Winter Roads Gritting Proposal

Our colleagues at the Blackdown Hills Parish Network have sent us the following:

SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL has recently announced that it is proposing no longer to grit roads to settlements which are 500 feet or more above sea level, roads which lead into adjoining counties, and school links between urban and rural areas.

If implemented this will have a considerable impact on our safe travel between villages and on regular routes across the Blackdown Hills on both sides of the county boundary.

SCC’s Blackdowns ward councillor Ross Henley has started a petition at and is looking for support for his campaign to persuade SCC to review this proposal. Please encourage anyone who may be affected to sign up before October 17th.


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Britain on Film: Rural Life – Memorial Hall, September 19th

Relive the leisure and labour of our rural past on screen at Broadhembury Memorial Hall, 19th September 2018, at 3.00 p.m. and at 7.30 p.m.


The Parish Council has received the following invitation from the Memorial Hall Committee with a request to publicise a fascinating event they are running on the 19th of September.

It can sometimes seem hard to imagine the UK before smartphones and our era of hyperconnectivity and remember the simple pleasures that could be found in the diverse and beautiful landscapes of all our home nations.

Broadhembury Memorial Hall is offering you the chance to go back to those halcyon days with Britain on Film: Rural Life on 19th September 2018 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but there will be donation request on leaving. Light refreshments will be available.

This new film features archive footage of the whole of the UK’s countryside. The film is also a chance to see Laurie Lee’s hymn to the beauty of the West of England, a country pub landlord charged with raising the alarm against the Russians and one of the UK’s first sound documentary films, with a shepherd protecting his flock in a documentary shot in the Cheviot Hills.

For more information on the event, including a list of the films that will be shown, please download their flyer below.



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Cycling Event, Saturday 20th October 2018

We have been advised of a cycling event taking place on Saturday 20th October this year. The event starts and finishes at Bicton College. There are 3 routes, one of which will pass through the parish of Broadhembury.

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Full details, including how to enter for the very keen amongst you, can be found on the event website here. Expect extra traffic and lots of cyclists on the day. Anyone keen on helping out at the event should also take a look at the website as they need volunteers to help.

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Honiton Ring & Ride

News from the local Ring & Ride service:

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Hembury Fort

Friday 27th of May saw the official opening of the new plaque at Hembury Fort to detail and record the project work completed by The Hembury Fort Management Team in their preservation efforts these past few months. You may not have been aware of the amount of work that has gone on at the site, which is a testament to the care the team have lavished on the site during their work there. Hembury Fort is technically within the boundaries of Payhembury parish, but many of us in Broadhembury Parish know the site, but perhaps not as much about the history as we could.

The Hembury Fort Management Team have created an excellent website which lays out the work that has been done, why the work needed to be done, and more besides including resources for education and links to other sites which together help explain why this is such a special place.

This excellent video serves as a great primer for the whole project:

The dashed green line on the map below represents the public footpath on Hembury Fort. Take care when driving out as the road can be busy.

Image created using the excellent OS Maps online mapping system available at:


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