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Welcome to the Urchfont Parish


Council and Community Website 


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CURRENT HEADLINES (Updated 25th March 2020)

CORONOVIRUS (COVID-19) - You can find out the latest information and advice from the UK Government by clicking on this link -

CONNECTING A CARING COMMUNITY - CLICK HERE to see the second Coronavirus Communitty Phone Support flyer  distributed by Urchfont Parish Council to all households in the Parish on Saturday 21st March 2020.

Wiltshire Council have also set up a new page on their website giving up to date details of impacts on their services and health  / self isolation advice, it also contains a very useful COVID-19 Community Tool Kit  -

AS A RESULT OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) stay at home and social distancing direction given by the Government on 23rd March 2020, the following applies in the Parish:


CHILDRENS PLAY AREA in Urchfont Recreation Ground now CLOSED until further notice. Please keep children away from this area.

TENNIS COURTS - we have been advised that the courts in Urchfont Recreation Ground are also CLOSED until further notice.  Please do not try to gain access or use these facilities.

Wiltshire Council is asking residents to complete an open space study survey by 31st March 2020 - click this item for more details.

Urchfont Parish Council approves new Environmental Policy - CLICK HERE

The ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is currently scheduled to be held in the Village Hall on Friday 29th May 2020, watch this space for further updates.

Crookwood Lane Lay-By (by School), Urchfont - Works commenced on Monday 2nd March 2020 and will last for 6 - 8 weeks and are progressing well. The works will create a larger and more robust parking area instead of the current rough ground lay-by. You should be aware that:

  • Fencing has been erected around the whole site for safety reasons, please ensure that children and others keep clear of the works / area at all times.
  • No parking will be available in this lay-by for any purpose (access to School, Recreation Ground, pathway to Oakfrith Wood etc.) for the duration of the works.

WARNING - Potentially harmful blue / green Algae remains in Urchfont Pond despite Council efforts to eliminate. Latest samples (January 2020) show that potentially harmful algae remains above the level that would allow removal of warning signs - please continue to comply with the warning signs around the pond until advised otherwise.




Parish Of Urchfont


The Parish comprises the communities of Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway, three villages approximately six miles south of Devizes and on the edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, UK.

The Parish is made up of approximately 960 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 (pictured above), Church, Village Hall, Community Shop and Post Office, Pub, Primary School/Pre-School, Cricket/Croquet ground, Recreation Ground/Play Area, Wood (Oakfrith), Cemetery, farm shops, farm buildings, thatched cottages, numerous sporting & social clubs together with many footpaths & bridleways all nestling within very active farmland and the wider countryside. The annual Scarecrow Festival, held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, attracts many visitors from far and wide.

Urchfont won the Best Newcomer Award 2017 in the CPRE Best Kept Village Competition and in 2019 won Best Kept Village in the Kennet section (District Round) and Best Kept Village (County Round) for medium sized villages.                

The Urchfont, Wedhampton and Lydeway Neighbourhood Plan was declared 'made' following a referendum on 20th April 2017.

This web site was launched in 2012 to bring together comprehensive and timely information about the very active and community focussed members of the Parish and Parish Council  together with Parish history; Amenities and Facilities locally; Community Organisations and Businesses that serve and/or work in the Parish. 


This website urgently needs YOUR input - please let us know about any local news or event and also comments / suggestions for improvement of this site by contacting the Clerk to the Council (Webmaster)


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