For the latest information and guidance from Somerset County Council on the virus, please – click here.
1st May update, click here.
15th April – Lockdown Library Service. Somerset Libraries are continuing to support people with their vibrant online offer during these challenging times of self-isolation. Although library buildings are closed, there are thousands of free books, audiobooks and even magazines available to download at www.somersetreads.co.uk. You can even find simple step-by-guides to get you started.
2nd May – Age UK has issued a leaflet on services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including a new “friendly phone call service” where anyone feeling low or lonely can give them a call. For full details, click here.
29th May – Somerset Waste Partnership’s Chard facility will be returning to standard opening hours from Monday 1st June.
SWP will also be ending the odds and even number plate access system for all sites from Monday.
SWP is continuing its plea for people to only come if it is really necessary, and to expect long queues as the number of unloading bays has been reduced to allow social distancing.
For full details, click here.
29th May – SCC released a statistical update relating to COVID-19 in the County. For details, click here.
5th June – SCC has announced that health and care organisations have joined together to remind people to observe social distancing, because the “R value” in the south-west has increased to 1.0. For further information, click here.
The Parish of Combe St Nicholas lies about 2 miles from Chard and 10 miles from the Somerset County Town of Taunton. The Parish extends to Cuttifords Door to the South, with Eleighwater to the east, Ham to the north and Beetham to the west. It is set in lovely countryside, situated on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have a thriving population of around 1380 adults living in about 660 dwellings.
The village of Combe St. Nicholas is situated in the centre of the Parish and is fortunate in having a village shop and post office, a hairdresser and a pub. The school is next to the fine 13th century Parish Church. The other main centre of population is the hamlet of Wadeford between Combe village and Chard. It also has a pub. The whole area has places to stay, together with food available at the pubs and local restaurants.
There are a number of places to visit locally, including in the village itself, the 13th St Nicholas Church, then walk up to Sunday School Wood situated next to our church. Why not then wander down Underway to visit the Underway Meade wildlife area. Looking slightly further afield, there is the History Museum in Chard the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Cricket St. Thomas Gardens, The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Ferne Animal Sanctuary.
Taunton, the County Town, is easy to reach by car or bus. It has many leading retailers and places of entertainment, including the Brewhouse Theatre. For this and other arts venues, click here.
Towns and villages on the Dorset and Devon World Heritage Coast, about 15 miles away, include Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, Beer, Charmouth, Seaton and Branscombe.
The Parish lies on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (see Blackdown Hills AONB) and there are many fine walks locally. The Quantocks, Exmoor and the Somerset Levels are within easy each.