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!

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

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

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.


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.

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


Free Trees!

Trees, Bacon Rolls, Cake and Hot Drinks this Saturday at the Village Hall

Help us make sure that the morning runs as smoothly as possible:

Please do not arrive before 9:45 and only park on the hall side of the road so that tractors, buses etc can safely pass.

Bacon Rolls, cake and hot drinks will be served from 9:45.

Trees are first come first served. On arrival please come into the hall to collect a numbered ticket to ensure your place in the queue.

Trees will be given away in order of ticket number from 10:30 onwards. Please wait in the hall until your number is called

There is a maximum of 5 trees per household and we have enough trees for about 65 households.

There are about 13 types of native trees including crab apple, hazel, rowan, hawthorn, birch and alder

Drainage maintenance

Brentor Lengthsman

Unfortunately our Parish Lengthsman will be out of action with immediate effect for 8 to 10 weeks due to sudden illness.  Work had only started in the Parish so there are likely to be areas where the drains are not working properly during periods of heavy rainfall, especially now that all the leaves are off the trees.

Should this be causing flooding near you,  I would advise that you call MY DEVON on 0345 1551004 and ask for Highways, this will connect you to the emergency helpline who will be happy to help.

My Place, My Views

West Devon Borough Council, South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council have launched a new consultation asking local residents what they like about their neighbourhood and what could be improved.  My Place, My Views consists of a simple survey and interactive map, which asks people how they feel about:

  • Their local facilities, services and open spaces
  • The types of places they like most and why
  • Using online services.
  • The places they would like to see change in the next five to ten years.

To find out more and take part in the survey, click here

The Growing Communities fund

The Growing Communities Fund has just been launched by Devon County Council and is intended to support proactive, effective, measurable, and sustainable actions to enable individuals and communities to build self-reliance and community resilience, reduce food and fuel inequalities and improve mental health and wellbeing and respond to the climate emergency.
A wide range of groups and organisations can apply including ‘host’ organisations. The Growing Communities Fund will provide grant awards of between £500-£1000 and £1000-£3,000 (though we will enter discussions with applicants who have exemplary or innovative projects).   The grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will be reimbursed upon receipt of an end of project report outlining what the funds paid for and the impact and outcomes. (more…)

Cost of Living payments

Millions of people on means-tested benefits are receiving the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37 billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by their usual payment method continue to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn. (more…)

Brenstock tee-shirt sale

Get your memento of this year’s Brenstock! There are a few Brenstock tee-shirts remaining from this year’s festival, now on sale for just £5! 

Unisex, heavy quality, small and medium sizes in black and larger sizes in white – don’t miss a bargain!

To purchase yours contact Colin Dawes on 811079

USO Broadband survey

Full Fibre to the Property Broadband has now arrived in Brentor village. Unfortunately only a relatively small proportion of properties in Brentor are able to make use of this facility, the  majority still need alternative methods with poor speed and/or reliability/cost issues.

In order to encourage OpenReach to complete coverage of the whole of Brentor Parish, over the coming weeks, one of your Parish Councillors will be visiting you with a short list of questions about the availability of broadband in your home and what your broadband requirements may be. The information you provide will be collated and used to try to improve the broadband service to all homes in our Parish. OpenReach have already installed a dedicated fibre from Tavistock to Brentor – we are now working to get OpenReach and/or Airband to extend coverage to the whole of Brentor.


Report the Asian hornet!

Vespa velutina, known as the ‘Asian hornet’ or ‘yellow-legged hornet’ is an invasive species from Asia.  If you find one you MUST report it.  The species arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly.  As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause big losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.  We have several beekeepers in Brentor who would appreciate your help in preventing this species from spreading.