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Thorncombe Village Trust


     Thorncombe Village Trust - caring for Thorncombe's environment

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.

Have you got any old photos you could let us borrow? Or do you have  any memories of Thorncombe and the Parish that you could share with  us?

               Do get in touch - we’d love to hear from you

                                             Applications for Grants from TVT

Under the terms of its constitution, Thorncombe Village Trust (TVT)  invites 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   Aims Summary

Completed application forms need to be received by the 10th of October for an October 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).

We recommend you discuss your application with one or more of the trustees before submitting it to the committee for consideration.

The latest minutes can be seen here

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                        The Future of the Thorncombe Village Trust

                                                            Meeting – Thursday 9th December 2021

Following an encouraging and well-attended meeting in November, a follow-up meeting was held in the Sports and Social Club. There were some eleven people who attended, and further discussion took place on how to maintain an organisation within the parish to preserve the environment and character of the village.

The consensus was in favour of keeping the Trust in place rather than forming a new organisation. This would be simpler to put into practice. New Trustees would need to be elected or co-opted onto the board, which could be done either at an extraordinary general meeting, or at a trustees’ meeting if it was decided to co-opt. Once that is achieved, changes to the Trust’s name and constitution could be done to make it more accessible to the public. New aims and structure could be agreed and parishioners and others invited to become members. It was felt that the term “Trustee” was off-putting to some people, perhaps indicating that the position involved more responsibility than is in fact the case. Similarly, a name such as “Thorncombe Environmental Group” would be more appropriate and more attractive to new members. It was envisaged that a committee would provide organisation of the Group’s activities, and members could join/be associated with those activity groups that appealed to them or which matched their skills. The involvement of children in the village is thought essential, with participation on group projects and possible educational or skill-acquiring workshops being provided.

The next step would appear to be for the Trust to have a meeting soon, to co-opt or elect new members to the Trustees. To this end an effective canvassing of the parish should be done to encourage people to join up, using social media and e-mail as well as the usual notices. That must make clear the intention to engage with members again and to involve them with activities within the parish. With Christmas close by, this will probably take place in January. With new trustees (and new ideas) in place, the constitution can be changed to reflect the new direction and new name for the group. The present trustees will agree a date and this will be made known soon.