Welcome to the Batcombe Parish Council Website
The Parish Council's website is continually being developed and will gradually provide more information about the parish of Batcombe, local organisations, news and events - as well as those documents the Parish Council is required to publish.
BATCOMBE is a parish in the east of Somerset between Frome and Shepton Mallet, which consists of the villages of Batcombe and Westcombe together with a number of outlying hamlets and farmsteads. At the centre of the parish lies St Mary's Church with its magnificent 16th century tower, the Three Horseshoes pub, and a community centre consisting of the award-winning Jubilee Hall and the Old School Rooms. (To learn more about the Jubilee Hall and Old School Rooms click on the link to the Village Hall Trust website.)
News about BATCOMBE
Remote Parish Council Meeting
The Parish Council will be holding a remote Parish Council meeting on Thursday 9th July at 7.30pm to consider planning applications for a tennis court in the field next to Rockwells House and for a tennis court and swimming pool at Lower Eastcombe Farm. The meeting will consider a number of other items including the details of the proposed new play equipment for the Playing Field in preparation for making a grant application.
The Agenda can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page and other meeting papers from the Meeting Papers page. The meeting will held on Zoom which is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer with a webcamera. Local residents are welcome to join the meeting and to speak at the discretion of the Chairman. Joining instructions are available from the Clerk.
Anyone unable to attend the Zoom meeting may meet Parish Council representatives for an informal 'drop-in' on Monday 6th July from 7.30pm - 9.00pm in the marquee in the Three Horseshoes garden (many thanks to Kav for allowing this as the pub will be closed on Monday). If attending the drop-in please ensure no more than six people are gathered at any one time and maintain social distancing.
Playing Field to Re-Open
The Government have announced that outdoor playgrounds can re-open from Saturday July 4th and so the Parish Council have decided to re-open the Playing Field from that date. The annual safety inspection revealed rot in the main supports for the zipwire so that item has been immobilised. Anyone using the remaining play equipment or the gate into the Playing Field should take particular care to clean their hands after use and avoid touching their face. Children should be supervised carefully to maintain good hygiene and should not use the play equipment if they have any signs or symptoms of coronavirus.
The Parish Council does not have the staff available to clean the equipment or the gate between users and so users and parents are advised to clean the equipment themselves before use and to bring hand sanitiser to clean their and their children's hands after use. Users are reminded of the need for social distancing and parents should note that they allow their children to use the Playing Field at their own risk.
Coronavirus - Stay Alert, Stay Safe
Please follow the government advice to stay alert and stay safe. This means you should:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2m apart where possible)
- where appropriate wear a face covering
- wash your hands regularly
Anyone displaying symptoms (a high temperature, a persistant cough or a loss of the sense of smell or taste) should self-isolate for 7 days and the rest of their household for 14 days. Those self-isolating because they or a member of their household are displaying symptoms should not leave home for any reason.
A local support group for residents of Batcombe has been set up to help those who are self-isolating with shopping, collecting prescriptions, etc. If you have not received a leaflet with the telephone numbers of the organisers and need help, please contact the Clerk who will put you in touch.
To keep up to date with the latest information visit the NHS website. Further advice can be found on the gov.uk website and the latest information from the County Council - with more useful links - can be found on the Somerset County Council website.
Events in BATCOMBE
Batcombe Virtual Show
Date: Saturday 1st August
As the Annual Show cannot be held in the Jubilee Hall this year, the Horticultural Society have decided to hold a Virtual Show. Details of Classes and how to enter can be found in the Schedule below.
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June Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday June 4th
Place: The Old School, Batcombe
Description: The monthly Parish Council meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Agenda and Minutes of previous meetings can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page a week before the meeting.
Find out more about parish events.