The lane from Hembury Cross to Thornmoor Cross will be closed for three days, from 16 to 18 February 2015 outside Tythecott Farm. The closure will permit a new water supply.
The reference is TTRO1509117.
The contractor is Kier MG.
Telephone: 0800 169 1144.
See the site notice.
BT OpenReach will be working in Stibb Cross on 15 January 2015 with single lane working controlled by traffic lights.
The details are:
- Location A388 road from Stibb Cross to Downmoor Cross
- 200 metres west from West Stibb Farm, Stibb Cross, Devon EX38 8LN
Emergency/out of hours contact for traffic management or signal failure:
Telephone: 08700 500792
Detailed plan of traffic flows
Following the sad and untimely death of Councillor David Lloyd, the process of finding a replacement for him on the Parish Council was started last month. There were not enough signatures received by the Electoral Registration Officer to require us to hold an election so the Parish Council would now like to co-opt a new member for the remainder of the term of this Council, which ends in May 2015.
A co-opted member must meet ONE (or more) of the following criteria:
- be registered as a local government elector for Buckland Brewer
- occupied, as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the past 12 months
- Buckland Brewer must have been the only or principal place of work during the last 12 months
- must have resided in Buckland Brewer, or within 3 miles of the parish, during the last 12 months
Parish Councillors make an important contribution to the life and future of their local community.
Buckland Brewer is a vibrant and forward-looking parish that is actively planning to help Buckland Brewer to grow and to improve its local services in the years ahead.
If you would like to be part of the team, or would just like more information, please contact any member of the Parish Council or the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse
- email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01805 624832
- or write to him at Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross, Monkleigh, EX39 5LE) by no later than 30 November 2014
The Parish Council will consider the applications and appoint the new councillor at its meeting on 10 December 2014.
Devon County Council has published the mobile library timetables for 2015; Buckland Brewer is “week 3″ in the 4 week cycle.
Mobile library schedule for 2015 – Buckland Brewer
The mobile library visits the village green between 12.15pm and 1pm on Wednesdays
- 21 January
- 18 February
- 18, March
- 15 April
- 13 May
- 10 June
- 8 July
- 5 August
- 2 September
- 30 September
- 28 October
- 25 November
- 23 December
This route also includes Littleham, Woodtown, Parkham, Monkleigh, Newton St Petrock and Stibb Cross
For more information or copies of this timetable in large print contact Devon Libraries:
- Telephone: 0345 155 1001
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: DevonLibraries
- Facebook: Devon Libraries
- Web: Devon Libraries
See also: 2014 mobile library timetable
The results of the village’s entry into the 2014 Best Kept Village Competition are as follows:
Best Kept Village Final Results for 2014
Past Winner – Large Village
- Winner: Kilmington
- Runner-up: Newton St Cyres
Past Winner – Small Village
- Winner: Dalwood
- Runner-up: Offwell
- Winner: Bradworthy
- Runner-up: Musbury
- Winner: Sheepwash
- Runner-up: Bratton Clcvelly
- Winner: Ashwater
- Runner-up: Lympstone
Although Buckland Brewer did not win any prizes this year, the supporting letter from the judges is very encouraging and offers some ideas for the future:
Buckland Brewer is a charming, pretty and compact village. It was mainly tidy with a small amount of old litter found on verges and in gutters and cigarette ends in other areas. Verges were well trimmed. Road signs were in need of a clean.
There were some houses in several roads, which had very weedy gutters. However, most houses, gardens, outbuildings, walls and fences were very well maintained. There are some lovely gardens. No allotments were found, although the website indicates they exist.
The Village Hall is central to the village life and well used. The kitchen looked adequate. It needs some external maintenance to the guttering/down pipes and the window sills. The telephone kiosk looks shabby. Notice boards were in good condition and had current information. No BKVposter was on display.
The Village Green was in good condition. Village children had written poems about WW1 and placed them next to poppies planted on the small green in front of the church porch. The school grounds looked tidy and well kept. There is an excellent playing field for cricket and football, which is well mown. The field was not shown on the map provided. The cricket wicket was well tended. The goal posts on the football pitch are rusty. The football pitch is also used for the village fete. There are new seats for spectators to enjoy the scene or the games. The seats at the Tarka Housing development were just acceptable, but need the lichen removed. Near the church the four seats are well positioned but one will need painting.
The footpath opposite the church was accessible and tidy. The path in Barton Road was littered and overgrown in places. On another visit the entrance to this path was obstructed by a householder’s wheelie bin.
The Community Shop serves the needs of the village and is run by a team of twenty volunteers. lt is well stocked selling amongst other things – local preserves, sweets and vegetables. Close by, there is the ”Sweet Window”, a delightful idea. Locally made sweets are sold through the little window by the very pleasant shopkeeper. The pub is very good and has clean toilets. The car park was also clean and tidy. lt is clearly popular with villagers. The bar staff were helpful and friendly and the food there was enjoyed by several judges. The commercial premises in Gorwood Road look very shabby, weedy and detract from the village scene. Two abandoned cars were also found. They looked to have been in situ for quite a time.
The Anglican Church dates back to Norman times and are a central feature of the village. It is beautifully maintained and is clearly much used and much loved. The porch has recently been restored to a very high standard. The church yard was well mown. The grass area in front and the war memorial were beautiful. The notice board here was good. The kissing gate needs attention and gate posts need painting. The Methodist Chapel was closed. The surrounding area was tidy.
The village map was rather poor and failed to show several of the features needed for judging purposes. Judges especially reported it difficult to find key buildings. The website had much good information and was user friendly. The village clearly has many groups and activities for young and old alike. There are weekly coffee mornings to bring residents together. Both the Parish Church and the Methodist Church are actively reaching out to the community. The Parish Council are actively leading initiatives for future housing and economic developments for the village and the wider Parish.
Buckland Brewer showed itself to good effect as a new entrant in the Best Kept Village Competition this year. The standard was very high in the New Entry category. Judges felt that with attention to the points highlighted, as needing attention, Buckland Brewer could be a future winning village in the Small ViIIage category of the competition. We hope to see you in the competition again next year!
Circumstances and weather permitting, the road between Thornmoor Cross and the Old Methodist Church, Buckland Brewer will be closed on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August, 2014. This is to enable SWH to carry out patching works on behalf of Devon County Council.
Please be aware however, that the date may need to change at short notice. During the works, a diversion route will be signed and maintained. SWH and DCC will notify all affected properties.
SWH aims to maintain access to properties and businesses within the closures, however there may be times when access is restricted/delayed. SWH apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.
Joanna Cole, Customer Liaison Administrator
Telephone: 01805 622395: Ext: 2017
The Returning Officer, Torridge District Council, has given notice of the councillor vacancy on Buckland Brewer Parish Council.
The sequence of events will be as follows:
- Notice advertising vacancy is prepared by the Returning Officer and displayed appropriately
- Parishioners contact the Returning Officer if they want an election
- If no signatures (or less than 10) are received the parish council will be asked to co-opt someone
- If 10 or more signatures are received by 12 September 2014 a potential election date will be agreed by the Parish Clerk and Returning Officer and another notice will be displayed seeking nominations
- If there are no nominations the vacancy will be advertised again.
- If there is only one nomination that person will be elected unopposed
- If there is more than one nomination there will be an election, the full cost of which will be met by the Parish Council
- Formal notice of vacancy – published by Torridge DC (pdf 5KB)
- Parish council vacancies within Torridge: with contact details
Patrick Blosse, Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish Council
Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross, Monkleigh, Devon, EX39 5LE
Telephone: 01805 624832