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
New Play Equipment - Update
Great news! The Parish Council has accepted the offer of a grant of £58,976 from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company from the Landfill Communities Fund to provide a wide range of much needed new play equipment in the Playing Field. Many thanks to every one who took the time to write a letter of support to demonstrate the community support for the project and to all those who helped raise or donated funds towards the project.
The Parish Council plans to involve local residents in the choice between the three quotes we have received for the new equipment, although the lockdown has made this more difficult. More details to follow after our December meeting. We hope to place an order in January which would mean the new equipment being installed in March or April.
Playing Field to Remain Open
Under the new lockdown restrictions, playgrounds do not have to close and so the Playing Field will remain open during November. Anyone using the 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:
- 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
December Parish Council Meeting
Date: Wednesday 2nd December
The December Parish Council meeting will be held remotely via Zoom and the Agenda and Minutes can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page. Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting and anyone wishing to do so should contact the Clerk for further details.
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.