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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: thorncombehistory@btinternet.com

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 su7882@eclipse.co.uk

- 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).



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

Wilfrid Potter - a correction

It was brought to our notice that we have been spelling Wilfrid’s name incorrectly all these years. The correct spelling is Wilfrid and we have been referring to him as Wilfred.  Many  thanks to his long-time friend Emma Saunders who contacted us and prompted the search for accuracy. His cousin Marina looked through old papers and discovered , to her own surprise, that it was indeed Wilfrid. We will try to correct all the references to him on this site, but please excuse any that are missed and let us know so we can change them.

Those of us that remember Wilfrid 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 Wilfrid was made unanimously. Wouldn’t he have loved that?

More on Wilfrid here

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




Parish Poorhouses and Workhouse…..and how the hamlet of School house got its name

      









 Church View, Chard St ,Thorncombe, once the    parish workhouse.

  The latest addition to the website is this fascinating piece of   detective work  from Eve Higgs, now published in Somerset and   Dorset Notes and  Queries.

 Read the full story here

                                                                          

             The TVT Trustees held their Annual General Meeting on 4th May 2017. Minutes of the meeting can be read and downloaded here.


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