Lopen Parish Council Elections May 2015
The Parish Council elections are being held on 7th May, when they are being combined with elections for South Somerset District Council and the General Election to the House of Commons. Please see the Noticeboard for further details.
At this year's election Lopen Parish Council is increasing in size from five to seven Councillors.
If you would like to discuss the role of a Councillor, please feel free to contact Chairman Barry Davolls. Contact details and information on the eligibility criteria for becoming a Parish Councillor can be found on the Lopen Parish Council page.
The nomination period is between 9-00 am and 5-00 pm on each working day from Thursday, 19th March until the close of nominations at 4pm on Thursday, 9th April. Withdrawals of candidature are permitted up to 4pm on Thursday, 9th April.
Nomination forms and procedure can be obtained through the Clerk, Kim McDonald.
The Village of Lopen, is a quiet hamlet of c.117 properties, including numerous farms, 2 small shops and a pub within walking distance of the main village hub. The village can be found just off the main A303 trunk road, west of Yeovil between South Petherton to the north and Crewkerne to the south.It lies within the Yeovil Scarplands which sweep in and arc from the Mendip Hills around the southern edge of Somerset Levels and Moors to the edge of the Blackdowns.
Lopen nestles in one of the most fertile valleys of agricultural land in the county, within fields that still feature their medieval strip patterns and is just 20 miles from the famous Jurassic coast of Dorset. Read more about the local geography and landscape characteristics. (Natural England)
Many of the houses and cottages are built from local, mellow hamstone, and some central parts of the village form a designated conservation area, which includes All Saints Church and Sunday School Room.
Between Lopenhead, the northern most part of the village, and the central village, the road crosses the ancient Roman Fosse Way, which is now just a minor country lane.
The Romans were very active throughout this area, building villas and operating successfully along what was then a major trade route. See the History of Lopen page for more information.
Today, Lopen provides local employment with businesses ranging from traditional farming to timber merchants, leisure services and adventure holidays, to specialist restoration services and probiotic manufacturing.
Our small community is active and friendly. There are regular meetings of a Women’s group, a History group, regular coffee mornings and village suppers, picnics and fayres, where the turnout is always excellent. Find out more about Lopen Community Groups (see navigation panel).
We hope you find the Lopen Village web pages of interest. If you have any questions or comments, please use the contact us page, or leave us a message on the Guest Book.