Local poll on future of local government in Somerset goes live this week

Ballot papers will be dropping through letterboxes later this week for the local poll on options for change in local government in Somerset.

The poll asks voters to choose between the two options being considered by Government to replace the existing five councils – county council and the four district councils:

a. One council for Somerset (“One Somerset” – the plan for a single council proposed by Somerset County Council)

b. Two councils for Somerset: Eastern Somerset and Western Somerset (“Stronger Somerset” the plan for two councils for Somerset – an Eastern and a Western Somerset council – proposed by Somerset West and Taunton Council and the other district councils of Somerset).

The poll is being independently run and verified by Civica Electoral Services on behalf of the four district councils.

The District Council Leaders have written to the Secretary of State to inform him of the poll and its dates and ask that the result of the poll be properly considered as part of the decision-making process on the future of local government in Somerset. Ballot papers are being posted on Tuesday 18 May, so should be received 20-22 May.  All votes must be received by 5pm on Friday 4 June

Councillor Vacancy by Cooption

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Do you have an interest in Parish affairs?

Do you have spare time to help us do the best that we can for our community?

If you are over eighteen years old, reside in or work in or within 3 miles of the villages of Henstridge, Yenston and Bowden then you are eligible for nomination and Henstridge Parish Council would welcome your application.


Contact the Parish Clerk for an application form:

Emma Curtis
Tel: 01963 250015


Public Notice – Vacancy on Henstridge Parish Council

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 of the Local Government Act 1972 that a vacancy has occurred on Henstridge Parish Council.

Unless a request for an election to be held is submitted in writing to the Proper Officer of South Somerset District Council at the Council Offices, Brympton Way, YEOVIL BA20 2HT by 7th May 2021 by ten electors for the parish of Henstridge, the Parish Council will proceed to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Emma Curtis
Clerk to the Council

14 Everlanes Close
Milborne Port


16th April 2021

New Play Area – Coming Soon!

Henstridge Parish Council are pleased to announce they have secured grant funding towards the new play area at Henstridge Recreation Ground/Village Hall.

There are a few more administrative tasks to undertake before work can commence, but it is hoped the new play area will be ready for the summer!

The new design can be seen attached! If you have any queries, please contact Emma Curtis, Parish Clerk clerk@henstridgeparishcouncil.org.uk

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Union Flag at Brympton Way in Yeovil has been lowered to half mast, and at other council sites. 

In a joint statement, South Somerset District Council’s Leader and Chairman said: “We want to send our deepest condolences, those of the people of South Somerset and from all those at South Somerset District Council, to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.

“This is a sad day but one that gives us a chance to reflect on the inspiration that Prince Philip has been to generations of people in the UK and around the world.

“He led a life of dedicated public service by supporting The Queen and in so many other ways.

“He was an extraordinary public servant who will be rightly remembered for both his commitment and devotion to his country.”

In view of public safety in the light of current Covid-19 restrictions, a link to the official online book of condolence has been provided to allow people to pay their respects.

Also in line with current restrictions and guidance from the Royal Household, we ask that members of the public do not leave floral tributes (or other items such as soft toys) in public spaces or gather at monuments at this sad time to ensure each other’s safety.

The Royal Household has suggested that people could make donations to charity instead, if they wish to do so.

Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.

Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921.

His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.

His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.