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

Parish election – call for candidates

Our Clerk has been sent the following email from Torridge’s Returning Officer for the looming May elections.   It calls for more nominations.  Please think about this yourself or consider approaching anyone you think should stand.

Just a reminder that the deadline for nominations is 4pm on Thursday 9 April.

At today’s date, we have not received as many nominations as expected. Given that we have Easter within this timetable and that nominations need to be hand delivered, can I just ask you all to submit nomination papers earlier rather than later please? This will make it easier for Paula Hunter and her team (who will be available during normal office hours, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) to accept nomination papers and check that they are correct. If the team is deluged with last minute submissions, it makes it more difficult to rectify any mistakes/omissions.



Elections May 2015

Elections will take place on Thursday 7 May 2015 to elect:

  • members of parliament
  • district councillors for the Torridge district
  • parish councillors for towns and parishes in the Torridge district

For full information about the elections in Torridge, please see Torridge DC election pages.

See Parish council election 2015 for information and advice on standing for parish council.

Parish election – call for candidates

Register to vote

Your vote matters. Make sure you're in.

You cannot vote unless you are on the electoral roll. The easiest way to register is online.

Candidate and nomination information

For guidance and advice on standing as a candidate in any of the elections, please see the guidance notes produced by the Electoral Commission:

Parish council election 2015

Thinking of becoming a parish councillor?

On 7 May 2015, at the same time as the general election, there will also be elections for district and parish councillors.

For full information about the elections in Torridge, please see Torridge DC election pages.

The parish council is the first tier of local government in England and Wales and, for most of the electorate, provides the most accessible forum for debating and developing local issues. Parish councils are elected for a term of four years so, if you are thinking of standing as a parish councillor, you would be making a commitment to serve the community until May 2019.

Buckland Brewer Parish Council has nine councillors. It has two sub-committees (‘Budget and Finance’ and ‘Personnel’) and provides, or recommends other parishioners, as trustees to the Village Hall Management Committee and the Playing Fields Association. Meetings are held at least once every month, normally on the second Wednesday of the month. Frequently, extra meetings are needed to meet deadlines for consultations on planning applications and these normally take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The Parish Council’s Annual Meeting is held in May each year. At this meeting a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are elected for the coming year. There is only one other formally appointed role for a parish councillor, which is to undertake the role of Snow Warden (although this role can also be delegated to an individual who is not a councillor if necessary).

The Parish Clerk is a paid employee of the council – not a councillor, and therefore is not required to stand for election. Their role is to advise the Council, prepare minutes and agendas, provide financial control and undertake other administrative duties. He or she does not take part in any voting.

If you are considering standing as a parish councillor you might find some of these guides and background papers helpful:

Nomination forms will become available on or soon after 9 March and must be returned in person to the Returning Officer by 9 April 2015. You can email the Parish Clerk or any of the present parish councillors. If you would like an informal chat just leave your telephone number and they will call you back.

Village hall survey February 2015

The Buckland Brewer Village Hall Committee/Trustees need up to date information on how you use the existing hall, and how you would use a new one – we want to hear how much you need it.

Please would you spare five minutes (honestly, no more) to complete the tick-sheet questionnaire that’s coming through your letter box in the next two weeks. It will be collected after a few days, or you have the option of leaving it outside your house (a collection day will be given on the form).

If you have any ideas about new clubs you may want to set up, or “hall-based” activities you would like to see that are not on offer at the moment (maybe you would like to have a go at organising it), now is your chance.

Thank you for your contribution.

The Village Hall Committee.

4 February 2015

Geoffrey Cox QC MP advice surgery dates

Geoffrey Cox QC MP, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon

Advice surgery dates 2015

Bideford and Torrington

  • Saturday 24 January
  • Saturday 14 February
  • Saturday 14 March

Holsworthy and Tavistock

  • Saturday 17 January
  • Saturday 7 February
  • Saturday 7 March

By appointment only.

If you would like to make an appointment to see Geoffrey, please contact his office by post, email, phone or via his website.

Constituency Office: 2 Bridge Chambers, Lower Bridge Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2BU


Merry Christmas

Season’s greetings

fairy lights

Wishing all our readers – from Buckland and beyond – a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

May your holiday be full of fun and family. May 2015 bring you peace and prosperity.

Road closure past Tythecott Farm 16 to 18 Feburary 2015

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.

Congratulations to the Coach and Horses

Coach and Horses pub

Many congratulations to Oliver, Nicky and their team for achieving the runners up award in the Best Pub category in the North Devon Journal’s Food and Drink awards for 2014. We always knew the Coach and Horses was a village treasure.  Now North Devon knows as well.

Road closure: Stibb Cross: 15 January 2015

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:

Aplant Lux
Telephone: 08700 500792

Approximate location

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Detailed plan of traffic flows

Stibb Cross road works 15 January 2015 – planned traffic flows