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
Annual Parish Council Meeting
At the Annual Parish Council meeting on Wednesday May 5th 2021 David Stevens was elected as Parish Council Chairman for the coming year and Mary Comley was thanked for her work as Parish Council Chairman over the last two years. Janet Jones was re-elected as Parish Council Vice-Chairman and Jayne Cox was appointed as the Parish Council's representative on the Village Hall Trust.
New Play Equipment - Playing Field To Re-Open Saturday
Thanks to the grant of £58,976 from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company (from the Landfill Communities Fund), the Parish Council was able to place an order with Sutcliffe Play South West for new play equipment and installation of the new equipment is now complete. Please note that in order to allow the new turf that has been laid time to bed in the Playing Field will not re-opened until Saturday (May 15th) and the cableway will not be available to use for several weeks yet.
New Play Equipment - Official Opening - Saturday July 17th
The new play equipment will available for use from Saturday May 15th - but the official opening and celebration of the new equipment will be held on Saturday May 17th when coronavirus restrictions should be removed and the weather should be warmer. This will take the form of a bring your own picnic in the Playing Field with some music, the unveiling of plaques and of course the new equipment for children to play on.
The Parish Council are hoping that the children who use the Playing Field will enter a competition to design two plaques to go in the Playing Field, one asking people to "Please look after our Playing Field" and the other reminding people that no dogs are allowed in the Playing Field. The winning designs for each sign will be unveiled as a permanent plaque in the Playing Field at the Official Opening.
More details of the Opening and the Competition to follow.
Coronavirus - Stay Local
The easing of the lockdown restrictions mean you no longer have to stay at home and can meet people outside in groups of six or two households. However you should still:
- keep your distance if you do meet others (at least 2m apart)
- where appropriate wear a face covering
- wash your hands regularly
- stay up to date at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you need help, or know someone who does, please call the Somerset Coronavirus helpline 0300 790 6275. It’s available 8.00am to 6.00pm, including weekends.
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
Meeting of Parish Councillors to Consider Planning Applications
Date: Wednesday 26th May 2021
There will be a meeting of Parish Councillors held remotely via Zoom to consider the planning applications for a tennis court at Rockwells House and alterations to Elm House on Kale Street. (The legislation allowing the Parish Council to meet remote expired on May 7th and the Parish Council is advised not to meet in public until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted on June 21st. The Parish Council has therefore delegated the authority to make decisions to the Clerk for this period and this meeting has been called so that Parish Councillors can "guide" the Clerk in his decision.) The Agenda for the meeting can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page a week before the meeting. Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting, especially if they wish to comment on any of the planning applications, and anyone wanting 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.