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Our Strategy - Our Future

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) will help the residents of Ruishton & Thornfalcon Parishes to shape the future of their area.

Key Documents

Neighbourhood Plan (Draft)...Link

Documents used to develop the plan...Link

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Parish Council Meeting Agenda 1/12/2021


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Parish Council Minutes 3rd November 2021

Planning, Highways and Footpaths, Recreational Ground, Neighbourhood plan, Clerk's report, Chairman's report, Money matters...

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News Letter December 2021

Monthly draw winners, Carpet Bowls Club, Jumble Sale, Bingo, Health Walks, Artists in TexStyles, Friendshop club, Book club, Parish council and local adverts.

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A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme Community update 27/10/2021

A358 Taunton to Southfields booklet

A358 Taunton to Southfields questionnaire final


A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme Statutory consultation – 12 October 2021 – 22 November

National Highways is holding a consultation on the A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme.  The consultation runs from Tuesday 12 October to Monday 22 November 2021 with feedback helping National Highways develop its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), the type of planning permission needed for the scheme.

It is very important that you respond to the consultation.

From 12 October you will be able to find out more about the proposals and have your say, by visiting National Highways’ online exhibition. You can access this at:


If you do not have access to the internet or experience problems downloading the consultation materials, National Highways can send, free of charge, one printed copy of documents including the consultation booklet, feedback questionnaire, and nontechnical summary of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, to your home.

Deposit points – You can also visit one of the information points below to pick up a paper copy of the

consultation booklet, feedback questionnaire and non-technical summary of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report.

  • Henlade Post Office, Henlade, Taunton, TA3 5DH
  • Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3XZ
  • Priorswood Library, Hillside Children's Centre, Eastwick Rd, Taunton, TA2 7HD
  • Ilminster Library, Ditton Street, Ilminster, TA19 0BW (hard copy of the Preliminary
  • Environmental Information Report will also be available for inspection at this
  • Somerset County Council mobile library
  • Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa, Blackbrook Way, Taunton, TA1 2RW

Please see the following pages on how to view or obtain the documents and details of the of various events with dates and times that are taking place during the Consultation Period.

If you attend the Consultation event at the Holiday Inn, Deane Gate on Wednesday 3rd November - please remember to register your vehicle with reception on arrival if you wish to use their car-park to avoid a fine

  • Somerset West and Taunton Council, Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton,
  • Somerset, TA1 1HE (hard copy of the Preliminary Environmental Information

The Consultation has been divided into four sections. The most valid section for this parish is

‘M5 junction 25 to Matlocks Tree Green Junction’. The Council urge you to at least obtain a copy of the consultation and associated documents as this could have impact on where you live. Talk to your neighbours about the consultation. Please respond to the consultation to have your say

To see the full text please click this link

Please keep updated by visiting the parish website www.ruishton.org.uk

Ruishton, Thornfalcon and Henlade Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Next year, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee on the weekend of the 2nd – 5th June 2022. After the restrictions of the pandemic, the Parish Council would like to establish if there is enough community interest to organise a Jubilee Celebration during this

As only a small number of parishioners were able to attend a recent meeting held to discuss this, it was agreed that the views of the wider community should be sought. To make a community event happen, we need more than 5 volunteers! The Covid pandemic has meant there is less time available for planning, organising and fund-raising, so more volunteers are needed to make any celebration a success.

To establish community interest, we attach a short survey and would be grateful if you could complete and return this as soon as possible and no later than the November 3rd, 2021.Your completed survey can be returned to either of the addresses at the bottom of the form or there is a downloadable version on the village website: Ruishton.org.uk

Information may also be found on Facebook on the Ruishton,Thornfalcon & Henlade community pages. Should you have any difficulty either completing or returning your survey, please contact either of the phone numbers given.

Any celebration should reflect all members of our community, therefore ideas from young people, families and older members are particularly welcome. It is important to include existing community groups or networks to ensure that the wide interests of the village are represented, so any views these groups may have would be especially welcome, as would their inclusion on any organising group formed.

To make the event happen, we will need both time and money, so if you have any fundraising ideas or can offer some time / contacts / services or sponsorship, we would love
to hear from you!

There will be a further meeting held on Thursday 4th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. A decision will be made at that meeting as to whether there is sufficient community interest to take the planning and organisation of such an event further.

We hope we can rely on your support and look forward to hearing from you.

Sally Smith & Bridget Dickinson
On behalf of the Parish Council





Toneway - Creech Castle Improvements Project Bulletin

This bulletin is advertising a Drop-In Event organised to give information on this project. It can be viewed by clicking HERE .
Project details can be found on the Griffiths website for this project HERE

A Travel Somerset webpage showing a video, FAQ's and much more information about this work can be found HERE

Please share with friends, family, colleagues, etc and add to social media. The newsletter can also be printed and added to noticeboards as appropriate.

Local Plan Issues and Options Document

The first stage was the Issues and Options document. The document looks at key issues for our area and suggests ways we can address these.  The issues we are looking at include how to plan for the places and spaces we live and work in; community services, shops, transport and infrastructure; our wildlife and landscapes; and the climate emergency.

Link to map of Ruishton and Henlade

Link to Appendix 2

Link to Local Plan review 2040

October 2020

Meet your local Police Community Support Officers for Taunton East

If you have any queries, the team can be contacted at: [email protected]

Link to Newsletter

Ruishton Weather

Ruishton has it's own Weather Station site ITAUNT13. The weather monitor is based in the village and measures a number of weather related values, such as temperatures, dew point, wind etc.
This is a great site and I'm sure it will be a great place to get data for a school science project.

Link to Ruishton Weather Site


Five arch bridge once used by the railway


Village playing field with stalls

Village Day July 26th 2018

Facebook Links:
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Useful Documents:
National Cyber Security Centre - Using Passwords
Safer Somerset Partnership - Domestic Abuse Newsletter
Somerset County Council - Environmental Maintenance
Scams - Help Identify and Prevent Scams in Society
Avon & Somerset Police Cyber Protect (Presentation)
Avon & Somerset Police Cyber Protect (Documentation)
Avon & Somerset Police Quick Tips

This website is maintained on a voluntary basis by the residents of the parish of Ruishton, Thornfalcon and Henlade. If you are running a club or business or other organisation within the parish, then you are invited to be included in the website, but don't forget to often update your information.