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

View Larger Map

Detailed plan of traffic flows

Stibb Cross road works 15 January 2015 – planned traffic flows

Parish Council vacancy

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

The Parish Council will consider the applications and appoint the new councillor at its meeting on 10 December 2014.

Mobile library timetable for 2015

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:

See also: 2014 mobile library timetable

Best Kept Village: Buckland Brewer’s entry

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

Large Village

  • Winner: Bradworthy
  • Runner-up: Musbury

Small Village

  • Winner: Sheepwash
  • Runner-up: Bratton Clcvelly

New Entry

  • 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

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!

Covering letter from the Best Kept Village in Devon competition (pdf 771kB)