East Harptree Parish Council
Welcome to our website
Welcome to the East Harptree Parish Council website where you will find information about council meetings including minutes and agenda, details of annual budgets and financial information, planning, the New Local Plan and councillors contact details.

The grade two listed Village Clock which is to be redecorated during 2020.



The parish sits below the Mendips on the south side of the Chew Valley and includes the hamlet of Coley. The village has a primary school, church, public house and village club, hall and theatre. It is suggested that the name derives from the old English word "hartreg" meaning grey hollow. Alternatively it is mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as "Harpetreu" meaning "The military road by the wood."

Among the places of interest are in the Parish are Harptree Court, until recently the setting for the Great British Bake Off, the ruins of Richmont Castle beseiged in 1138, visited by King John in 1205 and demolished by Sir Henry Newton during the reign of Henry VIII, the nearby Harptree Combe, Eastwood Manor and Farm, St Lawrences Church and the Clock Tower gifted to the village in 1897 by Mr W W Kettlewell to mark the 60 year reign of Queen Victoria.

East Harptree along with West Harptree and Hinton Blewitt form the Mendip ward of Bath and North East Somerset District Council with an elected councillor, currently Cllr David Wood. The local MP is Jacob Rees - Mogg who represents the constituency of North East Somerset.

The Parish Council maintains an email contact list to notify parishioners of forthcoming events and to pass on information about Parish Council business, planning applications, information from BANES and the like. If you would like to receive this information please email the Parish Clerk with your contact details.


The Coronavirus Emergency and the Governments limit on the size of gatherings means that the Parish Council is unable to meet. At it's meeting on 17th March 2020, councillors agreed a Business Continuity Motion to allow the council to function during these difficult times. Matters concerning the Parish Council should initially be directed to the Parish Clerk or any councillor and this website will be updated to advise parishioners of decisions taken by the Parish Council during the period in accordance with the Business Continuity Motion.

The next Parish Council will be a virtual meeting on Tuesday 20th October 2020 starting at 7.30pm.   Meetings page.
 Members of the public wishing to "attend" the meeting or raise matters under Public Participation should advise the clerk by email. An invitation with attendance details will be included on the agenda for the meeting normally published on the Thursday before the meeting. Public participation is limited to 15 minutes as with a normal in person meeting.

Important information

Coronavirus information from the Government is here:

The Parish Council Privacy Notice can be viewed on the Privacy Notice and Data Protection Page


The clock is pictured on a beautiful spring day.


Our website includes: 

Parish Council News

including Parish Council administration during the current emergency and information about current Parish Council business and a vacancy on the council.   

Meeting minutes and agenda and links to archived minutes from 2014

Account and budget information including the audited accounts for 2019/20, the Annual Return and the budget for 2020/21


downloadable footpath map has been added to the Village News & Events page
for information during these strange times.
If you see a problem on village roads such as potholes, broken drains, fly tipping, broken pavements and kerbs you can advise B&NES of these via https://fix.bathnes.gov.uk/


Please heed the advice about Coronavirus published by the Government and other sources