Welcome to our village website for local NEWS and INFORMATION.
please take a look around our pages which are frequently updated.

We would love reader contributions.
Is your business, club or society included? Would you like anything added to the calendar?
email: enquiries@templecombevillage.uk or please visit the Contact Us page.


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Templecombe Village Website

RHS Sunflowers seeds will be shared at no cost between competitors. There are enough seeds for 25 entrants if each has 5 seeds.
First come first serve will apply but any one may enter using other seeds, please just let David know by the end of May. If there are less than 25 requests for seeds these will be shared fairly.
To join in, please use the website contact us page or send an email to david@templecombevillage.uk
Include Sunflower Competition in the subject box.

The seeds may be sown indoors on a bight window sill from late March to April or outside from from May to early June.

These seeds were sent by RHS last year but due to Covid-19 problems they arrived too late for planting. The packaging advises: Sow by June 2021.

Measuring will be late August/early September and photgraphs published on the website.
Sunflower Seeds - How To Grow

(January 2021)

There might not be so many animals out and about to spot at this time of year but with little effort, we can make it an easier season for them.

  • Leave the leaves
  • Finding food
  • Give them shelter
  • Don't forget the water
CPRE - Helping wildlife through the winter


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


If you suspect you have found an Asian Hornet please report it with a photo using the details provided.

Do not disturb an active nest.

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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

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
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
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


Abbas & Templecombe Parish Council

Launched today, Friday 12th February 2021, this exciting and informative website is now live.

Please do check it out.

Abbas & Templecombe Parish Council

Blackmore Vale U3A
February 2021

U3A are continuing to have regular talks on Zoom. The next talk will be Tuesday 2nd March The Century of Deception; Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century by Ian Keable.

This entertaining talk demonstrates how the English in this period were especially gullible and the hoaxes are memorable for their imaginative nature and the motives of the tricksters.

These talks are open to everyone so if you are not a member please contact Susan Kidd on 01963 362107.

Friday January 29th 2021

According to the Missing Pets Bureau as many as 38 per cent of all animals reported lost have actually been stolen and as many as 60 per cent of these are tragically never recovered.

In spite of these startling figures, many dogs are still left tied up outside shops, or in unattended vehicles where they are easily stolen. Once stolen, a dog can be moved many miles in a short space of time so prevention is vital.

Whilst pedigree pets are at the greatest risk due to the cost of purchasing pedigree puppies, non-pedigree dogs can also be at risk as thieves wait for a reward to be offered.

Follow the link below for how to keep your dog safe.

Blue Cross for Pets
How to protect against dog theft

Community Council for Somerset

CCS (Community Council for Somerset) is a leading local charity that works in the heart of Somerset’s communities to inspire and enable positive change.

CCS Village and Community Agents
Village & Community Agents provide confidential, practical community-based solutions for you, wherever you are in Somerset.

Your local CCS Village Agent can be contacted directly, or by referral through your Doctors surgery.

CCS Community Agents can only be contacted by a referral from your doctors or Adult Social Care Services.

Community Buildings Events
During 2021 CCS cwill continuing to offer online "Community Buildings" trainings, workshops, and networking sessions via zoom. Take a look at the events available for the start of 2021.

CCS - About CCS
CCS - Village & Community Agents
CCS - Community Building Events 2021

One Planet Wincanton
Terrific new website now live

One Planet Wincanton is a community group set up by residents of Wincanton and the surrounding area working towards a sustainable future.
One Planet Wincanton


It isn't anti-social
to keep a


Here in and around Templecombe we are so very fortunate to have plenty of open space.

If you go out, stay at least 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.


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: Sergeant Katie Maun, Beat Manager Sara Stephenson, PCSO Jan Sparkes & PCSO 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
If residents don't have access to a computer they can make contact by phoning 101 in a non-emergency situation or 999 in an emergency.

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

07889 659234

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

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

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.

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

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.

Abbas and Templecombe
Primary School

Head Teacher: Mr James Webb

Telephone: 01963 370481
Primary School Web Pages

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


Our Associated Facebook Group.
Somerset Waste Partnership
News and Updates

(Updated 29th January)

All collections start at 6am from Monday 1 February
All household kerbside collections - recycling, rubbish and garden waste - will begin at 6am, rather than the previous 7am, from Monday 1 February. The aim is to step up staff and customer safety while ensuring waste services are maintained despite the continued disruptive pressure of COVID-19 on Somerset's kerbside collections

SWP SORTED! e-newsletter January 2021

Updated 27th February 2021

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.

Full report on the gazette page

Avian influenza (bird flu):
Latest situation.
Avian Influenza Prevention Zone
Government Guidance

When becoming a CoOp member you win and our village wins.

It's simple to join and select a local cause to support.

As a member, when you buy selected Co-Op products and services, 2p for every £1 you spend goes into your Co-Op Membership account. And the same amount is given to support community organisations and local causes.

You can spend the rewards you earn on most things you buy from Co-Op, not just Co-Op products.
CoOp Member Benefits
Become a CoOp Member

Recent Documents Available here
to read or download

Minutes - 08th September Meeting - Draft
Minutes - 11th August Meeting
Minutes - 10th March Meeting
Minutes - 11th February Meeting
Minutes - 29th January Meeting
Minutes - 14th January Meeting
Minutes - 07th January Meeting

South Somerset Community Accessible Transport (CAT bus)

SSCAT are appealing to any business or individual who may be able to offer some financial support either a one-off donation or on-going sponsorship to get in touch on the number below or to use the "donate" button on the website.

SSCAT are a registered charity delivering a local minibus service that fills a void in transport to Wincanton and the surrounding villages. SSCAT help people of all ages who are unable to access service transport, some because they live in isolated rural areas or others who have disabilities which make it impossible for them to use regular public transport.

Jayne McDougall
SSCAT Operations Manager
Tel: 01963 34594
Email: sscatbus@gmail.com
SSCAT Website