The new Devon Waste Plan

Devon County Council submitted a new Devon Waste Plan to the Secretary of State for examination on 3 April 2014. It covers the whole of Devon, except for Plymouth, Torbay and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. It contains ten core policies: W1 – a presumption of sustainable development; W2 – sustainable waste management; W3 – spatial strategy; W4 – waste prevention; W5 – reuse, recycling and materials recovery; W6 – energy recovery; W7 – waste disposal; W8 – waste water treatment; W9 – management of special types of waste; and W10 – protection of waste management capacity. Of these, the most contentious could be Policy W6: Energy Recovery. This seeks to deliver 377,000 tonnes of energy recovery capacity, and identifies five locations for new facilities (incinerators) each of up to 80,000 tonnes, at Brynsworthy Environment Centre (Barnstaple), Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension, Hill Barton and Greendale Barton (east of Exeter), and Heathfield (Kingsteignton).

Preparation of the Plan included a Pre-submission Public Consultation which ended on 24th February 2014. The responses were submitted, together with the Devon Waste Plan itself and supporting documents.  The whole bundle can be viewed online at and hardcopy can be viewed locally at Torridge District Council Offices, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG and at the Bideford Library.

The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector, Mr Andrew S Freeman, to conduct the examination. The examination hearings are currently expected to be held in July 2014. To assist the Inspector, Mr Robert Young has been appointed as the Programme Officer and will undertake the administration of the examination and be the point of contact for all queries and correspondence. Contact details for the Programme Officer, together with information on the examination, will be published shortly on the Council’s website at

If you have any immediate questions on the Devon Waste Plan, including submission documents and examination arrangements, you are asked please to contact the County Council by either emailing, calling 0845 155 1015, or writing to: Minerals and Waste Planning, AB2 Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD



Devon Remembers the First World War

The parish Clerk has received the following letter from Heidi Watson-Jones, who is the Project Coordinator for Devon Remembers, the project which is tasked with commemorating the centenary of the First World War in Devon.

“This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, an event you will already have noticed being commemorated nationally and locally in many different ways. Some of you will have attended our launch event at the Devon Heritage Centre last year.

Devon County Council, along with the Royal British Legion, Community Council of Devon, neighbouring authorities, and other partners are working together to provide information for schools, communities, interest groups and individuals wishing to find out about available resources, events and projects taking place over the next four years. A number of nationally funded projects are also underway which will engage groups to explore the impact of the War on their local communities.

The Devon Remembers website ( provides links to fascinating research material, news updates on projects and events, and invites local schools and groups to share First World War commemorative projects they are involved in.

Are you involved in a local history group, a member of a Book Club, interested in the First World War, or organising a commemorative event ? If so we’d love to hear from you…

The Libraries Service has compiled a comprehensive reading list of fiction and non-fiction books about the First World War which both adults and children will find interesting and which are available at Devon libraries, this includes titles such as Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. You can find the reading list on the Devon Remembers website, under ‘News’.

If you are in a Book Club, why not consider reading a book from the list and send us a review to share on the website? A Bovey Tracey book club has recently reviewed ‘A Testament of Youth’ by Vera Brittain, which you can read on the Devon Remembers website under ‘News’.

If you are involved in a First World War commemorative project, or have a review or a forthcoming event you would like to share on the Devon Remembers website, please contact:

Heidi Watson-Jones, Service Support Officer (Education & Learning) and Project Coordinator, Devon Remembers.  Her address is Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.  Her email address is, her phone number is: 01392 382644 / 383000 (she works part time: Mon- Fri 8.45am – 2pm) and the website URL is:


Help with learning to read

There are about 2.5 million adults in the UK who cannot read or who have very poor literacy skills. Read Easy is a charity which matches adults who want to learn to read with volunteers who can teach them.

  • Read Easy gives lives back to people through these one-to-one coaching sessions.
  • The tuition is one-to-one, friendly, flexible, free and fun!
  • The sessions are always in neutral venues, never in homes for safeguarding of both the Coach and Reader.
  • Read Easy Coaches are never judgemental – they just want to help the person learn to read!
  • There are two half-hour tutorials a week, on a regular timetable.
  • They use the phonics-based book ‘Yes We Can Read’.

Read Easy in the Torridge area is just starting. We have several kind people who have already offered themselves as Coaches.  The challenge is to locate the folk who cannot read. They have developed strategies to hide this from family, friends, and co-workers as embarrassment is very high. The hardest thing for them is to come forward and say, “I need to learn to read.”  So if you know someone who wants to learn to read, they might be very grateful to be put in touch with us at Read Easy.  Equally, if you would like to volunteer to help someone learn, please contact us.

Nigel Wright, Coordinator for Read Easy, Bideford and Great Torrington

Telephone: 0844 472 2983


Web: Read Easy

Read Easy Bideford and Gt Torrington is an Affiliated Member of Read Easy UK Registered Charity No: 1151288 and is supported by BookRelief UK Reg. Charity No. 1134724 exible Fun!

Your police community support 2014

The Police Community Support Officers responsible for the parish of Buckland Brewer , John McGovern and Elizabeth Rendle, will attend the 2014 Parish Council Meetings as scheduled below.  They will also be present at the village fete on Saturday 12th July and the Christmas market, and also make shop visits etc during the year.  At Parish Council meetings the PCSOs summarise items affecting the parish which the police have dealt with, and speak early at the meeting.  If you’re interested in finding out more about their work, you only need to come along for the first half hour!  The dates are:

  • Wednesday 12th March Buckland Brewer 7.30pm: Liz
  • Wednesday 28th May Buckland Brewer AGM 8pm: John
  • Wednesday 9th July Buckland Brewer 8pm: John
  • Wednesday 8th October Buckland Brewer 8pm: Liz
  • Wednesday 10th Dec Buckland Brewer 8pm: Liz


Devon and Cornwall Police aims to serve the communities of Devon and Cornwall and help inspire greater confidence in the Police. For more information please visit their website at

ROWLANDS Richard 13569:

RENDLE Elizabeth 30674:

101 – The new non emergency number for Devon and Cornwall Police

Textphone 18001 101 for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired

Always call 999 in an emergency

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

Buckland Brewer village fete – Saturday 13 July

Buckland Brewer village fete 2013

buckalnd brewer village fete

2pm, Saturday 13 July 2013

2pm Village playing field

  • Appledore Band
  • Phoenix Morris Dancers
  • The Pirate Slide and Bouncy Castle


  • Teas
  • Garden and produce show


  • Fancy dress judging

7pm Village

  • Parade

7pm Village playing field

  • BBQ
  • Entertainment by the North Devon Display Gymnastics Club

Sunday 14 July 6.30pm

  • Open Air Fete Service

Proceeds to
Methodist Church, Parish Church, Village Hall & Churchyard

Buckland Brewer “Open Gardens” weekend

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This is Buckland Brewer “Open Gardens” weekend.  If it’s too wet for you to be out gardening yourself, walk round and admire some other gardens instead.  About eight gardens will be open in the village and you can also see what the primary school and Under 5s are up to too.  Three other gardens will be open outside the village, two within walking distance (about 1 mile!) and one a little further.  The Parish Church will have a display of arts and crafts.

Opening times

  • Saturday 22 June 2013: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday 23 June 2013: 10 am to 4 pm

Entrance programmes will be on sale at the Village Green and will only cost £2.50 per adult.  Children have free admission!

Refreshments – Ploughman’s lunch, cream tea or just coffee and cake – will be available for to you to purchase throughout the day, under cover in the schoolroom of the Parish Church, and also at Cleave Farm outside the village itself, after you’ve strolled round the gardens in the sunshine (hopefully).

See photos from the first Open Gardens event in 2009.

Buckland Brewer Safari Lunch – 12 May 2013

Buckland Brewer Safari Lunch

Sunday 12 May: 12.30pm

  • Adults: £7.50
  • Primary School Children: £4
  • Under 5s: free

Tickets from:

  • Babbs the Butchers
  • Enid Booth (telephone: 451655)

You’re welcome to bring your own wine and glasses

Proceeds to the Fete funds: Church, Chapel, Village Hall and Churchyard

Buckland Brewer plant sale – May 2013

Buckland Brewer plant sale

  • Saturday 11 May 2013: 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday 12 May: 11am to 3pm

On the village green, Buckland Brewer.


Brighten up your garden with locally grown plants.

Proceeds to the Fete funds: Church, Chapel, Village Hall and Churchyard

Community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Saturday 2 February saw the grand opening of the Buckland Brewer Community Shop.

There was a fantastic turnout from the village and the shop committee were delighted to welcome a number of special guests who have helped get the shop up and running. Geoffrey Cox MP helped cut the ribbon. Daniel Lobb, who helped inspired the shop logo design, cut the celebratory cake.

The committee also welcomed representatives from the Community Council of Devon, the Plunkett Foundation and the Bideford and Shebbear Methodist Circuit, plus our county district councillors Cllr Alison Boyle and Cllr Robert Hicks.

BBC Spotlight were on hand to film the opening and there was a nice package that went out on the Sunday bulletin.

A big thank you from the shop committee to everyone who helped make the day so special.

There are further photos on the shop website and Facebook page.

Your shop is open 7.30am to 6pm every weekday, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and 10 to 11am on Sundays for prepaid newspapers.

Photo courtesy of Trevor Maggs

The Proposed Wind Turbine on land at Bowden Farm, Buckland Brewer

The Proposed Wind Turbine on land at Bowden Farm, Buckland Brewer

There will be an opportunity for public to hear about the above Planning Application, in the Village Hall, from 10 A.M.-12 NOON on Saturday 9th February

Come and meet the developers, Hallmark Power Ltd;

See the Plans, Maps and Pictures;

Ask your questions.

Jim Lowe, Chair, Buckland Brewer Parish Council