Members of Compton Martin Parish Council were very sad to learn that Chris Preston had passed away. He joined the Parish Council on the 6th June 1979 and continued to serve as a parish councillor until 1995, including a period as chairman. During his time on the parish council one of his prime objectives was to purchase an amenity field in Compton Martin.
He continued to support the Parish Council in many different ways always attending meetings and events and in 2007 his assistance in achieving the objective of purchasing the amenity field behind the village hall was invaluable. He joined and hosted a Parish Council led Working Party tasked to produce a detailed report on Fracking in our area.
Councillors should like to place on record their grateful thanks for all the effort and commitment he made to Compton Martin. Their sympathies and condolences go to his family.
Compton Martin lies in the west of Bath and North East Somerset, straddling the A368 and nestling below the north slopes of the Mendip Hills approximately midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, with Brisol 12 miles to the north and Wells over the Mendip Hills to the south. It is within the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the village is also a conservation area.
The population has remained fairly static, despite the changing face of life, the loss of the hamlet of Moreton under the waters created for the Chew Valley Lake in the 1950s, and a large area of "top of Mendip" to Priddy, when Avon was formed.
The village is primarily a commuter based village now, with only two farms remaining with large dairy herds and some local and home based businesses.
There are two halls, The Old Schoolroom was the school from 1843 to 1950 and is next door to the Church. The Village Hall at the east end of the village was built as a memorial after the First World War.
One public house remains, the Ring 'o Bells, which is in the centre of the village. The local shop (since the 1840s) sadly closed in 2001, but we retained the Post Office.
Our twelfth century church "is considered one of the finest specimens of Norman architecture" in Somerset (Ref: Pevsner) with a twisted column and a very rare columbarium (a pigeon loft).