Village Hall Produce Show 2024

Brentor Produce Show and Fete to be replaced with an afternoon tea

Due to the poor weather and subsequent growing conditions we have decided to change plans for July.

The Brentor Produce Show and Fete will be replaced with an afternoon tea on Sunday July 21st at the Village Hall.

Details will be available at the Coffee Morning on June 1 and we are hoping to deliver personal invitations to as many of Brentor Parish as is practical in early June

If you have any questions in the meantime please email

We will be holding a photographic competition during the afternoon tea with the following categories that we announced earlier in the year

  1. "Clouds”
  2. “Black/White”
  3. “Patterns”

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Brentor Village Hall & Playing Field Committee


Mistletoe Fair 2023

2023 Mistletoe Fair

Brentor Village Hall was packed with festive visitors last Saturday (2/12/23) attending the annual Mistletoe Fair. As well as tasty food and drink there were lots of stalls selling all sorts of Christmas essentials with accompanying music from the Hummingbirds.

The fair is an important event in the Village Hall calendar raising vital funds for the upkeep of the hall. It takes an enormous amount of energy to put on such an event (and bake all those goodies!) so a big thank you to the VHPFC for their hard work in making is such as success and to all those that came along and enjoyed the event.

See you in 2024!

Swamp Stomp at Village Hall

BRENTOR VILLAGE HALL hosts The Swamp Stomp String Band

BRENTOR VILLAGE HALL hosts The Swamp Stomp String Band

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets £12 adults £8 children

The Swamp Stomp String Band are a raucous and energetic travelling three-piece band from the UK, consisting of banjos, upright bass, guitars, anda flat-pack honky-tonk piano. We play rambunctious, up-tempo, old-time music infused with Bluegrass, Country, Americana, and anything else you might find pouring out of a beer soaked, roadside dive-bar!

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The Brentorians – 2023 AGM

The Brentorians 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 27th September 2023 in the Village Hall at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the meeting where we will be discussing the next play we will perform and rehearsal and performance dates. If you would like to join us then please come along and find out all the different roles that are on offer.

Click here to download the AGM and 2022 AGM Minutes.

Brentor Commons

The Brentor Commons

The Brentor Commons have an ancient origin, and formed an important part of the original parish of Brentor prior to the enlargement of the parish in the 1880s. They occupy a site of high landscape value on a ridge between Brent Tor and the Lyd Valley area of outstanding natural beauty. They command excellent views across to St Michael de Rupe and northwest Dartmoor.

If you would like to assist with work on the commons, or just want to know more, contact Will Walker-Smith on 860165 or email

Bowden Down

 SX 467 820 11.4 hectares (28.2 acres)

This fairly level area of degraded lowland heath is cut into two segments by a north-south road. It was the site of mining for manganese and ochre in the nineteenth century and the remnants of mining shafts and open cast workings remain. The western segment sports a fine display of bluebells in the spring and has remnants of the original heather cover. Small pearl bordered fritillaries and possibly pearl bordered fritillaries have been recorded here in the early summer. It is also an excellent location for watching cuckoos in the spring.

Liddaton Down

SX 458 820 6.5 hectares (16.1 acres)

This area of rough uneven land, 500m to the west of Bowden Down, is cut into four segments by cross roads. The land slopes steeply down to a stream in the south and towards the Lyd Valley in the north. There are three small quarries in the south-east segment, the largest of which is flooded and is known as Liddaton Pond. The northwest segment has a two-acre bluebell meadow.

The Brentor Commons Association (BCA)

The freehold of these two areas of common land was purchased by public subscription in June 2004 under the auspices of the Brentor Commons Trust (BCT) with the aid of a grant from the Dartmoor Preservation Association. Responsibility for the land was passed to The Brentor Commons Association in April 2005.The Association has 28 members and is a registered charity (number 1108422) whose objects are:

  1. Management
    To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Bowden Down and Liddaton Down, Brentor in the County of Devon (“The Brentor Commons”).
  2. Education
    To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of The Brentor Commons.

This work is subject to the lawful rights of the commoners, who have a long-standing interest in the agricultural use of the land.


The Downs were areas of degraded lowland heath when they were acquired by the Association in 2004. The main priorities have therefore been scrub clearance and the identification and restoration of a wider range of habitats. The presence of unfenced roads and the lack of cattle grids make grazing impossible on both sites. The work must be done manually and in these activities management and education go hand-in-hand.

In 2019 work on the commons has been carried out by the Tavistock Taskforce who undertake restoration, renovation and environmental projects. They have a wide range of volunteers including people with additional needs who are gaining work experience and qualifications.  Their commitment , energy and positivity while working in fairly difficult conditions impressed everyone.  All of this work has been made possible by the amazing amount of money, £5,501, that the Brentor Commons Association received in 2018 from the Co-Op Good Causes Fund. It is great to recycle this money back into another local organisation.

Heather planting

Three hundred native heather plants were planted on Bowden Down by about a dozen volunteers after the village coffee morning on 6 October 2018. The plants were purchased using a grant from Brentor Parish Council.

This planting is part of the project to regenerate the Down and bring it back to its original habitat of lowland heath.  More work will continue this autumn and winter in conjunction with the Tavistock Taskforce, using funding received from the Co-op Good Causes Fund.

Tree planting

Two teams of hardy volunteers braved the weather  in late November 2019 to plant about 300 native trees on Bowden Down. On consecutive Sundays they planted a mixture of native trees , oak, rowan, hazel ,holly, birch, hawthorn , crab apple and wild cherry.  The trees, sticks and guards came from the Woodland Trust as part of their recent tree planting campaign.

It was interesting to come across trees that we had planted about 12/13 yrs ago that were now quite substantial small trees. We lose about 50% , as some just don't make it and others get grazed off by deer when the guards are removed, however, we also came across many self seeded oak, hawthorn and birch where they are protected by gorse, hawthorn and blackthorn from the deer.

Historically thorny scrub protected small trees from grazing animals on common land. "The thorn bush is the mother of the oak",  an old forest proverb, is very true.  There was a statute in the New Forest in 1768 which imposed 'hard labour' for three months upon anyone damaging holly or thorn, starting every month with a number lashes of the whip!

Some scrub has to be controlled to keep access open, let light in etc but it provides a very protective environment for many creatures and young trees.  It's a fine balance which our ancestors knew very well and managed to provide grazing, firewood, charcoal in a very sustainable way.

2020 Lottery Grant

Brentor Commons Association submitted an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in December 2019 for a grant to enable them to continue and expand their work on the Brentor commons and to carry out surveys to produce an up-to-date picture of their flora and fauna.  It will enable a five-year conservation management plan to be produced, train and equip volunteers, hold events such as bat detecting, moth and small mammal trapping, pond dipping, and bird watching.  They will also run walks and hold talks on the commons in the village hall.

The bid for £44,500 was successful!  Of course the Association members are very excited about the prospects that the grant will open up, but now the real work begins.  The  National Lottery Heritage Fund supports environmental projects and ones which try to involve as many people as possible in the conservation, enhancement and understanding of habitats, so this application was exactly what they were looking for.

The award fits well with the objectives in The Commons Association Constitution:-

  1. To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation,  and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Bowden and Liddaton Down.
  2. To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the Brentor Commons.

The Executive Committee will be discussing plans and how they will implement them over the next 3 years. They will welcome ideas, suggestions and involvement from everyone in the coming months and years as this grant opens up many possibilities that they have aspired to in the past but have not always had the resources to follow up.

Damage caused to Liddaton Down

Serious damage to Liddaton Down was discovered it on 10th September 2017.  A large, probably four-wheel-drive, tractor with a heavy duty 'topper' has been driven around the south-east quadrant of the Down creating a three to four-metre wide track.  It has smashed into a particularly sensitive area  for butterflies which the Brentor Commons Association have been managing for some years and has caused considerable, possibly irrepairable, damage.

Will Walker-Smith, a member of the Association, has spoken to some of the Commoners and they have no idea who has done this.  The Police have visited the site twice and it have recorded the damage as a crime.  The Association is receiving advice from The Open Spaces Society and Devon Wildlife Trust and the damage has been featured in the Tavistock Times and will be on the Western Morning News.  The pattern of destruction is has been recorded using a Drone camera.

Some small trees have already been planted into the illegal access gaps to make it obvious that it is illegal to drive onto the Commons and signs with information about the damage, crime reference number etc will be erected.

The land is owned by the Brentor Commons Association and managed as a wildlife reserve with open access for members of the public.  The Commoners have rights to graze cattle, sheep and pigs, remove stone, turfs,  bracken and sedge from the Common. The commons have not been grazed for many years and have been owned by the Brentor Commons Association since 2004.

It is thought that the track may have been cut to create some form of 'off-road' track for either motorised trail bikes or, even worse, for four- wheel drive vehicles.

The area is being monitored on a daily basis and all people are asked to report any incursions to the police or the Brentor Commons Association.

Work in Autumn 2021

The Tavistock Taskforce completed a very productive day’s work on both Bowden and Liddaton Downs in glorious sunshine. The Taskforce was supplemented with helpers from The Duchy College, so we had three pieces of work going on at the same time.

On Liddaton we installed a new info board by the crossroad sign. It gives a comprehensive picture of the Down and it's flora and fauna.  This Down is well worth a visit as a change from walks on Bowden.

On Bowden the team finished cutting down and treating the gorse stumps by the side of the road.  The other team started to cut back a very overgrown area on the western edge of the Down. This area was a hotspot for small pearl Bordered Fritillaries and hopefully by reducing the bracken and gorse this will encourage violets to flourish next year and thus improve the environment for the butterflies.

We are always looking for new members to join and get involved in work on the Commons and its management, it's a very special local resource, with a very high bio-diversity.

Mitchell and Vincent at Brentor Village Hall

two people, possibly mitchell and vincent, stand in a mysterious and misty landscape

Brentor Community Trust hosts Mitchell and Vincent at Brentor Village Hall


New date! Saturday 23rd September 2023

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets £12 adult/£8 under 16s

To buy tickets online please go to:

Westcountry folk duo Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to music from the British Isles with their own varied arrangements telling stories with their tunes as well as songs.

They have performed concerts around the UK, including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford and Beverley.

Acoustic magazine praised their playing as, “Stunning”; FATEA said, “Music that is beautifully played”; while Bright Young Folk described their performance as, "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”

To find out more about the band, go to

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Brentor Commons AGM 2023

Brentor Commons AGM 2023

You are invited to attend the Brentor Commons Association AGM which is being held in the Brentor Village Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday the 24th of May 2023.

There will be a brief business meeting.

This will be followed at 8pm by a talk by the well known nature conservationist and author Derek Gow.  

Derek is a breeder of the Eurasian Beavers, Water Voles, White Storks and Wildcats, for planned reintroduction programmes across the UK. 

Derek lives locally near Broadwoodwidger where he has been rewilding areas of his 300 acre farm.

His latest book is ‘ Birds Beasts and Bedlam Turning my Farm into an Ark for Lost Species’.

If you plan to attend, we would be grateful if you would contact Will Walker Smith via email 

The cost to non BCA members is £5 per adult (children free) payable on the door. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible,

Brentor Commons Association Commitee


Villages in Action – Help! I think I’m a Nationalist!

This event is now sold out

Don't forget your tickets!

Saturday 18th March 2023 7.30pm start at Brentor Village Hall

Who am I?  Where do I belong?  And who should I vote for? Cornwall is at a tipping point.  House prices soar, the population shifts, tensions rise.  Some people see it as a separate nation, whilst others see it as a prime holiday destination and playground for the rich.  Seamas Carey is confused.  He is desperately trying to understand.  He’s watched a wave of gentrification sweep through his rural hometown.  There’s nowhere to live, yet second homes stand empty.  He wishes Cornwall was more welcoming and inclusive, but watches “up country” money sow division and suspicion.  Could closing borders and nationalism be the answer?  Where’s the line between pride and power?  What happens when it all goes too far?

Seamas needs help…he needs your help!

Suitable for 16+ years.  Tickets £13 available to book in advance online at:


Or call HELEN ON 01822 810412


Come on you Brentor singers!

You too can sing the Hallelujah Chorus!

Always wanted to but never have?   Now is your chance.  Come along to Mount Kelly on Thursday 8 September 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in The Big School, Mount Kelly, Parkwood Road Tavistock.  Join the Mount Kelly Choral Society at a special,open door “come and sing” event and sing The Hallelujah Chorus.   Score provided and refreshments will be available. (more…)