Stoke St Michael is 4.3 miles from Shepton Mallet with a population of approximately 900 in 362 households. The parish includes the hamlets of Fosse, Midway, Three Ashes, Withybrook and East End. It is set in the characteristic East Mendip landscape of lush pasture, streams, swallets, wooded valleys and quarries.
There is a well-stocked shop, P&I Stores, which operates as a branch of Londis. It includes an off licence, newsagent and post office and also serves neighbouring parishes. Next to this is the Knatchbull Arms, a local with a log fire, and the Memorial Hall, which has a recent new roof, disabled access and toilet. Nearby the Millennium Green, once a mill pond, provides a place to sit by the stream. Along Church Street is St Michael and all Angels, with services every Sunday as part of a three-parish benefice. Opposite is Bentleys Restaurant providing good value to a local clientele.
The Primary School moved to new buildings near the Playing Field in 1984, it has around 60 pupils and 3 classes. The pre-school uses facilities in its grounds. The Playing Field has a football pitch, in regular use by Stoke Rovers, a skateboard area and children’s play area. The pavilion and tennis court are in need of repair or replacement.Stoke Hill
There is continued house building within the village envelope most recently on areas once used as lorry yards and a greenfield site next to the stream. Mendip Housing Limited recently completed a development of affordable housing with a local lettings policy.
Though there are still dairy herds, including one farmer marketing his own products, there is an increase in general stock rearing and equestrian use. Quarrying has declined leaving large redundant workings; a young man was killed jumping into water last year.
Wainwrights operate two active basalt quarries with large reserves and a bitumen coating plant. There are various small businesses, including architects, an accountancy firm, a potter and a stained glass artist. Of the 467 people in employment 62 work mainly at or from home and 362 travel to work by car (21 as passengers).
There is a regular bus service; 16 min’s to Shepton 32 min’s to Wells and 25 min’s to Frome. The East Mendip Connector also serves the parish and there is a once weekly free bus to RADCO, Radstock Co Op. Neighbourhood Watch operates in parts of the village, which is currently part of a Parish Warden Scheme.
There is a healthy age distribution in the population;
0-17 23%, 18-44 34%, 45-64 28%, 65+ 15%.
All statistics from the 2001 census.
Thanks to Simon Francis for supplying this information.