In April 2010 residents of Misterton began to develop a Village Plan with a view to the future of the village. The first public consultation was held on 27th April 2010 where there was general agreement for a Village Plan to be developed. The Parish Council undertook to form a steering committee and with the active help of a number of volunteers the plan began to take shape. 

 Please click on the links below:

 PURPOSE OF THE PLAN 
MISTERTON VILLAGE SURVEY RESULTS 
Do You Know Your Village?
CHARITIES 
MAP 
HISTORY 
 
CHURCHES 
PARISH COUNCIL 
SCHOOLS 
HOUSING 
FARMING 
LOCAL BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYMENT 
TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT 
COMMUNICATIONS 
SOCIAL AND LEISURE AMENITIES 
 
TURNPIKE GREEN  
VILLAGE HALL 
W.I   

Our village plan is intended to be an evolving document, a route planner highlighting the direction in which development of Misterton is determined over the next decade. It identifies local issues through the information provided by the community.

Everyone participated by having the opportunity to voice their opinion, and be involved in creating the Village Plan. It is about local people helping to decide the future of their village.

The results will produce evidence of need when applying for funding, and monitor the results of actions the community wish to see taken. All information and results will be published on the Parish Council Website, and in the Misterton Village Magazine which is distributed to every household.

The Village Plan identifies local issues because it is underpinned by consultation with the community whose collective views provide important information. This in turn is a valuable resource for Local Government who can access the website for local information. Strong collective demand could influence future policies and increase our chances when decisions on funding future projects and village planning and services are being considered. It provides grass roots information which can feed through to local resources for the benefit of our community. 

It has to be consistent with the policies and proposals in the Local Development Framework and to this end consultation with SSDC has been undertaken during its formulation.

It takes into consideration social, economic and environmental issues of concern to the community and the long term vision for Misterton.

The Village Plan will hopefully provide a better Misterton where people are happy to live.

We have to look ahead; Misterton is a growing community which has consequences for services and facilities in the future.

Some changes can be achieved quickly, others will take longer and sometimes Action Groups will be required to make them happen. Some may not be feasible, but all will be considered in the process.

The Village Plan is the responsibility of the steering group. At present it is the Parish Council which has and will continue to play a proactive and leadership role. It is hoped that the community in general will continue to support the Plan and actively participate in its progress.

The Village Plan reflects the aspirations of the community to achieve improvement and a decent quality of life for everybody in Misterton during the next decade, and beyond.

The continued constant development of the plan will ensure it matches changing needs.

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Results from the first Misterton Village Survey conducted on September 1st 2010

This plan has been prepared as a 'living' document capable of being constantly updated as circumstances and resources change.

It has been prepared under the leadership of your Parish Council with the active support and involvement of many villagers.

A survey was conducted within all the households of the village, yielding over 55% returns.

The plan is intended to respond to the issues raised by the community.

Our objective is to ensure that Misterton as a community addresses the concerns of the villagers and that our village continues to be developed as an ever increasingly attractive place in which to live.

 

The Responses

Total number of mentions: 880
Top 5 topics: 417 mentions = 47% of total
4 of the top 5 mentions refer to traffic and highway issues
Other items mentioned with a score of one for each

  • Village Directory on the Internet
  • Station Booking Office to remain open pm
  • Relocation of Village School to safer site
  • Regular Drain Clearance
  • Regular attention to local footpaths
  • Reg. Transport for elderly to Crewkerne Soc. Cen
  • Provision of water supply at allotments
  • Promotion of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
  • Outdoor gym equipment for everyone (Dorchester)
  • Notice board at Northern end of village
  • More allotments
  • Improvement of access to Cemetery
  • Film club
  • Enhance approach to village with bulbs/flowers
  • Baby swing in Packers Way playground
  • Lengthsmen to keep village tidy

THE BIG ISSUE

Traffic

In 2008 temporary traffic lights were installed while road works were carried out. It so improved the conditions of safety and congestion that a traffic survey was conducted in January 2009 with a 23% return rate, it found that;

90% agreed that there should be a weight restriction on vehicles travelling through Misterton. The signage from the A37 Dorchester to Yeovil road states no HGV's to use the A356 but on the A303 it is signed as an HGV route.

 It would be useful if the signage were consistent!
60% thought that the 20mph zone should be extended.

 BUT the most pressing priority for Misterton was traffic control. 80% of respondents together with comments from people in surrounding villages were of the opinion that traffic lights should be installed.

A survey on the volume of traffic through Misterton was also conducted in 2008, revealing that 350-500 HGV's pass through Misterton daily.

In 2010 a Speed Watch survey confirmed that 400 vehicles per hour travel through Misterton.

Consultation findings from the survey revealed that the most pressing priority for Misterton residents was traffic control. No results can be achieved if individuals act in isolation, but now that we have a Village Plan we can come together in unison and talk as a group to the Local Authorities in the hope of some positive solutions.

OBJECTIVES

Aim to achieve traffic control / calming in Misterton to improve safety and relieve Misterton of congestion.

ACTION- short term

The Parish Council Roads working Party will continue the dialogue with the Highways Department to improve the traffic conditions in the village. We intend to request regular reviews with Highways to promote Misterton as a special case in comparison with surrounding villages and suggest to them some achievable cost-effective and successful solutions. If this fails, we plan to seek help from higher authority.

ACTION- long term

A relief road will be built in Crewkerne to reduce congestion within the town in conjunction with the proposed CLR development. The road will meet the A30 in the proximity of Wadham School and emerge onto the A356 at the junction with Blacknell Lane Industrial Estate. This will inevitably lead to more traffic through Misterton which has already had to absorb traffic from the Maiden Beech development and the Bradford Mills development in the village.

In the long term, clearly a by-pass will be required. A partial by-pass is planned for Crewkerne with the CLR proposal. The residents of Misterton must insure that the CLR development also incorporates a vision for a link road for the relief of traffic in Misterton. This proposal has been registered in a consultation programme for the South Somerset Local Development Framework.

Result to date

The 30mph zone has been extended to the Cemetery and the 20mph zone is now supported by Vehicle Activated Signs to warn drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit (2014). 

PARKING

The issue of parking in Middle Street was the next priority highlighted in the survey. There is a shortage of parking spaces in Misterton in general. Those living in Middle Street, not surprisingly, are in favour of parking. Others who live outside of Misterton are in favour of parking restrictions. The Middle Street residents would suffer considerable lifestyle and economic hardship if such restrictions were introduced. Middle Street residents already have to find parking in adjacent streets.

Furthermore when there are no cars parked along Middle Street we have experienced high speed and dangerous driving through the village. Clearly the parking has a double benefit!

OBJECTIVES

Aim to maintain most of the present parking space and find further parking for residents and for the School.

ACTION

 To make enquiries as to and to approach landowners with space to spare or if that fails, examine the feasibility of compulsory purchase.

SCHOOL

Misterton school children face a very hazardous conditions every day. There is no pavement by the school and the school exit is highly dangerous with no effective drop-off point for those children in parents' transport. There is no space for dropping off and collecting the children from school.

OBJECTIVES

To obtain a safe crossing for the school and to create a sustainable drop-off point.

ACTION

We are negotiating and hoping that the 106 agreement with Betterment Homes for the Bradford Mills development will provide this very necessary priority.

Result to date

Betterment Homes has agreed to provide a pelican crossing for the school

HOUSING

Affordable housing was highlighted in the survey as being important.

OBJECTIVES

To ensure that any future development in Misterton will include a proportion of affordable housing.

ACTION

Betterment Homes has planned for some affordable housing in the proposed development at Bradfords Mill.

Result to date

Unfortunately Betterment Homes has had the requirement for 10 affordable homes at the Bradfords Mill development removed (end of 2014).

GRIT BINS

Due to the problems encountered during the harsh winters the Survey considered the placing of Grit Bins around the village to be important.

OBJECTIVES

To provide Grit Bins and grit strategically located at danger spots.

ACTION

To obtain quotes for and allocate sites for the bins in order that the Villagers can help themselves during icy conditions.

Result to date

Six grit bins have been installed around the village for villagers to use the grit on public footpaths and roads (2012).

DROP IN CENTRE AND LUNCH CLUB

As a direct result from the Village Survey the W.I hope to introduce a monthly luncheon club/coffee morning, open to all.

Result to date

The WI runs a monthly coffee morning .

 VILLAGE SHOP

Between 2002 and 2004 a Village Shop was planned, however due to location problems the initiative failed.

Although the idea of having a Village Shop was popular on the Village Survey, the general feeling among those who were involved before is that it would need a real entrepreneurial group to:

A) Find a location with parking
B) Find the money to start one up
C) Keep it going

Unless there is a group of people willing to take the initiative then it will not be viable.

ACTION

To approach Misterton Garage in order to gauge their opinion on incorporating a shop within their premises.

Result to date

Misterton Garage is experimenting with selling milk and bread and other goods with a view to expansion. Subject to support.

IMPROVED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Misterton is fortunate to have a toddler's playground and a recreation ground. It also has a football and tennis club.

OBJECTIVE
To find ways of providing facilities for older children in the village.

ACTION
To request a MUGA facility as part of the Betterment Homes Section 106 agreement.

Result to date

A Multi Use Games Area has been installed on the Rec
with a Grand Opening on 28 June 2013.

What next?
The village Plan is now a permanent fixture on the Misterton Parish Council website (www.mistertonparishcouncil.org.uk)

The plan will hopefully serve as a credible base for information, proposals and action plans. It will be a forum for all members of the community to contribute and access.

The Village Plan provides everybody with a voice and the opportunity to express their opinions on what actions they wish to see taken in their local area, which will in turn help influence the policies and decisions of the future.

There will be from time to time a requirement for more Village Surveys. Now that the successful first survey and subsequent results are published, it is to be hoped that more and more participation from the community will be forthcoming to plan for the future prosperity of Misterton.

A Village Plan should never be finished, it is published online in order that it will be a living document with Misterton's full commitment and community spirit behind it.

Please; 

Comment on it
Respond to it
Question it

and above all...

Use it!

Yours Sincerely

The Parish Council

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 Charities

Crewkerne Almshouses

 (The Matthew Chubb, Mary Davis and Others Almshouses Charity)
 
Why you may ask are details of a Crewkerne charity appearing on the Misterton Village Plan? The answer is simple- The Almshouses were set up for the residents od Crewkerne, West Crewkerne and Misterton. The Trustees are bound to give priority to these areas, firstly with current residents, followed by former residents and finally those with strong connections or family ties.
Residents are over the age of 55 - married or single, as the charity has four houses suitable for couples and four for single people. Being residents, not tenants, no rent is charged but a payment is required towards the maintenance of the buildings and water rates.
The Charity was founded in 1605 in Crewkerne, with accommodation in Court Barton. Another block was erected in West Street, to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee. Plaques on the walls give some detail and were recently renovated to make them easier to read.
The Charity is administered by eight Trustees- four nominated via Crewkerne Town Council (2), West Crewkerne Parish Council (1) and Misterton Parish Council (1). Four others with particular skills- builders, plumbers, electricians etc. Are co-opted. The Trustees, who serve for a minimum of four years and give their services at no cost to the Charity, are assisted by a Warden and a Clerk. It is a registered Charity, regulated by the Charity Commission.
The Trustees meet regularly and advertise vacancies when they occur and consider applications from prospective residents, which include home visits. The Warden and Clerk look after the day to day running of the complex, in liaison with the Chairman of the Trustees.
Further information on the Charity can be obtained from Tony Foot, who is the current Chairman and Misterton's representative on the Board of Trustees.
 
The Owsley and Norris Charity
 
This charity was founded in 1625 (nearly 400 years ago) as the Owsley Charity, subsequently taking over from the Church, the bequest of the Rev. Norris in the last century. It is a registered Charity, regulated by the Charity Commission.
This is a Misterton based Charity, solely for the benefit of the Misterton Residents. Its primary aim is to support our older single people but help can be given to younger single people and occasionally families. A distribution is made every year, usually at Christmas time but grants have been made during the year, such as when help was given towards the travelling costs of a family whose baby was in Bristol Hospital, where they needed to visit daily.
The Charity's income is not great- the bulk coming from the rent of some seventeen acres of land that is owned around the village, coupled with money from the Village Fete and donations. It was a condition of owning the land that a side of beef was given each year to the boys of Crewkerne Grammar School- thankfully this has fallen by the wayside.
The Charity is administered by four Trustees- two appointed by the Parish Council (Ken Prescott and Tony Foot), who serve for a minimum of four years- plus two co-opted Trustees with local knowledge (Pat Stuffins and Jan Wilson), who serve for a minimum of five years- to give continuity. An annual report is made to the Parish Council.
The Charity goes about their work quietly with regular meetings when local knowledge and requests from villagers are used to decide where help will be given.
Further information on the Charity can be obtained from any of the Trustees.

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Misterton

The village of Misterton is situated on the A356 between Crewkerne and South Perrott.

Early records go back beyond Doomsday but it is clear for all to see, that much of the development took place at the end of the 19th Century after the advent of Railway Communications.

The result is an imbalanced map work with much of the village in ribbon development along a narrow road which has since become the main thoroughfare for increasing traffic moving from Dorset to the Bristol area.

Effective detours around Misterton simply do not exist- the junction at Hazelbury Plucknett where the A3066 meets the A30 is not suitable for HGV's.

Thus Misterton is destined to play host to HGV's for some years to come with little or no scope within our Village to alleviate the effects.

Please click on the link below to view the map of Misterton in detail

/Core/Misterton-PC/UserFiles/Files/Misterton.pdf 

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Whilst there is considerable speculation that there was a settlement in Misterton in Roman times, the first substantive evidence dates from the latter part of the Norman Conquest. The Old Court was constructed in the 13th century and acted for many years thereafter as the 'administrative headquarters' of the village. The other large houses in Church Lane were built as residences of Misterton's landed gentry. Other big houses were also constructed like Dry Close in Newbury Lane and the Vicarage (now Bartrims Haye).

The Victorian age saw the re-building of the Church, the School, mains sewerage and the Cemetery Chapel. The water-powered mill at Mill Farm (then known as Paddockslake Mill) served the village for many centuries. The old name for the village stream was the Paddockslake.

The parish of Misterton- comprising 1450 acres- was for many centuries farming based, and the present day lanes (like Unity, Newbury, Mill and Swan) all once served as access tracks to the farmlands. The fields between Mill Farm and the present day Bradford's site was once "common land" divided into strips for each village family. A small number of fields for the "village poor" still exist in Misterton: they were established in the 1600s by the Reverend Owsley, the local vicar who loved the area.

Before the advent of maps, beating of the village bounds used to take place once a year. This served to inform Misterton villagers as to the limits of "their" territory. The parish boundary was based on natural features such as the river Parrett to the north, the hills surrounding Badgers Glory and Henley to the south, also the Lichen stream (on the Mosterton road) and the Viney stream in Cathole Bridge Road to the east and west. The western boundary is now irregular at Viney Bridge- though the rationale for the transfer of this piece of Misterton parish to Crewkerne has never been satisfactorily explained.

The coming of the railway in the 1850s sparked a real turning point in village fortunes- and large numbers of Misterton people were employed in running the station, the adjoining sidings and maintaining the track itself. But the railway also changed the landscape. The huge embankment between Upon Hill and Silver Street came about following the construction of Crewkerne Tunnel. How much more attractive a viaduct would have been.

Misterton's conservation area has it's nucleus in Church Lane but extends south just beyond Knowle corner. Viewed from that point- looking towards The Globe- the street scene has basically changed little over the last century. 

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St Leonard's Church

St Leonard's Church is only just over 100 years old, the original Church having burnt down. The Church is part of the Wulfric Benefice which comprises of Crewkerne, Wayford, Clapton Churches, North Perrott and Haselbury Plucknett. We share a priest with North Perrott and Haselbury Plucknett. There is a service in the Church three Sundays in the month, but the first Sunday the services rotate around the other two Churches. The Church is open during the day from Easter to the end of September. During the winter months it is closed.

1st Sunday- 10am United Eucharist (this rotates with the other two parishes)

2nd Sunday - 11am - Holy Communion
3rd Sunday - 9.30am - Holy Communion
4th Sunday - 8am - Holy Communion
5th Sunday - 10am

 (When there is a 5th Sunday this also rotates with the other two parishes)

The Church Electoral Roll stands at 46. The majority of these are regular members of the congregation. The Parish Share is raised by Sunday services and some of the proceeds from the Annual Village Fete.

The Church is well attended by villagers at special services such as Easter, Harvest, Christmas and the Village Carol Service. Baptisms and Weddings also take place during the year.

The grounds and the Church are maintained by either members of the congregation or by local craftsmen when needed.

Vicar: Rev Jonathan Morris     Tel: 01460 72356
Church Warden: Robert Jeffreys   Tel: 01460 279827
Treasurer: Maureen Shepley   Tel: 01460 73798

Misterton Baptist Chapel

The Baptist Chapel at Misterton is one of the two buildings used by Crewkerne and Misterton Baptist Church, the other being at North Street, Crewkerne. The Chapel has been a focal point in village life for over a century, having being opened in 1876.

Today Sunday services are held here every week and a number of local people see the Chapel as their spiritual home. In 2010, the average Sunday congregation is 15 people, with larger numbers at Family Services which are held throughout the year. The Chapel continues to be a focus for activities among children and younger people, through Kingfisher Club and Club Rock. There is also a thriving fortnightly meeting for ladies at the Chapel.

The Baptist Chapel is also available and used for important milestones in the lives of local people, for example marriages and funerals.

Sadly the Baptist Chapel closed in Misterton in December 2016.




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Your Parish Council is your duly elected body which represents local views in a 3 tier system of Local Government.  We also have South Somerset District Council and Somerset County Council as your local government authorities.

The Parish Council's authority is severely limited - we can only for instance, comment on planning applications; decisions are made at SSDC level. Many wonder why Parish Councils exist but the Council is very active in detailed matters which affect the quality of life here in Misterton - footpaths, cemetery maintenance, playground cleanliness and safety, grit bins recreation grounds maintenance, just to name a few. 

The Parish Council has the option of electing to become a Quality Council which would radically increase its authority and that remains in our future plans.

Our survey showed a high degree of contentment within our village for its facilities, ranging from two Churches to a railway station and a fine village hall and recreation grounds. The most important issue in people's minds is traffic congestion, parking and related safety issues. They remain a priority in the Parish Council's work, but these are the areas with the most limitation on our authority and influence. 

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 Misterton Village School

 Misterton Church of England First School has served the local community since 1874.

As of October 2010 there were 64 children on our roll, organized into three classes. In addition to the head teacher, we have two full time teachers and two part time teachers. The teaching staff is supported by four teaching assistants, a school secretary, three lunchtime supervisory assistants and a crossing patrol lady.

The school offers a wide range of extra- curricular and sporting activities and is well supported by the local community from which the majority of its governing body is elected.

We have strong links to our pre-school that is based in our village hall.  In addition we also have strong links to two other schools in Crewkerne with whom we share staff, expertise and resources.

The schools previous OFSTED inspection in 2007 graded the school as good overall with a number of outstanding features.

The  schools recent OFSTED inspection (October 2010) overall was Good with Outstanding for Governance, Care Guidance and Support.

It was praised with its links to the Community and the Church, and it's strong links with parents and partner schools.

Head Teacher:       Carol Wills
Telephone:           01460 72745
Email:  office@mistertonfirst.somerset.sch.uk


Misterton Pre-School Group

The Misterton Pre-School Group has been registered since 1993. It is managed by a committee of parents and staff.

The group is situated in the Village Hall in Unity Lane, and caters for children aged 2 to 4 years.

The children have plenty of opportunity for outdoor activity with access to the adjacent recreation ground and play park.

The group is OFSTED registered and had recently received a 'GOOD' report.

All the staff has Childcare and First Aid qualifications and include a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

The Early Years curriculum is followed from the age of 3 years.

The Group is open five mornings each week including a Lunch Club, Monday to Friday.

For further information please contact:

The Supervisor   07741271489

Email- preschool.misterton@gmail.com




 




 
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  In September 2010 Misterton Parish has some 806 people in residence. Women outnumber men by 8% with a 417/389 split. The bulk of the homes are owner occupied (82%), with social housing representing 13% and private rental 5%. The population is projected to grow by 4% or 32 residents by 2014, if no major developments take place. The residents are predominately of white ethnic origin.

However, if the proposed housing estate on the former Bradford's Mill site goes ahead, with some 100 houses or thereabouts, we could see a population increase of some 210 individuals (26%) which could have a major impact on village services. Given that the site is on the Crewkerne side of the village it is difficult to see where Misterton ends and Crewkerne begins, making it possible that movements could be away from the village.

 

Currently the population is highly skewed with over 38% of the residents being over the age of 55. On the other hand, approximately 15% are under the age of 15 (the village's future we hope). It may be that the Bradford's site will increase this latter figure, due to the proportion of houses allocated to affordable or starter homes.

 

 Some 38% of the village is in a socio- economic group ABC1 (professional and managerial). Skilled manual workers (C2) are fairly high at 20%. Surprisingly, however, there are 5% of the residents on state benefits or unemployed.

The bulk of the residents of working age are employed by others, some 82%, with self-employment accounting for 8.5%. The number of full time students is very low (not over 1%). This breakdown is slightly higher than South Somerset overall.

Retired individuals represent 11% of the population, so overall Misterton has a lot more people in work.

However, income per household is generally low with some 23% having less than £17,000 per annum and 15% with £17,000 - £23,000 per annum. If we take the average national household's income at £26,000, then 45% are below this average. This is surprising, given the socio- economic group split, but logical due to the semi- rural nature of the village. 

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In 1954, Misterton only had twelve milk farms and one beef farm.

Churns were used to carry the milk from the farms to various destinations. 

Over time the milk churns were eventually replaced and it was in the early seventies that small bulk tankers were used to pick up the local milk supply instead.

Today, in 2010 there sadly are no farmers with milking cows left, only one farm with a few sheep, two farms with beef cattle and corn, and one farm for just beef alone. There are a number of agricultural workers around the village though.

Over the years land has been amalgamated into bigger farms. On the understanding of a local farmer, hedges have not been rooted out in the area around Misterton, the land itself looks the same as it did 100 years ago, although in our present day hedges and fields are able to be managed better and easier with the resources and machinery that we have today.

 

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 Surprisingly there are quite a number of businesses in Misterton, some employing a number of people.

As a result of the Survey we have compiled a Business Directory below with the invitation to any other businesses to add their names and information.

Large Businesses

Pattemores
      Dairy and food products  Tel: 01460 73363
(Employs approximately 40 people)

Bradfords Building Supplies 
       Builders Merchants  Tel: 01460 73961
(Employs 11 people)

IQD Frequency Products Ltd
    Makes crystal oscillators, programmable products for GPS systems, the Telecom Industry and monitoring systems for the military.    Tel: 01460 270200
(Employs approximately 40 people)

Misterton Ford Garage
   Tel: 01460 72997
(Employs 9 people)

Smaller Businesses

Animals

  Happy Paws
  Pet sitting, dog boarding, dog walking and home visits.
Somerset/ Dorset/ Devon  Tel: 01460 862756

Bed and Breakfast

  Calendar Cottage, Silver Street     Tel: 01460 75680

Building and Household Repairs

Jefferson Builders Tel: 07788808205
Hodges Painter and Decorator  Tel: 01460 74838
JD Roofing / Builder  Tel: 01460 76588
Lilliput Services  Small jobs around the home   Tel: 01460 78951
Ian Bremner  Gas Heating Engineer and Combi Boiler Specialist  Tel: 01460 279640
Paul Rudkin Electrical   Domestic/ Commercial/ Industrial   Tel: 01460 30463
Swimming Pool Maintenance  Tel: 01460 73123

Car Repairs

Mosterton Road Body Repairs  Tel : 01460 73363

Car Sales

NS Cars  Mosterton Road  Tel: 01460 77727  http://www.nscars.co.uk/

Crafts

Jewellery  Tel: 01460 72237

Fairy Doors  unusual personalized handmade gifts  Tel: 01460 72249

Garden Services

Philip Gower Garden Services  Tel: 01460 75725

Public Houses

The White Swan   Tel: 01460 72592
The Stagecoach   Tel: 01460 72972
The Globe Inn    Tel: 01460 72455

Schools

Misterton Pre-School  Tel: 07741271489
Misterton First School  Tel: 01460 72745

 

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 TRAFFIC 

Misterton is situated on the A356, a very busy main through route which is increasingly used by LGVs making their way to wherever, being guided by satellite navigation, and who should perhaps be using the A37 and Cartgate Link roads on their way North or South coming from and going to the A303 and M5. This is in addition to the many tankers and lorries used by Pattemores for more local journeys, whether they are on their own or under contract their movements have certainly increased over the years.

Whilst some of the village is subject to a 20mph speed limit from The White Swan to Misterton Garage, the remainder is a 30mph zone but from the reports of our CSW team, many motorists do not observe these limits. There are approximately 400 vehicle movements per hour during the day with more at peak times, such as dropping off and collecting from Misterton Primary School and various functions at the WI hall.

The road through the village is narrow with several difficult bends, where every day, arctic lorries have to mount the pavement in order to get around corners. There is no pavement in several places. These areas may prove fatal to a pedestrian one day.

The road was recently resurfaced, but the pavements leave a lot to be desired. The whole traffic scene is aggravated by parking issues, with particular problems outside the Old Post Office/ Globe Inn and by the corner of Unity Lane where parked cars are constantly being hit by other vehicles. Although, the parked cars do actually slow up the speed of the traffic in these areas.

It is fair to say that the traffic in the village is one of our biggest problems and this is cited by the majority of respondents to the survey which was conducted. Most say they want additional traffic controls in the village along with improved and safer crossings for the school in particular, as well as more parking spaces.

TRANSPORT

 The village is and has always been quite well served for public transport by bus in comparison to other local villages and this may be part of the problem. Our village is 'on the way' to the county towns of Dorchester and Taunton. Also on route from Yeovil to the coast at Bridport, with the cross roads just outside the village boundary. First Bus Company runs services to these towns, most of which are accessible from the village main street bus stops. As is Crewkerne our nearest shopping area following the closure of the Post Office Stores many years ago.

Misterton can also lay claim to the Crewkerne Railway Station which is within the village boundary. This provides a useful link to the rail network. Notwithstanding these facilities many still rely on the car as their preferred means of getting about due to cost or convenience. There is however a need for a good bus service as evidenced by the number of villagers who would like to see a bus shelter. Strangely the demand for the shelter was greater than that for improved bus services.

Update: there are now two bus shelters on the A356 by the Station and one by Cedrics pub where The Avenue links through to the A356.

Our Habits and Preferences

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  For many years the main source of information about events taking place in Misterton has been the monthly village magazine. Put together, printed and distributed by a willing band of volunteers, it is delivered free to every house in the Parish.

It is the medium by which the residents are made aware of forthcoming festivals, fetes, concerts, sales, bingos and the many other opportunities used by organizations to entertain and raise money for their particular cause.

Regular reports from the local School, Parish Council, W.I, and Churches are published, giving details of their significant dates, programs and services. Advertising by local firms and annual donations from village groups contributes towards the cost of production.

There are three notice boards in the village- a Parish Council board and a general Village board in Silver Street and a board outside the W.I Hall in Middle Street which is shared by the Parish Council and the W.I.
There are plans to install a notice board at the Betterment Homes developmet when it is completed.

 

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Misterton is fortunate to have two halls to cater for meetings and events of all kinds, the Village Hall (for larger events and outside activities) and the W.I Hall (for smaller events).

The Village Hall has good facilities, including a large recreation ground (which is owned by The Parish Council), a children's play area, football pitches and tennis courts. The hall is of a good size, with great facilities including football changing rooms which are regularly updated to keep in line with current demands or legislation. It has good car parking facilities and is used for many sporting, leisure activities and events including wedding receptions.

The W.I. Hall is a compact building which is owned by the W.I and is suitable for smaller meetings and events with on road parking. This is also kept up to date on an ongoing basis.

 

The village has many public footpaths and dog waste bins in appropriate areas. Public notice boards are situated at the corner of Turnpike Green and the W.I Hall. We also have a recycling bin at the Village Hall for clothing and shoes.

We have a well-established garage selling and servicing all makes of vehicles also petrol and diesel.

 

Local Public Services

  • Railway station
  • Bus services to main towns and connecting services
  • Voluntary bus service (based in Crewkerne) for disabled & elderly needing medical treatment.
  • Regular door to door refuse and recycling collections that take place at specified times

Social

Misterton is home to three public houses each with their own brand of hospitality. There are allotment areas situated at Park View, Silver Street and by the Village Hall, which are in ever growing demand.

Leisure Activities and Clubs

 Badminton, Tennis, Football, Gardening Club, Women's Institute, Flower Guild, Dance and Exercise sessions and Sequence Dance Group.

The W.I have introduced a monthly luncheon club/coffee morning (open to all). Monthly summer car boot sales have been trialed at the Village Hall in 2010 and will continue if the demand is there. A Village Revue takes place every two to three years with lots of locals showing off their hidden talents!

Annual/Bi-annual Activities

Fete, Flower Show, Harvest Supper, Cricket/Rounder's match, Carol Singing (donations to nominated charities), Christmas Fayre (W.I Hall), Flower Festival (bi-annually), Christmas and Easter Bingo Nights and other events. All notified through the village magazine and strategically placed notices in surrounding areas, establishments and websites, also in the Local free newspaper.

Many other fund raising activities take place in the village, both for village organizations and outside charities, all of which are advertised in the village magazine etc.

Publications

  • Monthly Village Magazine
  • Misterton Village Information Sheet (first published and distributed to all homes in July 2006 and reissued end of 2012) subsequently issued to all new residents- this is a good source of information for all the leisure activities, clubs, annual and bi-annual events.
  • Misterton Walks - contains many lovely walks of varying lengths.  This pack has been updated and  reprinted in 2015.
  • Memories of Misterton - written by Brenda Stacey.

 In Summary

Misterton is a thriving village with a very strong community spirit; you can always rely on residents to rise to the occasion when a crisis occurs within the village which requires fund raising or manpower. We are always looking for new avenues and volunteers to expand and improve upon the facilities we are so lucky to have in our great little village.

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Turnpike Green is a complex of retirement homes run by Yarlington Homes. It has thirty dwellings; not all for senior citizens. There is no resident warden, but in case of an emergency, a pull cord will alert staff at the control centre; a system which seems to work very well.

It has a communal room with a kitchen is on site, where coffee mornings and other entertainments take place. There is also a washroom and a room for visitors.

Outings and shopping trips are organized by the residents' committee, with transport supplied by Crewkerne Welfare Transport.  

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Misterton Village Hall

The Village Hall stands adjacent to the Recreation Ground at the top of Unity Lane, off Middle Street (A356). Built in 1975 for the benefit of the residents of Misterton, it is a registered charity run by trustees. It does not receive any local authority funding, but relies on hiring revenue and fundraising by volunteers for income. It hosts a wide range or village events throughout the year, and is available for use by the surrounding communities by arrangement.

During term time, the hall is occupied each morning by Misterton Pre-School. Other activites which take place during the afternoons and evenings. 

The Hall provides a venue for most recreational events, including wedding receptions, anniversaries, private parties, arts and craft fairs and bingos. It has a current 'entertainments' licence permitting music and entertainment to take place up to midnight. However, the hall does not have licence for the sale of alcohol and it is the responsibility of the hirer to obtain a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) from South Somerset District Council. Off-raod parking is available in front of and behind the hall.

Competitive hire rates include heating and lighting costs and use of the kitchen.

Hire Charges

£9.00 per hour for non-residents
£10.00 per hour for commercial bookings

Special prices for wedding receptions, parties and major events

For further information, enquiries and bookings please contact:

                                                               Joan Sweetman 0146074994 


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Misterton W.I

The first meeting of Misterton W.I was held in the Parish Room on 19th October 1920 and, in 1921. A piece of land was purchased to erect a W.I. hut (ex-army) which cost £36.10s 0d. During the war years the hut was commissioned by the military authorities and was not handed back until 1945. Monthly W.I. meetings continued in this establishment until 1968, when the Men's Club came up for sale and was purchased by the W.I. for the sum of £750 and a new kitchen was added; meetings have been held here ever since. Misterton W.I. is proud to be one of the few Women's Institutes to own its own hall, notwithstanding the continual fundraising needed to keep it up to scratch.

The W.I. currently has 22 members ranging in age from 30 up to over 80- new members are always welcome. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30pm. There is a speaker at most meetings. The group is involved in organizing/ helping at many village based activities - the annual Flower Show, Fete, Carol Singing around the village, Pancake Races for the School, and Bingo etc..

There are several sub-groups - skittles, scrabble; and social events are organized on a regular basis, i.e lunches, trips to the theatre and local places of interest. They hold many events to raise funds, such as Bingo, Fashion Shows, Cookery Demonstrations, Christmas Fayres and much more. Currently there is a monthly Coffee Morning. All events are advertised in the Misterton Magazine.

President:   Judy Welch  01460 78931
Secretary:  Carol Walker  01460 74808 cewalker@hotmail.co.uk
Room Bookings:  Margaret Small  0146078453

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Acknowledgements

The Parish Council would like to thank the following people for their valuable support, involvment and advice over the last year, in helping to produce our Village Plan.

John Dyke SSDC
Alison Campbell SSDC
Zoe Harris SSDC
Peter Bell
John Bowman and Ann Lawrence (Merriott)
Diane and Paul Bradly
Teresa Braley
Ray Darch
Ann and Roger Down
Tony Foot
Anne Kay
Robbie Heyd-Smith
Bob Kefford (Hinton st. George)
Trevor Lowe
Liz Parkinson
Ken Prescott
Sarah Tuck
Iain and Anne Rowland
John Stuffins
Jo Carvell  
Carol Walker
Jeffery White
David and Judy Welch