Welcome

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

Proposed World War 1 Memorial

The Parish Council has received a request for permission to place a proposed World War 1 Memorial ‘Poppies in a Breeze’ in the Remembrance / Memorial Garden. Further information about the… Read more »

M5 Junction 25A Consultation

Highways England are currently conducting a consultation on  a proposed M5 Junction 25A and associated improvements to the A358.  Further information about the consultation which runs until 20thRead more »

Latest News

Proposed World War 1 Memorial

Submission to the Parish Council for permission to place the proposed World War 1 Memorial, Poppies in a Breeze in the Remembrance/Memorial Garden, adjacent to Bishops Lydeard Church… Read more »

From Your PCSO: Sharon Baker

Can you help beat rural crime?

Avon & Somerset Constabulary (A&SC) have launched a new Rural Crime Community Intelligence Campaign recently. The campaign is being run jointly with the… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Pre-School

During the last few weeks we have continued to explore our Winter theme and look at how both animals and people live in the snow. Our pre-schoolers have been talking about and watching short… Read more »

Christian Aid Week 2017

British churches founded Christian Aid in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Sixty years ago, in 1957, Christian Aid Week was launched to… Read more »

Somerset Day: 11th May 2017

I would like to begin by saying thank you to the small group of people who turn up every month and help to organise this super community village event, you know who you are! I would also like to… Read more »

Notes from a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council met on Wednesday 8th March last. Whilst we had a lengthy agenda, the meeting itself was one of the shortest for a while due to the fact that we were missing certain key… Read more »

West Somerset Railway Association Station Jottings

Firstly, let me update you on the Flying Scotsman visit in May where two trips that are planned on to the main line have already sold out and will have approximately 350 passengers on board when… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Friendly Club

Our February 'meeting' was our annual Meal and Mystery Tour. This year we were back at Raleghs Cross Inn for a lovely carvery meal. Due to a few last- minute colds and flu (whom I hope are all… Read more »

Bishops Lydeard Flower Show 2017

Planning for the 2017 Bishops Lydeard Flower Show is well underway. The Village Hall has been booked for Saturday 15th July from 2.30 pm. The Schedule will be available in May but the organising… Read more »

From Your Rector: Revd. Matthew Tregenza

As I write this, the sun is shining, the temperature is getting warmer and spring appears to have arrived. And all of this is something to give thanks for.

Giving thanks is something that we… Read more »

St. Mary's Church Flowers

We would like to thank our dedicated and talented team of flower arrangers who keep St. Mary's decorated with beautiful flowers throughout the year. Some of them have been involved for many… Read more »

United Benefice Pilgrimage Walk

If you enjoy walking, you may be interested in joining a pilgrimage walk around the Benefice that is being organised for the weekend of 20th - 21st May this year.

The idea of pilgrimage, a… Read more »

Rotary Shoebox Scheme

After some years of producing “DIY shoeboxes”, it was agreed to join the Rotary Shoebox Scheme in 2016 and a total of 60 shoeboxes were sent from the Benefice last Christmas.

We would like to… 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 »

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