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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Jun 28, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Zulu Wars of 1879 - local man, Private Henry Herbert Martin who fought and survived the infamous 'Battle of Rorke's Drift'

Jun 13, 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 14th June 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 12th April 2017 & Matters arising
⦁         Co-option of Councillor
⦁         District & CountyCouncillors Reports
⦁         Somerset Wildlife Trust funding bid for works to the bat roots, Harridge Woods.  Agree to support bid by writing supporting letter
⦁         Temporary Road Closure; A37 Marchants Hill to Bath Road and Bristol Road
⦁         The Pension Regulator; Agreement of Declaration of Compliance
⦁         Planning

Update on previous planning applications

Appeal Notification 2016/3125/FUL; Gales Farm, Old Frome Road to Underhill, Gurney Slade; Convert and part rebuild stone barn to create holiday let

Planning Application 2017/0886/LBC; The Round House, Little London, Oakhill; Replacement Fireplace

Planning Application 2017/1233/FUL; Land adj. to Hill House, Nettlebridge; Change of use of two agricultural barns to one residential dwelling

Planning Application 2017/1393/FUL; Longacres, Pound Lane, OakhillBA3 5BD; Proposed Demolition of poultry shed and construction of 3 bedroom property

⦁         Finance
⦁         Financial Statement
⦁         Result of Internal Audit 
⦁         Annual Return 2017; Annual Governance Statement
⦁         Annual Return 2017; Accounting Statements
⦁         Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
⦁         Invoice from N Smith; Internal Auditor
⦁         Invoice from I Reed, Oakleigh Garden Services; Removal of fallen tree
⦁         Matters of Report  (Speedwatch, Highways, Footpaths, PCSO, SALC, School, Village Hall)
⦁         Date of next meeting: Wednesday 12th July 2017, 7.30pm  

S. Vaillant

Jun 5, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: Peter Langmaid

Summer events!   Leigh on Mendip Country Fair in June and a 'Gardens and Heritage Walk' in July