Welcome from Long Load Parish Council

On behalf of the Long Load Parish Council, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new web site.

Long Load is a small village on the edge of the Somerset levels. Our most notable landmark is the bridge across the River Yeo at the northern end of the village, elements of which date back to the original 15th century bridge damaged during the civil war “Battle of Langport” in 1645.

The web site contains a host of information relating to Parish Council business along with details of other activities within the village, providing useful contact details for those wishing to learn more about what is on offer.

The village hall was purchased for the villagers in 1965 having previously been the village church school. Since then the hall has become the centre for many activities within the village and continues to host a range of events catering to the specific interests of parishioners. It has recently undergone significant refurbishment with the help of a heritage lottery fund grant and will no doubt continue to provide a village hub for many years to come.

For those of you who live within the parish, please consider becoming involved in one of the many activities on offer. We are always looking for “new blood” to support the Parish Council and Village Hall Committees and to ensure our events programme supports the evolving village community.

Thank you for your interest in our village web site

Pat Collins
Long Load Parish Council chairman

Long Load Village Hall

The village hall was built as a church school in 1854 and was used as such until sold by the Diocese to the village hall trustees in December 1965. The hall was to be held in trust for “the use of the inhabitants without distinction of sex or political, religious or other opinions”

Over the years the Hall has been refurbished with a new floor, kitchen and toilets being completed in 2005. Recently, with the substantial aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, other companies and hard and selfless work by many villagers, necessary internal, structural and external work has been completed. This has left the village with a sound and attractive venue enjoyed by many village and external organisations.

It has a roomy and modern kitchen and recently a piece of adjacent land has been kindly donated at the rear which allows the enjoyment of outdoor events. Regular traditional Village events are held through out the year. The Hall is used by a variety of groups clubs and meetings and is valued as a village asset as it is the only public building in the village.

There is wheel chair access.

The village hall may be hired by calling 01458 241202

Rates:  The rates for hiring the hall for non-residents are £14 per session which is a whole morning, afternoon or evening.  The hall can also be booked at a cost of £3 per hour.  Residents are entitled to a discount of 50 per cent.

Bus service

The latest information on the Slinky Bus Service is attached.  In brief it says that half-price fares are under consideration for concessionary bus passengers and requests comment prior to the meeting in early December.

The booking phone number for either the Slinky Bus or Community Car Service is 01935 477399

Fore Moor Allotments

These are affiliated to the National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners Ltd and the landlord is Long Load Parish Council.  They are to be found in Church Lane, Long Load.

The contact number is 01458 241415