2020/2021 Accounts

29th June 2021
Annual Returns

The Buckland Dinham Parish Council Annual Returns are now published. They can be viewed at the Finance page. Public Scrutiny is available fro Wednesday 30 June 2021 to Tuesday 10 August 2021. If you wish to view the books contact or call 01749 938104.

June 5Alive

17th June 2021

June 5Alive features, among many interesting articles, a picture of Buckland Dinham’s firs Parish meeting for two years and captures the evening that Clerk and Councillors first met face to face!

Buckland Dinham Parish Meeting

12th May 2021

We are back in the Village Hall!

Come and celebrate with us returning to face to face meetings for the first time in 14 months. Space will be limited to preserve distancing guidelines, but precautionary measures will be in place.
Although Covid has obviously impacted business, there are some good news items to share, and we do want to hear your views for the future, so we look forward to seeing you there.
You can see the Parish Meeting Agenda here.

5 Alive! May 2021

11th May 2021

Welcome to May’s scintillating 5 Alive! Download your copy here.

5Alive! April 2021

11th April 2021

The 5Alive! local magazine is available online. You can access it here 5Alive!

Thank you Pauline!

19th February 2021

On behalf of Buckland Dinham Parish Council, and all in Buckland
Dinham, I would like to thank Pauline Short, on her retirement as Buckland Dinham Parish Clerk.
For 28 years she has provided unwavering support and great efforts to our Parish and to our Council. She has managed so well to ensure that we have been kept up to date with Mendip, Somerset and Government matters. Pauline is part of many village activities, which I am sure she will continue, but the Council will miss her. We wish her well for a happy and long retirement. Hopefully, there will be opportunities for us to thank her in person in the months ahead.
I would also like to welcome, and introduce to you, Gill Pettitt who is the new Parish Clerk from 1st February 2021. Again, I hope you will be able to meet her before long. The email address remains
John Reckless

16 July – First Virtual Meeting

13th July 2020

This Thursday is the first attempt for Buckland to have a virtual meeting with the Parish Council! The agenda is already published on the meeting page and it will be necessary for it to be a shorter meeting than usual (Hurrah say some!!). The agenda is already published on the meeting page and residents are very welcome to attend as normal.

If you want to be there please email the clerk using the website link or by mailing any time between now and midday on Thursday 16th giving your name. Councillor Alan King will then contact you with the joining arrangements for the meeting. And – if you’re not familiar with Zoom don’t let that put you off. Joining the meeting is very simple and Alan will have sent you the instructions!

Good news on recycling and garden waste!

7th May 2020

Somerset Waste Partnership has just announced that recycling sites will reopen and garden waste collections will start again on Monday 11 May That has to be good news for most of us!!! Of course there are many temporary conditions you need to know about so please open the document to read all about it!!

Mendip Parish Briefing

19th April 2020

This regular briefing now comes from Mendip District Council and gives you lots of updates. In particular it has the number for their support line for help with any aspect of the Coronovirus issues. (know you are all getting support from each other if you need it, but this is an extra place to call for help!) For a quick check the number is 0300 790 6275 but do read all the other news, including the request, for everyones comfort and safety, to not light bombfires !

The Parish council is still here!

29th March 2020

In case you are wondering, the parish council is still here, but just a bit less obvious than it was! All meetings have been cancelled until further notice, and the notice board by the bus stop will remain out of use for now, but the council is still working via email, phone and various other means to deal with any issues that need attention.

Anything new and relevant to you all will be posted on this website under the “News” heading, so keep an eye on this page. Sometimes we will also use Facebook, initially on the Buckland Dinham Church and Village page

If you need to contact us about council matters, and don’t know how, simply email and your query will be passed to the right person

Somerset Waste Recycling

All Somerset Waste Recycling Sites have been closed until further notice. Visit for all updates

Another related to Covid-19

24th March 2020

The play area for children in the playing field has now been closed according to government requirements to help avoid spread of the virus. The open grass area is still there though for you to exercise. Of course please bear in mind the social distancing needs

Cancelled meeting, 25 March

For obvious reasons the council emergency meeting planned for 25 March has been cancelled. For now council will work to make decisions needed by consulting on line or by phone

Garden Waste Bins

22nd March 2020

Somerset Waste have announced that collection of garden waste bins have stopped for an unlimited time starting tomorrow, 22 March. For more detail visit or @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook

Covid-19. On the 25th March the Parish Council consider ways to continue to help

21st March 2020

The council is holding an Extraordinary Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 25th March to discuss a business continuity plan to put in place necessary ways to enable essential council business to continue if meetings are not possible during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The agenda, with the current plan that is envisaged, is already available on “Meetings”.  This will be a very short meeting as the plan has already been well discussed and considered and advice taken from our advisers but you are of course still entitled to be there to observe if you wish to.  Obviously consider everyone’s safety first and do not attend if you are ill or suspect you have been in contact with Covid-19

Also don’t forget we are all want to help you if you need help and, particularly if you are self- isolating, there are people in the village who are more than willing to do that. If you don’t know who they are, contact or talk to one of the parish councillors

We have anther vacancy. See the notice below

9th December 2019

Sadly Councillor Bob Tucker has also left the council leaving another vacancy for a parish councillor. A bye-election will be held if 10 electors request it. See the formal notice here councillorvacancy-website12-2019

Come and join us – A chance to help your village

2nd December 2019

We need a new parish councillor to fill the very big space left by Peter Corbett who has recently retired!  The village hasn’t requested the election offered so it is up to the 6 people, who would be your new “colleagues”, to find and appoint someone

How about you?  Fancy doing something different?  We wouldn’t expect you to fill all that big space left by Peter immediately!  You would be taking the current great team back up to the seven that is essential. So, if you’re interested, get in touch with any of the other councillors – John Reckless, Alan King, Bob Tucker, Ian Blair, Jon Swift or Viv Street – or email me, with your address and numbers, to I will ask one of them to make contact and tell you the truth about it all.   Do it soon please!


Resignation from the Council

31st October 2019

Our Chair of the Council, Peter Corbett, has recently resigned from the council and will be greatly missed! Peter has been a councillor for around 30 years, always giving his time freely to help the village. Thank you Peter for all you have done for us in that long time!

Due to this resignation a bye-election will be held to fill the vacancy if 10 electors from the parish request one by giving notice in writing to the Returning Officer at Mendip within 14 working days of 31 October. If no such notice is given the remaining councillors will fill the vacancy by co-option. Click here to give you all the details needed to request an election

The Parish Council needs you

1st May 2019

We need more councillors! How about you? If you are interested, talk to Peter Corbett, Alan King, John Reckless or Pauline Short to hear more about what being a councillor involves

Peter, Alan and John have already been appointed to the new council without election. Great to have them back, but nobody else volunteered!! We need another 4 willing volunteers please!!

District and Parish Council Elections, 2nd May

17th March 2019

Elections are coming! Are you interested in being a District Councillor or a Parish Councillor in Buckland Dinham? If so, Election Notices from Mendip District Council are below

These are the main actions to take now:-
1.Get a candidates pack with all the details by downloading from or by phone or visit to Mendip District Council.
2.Remember the important date and time of 4 pm on Wednesday 3rd April. This is the last time for delivering your completed forms to Mendip

Go on, give it a go! Election Day is 2nd May. You need to act soon!



Next meeting is now on 21st, not 28th, of February

25th January 2019

Please note that meeting date for January has been changed from 17th to 10th

3rd January 2019

Notice of Road Closure in November 2018

22nd October 2018

See pdf document for formal notice of the road closure planned to start on 12 November.  Please note that the alternative route shown on the map in the document has to be planned to be suitable for the largest vehicles normally using the A362. Small vehicles will have other options by using the minor roads we all know well.

This may be a temporary inconvenience but the work is badly needed to repair drainage at the bottom of the hill and, hopefully, rid us of the winter problems with ice there.  We are assured that everyone will be able to access their homes


Hot weather waste collections start at 6am – see note from Somerset Waste Partnership

24th July 2018


There’s a vacancy on the parish council. Are you interested?

4th May 2018

Click “councillor vacancy” below to find out about the procedure


Whether we have an election or whether the current council co-opts a new member, it is best to have willing volunteers.  The time involved need not be huge and it will give you the opportunity to make a contribution to your village

If you would like an informal chat about standing please contact  Tamsin Aston, chair of the council, or any of the other Parish Councillors

New Constitution for the playing field – Have your say

13th December 2017

Buckland Dinham Playing Field Association have updated their constitution and part of that process is that all residents should be given 21 days notice of the proposed amendments.  Here is a copy:- playingfield-constitution

If you have any comments to make please contact Susie Hicks, chair of the association, by 8th January 2018.  Susie can be contacted on 01373 464156 or by email at

Get ready for the Christmas waste and recycling

2nd December 2017


Annual Parish Meeting 18 May – Voneus will be there to answer questions

16th May 2017

  Agenda 18th May 2017 Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of Council

More from Somerset Waste Partnership

4th April 2017


Bank Holiday waste collections

23rd February 2017

Want to know about Bank Holiday waste collections for this year?  Open this


Newsletter from Somerset Waste Partnership

22nd February 2017


Bird Flu – Do you keep poultry?

16th January 2017

See this advice on how to keep all types of poultry safe from Avian Influenza


All you need to know about Faster Village Broadband

10th November 2016

Notes from village meeting with Voneus, 9 November 2016, to discuss potential for bringing faster broadband to the village

These notes are not full minutes of the meeting but encompass facts provided about the proposed new system

Voneus ( and overview of service to be provided

Company established in 2011 and focused on broadband, as one part of their service, since 2015. Appointed as an approved installer by the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project.  Has service level agreements in place and they are available to view on their website

Briefly the plan is to install the necessary equipment to create a network covering the whole village, with the potential to include surrounding villages and hamlets too.  Each house will have a CE radio receiver on the outside wall in line of sight with the sector antenna, a wired connection inside the house appropriate to the thickness of walls and a 4 point wireless router

Click here to read more…