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The present Civil Parish of Winscombe and Sandford is a combination of the ancient ecclesiastical Parish of Winscombe and areas surrounding the former hamlets of Barton, Oakridge, Sandford, Sidcot and Woodborough. The parish has a population of about 4500 and covers approximately six square miles of countryside on the western edge of Somerset's Mendip Hills.

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Parish Council Office Opening Hours

From 5th March 2014, the office will be open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday although you may contact the Clerk outside these hours by telephone or appointment. The weekly Police Surgery will take place on a Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon


Notice of annual audit of accounts for the year ending 31st March 2014

By law, any person interested has the right to inspect the parish council accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections then you (or your representative) also have the right to ask the appointed auditor questions about the councilís accounts or object to an item of account contained within them. A notice containing the required audit information can be found on our notice-boards in the parish or here:

Councillor Vacancy Ė to be filled by Co-Option Due the resignation of Gavin Rider, a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council. PUBLIC elections are due to be held in May 2015 but for the interim period, election to the Parish Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Parish Councillors and the vacancy will be filled at the council meeting on 28th April 2014.


New opening hours for Winscombe Library

Visitors to Winscombe Library are to benefit from extended opening hours thanks to the support of volunteers. From April, the library will open every Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 5pm following a recent public consultation about opening hours.  Results of the survey, which saw 55% of respondents voice their support for this proposal, can be viewed online at  Due to lower usage, the library will also close at 6pm every Friday instead of 6.30pm. Changes take effect from 1 April, and the library will be open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm; Fridays 10am to12.30pm and 1.30 to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering at their local library can contact 01934 426 657 or visit for more information about the opportunities available. To see the NSC press release please visit:




New Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at the Recreation Ground

The Parish Council, Winscombe Cricket, Football, Rugby and Tennis clubs & NSC Strawberry Line have all contributed to the cost of installing a PAD at the Recreation Ground for community use. The PAD has been installed to the front of the Cricket Clubhouse at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, clearly visible from the car park area. The defibrillator unit housed in the external green cabinet is built specifically for laypeople to use who may not have had any training.

It is intended that this unit, along with the PAD located outside Thatchers Cider Offices on Station Road Sandford will further safeguard those living, working and using recreational facilities in our parish against the risk that the Emergency Services may take more time to arrive than the precious few minutes you have to restart a heart after a Cardiac Arrest has occurred.


Churchill Sports Centre Did you know that:

*They are holding an open day on Saturday July 19th. There will be taster sessions of adults and childrenís activities.

*Throughout May they are offering free family tennis on 4 tennis courts

*They offer free swimming to expectant Mumís and those with young babies. In addition to this children under 4 swim free. Under 5ís toddler swimming is Tuesdays 2 Ė 3pm.



A calendar of Parish Council & Committee meetings in 2014 can be found by clicking on the following link:



Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found by clicking here:



Can we improve communication from the Parish Council to Shopkeepers and other business people?

If you would like to receive, via email, dates and agendas for any of the Parish Council meetings, or other information which may affect you, or be of use to you, please contact Lynne Rampton our Parish Clerk with your email address.† Tel 01934 844257.†




Last updated 16th April 2014



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