Parish Council Elections 2nd May 2019 – Get involved!


Henstridge Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community, to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?

At Henstridge Parish Council, councillors spend approximately four hours per month on Parish Council activities.  This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in an area that is served by a local council

For more detailed information about eligibility to stand for election, click HERE.

About Henstridge Parish Council

We are a small Parish with 13 members but we get involved in as many aspects of the community as we can. We own the Recreation Ground, allotment site, burial ground, Oak Vale woodland plu bus shelters, benches, notice boards andgrit bins. Our qualified Parish Clerk works 22.5 hours a week. As well as managing our own assets, we are also involved in commenting on planning applications and liaising with the county and district councils regarding roads, drainage and other outdoor issues. For a better idea of the matters we discuss, have a look at some of our minutes here:

How can I get involved?

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, YOU can become a Parish Councillor at the elections on 2nd May. Nomination papers will be available from around 18th March and they must be submitted to South Somerset District Council by 3rd April.

To find out more, contact the Parish Clerk on 01747 826401 or via our website at or visit

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Henstridge Health Walks

Join Paul for a short health walk around Henstridge on Fridays at 10.30. Meet at the Village Hall and return there afterwards for refreshments at Loose Ends Coffee Morning (£1 for a drink and biscuit/cake – free refills!)



Start at village hall. The entire walk is on asphalt/concrete except where stated.

Ash Walk, cross at lights to Shaftesbury Road; New Station Gardens; part of old railway line (packed sand); Blackmoor Lane; Brook Lane; Vale Street; The Cross; Church Street; footpath through churchyard; Church Street; footpath to St. Nicholas Close; Park Road; Ash Walk to village hall.   1.1 miles.

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter posters

Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, which encourages people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help local people living in fuel poverty. This year, any online donations to the campaign made during the week-long Big Give Christmas Challenge – midday Tuesday 27 November to midday Tuesday 4 December – will be doubled!

Last year, over 500 older people living in fuel poverty in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to pensioners and other local donors who gave to Surviving Winter.

Help Somerset Community Foundation to help more isolated and vulnerable older people this year.

To donate to Surviving Winter, visit or call 01749 344949. Please remember that all donations will help the Surviving Winter campaign, but if you donate online between midday Tuesday 27 November and midday Tuesday 4 December your donation will be doubled.