Welcome to our website
Witham Friary is a small village situated between Frome and Bruton. It's mentioned in the Domesday Book and gets its name from a Carthusian priory.
If you'd like to see the Domesday Book entry,
The Village Hall, the Parish Church and the Seymour Arms are at the heart of village life here. There's always plenty going
on in Witham Friary, and visitors are always made to feel very welcome.
Local Corona Virus Information
UK Government statistics for our local area
There is now useful local and up-to-date
corona virus statistics information for Mendip published by the UK Government on the following link. Please click on the link to view
the local corona virus information
. It's updated daily as soon as data is collated for the previous day (usually around 4.00 pm). Also
here is a link to Somerset's
which gives a lot of information about COVID-19 in Somerset.
A message from Hugo Brooke - Parish Council Chairman
The corona virus has arrived in Witham Friary, so it is now more important than ever that we strictly observe the Government’s guidelines.
We are a close-knit community and good at looking after one another, but we must do that without compromising our mutual safety.
We must refrain from entering other people's houses unnecessarily, which is something multi-generational families in the village will
find irksome, but that’s what we have to do while the lockdown lasts.
Judging by the daily exodus it seems that the majority of breadwinners in the village are still employed. Many of them are front line workers whom we greatly admire for their selfless endeavours.
Sadly the hand sanitiser dispensers that were put out in the play patch, firmly attached to the equipment, have been stolen. This theft has been reported to the police. The amount of picnic wrappings left on the ground at the same time, suggest the culprit does not live in Witham Friary. However we do not propose to spend more Parish money replacing the dispensers, so please always take your own with you when visiting the play patch. Our aim is to make the play patch as safe as possible, thereby helping to prevent any more cases of Covid-19 in the village but I would emphasise the importance of sticking to the social distancing rules as far as possible. That is a difficult concept for children to cope with, so could parents be sure to accompany them.
The good news is that here in the South West we seem to be ahead of the game when it comes to the vaccination programme. We are approaching
the end of the race - let’s not fall at the last fence. Obey the rules.
Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council meetings will now be held as 'virtual' meetings until further notice. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like an invitation to attend a meeting. The Parish Clerk's contact details are on the Parish Council page under 'contact details'.
Re-opening of the Playpatch
Following guidance issued by the government, the Parish Council re-opened the Village Playpatch for residents to use
on Saturday 4th
Although the risk of catching coronavirus is lower when outdoors, the virus can remain active on surfaces. So to protect the health of everyone when using the playpatch, the following instructions are to be followed:
- Children must be accompanied by an adult, who should ensure that the two metre social distancing rule is maintained.
One child only per equipment.
- If you or your child has any symptom related to coronavirus, such as a persistent cough or high temperature, do not go to the playpatch. Follow the instructions at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
- Apply hand sanitizer before and after using the play equipment and wash your hands when you return home.
- If the area becomes too busy and spacing becomes a problem, please leave and return at a quieter time.
- Please limit your time in the playpatch to 30 minutes so that others can have a go.
- Do not take food or drink into the playpatch.
Enjoy and stay safe.
Somerset Waste Partnership
For information regarding collections and recycling sites please follow this link to Somerset Waste Partnership's Facebook page
Important information for our parishioners
Corona virus - Covid-19
Witham Parish Council notice - This is a potential problem which may affect you and others you know in the
local community - please follow the
(document opens in a new page).
This link should be the latest guidance but we can't guarantee
that as it depends on the government updating their web page, so please search the Internet if you believe
it may not be.
Somerset County Council's
help page regarding COVID-19 (document opens in a new page).
Following recent government announcements, please can I emphasise that Witham Friary has a growing group of people who are happy to help if you need support - for shopping, dog walking or a chat (phone or at least 2 metres between the chatters).
All you need to do is to contact Maddy Ferrari who can arrange this for you. Her contact numbers are 07809 254989 or 01749 850790 and her email address is email@example.com.
We are already aware of people talking to neighbours and offering help (which is what we would expect in such a great village) however please be aware that there are already scammers
in other parts of the country offering to shop for people, so be wary of accepting help from people you don't know. Perhaps ask them their name, where in Witham Friary they live, to describe their home, provide their postcode or please feel free to check their name with Maddy.
The Parish Council is actively engaged with Bristol Water regarding alternative arrangements for the supply
of water to the village. The Duke of Somerset's Estate are as keen as we are to achieve a seamless transition
to different management of our supply and are aware that may take some time. We are awaiting a written report
from Bristol Water and will advise and discuss with all interested parties when we have identified viable options.
SSE work on local area power supply
There will be a power cut in the Southern area of the village on 05/03/2021 while SSE carries out significant
work on the power supply to that area. It is expected that the work will take most of the day. The map below shows the power lines and properties affected. Those properties should recieve a letter from SSE prior to the work taking place.
Network rail will be working in the Witham Friary area during February, March and April 2021 on track renewal.
For details of the dates and times please click
As mentioned in our last edition of the Postlebury News, currently we are not producing a printed edition. News items will appear on this page.
Recent electronic editions of the Postlebury News can be found by clicking on the links below:
The churchwardens in Nunney, Wanstrow and Witham Friary have decided to suspend services in person during the current lockdown to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. For now, we will be having virtual services on Zoom. If you are interested in joining the Zoom service each Sunday at 1030 am on-line please click this link between 10:15 and 10:30
on Sunday. We are happy to give further support in accessing it, by telephone. To look at a recording of it at a later date/time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01373 837444.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells is also recording services each week which can be viewed online here for the Bath and Wells website
or here for the Bath and Wells Facebook page
Church Opening Times
Nunney - Open every day from 9am-dusk.
Stoke St. Michael - Open every day from 9am-4pm
Leigh-on-Mendip - Open 9am -12 noon Sunday, 1pm-4pm Wednesday
Wanstrow, Witham and Cloford are not normally open but churchwardens are happy to open up if anyone wishes to enter for private prayer. Please
contact Bob Bramley at 01749 850571 or Liz Sargent at 01749 850654 at Wanstrow, George Pritchard 01749 850732 at Witham, or Richard Mawer at Cloford on 07967 651240.
Pubs and Clubs- see here what this lovely village has to offer
Attention all village organisations.
The Parish Council has asked me to contact all the various groups in the village with a view to reporting back to them on events and activities that go on locally. Closer cooperation and co-ordination between local organisations could result in better publicity and possible funding opportunities. Obviously there is very little happening at the moment but as a start could a representative of each local group send details of the aims of the organisation, any ongoing projects and contact details to : email@example.com or telephone 01749850752.
Thank you, Roy Featherstone
A very warm welcome awaits all cricket lovers.
Witham Friary Cricket Club exists for the benefit of the residents of Witham Friary in Somerset.
Membership not only allows you to play for the club, but will give you access to the nets whilst supporting
the great English tradition that is village cricket.
Please don't view lack of ability or experience as a reason for not joining as all are welcome. All we ask is a love of cricket,
a willingness to join in, and from those of you who have already mastered the art,
a tolerance of those who have never played before or haven't picked up a bat since school days.
See details about this great club
on Yahoo Goups!
They do a lot of good work for local charity and also run really fun events in the village.
You can link to their Facebook page by clicking
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This amazing village pub is one of the rarest types of its kind in the country.
Built in the 1860's, partly as a farm, and partly as a hotel to serve the nearby Mid-Somerset GWR branch railway station,
it was originally part of the Duke of Somerset's estate.
Beer, cider and spirits are served from a glass panelled hatch in the central hallway in the traditional way.
You'll find a warm welcome from the locals who frequent this pub!
This is CAMRA's description of this very special pub.
See below for a YouTube video made in this pub in 2009.
If you want to contact the Seymour Arms they are on 01749 850742. They do have an alternative number which is 01749 684280.
The original building dates from around 1200. It was altered in a transitional style in 1828, and then rebuilt and extended 1875 by William White in "Muscular Gothic" style.
Service details can be found on the Postlebury News page of this website.
'Village Voices' - Reminiscences of Witham Friary
Recorded by the Witham Friary History Project and published for the first time in this collection, residents of the parish recount life in the village from the 1920s onwards; country courtships; wartime; Beeching's axe; farm, school and pub.
Edited with a wry sense of humour and a powerful sense of history, the collection contains 12 evocative transcripts on England through seasons and years.
'Village Voices' is available for purchase from the Seymour Arms, price £10.00
To order a copy of Village Voices by post please send a cheque made payable to The Witham Friary History Society for £12.50 (£10 + £2.50 p&p) to:
The Witham Friary History Society, Friarsmede, Witham Friary, Somerset BA11 5HD
As a Parish Council we want to help you and reach out to you. We the hope the links here are useful. However, if there are any other links you can contribute we'd be more than happy to consider putting them up here for the benefit of all
our residents. Just let us know - see the Parish Council contact details page to let any councillor know and help make this website useful for all our residents!
Local links for useful help and information
Local history and connections with Witham Friary