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Welcome to the Cam Vale Parish Council Website

The Cam Vale Group of Parishes includes the villages of Longburton, Holnest, Lillington and Leweston, located in the picturesque Blackmore Vale and close to the renowned Abbey Town of Sherborne.

A profile of the Cam Vale Group of Parishes

Longburton comes from the Old English lang (long) and burh-tun (fortified farm or farm near a fortification). A number of versions of the village name have been adopted over the centuries. This is hardly surprising in the period before spelling was standardised. Early references show Burton (1244), Buryton (1285), Bourton (1316) and Langebourton (1460).

Leweston is probably a farm belonging to a man called Leofwig, from the Old English tun + a personal name.

Lillington (farm called after a man named Lylla) comes from the Old English -lngton + a personal name. However, before 1293 the village belonged to one William de Lillington.

Holnest (copse or wooded hill where holly grows) comes from the Old English holeyn +hurst. References include Holeherst (1185), Holenherst (1268), Holnest (1316) and Holnhurst (1375)

Parish Council

The Cam Vale Grouped Parish Council has provision for 9 Parish Councillors, 5 for Longburton, 1 Leweston, 1 Lillington and 2 Holnest. As well as their regular Parish Councillor duties several Councillors undertake special duties for the Parish Council, all to help make Cam Vale an even greater place to live.

The Council is supported in its work by the Parish Clerk, the sole employee of the Council. Details of all of your Parish Council can be found on this page.

The council meet regularly (currently five times a year), at the Longburton village hall and everyone from the area is invited to attend.  The council also meet irregularly, as required by events (eg. to vet and sentence local planning applications).  By nature these meetings are not on the programme but will be added as required and once again all are invited to attend.

Notices of all meetings will also be posted on the Longburton, Lillington and Holnest notice boards at least 3 days before each event.

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Cam Vale Parish Council Calendar