Parish Life

Ruishton Village

If you stay for a week, you will want to stay for a lifetime.

Rose Cottage was the first recorded school house in Ruishton
Rose Cottage

Officially it is two and a half miles from the heart of Taunton but seems far closer today. Despite its proximity, Ruishton retains its rural status and is still clinging.. to its own identity, aided perhaps by its narrow approach roads which prevent it being swallowed up by the expanding County town.
However, all styles of post war housing have filled gaps in the main street and new closes have taken over meadows and orchards, all adding to the population.

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Ruishton Village Hall

It was only in the last 30 years that Ruishton has had a village hall, before then, the old school or pub was used for meetings.

Village Hall
Ruishton Village Hall

The hall was built in 1979, at a cost of £36000, on land leased from the Parish Council. In those days the village had to find 25% of the cost, 75% was from grants from Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council. There was no meeting place in the village once the old school had closed, and all entertainment had to be outside of the village. So planning the hall was difficult not knowing how the hall would be used, but things began to take off, and it was soon realised that we lacked space, and in 1985 an extension was built on land towards the playing field, giving us the committee room, changing room and storage upstairs. The car park was surfaced with tarmac in 1991. The most recent improvement was in 1997 when the new toilets and store room were built and the kitchen refurbished.

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