Winchcombe Town Council

Winchcombe Town Council

Welcome

This is Winchcombe Town Council’s official website, containing information about its committees, councillors and officers and their functions and activities

The Council’s current Chair is Jim Mason
and ViceChair is John Murphy

Our office is open during the following times:

Responsibilities of the Council

Winchchcombe Town Council as a statutory body and is the most local level of government, having an important role in promoting the town, representing its interests and supporting the work of different groups in the community.
The Town Council has a number of formal powers, includingthe provision of:

  • allotments
  • bus shelters
  • community centres
  • consultation on neighbourhood planning
  • grants to help local organisations
  • play areas and play equipment
  • public clocks

News

WINCHCOMBE PARK UPDATE
Winchcombe Park Officially Opens
Win chcomb Park officially opened to the public on Saturday 26th March. The new facility offers a wide range of activities, as a place to gather, play, picnic, walk, skate, and exercise and will no doubt become an iconic destination for the whole community young or old.
Cllr Jim Mason, Chairman of Winchcombe Town Council, stated:

“The Park provides a wonderful community space that is essential to our quality of life and mental well-being. The facilities will provide an opportunity for fun and exercise for families and individuals with something for everyone to enjoy. Winchcombe has waited a long time for this park and its completion is an exciting moment for the town. The grass and planted areas have not yet established but we didn’t want to delay the opening any longer so the Town Council would like to request that visitors to the park try to stick to the hard landscaped areas, until the grass has established.”

The new park includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) suitable for netball and other ball games, a wheeled sports area for skateboarding, scooters and BMX bikes for all ages, an outdoor gym, a petanque facility, a zip-wire, a kick-about area, picnic area, circular path and much more. The Council has also considered the environment doing its bit to reduce the impact on climate change by planting over 70 new trees, designating wildflower areas and adding over 130m of native hedging.
Planning for Winchcombe Park has taken many years. Community involvement provided valuable insight on the design and allowed the public to determine park features and facilities. Unfortunately, not all of the community’s wish list has been deliverable but if future funding can be found, and after further public consultation, the Council hopes to provide additional facilities.
Winchcombe Town Council is planning a grand opening celebration in the spring (date to be confirmed).

About Winchcombe

Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe became prosperous from its Abbey (one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in England), its wool trade and as a producer of tobacco.

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Although the abbey has now gone, the town thrives. The stone Church of St Peter displays an altar cloth worked by Catherine of Aragon. Outside the church there are 40 gargoyles, said to represent local town characters from the 1460s. Dent’s Terrace is a row of almshouses and another is located on Vineyard Street. Winchcombe borders Sudeley Castle which is renowned for its 1,000 year Royal history and beautiful gardens. The town is a great base for walkers with the Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire Way and Winchcombe Way all passing through. The Wardens Way & Windrush Way both start and finish here. Nearby Belas Knap is a Neolithic barrow in a spectacular location above Humblebee Woods (beloved of Tolkien). The town has also been awarded “Walkers Are Welcome” status and hosts an annual walking festival in May.
For more information about Winchcombe and the surrounding area, please go to the Experience Winchcombe website