Welcome to the website of Clapton-in-Gordano Parish Council

Clapton in Gordano is a rural village in North Somerset close to Portishead and Clevedon.

Its most famous building is the Black Horse pub named around the time of the thriving local coal industry.

There are numerous listed buildings – mainly ancient Somerset farms. Clapton Court Farm dates from the 15th century and the Church of St Michael dates from Norman times.

See also the Wikipedia.

The Parish Council has six members and meets every two months usually on the third Thursday at 7.30 pm in a room at the Black Horse*. Dates of meetings may vary according to public notice. Members of the public are most welcome to attend and may speak during the public participation item of the agenda. Parish Council Meeting Dates.  *Meetings are currently being held virtually: see notice below.


Christmas 2021

The village Christmas tree is in the front garden of The Black Horse; hopefully, bringing festive cheer.  Many thanks to those who worked so hard to get it there safely.

There will be a Christmas Carol Service this year, at St Michael’s Church, on Sunday 12 December 2021 at 3.00 pm.  Please come along and add your voice (of whatever quality; no judgement) to those of your fellow villagers

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Village Events

  • Carol Service at St Michael’s Church: Sunday 12 December 2021 – 3.00 pm
  • Clapton Cuppa: Thursday 16 December 2021 – 2.30 pm, at The Black Horse

It’d be great to see you

Act of Remembrance 2021

Many thanks to all who attended this year’s Act of Remembrance, those who made the act happen, those who generously donated to the collection, and those who provided support and assistance afterwards.  The Very Revd David Frayne was treated in hospital and discharged the same afternoon, to rest and recover at home.  A total of £202.90 was collected, which will be donated in full to the Portishead Branch of the Royal British Legion.

You can read more about our village war memorial and those who served during the World Wars in the booklet prepared […]

Parish Councillor Vacancy

We have two parish councillor vacancies.  If you’re interested in being considered – or finding out more about what’s involved – please get in touch.  It’s a role that anyone who is interested in getting the best for our village could fufil.  No specific background, knowledge, skills, experience are required.  You’ll need a bit of time, enthusiasm and commitment.  That’s it.  Why not give it a go?

Clapton Cuppa is Back

Clapton Cuppa is an informal casual drop-in for a cuppa and a chat,  It was launched in January last year, but suspended in March.  However, and most happily, it has now resumed at the Black Horse, on the third Thursday of each month.  The next one is Thursday 16 December 2021, at 2.30 pm.  If you’d like to attend, know someone else who would, want to find out more etc, please contact Sarah Friend (our Village Agent), who is the co-ordinator: and 07422-078548

Garden Waste Collection

North Somerset Council resumed garden waste collections on Monday 27 September 2021.  However, this will be four-weekly not fortnightly, and is still being affected by staff shortages.  Recycling and black bin collections will continue as usual.  For more information, please see the “Changes to Garden Waste Collections” page on the NSC website, where you can also check your next scheduled collection date, check on missed collections, and report problems.