North Devon

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…

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.

Parish Council minutes 11 February 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 11 February 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, Mrs Kate Slocombe, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 16 December 2014

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 16 December 2014

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs 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…

Parish Council minutes 8 October 2014

Draft minutes of the Buckland Brewer Parish Council

Wednesday 8 October 2014
Held at Buckland Brewer School

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Kate Slocombe, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

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)

Road Closure: Stibb Cross to Thorne Moor

Road closure

Map reproduced by kind permission of SWH. Crown copyright, all rights reserved.

Circumstances and weather permitting, the road between Thornmoor Cross and the Old Methodist Church, Buckland Brewer will be closed on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August, 2014. This is to enable SWH to carry out patching works on behalf of Devon County Council.

Please be aware however, that the date may need to change at short notice. During the works, a diversion route will be signed and maintained. SWH and DCC will notify all affected properties.

SWH aims to maintain access to properties and businesses within the closures, however there may be times when access is restricted/delayed. SWH apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.


Joanna Cole, Customer Liaison Administrator

Telephone: 01805 622395: Ext: 2017