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Thorncombe Village Trust


 Thorncombe Village Trust was launched in 1986, and has been in existence for 29 years up to 2015.

In May 2015 the way the Trust was managed changed due to a drastic fall in volunteers for the committee.


In spite of the fact that Trust membership continued to remain high, after many years of diminishing committee numbers and a lack of volunteers, our committee was no longer viable and could not form a quorum,  no longer complying with  the terms of our Constitution and the remaining committee  unwillingly  reached the position where change became inevitable.

Consequently,  at the 2015 AGM,  amendments to the constitution were approved, and Thorncombe Village Trust is now managed by eight Trustees:


John Higgs   (Chair )

Sally Welford  (Vice Chair)

Mary Marsh    (Treasurer)

Richard Holt  (Secretary)

Mark Agnew

Kate Cahn

Janet Walker

John Whitbread


This Board of Trustees will manage the existing funds through funding grants.

In this way the capital that the TVT has accumulated over the years can be safeguarded and will provide a source of funding for local conservation projects for many years. If finance is required in the event of another large development threat in the parish, then this will be possible also.

A different Village Trust…but hopefully one that will benefit the community in years to come.

The first meeting of the Trustees is planned to take place in June when details of applications for grants etc will be decided.

Until then please contact the Secretary on su7882@eclipse.co.uk if you have any queries.




                                                                              Our Aims - these aims remain the same

● To encourage and promote a greater interest in, and understanding of, the local environment and its history

● To 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

● To oppose unsuitable development in the parish

● To safeguard and enhance the countryside in the parish

● To support nature conservation in the parish



Many  villagers are unaware of the turbulent history behind the formation of the Trust and the reason for its creation.

Our archives have a wealth of information in the form of minutes, letters and press cuttings from the time.

We are starting to digitise these and hope they provide an interesting insight into the history of this long-running village organisation.