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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The Future of our Shops – Town Council Forum
Retail is in crisis country-wide and our local businesses are struggling to survive. Plans by the Abbey may impact existing local businesses.
Come and find out more and/or tell your business's story. What can the community & Town Council do to help?
Barn Park – Proposal to build 28 dwellings
Here is the latest development application for housing at Barn Park. The proposal is to build 10 affordable and 18 open market dwellings, a road, 50 parking spaces and garden areas on land to the west of Barn Park. - you can view more details and make your comments here before December 7th. If you are unable to view the plans online, you can view them in the Town Hall during office hours (9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday)
Dartmoor National Park – public opinion survey
The Dartmoor National Park Management Plan is currently under review. Find out how you can comment on it here
Sign up to Devon Alert!
Find out about Devon and Cornwall Alert, a free community messaging system run by Devon and Cornwall Police to inform members of the public about crimes and incidents affecting their local area, here
Community Christmas Lunch
Buckfastleigh Town Council is once again organising a Community Christmas Lunch for those on their own or in need this year. Last year over 50 people enjoyed a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, entertained with musicians and many were transported by volunteer drivers to and from the Abbey where it was held.
Andy Stokes, Chair, Buckfastleigh Council
Dementia Carers and Friends – Training and Support
There is a support group for dementia carers on the first Thursday of every month in Newton Abbot. More info here.
You can also train to become a Dementia Friends Champion. More info here
Old Phone Boxes – Creative Ideas Please!
What to do with an unused phone box? Buckfastleigh and Buckfast now have at their disposal four decommissioned phone boxes (two red, two glass) which are located at Glebelands, West End Road, in the car park next to Buckfast Village Hall and at Grange Green, Buckfast. The Town Council is looking for great ideas for community uses for these structures. The phone box on Grange Green will be home to a defibrillator for Buckfast. Three more still looking for good uses! Read more here