New defibrillator at the Village Hall

A new defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall in Brentor to replace the old unit which had reached the end of it’s serviceable life. The equipment and storage cabinet have been purchased with Parish Council funds and a grant from the Department of Health and Social Care fund.In the event of a medical emergency always dial 999 first. The ambulance service know where defibrillators are located and how to access them. There is no mobile phone cover in much of the Parish but there is a public payphone adjacent to the War Memorial in Brentor which can be used to call the emergency services.

For more information about defibrillators (and other emergency equipment) and what to do in an emergency please click here.

Further Vacancy for Councillor

BRENTOR PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF VACANCY

There is 1 further vacancy on Brentor Parish Council.

A by-election to fill the vacancies will be held if within 14 days of the date of this Notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays) ten electors from the Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer requiring that such an election be held.

The address of the Returning Officer is West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ. A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to elections@westdevon.gov.uk, but the document must contain “wet ink” signatures.

If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancies through co-option.

For further information please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.

Dated: 7th May  2024

Signed:          Caroline Oxenham                      Clerk

 

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 brentorvillagehall@gmail.com.

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

 

Annual Parish Meeting – 7th May 2024

The Annual Parish Meeting for Brentor Parish Council will be held on the 7th May 2024 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall at Brentor.

The meeting will comprise of:

  • The Chairman’s Report
  • The Financial Report
  • An informal session to meet Councillors to ask questions and raise any relevant matters.

The meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Brentor Parish Council. 

The Agenda and Action Tracker are available here

Defibrillator Training at Village Hall

Defibrillator Training

The Village Hall and Playing Field Committee have arranged for free defibrillator training for Brentor residents. The training will take place in the village hall on the 23rd April 2024 between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.

The course is free of charge but there is a limit of 20 participants so registering is essential. You can either register at the coffee morning on the 6th April or by contacting Sandra Johnson via email by completing the form below:






     

    Alvin Diaz – Update

    Alvin Diaz

    Alvin has now been missing for two days.

    The Police have traced Alvin to the bus station in Tavistock where it is believed that he boarded a bus for Plymouth. It is not known at this point where he got off the bus but the working theory is that he has travelled to the city. Alvin has links to the boating community in Plymouth and it is possible that he has visited one of the marinas or boat yards in the area.

    Please spread the word about Alvin, his family are desperate to bring him back home.

    Update on the search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

    Update on the search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

    Update at 20:00 28th March 2024.

    Alvin has still not been located. However the Police now believe that he may be in the Plymouth area as it is thought that he boarded a bus for Plymouth after travelling to the bus station in Tavistock on the 118 bus from Brentor. Enquiries are continuing to try and locate Alvin, if anyone has any information that they think may help the Police locate Alvin please call 999 and quote Log 408 of 27th March 24.

    There is a Facebook thread about the search: (20+) Brentor, Lydford & Mary Tavy Hub | Facebook

    Police search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

    Concern for missing Brentor man Alvin Diaz

    From Devon & Cornwall Police (original article)

    Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a 72-year-old man who has been reported missing from Brentor in West Devon.

    Alvin Diaz was last seen at around 10am this morning [27 March] at his home but has not been seen or heard from since.

    Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.

    He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.

    Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.

    Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

    Stop the Meters – Tavistock Parking – Public Meeting

    Stop the Meters – Tavistock Parking – Public Meeting

    There is a public meeting at the Bedford Hotel on 28th February 2024 at 6 p.m. to discuss the next steps in the campaign to stop parking charges being imposed in Tavistock. Devon County Council are meeting on the 13th March to decide whether to implement the charges and there is a protest planned at County Hall. For more information visit the campaign website at https://www.tavistockbid.co.uk/stop-the-meters-campaign

    Road Closure Notice

    Road Closure

    Notice has been given by DCC of another road closure in the Parish from Thursday 2nd May to Tuesday 7th May 2024:

    ROAD FROM HAYE DOWN TO STAGS HEAD HOUSE, BRENTOR

    The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - ROAD FROM HAYE DOWN TO STAGS HEAD HOUSE - ROAD FROM WESTCOTT TO BRENTOR BRIDLEPATH - ROAD FROM PITLAND CORNER  TO HEATHFIELD PLANTATION - ROAD FROM SPORTSMANS CROSS TO NEWLANDS - ROAD FROM HAYE DOWN TO SPORTSMANS CROSS - ROAD FROM HAYE DOWN TO STAGS HEAD HOUSE

    You can download the full notice here:
    240201 TTRO2455315 On Site Notice (002)

    Pothole misery

    Local pot holes highlighted in local press

    Will Walker-Smith is so fed up with the state of the roads in the Parish he sent a picture in to the local paper showing the shocking state of the roads in Liddaton which they published highlighting the issue (again). Residents in Liddaton feel as if DCC have forgotten that they exists as little has been done to remedy the appalling road conditions and drainage/flooding problems there. DCC have been repeatedly informed by residents and BPC (as well as local and county councillors Robert Oxborough and Phillip Sanders) of a number of issues in our parish but little has been done to remedy them. If you would like to report an issue on the roads to DCC the easiest way is through their online reporting tool: Report a problem - Roads and transport (devon.gov.uk) .

    Maybe if enough people report issues then something will be done!

    Proposed parking charges in Tavistock and Okehampton

    Parking charges consultation ends 7th January - be quick!

    Devon County Council has announced plans to introduce on street parking charges in Tavistock and Okehampton despite opposition from just about everyone. Not only is there strong opposition to the proposed charges DCC have not provided any evidence to support the benefits that they believe the charges will bring (better air quality, less traffic and better access to premises).

    The consultation period ends at the end on the next week (7th January). Please click on the link below to send your thoughts to DCC about what appears to be another cash grab. There is more information on the following sites:

    You can send your comments using the form here Parking Charges Response Form and sign the petition here Petition · Stop The Meters! Protect Tavistock Town Centre - Keep Parking Free. · Change.org and another here Petition | Tavistock (visit-tavistock.co.uk)

    Former Borough and Parish Councillor honoured

    Former councillor Terry Pearce recognised for his service as Borough Councillor.

    Alderman presentation - L to R - Terry Pearce, Diana Moyse, West Devon Mayor Cllr Lynn Daniel, Mike Davies, and Mark Ridgers

    Terry Pearce, who for many years represented Brentor at West Devon Borough Council as well as serving as the Chair of Brentor Parish Council, has been honoured by being made an Honorary Alderman of West Devon Borough Council. The honour was made in recognition of his service to the communities of West Devon. Terry worked tirelessly for the people of Brentor and the other wards he represented before stepping down last year. You can read more about the award here.

    DCC Roads and Transport reporting tool

    DCC roads and transport - report an issue

    Devon County Council Roads and Transport have an online tool that allows the reporting of problems with the roads or transport in the County. You can use the service to report issues such as flooding, blocked drains, pot holes or defective signage. The Parish Council have been informed that the quickest way to report an issue, and presumably get it resolved, is to use this service. In an emergency (something that is very likely to present an imminent threat to life or serious injury or serious damage to property) do not use the tool but contact the emergency line on tel:03451551004.

    Thermal Imaging Cameras for loan

    Thermal Imaging Cameras for loan

    Image of a house through a thermal imaging device

    Thermal imaging can help detect where heat is leaking from your property

    Are you interested in seeing where your property is "leaking" heat?

    West Devon Borough Council has obtained several thermal imaging cameras that can be used to find where heat is leaking from your windows, walls and roof. Information on the scheme can be found here: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/housing/housing-support/thermal-imaging-camera-hire.

    If you are interested in the service then please get in touch with so we can gauge interest in the Parish and arrange for the loan of the cameras (they can only be loaned via Parish Councils).

    Thanks to our local councillor Cllr Robert Oxborough who was instrumental in arranging the acquisition of the cameras for residents use.

    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!

    Book tickets online at: https://villagesinaction.co.uk/performances/the-swamp-stomp-string-band/

     

     

    The Brentor Band of Hope Banner

    The Brentor Band of Hope Banner

    An article has been sent to the website about the restoration and preservation of the Brentor Band of Hope Banner that was donated to the Tavistock Museum when then chapel was closed down. You can read more about it on the Brentor Band of Hope Banner page. Unfortunately the name of the person who sent the article and pictures to the site wasn't included so please get in touch and let us know your details so we can give credit to the author!

    Alvin Diaz

    Alvin Diaz - Missing since 10 a.m. 27th March 2024

    Update - May 2024

    There has been no further information about Alvin placed in the public domain. Should any information be made available then it will be published here as well as social media and other channels.

    Update - 22nd April 2024

    Police in St Austell have confirmed that Alvin was seen on CCTV alighting from a bus in St Just, Cornwall on the evening of the 27th March 2024. There has been no other sighting of Alvin reported since.

    Update - 4th April 2024

    From Devon and Cornwall Police:
    MISSING | Police have released a new image in the search for missing 72-year-old Alvin Diaz from West Devon.
    Alvin was reported missing from his home in Brentor on Wednesday 27 March.
    It is now believed that Alvin travelled by train to West Cornwall on 27 March, getting off at Penzance Railway Station. A person, believed to be Alvin, was seen on CCTV at the station.
    Alvin is familiar with the Penzance, St Buryan, Mousehole and Marazion areas, as well as the Isles of Scilly from previous visits.
    He has not been heard from since his disappearance and we’re appealing for anyone who may have seen Alvin, to please get in touch.
    Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.
    He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.
    Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.
    Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

    Update - 3rd April 2024

    Enquiries by the Police have determined that Alvin alighted at Derriford Hospital and went into the hospital. It is then believed that he reboarded a bus and travelled to Plymouth.


    Update - 30th March 2024

    Despite featuring on the local TV news last night and extensive searches in Plymouth and other areas Alvin has not been found. Alvin's family have produced a flyer with some further information. They are desperate for more information, if you have any information please get in touch.


    Update - 29th March 2024

    The Police have traced Alvin to the bus station in Tavistock where it is believed that he boarded a bus for Plymouth. It is not known at this point where he got off the bus but the working theory is that he has travelled to the city. Alvin has links to the boating community in Plymouth and it is possible that he has visited one of the marinas or boat yards in the area.

    Please spread the word about Alvin, his family are desperate to bring him back home.


    Update at 20:00 28th March 2024.

    Alvin has still not been located. However the Police now believe that he may be in the Plymouth area as it is thought that he boarded a bus for Plymouth after travelling to the bus station in Tavistock on the 118 bus from Brentor. Enquiries are continuing to try and locate Alvin, if anyone has any information that they think may help the Police locate Alvin please call 999 and quote Log 408 of 27th March 24.

    There is a Facebook thread about the search: (20+) Brentor, Lydford & Mary Tavy Hub | Facebook


    From Devon & Cornwall Police (original article)

    Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a 72-year-old man who has been reported missing from Brentor in West Devon.

    Alvin Diaz was last seen at around 10am this morning [27 March] at his home but has not been seen or heard from since.

    Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.

    He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.

    Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.

    Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

    Electoral Canvassers

    Electoral Canvassers

    It is that time of year again when canvassers will be calling on all properties within the council area who are required to, but have not yet returned, a Canvass Form with regard to Electoral Registration. The Canvassers will be trying to make contact with those households who have not supplied information that we have requested under Electoral Registration legislation. 

    The canvassers will be carrying ID and will be delivering forms and not taking information at the doorstep, unless it is offered to them.

    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.

    Stop the closure of the mobile library service

    Save Devon's Mobile Libraries

    Image: Devon County Council

    The campaign to save Devon’s mobile libraries from closure by Devon County Council has now reached more than 4000 online signatures and hundreds more paper signatures, with support from a whole host of celebrities and authors including Stephen Fry and Michael Morpurgo.

    To sign the petition online  https://www.change.org/SaveOurMobileLibrary

    This petition calls on Devon County Council to keep the mobile library service running in Devon, especially here where we have many very rural and isolated areas which really benefit from its service.

    Please sign and share this petition to help save our mobile libraries before the final decision is made by county councillors in the next few weeks.

    The campaign to save the mobile library service has attracted national attention and support from Stephen Fry and Michael Rosen:

    Authors join online campaign to save ‘vital’ Devon mobile library services

    If you would rather sign the petition in person then please visit the Brentor Village Hall on Saturday 2 September during the Summer Fete and Produce Show between 9:30 and 3:00

    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 liddaton@me.com.

    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.

    Activities

    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.

    Foresty Plan Consultation

    Lydford Forest Consultation

    Consultation period ends on 13th October

    Forestry England are working on a new forest plan for their land at Lydford, Brentor and Burley Down. The plan will define the long-term vision for the woodland and sets out how management of the land will acheive this over the next ten years.

    Forestry England are keen to get as many comments as possible on the draft plan that has been published here https://consult.forestryengland.uk/ to get the am appropriate balance of views and opinions. The plan can be accessed by selecting "Lydford Forest Plan questionnaire" where feedback and comments can be left. The questionnaire will be available until the 13th October.

    You can contact Forestry England by emailing them: westenglandplanning@forestryengland.uk

    New Mobile Library service for Brentor

    Mobile Library Service for Brentor

    The mobile library will be visiting Brentor every four weeks. It is a trial stop for the library which will run until Christmas to guage the level of interest in the service. The timetable is attached below. To use the mobile library you will need a mobile library card (which differs from the normal library card), these can be issued from the mobile library van. Once you have a library card you can use it at any mobile library stop, Unfortunately only books borrowed from the mobile library can be returned to the mobile library.

    For more information or if you have any questions you can contact Libraries Unlimited via their web page: Contact the Library

    2023 Mayoral Awards – Nominations Open

    Press Release

    The following press release has been issued by West Devon Borough Council:

    West Devon Mayoral Awards Now Open

    Issued: 23 January 2023

    Nominations are open for the 2023 West Devon Borough Council Mayoral Awards, which recognise deserving people providing valuable contributions to the community.
    The Borough Council is looking for outstanding people who deserve public recognition for their unpaid work or contribution. Whether an individual, group or an organisation, the Council wants to hear about them.
    The Mayoral Awards have now been running for a fantastic 25 years. They have celebrated the outstanding achievements of a wide range of people who have done something significant to benefit the Borough.
    Some past winners have enhanced the reputation of West Devon nationally, while others have contributed hugely to the conservation and protection of the Borough’s beautiful natural environment.
    The four categories this year are:
    • The West Devon Mayoral Award for Under 18s
    • The West Devon Mayoral Award for Over 18s / Organisation
    • The Mayor’s Green Award
    • Long Service Award
    The Long Service Award, which was introduced for the first time last year, recognises those who have worked behind the scenes, contributing to their community over a number of years.
    The Green Award covers a wide range of environmental or sustainable areas, such as recycling, improving biodiversity or green transport. If you know someone who is ‘green fingered’ or doing their bit to combat climate change, this award is a great way to celebrate their achievements.
    Nominations close on Friday 17 February 2023.

    Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Caroline Mott, said: “With life difficult for many it is even more important for us to value and recognise those who strive to make a difference in their communities.

    “Please use this opportunity to nominate someone who has made a difference in the Borough so that they may be considered for an award. It is always a joy to read through the nominations even though it is a difficult task to name a final winner.

    “All those nominated will receive a certificate to recognise their endeavours with the winners invited to receive their award after the Hub Committee meeting on Tuesday 7 March 2023."

    Judges will include the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two other Councillors. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony planned for Tuesday 7 March 2023 at the Council Officer, Kilworth park, Tavistock.
    If you know someone who you think is deserving of an award, you can complete a nomination form, giving us details of why you think they should receive one.

    To access the nomination forms and for more information visit: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/mayors-awards

    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:

    https://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/help-i-think-im-a-nationalist/

    TWO VENUES & NIGHTS ON THIS WEB PAGE – SO BE SURE TO BOOK BRENTOR

    Or call HELEN ON 01822 810412