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Minehead Conservation Society is all about conserving and enhancing the built fabric of Minehead and its environs as well as campaigning to protect its beautiful landscape setting from inappropriate development.

The society also arranges social / educational events as part of the appreciation of the local area. 

The society is affiliated to CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England).



The Society monitors all planning applications for Listed Buildings and those within Conservation Areas as well as  any it considers might be damaging to the overall character and appearance of the town.

It strives to encourage the local planning authority to adopt high quality design for all new builds, incorporating the use of local materials, and which will sit comfortably within their immediate surroundings.

Minehead Conservation Society welcomes all who care about Minehead and its status as an' Outstanding Heritage Settlement'. It offers the opportunity for like-minded people to socialise together and learn more about the history of the area, its many interesting buildings and beautiful landscape by providing a varied programme of activities.

Past Autumn/Winter talks have included such topics as ' Construction,

Maintenance & former uses of buildings on the Holnicote Estate ' and ' 10 Treasures of the Minehead Coast ' to 'Siege and Surrender of Dunster Castle ' and a Magic Lantern Show of Somerset Images.

In the Spring  & Summer visits have ranged from a trip on Flying Scotsman and a tour round the Two Rivers Paper Mill  to visits to historic houses such as Cothelstone Manor and Orchard Wyndham and the restoration project being undertaken by the Somerset Buildings Preservation Trust at Halswell where tea was served in the Temple of Harmony. Walks around different parts of the town also feature in the programme. 

For information on future activities see 'Upcoming Events' below.  Also see reports on recent events which have taken place in the blog section (click on 'Blog' at top of website pages).

The Society is affiliated to SBPT (Somerset Buildings Preservation Trust) and members are able to take advantage of the visits that it offers.

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MCS Tree Planting for Queen's 90th Birth

Tree planted by Minehead Conservation Society at The Parks for the Queen's 90th birthday celebration

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Another MCS Plaque Fitted

The latest commemorative plaque installed by MCS - This one is at the Old Ship Aground, installed October 2020



Prevented Southlands in Northfield Road from being demolished

Saved the Beach Hotel from inappropriate development.

Stopped the cafe on the Quay (now called Echo) from being converted into a holiday flat.

Fought to keep green area and trees in front of Marley Close from becoming one big car park.

Managed to reduce an application for three houses in Whitecross Lane to just one dwelling.

Gained significant design changes to the buildings proposed for the grounds of Periton Mead and contributed to the listing of the main house.

Helped to save the character and setting of the Grade II Listed Ellicombe Manor .

The society has also contributed to the street scene of Minehead and raised the profile of the town in the following ways..

Master-minded retention of many of the old street lamps.

Proposed the installation of the street lamps strung across the Avenue.

Designed, commissioned and paid for the Fingerpost by the Jubilee Cafe.

Proposed ,raised all the money for and gained planning consent, to erect the Jubilee Clock Tower.

Started the campaign to save the town' s public toilets by setting up a petition and lobbying the local councils.

Planted a tree in the Parks Walk to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Led numerous walks around the town to raise awareness of its heritage.

Gained planning consent and paid for the historical plaques around the town.

Supplied photos and information about Listed Buildings and other notable buildings to the planners .



Minehead Conservation Society

(Incorporating the Woodcombe Society)

Office: Townsend House, Townsend Road,

Minehead TA24 5RG (01643 706258)


Website: mineheadconservationsociety.com

Committee: Principal Officers

Chair – Sally Bainbridge

Vice Chair - Tony White

Secretary – Jon Collis

Treasurer – Janet Davies

Planning Case Officer – Sally Bainbridge


  Please be vigilant, and if you see things that concern you contact the society via email or the website.  We rely on our members to assist us.  

Help wanted!  Would you be interested in taking minutes of our committee meetings and similar duties in the role of Secretary?  We meet about six times a year.  See advertisement in next section. Please get in touch if you are able to help or would like details.

It would be great if all our members could try and persuade a friend or neighbour to join the Society

as there is greater strength in numbers when it comes to major campaigns. Direct them to our website so they can see what we are all about and the activities we organise.



we are delighted to welcome two new members to the society P E and
P D who have already joined us at two of our events.
The visit to Croydon Hall was
interesting , not quite what some of our members
expected but certainly an opener as regards décor in some of the rooms! We were
lucky with the weather so could enjoy a very good tea on the terrace looking towards
the Italianate garden and swimming pool. The views from the house were superb.

We may not have had sun for our Jubilee Party but from all the feedback I have
received people appear to have thoroughly enjoyed the splendid range of food,
including a Jubilee trifle, and the musical entertainment so ably provided by our
members Jon & Kay Collis on accordion whistle and guitar. We heard songs and
tunes from different parts of the UK and were able to join in a few patriotic songs to
suit the occasion. The house was decorated with bunting which added fun a nd colour
to the event. All in all a very happy and sociable get together. (See photos in the
MCS website blog section)

Our next event.
Our last visit this Summer is on
Friday July 15 th to the West Somerset Rural Life Museum in Allerford followed by tea/coffee and cake at the Allerford PO Cafe.
You will enjoy a Victorian classroom experience, a chance to view the indoor and outdoor exhibits. Try your hand at bowling a hoop or even try hoopla and Hopscotch.
Meet at the museum for 2.30pm. Cost of tour and tea £8 for members and £9 for visitors. Please fill in the from below (in the Events section) and drop into Townsend House or send to the Treasurer, Mrs J. Davies, 4, Heather Close, Ellicombe TA24 6LL by Monday July 11 th
at the latest.





The society's long standing Secretary stepped down at the end of September 2020.  We are therefore looking for a volunteer to take up this role.  The duties are light, but of great importance to the successful running of the society and include preparing the agendas for Committee Meetings, taking minutes, assisting with preparing newsletters and emailing society members as necessary.

If you are interested, or would like to have a discussion about the role whilst considering it further, please contact Sally Bainbridge, Chair.  This may be done using the society's contact details on the relevant page of this website.



Visit to West Somerset Rural Life  Museum at Allerford

Friday July 15th - the West Somerset Rural Life Museum in Allerford followed by tea/coffee and cake at the Allerford PO Cafe.

You will enjoy a Victorian classroom experience, a chance to view the indoor  and outdoor exhibits. Try your hand at bowling a hoop or even try hoopla and Hopscotch.

Meet at the museum for 2.30pm.  Cost of tour and tea £8 for members and £9 for visitors. Please fill in the from below and drop into Townsend House or send to the Treasurer Mrs J. Davies, 4, Heather Close, Ellicombe TA24 6LL by Monday July 11th at the latest.


Visit to West Somerset Rural Life Museum & Tea July 15th 2022

I/We _______________________________________ wish to book ____ places

Please find enclosed £_________   (cheques made payable to Minehead Conservation Society) Members £8  Visitors £9

email or Tel No ______________________________________________

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Townsend House, Townsend Road, Minehead TA24 5RG

01643 706258

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Membership runs for twelve months from 1st October in any year.

The annual subscription is £12 for an individual, and £17 for two persons living at the same address.

Payment is by cash or cheque.  Cheques should be made out to:  Minehead Conservation Society, and sent to the Treasurer:-

Janet Davies , 4, Heather Close, Ellicombe, Minehead TA24 6LL

Please provide the following information along with your payment:


Name/s _______________________________________________________

Full Address _______________________________________________________


Postcode ______________________

Tel No: ___________________________________ 

E-mail ____________________________________