Horton, Ilminster, Somerset





This leaflet has been prepared on behalf of the Parish Churches of Horton and Broadway to give you an introduction to the area, and help you settle into your new home.



Horton was part of a tything of Ilminster called Ilminster Without until 1982 when it became a civil parish.  The Ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1994 although St Peter’s Church was built in 1900.


Broadway is an ancient Ecclesiastical parish with the Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburga half a mile from the village.

The whole area was originally in the Royal Forest of Neroche.  Historical information for Broadway is available in the church.  Many facilities are shared between Horton and Broadway and, to a lesser extent, with neighbouring Donyatt and Ashill.


Horton and Broadway are in the Yeovil Parliamentary Constituency and Marcus Fysh is the MP.


Somerset County Council has offices in the county town of Taunton. [0845 3459166].

South Somerset District Council has its main offices in Yeovil, an area office in Chard, [both 01935 462462 ] and a local office in Ilminster with limited opening hours.

District & County Councillor - Linda Vijeh [07971 785069] .

The chairman of Horton Parish Council is Ann Winter and the Horton Parish Council Clerk is Mrs Charlotte Duff email:- hortonparishclerk@gmail.com .

Broadway  Parish Council - Clerk Mrs Charlotte Duff  email:- broadwaypc@outlook.com



Domestic Refuse collection Horton – Wednesday ( 3 Weekly ). Starting 27th October 2021** Wheeled Bins need to be put on the roadside in the morning.

Recycling (Green boxes), White paper, glass bottles, foil, clothes & shoes.  (Black boxes) cans, plastic bottles (no tops), cardboard & Food Waste (Brown food waste bin) collections –Wednesday (Weekly)***.  The day may be different in some areas. - One day later after Bank Holidays.  Broadway Collections on Wednesdays

Bulky items and garden waste – Waste Disposal Centre, Chard, which is well signed on the East side of A358 on the northern outskirts of Chard. (closed Tuesday & Wednesday). You can subscribe to the green garden waste bins from South Somerset District Council.


Water and Drainage – Wessex Water [0845 6004600]


Electricity – EDF Energy [0800 0566341] and Power Gen [0800 363363] are two of many suppliers.


Natural Gas is not available in either parish.

Social Services – [0845 3459122]  

Benefit Agency offices - Taunton and Yeovil [01823 349100]




Dial 999 in an emergency.  The ambulance station in Ilminster is not always manned. The police are always available for non emergencies on [101].  Major accidents are dealt with at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton [01823 333444].  Minor injuries may be treated at the surgeries [see below] or at Chard Hospital [238220].



Medical practices :

Summervale Medical Centre [52354] and The Meadows Surgery [52284] are together on Canal Way, in Ilminster Church View Surgery, Broadway, behind Broadway Village Hall [55300].


Dentists - Ile Dental Centre [52480] in Ilminster & the Chard Dental Practice  [01460 67022]  are known to take NHS patients.  There are other practices in Chard.    


NHS Direct [111] has nurses available for advice at all times.



Minster Veterinary Surgery [52847], OakApple Surgery [54541] in Ilminster & in Chard the Glynswood Centre [66111].

The County Veterinary Clinic, Ashwell Park, Ilminster [259509]



Most local children start at Neroche County Primary School in Broadway.

Secondary Schools are in Chard [Holyrood] & Crewkerne [Wadham] and there are Public Schools in Taunton and Wellington.


There are two children’s playgrounds, one adjacent to Neroche School, access via the lane alongside the west side of the school and the other in Channels Lane, Horton.



There are 2 Defibrilators in the Villages. One in the bus shelter in Horton, and one in the old phone box in Broadway.




Providing people in Somerset rural communities with easier access to information and services.

See the village agent webpage:



Sub Post Office in Goose Lane, Horton, closed on Wednesday (Post Office only) and Saturday afternoons, also sells groceries, newspapers etc.

Milk delivery - Dairy Crest [01823 350895] deliver three times a week

Public Houses - The Bell Inn in Broadway [ 52343 ]  & the Five Dials in Horton [ 55359 ].

Mobile library - stops on Thursdays on a four week cycle at Neroche School 11.00am starting  Thursday 4th November 2021.   Further information from Libraries Direct on 0845 3459177 or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries  


There are good local shopping centres in Ilminster and Chard and many larger stores in Taunton.  Some of the Ilminster traders will deliver.



Trains – Taunton [11 miles] main line to Paddington, the South West and the North – Axminster [13 miles], Crewkerne [10 miles] and Yeovil Junction [17 miles] are on the Waterloo-Exeter line.


Buses –An Ashill to Ilminster service operates daily with connections to Taunton on Tues/Thurs. and to Ilminster only on Mon/Wed/Fri.  Slinky bus [01935 477399] for those without transport.


Taxis – Pinewood Cars [ 01460 455565 ] & Minster Taxis [ 07917101735 ] operate from Ilminster.




St Peter's, Horton , and St Aldhelm and St Eadburga, Broadway. [ Contact Jan Allen 01460 57702 ]

Rector  -  The Revd Philip Denison, The Rectory, Broadway, Ilminster TA19 9RE  Tel No  01460 259155

email:- denisonphil15@hotmail.com


Broadway Hill Methodist Church.  Contact Sue Parsons [54581]   Minister - Rev. Anna Flindell [email: flindell.anna@yahoo.com]


St Peter’s Church, Horton, and Broadway Hill Methodist Church are joined together in partnership under a covenant agreement.


Ilminster Roman Catholic Church.  

Ashill Baptist Church. Mr Norman Cumming   -  email:- normanfcumming@gmail.com

Society of Friends [Quakers], Ilminster. Contact Mrs Judith Chislett  [51976]

Monks Yard Church, Horton Cross, contact Liz Tozer [01460 200020] email:- mycommunity@themonksyard.co.uk

Several other denominations hold services in neighbouring towns.


The Isle Valley News, published monthly, covers the eight parishes that form part of the Anglican Benefice and gives details of many clubs and organisations.  Copies are available in churches [50p] or delivered to subscribers £5 for the year.


Local events are reported in the Chard and Ilminster News,  and other local papers.  The Horton Gazette is published quarterly.  Notice boards: Horton - Bus Shelter, Goose Lane and Horton Village Hall.  Broadway Parish Council boards - opposite the Rectory & by the Post Box opposite the War Memorial & outside the old Hilltop Salon in Pound Road.


Brief details of some of the local groups are given below:


Meeting Monthly –

Mothers’ Union, Church Room, Horton – Mrs Lydia Munday [54145]

Ding Gardening Club, Horton Village Hall – Stuart Davey [55069]

Women’s Institute, Horton Village Hall –  Katrina Ready [ 250859 ]


Horton Film Club – Horton Village Hall – Details at Horton PO and on this webpage: Film Club

Isle Valley Flower Club, Broadway Village Hall


More Frequently –


1st Ilton & Broadway Scout Group  Contact Tom Vaughan [ 55592 ]Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet in Broadway Village Hall

Badminton - Broadway Village Hall

Broadway Amateur Theatrical Society [BATS] – Mr Phil Hunt [53113]

Broadway and District Short Mat Bowling Club, Village Hall, Broadway

Broadway and Horton Cricket Club -

Karate - Broadway Village Hall

U3A Short Tennis - Broadway Village Hall

Whist Drives - Horton Village Hall (fortnightly) - Mr David Ireland [54895]

Pilates—Horton Village Hall—Thursday mornings.

Zumba - Horton Village Hall - Wednesday 10am - 11.00am

Dancing - Horton Village Hall.  Sunday evenings Line Dancing & Ballroom, Monday evenings Latin & Ballroom - Friday evenings Latin & Ballroom—Mrs Val Turnock [65007].

Broadway Health Walking Group Details from Details from Mrs Vera Pharaoh [55437]

Horton Ramblers meet once a month for an informal walk around the local countryside [Contact  Gill on 52033 or Glyn and Ann on 54622]

Chattabox Coffee Group - Thursdays 11-12 noon.  The Lounge, Broadway Hill Methodist Church.

Computer Hub - One to one tutorial, workshops & drop in afternoons.  Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.  Contact Sue Parsons [54581] [email: sue.parsons48@gmail.com]

Visit the website for Horton at www.hortonvillage.co.uk for Societies, Church service details and calendar of events in Horton or www.broadwayparishcouncilsomerset.org.uk/organisationdirectory  for Broadway


We hope this leaflet has been helpful and we would be glad to help in any other way we can.  Please contact a Churchwarden.


Horton –   Jan Allen [57702]                                                                              October 2021


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