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

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 New  to the site……. a fascinating article in the History section by Eve Higgs :

                                              Thorncombe’s Lost Roads and Hidden Holways

 Each of our circular walks is designed with time travel in mind. The TVT's latest - Walk 10 -  takes you on a journey back through the mists of  time, swooping back and forth between the dark ages and the 18th century before neatly dropping you back in the 21st century by your parked  car. Follow in the footsteps of  prehistoric hunter gatherers on their way to Pilsdon Pen  and drovers taking sheep and cattle to Thorncombe  market and beyond,  and find out how travellers avoided the toll houses at Birdsmoorgate and Thorncombe as they made their way across the  Axe Valley.


 Take a look at the article  and download Walk 10.



Bramble Bashing in Johnson’s Wood

Many thanks to everyone that turned up on Saturday, armed with machetes, secateurs, billhooks and rakes, we cleared a huge amount of brambles, heaping them up in a pile for a future bonfire. There is still a lot to do, so another day will be announced soon - we can’t leave it too late or the birds start eyeing up likely nest sites - maybe you could join us next time? Look out for posters, and information on this site.

     High Street in the 1950’s