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 - '20th Century Women' Sat 1st July 8:30pm.

Image may contain: one or more people and textTickets for 20th Century Women will be available from local shops tomorrow. 

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.

Don't forget, if you came to Lion, you are eligible for a £2 ticket as an apology for the technical problems we had on the night. Just tell the seller and the price will be reduced from £5. The problems have been dealt with and the stairlift has also been repaired, so hopefully this time all should go smoothly - thanks for your patience...

Buckfastleigh – Where Next?

This community planning workshop will be held on Monday July 10th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at St Luke’s Church Hall.

  • How is the council spending your money?
  • What are your priorities?
  • What should we do next?

We want your ideas and input on planning the projects we take on as a community backed by the Town Council next year. This is the first community engagement workshop to plan for 2017/18. Come and bring your thoughts and influence the future of the parish...

…and eat cake!

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...

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.

All feedback has been received and 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

Buckfastleigh Festival of Sport 15th-16th July

Image may contain: 6 people, textThere are a huge range of FREE activities for you to try out at our 2 day Festival Of Sport at Victoria Park and Buckfastleigh Football club on Sat 15th & Sun 16th July 11am - 4pm each day...

So far we have: football, rugby, cricket, petanque, Karate, caving, climbing, parkour, lifeguarding, basketball, water polo, e-bikes, table tennis, skittles, rounders, pure stretch, Circuit Training, women's running, zumba, aquafit, water volleyball and junior duathalon!

Find out more on FaceBook

And we're also pleased to host the amazing Colourscape experience!
Colourscape is a sculpture of colour and light that you go inside. Take a look at the video below to see!


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.

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.