Hands off our an­cient cross!

This month An­drea vis­its Croscombe

Somerset Life - - VILLAGE LIFE -

of to­day’s high­way pa­trol tried to re­move it, largely with crow­bars and ham­mers. They didn’t bank on the re­ac­tion of Croscombe’s res­i­dents who joined forces to set up a vigil to pro­tect the an­cient land­mark.

Op­po­site the cross is a bed and break­fast which was once the site of a 15th cen­tury pub­lic house. The re­main­ing vil­lage pub is The George Inn, an award-win­ning, fam­ily-owned, 17th cen­tury free­house. It now houses the Croscombe Stores mi­cro-shop, fol­low­ing the re­cent clo­sure of the vil­lage store.

A com­mu­nity-fo­cused vil­lage, cur­rent res­i­dents can en­joy a host of ac­tiv­i­ties and clubs, cater­ing to the needs and in­ter­ests of all ages. The vil­lage hall is the venue for many of these, in­clud­ing monthly film nights, an orches­tra, fre­quent char­ter mar­kets and a drama so­ci­ety, as well as the usual yoga classes and WI. For chil­dren, there is a thriv­ing pri­mary school com­plete with a for­est school and kitchen gar­dens and there is a play­ground and sports field near the vil­lage hall. A cricket club, shared with nearby Din­der vil­lage, has been go­ing since 1948 and there are plenty of ad­di­tional sports clubs in both Shep­ton Mal­let and Wells, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with the hourly bus ser­vice. con­tact an­[email protected]­dog.co.uk

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