Please help prevent dog attacks on sheep

There has been yet another attack on a sheep flock in Buckland Brewer.

It occurred at 9.30 pm on the evening of Saturday 27 June 2015.  The flock was grazing in the Lydeland Water valley area when it was attacked.

The attack was seen.  It involved two dogs.  One was described as a large Rottweiler-type, and the other as a Jack Russell terrier with a long black tail.

These attacks are disgusting.  They cause sheep intense pain and terror.  They are totally preventable.  They can and must be stopped.  Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs, especially when they are out of sight.

If you can identify the dogs and their owner, could you please contact the Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish at the address below.  This is the first step.  You can write in confidence.  The information will enable subsequent steps to be taken to prevent a recurrence.

Thank you.

Patrick Blosse, Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish Council
Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross
Monkleigh, Devon, EX39 5LE
Telephone: 01805 624832

Parish Council vacancy

There were 8 candidates in the recent Parish Council elections so the following were elected unopposed:

Barbara Babb, Andrew Hewitt, George Heywood, Jim Lowe, Trevor Mills, Sally Nichols, Shirley Tilley and David Watson

There is one place still unfilled and the council would like to “co-opt” another member at the next meeting, which will take place at Buckland Brewer School at 8:00pm on 10 June 2015.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse, on 01805 624832 or email, or just speak to any of the councillors named above.

Being a parish councillor is a worthwhile and rewarding role and gives you the opportunity to make a very positive contribution to your community. The position is open to all registered electors of Buckland Brewer over 18 or, if you are not a registered elector, you occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the last 12 months, or Buckland Brewer was your main or only place of work during the last 12 months, or you lived in Buckland Brewer during the whole of the last 12 months

District council election result 7 May 2015

The result of the 7 May election for the Waldon ward, including Buckland Brewer parish, was as follows:

  • HICKS, Robert Henry Independent: 572
  • LOWE, James William Independent: 427

The number of ballot papers rejected: 60

Electorate: 1398

Ballot papers issued: 1060

Turnout: 75.82%

Robert Henry Hicks is duly elected.

District Councillor elections 2015: candidate statements

The election for district councillor in the Waldon ward, covering Buckland Brewer parish, takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

There are two candidates:

  • Robert Hicks
  • Jim Lowe

Both candidates have been given the opportunity to post election statements on the community website listed, in alphabetical order.

Robert Hicks

Buckland Brewer has nearly half of the electorate of the Waldon Ward which runs from Orleigh Mill to Holsworthy Beacon. This large rural ward has very few services provided by Torridge District Council. Rubbish collection, Recycling and Town and Country Planning are the main services that affect the ward. I will fight hard:

– to retain weekly collections

– to ensure that the Planners treat Buckland village fairly, permitting a reasonable balance of house types, sizes, price and ownership

– In the rural areas I will do my best to ensure sensible development whilst preserving our unique rural environment

Jim Lowe

As Chairman of the Parish Council, I have viewed with alarm the indifferent attitude of the Westminster parties towards the wellbeing of rural communities. In recent years the financial cuts imposed by County and District Councils have meant moving their cost centres on to ours or cutting services completely. Parish councils together could fill some of the gaps but they need help to do it.

I want to challenge the financial and social discrimination against rural communities, bring freshness and vision to the role of district councillor, look to the future not the past, and serve your interests only.

For further information about the elections, please see Torridge DC election page.

George Schofield

Changes to village bus service

Early Morning 372 service to Bideford and Barnstaple and the late afternoon service back will be withdrawn from 1 May 2015.

This is due to contractual changes between the bus operator and Devon County Council. This will not be a timetabled service and will only be provided for students attending Petroc College.

We will then be left with the daily mid morning service 10.25am to Bideford and Barnstaple and 1.30pm service back. This service will be run by Turners Tours. We believe this daily service will continue until late June early July when Devon County Council will, or not confirm the reduction of the service to Tuesdays and Fridays.

New timetable (Monday to Friday) until June or July

BRADWORTHY, Square 0950BARNSTAPLE, Bus Station 1330
WEST PUTFORD, Churston Cross0958OLD TORRINGTON ROAD, Petroc1338
PARKHAM, Bell Inn1013BIDEFORD, Quay Stop D1355
BIDEFORD, Quay Stop D1045PARKHAM, Bell Inn1425
OLD TORRINGTON ROAD, Petroc1102WEST PUTFORD, Churston Cross1440
BARNSTAPLE, Bus Station 1110BRADWORTHY, Square1450


This decision to cut bus subsidies to has been brought about by the financial cuts the county council have to make due to the reduction in their annual settlement figure from central government.  This is a major blow re the provision of public transport from and to the village and will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 13 May.



Affordable housing in Buckland Brewer

Social housing is available now in Buckland Brewer

Are you struggling to afford your current rent or maybe had to move away from the parish of Buckland Brewer to find affordable housing? Maybe this could be the answer to your problem

Aster Communities currently has four new houses available for rent at Hillpark, Buckland Brewer.

There are two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom semi-detached houses with gardens and driveways.

The houses are available, in the first instance, to people who have a connection to the parish of Buckland Brewer. The local connection is defined as follows:

  • You or your partner must have lived in the parish of Buckland Brewer for a continuous period of 5 years prior to application
  • You or your partner must have lived in the parish of Buckland Brewer for 5 years out of the last 10 years
  • You or your partner has a direct family member who has lived in the parish of Buckland Brewer for a minimum of 10 years prior to the application
  • You or your partner has had continuous employment for 5 years in the parish of Buckland Brewer
  • You or your partner is classed as a Key Worker

If meet the above criteria and you would like to be considered for one of the houses please contact Tamar Aster Partnership on 01752 827730 and we will be happy talk you through the application process and answer any questions.

See Affordable housing in Buckland Brewer application form (Word 108 kB) for further details with a representative photograph of the housing.

Torridge Volunteer Cars

Torridge Volunteer Cars is a new organisation and is now operational.

It supplies drivers for those who are unable to drive themselves.  This lets them get to Hospital appointments, shop, meet friends or join in social events, which is vital in reducing social exclusion in rural areas.

Torridge Volunteer Cars has no connection to Torridge Community Transport Association, the charity which formerly offered this service, although it is using the same drivers in the main and has also applied for charity status.

All Torridge Volunteer Cars’ drivers are volunteers, are police and insurance checked, and have clean licenses: Torridge Volunteer Cars is covered by Public Liability Insurance.

The passenger is charged 45p per mile (including the distance to and from the volunteer driver’s home) plus an admin fee of £2.50. The admin fee goes to TVC, the mileage fee to the driver.

For more details see Torridge Volunteer Cars poster (pdf 200 kB)

Torridge Volunteer Cars always needs volunteer drivers.  If you are yourself interested in volunteering to do this, please contact us, and if you are aware of anybody else who might be interested, please ask them to contact us as well.

Our administrative address is Deirdre Conniss,  Secretary Torridge Volunteer Cars, First Floor Jubilee House, Jubilee Square, Queen Street, Bideford, EX29 2JH, our telephone number is 01237 237140, and our email address is

Parish Council election result 2015

As there where only nine nominations for the nine parish council seats, all nominees have been elected.

The text of the official notice follows…

Notice of uncontested election


Election of Parish Councillors for Buckland Brewer on Thursday 7 May 2015

I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Buckland Brewer.

BABB, Barbara
Batsons, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5LN

HEWITT, Andrew Robert
7 Greenings Road, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5LU

HEYWOOD, George William
Bowden Farm, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, N Devon, EX39 5EL

Hillcrest, Tower Hill, Buckland Brewer, EX39 5LN

MILLS, Trevor
Bearah Farm, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5NA

27 Orleigh Close, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5NY

TILLEY, Shirley Edna
6 Gorwood Road, Buckland Brewer, Devon, EX39 5EZ

WATSON, David Courtney
6 Greenings Road, Buckland Brewer, Devon, EX39 5LU
Social Worker

Friday 10 April 2015                                      Jenny Wallace Returning Officer

Pot and potato 2015

potato competition 2008

Grow a “Pot of Potatoes” for the 2015 Fete and Garden Show

Compete against the rest of the parish to see how heavy a crops you can produce.


Cost £1 from Trevor Mills on 01237 451314 or David Blight on 01237 451785