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:


Police and Crime Commissioner: Public Surgery

The Police Commissioner will hold a “public surgery” in Bude on Wednesday 16th April.   This is potentially a good development, suggesting that he wants to hear the views of residents.  The venue is the Parkhouse Centre, The Crescent, Bude.

We have been given relatively short notice, and Bude is a less convenient venue than Bideford.  However, should you wish to attend the surgery, or to contact the Commissioner to make your views known contact his office.

Email: opcc@devonandcornwall.pnn.police

Telephone: 01392 225555.

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

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

Buckland Brewer AGMs

Don’t forget, two important annual general meetings in the coming weeks:

  • Wednesday, 21 November 2012: Village hall  AGM will be held at 7.45 pm in the Village Hall.
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2012: Playing fields’ association AGM will be held at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Buckland Brewer Traditional Christmas Market














Buckland Brewer Village Hall is a Registered Charity no 297685

Zumba fitness – Buckland Brewer village hall

Zumba fitness


  • Every Monday, 7pm-8pm
  • Buckland Brewer Village Hall
  • £5 per session or 10 for £45

ZUMBA® classes are dance based workouts which blend infectious rhythms from around the world with easy-to-follow choreography to provide effective, total-body workouts. I inject a bit of my own personality and use my experience in dance and choreography to ensure that my workouts are tailored to suit both the ability and agility of my class.

ZUMBA® classes are for everyone!  You don’t need to be able to dance. During the workout just copy me in your own style and at your own pace. As long as you’re smiling you can’t go wrong!

So if you’re looking to lose weight the fun way, you want a break from the stress of day to day life, or you just want an excuse to have a boogie then ZUMBA® classes are for you.


Telephone: 07508 345254

Buckland Brewer Playing Fields Association – News, October 2012

Signpost to the playing field

Signpost to the playing field

The playing fields’ association AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

We would be very pleased to welcome new members to the committee which is essential to the maintenance of the playing-field. If you are interested in becoming a member please phone me for more details then I will arrange for you to have a nomination form which should be completed and returned by 19th November.

Sports/Activities questionnaires: We’ve now distributed questionnaires to every house in the village so please let us know your ideas about developing the Playing Field. People living in the parish but outside the village please email me on for an electronic version.

Events: Our Wine & Wisdom event on 29 September was a huge success raising much-needed funds for the Field. We’re very grateful to Viv Sutton for organising, preparing and serving the refreshments and to David Blight for running the bar.

Chris Layton


Village Hall Annual General Meeting

The Village Hall annual general meeting will take place, in the Village Hall, at 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday 21 November.

It is anticipated that it will last approximately 15-20 minutes and members of the public are welcome to attend. There will be at least one vacancy to fill at this time.

If anyone feels that they would like to become a trustee of the Village Hall, please either contact Trevor Mills or Jane Lowe for more information, or attend the AGM with your nomination.

The AGM will be followed by a scheduled meeting of the new committee. Committee meetings are not open to the general public, but for public information, approved minutes of all meetings can be found on the parish website.