Community Engagement

The Bishop’s Palace is a charity and considers that its role in the community is vital. We want to give a warm welcome to everyone and play our part in making Wells and the surrounding area a wonderful place to live and visit. Here are some examples of how we do this:

Community membership is a new initiative from The Bishop’s Palace, to encourage local not-for-profit groups and organisations to make the most of this unique heritage site at the heart of Wells. The health benefits of visiting beautiful places with wonderful gardens, open water and a tranquil atmosphere are well known, so The Palace Trust want to make sure that those people who need it most can benefit from it right here on their doorstep. It is also a great way for The Bishop’s Palace to build stronger links with the community.

To launch the scheme they are delighted to announce that The Palace Trust has given fifty complimentary memberships to local groups including The Lawrence Centre, which provides day opportunities for older people with memory loss and health issues. Manager, Maggie Charlesworth, is pictured on the right receiving ten membership cards this summer. Within a couple of weeks she got in touch to say how much everyone had appreciated them. ‘Already it has made a real difference to some of our members, carers and volunteers.  Some of our more vulnerable members haven’t been out at all during lockdown so it really is a wonderful place to ease people back into the community.  Earlier in the summer we had our team meeting  in the garden which was a real treat.’  

Membership lasts for 12 months and entitles you to free entrance to The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, to attend members only events, and to get reduced admission rates to Hestercombe Gardens, Kilver Court and Forde Abbey. Some people have already purchased a membership on behalf of a group, so do get in touch if you would like to sponsor a community membership for a local organisation, perhaps one that is close to your heart. Each organisation can purchase membership cards @ £25.60 each (this is a 20% saving on the standard price). These cards can be used by multiple people in the organisation / group. 

We donate some of the produce from the community garden to our local foodbank most weeks during the harvesting season. 

We encourage local groups to use our meeting / learning room. Until the end of 2021 local not for profit groups can apply to use the space for free, to help everyone get back on their feet after what has been a difficult 18 months for so many in our community. Please contact [email protected] for more info. 

Please contact us if you have any ideas, suggestions or proposals for ways that we could work with you or how you might like to get involved here.

For more information on this scheme, or to discuss your group’s requirements, please contact Siobhan Goodwin, Community Engagement Manager, [email protected] 01749 988111 ext 202 or for payments and memberships please contact Moira Anderson, Membership Co-ordinator [email protected] 01749 988111 ext 203

Let’s do it Wells!

Have you ever wanted to help out, take part or simply find out about everything that is going on in the amazing little city of Wells?

Thanks to a new initiative, now you can, by visiting the newly launched online platform called “Let’s Do It Wells!” 

Users can sign up for challenges that vary from a few minutes of their time, to regular volunteering, or they can simply click on the events calendar to find out what they can join in with. A great way to boost a CV, learn new skills or why not make it part of your new year’s resolution for 2021? Many tasks can be done from the comfort of your own home and it’s a great way to be involved in the community even if you can’t get out and about right now.

The site launched on 30 November and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Coronavirus Network, and the Connect Centre have been working on the initiative over the last few months. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, The Bishop’s Palace has been able to purchase a cutting edge system from a local company that has developed Volunteer Makers digital platforms across the UK

To find out more and to sign up visit

It’s fun, it’s free and it’s for you!

If you know a local organisation that would like to post events or volunteering opportunities on the platform please ask them to contact [email protected].