Horningsham Community
Horningsham Community

A snippet of the history of Horningsham to set the scene of this Community - the village forms part of the Longleat Estate which is owned by the Marquis of Bath. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as having one cottager and four small holders and covering c 120 acres.  At this time Horningsham had an estimated population of 25, peaking at 1,323 in 1831. Until 1939 Horningsham was largely self-sufficient. The parish now has a population of 327 people with 5 farms and a pub, but no village shop.  The main employers are Longleat Estate & Safari Park and Centre Parcs, with a few home workers and small businesses and many working outside the village.

Your Parish Council is here to help you. If you have a problem or concern about something locally, just get in touch with the Parish Clerk and she will be able to advise you as to how you should proceed. It may be that it is something that the Parish Councillors can do or it may be that a particular issue needs to be raised with another body. Whatever the way forward, the Parish Clerk will be able to offer you advice. In the meantime, if you have something you’d like to tell the Parish Council about just contact the Clerk. The Clerk is available Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4.00pm by phone 01985 213435 or email [email protected].

 last updated 11.09.23

What is a councillor?

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or - parish – in Horningsham it is the village of Horningsham and surrounding area. They are generally elected by the public every four years, but there is a Co-option space available on the Parish Council at the moment as no Election has been called for in the parish.  


What do councillors do?

Councillors have three main components to their work.


1. Decision making - Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.

2. Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.

3. Getting involved locally - As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:


 Going to meetings of local organisations such as the Rural Police Neighbourhood Tasking Group

 Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community (The Warminster Area Board)

 Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public


How much time does it take up?

Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour a week. There  are only  8 full Council meeting a year, obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a, parish councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.


Horningsham Parish Council needs a new team member; if you think you would like to take the wishes of the Parish Plan forward when it is complete, work on helping the community grow and have a say in its running, are over 18 years of age do contact the Clerk on 01985 213436 or email [email protected] for an application form. 



Horningsham congregational chapel, Horningsham - 1036378 | Historic England

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The Parish Clerk
9 Beech Grove
BA12 0AB


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E-mail: [email protected]


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