Lydford is fortunate in possessing an active Sports Club complete with sports field off West Lydford High Street near its southerly junction with the A37. The Club is self-supporting and run by publicly elected members of the community for the benefit of the village, organising sport and social events. There is a Cricket section with First, Second and Junior teams, and a Skittles team. There is a modern Play Area for children (HSE approved) on the sports field.
The Sports Club welcomes new members and is always appreciative of offers of help with the running of the Club. The village holds an Annual Gala in July on the sports field to raise funds for the Club to cover running costs throughout the year for sports gear, insurance, rent, rates and maintenance of the pavilion and ground. Grass mowing is paid for by the parish council.
Contacts: Linda Foote, 01963 240336; Stuart Payne, 01963 240374
There is a public 18-hole golf course and driving range with licensed Clubhouse at Wheathill (between Lydford and Lovington). Contact: Andrew England, 01963 240667
Top quality still-water fishing for Match and Carp can be enjoyed at the Viaduct Fishery, Somerton, 01458 274022. New to the area is Covey Fisheries, East Lydford, 07863 360647 for Match and pleasure fishing, plus Carp Lake. The River Brue runs through the village and is popular for coarse fishing. A rod license is required and is available from any post office (a one day, eight day or annual). Also, an Angling License for Glaston Manor is required and can be obtained from the Street Angling Centre, 160 High St, Street, 01458 447830.
Twenty-three bridle and registered footpaths offer a variety of walks within the parish. Most of these connect with footpaths in neighbouring parishes. All are well sign-posted and have stiles where needed. There is a map of the parish footpaths on display in the church car park. Also see: – Footpaths in Somerset
Swimming and Gymnasium
There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a Leisure Centre in Street as well as indoor pools and Leisure Centres in Wells and Yeovil. The indoor pool in Street has a gymnasium and sauna. Prepaid or season tickets are necessary for early morning (8.00am) sessions. The Wincanton Sports Centre also has a wide range of facilities.
Cubs, Beavers, Brownies and Scouts
Rainbows (5 – 7 years) meet in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall 5.15 – 6.15 pm on Tuesdays and Brownies (7-10 years) also on Tuesdays from 6.15 – 7.45pm. Contact: Lisa Eastmead-Hoare, 01458 223132
Barton St. David Scout Group
Boys and girls are welcome. Beavers meet Mondays 6.15 – 7.15 pm: Cubs meet Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.30pm: Scouts (11 – 14 years) meet Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.00pm. Contact: James Gordon, 01458 223934 or check the website at:- http://www.bartonstdavidscouts.org
Charlton Sea Scouts
(10 years upwards) meet in Keinton Mandeville Village Hall on Mondays (Scouts and Ventures). Chris Harrow 07921 490221
Lydford Ladies Third Tuesday Group
We are a women’s group who meet on the third Tuesday of each month, except for August and December. Our programme for the year includes outside speakers, talks and demonstrations by members and social evenings which may feature a quiz or discussion. All of our meetings are advertised on village notice boards and include time for a coffee and a chat among friends. We meet at 7:30pm and welcome women to all of our meetings and men to those that we think will appeal. If you would like more information please contact: Sarah Alexander 01963 240875, Sarah Gooder 01963 240698 or Lesley Ridgley 01963 240837.
There is a village drama group, The Fosseway Entertainers, which stages shows usually twice yearly in the Parish Hall. Budding Thespians, whether acting or working behind the scenes, are always most welcome and invariably have a very enjoyable time.
Contact: Mrs Rachel Garrett, 01963 240417
Lydford Quilting Group “Scrapbags“
We are a small group of quilters, from the village and further afield, who meet most weeks in friendly harmony in the Village Hall on Thursday afternoons. From time to time we have vacancies and are eager to learn from each other as well as passing on our skills to the beginner, so whether you are an experienced quilter or just interested in learning a new skill, we would love to hear from you. Do call: Marion Topp: 01963 240233 for more information
Lydford & District Gardening Club
The Lydford & District Gardening Club meets the second Tuesday of each month in Lydford Parish Hall at 7.15 pm. The annual programme includes a variety of speakers, visits and demonstrations. The club is a member of The Gardens Group Gold Club who offer excellent discounts and seeds are also available at discounted prices. The annual membership subscription is £17.50. (£2.00 per meeting for non-members.) There is a raffle, seed and plant swap and refreshments are free.