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
Kevin Willett

Our office is open during the following times:

Monday:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Friday:  9:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday:  CLOSED
Sunday:  CLOSED

Meetings

About Winchcombe

Winchcombe is a market town set above the River Isbourne and on the Cotswold edge. The town was an important centre in Saxon times and later became the site of one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in England, from which it became prosperous (based on its wool trade and as a producer of tobacco).

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.

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

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011, enabling communities to shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.