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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-
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-
Mrs Anne Fleming (01963 240435) or firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings throughout the year can be viewed at:-
St Peter’s Church West Lydford has a bell tower with a peal of six bells (re-
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.
LEISURE AND SPORT
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-
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-
Top quality still-
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-
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
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
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
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-
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-
Food waste and recycling collections take place weekly. Garden Waste and Refuse Collections alternate at fortnightly intervals. (Brown Garden-
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 -
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-
The NHS 111 service has now replaced the previous NHS Direct, see the web page:-
Dental Emergencies: Somerset Dental Services: 0845 7697691
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-
The Parish operates a Neighbourhood Watch scheme co-
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-
The Emergency Hotline for environment-
General Enquiry Line: 08708 506 506 or www.environment-
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