The Village

Like to know a little more about our lovely village? It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and you can learn more here and also about the Ilchester Estates connection.


In 1906 Sir Frederick Treves born in Dorchester wrote that it was "the most charming village in these Western backwoods". We'd like to think it still is the most charming village - peaceful and tranquil but we'll forget the backwoods! Enjoy a stroll through our pretty village with an abundance of thatched cottages and attractive houses and you'll feel you've stepped back in time.


Take a look at our Events Page to see what's happening in the village. You don't have to be a resident to come along!

Take a look at our 2019 MOGSS Winners


If you've got a family birthday, children's party or celebration coming up this summer ask about hiring our village hall - its a great venue for weddings as well as you can have a marquee on the green and we have a great kitchen with fantastic facilities for catering.


Spice up your winter evenings with these events at the Village Hall - Friday, November 15th - Italian Night and Friday, December 13th - The Big Quiz. 

The village has regular Boules every Tuesday starting May 7th at 4 pm by the tennis courts - weather permitting. All welcome to join in the fun.


If you love tennis join our Tennis Club - you don't have to live in the village to be a member - more here.  Fantastic value at just £30 p.a. for a family and £15 p.a. individual 

This website is a communication tool for the village as well as meeting legal transparency requirements. We hope you find the content of interest, whether you are a visitor or resident. If you would like to send details for publication (subject to approval) on the site please email


Read about the Thomas Hardy connection 


The Parish Council would like to thank Dorset POPP for their assistance in the purchase of the village defibrillator. 

The Village Hall Coffe Mornings - take place on the first Thursday of every month with homemade cakes, tea and coffee at a nominal cost with money going to the village hall restoration fund. 




Walk, cycle or ride! Join a group, form a group or go solo - even better go with your best 4 legged friend. Visit multiple churches, or take a short stroll to your local one and sign your name. Get yourself a sponsor or if you don't want to take part sponsor a friend. Drinks and biscuits provided for riders, striders and dogs in each church - for more details contact Ros Senior 01935 83229.

The next Parish Council Meeting

Monday, September 9th will be the next Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. All welcome and the next meeting will be Monday, November 11th.