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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Feb 11, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Ashwick Parish Council News

The Great British Spring Clean Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March 2017

Ashwick Parish Council have registered for the new Great British Spring Clean, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.  Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals containers and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride, as well as having a detrimental effect on our environment.

The Parish Council is appealing for volunteers to participate in its own ‘Spring Clean’ on Saturday, 4th March between 10 am and 2 pm, commencing at the Village Hall at 9.45 am.  Hi-vis jackets, rubbish sacks and litter grabbers will be supplied, but please bring your own gloves.  Routes will be advised on the day plus any additional information relating to Health & Safety.  Refreshments for volunteers will be provided in the Village Hall.

If you would like to support this Campaign please contact Lizzie Lewis  on 01749-840828 or email [email protected]

Feb 6, 2017
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 8th February 2017 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.


⦁ Apologies
⦁ Declarations of Interest & Dispensations
⦁ Minutes of meeting held on 11th January 2017 & Matters arising
⦁ District & County Councillors Reports
⦁ The Great British Spring Clean 3-5th March
⦁ Parish Council Documents / Archives
⦁ Review of Financial Regulations and Standing Orders
⦁ Consultation; MDC Draft Empty Home Strategy
⦁ Planning
Update on previous planning applications
2017/0130/HSE; Proposed two storey extension to North elevation and general alterations; Cairn Court, Upper Benter to Stockhill, Chilcompton
2016/3125/FUL; Convert and part rebuild stone barn to create holiday let; Gales Farm, Old Frome Road to Underhill; Gurney Slade
2017/0032/TCA; Felling of T1 Red Oak in a Conservation Area; Sackville House, Manor Place, High Street, Oakhill
⦁ Finance
⦁ Confirmation of Budget & Parish Precept 2017/18
⦁ Financial Statement
⦁ Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
⦁ Invoice from AED Locator (Cabinet for Defibrillator)
⦁ Tenders for Grounds Maintenance 2017
⦁ Matters of Report
    (Speedwatch, Highways, Footpaths, PCSO, SALC, School, Village Hall)
⦁ Date of next meeting: Wednesday 14th March 2017, 7.30pm

S. Vaillant