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Local Information

Emergency sandbags are available from the store behind the Village Hall.                                                         

Keys can be obtained from: David Marsh - 01460 30139; Mike Stead - 01460 30237; John Higgs - 01460 30994

Wheelbarrow included!!

Thorncombe is covered by Lyme Regis Safer Neighbourhood Team who comprise of PC Richard Winward, PCSO John Burton, and PCSO Luke White. They are based at Lyme Regis Police Station and can be contacted on mobile 07500 816312 or via the Dorset Police non-emergency number 101. They can also be contacted by email at - 

REPORTING PROBLEMS WITH FLOODING AND DRAINAGE, ROADS, HEDGES OR FOOTPATHS                Use this link to report potholes, drainage and other highway problems or issues with hedges and footpaths. Dorset Council will assign a case reference number which can be used to track progress through to completion. Urgent issues should be assigned high priority and this is the most effective way to get an appropriate response for local service and maintenance issues. 

This is situated in Chard Street next to the school and consists of a large and a smaller hall. If you wish to hire this facility please contact Melanie on 01460 30822 email

This is situated up an alleyway off Chard Street, near the shop. 

Residents and vistors may join and use the open–air pool at any time except during school hours. The pool is usually open from April to October (depending on weather). Keys can be purchased from the Village Shop or School.

This is published monthly covering activities in the parishes of Thorncombe, Winsham and Cricket St. Thomas. Ordering and enquiries: Mrs Willoughby 0146030658.

A map of foot and bridle paths may be viewed at any reasonable time. (Parish Council footpath officer). Contact the Council regarding specific queries you may have to

Essex House Medical Centre, Chard (tel. 01460 63071)
Springmead Surgery, Chard (tel. 01460 63380)
Tawstock Medical Centre, Chard (tel. 01460 677630)
Barton House Surgery, Beaminster (tel. 0844 477 2444)
The Surgery, 24 Tunnel Road, Beaminster (tel. 01308 862225)
Yeovil District Hospital is the nearest accident and emergency hospital (tel. 01935 75122)

Thorncombe Parish has its' own team of First Responders – set up because it can take up to 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach us. The team is made up of volunteers who have been extensively trained in First Aid and have special instructions in the use of a defibrillator – in the case of cardiac arrest – and oxygen to use as a therapy in the case of breathing difficulties and during advanced resuscitation.

In the case of an emergency you MUST ring 999 and the Ambulance Control will call out the responder on duty who will be with you within a few minutes. Our aim is to offer help and support and to maintain the situation until the ambulance arrives. For a leaflet or for further information please e-mail. Volunteers are 
always welcome.

KNOW YOUR LOCATION To get the emergency services to you as quickly, it helps to have as much information regarding your whereabouts as possible. As well as an address and postcode etc., if you have a smartphone the services will recognise your what3words location. This is a downloadable application which will provide three words unique to you to within three metres. This is free and can be downloaded from your  relevant appstore . 

Thorncombe is represented on Dorset Council by Mr. Simon Christopher.
Planning enquiries should be made to the Planning Officer, Dorset Council, Dorchester (tel. 01305 – 251010).

MP for West Dorset is Rt Hon Chris Loader.

DUSTBIN and RECYCLING COLLECTIONS - Note new rubbish and recycling procedures have started
Rubbish is collected early on Thursdays. It is a pavement only collection. When the days are altered, for example during the Christmas Period, a notice is normally placed in the shop window. Material for recycling is collected on alternate Thursdays. It should be placed next to your normal rubbish in the containers provided.

Full details available on Dorset For You website link -

Glass, newspapers, cans, plastic and clothing:
Chard - Somerfield's car park
Crewkerne - Gateway/Leo's car park
Bridport - Coach car park
Glass and cans:
Thorncombe - Horseshoe Lane
Winsham - Bell Inn car park
Glass and plastic:
Beaminster - Car park behind Community Hall
Newspapers can be left in the church porch at Thorncombe

Chard – off the Ilminster/Taunton road towards Chaffcombe.
Crewkerne – off the station road, first right off the industrial estate.


(see full timetables at bus shelter)

Crewkerne and Axminster are on the Exeter to Waterloo line. There is a service in both directions approximately every two hours.
Taunton has an Intercity service to Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Aberdeen and Paddington.

Thorncombe Community Cars run a car service for essential journeys. Contact Councillor John Higgs

TELEPHONE NUMBERS for use in an emergency
SWEB – Taunton 0800 365900
SW WATER – (Sewage) 0800 378937
WESSEX WATER 0845 6004600
POLICE 01297 442603