Jill's Close is a playing field in the heart of the village. The land was donated to the parish by the Hoddinott family in the late 1960's in memory of Jill Hoddinott. It has now become an integral part of Cranmore; facilitating a safe play area for all ages.
It is thanks to the Jill's Close Committee, a working party of the parish council, that the area is always well maintained and new equipment purchased regularly through local fundraising. All ages are catered for including exercise apparatus for adults and multi-functional equipment for the younger members of our community.
Jill's Close in also the venue for the annual village fayre.
It is in the Diocese of Bath and Wells in Somerset, and is in the Benefice of Shepton Mallet with Doulting. It is kept open during daylight hours so it’s opening and closing times move with the seasons.
The main centres for shopping near Cranmore are Shepton Mallet, Frome and Wells.
The shops and information listed below are for information only and not meant as recommendations.
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Shepton is a growing town with a quirky and characterful High Street. It has many small independent shops and friendly cafés and is great for discovering vintage and antique bargains. There is a Friday market, a pretty park and of course the famous Shepton Mallet prison.
As well as large chains such as Costa, Iceland and Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Frome town centre is home to a wonderful array of independent shops selling everything from homeware and gifts to clothing, books and footwear. There are also plenty of great cafés and restaurants.
The monthly Frome Independent street market is a vibrant, popular event held on the first Sunday of the month.
The new 162 bus service, provided by Frome Minibuses
Westwards the stops are:
1) In Cooks Lane by the church
2) Outside the Strode Arms
3) On the A361 at the top of Piers Road
Eastwards the stops are:
1) Next to the tennis courts in Tansey
2) Outside the Strode Arms
3) In Cooks Lane by the church
Drivers can choose whether to go down Piers Road and up Cooks Lane, or vice versa, so do look out in case your bus comes from an unexpected direction, and do check the destination before boarding!
There is a free bus service to and from Asda in Frome every Monday. Pick it up at 9:30 from Cooks Lane, return from the store at 12:00.
Nippy Bus run a 649 bus to Strode College, Street during termtime.
Pick it up at 8:08 from Cranmore Piers. The return service arrives at 17:20 at the cricket ground, bound for Stoke, Oakhill & Binegar.
The quickest bus route to Bath is the 267 from Frome. Both First and Faresaver operate 267 buses; Faresaver 267 is quicker as it doesn’t call at Rode. It starts from Critchill Road. First 267 starts from Sainsbury’s. Both go via the Market Place. An even better place to go from is near the bottom of Grange Road.
Another way to get to Bath is to take the 776 Hatch Green service from Shepton Mallet or from the Knatchbull in Stoke St.Michael. Get off at Midsomer Norton and transfer to one of the buses going to Bath (173, 178, 179, 184, 379).
It is also possible to go by 173 from Wells, Gurney Slade or Chilcompton, but this does take longer.
Take the 234 (First) or X34 (Faresaver) bus from Frome Sainsbury’s, Market Place or Grange Road.
Take the No.1 South West Coaches bus from Shepton Mallet (Tesco or the Charlton).
Berry’s superfast service to Hammersmith is fastest. It runs from opposite the Police Station in Shepton Mallet.
National Coaches provide a daily service via Bath and Heathrow. It runs from Rectory Road, opposite Great Ostry in Shepton Mallet.
From Frome: Direct to Bath, Bristol, Dorchester & Weymouth
From Castle Cary: Direct to London, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth & beyond
From Bath: Direct to London, Bristol & South Wales
From Bristol: Direct to London, South Wales, Midlands & the North
High Street Dental Practice (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 343940
Town Street Dental Practice (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 342560
Northam House Dental Practice (Wells) Tel: 01749 673053
Rock House (Wells) Tel: 01749 674250
There are also 5 dentists in Frome.
Grove House Surgery (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 342863
Park Medical Practice (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 334383
Shepton Mallet Community Hospital Tel: 01749 342931
Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre Tel: 01749 333600
Royal United Hospital (Bath) Tel: 01225 428331
Circle Bath Hospital (Peasedown St.John) Tel: 01761 422222
Yeovil District Hospital Tel: 01935 475122
Bristol Royal Infirmary Tel: 0117 923 0000
Southmead Hospital (Bristol) Tel: 0117 950 5050
Boots Opticians (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 342565
Christopher Young Optometrists (Shepton Mallet) Tel: 01749 345259
Mansfields (Wells) Tel: 01749 672229
Millicans Eye Centre (Wells) Tel: 01749 673991
Specsavers Opticians (Wells) Tel: 01749 673694
Vision Express (Wells) Tel: 01749 674111
There are also 5 opticians in Frome.
The Local P.C.S.O Nikki Housley makes regular visits to Cranmore. She can be found in the police van by the pond opposite the Strode Arms.
A list of forthcoming dates will be published here shortly.
Below are details of schools and further education in the area.
Children from the age of two to five years are welcome. Two year old, and three year old nursery grants accepted.
Phone: 07751 533997
Click here to go to Cranmore and Doulting Pre-School website
Phone: 01749 881600
Phone: 01749 880376
Phone: 01749 345555
Phone: 01749 813393
Phone: 01458 844400
Latest information from Somerset Waste Partnership
Household general waste collection (wheelie bin): Fortnightly on Fridays
Garden waste collection: Fortnightly on Fridays
Householders can subscribe to the garden waste collection service, currently £46.50 per year. See http://www.mendip.gov.uk/garden for details
Kerbside recycling boxes: Weekly on Fridays
Food waste, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, textiles, and some metal, eg. cans.
There are paper recycling bins in the car park of the East Somerset Railway.
The nearest Household Recycling Sites are at Dulcote (near Wells) and Manor Furlong (near Frome). These are free to use and are both closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can check opening times here: http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/sites/opening/
Although this is our Village Hall (and sometimes gets called by that name), its proper title is the Cranmore Memorial Hall.
It was built to commemorate the men from Cranmore who served and fell in the First World War.
The Memorial is the venue for Cranmore and Doulting Playgroup.
The hall can also be hired for meetings, children’s parties etc and is used for Tai chi and WI. An adjacent smaller room can be hired either one or half day or evening.
All enquiries for quotations and bookings may be made to the Booking Secretaries, Brian and Vera Pike, who live at Cooks Lane next to the Hall Tel 01749 880462.
The address for the Hall is:
3 East Cranmore Lane,