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Donyatt, or Doniet as it was then known, is listed in the Domesday Book and has the distinction of being mentioned as a Park, the only one listed in the Somerset Domesday, but can trace its origins back even further.
.Although it is a very old settlement and has expanded a little over the centuries, it is still quite small. Currently Donyatt is made up of a church, a public house/restaurant, village hall, car dealership, bowls club, a number of homes, a smaller number of farms, plus beautiful green fields and a stretch of the River Ile.
Whilst Donyatt may look like a sleepy little backwater, it is in fact a vibrant and active community. Our farms generate a range of produce, including dairy products, various meats, honey, eggs and vegetables. The village holds various events throughout the year, such as an annual Duck Race, Summer Fete, Flower Show, theatre productions, suppers and lunches, to raise funds for the three village based charities, established to maintain our beautiful old church - St Mary’s -, our refurbished and extended Village Hall and our Recreation Area.
The village has a local news sheet – The Donyatt Despatch - which is produced on a monthly basis and distributed to the homes in the village, to keep residents informed of things that have been going on in the previous month and of upcoming events. The news sheet is also available on the News and Events page of this website, if you are interested to see what’s going on in Donyatt.
We have a local skittles league which has gained popularity and which plays a series of matches at the bowls club throughout the winter months. There is also a twice monthly Whist Drive and other monthly opportunities for residents (and others) to meet and socialise.
So, although ours may not be a big settlement – blink and you might miss it on the A358 – it does offer its residents the opportunity to be part of a real community, with plenty on offer to get involved with and enjoy.