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...

Town Ranger’s Report – October to December 2017

Street Maintenance

  • Cleared steps to Holy Trinity church, path by allotments at back of Fore St, and bridge on Strode Rd. The DNP ranger and a team of volunteers assisted with some of these activities
  • Two new street signs have been requested from Teignbridge District Council
  • A dangerous tree at the back of Hamlyn Way was reported and Westcon have removed it
  • Elliot Plain has been partially planted with crocuses left over from the Purple for Polio Campaign
  • At the Christmas Fair, members of the public reported issues with signage, overgrown vegetation and drainage, which will be followed up in the coming months

Dog Fouling Campaign

  • Compiling list of volunteers to provide with spray cans to highlight dog mess
  • Working with Councillor Stokes on production of posters to encourage people to pick up dog mess
  • A short film is being produced for cinema club to highlight the issue of dog fouling

Snow Warden Scheme

  • Conducted a survey of equipment and stocks of grit/salt and requested refills where necessary
  • Working on a plan for a specific route to be salted by the town itself, to cover roads not salted/gritted by Highways Agency
  • Updating volunteer snow warden register


  • Writing regular columns for Around Buckfastleigh & South Brent and the town news sheet.

If you want the Town Ranger to know about a problem in your area, email him at ranger@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk

Hello Summer 2017

Buckfastleigh Town Council funded a wide variety of fun activities for children during the school summer holidays in the Town Hall and Victoria Park and we would now be very pleased to receive your feedback about the Hello Summer 2017 programme.

It was the first time we have run anything like this so we know that there were a few gremlins in the system, but we would like to hear your views.

Which sessions did you enjoy the most? What else would you have liked to do? If you did not come to any of the sessions, was there a reason for this?

Should events be indoors or at the park? What about timings and lengths of sessions? Would you be willing to contribute towards the cost of the sessions you attend?

Should we do it again next year? What about something similar over the winter? Could you volunteer to help supervise a session or do you have the skills to run one?

Whatever your views, you can let us know by emailing clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk or by writing to Judith the Town Clerk at the Town Hall, Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DD.

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




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of one Councillor for the above named parish.

The vacancy will be filled by the Town Council unless within at least 14  days from the date hereof notice as indicated below is given requiring an election to be held.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if notice in writing is given to the Chief Executive, Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4XX by TEN local government electors for the said Parish requiring that an election be held in which event the election will be held within 60 days from the date of this notice.

 Any such notice must be received by the Chief Executive by not later than Monday 22nd January 2018.

 Dated this Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Buckfastleigh Blooming Marvellous!

Buckfastleigh Town Council is pleased to announce the results of the Town's entries to the RHS Britain in Bloom South West Competitions which were presented at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay by Lord Julian and Lady Emma Fellowes to John Goulden, Maureen Tuffnell and Wendy Roberts of Buckfastleigh on Thursday 5th October 2017.

The town had major successes in all three of the competitions it entered. The crowning achievement was the town's first time entry into the Pennant competition achieving Silver Gilt, a superb achievement which acknowledges the pride, passion and hard work put in by so many dedicated and often unsung volunteers.

In the It's Your Neighbourhood awards there were two Advancing awards, five thriving and five outstanding awards as follows:-

Harding's Court - Advancing, The Wildspace Garden at Buckfastleigh Town Hall - Advancing, Duckspond Garden - Thriving, Fore Street - Thriving, The Orchard Millennium Green - Thriving, Hamlyn Court - Thriving, Food 4 Ever - Thriving

Barn Park play area, South Devon Railway, Buckfast Abbey and Victoria Park all achieved Outstanding

In the Leisure and Commercial competition Salmon's Leap achieved Silver Gilt and both South Devon Railway and Buckfast Abbey were awarded Gold certificates.

In addition, Buckfastleigh Primary School was one of only seven nominations from the whole of the South West for the Outstanding School Entry Award.

All the volunteers are looking forward to the Town celebrations shortly to be held, but equally important to next year, when the ambition will be to achieve the gold for the town which it so richly deserves.

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.