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Thorncombe Village Trust


     Thorncombe Village Trust - caring for Thorncombe's environment

Thorncombe History

    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.

Commemorative Trees in Thorncombe

  In November 1986: An English oak  was planted in the field next to the playground to mark the start of  the Trust’s scheme to plant  trees in   the parish.


                                             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: Mark Agnew (30385), Kate Cahn (30054), John Higgs (30994), Richard Holt (30428), Mary Marsh (30139), Jan Walker (30212), John Whitbread (30525).

                              The same tree today

“An English Oak is planted by Thorncombe Village Trust to mark the beginning of a parish tree-planting scheme. The tree was grown from a Thorncombe acorn by Trust vice-chairman Peter Moreland. Also in the picture are former committee members Carolyn Bonfield, Janet Walker, John Whitbread, Derrick Comley and Augusta Greenlees.”

           Read more  about our commemorative trees

Clearing brambles below  Johnson’s Wood

  In December a small group spent a busy morning attacking the mountainous bramble patch in the field below the trees in Johnson’s Wood.

Using slashers, a chain-saw, secateurs, shears (and,probably, in the case of  Sally’s dog, teeth…) we reduced the mountain to a medium-sized hill., Thus letting in light and space to the trees, and stopping the brambles from spreading over the entire field.

A second assault was made in February by a hard-working group of 10 volunteers. Many thanks to all - nearly done now!

                                                        ….more photos here

Potter Walk

Those of us that remember Wilfred Potter often think of him walking or cycling the roads around Thorncombe. How appropriate then  that a new road being named in his memory should be called Potter Walk.

The new road will be on a development being built on the site of  the school in which he taught for many years,  Westwoods Grammar School, Northleach, in the Cotswolds. Many of his former pupils remembered him with fondness and affection, and the decision to call the road after Wilfred was made unanimously. Wouldn’t he have loved that?

More on Wilfred here

New photos of Wilfred as a baby and child have been kindly  lent by Mrs Sheila Holloway.  Look at them here

Board of Trustees Minutes March 2017

The minutes of the meeting held on 13th March 2017  can be read and downloaded here

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017 at 1930 in the Village Community Room.