Forward_Blackford_book (old book)
Index_Blackford_book (old book)
Map, How to find us?
DATES and Events
Parish Facts, Services, Contacts etc
NEW Blackford Book - Index
Introduction to NEW book
Oil & Gas - SAVINGS?!
TV - Digital switchover
About this website
Great Flood of 2008! + Flooding Contacts etc,
Great flood - pictures
Great flood - pictures (2)
Police, Neighbourhood Watch etc
South Som Assoc Voluntary & Community Action
Carers - Support and information
Maintenance, Riparian rights & other general advice
Snow 2009 (2)
Snow 2009 (3)
A303 roadworks 2009/10
Planning & Conservation Area
Morris Men visit
Yeovil NHS Healthcare Centre
Local suppliers, facilities etc
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Directory of Tradesman
Compton Pauncefoot - NEW BOOK
Parish Meeting - powers, organisation etc
Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012
Snow 2013 - Compton Pauncefoot
Links for Blackford Community & History
Telephone: As from 19th September 2011, Avon and Somerset Police can be contacted by calling 101.
Please note however, that 101 will not replace 999, which must only be used for emergencies. It will however replace the existing 0845 456 7000 number, although there will be a 3-month period when both numbers remain available. Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.
If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 (or 0845 456 7000 for the next 3 months). You also can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
The Blackmoor Vale beat includes the parishes of Abbas and Templecombe, Charlton Horethorne, Compton Pauncefoot, Corton Denham, Henstridge, Holton, Horsington, Maperton and North Cheriton.
Wincanton police station (2.9 miles) Churchfields (SSDC office)
Monday to Thursday – 9am to 5pm
Friday - 9am to 4.30pm
Closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm
Yeovil police station (10.5 miles) 8am to midnight - seven days a week
Somerton police station (13.1 miles)
Sherborne police station (7 miles) is of course in Dorset so we would normally suggest you use a Somerset station whenever possible.
Sherborne Police Station
01935 812101or 01305 222222
Daily: 0900 - 1700hrs
Blackford is a self-contained Neighbourhood Watch area, the co-ordinator being Neville Rendall at Field Place, tel: 440549
Dial 999 to report an incident or situation that you consider requires immediate police response either to counter a crime that is actually happening or, in your opinion, is about to happen. Say that you want to report something suspicious through Neighbourhood Watch. You will be asked where you are ‘phoning from: tell them “Blackford near Wincanton”, and you will be connected to the relevant police control centre. Give all the facts you can. The police stress how important it is to get the registration number of any vehicle involved.
To report crimes that have already happened (for example, if you arrive home to find that there has been a burglary while you were out), or for any contact with the police which is not an emergency, call 0845 456 7000.
If you can help the police with information about a particular crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. This is a free call facility, you don’t have to give your name and you may qualify for a reward.
If you report something to the police, please let Neville Rendall know as soon as possible.
Generally we are not a high crime area but sensible precautions should be taken to ensure safety and advice can be sought from the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator and the police. Particular care should be taken with security of sheds and outbuildings.
With the increase in oil prices thefts of oil have become a problem in some areas of the country including towns and villages in Somerset. Screening of tanks and other precautions may help.
Distraction burglaries or people using fake id to gain access to properties are potentially a problem and again care should be taken.
It is recommended that you have a chain fitted to the front door and ideally a 'spyhole' viewer if you are unable to see who is outside. And use them!
Home Safety Visit
From the Fire & Rescue Service leaflet on the subject:-
“What is a ‘Home Safety Visit’?
Home Safety Visits were introduced to assist householders by firefighters visiting them within their homes. They will provide advice and guidance to the occupier with their fire and home safety needs. They will also assist you with the development of an escape plan”.
If you are interested in having a Home Safety Visit call Freephone 0800 7311 822