ANTONY LEAN RIP 12th March 2021

It is with deep regret that I announce the sad news of Tony’s passing.

In 2000, Tony and Gill came to North Perrott to live in Peel House with their daughter Natasha, who attended Perrott Hill School. They were valued members of our community until they left in 2013.

It would not be an overstatement to say that both Tony and Gill threw themselves into village life and the mark they left will be of benefit to our community for many years to come.

Tony was a diligent Parish Councillor during his tenure but perhaps his crowning glory was his service to the Village Hall committee, where he excelled with innovation and in successfully completing multiple grant forms. One notable anecdote was when he and the Chairman of the time, bussed in half the population of North Perrott to a SSDC meeting where he was going to present one of his larger grant applications (it was for the extension to the Village Hall). Tony had understood that the various grants would be voted on at the end of the presentations and he thought it a good idea to weigh the odds in North Perrott’s favour. It was a good application, well presented and surely would have been awarded anyway. However, it’s fair to say the other applicants were somewhat overwhelmed by his popularity at the ballot box! As a result, the extension to the village hall that now houses the extra storage space and the office was largely down to his initiative and the hard work of the committee at the time.

While Tony was a Parish Councillor, our Clerk left, so in true Lean style, Gill took on the job and was a very efficient and proactive Clerk until her retirement. Together they were active in all aspects of village life, especially if artistic flare was required. As well as creating his own art studio with potters wheel and kiln, Tony started running pottery courses and Gill got roped in when they turned into residential retreats. Tony and Gill were founding members of Art in the Barn (before it earned that name) and with Judith and Gordon Hall, held a very successful summer exhibition in the Manor Farm Barns, where of course he was a major exhibitor, along with Natasha, who must have inherited his talent. That event morphed into Art In the Barn and over the years has become a major fund raising event for the Village Hall.

At the annual village fete, Gill’s place was on the flower stall and for many years, Tony and I were a double act on the BBQ. Tony had retired as a practicing Doctor before he arrived in the village but I was always amused by his total lack of concern about the risk of under-cooked meat. The second year of our partnership, I introduced him to a digital meat thermometer, which as Tony remarked, significantly increased the length of our queue but I quietly glowed in the thought of the lives that I might have saved, not to mention his reputation as a retired MD!

A fact not widely known to many, Tony was an active member of the hastily organised 2nd Platoon, North Perrot Civil Defence Force (think “Dad’s Army”), that we formed at the height of the lead thefts from the roof of St.Martin’s Church. From memory, Tony, Bill Stevens, Cyril Golding and I were all given precise roles should the alarm go off on the church roof, no matter what time of day or night it occurred. Predictably, the first alarm was after 2am on a particularly wet and windy night. The alarm went off, phone calls were made and everyone drove to their respective positions in order to cut off any vagabond making a hasty escape from the village. Tony’s position was on the corner of Downclose Lane, where I was meant to join him. Bill and Cyril were to meet at Townsend, so we would have safety in pairs. As I drove down past the church to rendezvous with Tony, I could clearly see the outline of a person moving in the churchyard. So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I sped up the main road towards Downclose Lane. So quick was I driving that I almost hit Tony as he jumped out from behind his car into the middle of the road, the flash of his camera almost blinding me! When my night vision returned and no-one had driven out from either end of the village for over 10 minutes, the Police arrived. We proceeded to the Church in full confidence that an arrest would be made, only to find that my plans had not quite been followed to the letter. Being a retired policeman, all be it aged nearly 70, Cyril had taken it upon himself to go straight to the Church without back-up and leaving poor Bill alone at his station (evidently, we had a Corporal Jones in our ranks!). Rapidly backtracking on my enthusiasm and having to persuade the police officer to let his quarry go, it also sadly it turned out to be a false alarm. However, we must have been the “Shout” of the night because after the forth police car had arrived and even the milkman had stopped to find out what the commotion was about, we were all given a hearty pat on the back by the officers in attendance and congratulated for our efforts. Soon after that, Alison gave the order to strip the rest of the lead from the roof. There was never another alarm call and so the North Perrott Platoon drifted into obscurity. Regrettably, by the time the grant applications for funding a new roof had begun, Tony and Gill had moved closer to London to be nearer to their family. Otherwise, his grant filling skills would have been put to yet further use.

Tony and Gill made a lasting impression on the village and there is much left here to remember him by, especially at this time of year. Gill was largely responsible for planting the daffodils on the road at both ends of the village but I’m sure that planting them would have been a double act.

Gill says there will be a celebration of Tony’s life at some time in the future, the date yet to be decided.

Jonathan Hoskyns

Chairman, North Perrott Parish Council

Bi-Monthly Meeting of North Perrott Parish Council

There will be a virtual meeting of the North Perrott Parish Council tonight at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

The Agenda is available to view on this website, you can go to the Agenda Page by clicking here.

The Zoom link is on the agenda or can be accessed by clicking here

Please remember to keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak. You can attract the Clerk or Chairman by “raising your hand” physically or using the interactive icon.

The Pipplepen Solar Park consultation website has been updated and can be viewed by clicking here.

A planning application has now been submitted but may not yet be showing on the SSDC planning portal.


The Government has been promising to roll out Super-Fast Broadband to rural areas in the South West for many years. Having stalled for a number of years, installation appears to be back on track but may still take 4 more years before it arrives in North Perrott. Are you willing to wait that long? A story printed last week in the Chard & Ilminster News says that Super-fast Broadband will reach here by 2024. Click here to read the story.





TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST in joining a COMMUNITY INITIATIVE to bring Super-Fast internet to North Perrott immediately- please compete the short survey by clicking here.

(It would be sensible to have your Broadband bill to hand when completing the survey.)

(A Zoom meeeting will be announced when the level of interest has been assessed).


Adrian Hopper is collecting letters of complaint to forward to a contact he has made in BT management. If the current roll-out of super-fast broadband in the South West will take 4 years, there must be a list and order of connection. Adrian’s hope is that those that shout loudest are more likely to rise to the head of the queue and wants us to be at the head. When BT get wind of a community broadband hub, it may also focus their attention on keeping their customers in North Perrott and not losing them to a community initiative. Please write an email addressed to BT openreach, complaining about your service and asking for a fibre connection as soon as possible, include your phone number. Send your email to Adrian at and he will collate our community response directly to higher management.

Further information:-

  1. There are a number of ways to check your internet speed, which is normally expressed in Mbps (Megabits per second). This isn’t the whole story though. Using clever gizmo’s, your line can be shared with other users in what is expressed as a contention rate. A contention rate of 1 means your are on a dedicated line. A contention rate of 6 means you are sharing capacity with 6 other users and if your contention rate is as high as 50, although your rated speed might be 20Mbps, when most of the other users are on line, the bandwidth (usable speed) will be severely reduced. You may not notice this for sending emails or reading the news but if you are trying to stream a video or exchange large volumes of business data, you certainly will. The likelihood is that broadband connections in North Perrott maybe in the region of a contention rate of 50. The nearest Fibre Optic connection to North Perrott is at the Village Green in Haselbury, but the copper wires that take the signal to our BT junction box at Townsend, severely limits the speed and it is almost half the distance again to the south end of the village. Getting a fibre connection to Townsend will improve everyone’s speed but is unlikely to improve contention. For every home in North Perrott to receive super-fast broadband, there will have to be a fibre connection to every home. This will take time and a lot of money. Are you prepared to wait? There are a number of speed checking websites such as none of which will give the exact answer, which for the technically minded, can be found by logging into your router’s settings and look for the “DSL sync rate”. This will give the exact speed that your router has synchronized with the DSLam (situated in the green cabinet at Haselbury).
  2. Because of North Perrott’s rural location and the reliance on copper wires for broadband connection, reliability is always going to be worse than fibre. This is because metal wires are subject to variable resistance, corrosion and power leakage from water ingress. This is why, especially in wet and windy weather, our phone calls have increased background noise and our internet speeds slow down and sometimes lose connection altogether.
  3. How important is the internet and broadband speed to you? Is it holding up your business sales or are you wasting valuable time waiting for important pages that never download? Would you like the internet to be similar to browsing through a magazine rather than walking through toffee? A high speed connection will open up a world of buffer-free video streaming and near perfect call quality for voice an video calls. With high quality digital calls it is possible to dispense with the expense of a land line, while still maintaining a land line number through a VOIP service.
  4. Fed up of waiting for a promise of improved service? Fed up with paying the same for a broadband contract with 15Mbps as someone with 50-100Mbps? Is it time to do something about it? A Community hub would be a group of villagers who get together to purchase and share a high-speed leased line, sharing the costs not for profit. This involves bringing in a dedicated Fibre connection to a pole positioned in North Perrott. This would provide a 1,000Mbps leased line that the community hub can distribute to individual homes via a Wifi connection (similar to the Wifi in your own home). This could provide a 100Mbps connection into upto 40 homes and would be entirely private to our hub. No sharing with other BT customers and we would be in control of contention rates. This of course comes at cost but that cost could be as low as we are paying at the moment, or even less if a member decided to do away with their land line. It depends on several factors, most important of which is how many people would be interested in joining a community hub. The costs are divided into three areas. Installation of the line. Monthly cost of the line and the initial connection costs for each home or business. The cost of installing a leased line is unknown but might be as little as zero. The monthly cost is likely to be in the region of £430 inc. vat for a 36 month contract. With 30 members the connection cost would be £14.33 per month and with 50 members, the cost drops to £8.60. That looks cheap but there are installation costs for each connection. Each member would have to purchase a directional Wifi aerial and install it. The cost of a Wifi aerial is between £75 and £95 (depending on distance from the pole). Fixing and wiring will vary depending on each location and will probably vary between £50 and £150 (depending on the level of DIY). If we share buying power and resources, costs will be minimised.. A suitable router will also be required in your building. In some cases your existing router may be sufficient but we are suggesting that another £50 for a router. For budgeting purposes, we are quoting a maximum connection cost in the region of £300. Spread over 3 years, the initial cost would be £8.33 per month. As a rough guide, the cost of membership of the community hub would be in the region of £22.66 per month with 30 members. Slightly more with less members but less with every new member that joins. The opportunity for cutting costs will vary. Most people will already be paying for a landline, an internet connection and call costs, which might be part of a prepaid package. Most people will also have a contract that specifies an end date, before which a penalty may be due if the contract is ended early. It is also possible that you may be paying one company for your landline and calls and another company for your internet connection. The proportion of your bill that applies to your broadband connection is normally in the region of £5-£20. This will depend on speed and download capping. The Community hub would provide tens times the speed and capacity for about the same price (although the cost is front loaded). With a high speed internet connection, it is possible to dispense with a land line and call charges. Anyone prepared to take this step will make large savings over what they are currently paying (the appearance of a landline number can be retained using a VOIP service). When the level of interest has been assessed, a Zoom meeting will be announced, to give everyone a chance to ask questions about a Community Wifi hub and how it might work for them. Robson James is our technical expert and has offered to administer the technical aspects of operating the hub. The group itself would most likely be a subsidiary of the Parish Council. If it is determined that a Community Hub is a viable proposition, then Robson will start to obtain quotes to firm up the budget and establish accurate costs before anyone is asked to commit to the idea.

Bi-Monthly Meeting of North Perrott Parish Council

There will be a VIRTUAL meeting of North Perrott Parish Council tonight , Tuesday 5th January 2021 at 7.30pm.

To view the Agenda, please click here.

The ZOOM meeting can be accessed by clicking on this link, which is also available on the agenda.


When you join the meeting, please mute your mike after your initial greeting and make sure phones, alarms, TV’s etc are all switched off.

There will be a brief discussion about the possibility of having a wireless community hub for improved Internet Connection in the village. If you are interested in this as an option to improve your internet connection, please listen in to the meeting at the start, when I hope Robson James will be able to give a broad explanation of what this involves and what the cost, timescale and aspirations might be.

CHRISTMAS on the GREEN (Update)


It is with great regret that the planned gathering on the village green on Christmas Eve has been cancelled . We feel it would irresponsible to encourage North Perrott to congregate at a time of increased pandemic cases and deaths, the emergence of a new virulent COVID strain and new tier 2 Christmas regulations.  So there will be no, no, no, no,  music, singing, mulled wine or mince pies on the green this Christmas Eve.  Sorry.

The Good News (from the rest of the plan)

1) Brighten up your Street 

Perrott is looking great at night with so many houses putting up lights in a window or all over the house. It is well worth a walk around the village in the dark (with a torch in a socially distanced bubble. ) And all so tasteful and understated . Good to see  no one has gone Disney  !!!!!!!

2) Lights on the Green

There will be more lights and decorations on the green on Christmas Eve .

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

We still plan to take mince pies (we have lots) or cakes or chocolate to anyone who is feeling isolated and would like to see someone on Christmas Day If you, or if you know of someone, who will be on their own, then let us know and we will ensure that they see somebody that day.

We have had no cases of Covid reported in North Perrott, let’s keep it that way

Organisers:  Jan Gerring  74970 or email 

and Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email

Let’s Make Christmas Brighter in North Perrott

In this difficult climate no one knows what safety and legal restrictions there will be over Christmas.  We don’t want to let the shadow of the Pandemic spoil the holidays and have developed a 4 point plan for a Brighter Perrott Christmas which can be adjusted whatever the regulations.

We hope that you can give this plan  your support, some help, or some other ideas.

1) Brighten up your Street 

In these dismal days we can brighten up our streets, show the world  we’re not downhearted and cheer up villagers and passers-by, with lights or decorations in a window. Why stop there? Lights in hedges, trees or on railings could all be used. Or if you worry about light pollution, door wreaths, or decorations on doorstep plants or trees. You decide whether you’re going tacky or tasteful, couth or chav, Dickens or Disney, stylish or stupendously fun. Any other ideas?

2) Lights on the Tree 

There will be a Christmas Tree (kindly provided by the Farm Shop) and lights and decorations on the village green, and Christmas lights in the Village Hall. More news to follow.

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

No, not a complaint about TV schedules, but a commitment that no one will be alone all Christmas Day in our village (unless they want to be) If you or you know of someone who will be alone, then whatever the regulations, we will ensure that they see people that day.

4) Christmas on the Green  


We are proposing playing Carols and Christmas Songs on the Green on Christmas Eve from 6pm to 7pm with lots of other goodies if allowed. So walk on by and join in, you may be amazed at who you might see!

Remember to Stay Safe and Let’s Be Positive about Christmas, but not in a Covid Way

If you want to help  contact  Jan Gerring  74970 or email or Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email

20 is Plenty for HGVs

Many villagers have noticed the increase in Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) since the 18 tonne weight limit was placed on the bridge (culvert) opposite the Globe Inn in Misterton. This has greatly increased the number of HGVs passing through the village, which is having a great impact on those whose houses directly abut the A3066 in both North Perrott and Haselbury. In particular, the speed they travel and the number of times lorries have to squeeze past each other in numerous pinch-points along the route.

A number of residents have reported that the increased numbers of lorries can be heard and felt as they pass by only metres from where they are sitting. There have been at least three reports of new cracks appearing in interior plaster-work on roadside walls. Some of these houses will have 15th Century origins and their foundations will not be up to modern standards. This means that the fabric of the buildings will be under stresses that they were never designed to withstand.

Work is scheduled to start on repairing the bridge by the Globe in early January 2021 but there is reason to believe it might be delayed because of the contractual complexity and licences that must first be obtained. There is good reason to fear that there will be protracted delays and so the Parish Council has decide to act now to prevent any potential damage to our heritage buildings that make our village worthy of its “Conservation” status.

In the first instance, we have sought permission and had it approved by Somerset County Council to launch a campaign to ask HGV drivers to voluntarily keep to 20mph while in the 30mph zone.

We want to give a clear reason for requesting drivers to do this and have decided to emphasise that we are a Conservation Area and that our 15th Century properties have little or no foundations. Speed plus weight equal vibration and so if we can reduce the speed of the lorries by over 30%, the reduction in potential damage will be reduced by much more than that.

We will also be politely asking local distribution firms to acknowledge our problems and ask them to direct their drivers accordingly. We also hope to monitor lorry speeds and write a similar letter to businesses outside our area, if their lorries are seen to be going over 20mph through the village.

There is every reason to suspect that HGV traffic will return to the A356 when the weight restriction is lifted in Misterton. The reason for this is because traffic surveys show that almost all lorries using the A3066 and A356 have a genuine reason to use those routes, any lorry dropping goods in Crewkerne will not want to come through North Perrott, which is undoubtedly a tedious and lengthy diversion for most of them. However, for the work to be done the A356 will have to be closed to all traffic for 4 weeks and in the long term, road traffic is unlikely to get any lighter. Therefore, in the January Parish Council meeting we will be discussing ways to build on our “Conservation”status and make traffic more aware of the importance of the heritage of the village and the delicate nature buildings that line the main road.

To kick off this campaign, banners will be placed at each end of the village and repeated at Townsend, to request that HGVs voluntarily reduce their speed to below 20mph. At the same time, anyone who thinks they may have damage to their property that might be caused by road traffic, to start to monitor it as soon as possible. This could be done by a professional surveyor or on a basic level, by marking any crack with a piece of masking tape placed across it and making a mark on each side. Measure the distance between the marks on a weekly basis to monitor movement in the wall.


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.