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Most parents in the parish choose to send their children to one of the neighbouring village schools.  Within a four mile radius of Lydford these are:


Lovington CEVC Primary School  01963 240305

Keinton Mandeville County Primary School 01458 223452

Baltonsborough VC Primary School  01458 850526

For secondary school children there is Ansford Academy, Castle Cary: 01963 350895. A school bus picks up at various points in the village.

Within a fifteen mile radius of Lydford there are numerous independent schools which cater for age groups ranging from pre-school to sixth form studies.

Churches and Sunday Schools

The Anglican church of St. Peter’s, West Lydford is the Parish Church for Lydford on Fosse and maintains an active programme of services and events.  The timetable of services is displayed in the church porch and on the village noticeboards as well as being promulgated in the monthly parish magazine which is distributed free to all houses in the parish. We belong to the Wheathill Priory Group Benefice of Parishes comprising Keinton Mandeville with Kingweston, Barton St David and Lydford on Fosse (formerly East Lydford, West Lydford and Wheathill).  The East Lydford church, St Mary’s was declared redundant by the Diocese Redundant Churches Committee in 1987 and is now privately owned, and St Peter’s, West Lydford serves the whole Lydford community.

The living of the Wheathill Priory Benefice is currently vacant with the result that there is no resident minister.  Lydford on Fosse Parochial Church Council meets periodically in the Parish Hall.  The Churchwardens are Ralph Berry, 01963 240164, and Mrs Jennie Cooper, 01963 240236.

The Methodist Church, Queen Street, Keinton Mandeville has a weekly Sunday Morning Service. Time promulgated in the Parish Magazine. The Minister is The Reverend Craig Manley, 01963 351598.  The church provides an active Youth Zone which meets in the church at this time. Children from 3 years old are welcome. Contact Mrs Alison Sutton, 01458 223656.

The nearest Roman Catholic church to Lydford is St Dunstan's in Langport Road, Somerton.  Details of services can be obtained from Father Ofia on Tel: 01458 274008.

Lydford on Fosse Parish Hall

This is close to St Peter’s Church in West Lydford and is run on behalf of the village by a management committee.

This became a registered charity in Sep 2003 to enable fund-raising for its refurbishment and modernisation which cost in the region of £140,000.  The hall was completed in October 2006. The Hall has a large meeting/function room, seating capacity 50-70, a stage, disabled access and toilet facilities, PA and Hearing Loop, Computer Projector, free WiFi, and a modern fully equipped kitchen with comprehensive cooking arrangements.  The Hall is available for hire and is a focal point for many village activities.  Members of the village are also encouraged to use this facility for private functions of their own.  Contact Booking Secretary:   

Mrs Anne Fleming (01963 240435) or  Bookings throughout the year can be viewed at:-  The Parish Hall has a newly developed website which has lots of useful and interesting items about the village hall and events and which can be found at:-

Bell Ringing

St Peter’s Church West Lydford has a bell tower with a peal of six bells (re-hung in 2000).  The Captain of the Bellringers welcomes new members to the team.  No previous experience is required.  Contact: Ralph Berry, 01963 240164.

Licensed Premises

The Cross Keys Inn is next door to the main cross roads of the village by the traffic lights.  The Inn provides food and accommodation, and a level caravan site. Tel: 01963 240473

Garage Stores and Post Office

There is a Shell fuel garage and Spar shop on the A37 near the traffic lights.


Lydford is fortunate in possessing an active Sports Club complete with sports field off West Lydford High Street near its southerly junction with the A37.  The Club is self-supporting and run by publicly elected members of the community for the benefit of the village, organising sport and social events.  There is a Cricket section with First, Second and Junior teams, a Mixed Hockey team and a Skittles team.  There is a modern Play Area for children (HSE approved) on the sports field.

The Sports Club welcomes new members and is always appreciative of offers of help with the running of the Club.  The village holds an Annual Gala in July on the sports field to raise funds for the Club to cover running costs throughout the year for sports gear, grass mowing, insurance, rent, rates and maintenance of the pavilion and ground.

Contacts:  Linda Foote, 01963 240336;  Stuart Payne, 01963 240374


There is a public 18-hole golf course with licensed Clubhouse at Wheathill (between Lydford and Lovington).  Contact:  Andrew England, 01963 240667


Top quality still-water fly fishing for Rainbow trout can be enjoyed at the Viaduct Fishery, Somerton, 01458 274022.  The River Brue runs through the village and is popular for coarse fishing.  A rod license is required and is available from any post office (a one day, eight day or annual).  Also, an Angling License for Glaston Manor is required and can be obtained from the Street Angling Centre, 160 High St, Street, 01458 447830.


Twenty-three bridle and registered footpaths offer a variety of walks within the parish.  Most of these connect with footpaths in neighbouring parishes.  All are well sign-posted and have stiles where needed.  There is a map of the parish footpaths on display in the church car park. Also see: - Footpaths in Somerset

Swimming and Gymnasium

There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a Leisure Centre in Street as well as indoor pools and Leisure Centres in Wells and Yeovil.  The indoor pool in Street has a gymnasium and sauna.  Prepaid or season tickets are necessary for early morning (8.00am) sessions.  The Wincanton Sports Centre also has a wide range of facilities.

Cubs, Beavers, Brownies and Scouts

Rainbows (5 – 7 years) meet in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall 5.15 – 6.15 pm on Tuesdays and Brownies (7-10 years) also on Tuesdays from 6.15 – 7.45pm.  Contact: Lisa Eastmead-Hoare, 01458 223132

Barton St. David Scout Group
Boys and girls are welcome.  Beavers meet Mondays 6.15 – 7.15 pm: Cubs meet Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.30pm: Scouts (11 – 14 years) meet Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.00pm. Contact: James Gordon, 01458 223934 or check the website at:-

Charlton Sea Scouts
(10 years upwards) meet in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall on Mondays (Scouts and Ventures). Chris Harrow 07921 490221

Third Tuesday

The Ladies of Lydford and Surrounding Villages meet in the Parish Hall on the Third Tuesday in each month at 7.30pm for an evening of entertainment and good fellowship.  New members are most welcome.  This is an excellent way to get to know people in the village.  Contact:  Mrs Rachel Garrett, 01963 240417

Drama Group

There is a village drama group, The Fosseway Entertainers, which stages shows usually twice yearly in the Parish Hall.  Budding Thespians, whether acting or working behind the scenes, are always most welcome and invariably have a very enjoyable time.  

Contact:  Mrs Rachel Garrett, 01963 240417

Lydford Scrapbags

 We are a small group of quilters, from the village and further afield, who meet most weeks in friendly harmony in the Village Hall on Thursday afternoons. From time to time we have  vacancies and are eager to learn from each other as well as passing on our skills to the beginner, so whether you are an experienced quilter or just interested in learning a new skill, we  would love to hear from you. Do call: Marion Topp: 01963 240233 or Astrid Summers: 01963 240085

 Lydford Computer Club
 The Club runs two groups: one-to-one sessions are held twice monthly during the afternoon for those who need help to learn the basics and an intermediate group meets monthly in the  evening for those who want to expand their skills. Information at: or ring Geoff Summers on 01963 240085

Lydford & District Gardening Club

The Lydford & District Gardening Club meets the second Tuesday of each month in Lydford Parish Hall at 7.15 pm. The annual programme includes a variety of speakers, visits and demonstrations. The club is a member of The Gardens Group Gold Club who offer excellent discounts and seeds are also available at discounted prices. The annual membership subscription is £17.50. (£2.00 per meeting for non-members.) There is a raffle, seed and plant swap and refreshments are free.

Refuse Collection

Food waste and recycling collections take place weekly. Garden Waste and Refuse Collections alternate at fortnightly intervals. (Brown Garden-Waste Wheelie bins can be hired from Mendip District Council at a charge.) The normal collection day for Lydford, with the exception of the Keinton Road, is Friday. (Keinton Road collections are on Tuesdays.) Following a Bank Holiday all collections are one day after the usual collection day. Relevant bins should be placed on the roadside by 7.00am on collection day. There is a comprehensive pamphlet produced by Mendip defining procedures for recycling waste which has been issued to all households. If you need a copy ring Mendip Customer Services on 01749 648999 or visit the Somerset Waste Partnership website which contains a range of helpful information about waste and recycling.


The Somerset County Mobile Library visits the Lydfords every four weeks (Route L from Wells) on Thursdays as follows: East Lydford, Church Lane outside Wadehithe - 1.40 to 1.55PM; West Lydford, High Street outside Banchory  - 2.05 to 2.20PM.  Details of the next visit can be obtained on 0300 1232224 or  Note, there are no fees for overdue books with the mobile library service.  There are full library services in Yeovil, Street, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet and smaller libraries at Castle Cary and Somerton.

Medical Services

Health Centres with GP group practices are situated in Castle Cary, Queen Camel, Glastonbury, Street and Somerton.  The Castle Cary practice has a branch surgery in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall Mondays to Fridays 11.00-11.30am with no appointment necessary.  By Law, all practices must produce a Practice leaflet giving details of the Practice and the services they offer.  The local library will also have copies of the information in the Family Health Service Authority Register.  The nearest 24 hour A&E facilities are at Yeovil Hospital. There are two Minor Injuries Units in the area, open every day of the year, at Shepton Mallet Hospital Tel: 01749 342931 and West Mendip Hospital, Old Wells Road, Glastonbury  Tel: 01458 836450.   

The NHS 111 service has now replaced the previous NHS Direct, see the web page:-

Dental Emergencies: Somerset Dental Services: 0845 7697691

Public Transport

Castle Cary station offers a mainline First Great Western rail service to London Paddington and Penzance.  Connections through Taunton and Bristol offer services to Wales, the Midlands and the North.  South West Trains from Templecombe offer a cheaper and more frequent connection to London or Exeter.  National Rail Enquiries: 03457 484950

There are bus services from the the stops near the Cross Keys Inn which connect with Services to Yeovil, Shepton Mallet, Street and Castle Cary. There are timetables at both stops. Traveline bus timetable enquiries: 0871 200 2233.

Berrys Coaches run a daily coach service from Taunton to and from London with pick-up points at Yeovil, Ilchester, RN Air Station Yeovilton and Wincanton. Details:  01823 331356. There is free overnight parking at Wincanton.

Neighbourhood Watch

The Parish operates a Neighbourhood Watch scheme co-ordinated by Lynne Mitchell who can be contacted on 07773 345092 or  Lynne is supported by a number of volunteers who look after specific areas and they are there to offer help and advice.  Your local contact should get in touch with you soon after you move in, and details are printed in the Parish Magazine.  Incident reports will be posted on the village and shop noticeboards and in addition residents are welcome to email Lynne with their email address so that the information can be delivered promptly.  Emails will be sent out as bcc's to ensure that addresses remain anonymous.  Please help to keep Lydford safe and crime free by reporting any crime or suspicious activities you become aware of.  If in doubt ask us for advice.


Lydford comes under Shepton Mallet Police Station, but the front desk is no longer manned.  The nearest manned desks are at Yeovil and Wells.  To report crimes that have already occurred, suspicious incidents and activities, and for all police queries and other non-urgent matters call 101.  If you have any information about a crime or possible crime, but wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (free from landlines).  In a real emergency do not hesitate to dial 999.  There is a great deal of crime prevention information and other advice on  and you can also report non-urgent details about crime and incidents, as well as reporting lost property, through this site.  Our local Police Beat contact is PCSO Guy Dury.

Environment Agency

The Emergency Hotline for environment-related incidents, particularly in connection with flooding and the River Brue is 0800 80 70 60 which is manned 24 hours a day.

General Enquiry Line:  08708 506 506  or

The Walters and Pope Trust

The Walters and Pope Trust, dating from 1716, is established to provide a small amount of financial aid to those residents of the parish of Lydford on Fosse who are temporarily in need.  Further particulars may be obtained in confidence from the Trustees: Caroline Seehra 01963 240275, Lynne Mitchell, 01963 240159, or Ann Parkhouse 01963 240268

What happens in Lydford on Fosse