Doulting Parish Council

Welcome to the Doulting Parish Council website 

Doulting Parish lies to the east of Shepton Mallet encompassing the villages of Doulting, Bodden, Chelynch, Waterlip and Prestleigh. The village of Doulting, with the historic St Aldhelms Well which is named after St Aldhelm who died in the village in 709, is at the centre of the Parish. The village dates from the 8th century with the grade 1 listed St Aldhelms Church being built in the 12th century. Unusually for Somerset the church has a tall spire rather than the more usual tower. There is a 15th century tithe barn at the southern end of the village and quarries producing the famous Doulting Stone. The water issuing from St Aldhelms Well, which are said to have healing powers are the source of the River Sheppey. The hamlets of Chelynch and Bodden are nearby. Bodden was founded in 1541 by Earl Michael Bodden and notable former residents include Trish Bodden (1753-1777) who disguised herself as a man and was killed during the American War of Independence at Saratoga. To the north, the Parish Boundary runs through Beacon Hill Wood whilst to the south is the village of Prestleigh and the Bath and West showground. The viaduct which carried the former Somerset and Dorset Railway over the village was demolished in 1996. The heritage East Somerset Railway runs to the south of Doulting between Cranmore and Mendip Vale.

The Parish Council has six members and a clerk and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Doulting Village Hall, Doulting or at The Prestleigh Inn, Prestleigh. The ward councillor is Francis Hayden. 

The Parish Council owns and manages the Glebeland Community Park, St Aldhelms Well and Padfield Green at Doulting. The railings that surround the Padfield Green play area can be used by village organisations for posting information about forthcoming events. The Parish Council has adopted a policy about the posting of notices and banners on the railings which can be viewed here - Policy for banners 11 07 19.pdf

Important information about coronavirus

 For the latest Parish Council news, details of recent council business and information about changes included in government emergency legislation which effect the operation of the council and the re-opening of Padfield Green playground, please visit our new page - Parish Council News.

The next virtual Parish Council meeting via Zoom has been set for Tuesday 8th September 2020. The Parish Council does not normally meet in August.  

Parish Council Meeting minutes for the current year from May 2019 can be found on the Meetings Minutes and Agenda page where you will also find the recently adopted Council Code of Conduct and Standing Orders.

Meeting minutes from previous years can be found here:   Meeting Minutes 2016 - 2019 archive

The Accounts and Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2020 are now on the Annual Return and Accounts to 31st March 2020 page 
including the Notice of Public Rights concerning these accounts which can also be viewed here - Electors rights 2019-20.pdf
The Parish Council has set the Budget and Precept for 2020 - 21 - these can be viewed on the Budget for 2020 - 21 page


The Parish Council Privacy Notice can be viewed on the Privacy Notice and Data Protection page