Thehistoric mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.
The name "Buckfast" means "stronghold" – traditionally a place where deer and buck were held, and "Leigh" would have been the pasture belonging to Buckfast – hence the meaning deer held in a pasture (buck-fast-leigh). Buckfast probably existed before Buckfastleigh as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1018 a Benedictine Abbey was founded and endorsed by King Canute at Buckfast.
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Community Christmas Lunch
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh Town Council and St Luke's Church are delighted to announce that this year's Community Christmas Lunch will take place from 12.00 to 4.00pm on Sunday 25 December at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.
This free community lunch is for anyone who has a need to attend and have some more company on Christmas day. All ages are welcome.
Lunch will be at 12.00 for 12.30 with conversation, entertainment and activities till 4pm and transport can be arranged for those that need it.
Anyone wishing to join us for lunch should call Tim Drey on 01364 644523 or email Timdrey@uwclub.net before Friday 16 December. Please let Tim know if you have any special dietary needs or would like help getting to and from Buckfast Abbey.
We are looking for volunteers to help with some of the coordination, transport and entertainment on the day. Please contact Tim if you are able to help. We'd also like to ask the community to donate gifts that can be wrapped and given to guests on the day. Donated gifts can be dropped off at Buckfast Abbey, St Luke's church and Buckfastleigh Town Hall.
No to Anti-Social Behaviour this Christmas!
Buckfastleigh Pubwatch, supported by the Town Council, is taking a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour. Anyone whose drunken behaviour affects the well-being of their staff and members of the public, will be permanently banned from buying alcohol from anywhere in the town, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops.
The centre of Buckfastleigh is a designated Alcohol-Free Zone so no-one is allowed to drink in the street or public spaces and the police have the power to remove alcohol from anyone doing so.
Please report any offensive behaviour to the Police on 101 or call 999 if you see a crime in progress, danger to life, or violence, threatening or abusive language being used.
The councillors and staff of Buckfastleigh Town Council wish everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas...
NEW – Community Grants
The Town Council is very pleased to announce that local groups and organisations can now apply to the Council for small grants up to £250 on three occasions every year. In addition to this a new and exciting ‘Community Development Fund’ is also now available for applications of £1,000 or over, twice a year, together with the already established Teignbridge District Council Elector Fund which is considered on two occasions during each financial year subject to the availability of funds.
The next deadline for small grants is midday Tuesday 31st January 2017.
Applications for the Community Development Fund and Elector Fund need to be submitted to the Clerk by midday on Wednesday 30th November 2016.
If you wish to apply for any of these funding opportunities please visit the Grants section of this website and/or contact Judith the Town Clerk for further information by email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01364 642576 or to make an appointment.
Town Council responds to hospital closure plans
Response to ‘Reshaping community-based health services’ a Public Consultation by S Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group – 9/11/2016
Buckfastleigh Town Council met on the 9th November and agreed the following council response to the plans to close four community hospitals and replace them with community-based care. The consultation ends on 23rd November.
“Buckfastleigh Town Council would like to make it clear that we strongly oppose the proposal to close the local community hospitals, including Ashburton/Buckfastleigh. We feel that they are a vital part of local health provision and would like to see instead community hospitals that are properly resourced and integral to the health care provision for the area...”
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Citizen’s Advice coming back to Buckfastleigh!
Thanks to Town Council funding and the Buckfastleigh Medical Centre, who are providing a room, Citizens Advice will now offer a drop in service in Buckfastleigh every Friday.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential advice – whoever you are, whatever the problem. They can help with issues including money and debt, benefits, housing and employment. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problems they face.
Drop in at the Medical Centre any Friday morning between 10am – 12.30pm. Ask at reception for a registration form and take a seat. You will be seen in turn.
If you can’t make Fridays, you can contact Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or visit their website at citizensadviceteignbridge.org.uk.
Buckfastleigh – What Next?
'Engaging our Community'
Cuts to county, district and national funding have got greater and more far-reaching, with the library, swimming pool, youth provision, childcare services and now even the local hospital closed or under threat...
Buckfastleigh/Buckfast Town Council want to work with you to keep our community healthy, happy and safe. However, we are only volunteers (though committed ones) and have few resources, so we need your help to figure out what to prioritise and finding ways to get it done...
Thanks to those who joined us on Wednesday 12th October to find out how we currently spend our share of your Council Tax and tell us what to spend it on next year. You can find a report from that event here.
Please let us know your thoughts by email or on facebook or at the Christmas Fair on December 7th at the Town Hall. We want your input to help us plan for the future.