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

Parish Lengthsman vacancy

Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Parish Council is looking for a self employed contractor to work for 2-3 days a month on a flexible basis

The role will involve carrying out jobs such as mowing,… Read more »

Kings Church Quantocks 20th Anniversary

On Sunday 24 September 2017 Kings Church Quantocks will be celebrating its 20th. We are looking forward to wonderful day of celebration starting with our 10.30 am Service led by Howard Jones of… Read more »

Quantock Vale Patient Participation Group

Our Patient Participation Group is run by volunteer patients and works closely with the Practice. It is facilitated by Anne Stockley and group meetings are attended by members of the Practice… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Scarecrow Festival 2018

A small, dedicated group of villagers are looking to create the first ever Scarecrow Festival in Bishops Lydeard during a week in late September 2018.

Many other villages all over the country… Read more »

From Your PCSO Sharon Baker

Parents: do you know where your children are and what they are up to?

Reports of anti-social behaviour in the area have increased over the last few months. Namely, the new underpass in the… Read more »

National Ploughing Championships 2017

On the weekend of 14th and 15th October, over 230 top ploughmen - and women - from all over compete in October in the 2017 British National Ploughing Championships at Bishops Lydeard, by kind… Read more »

Landscaping Proposals for a Community Garden

The Landscaping Plan shows the area outlined in blue on the WSP scale plan dated December 2011, with the main proposals shown as follows:

Seating area: The seat was formerly located in the old… Read more »

Notes from a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council met on Wednesday 9th August.

The only planning application the Council was asked to comment upon related to an amendment of a previous consent relating to the barn and… Read more »

West Somerset Railway Association Station Jottings

You may recall that I have been talking about High Speed Trains, old and new. I am informed that the new type will be taking over the services completely in September 2018, so you can expect to… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Friendly Club

July Club Outing: Torquay & Brixham

July saw us off to Torquay or Brixham; about half went to each place, I believe. The traffic around Torbay was quite bad but we eventually got there - it was… Read more »

From Your Rector

Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on 29th September.  As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days;… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Pre-School

After a bit of a rocky start to the academic year in September 2016 the Pre-school has progressed and developed with lots of hard work from both staff and committee members. We would like to… Read more »

The UK Transplant Games 2017

On Wednesday 26th July, I caught the 7.51 am train from Taunton to Glasgow to compete in the annual UK Transplant Games. In May 1997, I received a successful kidney transplant in St. James… Read more »

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