Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

The historic 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.

Read more about the town here...

Buckfastleigh Cinema…

Buckfastleigh Cinema Club - 'Lion' Sat 10th June 8:30pm.


This month's movie is Lion (PG), starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. Five-year old Saroo gets split from his family in India and ends up an orphan adopted by an Australian family. 20 years later he embarks on a journey to find out where he came from. See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNI9o06vqo

The film starts at 8.30 at Buckfastleigh Town Hall, with cocktail bar open from 7.30pm. Tickets: £5 adults, £2 under 16s from Buckfast & Buckfastleigh Post Offices, ReFurnish, The Seed.


Join us at VICTORIA PARK for the Great Get Together on Sunday 18th June from 12 til 2pm.

The Big Lunch is a national annual community picnic  & this year it is combined with the ‘Great Get Together’ - a nationwide event in memory of Jo Cox, encouraging people from all sections of the community to get together to have fun, break through loneliness & isolation and celebrate our differences.

Bring yourselves and your family and friends, food to share (and something to eat it with!) and your ideas for activities, games, creativity & music. There will be fun free activities for children (and adults!) plus local musicians...

If you would like to help, or if you want to add something to the event, or find out more, contact Andy Stokes or Liz Parker

Community Grants

Local groups and organisations can now apply to the Council for small grants up to £250 at 3 times in the year.  In addition to this a new and exciting ‘Community Development Fund’ is also now available for applications of £1,000 or over 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.

Applications for the Community Development Fund can be submitted at any time except March, August and December. We would be pleased to receive new applications for £1,000 or over for 2017/18 although we will require evidence of need, community fund raising and attempts to secure other sources of funding and sponsorship.

 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: clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk tel: 01364 642576 or to make an appointment.

Town Council responds to hospital closure plans

UPDATE - The CCG decided to ignore the local community response to their consultation and close Ashburton/Buckfastleigh Hospital and the three other Community Hospitals in South Devon (and cut beds in Torbay Hospital). The Town Council will continue to campaign against these and other up-coming cuts proposed to our health service.

Buckfastleigh residents march the streets of Ashburton to protest hospital closure

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...”

Read more here

New – Town Council Job Vacancy

Town Ranger - A local person helping with local problems

A new and exciting opportunity to provide a part-time service for Buckfastleigh to tackle all those annoying little jobs that never seem to get done such as cleaning street signs, removing graffiti, cutting back overgrown vegetation on public land, carrying out litter picks and clearing the leaves and debris from the drains. The Town Ranger will also help organise volunteers as the Flood, Snow and Road Warden and assist with community events such as Lamb Pie Day, the Christmas Fair etc.

The Town Ranger with be provided with Devon County Council approved training, ongoing training as and when required, protective clothing and a variety of equipment so that a wide range of minor works can be carried out effectively and efficiently that will complement the responsibilities of other statutory authorities. Hours of work 520 per year (approx 10 hours per week) with some flexibility at £8.10 per hour. Please note that as an employee of the Town Council, the successful candidate will receive paid holidays (pro rata) and employer PAYE contributions.

The Town Ranger will be expected to act as an ambassador to the town and the Council and will be required to work outdoors in all seasons, be self-motivated with a positive “can do” attitude, be friendly and approachable, enjoy meeting and working with the public and have a good level of practical skills.

Please send an up to date CV with a covering letter to Judith Hart, the Town Clerk at Buckfastleigh Town Council, Town Hall, Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DD. For further details and a job description contact Judith on 01364 642576 or email: clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk. Appointment will be subject to a current DBS check and full driving licence.

Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan is now ready

The Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan for 2017-2027, a development guide for the parish for the next 10 years, is finally ready and available HERE. Please download and read it...

There will be a feedback session where you can find out about the final plan and have a chance to say what you think, on Wed 29th March, 7:30pm at the Town Hall.

Copies of the Plan can also be viewed at Buckfastleigh Library, Buckfastleigh Town Hall and at the Teignbridge District Council Offices at Forde House Newton Abbot.

You can download a feedback form here, to fill-in on your computer or print-out. Please return by post or by hand to Buckfastleigh Town Hall, or email to clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk by 5pm April 7th 2017.

A referendum will be held in the near future to ratify the Plan. Watch this space...

Note: It is a fascinating read, reflecting the hard work put in by all involved, but if you don't have time to read all 107 pages, the main proposals are from page 27 to 51.

Additional Documents here:

Strategic Environmental Assessment: bknp-reg-14-environmental-report_v0-1_191116

Devonia Site Development Brief: 160429-buckfastleigh-dev-brief-low-res

Citizen’s Advice comes back to Buckfastleigh!

Thanks to Town Council funding, Cllr. Linus McCloskey (who is our qualified volunteer advisor) 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.