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Cotford St Luke Parish Council

Cotford St Luke – Its Beginnings and Today

Photo supplied by Peter GroverThe demolition of many old hospital buildings started in 1995 after Taunton Deane Borough Council approved an ambitious plan for the development of Cotford St Luke. The first residents moved in just prior to the millennium. Although after a while it became apparent that the plans were not being implemented as intended – due to changes made by Taunton Deane Borough Council  and others prompted by the developers.

In 2000 the residents got together to establish an organisation (Cotford St Luke Community Association) to put pressure on Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council  to  ensure progress was made on the primary school, play areas, community hall and shops.


Planning consents already granted could not be undone but pressure was applied to ensure everything else was delivered. This culminated in a large and Photo supplied by Peter Groverrowdy Taunton Deane Borough Council meeting in Deane House dedicated to the problems at Cotford St Luke. It was attended by over 100 people from the 300 houses already occupied. This brought the realities of the situation to the Councillors’ attention – such as the unfinished and un-adopted roads and paths, the missing or inadequate infrastructure, and made possible a joint campaign to get the necessary land and funds needed to build the community centre, play areas and footpaths etc. Without the determination of these residents the issues might never have been resolved. Fortunately, although there remain some issues that continue to demand the attention of the Cotford St Luke Parish Council, the residents are largely unaffected by them.


Today we enjoy a well looked-after environment largely thanks to both the Cotford St Luke Community Association and the present Cotford St Luke Parish Council – with three play areas for the under 5’s and others for older children, a primary school, a community centre, two football pitches, tennis courts, a popular co-op shop, and a public house.

Photo supplied by Lindsay Carroll

In addition the Church of England has recently purchased a plot of land and is well advanced in sourcing funding for a new community church building. For more information on this please see their facebook page:



Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Toddler Church @ St Luke's Centre
Toddler Church @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Toddler Church Time: 2.15pm to 3.15pm every Thursday during term time Age: Babies, Pre-school toddlers, parents, grandparents, carers and guardians are all very welcome Cost: Free (donations for tea/coffee and pennies towards a charity we[...]
6:30 pm Badminton @ Community Hall
Badminton @ Community Hall
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:30 pm Event Youth Club @ St Lukes Centre
Event Youth Club @ St Lukes Centre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
EVENT Youth Club Time: 7:30 to 9:00pm once a month on Fridays during term time. Age: Secondary School years 10 to 11 Cost: £1 entrance What is it: A youth club   All event details are provided to[...]
10:00 am Family Church @ St Luke's Centre
Family Church @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Church Cotford St Luke church welcomes all people, from all age groups. We are led by a Church of England Vicar (Rev. Preb Alison Norris). Our style is informal, welcoming and serving. We meet[...]
6:30 pm Badminton @ Community Hall
Badminton @ Community Hall
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
6:30 pm Karate Club @ Community Hall
Karate Club @ Community Hall
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Term time only   All event details are provided to the best of our knowledge at the time of updating the website. We suggest you contact the event organiser prior to attending to avoid disappointment.
10:00 pm Baby Group @ St Luke's Centre
Baby Group @ St Luke's Centre
Jan 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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