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The Parish comprises the communities of Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway, three villages / hamlets approximately six miles south of Devizes and on the edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, UK.
The Parish is made up of approximately 980 registered electors and their family members not yet old enough to register. Farming provides the predominant work activity within the Parish.
Within the Parish you will find much that displays a typical English Village environment; the Urchfont Duck Pond, Church, Village Hall, Community Shop and Post Office, Pub, Primary School/Pre-School, Cricket/Croquet ground, Playing Field / Recreation Ground / Playground Area, Oakfrith Wood, Peppercombe Wood, Farmers Field, Urchfont Cemetery, allotments, farm shops, farm buildings, thatched cottages together with many footpaths & bridleways all nestling within very active farmland and the wider countryside on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Numerous sporting and social clubs exist within the Parish.
Urchfont Parish Council, normally comprising eleven elected or co-opted councillors, oversees / administers and maintains community owned / managed areas in the Parish including the cemetery. The Council is a statutory consultee on all planning applications submitted by members of the Parish. This website is owned and managed by the Parish Council.
The annual Scarecrow Festival, normally held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, attracts many visitors from far and wide (Cancelled in 2020 and unfortunately cancelled again in 2021 due to the COVID-19 uncertainty). Hopefully this very popular event attracting visitors from far and wide will be reinstated in May 2022.
Urchfont won Best Kept Village in the Kennet section (District Round) and Best Kept Village (County Round) for medium sized villages in 2019. No competition was held in 2020 due to COVID, but In 2021 Urchfont won the CPRE Wiltshire Laurence Kitching 'Winner of Winners' Best Kept Village competition.
The Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway Neighbourhood Plan 2015 - 2026 was declared 'made' following a referendum on 20th April 2017. Preparations are in hand within the Parish Council to review and update the Plan.
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CLICK HERE to see Parish Council Standing Notices