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Welcome to Ashill Parish Council

Ashill is a small village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 7 miles south of Taunton, and 3 miles north-west of Ilminster in the South Somerset District. The Parish includes the hamlets of Hastings, Kenny, Rapps, Southtown, Stewley, Windmill Hill and Wood. The parish is a strong rural community with a population of over 500.

Ashill is mentioned in the Domesday book for its extensive woodland, when it was known as 'Aiselle' (where the Ash tree grow) Hill due to the extensive woodland. The recorded population in 1086 was 21 households. By 1327 the village had become known as 'Asshulle'. The manor of Ashill passed from the de Vaux family to Sir Thomas Moulton by 1317, and then through the Stretche and Beauchamp families to the Spekes. The Speke family then built Jordans as their mansion. The mansion was demolished in the 1960's but the grotto/summer house (dating from 1828) in the grounds survives.

13 May 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting

Ashill Village Hall Monday 7:30 pm View Details

Latest Parish News

Essential News : The PCC and Upcoming Elections


April 2024

Police and crime commissioner elections logo featuring a pink and black ballot boxes.

Elections for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) take place on Thursday, 2 May 2024.

The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing. PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

For more information about the PCCelection, visit

Voter ID

Social graphic by the electoral commission featuring a post-it note, captioned: 'remember, i need photo id to vote'.

You'll need to provide photographic ID if you plan to vote at a polling station in the PCC or future elections.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote?

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional license)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

You'll only need to show one form of photo ID, but it needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. The name on your ID must be the same name you used to register to vote.

For more information, including the full list of accepted forms of photo ID, visit the Electoral Commission's Voter ID webpage or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you haven’t got an accepted form of photo ID

If you haven't already got an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to your local Electoral Registration Officer.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to use at the PCC elections on 2 May is 5pm, Wednesday 24 April.

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact your local Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their contact details by entering your postcode into the search bar on the Electoral Commission’s Voting and elections webpage.

Voting by post and by proxy

If you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can vote by post or ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you, which is called a proxy vote.

Changes to voting by post and proxy

You can now apply online to vote by post and for some types of proxy vote. You also need to prove your identity when applying, by providing your National Insurance number.

There are limits to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for. This means you can only act as a proxy for two people living in the UK. If you act as a proxy for people living overseas, you can act as proxy for up to four people but only two of these can be based in the UK.

Handing in your postal vote

From May, voters will not be allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs per poll, in addition to their own.

There will also be a new criminal offence to stop parties and campaigners handling postal votes for other voters who are not close relatives or someone for whom they provide regular care. Individuals who are under 18 are not allowed to hand in postal votes in polling stations.

How many people can act as a proxy?

Voters will now only be able to act as a proxy for up to 2 people living in the UK (a maximum of 4 people, with 2 people living in the UK and 2 people registered as living overseas) in elections where the changes apply.

Will postal and proxy voters need to show photo ID in order to vote with the new measures?

Voters will not need to show photo ID in order to apply by post or proxy. Although anyone acting as a proxy to vote on someone’s behalf will need to show their photo ID at the polling station in elections where the ID requirement applies.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, visit the Voting and elections webpage or call the Electoral Commission's helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Change of date for road closure at Windmill Hill


April 2024
road closure

Date Change - Temporary Road Closure: Windmill Hill, Ashill

Please be aware that we have received notification of a date change to a temporary road closure at Windmill Hill, Ashill for approximately 116 metres.

The new date for the works to commence is 11th April 2024 and is expected to last until 11th April 2024 between the hours of 09:30 - 15:00.

These works are for Utility Services Ltd to replace a pole on behalf of Openreach.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is permittedon this occasion.

The link to view the new Notice is as follows:

For any further information about this closure please contact Utility Services Ltd on 0191 303 9782 quoting reference: N3 -ttro334444S.

Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in blue)

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