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.
We also have a village facebook page:
Local Corona Virus Information
The latest Mendip District Council Community Briefing can be found here
. It contains relevant Coronavirus 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.
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.
- Take hand sanitizer with you and apply it 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 recycling sites information.
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).
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 Witham Water sub-committee of the Parish Council reported that after a great deal of investigation into how we might
organise a Community Interest Company (CIC) to run Witham Water LLP and an exchange of emails with representatives of the
Duke of Somerset’s Estate, it had become apparent that it was going to be difficult to pursue this further. As
well as difficulties in finding finance it appeared that the Estate was reluctant release further information
about the company and had instead offered to find a new owner for Witham Water LLP themselves. A motion was passed to agree
that would be the best course for them to take and the Parish Council Chariman will inform Witham Water LLP of that decision.
Annual Parish Meeting
We have been unable to hold an Annual Parish Meeting for over two years due to Covid-19 restrictions. Now that we are able to do so we will hold the Witham Friary 2021 Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 9th November at 7pm in the Village Hall. This will be an open meeting that anyone can attend to ask questions of the Parish Council, make suggestions and generally discuss matters of interest to our community.
The agenda will start with updates on Witham Water LLP, the Holt Farm Natural Flood Management Project and the latest on the One Somerset approach to local government. After that we will discuss anything else anyone wants to raise. If you do wish to ask a question please register it with the Clerk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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/Postlebury Newsletter can be found by clicking on the links below:
Please look at the latest edition of the Postlebury Newsletter for details of church services.
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
Here's just one example of the great work that they do for the village (for free) - a complete refurbishment of the signpost at the South of the village. They don't shout about it - they just do it for all of you!
It was a complete wreck before and now looks magnificent - thank you all so much! It was carried out with the support of Read Agri,
Witham Village Hall, and the Witham Friary 100 club, the latter funding the cost of materials.
The repair was kindly carried out free of charge at Reads, and the painting in the village hall, with many late nights!
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
Notes from Mendip District Council on how to use their Planning Portal
Local history and connections with Witham Friary