Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

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...

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

New Town Guide…

town guide 2016/7 thumbThe Council has just completed the new Buckfast & Buckfastleigh Guide for 2016-2017. This is aimed at residents as well as visitors to the community and focuses on the many interesting things to do and see in the area - from the Pengelly Caves and South Devon Steam Railway, to our newly refurbished, community-run, heated swimming pool. Crammed with fascinating information about Buckfastleigh & Buckfast, it celebrates our natural environment and diverse flora and fauna, including Western Europe's largest Greater Horseshoe Bat population...

If you would like a copy, you can pick them up at the Town Hall, the library, or in many of the local pubs and shops. Or you can download a copy here... If you would like some copies to distribute from your business or organisation, please contact us.

Garden Waste – What’s Next?

UPDATE - We are currently exploring  possibilities for a site for this project with Teignbridge District Council. We would like to combine this with a community garden, producing local food if the right location is found - watch this space...

Teignbridge have stopped free garden waste collection for Buckfast & Buckfastleigh. If you still want them to collect your green bin, you will need to sign-up here and pay £35 per year.reducereuserecycle-logo

There are plans to create a community-run composting site in the town, to reduce costs and create good-quality compost for local growers, but this will not be in place by the time the green bin service ends. If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more about this, email us for the attention of Cllr. Mark Maish.

In the meantime, an alternative to the Green Bin charge would be to have one or more 120 litre bags collected on demand by a local company called 'Go Green Devon' at gogreendevon.com - you need to select 'Services for Sale' on the top menu, then 'Gardening Services' on the left menu to find out more.. You can buy a book of 10 collection tags (one per bag you want collected) from their website (and the bags at £5 each if you want) , and use them at any time you want.

Information about the changes to the Recycling collection can be found on the Teignbridge District Council website here & an FAQ here.

Buckfastleigh – What Next?

Have your say on what happens next and how your money gets spent - Wed 12th October

where-next?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. We have few resources, so we need your help to figure out what to prioritise and finding ways to get it done...

Join us on Wednesday 12th October at 7.30pm at Buckfastleigh Town Hall - find out how we currently spend our share of your Council Tax and tell us what to spend it on next year. We want your input to help us plan for the future.

This will be an informal event with refreshments & CAKE!

Engaging Buckfastleigh…

The Town Council is very aware that there are many groups and individuals working hard around the parish doing wonderful and valuable work in the community, with sometimes little public awareness and often struggling to get the support they need. As a council we see it as a major part of our role to support, encourage and promote community-related groups and projects in the parish and we are making it a priority.

We are in the process of sending out a questionnaire to all groups involved in non-commercial, community-based projects and voluntary services in the parish, so we can get more informed about what is going on and see how we can help them raise awareness of their work, recruit volunteers and share resources, skills and ideas.

You can download a copy of the questionnaire here.

For more info contact councillors Andy Stokes or Fanny Jackson (, )

Noise – Jan 2016

There have been many complaints to the Town Council recently about noise.

noise leaflet coverA leaflet has been produced and distributed around the town outlining your rights and complaints procedures - you can find a copy here.
if you want to know more about why and how the leaflet was produced, you can find out here.

Here is a template for keeping a noise diary  and guidance on how to use it plus a list of useful links to organisations where you can find out about noise.