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...


Post Office move to Huccaby’s News

The Post Office is planning to relocate Buckfastleigh Post Office to Huccaby’s News.

You can read more about why and contribute to the public consultation here.  

Climate Emergency

The date for the first Citizens Steering Group Meeting has been set for Friday, May 24th at 7.30 pm in Buckfastleigh Town Hall.

Buckfastleigh Town Council at the Town Council meeting held on Wednesday 13th March 2019 passed a 'Climate Emergency' motion aiming for our community to be carbon neutral by 2030.

As a first step we will set up a Citizens Assembly - a working group to recommend actions that will do three things:

  • Enable the Council to achieve this goal within its own activities
  • Inform, promote, support, encourage and resource our local community to implement actions to achieve this goal
  • Promote and campaign for action and legislation at all levels of government locally, nationally and beyond to achieve this goal

We cannot achieve this goal on our own and we will need to get our community and government on-side to have any hope of achieving it, but by committing to the process in this proposal we can make a start and show the way.

The group will have the support of the Town Council and they will attempt to implement its recommendations.

If you are interested in joining the group, email:  <clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk>

The motion can be found here

Proposed Housing Developments in Buckfastleigh

You can read here a current summary of the major housing developments in our town that are either currently being considered by Dartmoor National Park planners or are proposed.

More SOUP in Buckfastleigh – Pitch for your Project or Idea

The deadline for applying to pitch for funds at this event is now Wednesday May 29th.

Following the tasty success of the first ever Buckfastleigh SOUP community fundraising event in October 2018, Buckfastleigh Town Council and Teignbridge CVS have now confirmed the date of the next event to support small groups and individuals with new community ideas.  It will be on Friday, June 7th at 6.00 pm. Find out more and sign-up here

New Town Council has its first meeting

The new Council met for the first time on Wednesday 15th May. 

You can find out more about the new Councillors here.

You can read a summary of the meetings here

Walking for Health

Buckfastleigh Walking for Health is offering free easy guided walks every second Wednesday this year. Walking is the lowest risk of all physical activities, yet produces massive benefits to physical fitness and mental wellbeing. It is a great way to explore your local area, make new friends and learn more about your immediate community. The next walk is on June 5th and will go to Yar Tor on Dartmoor for a walk above the Dart Valley.  More info here