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Westcombe Stores
Updated 31st January

The Post Office inside the shop is temporarily closed

The PO advises:
Regrettably, following the resignation of the postmaster the above service closed temporarily on Monday 28 November 2022.

Post Office Notice

The Post Office
is now expected to re-open mid-February

The shop is open as usual
Mon to Fri 7:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 7:00am to 5:00pm

updated 25th November 2022

High Street - Templecombe
Works Ref: LG210YAYE57321


The ongoing delays in dealing with this remain very frustrating to us all.

A Somerset County Council meeting was held on 16th November to further determine progress and options.

SCC legal are now drafting formal HSA1980 (Highways Act 1980) notices which will be supported by the options the report carried out by SCC. The notice will be served to the legal representatives of the affected land/wall where ownership is known and those that maybe affected, dependent on the Land Registry determination. SCC Highways will be instructing what action they are required to take and within what timescales. Failure to meet the actions and timescales will result in SCC being able to instruct works and recover full costs from doing so. It is expected the HA1980 S167 will be issued by Mid Dec 2022.

The Scottish and Southern Energy region manager is now aware of the leaning pole and will be investigating to action any works required and will make an update available soon.

The Highways department met with the residents on 18th November and the situation was discussed. Further information is now waited for from SCC legal on the matter regarding ownership. However an agreement in principle was made whereby a quote from a contractor for a minor repair to the small section, where some stones have slipped out. This does not form an acceptance that the wall on this side is SCC responsibility, as that is still to be determined, but this is in considering a 'whole' solution without further delays and to be able to open the road fully to traffic in conjunction with any works to the West side.

SCC Highways are aware of the disruption this is causing and are seeking to resolve the matter as soon as is reasonably practicable. It is hoped but not certain that the road can be operating as normal again early 2023 but final design will be dependent on the outcome of the HA1980 notice/options report.
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

Recent Documents Available here
to read or download

Meeting 10th January 2023
Agenda - Monthly Council Meeting

Draft Minutes
Monthly Meeting 10.01.2023
Annual Parish Council Meeting 10.05.22
Annual Parish Meeting 12.04.22

Meeting Minutes
Draft Minutes
Monthly Meeting 13.12.22
Monthly Meeting 08.11.22
Monthly Meeting 11.10.22
Monthly Meeting 09.08.22
Monthly Meeting 12.07.22
Monthly Meeting 14.06.22
Monthly Meeting 10.05.22
Monthly Meeting 12.04.22

No 58 Through Templecombe

From 31st october 2022

Mon - Fri


Timetable - Monday to Friday
Timetable - Saturday

February 2023

Across the country there are varying tiers of local government.

Somerset will become a unitary authority in April 2023. Here in Templecombe we have a lower tier, Abbas and Templecombe Parish Council.

Council Tier Responsibilites


A photo album has been created of photos taken while out on local walks an dat local events.

More walks will be added as frequently as possible.

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.
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

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.

Abbas and Templecombe
Primary School

Head Teacher: Mr James Webb

Telephone: 01963 370481
Primary School Web Pages

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

Recycling & Household Waste

Our local SSDC recycling centre is at Castle Cary

Additional Information



Collections Calendar - Print or download
Search your own SWP calendar

(7th February 2023)

Combe Hill

Wed 8th February
Thu 9th February 2023

Somerset County Council
Planned Hedge Trimming

Ref: LG210YBE1809
(29th January 2023)


Tue 31st January
Fri 10th February 2023

Somerset County Council
To undertake footway reconstruction works

Ref: LG210YBYE3010
£2 Fare Cap - First Bus, Somerset
from 1st January - 31st March 2023

From 1st January 2023 as part of the UK Government initiative and Help for Households, there will be a maximum price of £2.00 for a single journey on the bus, and £4.00 for a return.

In Somerset, all routes are included in the scheme.

Both Adult & Child single fares will be capped at £2.00, and returns £4.00.

For further information on this Government initiative, please click here.

Summary statistics are beginning to become available from the 2021 census. More stats at local parish level are expected early next year (2023)

The available figures show a 6.1% population increase in our village over the previous ten years

2021 2011 2001
United Kingdom 59,597,300 56,075,912 58,789,194
Abbas & Templecombe 1656 1560 1462

Source local document

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:
Updated 9th January 2023

  • Neighbourhood Constable PC Tom Bidwell
  • PCSO 8129 Daniel Humphrey
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.

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

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
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.

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

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 £20.00 per session (£25.00 to include heating).

The hall does have a starter rate of £12.00 (£15.00 to include heating) for organisiations/groups that only want the hall for one hour.

The use of the kitchen is included except there is an additional charge of £10.00 for the use of the cookers.

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