Buckland St Mary is a small village nestling in the folds of the Blackdown Hills in Somerset, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Parish of Buckland St Mary is one of the largest in Somerset. Although the majority of the 521* inhabitants are spread over a large area, the nucleus of the village is centred around our large Victorian Church, and thriving Village School. The centre of the village also used to have a Post Office / General Store and Pub which are sadly now closed, however The Eagle Tavern which is situated just outside the village provides good pub food and a friendly atmosphere. There are several other good pubs and local restaurants in the area as well as places to stay.
The parish incorporates five small hamlets, Birchwood, Blackwater, Blindmoor, Dommett and Newtown.
This is a very rural area and the majority of farming is dairy, there being about 2000 head of cattle in total. We even have a farm in the middle of the village opposite the Church. In addition we also have two farms rearing pigs, and two producing eggs.
The Somerset County Town of Taunton is nine miles away and the nearest towns of Chard and Ilminster are only six miles in the opposite direction. The towns of Taunton and Chard are easy to reach by car or bus.There are a number of places to visit locally, including the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Cricket St. Thomas Gardens, The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Ferne Animal Sanctuary.Taunton, the County Town, has many leading retailers and places of entertainment, including the Brewhouse Theatre.
Towns and villages on th
e Dorset and Devon World Heritage Coast, are about 15 miles away, include Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, Beer, Charmouth, Seaton and Branscombe.For the walkers there are many fine walks locally as well as the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Somerset Levels are within easy reach.
Chard Bed Moves – public drop-in sessions
Last week Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust announced that the community hospital beds in in Chard Community Hospital will be moved to other local hospitals by the end of October 2017, to make sure enough staff are available for patients during winter.
Nursing staff will move with the hospital beds and then the two inpatient wards will be temporarily closed.
All other services provided at each community hospital, including the minor injury units and outpatient clinics, will remain in place and operate as usual.
Drop in sessions have been arranged for Friday 20 October. Senior staff will be available to explain this decision and to listen to views about what we are doing.
Timing: 11am – 7pm
Venue: Chard Council Offices, The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard
*Office for National Statistics ; National Records of Scotland ; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (2016): 2011 Census aggregate data. UK Data Service (Edition: June 2016)
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