“What we really like about the village is that the main road does not go through the village and tourists rarely drive through which means we can walk down the middle of The Street. You are more likely to see dog walkers, human walkers and horseback riders than cars.”

This section is intended to be a brief guide to living in Wanstrow for new and future residents, although existing residents may also find some useful information here.


There are no schools in Wanstrow, but school bus services from Wanstrow provide access to nearby schools, including the nearby Upton Noble Primary School [link opens in new tab].

Facilities and Services

Wanstrow Village Hall is a large, modern building planned to be eco-friendly, using the latest sustainable technology and is equipped with full disabled access.  There is a large hall and a smaller committee room, separated by a removable divider along with a kitchen and bar.  The hall is the venue for a range of village events, exercise classes and meetings and can be hired for private events and parties.  For further information visit https://www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk.

The adjoining Village Green was opened in April 2012 and is open to the public at all times. It has state-of-the-art play equipment, adult exercise machines and an open space for games.

The King William IV pub serves local real ales, local ciders, lagers and good pub food and has a skittles alley which is in regular use during the week by the Skittles League.

Read Agriservices on the outskirts of the village provides everything for farming, but is also a useful place to get hardware, plumbing supplies, workwear and those all-important wellies.

Byrne Motors in the village will service your car and also have a selection of used cars for sale.

The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary holds services of worship (Church of England) approximately monthly and monthly Messy Church sessions for children (accompanied by adults)


There is no mains gas so most houses are heated by oil.  There is a local bulk buying scheme which aims to reduce costs by combining orders and achieving a discount.

Water is provided by Bristol Water and is rated as Very Hard.  Most of Wanstrow is on mains drainage with treatment provided by Wessex Water.  Outlying properties and the other villages in the parish all have private treatment, often using septic tanks.

Broadband is via copper cabling at present and is slow, around 2 – 6 Mb/s.  Many villagers connect via either 4G routers or wireless broadband providers such as Voneus.


Collection of household and garden rubbish is organised through the Somerset Waste Partnership.  There is a weekly kerbside collection, usually on a Friday, for a wide range of recyclable materials, and more types of recyclable waste will soon be collected.  Non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly, also on a Friday, and taken to an energy from waste plant.  Garden waste can also be collected on payment of an additional fee.  Further details on https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.


There is no public transport available in Wanstrow, so a car is practically essential although a good taxi service is also available from Frome.  The nearest train stations are in Frome and Bruton, both approx. 5 miles away, which connect to Westbury for trains to London (Paddington), Exeter, Portsmouth and Bristol.  There are also trains to London (Waterloo) from Gillingham and coach services to London from Frome.

Nearby towns

Frome is nearest and provides a lively community with many interest groups, Theatre, cinema, library and interesting shopping with literally dozens of coffee shops  There is a weekly market and the town centre is closed off once a month for a large artisan market.  Visit https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk for further information.

Bruton is a small town easily reached from London, by rail (Castle Cary station) and from the A303.   Arts and crafts flourish and it’s one of Somerset’s local centres of creativity, punching far above its weight.  As well as all the local artistic ventures, it now boasts the exciting new Hauser and Wirth gallery, including a Piet Oudolf garden, with constantly changing exhibitions and the nearby Newt in Somerset garden and hotel.

There are two highly regarded boarding schools within Bruton – King’s School (independent) and Sexey’s School (state boarding).

Meeting People

“We have made many friends and everyone we have met has been very welcoming.”

Much goes on at the Village Hall. Regular events include Pilates (Monday evening, Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning (2 classes) and evening), Yarn Time (a textile crafting group for adults meets every other Thursday afternoon), an Activity Lunch once a month for the over 50s, and outreach Post Office services from 1 – 3 pm on Thursdays.

One-off events organised by or in the Village Hall also form a good way of meeting people – “We have enjoyed the Wanstrow Open Gardens in June, the Harvest Celebration in September, the Christmas Fair in November, the Christmas Lectures in December and the New Year’s Eve party.” Other events include the occasional breakfast or lunch, an Over 60s Tea Party in January, Bingo evenings and other social occasions.

The skittles alley (traditional nine pin) in the King William IV pub has two games a night (6 players per team) playing from Monday to Friday starting at 8pm and it is another way to meet the locals.  Most teams are in need of new players (men or women), no experience is required, and you will quickly meet a new bunch of people at each game.

Or just take a dog for a walk – other dog-walkers will quickly make you welcome.

Other useful sources of information

Village notice boards – these are beside the post box at the crossroads, half-way down The Street, near the ford, and there is a Village Hall notice board beside the Village Green

Village Green Facebook Page – a moderated public group for Wanstrow with lively discussion on local issues, plus a good place to ask for advice and get recommendations on local services and suppliers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176398289041639/

The Wanstrow Hub, at Wanstrow Village Hall, is open every other Thursday from 10am – 1pm, starting on Thursday 30th January (see village hall events page for other dates).

  • Come and chat with other residents over coffee
  • Find out more information about the parish
  • Hear about new and current projects in the parish and discuss how you can become more involved in your community
  • You may be home worker who would like to come and use the hall to work or meet other people
  • You may need a bit of extra space which you don’t have at home to finish a project you have been working on

If you would like any more information on the Wanstrow Hub, please contact Helen Johns on 07802 408449.

“Postlebury News” is the parish magazine, published monthly, covering the six parishes in Postlebury area.  It includes information on religious services, events in Wanstrow and nearby villages and useful advertisements for local suppliers and trades people.  Email to subscribe.

Wanstrow Village Hall website – includes an events calendar: https://www.wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk.