Nestling at the foot of the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the parish of Compton Bishop comprises the settlements of Cross, Newtown, Rackley, Webbington and of course Compton Bishop itself.

Compton Bishop nestles in an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), visited by many who appreciate the beautiful breath-taking scenery. The parish has a network of more than 13 miles of well-used public footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths which provide a wonderful variety of routes with Crook Peak and Wavering Down dominating the sky-line. This area of The Mendip Hills is owned and cared for by the National Trust and provides a peaceful recreational space for all who visit.

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Parish of Compton Bishop

Vacancy for Parish Councillors

There is a vacancy for two Parish Councillors to be co-opted onto the Parish Council which meets monthly in Cross Hall.

If you'd like to know more or know someone who would be interested, contact either The Clerk, (email : comptonbishoppc@hotmail.com) or any member of the Council. There is an application form which you can either request from the clerk or download from here (Form CV2). 


 Cross Lane Footpath, A38 and Cross Lane Safety Proposals

The Parish Council Meeting on 24th October 2018 accepted Somerset Highways proposals for the construction of a footpath in Cross Lane, a pedestrian refuge on the A38, road markings and lighting on the A38 and Cross Lane. The following documents can be viewed by clicking on the title, below:

 Update on project Indicative layout map 

Somerset CC Road Plan : Somerset CC Lighting Plan 


All aboard for the Trafalgar Dinner

The Friends of Compton Bishop Church have been invited to utilise the Trafalgar Dinner at Cross Memorial Hall on Saturday 20 October 2018 as a fund-raising event. The dinner will be run as a wardroom mess dinner following the traditions of the Royal Navy as far as that is possible. Numbers are limited to 34 at the table. Tickets are available at £21.50 a head including all except your table wine which will be available to purchase by the bottle (£10) on the night. There is an opportunity to add a sum to your ticket purchase as a donation, which part can then be ‘gift-aided’. A vegetarian main course will be available if requested in advance.

For tickets please contact Chris Laney (FCBC Secretary) at Westways, Old Coach Road, Cross BS26 2EH /christine.laney@btinternet.com/ 01934 732445. It should be a great evening and in a good cause.



Compton Bishop Parish defibrillators

The three defibrillators are now up and running and are located at :

 1)White Hart BT box ( BS26 2EF) 

 2)BT box at the end of Church Lane on Webbington rd ( BS26 2EX) 

3)Webbington Hotel to the left of the reception steps ( BS26 2HU) 

Please take a note of the one nearest to your home and make an accessible list of people and their telephone number who could assist in retrieving a defibrillator in an hour of need. 

Defibrillators increase the chances of survival following cardiac arrest so please make a plan in your household of what to do After you have telephoned 999. The ambulance service will give you the keypad access code to your nearest defibrillator.

Automated public defibrillators can be used by anyone trained or untrained as they talk you through step by step.This is a very useful video if you didn’t attend the training session and wish to learn more.https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/how-to-use-a-defibrillator-and-save…

Do contact Tracey Brownlow if you require further information on how to access or use a defibrillator on 07731892294


The Parish Council is raising funds, through grants, to have our finger posts repaired and re-furbished. It is hoped that work will be able to start later this year.




Dog attacks on livestock

During December, there have been a number of attacks by a dog, or dogs, resulting in domestic chickens in Compton Bishop being killed. The dog(s) was not on a lead. In mid December one ram had its back leg torn by an attack from a dog and two sheep killed in Cross Quarry. A local farmer reported that he has lost 22 sheep since they were put out for grazing, in May/June, on our local hills around Crook Peak and Cross Plain. It is not known whether this is the work of one rogue dog or more but the owners, if located, can be held responsible and prosecuted. The most recent incident was seen to be a loose dog terrorising of pregnant ewes up and down the side of the hill chasing them and splitting them in all directions chasing one down into the bushes. The dog was caught after 10 minutes but no information was reported. It is possible that many ewes will miscarry after this incident.

Please follow the Countryside Code and keep dogs on a lead and controlled at all times when livestock are present and do not let your dog out of your sight and control.


Don’t be fooled by Council Tax scammers

A phone call that promises to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of up £120 may sound like a great offer, but you can find out if your band can be lowered for free. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of Council Tax scammers who may offer you deals to reduce monthly payments or reduce your banding. SDC has taken calls from worried residents, so are warning everyone not to be duped. One current scam that has been bought to the district council’s attention is from a company claiming to be called ‘All Claim Solutions’ who say they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office or Sedgemoor District Council and ask for £120 to lower your Council Tax banding. Please note this is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council or the Valuation Office, despite their phone number being very similar to that of SDC.  Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals. You will not be charged for the service.

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on who will be able to offer help and advice on 0300 303 7801.

If you have given over personal details, we would advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.



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