Losing any member of our community is a sad occaison and just lately, we have lost 3 characters that were perhaps, larger than life.

In January, Mike Back, a long time resident of the village and even longer time supporter of North Perrott Cricket Club, passed away after a long illness. His total commitment to the Cricket Club included designing and overseeing the construction of the Pavillion. While President, Mike devoted much of his time to ensureing a strong bond existed between the village and the club. Last year the Pavillion was named after him in permanent memory to his service to the club.

Allan Edwards also left us in January. Allan was a man who made his presence known and wanted to be a force for good in everything that he did, especially for the village. This was especially marked by his committment as a Parish Councillor where he excelled in raising money for capital projects. He and his wife Caroline renovated the Old Rectory to an extremely high standard, something that he strove to achieve in all aspects of his life.

Allan Jay died more recently, having spent the last three years in a nearby care home. Allan’s destiny with North Perrott started in 1948, when he first met Bill Hoskyns at a fencing competition and they became life long friends. Allan was an accomplished fencer and as well as two silver Olympic medals, his sporting career peaked in 1959, when he won the World Foil Championships and came second the same year in the Epee, losing a second Gold by the smallest of margins. An astonishing accomplishment. Allan retired to North Perrott after a successful career as a London Solicitor.

Everyone who knew them are invited to join their families in celebrating these remarkable lives at the following events in chronological order. The dates are also on the village website calendar.

Allan Jay – Funeral at Yeovil Crematorium on Monday 20th March at 1.20pm and afterwards at Haselbury Mill. (This funeral is also available online

Mike Back – A Celebration of His Life at Haselbury Mill on 14th April at 3pm.

Allan Edwards – A Service of Remembrance at St.Martins Church, North Perrott and afterwards at the Old Rectory on 1st May at 2pm.


There’s nothing like singing carols to really get everyone into a festive mood for Christmas.

This year there are two opportunities in North Perrott to clear out your wind pipes and really belt out your favourite tunes.

Everyone is welcome at both events, so lets have a good start to the festive season.

SUNDAY 18th December at 3pm, there will be a Carol Service at St.Martins Church led by Rev. Bob Keys. Mince pies etc following. (There is no nativity this year but anyone wishing to get involved next year, please contact Alison Stevens)

WEDNESDAY 21st December at 6pm, on the Village Green. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served.


A National Moment of Reflection

Those wishing to reflect on the momentous events happening at the moment and mark the selfless service of Queen Elizabeth II during her reign, are invited to gather on the village green at 7.45pm this Sunday 18th Sept.

A minute’s silence of National Reflection will be observed at 8pm followed by the National Anthem.

The Queen is dead. Long live the King!


The North Perrott Platinum Jubilee Beacon

To commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 to 2022, a bell will be tolled from St.Martin’s Church on Saturday, 10th Sept 2022.

There is a Church Service at St.Martin’s on Sunday 11th Sept at 9.30 am.

Notification of Meetings on 16th May

Because of the local elections on 5th May, the normal bi-monthly meeting of the Parish Council has had to be delayed until tomorrow, Monday 16th May. The programme of meetings is as follows:

7.00pm – Villlage meeting – no agenda (but village groups have been invited to present an annual report)

7.30pm – Annual Meeting of NPPC – Summary of the previous year by the outgoing Chairman, swearing in of new Council members and election of officers and co-option of Councillors.

Following the Annual Meeting the first bi-monthly meeting of the new NPPC.

Download the Agenda here

View previous Minutes here

Humanitarian Help for Ukraine


The situation is fluid but it appears that there could be considerable delays at customs, in getting physical relief to Ukraine. James Purefoy, an actor who lives locally and is a ambassador for Action Aid ( has given Alison the following advice. Anyone wishing to support humanitarian relief in Ukraine or for Ukrainian refugees, then the fastest and most efficient way is to donate cash to a reliable disaster relief fund that his operating in the area. He suggests the Red Cross disaster relief fund

If you have already purchased goods to send to Ukraine, please try to contact Wadham and hopefully someone will have information about what they will be doing with the items already donated. There may actually still be a lorry going anyway.

Alison, our wonderful Church Warden has written the following open letter:

Dear all,

I am sure that we are all constantly thinking of all those who are in such great danger in Ukraine at present. If this is the case,  you may, I  feel, like to know that we can all help in a small way to help these poor people.

Ruth Bevan-Mogg has told me this morning that Wadham School, Crewkerne is responding to the desperate  need which is currently being suffered by many in Ukraine and particularly the women and children who are fleeing from danger, having fled with nothing but what they can carry with them.

A lorry  will be going out to Ukraine this weekend from the school to take disposable necessities to those who have emergency need of items for personal hygiene.

The items needed cover disposable things such as nappies, sanitary towels, tooth paste & tooth brushes, soap…

It is planned that the lorry will leave on Sunday, so any items which you may like to send ought to reach the school by Friday evening, to be loaded up on Saturday . ,.  However, if you can get them to me or to Ruth by Thursday evening,  March  3rd we can arrange for them to be taken in to Crewkerne.

It would be nice if we can feel that we can do something to help, so if you know of anyone else who might like to contribute to this mission of goodwill, please let them know about this.

If anyone would prefer just to donate money  we could buy something on their behalf.

With best wishes,


The Induction of our New Rector

On Thursday 13th January 2022 at a service led by the Bishop of Taunton, Ruth Worsley and Archdeacon Simon Hill, Rev Christopher James Davis was inducted as the Rector of the Wulfric Benefice.

Christopher, more commonly know as “CJ” and his wife Mary, will be living in the Vicarage in North Street, Crewkerne. Following the retirement of Jonathan Morris, our new Rector will have the ultimate responsibility for all of the parishes within the Wulfric Benefice including Crewkerne, Hewish, Haselbury Plucknett, North Perrott, Misterton and Wayford. This is no small task and he will being supported by retired clergy, Church Wardens, members of the Parochial Church Councils and many other volunteers. We look forward to meeting him at regular community and worship gatherings around the Benefice and particularly those that take place in North Perrott.

Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton and Christoper “CJ” Davis, the new Rector of the Wulfric Benefice. (Photo credit: Jeff Hutson 2022)
CJ enters St. Bartholomew’s flanked by Rosemary, Church Warden from his previous Parish and Jonathan, Patron of the Wulfric Benefice. (Photo credit: Jeff Hutson 2022)
Bishop Ruth blesses “CJ” during his induction service. Archdeacon Simon Hill is in attendance. (Photo credit: Jeff Hutson 2022)
(Photo credit: Jeff Hutson 2022)

Local Council Elections 2022

In the normal course of events, the next round of Town and Parish and Council elections
would be due to take place in May 2023. However, due to the recent decision made by the
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Town and Parish Council
elections will be brought forward to 5 May 2022 so that they align with the Somerset unitary
council elections.

If you live or work in the Parish of North Perrott you might want to take a small part in the administrative affairs of your community? There are a number of community groups and committees in the village that require voluntary input to allow them to function and contribute to village life. As well as the Parish Council, there are voluntary groups that manage the Hoskyns Memorial Hall, the Cricket Club and the Parochial Church Council for St.Martins. As well as committee members, all these groups need occasional volunteers for fundraising or events, so your level of commitment can be as large or as small as you like.

However, Parish elections are normally every five years and so if you feel you want to put your name forward for election on 5th May, please start to think about it sooner rather than later. There is plenty of historic information about Parish Council work on our website and please contact the Parish Clerk or any or all of our existing councillors to get an idea of the level of commitment involved.

When the time comes, a link to the correct forms will be posted on this website.


There will be Service or Remembrance at St.Martin’s Church at 10am, Sunday 14th November.

At 11am there will be an Act of Remembrance on the Village Green. A wreath will be laid at the Village War Memorial and 2 minutes silence will be observed.

Let us remember with gratitude those who, in the cause of peace and in the service of their fellow men, died for their county in time of war, especially those form North Perrott.

G. Bishop, H. Dabinett, G.C.Elson, J. Osborne, A.G. Saint and J.Saint,



This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 8th November while the country will be in the second Lock-down. No more than two people can meet outdoors and so we will adapt our Act of Remembrance to fit into the current rules.

Please do not congregate at the village green at 11am where Bill and Alison Stevens will lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the village.

Instead, we ask everyone who wants to take part in the Act of Remembrance to stand on their doorstep or in their gateway, just before 11am this Sunday.

At 11am precisely, the Last Post will be sounded over a public address system, that will hopefully be heard all around the village.

A two minute silence will be followed by sounding the Reveille.

The full Act of Remembrance for North Perrot is printed below:

Let us remember with gratitude those who, in the cause of peace and the service of their fellow men, died for their country in time of war, especially those from North Perrott:

G.Bishop, H.Dabinett, G.C.Elson, J. Osborne, A.G. Saint, J Saint.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.

All: We will remember them

When you go home, tell them of us,And say that for your tomorrow, we gave our today

Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life: hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day, fulfill in them the purpose of they love, and bring us all, with them, to thine eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

All: Amen.