Buckland St Mary
a village in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset

Welcome to Buckland St Mary


Coronavirus - Buckland St Mary Parish Council is now not able to hold Parish Council meetings in the normal way.  Councils are waiting for government legislation to allow meetings to be held by video/audio conferencing and hope this will be granted before the meeting on 14th May 2020.  In the meantime, the meeting due on the 2nd April 2020 will not take place, but  Councillors and the Clerk are continuing to deal with Parish business. If you have any queries, please email the Clerk ( ) or contact, by phone, any of our Councillors and we will deal promptly with your concerns. 

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.

Blessed Virgin MaryThe 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 others 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 the Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Taunton, the County Town, has many leading retailers and places of entertainment, including the Brewhouse Theatre.

FountainTowns and villages on the 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.

*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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Have your say about proposals for changing acute inpatient mental health services for adults of working age

Health and care services in Somerset are running a public consultation to gather feedback from local people about the future locations of acute mental health beds for people of working age. The consultation runs until 12 April 2020. 

An acute mental health ward is where patients are admitted to provide them with the level of treatment and support they need. This might be because they need further assessment, they need to be kept safe or they need more intensive support than can be provided at home.

Health and care services are considering changing the location of the acute mental health ward at Wells for people aged between 18 and 65 years and moving it to Yeovil. The number of beds will remain the same.

The reason for the proposed change is due to concerns about patients and staff safety. Two of the four wards for people aged between 18 and 65 years are located in Taunton, with one ward in both Yeovil and Wells. These two are ‘standalone' wards which means they are not close to other wards, and one of them is also a long way from the nearest Emergency Department.

All other existing services at Priory Health Park in Wells will remain, whatever the outcome of the consultation, and community mental health services available to people in the Wells/Mendip area will be expanded and enhanced: this includes a Crisis Café.

Health and care services would like to know what you think about their ideas. You can fill in the questionnaire here: http://bit.ly/FFMF-Mental-Health-Consultation

You can read the full consultation document on their website at www.fitformyfuture.org.uk or contact them by email or telephone 01935 384119