To the Parish of Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone.
The Parish lies in the heart of the West Country, in an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich in history, nestled between the Quantock Hills and Bristol Channel to the north and Exmoor to the west.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, we hope this site will be informative and help you to enjoy your stay.

News & Events

View the latest news items in the News Page. Upcoming events are displayed in the event agenda on the right hand side and in the Event Calendar.

Latest News

Paddocks, Bishops Lydeard

Drainage work at the Paddock in Bishops Lydeard

Fisher and Dean will be commencing works on Monday 22nd August 2016. 

The first day they will be doing some investigative works for the drainage… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Village Flower Show 2016

The links below are to the schedule and entry form for this year's Bishops Lydeard Flower Show which is being held on Saturday 16 July from 14:30 to 16:45.

Flower Show Schedule

Flower Show Entry Form

The Parish Lengthsman

Last year Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Parish Council became one of the growing number of parish authorities to use a little of their funds to re-create a historic role. In times gone by… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Stitchers and Makers

Bishops Lydeard Stitchers and Makers hosted their annual May Day Tea at the Village Hall on 2nd May. Despite it being a very wet day, the event was very well supported.

As well as everyone… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Over 55's Friendly Club

Magical Mystery Tour

Our first trip of the Summer Coach Tour season was the annual 'Mystery' visit. Boarding the coach we were welcomed and as we eagerly waited to be told our destination, we… Read more »

Notes from a Parish Councillor

Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday 11th May

The most important news to report this month is the result of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Referendum.am delighted to advise that the NP was accepted… Read more »

Royal British Legion (Women’s Section)

We had our usual meeting at the Church Centre. The Group meetings we used to have in March have been discontinued in this area owing to closures. The secretary was absent from the meeting so Mrs… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Almshouses 400th Anniversary Celebrations

Visit the Almshouses! A £1 entrance fee entitles you to:

  • Tour the allotments, and have a look around an Almshouse;
  • Enjoy the communal gardens and see the walled shrubbery;
  • Read more »

Annual Parochial Church meetings

St. Mary’s Bishops Lydeard
At the recent Annual Parochial Church meeting, at St. Mary’s, we welcomed Sandra Samuelson as a new Churchwarden and Margaret Gover as PCC Treasurer. Thank you to… Read more »

From your Rector: Revd. Matthew Tregenza

Through a glass darkly “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1… Read more »

West Somerset Railway Association Station Jottings

Further to the rail improvements that I mentioned in the last station jottings, over the week when the railway was not running immediately after the last weekend of the Spring Steam Gala, the… Read more »

Press Release Regarding Delay to Roundabout


Parish to press Somerset County Council for an independent inquiry as to the delay in constructing a roundabout at the junction of the A358 and Station Road, Bishops Lydeard.  … Read more »

The British Hen Welfare Trust

Coffee morning in aid of the British Hen Welfare Trust

As part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, I
am raising money for my chosen charity – The British
Hen Welfare Trust. Every year… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Ward Local Produce Market

Last month I reported that Bishops Lydeard Ward Local Produce Market would be commencing on Saturday 7th May. Since then, the works at the Village Hall have begun and we have decided to defer… Read more »

Village Agent

What is a Village Agent?

Village Agents put residents in touch with services they did not know existed. We offer a free, confidential service, helping residents to use services they did not… Read more »

Lydeard House Open Garden 2016

Lydeard House Garden Opening 19th June 2016
Last year in May I wrote in Fiveways magazine about the forthcoming garden opening in June 2015 to raise money for the National Garden Scheme and… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Village Flower Boxes

The Flower Boxes in Church Street were installed in 2012 at the time of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and have been funded by generous donations from local businesses, groups and individuals.… Read more »

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