The Parish of Ashwick is situated in the eastern area of the Mendip Hills, 4 miles north of Shepton Mallet, and 6 miles north-east of the Cathedral City of Wells. Ashwick Parish is one of dispersed settlements, with the village of Oakhill being the largest populated area. Smaller hamlets are at Benter and Neighborne and a small cluster of houses close to Ashwick church. The Parish also embraces part of the hamlet of Nettlebridge and part of the village of Gurney Slade.

There are many isolated farmsteads and today, farming is the major economic activity taking place in the Parish.

Ashwick is an ancient settlement dating back to the 9th century, but with much older connections. The Roman road, the Fosse Way, passes along the eastern boundary of the parish and to the west is Maesbury hill fort, a major Iron Age settlement.

The parish contains a network of thriving communities: churches, pubs, a school, farms, small businesses, and many people who choose to live in this beautiful part of the Somerset countryside and commute to nearby towns.

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Jul 29, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Killer Dog(s)

I regret to report that there has been another dog attack on livestock in the Nettlebridge area, resulting in the death of 2 ewes.   This is the second incident in the same area this year so the dog (or dogs) responsible must be local.      
Dog owners should be aware that farmers have the right to shoot any animal found 'worrying' livestock:   dog owners should keep their animals on a lead when using public footpaths on private fields and not let them run loose, irrespective of whether or not livestock are in the field.
It is possible that the dog(s) involved in the Nettlebridge attacks got out from their homes without the owners being aware, but I personally feel the dog's owner must have an idea of what has happened due to blood etc. on the dog when it returned.
I do not want to have to shoot any dog, so will dog owners please take note.


Jul 11, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Ashwick Parish Council.  Clerk: Ms S. Vaillant, Burleigh Cottage, Leigh St, Leigh on Mendip BA3 5QP

01373 812 563;  [email protected]

Members of the council are called to a meeting on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 7.30pm in the village hall, Oakhill.

The meeting will commence after there has been an opportunity for residents of the parish to speak, in normal circumstances this will be restricted to about 15 minutes in total. A list of Parish Councillors is available from the Clerk.


1.         Apologies
2.         M
3.         Minutes of meeting held on 8th June 2016 & Matters arising
4.         District & CountyCouncillors Reports
5.         'Shared Access’ proposal.
6.         Confirmation of Name for ‘Galley Batch Lane’ / ‘Little London
7.         Confirmation of Name for ‘Little London
8.         Chairman’s Award 2016; Nominations
9.         Planning

Update on recent planning applications

Application 2016/1484/HSE; Gable Cottage, Ash Lane, Neighbourne; Proposed Single Storey Side Extension
Application 2016/1510/FUL; Longacres, Pound Lane; Oakhill; Proposed demolition of poultry shed and construction of new 3 bedroom property
Application 2016/1397/FUL; Lapwing Farm, Old Frome Road, Doulting; Change of use of existing barn and contained part of site to a rural experience venue (Sui Generis Class Use) and erection of utility block
Application 2016/1619/OTA; Land to the Rear of Portlands, Little London, Oakhill; Outline planning permission application (all matters reserved) for the erection of 2 no single storey bungalows and alterations to access

10.       Finance
i.          Financial Statement
ii.         Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
iii.        Addition of Clerk as Signatory to allow effective administration of the accounts.

11.       Matters of Report
(Speedwatch, Highways, Footpaths, PCSO, SALC, School, Village Hall)

12.       Date of next meeting: Wednesday 14th September 2016, 7.30pm  

S. Vaillant


Jun 14, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Now available to read, just follow the link!     Ashwick Parish Council Chairman’s Report 2016