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

Methodist church notices 5 to 11 April 2015

Welcome to United Worship at Buckland Brewer Parish Church on  Sunday 5th April 2015, Easter Sunday, led by Rev Kevin Beer

Welcome to all to our time of worship & fellowship this morning – There will be tea & coffee after the service – All are Welcome

Methodist Minister – Rev Ken Morgan – Kendor, Torrington, EX38 7BU – 01805 628041

Anglican Rector – Rev Wendy Mitchell – The Rectory – Woolsery EX39 5QF- 01237 431160

Today’s Lectionary –Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 18:1-8

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 12th April – 11am – Methodist Church – Nancy Hall-Tomkin

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 19th April – 11am – Methodist Church – John Hawkins

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Morning Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 26th April – 11am – Methodist Church – Roy Down

– 9.30am – Parish Church – Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday 3rd May – 11am – Methodist Church – United Service led by Nancy Hall-Tomkin

Every Friday from 10.15am – 12noon – Coffee Morning at Parish Church Schoolroom

Every Friday’s– Buckland Brewer ‘Bumps & Babes Toddler Group meets in the Buckland Brewer Methodist Church Schoolroom from 9-45am-11-45am

Buckland Community Shop from 7.30-6pm each day and 8am-1pm on Saturdays in Old Vestry

North Devon Foodbank Collection Point in Community Shop

Young persons (11+) Drop In on Thursday’s during Term Time at 7pm in Chapel Schoolroom

Easter Monday, 6th April – Big Breakfast at Buckland Brewer Village Hall from 9am-12noon. Proceeds for Buckland Methodist & Parish Churches. Cost about £5

Tuesday 7th April – Coffee morning at Alwington Methodist Church  between 10.30am and 12noon.There will be the usual stalls. Proceeds are for our church funds.

Wednesday 8th April – Community Shop ‘Mini Market’ in the Methodist Schoolroom from 9am-3pm

Wednesday 8th April – Coffee morning at Littleham Methodist Church from 10-30 to 12-00, in aid of the Air Ambulance. This is the last one this season & we thank you all for your support and wish you a happy summer time.

Wednesday 8th April – Buckland Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm at Buckland School

Saturday 11th April from 2—5pm all are invited to an Open afternoon at Torrington Methodist Church to give thanks for John Dennis’s 80th birthday and to share a time of fun and fellowship, along with a light buffet. No presents please but if desired, any donations for Torrington Methodist Church or Farm Community Network.

Sunday 19th April – Torridge Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service at 6.30pm at Northam Methodist Church with a Bring & Share Tea at 5.30pm – The Theme is ‘The leaves of the Tree’ & the Speaker is Rev Ken Morgan

The Envelopes for the Easter Offering – in aid of the Methodist Church World Mission Fund – are available in the pews at Chapel

Saturday 25th April – Starting at 7.30pm at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Roger Jones will be conducting a choir made up of people from local Baptist, Methodist & Anglican Churches. They will be singing ‘The Apostle’ about the Conversion of Saul & his ministry as St Paul. It will include a Hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith and will have Roger’s usual supporting singers. Entry is Free with Charity Donations

Sunday 26th April – Concert by The Newton St. Petroc Male Voice Choir at Bideford, High Street Methodist Church  at 7pm which will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome to join us

Friday 19th June – Torridge Methodist Circuit Eisteddfod at 7pm at Torrington Methodist Church – see information pack for more details

2015 Fete & Garden Show – a ‘Pot & Potato’ are available to Grow a Pot of Potatoes – cost £1 from Trevor Mills on 01237 451314 or David Blight on 01237 451785

We bring all these events – our Churches, Ministers & those who hold leadership positions in our churches and all that we now who need the love & comfort of Jesus Christ – to You our Lord and Saviour

We hold in our prayers the Churches of Birmingham and Christians in Nigeria & Cameroon

We remember today those working for peace & stability in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, West Africa & many other places around our world – especially at this time the peoples of Vanuatu the island nation in the Pacific recently devastated by a Cyclone; the families of those involved in the airliner crash in France & the terrorist incident in Kenya.

Methodist Collection for Sunday 29th March was £108 & £2.20 for Coffee

The Collection today is for Parish Church Funds

Methodist Cleaning & Coffee/Flowers

Cleaning – Sat 11th April – Jacqui Watson – Coffee – Sun 12th April – Doris Ferrit

Buckland Brewer Parish Website –

Torridge Circuit Website –

Buckland Brewer Methodist Church has a Facebook page – just log into Facebook & type Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

Parish council minutes 11 March 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 11 March 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer school

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, and Mr David Watson. Read on…

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 minutes 28 January 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 28 January 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer village hall

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 10 December 2014

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 10 December 2014

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Sally Nicholls was co-opted at the meeting and joined the Council from item 1357. Read on…

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: 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

Plantlife: events summer 2014

Wild about plant life?

If you are wild about plant life then three events organised by Plantlife this summer, as part of their “Make the small things count” project, will give you an opportunity to indulge yourself.  The events are free.

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

11am to 4pm, Wednesday 30 July

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Meet at the Woodland Centre which will be signed from near to the entrance to the reserve and has parking. Information on how to get to the reserve can be found on the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve website.  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Earth’s Studio Arts Workshops: Lynmouth Pavilion

11am to 4pm Thursday 21 August and Saturday 13 September

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Meet at the Pavilion.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

The Lowdown on Lichens

11am to 2pm, Tuesday 2 September 2014

Join us for a walk in one of the south west’s special and beautiful Atlantic woodlands and learn about the lichens growing there.  This journey through Badgworthy woods at Malmsmead on Exmoor will open your eyes to a new world.  Walk leaders will help you not only to identify a few iconic species to amaze your friends with, they will share some of the lichens’ secrets including how they can protect you from burning in the sun and how they could help you to find your way if you were lost…

Bring a packed lunch and clothing for all weather.  We will be walking through the woods so stout footwear is advisable.  You might want to bring your camera to take photos and enter our Wonders of the Woodlands competition.  This is a free workshop suitable for absolute lichen beginners and is being run as part of the lottery funded Make the Small Things Count project.  Over 18s only please.  Meet at the car park at Malmsmead close to Lorna Doone Farm SS792478. Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Further details about see Plantlife’s Make the Small Things Count project.

The organiser for all the above events is Katie Cameron


Post: 14 Rollestone St, Salisbury, SP1 1DX

Telephone:  01722 342759

Website: Plantlife

Hospital transport for cancer patients

The parish clerk has received the following press release from Sharon Lynch, Manager, Go North Devon Ltd , about a new free hospital transport car service for cancer patients needing to get to North Devon District Hospital.

If you would like any further information about it please contact Sharon Lynch or use the contact phone number.

NDCCCT Car poster 2014

A new door to door trial service for cancer patients who need to get to North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) for oncology or chemotherapy treatment and who would struggle to get there has been launched this week.

The service which is funded by the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust (NDCCCT) and co-ordinated by Go North Devon (GND) will collect patients from the Torridge area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from the North Devon area on Tuesday and Thursday. The service will run twice daily to NDDH arriving at 9am and 1pm; departing at 1.15pm and 5pm. The VW Caravelle can carry five passengers on each run and booking is essential.

NDCCCT and Go have worked together for the past 17 years helping North Devon cancer patients who needed to get to Exeter on a daily basis for Radiotherapy. However an NHS funded service is now in place to help patients with these journeys so the NDCCCT Trustees felt the time was right to investigate new ways to help cancer patients in the area.

There is currently no charge for using the new service which is funded by NDCCCT from donations and fundraising. James Bonetta, Chairman of NDCCCT said “Our charity began with the goals of helping cancer patients attend appointments and offering support to the chemotherapy unit at NDDH. With the new unit opening next year this new service will combine those original aims and, we hope, help many people in the future.”

For more information or to book a seat please telephone 01271 314332 Monday to Friday 09.30 to 4.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays).