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 Announcements

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Neighbourhood Plan is now at the statutory consultation stage of its development.  For the next six weeks (from 22nd June until 4th August) there is an… Read more »

Parish Council Vacancies

Following the 2015 Parish Council elections, casual vacancies have arisen on the Parish Council. If you are interested or would like further information about filling a vacancy and becoming a… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Annual Parish Meeting

Will be held in the Village Hall, Bishops Lydeard on Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 7pm


  1. Chair’s report
  2. Comments and questions from members of the public
  3. Presentation of Annual… Read more »

Latest News

St Agnes Holy Well, Cothelstone

Community Life Design CIC would like to invite members of the local community to share any stories or folklore about the Grade II* listed St. Agnes Holy Well in Cothelstone.

Community Life… Read more »

A Royal Visit

I am a squirrel and, luckily, I married a squirrel because we both seem to hold onto things for years, which would probably prove most annoying to non-squirrels.  Looking through a box of old… Read more »

New Fiveways Editor

I should introduce myself.  I arrived in Bishops Lydeard in April last year having spent the last four decades on the flat lands of the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, mostly living in… Read more »

Get Up to Speed

Get Up to Speed are delivering a free workshop ‘Get Connected’ in Bishops Lydeard Village Hall on Thursday 3rd September at 6.00pm until 8.30pm. If you would like to book a place or would like… Read more »

FIVEWAYS / Bishops Lydeard Primary School Creative Writing Competition 2015

We have again held the annual Creative Writing competition with the village school and this year’s challenge was poetry. We had poems of  varied topics but the clear winner this year was Lauren… Read more »

Lydeard House Garden Day

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a very successful open garden day at Lydeard House in June.

I would like to extend special thanks to Ann Pattemore who magically produced & organised a… Read more »

Joanna Lewin-Harris - A Tribute from the Parish Council

Joanna stood down as a councillor at the Annual Parish Council Meeting in April having been a member for 18 years and Chair for the past 8 years. That Joanna was elected Chair for 8 consecutive… Read more »

Royal British Legion (Women's Section)

The May meeting was held at the Church Centre. Discussions were held about the June outing and the conference in October at Bridgwater. Recipes were given out for the sponge to be made for the… Read more »

Final Note from your FIVEWAYS Editor

It is now time for me to hand over the editorship of FIVEWAYS magazine to my successor, Derek Cockell. Since I took over from David Hinton in December 2007 I have produced 10 issues each year -… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Over 55's - Friendly Club

On the 20th May, 46 of us finally set off for Sherborne.  It originally was to be a full coach, with a waiting list, but as always numbers went up and down and on the day I really didn’t have a… Read more »

West Somerset Railway Association


Enjoy a great day out for all the family. The West Somerset Railway Association is putting on a wonderful show over the weekend of 1st & 2nd August 2015 at… Read more »

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