and surrounding area

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Traffic Calming and Slades Hill page reflect current controversial issues.

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2018 is looking great for templecombevillage.uk

Following enquires and concerns expressed by this website the planned closure of Church Hill will now take place on Tuesday 30th October NOT Monday 22nd October as was originally scheduled.

Concerns were expressed regarding school access, Thales access, and both property and business access in School Lane and Throop Road.
The work has now been re-scheduled to the half term week to minimise school disruption. We are told that Highways are in discussion with Thales and I have been assured access (subject to delay) to School Lane and Throop Road will be available from the Horsington (north) end of the road works.

The suggested diversion is many miles in length via Henstridge, Milborne Port and Charlton Horethorne.

The work extends from Station Road, under the railway bridge and 90 meters up Church Hill. It's likely turning cars, vans and lorries during the day will cause disruption both in the High Street and on Slades Hill.

The work is due to start at 8:45am and continue until completion.

From the emails I received from Country Roads - SSDC.

Hi David,
The works will now be in the Oct school half term week, likely the 30th Oct to be confirmed by the legal road closure order, and access for Thales is being discussed with them from the North direction on the A357.

Thankyou for bringing this to our attention.

Kind regards, John

Hi David,
In considering your points and on being made aware of the proposed works/date by the contractor I discussed the works with them, it was not unreasonable to re-arrange the works date and road closure having checked with all works streams and coordination departments, so it was changed.

If another form of traffic management was suitable then this will have been implemented but on this occasion a road closure deemed as required. The works will be for one day, as stated on the order, the works will commence approx. 08:45 to allow for the general morning A357 traffic and access to Throop Rd. Reasonable access will also be maintained to Throop Rd from the Horsington direction for residents, businesses and deliveries but delays are to be expected.

The signed diversion route is a route deemed suitable in respect to the normal traffic use of the road being closed, in this case an A road therefore a suitable A road route is required. It is likely that SatNav and local knowledge will mean that this diversion is not always followed but it is the approved route never the less.

Kind regards, John

We are of course grateful to John for minimising the difficulties villagers and road users will experience on the day.
Local Banking

Lloyds Bank and NatWest Bank are providing mobile banking services in Wincanton
Both in Memorial Hall Car Park

Thursday 9 :40 to 10 :25

Monday 9 :30 to 11 :00
Tuesday 9 :30 to 12 :45
Wednesday 1 :00 to 15 :00

Westcombe Stores (Post Office)
Mon-Fri 9 :00 to 17 :30
Saturday 9 :00 to 12 :30
Cheques can be paid in here and at other post offices. They take one additional day to clear. Cash can be withdrawn upto the the cardholders daily ATM limit.
These are Post Office opening times.
The shop is open for longer hours and 7 days a week
Saint Mary Parish Church

The Blessed Virgin Mary Templecombe

Click here for more about St. Mary.

St Mary's Church Restoration Fund

The Christmas Fayre
on 2nd December raised £775.00
The Parish Lunch
on 18th February raised £182.32
The Bailey Hillbillies' Evening
on 10th March raised £218.20

Piggy Racing Evening
on 14th April raised £516.02
Worlds Apart Talk
on 12th May raised £103.60
Ladies' Choir Concert
on 24th June raised £317.19
Book Stall at School & Village Fete
raised £173.75
The Parish BBQ
on 2nd September raised £156.00

Thank you to all those who supported these events.
Out and About


Lots of common sense information but well worth a read and a reminder.

Open or download your copy here
Sticky Fingers Pre-School

We are a charity preschool run by a Committee. We are always looking for people to join and support with fundraising & help in the running of the preschool to maintain success and keep it an outstanding setting.
Sticky Fingers Website.

You do not have to be attached to the preschool, so if you're willing to give some of your time to Stickys, and if you feel you can bring some value such as fundraising ideas, or business knowledge to our committe team, please send us a message and get in touch.

email: stickyfingersps@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07742 895967
Abbas and Templecombe
Primary School

Head Teacher: Mr James Webb
Primary School Web Pages

Telephone: 01963 370481

Clubs & Societies

Templecombe has many active clubs and societies reflecting a wide range of skills and interests.

The "GET TO KNOW YOUR VILLAGE" event at the Village Hall on Saturday 7th October 2017 was very well represented and attended. We extend a very big "thank you" to the organisers. This was a great opportunity to find out what goes on in Templecombe, much of which has been added to these pages.

Community Speed Watch

(Message from the Speed Watch team)

Over the past ten months you have probably seen us, in our yellow vests, at various sites around the village. We are a very small group of local residents, all volunteers, (new recruits always welcome) and part of the South Somerset Community Speedwatch Group, trained by and working to guidelines set out by the Police. Our role, as volunteers, is to monitor the amount of traffic flowing through the village and report, without fear or favour, those breaking the speed limits. We have no control over any other traffic problems, such as parking or issues with the 'build outs'.

We only report back to the Police those travelling at over 25mph. & above in the designated 20mph zone and those travelling at over 36mph & above in the designated 30mph zone. Unfortunately ONE in NINE drivers travelling through the village choose to exceed the lawful limits! And of those some 3% are regular offenders! And that is only during the limited times that we are able to monitor.

If you would like to know more about how to volunteer for this community service please send an email to: clerk@abbasandtemplecombepc.org.uk
Recreation Ground

Managed by the Parish Council, the area boasts two full-size football pitches (Sports Club/Community Association) and tennis courts which are available at low rates to hire.
Please contact the council clerk for details:

Please help keep the Recreation Ground
litter and graffiti free
To find out more or to book
a ride. Tel: 01963 33864
CAT Website


Please see our IN BLOOM page for more information.

or check out the reaction in our associated Facebook group.

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 the website below. Please phone 0300 123 2224 if you require a paper application form or further advice.
Somerset School Admissions


Line closures and changes to services between Crewkerne and Exeter are planned between Saturday 15th September and Saturday 10th November.

This will include cancellations to and from Waterloo. Also some trains will not stop at Templecombe and other stations as usual.

The details are many and quite likely subject to change. They are far too numerous to list here and could also become out of date and misleading so they will not be listed on this page.

If you are planning to travel by rail between these dates please check with South Western Railway or follow the link provided below.
Click here for SWR information.

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

This service receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies on the generosity of the public for support.

Read about our local Air Ambulance.

Delays and Diversions

With so many travel disruptions and tempporary road closures appearing accross the couny. If your journey is time critcal, you can check out your planned route here.

Check Current and Planned Situations Here.

Tempus Fugit

At Templecombe railway station. Tempus Fugit (Time Flies), is both a sculpture and sundial. The bronze statue is of a railwayman consulting the British Rail timetable, some of the pages of which have blown away and landed on the grass.

The statue forms the gnomon (part of a sundial that casts a shadow) of the sundial; the pages on the ground mark the hours.

Discover South Somerset

Discovering rural England at its best couldn't be easier thanks to South Somerset District Council's free visitors guide, Discover South Somerset.

The free 44 paged A5 guide is full of places to visit, many free, from local countryside sites to attractions and includes some of the great range of food and drink companies in the area. There is also a handy map, calendar of local events and list of produce markets.

Open or download your copy here.

Parish Council

For Parish Council News and Documents please visit our Parish Council Website

The Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the village hall.
Parish Council Website

email: clerk@abbasandtemplecombepc.org.uk
Local Community Policing

Our local community Police Officers are: Sergeant Andrew Whelpton, PC Stefan Edwards, PCSO John Winfield & PCSO Thelma Mead.

It is recommended that if a local resident has a question or query they log on to the website: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and from the home page click on 'your area'. If residents don't have access to a computer they can contact us by phoning 101 in a non-emergency situation or 999 in an emergency.

For non-urgent or other than crime reporting enquiries PCSO John Winfield is happy to be contacted directly: john.winfield@avonandsomerest.pnn.police.uk
07889 659245

There is also a notebook kept in Westcombe Stores where messages can be left for PCSO John Winfield.

Our local Police station is Wincanton Police Station,
Churchfields, Churchfield, Wincanton, BA9 9AG.
The office is open Monday - Friday 10-6
with a closure for lunch between 1:30 - 2:15
Poor Roads

If SCC Highways are not aware of a problem we can't expect them to fix it.

There is a very easy to use form on their website for letting them know about "A Problem On The Highway". This includes pavements

The form allows for all sorts of damage to be reported including road markings, hedges, drains, graffiti and all the usual issues which can cause concern.

Click here to report any damage

Village Profile & Statistics

SSDC have made available summary information, from the 2011 census, about our village and other towns & villages in the region.

Abbas & Templecombe Profile Statistics
Cucklington Profile Statistics
Henstridge Profile Statistics
Horsington Profile Statistics
Wincanton Profile Statistics

Look here for a full list of towns and villages where
summary census statistics have been made available.

United Reformed Church

High Street, Templecombe.
Services: Every Sunday 11:00am unless otherwise stated.
More about Templecombe URC.

Templecombe Village Hall
School Lane Templecombe

Rates of Hire: The hire of the hall is split into sessions. Morning,afternoon and evening. The current rate is £15.00 per session (£20.00 to include heating).
The hall does have a starter rate of £8.00 (£10.00 to include heating) for organisiations/groups that only want the hall for a short time.

To book the hall please contact the booking secretary:-
Tina Chapman 01963 370527 email: chap.mans@hotmail.co.uk

Recycling & Household Waste

Our local SSDC recycling center is at Castle Cary

Additional Informaation

Face Book

Our new FaceBook Group.

Current local applications of significance or general interest currently being processed by SSDC planning department.

Click on details to open the SSDC notice.

Applicant: Thales UK
Location Slades Hill
Proposal: Erection of manufacturing building (Use Class B2) and associated development including construction phase access/roadway (temporary), car park/yard area, perimeter security fencing, external plant, and landscaping works.
Received: 03 September 2018
Target: 03 December 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/02738/FUL

Applicant: Thales UK
Location Slades Hill
Proposal: Outline application for residential development comprising up to 70 dwellings and associated open space, landscaping works and area for school expansion, together with new access and drainage infrastructure.)
Received: 03 September 2018
Target: 03 December 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/02739/OUT

Applicant: Lawsh One Ltd
Location Throop Road
Knights Templar Court Nursing Home
Proposal: Demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of 19 No. dwellings with associated access and parking (outline application)
Received: 22 February 2018
Target: 18 June 2018
Committee: 21 August 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/00650/OUT

Applicant: Chris Hays-Cushman And Wakefield
for Thales
Location Slades Hill
Templecombe, BA8 0HE
Request: Request for screening opinion for mixed development of land, incorporating up to 70 dwellings and general industrial floorspace along with associated parking and landscaping.
Received: 03 July 2018
Decision: 18 July 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/02114/EIASS

Applicant: Mr Brian, Colin & Samantha Pattle
Location Coombe Farm
West Street, Templecombe, BA8 0LG
Request: Erection of 4 No. Dwellings and associated garaging
Received: 04 July 2018
Target: 29 Augult 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/02084/FUL


Photographed inside Milborne Port Surgery
Thursday 23rd August 2018




We need all the bottle tops we can collect
Following on from the great successes during 2018 more tops are needed for art illustrations at school and in the village. We will also disassemble some art work so the tops can be reused. All shapes are wanted, metal or plastic.

Tops can be left at the school or if you send an email to Julie Carr she will arrange a collection.