St James's church will be open for services from Sunday 5th July 2020 and a service is planned for July and one for August. Normal services should resume in September, hopefully including Harvest Festival.
West Littleton's 75th anniversary of VE Day party on Friday 8th May has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Click picture to see alternative arrangements in line with lockdown constraints.
The next Madrigals concert by the Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble advertised for Friday 13th March 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus emergency. Click picture for more information.
OPEN GARDENS in the village of WEST LITTLETON planned for Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2020 has been cancelled due to the corona virus lockdown requirements still in force.
The new defibrillatorhas been installed by the telephone box outside Home Farm and is fully operational. A training course explaining its use has been held for residents of West Littleton and Tormarton.
The artefacts of St James's Church have been recorded and photographed by the Severn Valley Arts Society Church Recording Group over the last 2 years. Their report will be available soon.
Ultrafast broadband via fibre to the premises has at last been made available to the 6 properties in West Littleton omitted from the main village installation program 18 months ago.
West Littleton Shoot has not been held for some time now but watch this space for advance warning of another Shoot at this location.
During the evening £500 was raised for the Sisters of the Church in Bristol. Click picture for more information or link for website. www.florilegium.org.uk
West Littleton is a small village located to the north west of Marshfield on rising ground. It boasts around 50 inhabitants, with 25 houses, two working farms and St James’s Church. It is located between the M4 and the A420. The closest amenities are to be found in Marshfield and the historical city of Bath is a short distance to the South. The National Trust property, Dryham House situated in Dyrham Park is located a few hundred metres from the village. A Google location map for the village can be found under the menu item above or here.
West Littleton is a beautiful village with many buildings having stone tiled roofs and walls built of Cotswold stone. Dry stone walling in Cotswold stone abounds, defining field and private home boundaries alike.
The central part of the village consists of houses arranged around the Common giving a sense of openness and space. Some houses in the village date back to the 15th century with some possibly even back to the 14th.
The Church of St James is small in scale and originated in the 13th century. It was rebuilt in 1855 after being largely destroyed by fire. The striking bell tower survived and is one of the most historic and finest in the region today.
The church has a collection of 18th and 19th century wall memorials and tombs which were the subject of a considerable programme of conservation work in 2010. There is a dedicated website at www.stjamesmonuments.org giving full details of the work undertaken.
West Littleton and Tormarton are the two villages grouped together to form the Parish of Tormarton for local government. The official Council website is located at http://www.tormarton-pc.gov.uk where Council meeting Minutes and other details can be accessed.
Pictures above show a small number of Hampshire Down sheep on West Littleton Common, a recent resumption of the historical rights of villagers to graze livestock on the Common. Great for the quality of the grass and wildlife on the common and also for enhancing the rural attractions of the village.