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Thorncombe Village Trust


     Thorncombe Village Trust - caring for Thorncombe's environment

Thorncombe History

    Don’t forget that there now is a dedicated email address for all queries relating to Thorncombe history:

Thorncombe lies in a very beautiful part of West Dorset, bordering Devon and Somerset. It falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) . The Parish is over 5,200 acres in extent and is principally agricultural land.  

Fields tend to be small and hilly with ancient hedgerows, while the access roads to the village are very narrow lanes, shaded in summer by tall trees including oaks, beeches and sycamores, and fringed with primroses, bluebells and cow parsley.

                                             Applications for Grants from TVT

Under the terms of its amended constitution, Thorncombe Village Trust (TVT) is now able to invite applications for grants from individuals or organisations wishing to undertake a project or activity which reflects one or more of the aims of the Trust.

Namely  to:

i) encourage and promote a greater interest in, and understanding of, the local environment and its history

ii) protect historic buildings in the Parish and especially to conserve the character of the village of Thorncombe and of the other settlements in the Parish

iii) oppose unsuitable development in the Parish

iv) safeguard and enhance the countryside in the Parish.

The money granted must be used for the direct benefit of the Parish of Thorncombe only and for the public good, in such a manner and place that the Trustees can verify the grant has been appropriately used.

If you wish to make an application for funding, please request an application form in one of the following ways:

- Email the Secretary of the Trustees  on

- Pick up a form from inside the porch at The School House, Chard Street, Thorncombe (opposite the church)

- Download an application form and the guidelines from the TVT website         Application form   Guidelines for applications

Completed application forms need to be received by the end of September for an October decision and by  end of  February for a March decision by  the Board of  Trustees.

For any further information or if you have any questions, please talk to one of the trustees: Kate Cahn (30054) (Chair), Mark Agnew (30385), John Higgs (30994), Richard Holt (30428), Neil Croton,  Jan Walker (30212), John Whitbread (30525).

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Sheila Moreland 1926 - 2019

Sheila and Peter moved to Gough’s Barton in Thorncombe in 1974, and delighted in renovating the old house and barn, as well as creating a beautiful garden. They both became deeply involved in village life, and were instrumental in the formation of Thorncombe Village Trust in 1986. ­Many in the parish will remember Sheila at TVT plant sales, behind the stalls, giving advice on plants and cuttings. She was a great plantswoman as well as a keen conservationist. She and Peter instigated the regular invitation to Dorset Wildlife Trust at the TVT annual Plant Sale, and took time researching and organising speakers and events for the Trust’s programme.

After Peter’s death in 2007 Sheila took on the Presidency of the Village Trust and became very involved in the committee. She enjoyed discussing conservation and planning issues. She was actively involved in drawing up the Parish Plan in 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual challenge.

Sheila was also a member of the W.I. and took pleasure in going to meetings and getting to know the newer members of the community. She was a very sociable and friendly person, and everyone who met her warmed to her.

In recent years she was confined to her house, which she found extremely frustrating, but was always quick to look on the bright side of a situation. Her sadness at seeing her lovely garden become thickets of brambles and nettles was countered with her pleasure in providing such a wonderful haven for wildlife. She was a keen bird-watcher and quite a wildlife expert. She loved Thorncombe and the Dorset countryside, and missed walking in the fields and lanes.

She was amazed and delighted by the kindness and generosity of local people especially those that provided her weekly meals from the shop and also those from the lunch club. Having a home-cooked meal meant such a lot to her, and she was deeply impressed by the many volunteers who cook the meals so cheerfully, saying how this was true village life, and how lucky she was to live in such a wonderful village.

Sheila was bright and full of life right up to the end, taking pleasure in watching discussions in parliament so she could keep up with the latest Brexit developments. An essential part of her was her sense of humour, and she was quick to laugh at herself. She never complained about her health, but was cheerful and positive.

She was an example to us all, and those of us who were her friends will miss her deeply.

Sheila cutting the cake at the 20th anniversary of the Trust   in 2006.