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.
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Electronic Community Noticeboards coming to town
Buckfastleigh's first trial electronic community noticeboard can be seen in Searle's window. More will be on the way.... Read all about it here
Post Office move to Huccaby’s News
The Post Office is relocating Buckfastleigh Post Office to Huccaby’s News.
The last day of trading at the current site is Wednesday 5th June. The new Post Office opens on Monday 10th June.
You can read more about why and contribute to the public consultation here.
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: <email@example.com>
The motion can be found here
More SOUP in Buckfastleigh – Vote for your favourite community project or idea
Last Friday's SOUP evening was another great and tasty success. Read a full report here.
New Town Council has its first meeting
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 19th and will go to Venford Reservoir on Dartmoor for a walk to Bench Tor. More info 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.