Sidcot and Oakridge are both to be found on the
east of the parish, across the busy A38, and lying on the lower slopes of the
north face of Callow Hill. They have remained quiet, residential areas.
Meeting House. Christine Gladwin has written: 'The Meeting House is a
gathering place not only for Meeting for Worship, but also for talks, concerts
and plays. The Winscombe Orchestra puts on three concerts each year and Sidcot
School uses the Meeting House on a daily basis for assemblies, plays and
musical events. Links between the school and the Meeting are very much
encouraged and annual events such as the autumn sale in aid of Quaker Peace and
Service are always well attended. Sidcot Friends espouse a variety of causes
and participate in study and craft groups, as well as involving themselves in a
wealth of other village activities. There are relatively few Quaker Meetings
around the country, and people come to worship from quite a distance away.
Sidcot Meeting House is a community centre for a wide area, as well as a place
The Friends Meeting House at
School. Another important part of Sidcot is the school. This School is
an independent, co-educational day and boarding school. It caters for pupils
from 3 to 18, of all faiths or none. There have been Quaker schools on this
site since 1699 and, in 1808, the school was re-established by the Religious
Society of Friends. The school has seen much development since then. The
present range of buildings now includes a drama studio, a sports complex with a
twenty-five metre swimming pool and an extensive library and resource centre.
So, whether you are a resident of Oakridge or Sidcot, a Sidcot scholar or a
visitor, this is another delightful part of the parish.