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
Recycling Centres Re-opened
11 of Somerset's recycling centres, including Frome, have re-opened from Monday May 11th. The centres will be open 9.00am to 6.00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Access will be one in, one out and an odd/even number plate system will work. For details of this and other restrictions see the Somerset Waste Partnership website.
Refuse and Recycling Collections
Please note that, because of the Spring Bank Holiday on May 25th, the collection that would have taken Friday May 29th will take place on Saturday May 30th.
Coronavirus - Stay Alert, Stay Safe
Please follow the government advice to stay alert and stay safe. You should only leave home for the following reasons: essential shopping and collecting medicines for your household or for those who are self-isolating; work that cannot be done at home; and daily exercise. You can use tennis courts and golf courses, have a picnic or visit a garden centre, but should stay two metres away from anyone not in your household and wash your hands when you get home. You can also meet with one person not in your household outdoors provided you remain two metres apart.
Anyone displaying symptoms (a high temperature or a persistant cough) 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.
Playing Field Closed
Although some restrictions have been relaxed by the Government, playgrounds remain closed due to the risk of transmitting the virus on play equipment - and so the Playing Field remains closed. We know this will be disappointing to many in the parish, but would ask all residents respect the restrictions that have been introduced in an attempt to save lives. If one group ignores the restrictions, it encourages others to do so as well. Please note that no safety inspections will be undertaken during the period the Playing Field is closed.
Events in BATCOMBE
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, all events in the Jubilee Hall and the Old School have been cancelled or postponed. Public worship in the Church has also been suspended and the Church closed.
Residents are asked to follow the guidance for social distancing and keep at least 2 metres away from everyone except members of your own household.
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.