'Wintery Roadwater' - photo by Dr. Teresa Bridgeman

Welcome to the Old Cleeve Parish Council website

- a source of information for all the communities of Old Cleeve Parish, in the villages of Old Cleeve, Blue Anchor, Washford and Roadwater together with the hamlets of Bilbrook, Golsoncott, Leighland Chapel and Chapel Cleeve.

Cleeve Abbey - (for more information on Cleeve Abbey, click on photo)

A Message from your Chairman

"Old Cleeve Parish Council aims to be a strong voice for residents and local businesses and works to improve our overall area both built and natural, while preserving the uniqueness of heritage areas. One aspect of our work is our consideration of planning applications within our Parish, making sure our responses and recommendations made to the District Council adhere to the local plan, any statutory regulations, and the interests of the community.

OCPC provides and maintains a variety of local services. These include the Washford recreation ground together with its play equipment and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), the War Memorial at Dragon Cross, our bus shelters, plus various grass areas that are cut throughout the Parish. 

We support local business and economic activity in the Parish - for example the local village shop in Roadwater that was saved from closure and is now being run by the community.

We also support the work of local voluntary organisations through grants and practical support. In addition we help with a financial contribution towards the running costs of the public toilets within our Parish at Blue Anchor, which is run by a community interest company.

Our Parish council meetings are open to members of the public and we welcome and encourage residents to attend and participate. This web site is one of our many efforts to keep everyone informed of the business of Old Cleeve Parish Council.

One of the ‘softer’ roles of a Parish Council is to endeavour to connect people with their community. People can make a positive difference to their own localities. We believe that caring for our everyday surroundings, our neighbours and attaching ourselves to the place in which we live, is essential to our identity and can empower our communities to express themselves and take action in resourceful, imaginative and inclusive ways.

With good communication we will always aim to help improve our Parish for the benefit of our communities."

Cllr. G. Williams



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A map of the Parish of Old Cleeve in 1838 (for more info. and to view a larger copy of the map, click on this link:  'A History of Old Cleeve Parish')

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"OLD CLEEVE, a parish in the hundred of Williton, in the county of Somerset, 2 miles S.W. of Watchet. It is situated near the Bristol Channel, and contains the chapelry of Leighland, and several hamlets In a secluded spot are the remains of Cleeve Abbey, founded by W. de Romare in the 12th century, and at Chapel Cleeve was a pilgrims' chapel, no traces of which now remain. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Bath a lid Wells, value £603, in the patronage of Rev. H. H. Beamish, incumbent. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, has an old cross raised on four steps. There is a district church at Leighland, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £80, in the gift of the vicar. The charities produce about £18 per annum."

From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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