and surrounding area

Welcome to our village website, please take a look around.
Our pages are under regular review and frequently updated.

Christmas is coming to Templecombe
Is your festive event listed on the calendar page?
St. Mary's Christmas Tree Festival

In aid of the church restoration fund.


1st Place Christmas Sallies Audrey Riley and Bell Ringers
2nd Place They Also Served Christine & Ian Scott
3rd Place Teddy Bear's Picnic Lin Allison & Kim Stone
Sunday 9th December 2019

£507.90 Has been raised for the church restoration fund.

Click to open
Saint Mary Parish Church

The Blessed Virgin Mary Templecombe
Chruch Wardens:
Mr Jeremy Pratt 01963 371485
Mrs Gemma Shave-Smythies 01963 371555
Click here for more about St. Mary's

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
The Cream Teas
on 5th October raised £189.50
The Beetle Drive
on 17th November raised £200.00

Thank you to all those who supported these events.

We have one defibrillator freely accessible to everyone 24 hours a day. This has been provided kindly and thoughtfully by Thales and is located on the main gate to their business premises in Throop Road (SatNav BA8 0DH).

Easy to follow instructions are with the unit.

Wincanton Fire Station hold training sessions for CPR and defibrillator use. They are free and last about two hours. They advertise their sessions on their Facebook page, numbers are limited and you only have to drop them a message and they confirm if you are on a session.
Community Speed Watch


24th November 2018

We have now been operating for two years. We are a small group of volunteers and our role, under Police supervision and guidelines, is to monitor and report on traffic speeds through our village.

During the time we have been operating we have expended some 480 man hours over 250 sessions monitoring over 70,500 passing vehicles of which 13.6% (many repeat offenders) have been reported to the Police for exceeding the designated speed limits. In the 20mph zone we only report those travelling at 25mph or above and in the 30mph zone only report those travelling at 36mph or over.

It would be nice to say that all those speeding were visitors to the village but unfortunately that is by no means the case!

Hopefully our presence does encourage drivers to slow down and make our village just a little bit safer for everyone.

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

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
United Reformed Church

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

Mrs Helen Coombes 01963 370818
More about Templecombe URC.

CHRISTMAS! Here it comes!

Preparations are underway for the Templecombe Station Christmas Party on Monday 17th December


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
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.

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 Information

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: Westcoast (Convenience) Ltd
Location The Templars Retreat
3 High Street, Templecombe, BA8 0JA
Proposal: Alterations, rear extension and the change of use of existing public house (Use Class A4) to a convenience store (Use Class A1) on ground floor with a residential unit on first floor with associated access and parking.
Received: 11 October 2018
Target: 06 December 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/03332/FUL

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: Mr & Mrs Richard and Lynne Hunt
Location Land Opposite The Orchard
Combe Hill
Proposal: Outline application for the erection of 2 dwellings and construct vehicular access thereto.
Received: 04 October 2018
Target: 29 November 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/03222/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
Proposal: 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 Anderton
Location Land at Templars Farm
Temple Lane, BA8 0JW
Proposal: Diversification to allow campsite with associated infrastructure.
Received: 18 May 2018
SSDC Ref: 18/01597/FUL

Applicant: Mr Brian, Colin & Samantha Pattle
Location Coombe Farm
West Street, Templecombe, BA8 0LG
Proposal: Erection of 4 No. Dwellings and associated garaging
Received: 04 July 2018
Approved 27 November2018
SSDC Ref: 18/02084/FUL



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.