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SCHOOL LANE (Plesseys Road)
Updated Tuesday 27th July 2021

We are now at Phase 6 of the ongoing works to provide electical power to the new Thales manufacturing unit on Slades Hill

This work is expected to continue until Friday 30th July.

PHASE 6 of works
  • Plessey Road (USRN 36609818)
  • 45 metres of excavation - footway

  • Manned Traffic Lights peak hours, 4 way traffic lights

  • 87 metres of excavation - footway and carriageway
  • Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July
updated 27th June 2021

Stowell Hill & Cabbage Lane
Updated 14.07.2021
19th July to 30th July 2021.
26th July to 6th August 2021.
24 hours - all day
Wessex Water to do water main replacement.

Ref: ttro456209SS
Notice: SCC-Stowell Hill & Cabbage Lane

Stowell Hill
17th August to 19th August 2021.
07:00am to 3:30pm daily
Wessex Water to carry out interim to permanent reinstatement works.

Ref: ttro451802SS
Notice: SCC-Stowell Hill

Lower Road, Horsington
13th September to 17th September 2021.
24 hours - all day
Barden Network Engineering to install new fibre cabling on behalf of BT.

Ref: ttro457529SS
Notice: Not found

High Street & Church Hill A357
Monday 20th September 2021.
07:30am to 17:30pm
Milestone Infrastructure to carry out patching works.

Ref: ttro4583345SS
Notice: Not found



6th July 2021



Collections Calendar - Print or download
Search your own SWP calendar


A new album is being created of photos taken while out on local walks.

More walks will be added during the coming weeks.

Photo Album Walks


Avon and Somerset Police

An informative leaflet about how speeding regulations are enforced in our area

Please drive safely and carefully along our often busy and congested roads.

Your Questions Answered

Saint Mary Parish Church

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Revd Kevin Rogers 01963 363832
Chruch Wardens:
Mr Julian Kiddle 01963 371395
Mrs Gemma Shave-Smythies 01963 371555
Click here for more about St. Mary's
St. Mary's on Facebook


We now have two defibrillators freely accessible to everyone 24 hours a day.

One has been privately and very kindly donated to our village in loving memory of Jessie Benjafield.

The defibrillator is located on the wall of the Sports and Social Club near the secure area and facing the children's play area.

The other has been provided 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 both units.

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.
Abbas & Templecombe
Circular Walk

A terrific way to explore our nearby countryside.

The full circle will take 4 to 5 hours. You can of course join or leave the route at various places.

Written & Walked by Peter Andrew 2014
Click to Open or Download booklet

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
Recycling & Household Waste

Our local SSDC recycling centre is at Castle Cary

Additional Information

To find out more or to book a ride:

Tel: 01963 33864
CAT Website

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
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.

United Reformed Church

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

Mrs Helen Coombes 01963 370818
More about Templecombe URC.
Community Council for Somerset

CCS works to support community groups, organisations and individuals in Somerset. There is a fantastic and dedicated team of local professional advisers. CSS takes pride in offering independent and impartial advice. A wide variety of services are covered.
Visit the website and see all the work and projects

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 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

Covid-19 Restrictions Apply
subject to government guidelines

Abbas and Templecombe
Primary School

Head Teacher: Mr James Webb

Telephone: 01963 370481
Primary School Web Pages

Discover South Somerset

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

The free 76 page 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.

Visitor Guide 2020
Visitor Map

From the limited information available this appears to be A357
17th July 2021

Monday 19th July
to Friday 10th September

Trafic control
(multi-way signals)


Works by: Wessex Water
Works Ref: PG302BM281_01_1_2

Once again available information is minimal
I have asked the SCC Highways department if than can be more helpful to enable me to notify local residents.

we regret we are unable to manage individual requests for information due to the limited resources at our disposal. ( It would set a precedent and we would anticipate further information requests adding to our already heavy workload).


21st July 2021

Three weeks after its launch, the service is starting to bed-in, but we are very aware that it has been introduced at a time of disruption and significant pressure on our collections. This has made it harder to deliver a smooth launch of the new service.

We apologise for that and understand that there may be some frustration among residents. We would ask that people bear with us through this difficult period and not lose sight of the environmental benefits of the services. The disruption to collections is temporary, those benefits are permanent.

We expect to be able to provide figures for extra recycling collected in South Somerset in the next and final Recycle More Messenger.
Messenger Edition 5 - 21st July 2021
Messenger Edition 4 - 23rd June 2021
Messenger Edition 3 - 1st June 2021
Messenger Edition 2 - 13th May 2021
Messenger Edition 1 - 20th April 2021


3rd July 2021

SWP attempt to explain the recent and ongoing difficulties with this briefing document issued Friday 2nd July.

  • Collection performance – reliability of collections has improved, but there are still serious issues, especially with the return times for missed collections.

  • SUEZ is taking significant action to address the staffing issues, bringing in temporary staff and investing in recruitment and retention. Similar issues are being seen in many other waste services across the region and the country.

  • Recycle More has launched in South Somerset and customer survey responses show considerable support for the new service in Mendip.

  • For the foreseeable future residents are asked to put their waste out for collection by 6am at the latest.

Read the Full Update Document

What goes Where
Thursday 1st July 2021

Click image to open



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

Open or download
The Country Code

We are very fortunate to live amongst such wonderful South Somerset countryside.

With young lambs and calves soon appearing it is very important we all follow The Countryside Code when out and about.

The Countryside code has been updated for 2021. More detail will be included as it becomes available.
Please Click the images below to open a summary leaflet.

Abbas & Templecombe Parish Council

Launched Friday 12th February 2021, this exciting and informative website is now live.
Please do check it out.

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

email: clerk@abbasandtemplecombepc.org.uk

Abbas & Templecombe Parish Council


All quarterly publications
September 2003 to June 2018

Open the full list of Newsletters to read or download.

Archived Newsletters

Local Community Policing

Our local community Police Officers are:

  • Beat Manager PC Stefan Edwards
  • PCSO 6227 Will Mortimer
  • PCSO 7467 Timothy Russell.
It is recommended that if a local resident has a question or query they log on to the website local area page: Avon & Somerset Police - Rural East

To report directly to the police please use 101 in a non-emergency situation or 999 in an emergency.

If reports are made via 101 then the call is logged and units can be dispatched if available. Names of the callers are not given to any offenders.

For non-urgent or other than crime reporting enquiries
PCSO Will Mortimer is happy to be contacted directly:

07874 893743

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

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
Local Banking
(Details last amended 09.10.2020)

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

Due to Coronavirus restrictions verifying mobile banking days and times has become difficult. Please check with your bank for current information.

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 BANKING times.
The shop is open for longer hours and 7 days a week
South Somerset - What's on

Visit the website

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.

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.

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.


Our Associated Facebook Group.
The Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers have created an amazing cookery book crammed full with children's favourite recipes.

This fund raising publication is available for just £5.00

Christine Tully will deliver a copy if you live within the Templecombe area. Payment can be by cash or bank transfer, just ask for the bank details.

Christine can be contacted by email: christine.tully@hotmail.com.

Copies are also available at:
  • Bridge Fish & Chip Shop
  • Westcombe Stores
  • CoOp Templecombe
  • Jasmine & Bay
Somerset Waste Partnership
News and Updates

14th July 2021

Welcome to the latest SORTED! on how to reduce, reuse, recycle
Great news this month with our latest annual Recycling Tracker report on the first-use location of every tonne that you recycle, from the 100% that is recycled and 97.8% that stays in the UK to the destinations of metals, glass, paper and plastic, plus the garden waste and food waste that never leave Somerset.

SWP SORTED! e-newsletter July 2021


Readers have been sending in pictures of local rainbows.

These are now here to see on their own dedicated page.
Templecombe Rainbows

Recent Documents Available here
to read or download

Meeting 13th July 2021
Draft Minutes - Monthly Meeting

Meeting 18th May 2021
Minutes - Monthly Meeting
Minutes - Annual Parish Meeting
Minutes - Annual Parish Council Meeting
Chairmans Report 2021

Minutes - 8th Sep 2020 Meeting

The Countryside Code 2021