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     Thorncombe Village Trust - caring for Thorncombe's environment

Thorncombe History

    There now is a dedicated email address for all queries relating to Thorncombe history:

Thorncombe lies in a very beautiful part of West Dorset, bordering Devon and Somerset. It falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) . The Parish is over 5,200 acres in extent and is principally agricultural land.  

Fields tend to be small and hilly with ancient hedgerows, while the access roads to the village are very narrow lanes, shaded in summer by tall trees including oaks, beeches and sycamores, and fringed with primroses, bluebells and cow parsley.

                                             Applications for Grants from TVT

Under the terms of its amended constitution, Thorncombe Village Trust (TVT) is now able to invite applications for grants from individuals or organisations wishing to undertake a project or activity which reflects one or more of the aims of the Trust.

Namely  to:

i) encourage and promote a greater interest in, and understanding of, the local environment and its history

ii) 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

iii) oppose unsuitable development in the Parish

iv) safeguard and enhance the countryside in the Parish.

The money granted must be used for the direct benefit of the Parish of Thorncombe only and for the public good, in such a manner and place that the Trustees can verify the grant has been appropriately used.

If you wish to make an application for funding, please request an application form in one of the following ways:

- Email the Secretary of the Trustees  on

- Pick up a form from inside the porch at The School House, Chard Street, Thorncombe (opposite the church)

- Download an application form and the guidelines from the TVT website         Application form   Guidelines for applications

Completed application forms need to be received by the end of September for an October decision and by  end of  February for a March decision by  the Board of  Trustees.

For any further information or if you have any questions, please talk to one of the trustees: Mark Agnew (30385), Kate Cahn (30054), John Higgs (30994), Richard Holt (30428), Mary Marsh (30139), Jan Walker (30212), John Whitbread (30525).

Collecting bluebell seeds for Johnson’s Wood

  Following advice from two experts from Axe Vale & District Conservation Society, a small group of us went along to the wood on Saturday, 15th July. The object was to collect indigenous bluebell seeds and sow them under the trees, thereby establishing a colony in the woodland.

Armed with plastic tubs, we found the seeds nearby and tapped them into the tubs, surprised at how many seeds it takes to cover  even the base of a tub……then, under the trees, we scraped away some of  the surface leaves and soil, scattered  seeds and covered them. Luckily it rained a few days later. It takes 3 years for a seed to produce flowers, so it’s clearly a long-term project, and it will be repeated on a yearly basis.

Anyone walking in woodland around here at this time of year - July/August - could consider popping a small container in their pocket and collecting some seeds. Please make sure they are the real indigenous bluebells and not the Spanish variety.

Wilfrid Potter - a correction

It was brought to our notice that we have been spelling Wilfrid’s name incorrectly all these years. The correct spelling is Wilfrid and we have been referring to him as Wilfred.  Many  thanks to his long-time friend Emma Saunders who contacted us and prompted the search for accuracy. His cousin Marina looked through old papers and discovered , to her own surprise, that it was indeed Wilfrid. We will try to correct all the references to him on this site, but please excuse any that are missed and let us know so we can change them.

Those of us that remember Wilfrid Potter often think of him walking or cycling the roads around Thorncombe. How appropriate then  that a new road being named in his memory should be called Potter Walk. The new road will be on a development being built on the site of  the school in which he taught for many years,  Westwoods Grammar School, Northleach, in the Cotswolds. Many of his former pupils remembered him with fondness and affection, and the decision to call the road after Wilfrid was made unanimously. Wouldn’t he have loved that?

More on Wilfrid here,   including a newly posted account from Richard Holt about Wilfrid’s time in Pakistan. Many thanks Richard.

New photos of Wilfrid as a baby and child have been kindly  lent by Mrs Sheila Holloway.  Look at them here

Parish Poorhouses and Workhouse…..and how the hamlet of School house got its name


 Church View, Chard St ,Thorncombe, once the    parish workhouse.

  The latest addition to the website is this fascinating piece of   detective work  from Eve Higgs, now published in Somerset and   Dorset Notes and  Queries.

 Read the full story here


             The TVT Trustees held their Annual General Meeting on 4th May 2017. Minutes of the meeting can be read and downloaded here.

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