blokes round the parish table: “After attending a few Council meetings I have found them to be very interesting, and I am looking forward to gaining knowledge from the very experienced existing councillors.  The only thing I would like to address at the moment is the lack of tea and biscuits!”

            For Duncan Rideout the first parish council meeting was like a first day at a new school – “everyone looking at the new kids who joined the term late.”  However he was optimistic about the future: “I’m still getting used to some of the jargon and the way things work but most have been pretty friendly and explained what’s going on. I look forward to getting more involved and hoping we can make a difference to the villagers of Chilcompton.”

              The parish clerk was unavailable for comment.


Road Safety Options                                  18/06/15

Somerset County Council have come up with three different schemes to improve road safety in the Lynch Hill area of the village where there was a fatality just a couple of years ago.

Since that incident the Parish Council have been campaigning for work to be done to calm speeds as cars enter the village and to increase the safety for pedestrians.  In particular they have been seeking the extension of the 30mph speed limit and the introduction of a pavement.

The schemes will cost £250,000, £180,000 and £30,000.  But Somerset County Councillor Harvey Siggs has warned that there is only a budget for £100,000...so does that mean Hobson's Choice?

Parish Councillor Richard Morgan said: "At least our concerns are being taken seriously at long last.  We will look at the options and maybe there is some kind of compromise."

Mulberry have already pledged to meet the £5,000 that the Parish Council have promised.


Public Meeting on the River                    18/06/2015

The Parish Council have done a U turn on the issue of whether there should be a public meeting on the village ponds.

A sub-committee has been formed to discuss the long term management of the ponds and one of their first considerations will be organising a public meeting to find out what you, the residents, think on the matter.  But don't hold your breath, it probably won't be until August, so watch this space.

The committee consists of Paul Mattick, David Thwaites, Christine Foster and Pete Sinclair, so bend their ears on anything wet.


Beat Surgery                          18/06/2015

Any problems?  The next police surgery will be on Monday 20th July 11.30-12.30 at the Village Hall car park.


No Fishing                              03/06/2015

Should anyone get bored reading the Parish Council minutes whilst waiting for the bus, there is now added entertainment.  Two brown trout have been found in the small pond by the stone bus shelter on The Street.  See if you can see them but strictly NO FISHING!


No Chilcompton Celebrates! This Year                      

Just to confirm, there is no Chilcompton Celebrates! 2015.  However there are hopes for next year.


Village gets new Agent

Jacky Smith is the new Village Agent for Chilcompton - she can be contacted on 07950 782436 or by email jsmithva@somersetrcc.org.uk 

A Village Agent is a person on the ground who can respond to the needs of villagers who are isolated and vulnerable.

She acts as a 'signpointer' - pointing towards the body that can solve the problem.  But also ensuring that the problem is resolved.


Police Surgery

Any problems?  Next Beat surgery in Chilcompton Tuesday 12th May in the Village Hall car park 11.30-12.30.


Democracy alive and kicking in Chilco

As well as the general election, and indeed a district council election, there will be a parish council election on Thursday May 7th for the first time for about 20 years.

More people have been nominated (13) than there are spaces on the parish council (12) forcing an election that normally just happens uncontested.

The longest standing councillor, Marlene Pickford, said that she believed the last time there was an actual election was 1999.  But former parish clerk, Nicky Jarman, who was in position for more than 20 years, said that she could not remember one at all on her watch.

Villagers will be asked to select 12 people from the 13 candidates.

Those nominated are: David Aldridge, Tom Duggan, Christine Foster, Kulwarn Gill, Paul Mattick, Richard Morgan, Marlene Pickford, Jonathan Pike, David Richardson-Aitken, Duncan Rideout, Martin Stanford, David Thwaites and Linda Travis.


Phonebox  as tiny art gallery?

An underused village phonebox could become one of the smallest ever exhibition spaces for art.

            BT have asked Chilcompton Parish Council whether they would like to adopt a phone box for the small price of one pound.  Similar adoptions elsewhere have led to the classic edifices being used as plant shops, book depositories or libraries, grocery shops, wildlife information centres and even a home for a defibrillator.

            Chairman of the PC, Jon Pike, said: “We’ve had an opportunity to adopt the phone box in the past and not taken it up.  But if someone came forward with an interesting idea, like an art gallery, and a real commitment to maintain it long term then we would certainly consider it very seriously.  These old phoneboxes are iconic structures and part of the architectural fabric of the village – we certainly wouldn’t want to see it disappear.”

            The growth of the mobile phone industry has inevitably meant that phonebox usage has dropped dramatically and almost half of the country’s 90,000 boxes have been removed, though there are still 9,000 that could be adopted.

            This particular phonebox is situated on the Street opposite one of the village’s splendid waterfalls.  A spot where walkers frequently stop to take in the views so a mini art gallery would be an added attraction.

            Local resident and artist, Lizzie Morris, is inspired by the idea.  She said: “Many of us have emotions akin to affection and nostalgia for the obsolete red telephone box standing yet in many of our villages and towns  – perhaps a little dusty, but still solid and indestructible.

“Some have been given another life as libraries, coffee bars and sweet shops but the notion of the box in Chilcompton becoming an art gallery is an exciting, original and creative challenge. The idea lends itself to tiny works, pieces of ‘give-away art’, an approach which forms an important part of my own work, surreal concepts and the occasional exhibition of the works of others - with helpful attendant close by.

“What a unique resource - rich in possibilities and a joyful way to honour an icon of twentieth-century life.”

A recent similar project in Settle, North Yorkshire, was ceremonially opened by Queen guitarist Brian May.

Any local authority or recognised charity can decide to adopt a local phonebox, BT will remove the phone equipment and then the authority can decide whether they want to take over the responsibility of the electricity supply.

Anyone who has other ideas about how the Chilcompton phonebox could be used should contact the Parish Clerk at parishclerk@chilcompton.org


New Somerset Hotline

Faulty street light?  Dodgy pot hole?  There's a new number for Somerset County Council, a new number for all enquiries.

The number is 0300 123 2224 and should be used if you have any enquiries concerning Somerset County Council.

The council claim that it will be easier and cheaper to contact them.  Once through you will be given a choice of four options.


Village to join national ‘Community Clear-up Day’

Communities of all sizes are being asked by the Government to take part in tidying up our streets on March 21st.

            Chilcompton, which always has a litter spring clean every year anyway, has decided to go along with the national campaign and make their tidy-up day the same as the Community Clear-up Day.

            Chairman of the Parish Council, Jon Pike, said: “We have two litter pick days every year, one in the autumn and one in the spring, so it only seemed logical that the spring one should be on March 21st , the first day of spring.  It’s a way of giving our backing to the national campaign.

            “There are pockets of the village that always seem to gather rubbish – those will be our chief targets, but we hope there will be enough volunteers to get around the whole village.”

            The Government is hoping that companies whose products are the chief responsibility for litter will also be lending a hand.

            Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins said: “This is a call to arms for communities great and small to help us end this litter scourge by taking greater pride in our neighbourhoods. It is time to roll up our sleeves and bring the broom back out of the cupboard because by looking after our local areas we can help make them better places to work and live.

“I also urge the manufacturers of items commonly associated with littering – such as soft drinks, chewing gum, crisps, confectionary and fast food – to join us in this day and contribute to the clear up of our streets and public places.”

Any Chilcompton volunteers willing to offer their services on Community Clear-up Day should contact Parish Councillor David Aldridge at david.aldridge@mendipexport.com


Police surgery

Local policewoman PCSO Nikki Housley is holding her beat surgery.  If anyone has any concerns she will be in the village hall car park between 5.00pm and 6.00pm on Wednesday the 4th March.


Historic ponds in doubt

The future of the iconic Street ponds that flow alongside the road through the heart of the lower part of Chilcompton is under consideration.

            The issue has arisen because some of the pond sluices need repairing or replacing. The Parish Council has decided against a formal consultation process and a public meeting but it still wishes to hear the views and comments of local residents about how the river should be managed.       

            Over time the ponds fill up with silt brought down by the water.    In the past this build up was prevented or managed by routine de-silting, which involved raising the sluice gates, allowing the ponds to empty and wash the build-up of silt downstream.     However, this has not happened consistently across all four ponds for some years and more recently  the unwanted silt has been removed using mechanical diggers to excavate the silt and then transport it away.

            Most recently the top pond was cleared last autumn at the cost of two and a half thousand pounds.

            Four options for the management of the river have been drawn up by Parish Councillor David Thwaites.

            The first possibility is to remove the weirs completely and landscape the bed so the river flows naturally within the walls rather like it does down Midsomer Norton High Street.

            The second option is to allow the ponds to naturally fill up with silt and slowly turn back into a more normal river at  about the same height ,in relation to the road, as at present.

            The third would be to de-silt the ponds then start a routine management programme where the sluice gates  are opened one or twice a year to allow any build up to flow downstream.

            The final option would be to deal with the ponds in ad hoc manner; managing and de-silting a pond only when it becomes too untidy.

            Cllr Thwaites said: “There are no easy choices.  The first two options are the cheapest but would take away that unique, historic, important image of Chilcompton.”

            Pete Sinclair who lives alongside the river said: “After protecting the wildlife habitat, the most significant consideration is the ‘look’.  Image – wise the ponds represent Chilcompton.  It’s a very beautiful part of the village, enjoyed regularly by kingfishers, dippers and moorhens. Without significant and ongoing investment of funds, time and effort, the ponds could quickly become a derelict eyesore.”

            Comments should be sent to parishclerk@chilcompton.org before the end of March.  For more information contact david@1gainsborough.co.uk


Early Bird

The early bird gets its refuse removed, it would seem.  The Somerset Waste Partnership has been reminding people that if you want to guarantee getting your refuse and recycling taken away then you should have it out by 7.00am.


Ta very much     16/02/15

The Parish Council is thanking Jackson's Fencing for some free timber treating.

The bench on Bowden Hill is currently under repair as the wooden slats were broken.  Parish Councillor Dave Gregory needed to get the replacement timber treated and Jackson's offered to do the work for free.

Cllr Gregory said that the bench will be back in action very soon.


Views on views          11/02/15

Villagers are being asked to express their comments on how their village should look in a move to clarify how any new developments might take place.

            A draft Village Design Statement has been drawn up by Chilcompton Parish Council and now residents are being requested to give their opinions on the document.

            A Village Design Statement describes the unique visual character of a village and can be used as a tool to make sure that new development in a village respects the distinctive visual character of the place.  Once adopted it becomes part of the planning authority’s Local Plan and is an official part of the planning process.

            Chilcompton’s VDS comes about in the wake of the publication of the Village Plan two years ago.

            Parish Councillor Martin Stanford said: “A good deal of work has been put into the creation of this draft VDS and the Parish Council is hoping for the backing of the village, but of course all comments will be welcomed and considered.

            “Once adopted the document will become a vital weapon in our armoury against unwanted and unsympathetic developments.”

            The Chilcompton VDS is based on the opinions of village residents expressed at a public meeting and exhibition of photographs, and in response to a consultation exercise carried out with local people via an open day at the Village Hall.

 The project has been carried through to completion by a small design team made up of local residents and appropriately experienced professionals within the village, which produced the photographic surveys, collected residents’ inputs and wrote numerous drafts. The Parish Council appointed consultants Moss Naylor Young to finalise the eleven page document.

For example the document states: “One of the defining features of Chilcompton is that the space enclosed within the built form of the village includes wooded and leafy areas that permeate the whole urban form. This plan hopes to encourage the enhancement and extension of such areas.”

Residents of Chilcompton are being urged to look at the draft Village Design Statement on the village website, www.chilcompton.org and send their comments to parishclerk@chilcompton.org by the 6th March.

Comments so far:  Catherine Walters said: "We think it is a well researched and well designed plan, which accurately records the views of a majority of the villagers.

It should be included in the Local Plan and given legal weight."


Council backs “Marmite” windmill 2/02/2015

A wind turbine could be in operation and generating electricity in the village of Chilcompton within the end of the year.

            Farmer Richard Patch in association with energy specialists Life Long Energy are seeking planning permission to install a windmill at Knitts Farm Stockhill Road that would produce enough energy for the equivalent of 80 houses.  But Mr Patch insisted that it was very much on the “small scale” rather than the “massive scale”.

            The project, which will involve a single 60KW wind turbine with a 22 metre hub height and 34 metre tip height, has already received the unanimous, with one abstention, backing of the parish council.  Cllr David Thwaites said: “The Parish Council is always seeking to encourage environmentally friendly and sustainable developments, so it seems right that this includes a wind turbine.

            “We have been reassured that the noise is no more than the equivalent of about the sound of a bird.  Visually, they are like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.”

            Joshua Allsop, Planner for Life Long Energy, who have installed turbines from Scotland down to Somerset, said that the proposed model is one of the quietest machines on the market.

            But the scheme doesn’t have the backing of all the residents.  John Hack who lives on Stockhill Road said that in principle he was in favour of exploring alternative sources of energy: “However our concerns centre on the closeness of the turbine to houses.  We have a significant issue with the size of the turbine, the potential noise, the refracted light – together with the reference in the planning documentation to a further possible proposal for another turbine.  Planning permission granted for one may well lead to others.” 
            Mr Patch told parish councillors that as far as he was concerned it was a one-off.


Villagers celebrate a treble                           12/1/2015

Three appeals for what would have been major developments in the lower part of Chilcompton have been turned down by the government’s inspector.

            The schemes that would have seen the introduction of almost one hundred new dwellings were rejected by both Mendip District Council and the Parish Council but the planners sought appeal.

            Scores of anxious local residents turned up at last month’s informal hearing of the appeal process in Shepton Mallet but now villagers can sleep at peace through the night as the proposals are finally put to rest.

            The green field sites were land east of the Grange on Parsonage Lane, an area by Somer Lea, and land off the Street by White Hayes Cottage.

            Chairman of the Parish Council, Jon Pike, said: “We are all mightily relieved.  These were developments that were not needed by the village and not wanted by the village.  Chilcompton is a village at capacity.  The school is full and the country lanes at the bottom of the village already see far too much traffic.

            “On the plus side it shows what a community can do when it unites.  Dozens of people have turned up throughout the year for meetings and demonstrations to show their disapproval of these proposals.

            “On the negative side there are still other developments that have been approved or are seeking planning permission.  We must continue to fight to keep Chilcompton sustainable.”


Lost Soldier Remembered

The name of Captain William Allan Hollwey, a former Midsomer Norton Head Boy, poet and Cambridge university student, is to be added to Chilcompton war memorial more than seventy years after his death.

            Bill Hollwey was born on the 11th January 1920 and lived the best part of his life on Stockhill Road, Chilcompton, where his father worked at New Rock Colliery and his mother ran a small sweet shop.  He died in action during the second world war yet his name is absent from the village war memorial.  It is an omission that Parish Councillor David Richardson-Aitken is determined to put right.

            Following an observation by village historian David Strawbridge at last year’s Remembrance Sunday Cllr Richardson-Aitken has been researching the life of this forgotten soldier.

            He said: “Not only was Bill very much a Chilcompton man but he was an important one.  It is our intention to have his name added to the village war memorial and once the work has been completed, hopefully by June, we will have a service of remembrance for him.”

            Bill attended Midsomer Norton County School during the 1930s, excelling in history and English, his poems were regularly published in the school magazine, the Nortonian.  He represented his school in cricket and hockey and eventually became Head Boy in 1937.

            From there he went on to study at Selwyn College, Cambridge, having been awarded a Senior County University Scholarship.

            Enlisting in 1939 he was called up the following year, commissioned in 1941 and promoted to Captain in ’42.  Whilst attached to the 10th Batallion (Pathans), Royal Indian Army Service Corps, he died fighting for Htizwe, Burma, on the 16th March 1943.

            Although he has no known grave Bill is remembered in the Taukkyan War Cemetery, Rangoon, and also on the Norton Hill School war memorial.  His omission from the Chilcompton memorial is thought to be because his parents moved to Wiltshire at the beginning of the war.

            Cllr Richardson-Aitken said: “I have also been in touch with his niece, Helen, and kept her informed on the progress of the research.  She told me that the family had no idea that Bill was not included on the Chilcompton war memorial.  She also told me that his death came as a huge shock and Bill’s father never completely recovered from the news.  The story is that his father’s hair turned white over night when he learned of his son’s death.

            “Helen has got Bill’s medals and some of his poetry.  Photos of these, along with his life story, will be part of the online exhibition on the Chilcompton village website in the near future.”


Fines for Japanese knotweed

New measures to combat invasive and unwanted plants such as Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam have been welcomed by parish councillors.

If orders to control Japanese knotweed are ignored by home owners they will be considered to have committed a criminal offence and could be fined up to £2,500.

The plants have been named for the first time in anti-social behaviour guidance which normally targets intimidation and heavy drinking.  It effectively allows people to inform on neighbours if the plant is invading their garden.

Parish councillor David Thwaites said: "Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam are non-native and pernicious plants.  Anything that can help us eradicated them from the village can only be good.  The cost of eliminating them from the country has been estimated to be in the billions."


Road safety

Parish councillors recently met with transport officials from Somerset County Council to discuss various road safety schemes for the village.  Here are the notes from that meeting as expressed by Nick Cowling, Service Manager - Transport Programmes: 1)    Current SIS scheme for the B3139  footway improvements and extension of 30 speed limit/traffic calming at the western end of Chilcompton - Scheme options being progressed. Mulberry contribution to be clarified (NC);

2)    Speed limit changes to the B3139 East of Chilcompton - Consider 40mph between the current 30 mph zone and near to the  roundabout on the A367. Speed surveys required to establish existing traffic speeds and then discussion with  Avon and Somerset traffic management to establish their views on whether they would support  a speed limit change. (JB/CB);

3)    Development in Chilcompton especially coming in from Midsomer Norton going to appeal. NC to talk to development control colleagues re the possibility of being able to recommend any additional highways measures. (NC);

4)    Road coming in from Midsomer Norton – JB/CB to investigate improvements/amendments to existing 30 mph speed limit (Consider  change of extents or more repeaters/roundels). Surveys required to establish existing traffic speeds and then discussion with  Avon and Somerset traffic management to establish their view on such a speed limit change, especially  consider with  possible 20 closer into settlement. Community will need to be aware of impact of signage required for a such limit.

5)    Road coming in from Midsomer Norton review of existing traffic management measures to look at consistency e.g. possible extend use of edge lines on Bowden Hill. Measures could be considered as part of additions to the SIS scheme or a possible traffic management scheme, as the cost of the SIS scheme is already high. This would need  consideration by HS and the Highway Improvement Scheme Programme board as changes to the SIS scheme brief would need to be agreed.(JB/CB)

6)    Possible SID on Bowdens Hills JB to discuss with SID team. (JB)

Once any potential measures are clarified, liaison with Transporting Somerset and First buses required to establish possible impact on the existing bus services (NC)


Fracking Views

The Parish Council has decided that it's not part of their remit to have a view, as a body, on fracking. But it is interested in villagers' opinions.  So send your thoughts to parishclerk@chilcompton.org and they'll be posted up.


Development Appeals

The village will be holding it's breath but not it's tongue on Tuesday 2nd December when there is an 'Informal Hearing' as part of the appeal process concerning three large development proposals.

Planning applications for the developments on land by White Hayes Cottage, by Grange House and off Somer Lea have been condemned by the Parish Council and rejected by Mendip District Council but the developer has taken them to appeal.

Local MP Tessa Munt is hoping to attend in order to speak for the village.

The hearing will take place at 10.00am at the Council Chamber, Shepton Mallet.


Fracking Awareness

A series of public events have been arranged to raise awareness about fracking and related issues by Frack Free Somerset.

On Tuesday 11th November there will be a presentation at the Village Hall at 7.30, everyone is welcome and there will be an opportunity to participate in discussion and questions.


Tessa's Dates

Local MP Tessa Munt is holding 'Can we help' advice centres at the Village Hall.  The dates are 28/11/14, 30/01/15, 27/02/15, and the 27/3/15 and each one is from 12.00 until 1.00.  She can also be contacted through her office on 01934 710748.


Village under siege

Yet another large housing development is being planned for a community that feels it is being extended beyond sustainability.

            A planning application for 42 residential units on Stockhill Road in Chilcompton has been submitted to Mendip District Council.  It comes on top of a planned development of 50 houses off Broadway by the Somerset Wagon and several other large proposed developments that are currently going through an appeal process.

            Chilcompton Parish Councillor David Thwaites said: “Please, no more!  It’s like we’re being invaded by marauding developers.

            “The cumulative impact means that the infrastructure of the village is no longer sustainable.  We’re already bussing children to other town schools.  The drainage system can’t handle it and the lanes in the village are increasingly dangerous – there was a fatality last month.”

            The Parish Council are urging any residents who have comments to make to write to the district council planners.

            The traffic consequences is seen as one of the biggest issues.  The site of the proposed development is at the narrowest part of Stockhill Road where there are no pavements.

            Martin Stanford, Parish Councillor, said: “The Planning Inspector has told us that Chilcompton has already exceeded the number of houses that it is expected to deliver.  What’s more, this is on a green field site outside the village envelope, it will be really harmful on the countryside’s character here.”


Village pub to re-open

A local hostelry that has been stutteringly open and closed over the last two years is to be reborn after Christmas with new owners.

            The Redan Inn at Chilcompton is at this present moment being totally gutted before a re-furbishment that will see it breathe fresh life in the new year as a public house with restaurant, accommodation and a child friendly garden.

            The new owners are Dan Obern, Toby Gritten and Tom Gall, who already run two pubs/restaurants in the area – the Pump House in Hotwells and the Bird in Hand at Long Ashton.

            Kate Upson, partner of Dan Obern, said: “Dan’s family are from Chilcompton and he lives in Midsomer Norton, so when The Redan came to market he felt it was a great opportunity to have something closer to home and saw the potential to what will hopefully be a great asset to the village.”

            The aim, according to Kate, is that the pub will be both a local for villagers and a destination pub/restaurant offering “home cooked seasonal food, sourced locally.”

            Drew Moore, who has been the co-ordinator of the ‘Friends of the Redan’ over the last tumultuous years, said: “Obviously we’re very excited about the prospect of the re-opening and the re-furbishment of the Redan, this is exactly what we’ve been campaigning for.”

            The atmosphere and look of the revamped Redan will be based on the appearance of the owners’ existing pubs, so those curious are encouraged to look at the relevant websites.

            The Pump House, a former Victorian pumping station with prime waterside location, won best restaurant in Bristol at the 2012 Bristol Good Food awards and Best Chef at the 2013 Bristol Good Food awards.  It was awarded two AA Rosettes in 2012 and has maintained them since, it has been entered into the Good Food Guide since 2012 and the Michelin Pub Guide since 2009.

            The Bird In Hand, a village pub with quiz and open mic nights, has held a place in the Good Food Guide since opening in 2011 and won best front of house at the Bristol Good Food awards 2014.  It was awarded a Michelin 'Bib Gourmand' in 2013 and has maintained it for 2014.

            Chilcompton resident, Pete Sinclair, said: “Many people have greatly missed being able to go to The Redan since it went into its downward spiral and eventually closed. We’re delighted to hear that the new owners are willing to invest funds, time and effort to get it back on its feet. We look forward to meeting them and enjoying quality food and drinks in a revitalised ‘local’.

            “We believe that it could become a real community centre for the village. In our opinion, things that could greatly help to achieve that include a mid-range restaurant that can offer everything from tempting quality bar snacks right through to full meals for formal celebrations. Coupled with that however has to be a relaxing and simple bar where regulars can enjoy a quiet pint or two and conversation with friends. Also the restoration of social events like skittles, games leagues and quiz nights. It could also once again become a noted music venue.” 

            Other villagers have suggested that it could become a café for morning and late afternoons.

The new owners appear receptive to local residents’ ideas and will be attending the Chilcompton Parish Council meeting on the 12th November

Kate said: “For future plans, opening dates and events, people should consult our facebook page, we are in very early stages of our project and will update our page as we feel necessary.”


Newsletter in Danger

The Chilcompton Society Newsletter, which has been running for more than 30 years, is at risk of going under unless someone steps forward to take the helm.

Originally designed to promote the Society, the twice yearly journal now provides village news of a great variety.

Martin Addicott has been the editor for the last 5-6 years but increasing work obligations means that he is having to step down.  Volunteers provide the news reports and generate the advertising, all that is needed is a person with the necessary computer skills to do the layout.

So if you've got a little bit of time to kill and the ability to use software like Publisher, you could be the one to save a village institution.  Contact the parish clerk in the first instance.


Village Plan Actions

See the latest state of play of all the actions taken in response to demands expressed by residents in the Village Plan, by clicking here


Top Pond - Top Look

Arguably Chilcompton's greatest visual asset has had a major makeover.

The top pond on the Street has been dredged clear of weeds and the brambles removed around it leaving it looking much tidied up.

Money for the work came from the Parish Council but also from a Mendip District Council environment grant.

Parish Councillor David Thwaites said:  "It's a really significant improvement to the ponds.  But, of course, the debate about how the ponds should be managed in the long term goes on."

The Parish Council has also decided that the sluice gates to the top pond should be left open for six months in an experiment to see if this prevents the build-up of weeds.


Shed Thefts

Police have warned that there have been a number of shed and out-building thefts in the village over the last few days.

A total of ten have been recorded in Chilcompton, but this follows a series of similar robberies that have taken place over recent weeks on the Mendips.  Oakhill, Hallatrow and Paulton have also been targeted.  Items like strimmers and bikes have been stolen.


Neighbour's pictures

The Great War Remembered (Flower Festival 2014) St Giles Church, Leigh on Mendip BA3 5QQ Saturday 23rd August to Monday 25th August Daily 11am to 4pm Extensive Photographic Display showcasing life in Leigh on Mendip between 1890 and 1950, and refreshments in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip Daily 11am to 4.30pm


Flower Show

The annual event will be taking place on  the 6th September 2014, 2.15pm at the Village Hall.


Sink hole

There is a sink hole on Stockhill Road.  This is the reason why the water supply has been affected.


Wanna buy a pub?

You may or may not have noticed that the Redan pub closed a couple of weeks ago, again, and it is now being put up for sale.

Because the property was registered as an 'Asset of Community Value' last year it does mean that if any community group shows an interest in the next six weeks then a full moratorium period will be triggered meaning that no sale can take place before December 27th 2014.

Andrew Moore, coordinator of the 'Friends of the Redan' said: "It was a sad day when The Redan closed again and having been unable to re-let it, the owners have decided that disposal is the best option. Friends of the Redan is keen that it should remain open as a pub at the heart of our community and is exploring options for a bid. If you are interested in helping, have ideas about how it could be achieved or just happen to have the money needed burning a hole in your pocket contact us through www.theredanchilcompton.co.uk."

The pub was built in 1840 and named the Redan in 1855 after a ferocious battle in the Crimea War.

So if you are interested in buying a pub, contact the clerk.


‘Intrinsic character’ retained

The England football team might be on an early flight home but residents of Chilcompton are celebrating following the defeat of two planning applications that would have had a dramatic effect on the identity of the village.

            The two major proposed developments on green field sites, one to the north of White Hayes Cottage and the other to the east of Grange House, brought a flurry of letter writing objections from villagers.  The White Hayes proposal forced angry local people out onto the street in protest and the Grange House plan objections gained the support of local MP, Tessa Munt.

            Matt Williams, Mendip District Council Planning Manager, said of both plans: “The proposed development, by reason of its size and extent, would have a significant, harmful impact on the countryside’s intrinsic character here.”

Justine North, who lives opposite the White Hayes site, said: “We are, of course, delighted with this outcome, as are my neighbours, and we whole-heartedly agree with the comments that the developments would have a harmful impact on the countryside’s intrinsic character.  This would certainly be the case.

            “I hope that Mendip Council are now taking a more reasonable approach to planning applications in the village since there are just so many houses already planned and passed. It would seem that they have listened to the wishes of the villagers after all, via the Village Plan.”

            Chairman of the local Parish Council, Jon Pike, said: “This is extremely good news for the villagers of Chilcompton.  Both the planning applications generated great feelings within the community.  This is not NIMBYism, many houses are already planned for the village, this is about sustainability and retaining the identity of the village.”

            But local resident, Pete Sinclair, added a note of caution: "The people's voice has been heard.  But we mustn't be complacent, we may have won a victory but we haven't won the war.  There are still outstanding applications; we are still a village under siege from developers."



A hospital car service is looking for new volunteers to help people get to medical appointments at hospitals and other such institutions.

According to Mike Forbes, Operations Manager: "The demand for this service continues to grow and there are times when we do find it extremely difficult to meet demand, which I am sure you will appreciate is not acceptable."

Do you have a day or a morning or afternoon to spare?  Would you like to do something really worthwhile?  Would you like to help make a difference to people's lives?  Do you own your own car?  If your answer is yes to all four questions then you could become a volunteer hospital car driver with MCT, transporting elderly, frail and disadvantaged people to medical appointments.

For more information and an application form, contact Mike Forbes or Mike Curtis on 01749 330100.



The planning application for housing on a green field site next to White Hayes Cottage that brought villagers out on to the streets in fury, has been turned down.



An exhibition tracing the history of the village is now on show at Radstock Museum for the summer.

Five local parish councillors have spent the best part of the year compiling the collection, which covers both the working and leisure lives of Chilcompton folk from the past.

There are artefacts like miners' lamps, milking jugs, war memorabilia such as ration books and even a choral society trophy cup from 1927.  Then there are ten posters with photographs and text describing village life on topics such as industry, churches, halls, public houses and railways.

Councillor Marlene Pickford said she was very pleased with the results: "Apart from the fact that we did more research than we needed, we didn't have the space to show everything that we'd produced."

It is hoped that the full exhibition might be on display for one day in the village hall during the autumn.

Meanwhile villagers are being urged to visit the display at Radstock Museum, which runs until the end of August.  Two other local villages, Timsbury and Kilmersdon have also been put under the spotlight.  The museum is open 2-5pm Tues-Sun and 11-5 on Saturday.



An annual village clothes sale generated £300 for the local charity 'Cots for Tots' on Saturday 7th June.

The charity is linked to the neo-natal intensive care unit at St Michaels maternity hospital in Bristol.  It helps fund a house where parents can stay whilst their new-born children are being treated at the hospital, as well as providing financial support for incubators and other medical equipment.

The sale took place at the old Mulberry shop on the Street and was organised by Lizzie Morris and Annie Marshall.

Lizzie said: "It was a real fun day.  Lots of people turned out for a natter and to update their wardrobes.  And of course the money will help a charity which is very dear to our hearts in a family way."



Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, is helping residents of Chilcompton in the battle against developers.

            The MP is leafleting all villagers to raise awareness of just how many planning applications are currently going through that will affect the village.

            The action is prompted by the most recent application for 54 houses off Parsonage Lane, but it follows an application for 30 houses close to West Hayes on the Street, the approval of 23 houses at Greenacre Farm, and 50 houses on Broadway by the Somerset Wagon.

            The influx of planning applications has been seen to be generated by the lack of a district Local Plan, giving developers a free hand to ignore the interests of local people – but statistics show that Chilcompton is suffering more than most.

            Tessa Munt said: “Bearing in mind that I was present at the launch of the Village Plan in April last year, I’m very disappointed to see that this planning application is completely against the wishes of Chilcompton residents.”

            There is genuine concern within the village about the cumulative impact of all these proposed developments making the village unsustainable, in particular the school is now full.  One local child was excluded last year because of numbers and it is thought that several more will be in the next academic year.

            Chairman of the Parish Council, Jon Pike said: “The situation is getting absurd.  It’s like we’re a village under siege.  This level of development is just unsustainable, we just cannot take any more houses of this kind.  We do not need them and the Village Plan has shown we do not want them.  In fact the number of unsold houses in the village shows that nobody wants them.  Enough is enough.”

            Currently there are 37 unsold houses in the village, eight of which are new, that is approximately 4% of the total number.

            Objections to the recent planning application should be in by the 30th April but the Mendip District Council Planning Officer concerned, Oliver Marigold, has said that letters received late can still be taken into account.


Foster Care

More foster carers are need in Somerset and during national Foster Care Fortnight (12-25 May) Somerset County Council are holding two information evenings for local people to find out more about fostering and to speak to social workers and foster carers about what it is really like.

The dates of the information events are:

Tuesday 13th May 7-9pm at Holiday Inn Express, Taunton.

Tuesday 20th May 7-9pm at Westlands Leisure Complex, Wessex Suite, Yeovil.

To find out more about fostering visit www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 587 9900.


 What's Been Happening?

Find out what's been going on in the last year of the Parish Council.  The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting are now available on the website.


Fun for Village Young

Local demand expressed in a Village Plan has resulted in the return of a youth club for Chilcompton.
Club Secretary, Justine North, said: “We are delighted that Chilcompton is to have our own Youth Club again!
“Results from the Parish Plan and questionnaire demonstrated that many people in the village wished to see a youth club in Chilcompton again. So a small group has formed to look at how this can be achieved, with the assistance of the Somerset Rural Youth Project.”
There will be a six week trial of the new Youth Club, starting on Thursday 24th April, and to run every Thursday, 3.30-5.30pm at The Village Hall. It will be open for children in school years 3-6.
The Parish Council has allocated £750 for the new project.  Chairman of the council, Jon Pike, who is also Chair of the new Youth Club, said: “We’re working through the wish list that came out of the Village Plan questionnaire.  Let’s hope this is a success.”
Julie Elmes and Theresa Hawkins are going to run the club.
Justine said: “They ran the last village youth club, and are pleased to be involved in a new club. They have lots of great ideas for activities with the children.”
“We will see how the group goes, and hope that if successful it can become a permanent event in the village. Its success depends on two things, firstly, and most importantly, on the children wanting to attend, so if you are the right age, or you know children of that age please let them know about our plans; and secondly we need people who can help to run the club, both helping in the sessions, and in the management team. So please consider if you are able to get involved to make this happen for our young people. This needn't be a huge commitment, if you are able to offer occasional time I am sure we could make us of you.”
Justine North can be contacted on 01761 232219. 

Chilcompton Community Speed Watch Annual Report 2013 - 14

The group has been active for about a year now and currently has 8 volunteer members. Speed watch sessions are held weekly and reports are sent to the Road Police Unit in Frome. Offending drivers are sent a letter, persons in receipt of 3 letters also receive a visit from the Police. The Chilcompton group held 34 sessions in 2013, and 10 so far in 2014. This record won the group the distinction of Best Newcomer scheme in the Mendip Area.

We badly need more volunteers, to increase the number of sessions performed, but also so we can "double-up" some sessions and monitor  two locations simultaneously. Anyone interested should contact Richard Morgan via the Parish Clerk. 


 Annual Parish Meeting

All villagers are welcome to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 26th March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  Your chance to hear about what the Parish Council have been doing over the last year.  Twelve months of village activity packed into one evening.  What's been happening and what's going to happen - get in the know.


 Police dates

Days in 2014 when the police are available at the village hall have now been released.  Click here for the community contact dates.


Binegar Search For New Clerk

Neighbour village is looking for a new Parish Clerk to serve the Council.  Click here for more information.


 White Hayes Development Protest

Villagers are gathering at 1.45pm on Monday the 3rd March to protest against the proposed development on the land to the north of White Hayes.  The Somerset Guardian is sending a reporter and photographer.  Be there if you can.


Youngest councillor resigns  21/02/2014


Chilcompton’s youngest ever parish councillor has resigned after eight years of serving the community.

            Sarah Bacik was at the tender age of 21 when she joined the Parish Council in 2006.  But now work commitments that take her round the country, as an apprentice engineer, means that she is no longer able to attend the meetings on a regular basis.

            She said that her experience had been both enjoyable and a rollercoaster: “We have battled with Raglan in an attempt to provide affordable housing so that other villagers in my age group just might one day be able to remain in the village.

“We have laboured away to create a safe play area for the kids in a field where most of us who grew up in the village will have very fond memories.

“We have seen off T mobile's attempt to cook us all in the name of the smartphone.

“And we have even got some of the youngsters involved in painting the bus shelters so that they too can walk around the village and feel proud of where they live.”

At one of her first meetings Sarah suggested the installation of dog poo bins, she was instantly shot down at the time, but now such bins are littered around the village.

Parish Council Chairman, Jon Pike, gave thanks for her contribution over the years.


New Over For Cricket Club    18/02/2014

After almost one hundred years Stratton-on-the-Fosse Cricket Club is moving from the playing fields of Downside school to the sports grounds of Chilcompton.

            The club, whose first team won the double of the North Somerset Division One and the 20/20 Plate last year, is seeking pastures new for the 2015 season because of logistical reasons.

            Secretary of the cricket club, Dave Travis, is happy about the move and looking forward to the future.  He said: “In November 2013 we learnt that this would be our last season at Downside so we contacted Chilcompton Sports with a view to joining the Sports Club and start playing in season 2015.

“We were officially invited to join Chilcompton Sports in January and have been made very welcome already by everyone associated with Chilcompton Sports.  We will change our name in 2015 to Chilcompton Sports Cricket to fully integrate into the Club.”

            Fundraising has already begun for the preparation of a cricket square starting in May 2014 and the club has purchased a Stothert & Pitt roller. Events planned are a Quiz at Norton CC on 11th April and a Family Fun Day at Chilcompton Sports Ground on 26th May.

Mr Travis said: “Our aim is to continue to run three senior teams in season 2015 and also start a youth section at Chilcompton Sports.  We intend to stage some youth taster days in the summer at Chilcompton Sports Field to introduce our club to the local community.”

Tim Curtis, Chairman of Chilcompton Sports, said: “We are pleased to welcome Stratton Cricket Club into the family of sports clubs under the ‘umbrella’ of Chilcompton Sports. 

“In the early days of the project, when we were preparing for a Sport England Lottery application, we started a Chilcompton Cricket Club with the aim of supporting our application.  However the bid was unsuccessful and the club folded.  So to see competitive cricket being played once again in the village is great news and increases the range of sports offered at the sports ground.  Their desire to develop a youth section was also an important factor as it dovetails nicely with a key aim of Chilcompton Sports."

Housing on ‘sinkhole’ field      18/02/2014

A controversial planning application is proposing a housing development on a green field site that 25 years ago experienced a sinkhole.

            The cavity, which was thirteen feet across and thirteen feet deep, was later filled in with building waste but there is still a visible scar.  Wallace Moon, who has lived in a cottage adjoining the Chilcompton field for the last 67 years, remembers how the hole literally appeared overnight.  He said: “I don’t think it is a good place to put a housing estate.  The sinkhole proves that the area is unstable.”

            Sinkholes have been much in the news recently as a car in Buckinghamshire was swallowed up by a 30 foot deep hole earlier in the month.  In the same week there was a BBC Horizon programme about the almost commonplace occurrences of sinkholes in Florida, US. More than 6,000 sinkhole insurance claims are made every year in the sunshine state and last February saw the first fatality.

            The proposed development of 30 houses has already caused outrage across the village, with residents packing into a Chilcompton Parish Council meeting and letters of objection pouring into Mendip District Council.

            Local people say that the entrance to the development would be on an already notoriously difficult and dangerous S-bend.  Applications for more than a hundred houses are already going through the planning process and there is a real concern that the village is being overdeveloped to the extent of unsustainability, in particular the local school is at  saturation level.

            The proposed development is on land that used to be owned by Somerset County Council but was sold over a decade ago on the condition that it would not be built upon.  The County Council has so far not declared whether they would waiver that condition for a cash handout.

            Parish Councillor David Thwaites said: “The sustainability and traffic issues are clearly important and in terms of over development this could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  But what is most significant is that this is a development that threatens the very identity of Chilcompton.  It is those few green fields and the county border between here and Midsomer Norton, which makes us the distinct and independent village we are.”

            This is one planning application that Chilcompton residents are hoping will be disappearing down the proverbial plughole.

Road Closed  18/2/2014

For information, the B3356 between the new rock industrial estate and Green Lane farm crossroads has been closed to traffic following a collapse of part of the road and the adjoining field. The cause of the collapse is currently being investigated.  The coal authority have been contacted because it might have a connection with the old pits in the area. Diversionary signing will be placed as soon as possible. Highways say they will endeavour to update us as soon as any information becomes available. 


Light no.42 Wells Road is now working.  After being malfunctioning for two years, the light has now been repaired and is currently shining bright.  A mildly jubilant Councillor Marlene Pickford said: "Hurray."  If you want to report a faulty light, ring 08456 010939.

Submission to Local Plan

Chilcompton Parish Council is putting together a submission to Mendip District Council’s Local Plan in an attempt to influence future building development in the village.

Residents are being asked to view the draft proposal and express their opinions. The greater the amount of feedback will mean that the submission will have greater force.

A number of recent significant planning applications have received approval and the Parish Council is concerned how development will affect the nature and sustainability of the village. 

Chilcompton Speedwatch Scheme

It is evident from the village plan report, published in April 2013, that one of the issues that Chilcompton residents are most concerned about is speeding traffic through the village.

So a new Speedwatch team has just been formed and a group of six people have started monitoring speeds of motorists in Chilcompton in an effort to make the village a safer place. 

Already speeds of 50mph in a 30mph zone have been recorded. 

There are three more people signing up to help, but more volunteers are needed so that monitoring can be carried out regularly.

If anyone can help by giving as little as one hour each month, please contact the parish council Clerk, Malcolm Rigby on 01761 232974 or email parishclerk@chilcompton.org

Marlene Pickford 01761 232774 

Chilcompton Village Plan - Young People’s Award

Young people in Chilcompton have won an award for their dedication and persistence while working on the Chilcompton Village Plan.

A group of seven have worked with the Somerset Rural Youth Project for about a year devising a youth questionnaire to survey their peers aged 11 to 19.

They won the award because of their dedicated and hard work to make sure the young people in Chilcompton were listened to by the Village Plan Committee. They worked in the evenings and weekends to get as many responses as possible and a report is being written detailing what young people would like in Chilcompton in the future.

Several of the group attended a ball at Taunton Cricket Club at the end of November 2012 to receive the award. The Village Plan Committee congratulated them on winning and thanked them for their input into the village plan.

Marlene Pickford  

29th April 2013

Chilcompton Village Plan Report

Chilcompton’s long-awaited Village Plan has just been published and was launched last Saturday (27th April) by Tessa Munt M.P., who praised the Parish Council sub-committee that produced it. She said she was very much in favour of parish plans as they reflect what local people want for their village and she added that she would use it to inspire other villages in Somerset to create their own parish plans.

Chairman of the committee, Caroline Husband, thanked Ms. Munt for coming and giving her support and presented her with a bouquet. Committee member Jon Pike thanked Caroline for her chairmanship over 2 years and a bouquet was presented to her by Bethany, a member of the youth group that contributed to the plan.

Villagers had gathered at the village hall for the launch and stayed for cream teas and to see the mini-exhibition, depicting some of the conclusions of the plan.

Some of the recommendations include preserving brown field sites for employment, housing to be smaller units and within village confines rather than green fields outside the village. 

Residents want litter and dog-fouling to be addressed, but do not want council tax spent on it; also the majority would not volunteer to help with these issues. Already, a litter group and dog-watch scheme have been set up.

Speeding is a concern and villagers would welcome speed cameras, flashing slow-down signs and 30mph roundels painted on roads, but 

were generally against speed humps, rumble strips, chicanes and more signage. A pedestrian crossing has already been installed near the school and a Speedwatch group set up and operating regularly.

The next stage is to pass the findings on the appropriate authorities, agencies and volunteer groups, who are able to implement the suggested actions in the plan.

With most committee members bowing out over the next few weeks, more volunteers will be needed to ensure the plan is followed through. Anyone who can help can contact the Parish Clerk

Every resident will be given a copy of the plan and it can also be seen on the committee’s website, www.chilcomptonplan.co.uk

Marlene Pickford 01761 232774   

27th January 2013

Chilcompton Parish Council Clerk’s retirement

Chilcompton parish councillors said goodbye to long time clerk, Nicky Jarman, last month after 23 years. Nicky is the second longest serving clerk to the council in its 118 year history, the distinction of the longest record going to Mr. J J Pearce, who was clerk between 1894 and 1929.

Parish council chairman, Marlene Pickford, paid tribute to the service Nicky has given to the council and villagers and thanked her for all the help, cheerfully given, over and above her normal duties. Nicky said that she had served for such a long time simply because she enjoyed it.

Former and present councillors presented her with a cheque, flowers and an engraved glass vase at their December meeting.

The new clerk will be Malcolm Rigby, who can be contacted via this website.

Marlene Pickford