Comeytrowe is a very pleasant area that is located within the County Town of Taunton, Somerset. Until the middle of the 20th Century, the area consisted of green fields but over a period of thirty years houses were built on these fields in order to accommodate the growing population.
Originally, many of the new houses lay within the boundaries of the neighbouring, historic Parish of Trull and people from Comeytrowe stood for and were elected to Trull Parish Council, However, as the population of Comeytrowe grew, the Parish of Comeytrowe was formed in 1986. The Councillors elected to serve on the newly formed Comeytrowe Parish Council were also members of Trull Parish Council, so their first year of office proved to be very busy.
Thirty years ago, as the area expanded, the Church of England and County Council funded a new primary school for the parish, Bishop Henderson, named after the then Bishop of Bath and Wells. Initially the school accommodated a class per year, however as Comeytrowe continued to grow additional classrooms were added so that today there are two classes for each age group 5 to 11. The school has recently been awarded ‘outstanding’ status by OFSTED.
During the 1980s it was realised that facilities were required for the emerging communities and as a result the Parish benefits from the provision of a doctor’s surgery, various shops and St Michael’s Church. Previously religious services were held in a tin hut in Hovelands Lane but today people are able to worship in a purpose built church that, together with the other facilities, forms part of the Comeytrowe Centre in Pitts Close.
In 1986 a community hall was built and equipped with grants and extensive fundraising by the community. Today it houses a wide range of activities every day and is available for hire by the members of the community. As a charity the hall is managed by a volunteer committee and meets the cost of running the hall from hiring fees and fundraising. The committee has achieved Hallmark 1, which is a national quality standard for village and community halls.
Other amentities within the Parish include Penny’s Field, which is owned by the Parish Council, and the Neighbourhood Park, which is the responsibility of Taunton Deane Borough Council. Penny’s Field is an open space that is enjoyed by all members of the community. There are play facilities for the very young, a youth shelter and goal posts for use by anybody who wishes to play football.