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 - 'Captain Fantastic' Sat 8th April 8:30pm.

Image may contain: 1 personCaptain Fantastic - a drama with comedy and adventure based on a family that move to the Washington State wilderness to live off the land and escape the conventional American life. 

Buckfastleigh Town Hall will again be converted into a large screen, high definition cinema with 14ft-wide screen + modern P.A system & lighting rig for a real-cinema experience. Atmospheric cocktail bar downstairs serving cocktails, wine, beer, soft drinks and ice cream, popcorn and nibbles open from 7:30pm. More info here

Tickets £5 (Under 16s £2 - Cert 15). Tickets will be available from the Town Hall, Buckfast and Buckfasleigh Post Offices, ReFurnish, The Seed and Huccaby’s.

Suggest films you would like to see and keep up-to-date with the Cinema on Facebook here. Many thanks to the volunteers who are making this happen!

Special Announcement

Buckfastleigh Town Council meeting 11th January 2017

On Wednesday evening, to a packed meeting, the Town Council made some financial decisions for 2017/18.

We voted unanimously to save local services threatened by cuts imposed by central government and Devon County and Teignbridge District Councils.

In order to maintain facilities and improve local services, we took the decision to fund eight projects, some of which are new.  These are:

  • The creation of an annual programme of free activity for young people in the town.
  • Creating a new Town Ranger post to carry out vital outdoor improvement and maintenance work in public areas.
  • Funding a dedicated Citizen’s Advice Bureau service in Buckfastleigh.
  • Supporting the running costs of the refurbished Victoria Park, Swimming Pool, Skate Park and Play Area.
  • Creation of an Air Ambulance landing pad for emergency night flights by the Devon Air Ambulance.
  • Installation costs for solar panels on community buildings to save money in the future.
  • Community Development Fund Grant Programme to support community based projects.
  • Keeping the Town Hall open as a community venue.

In order to fund these initiatives, we will increase the Council Tax ‘Parish Precept’, the part of your Council Tax that is paid to the Town Council and funds the services we provide, by about £1.00 per week per household.

A press release can be found in the News section here.

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 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 Wednesday 31st May 2017.

Applications for the Community Development Fund can be submitted at any time except March, August and December.

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.

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.

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@buckfastleigh.gov.uk. Closing date Friday 5th May 2017 with interviews taking place in the third week of May. Appointment will be subject to a current DBS check and full driving licence.

Teignbridge District Council Rural Skip Service, Buckfastleigh

Available in Victoria Woodholme car park from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

This service is for bulky household waste only - NO TRADE WASTE

Please do not deposit any waste at the site before the skip has arrived. For more information contact Buckfastleigh Town Council or call the Recycling Team on 01626 215838 or visit www.teignbridge.gov.uk/ruralskip

Please note that TV's fridges and computer monitors are accepted, but the following materials cannot be accepted:

Dead pets & animals, food waste, garden waste, soil & rubble including tiles & sanitary ware, tyres, oils & other liquids, sharps/clinical items, demolition & construction waste, bath or shower tray (plastic, fibreglass or composite), gas cylinders, plastic window or door frames (with or without glass), insulation materials, roofing felt, hazardous waste (including fluorescent tubes) vehicle batteries, plasterboard & asbestos, plastic pipes/guttering, fascia etc, shower screen (glass or plastic) or toxic wastes.


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@buckfastleigh.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 coming 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.