Covid-19 Buckfastleigh Response

The Buckfastleigh Helpline has been discontinued. The Food Bank remains active and can be contacted on 01364 643120.

Mayor’s End of Year Review

Wildspace Garden

The Wildspace Garden behind the Town Hall has been gradually transformed into a wildlife haven and will open to the public in the next few months.  Read more about it here.

Buckfastleigh Verges Have a Brighter Future

Deputy Mayor Erin Kohler-Ockmore and Councillor Huw Cox joined members of the Buckfastleigh Action for Nature Group for the launch of their verge management project.  Read more here.

Give Bowling a Go!

Buckfastleigh Bowling Club is offering a Saturday Morning Club for juniors, as well as running ‘Taster Sessions’ on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings through May.  Further details here.

New Flood Camera in Town

Funding from the Town Council has made it possible to install a new flood camera and gauge on the Mardle near Station Road.  You can read all about it here.

Need advice on money, employment, benefits etc?

Even though the weekly session in town is not currently happening, Citizens Advice Teignbridge is still operating and can help you with your concerns online or over the phone.  More details on Citizens Advice here.

Buckfastleigh Youth Strategy

Young Devon was commissioned by the Town Council in 2018 to formulate a Youth Strategy and mission statement to meet the gaps in youth provision left by the withdrawal of services and funding. Following consultation with all the youth activity providers in the town, this new strategy has now been adopted and the Council looks forward to working in partnership with all our youth groups.   You can read the full Youth Strategy here.

Valiant Soldier Re-Opens in May

The Valiant Soldier will open again on Wednesday 19th May with free entry to those with a TQ11 postcode.  Read more here.

COVID-19 & the Town Council/Town Hall

As restrictions start to ease, the Town Hall will be able to accept limited bookings for supervised Children's activities and Parent and Child Groups from the 12th April.  Please see the official guidance below. 3 & 4 apply to the Town Hall:
 
Step Two: 12th April:
Only the activities shown below are permitted. Other activities e.g. art classes, clubs, WIs, craft groups, Parish Council meetings will not yet be permitted.
1. Food and alcohol can be served to those seated in outdoor settings, or as takeaways, alcohol served without the need for a meal. • Indoor gyms can re-open, but not exercise classes.
2. Funerals can take place with up to 30 people; wakes and weddings will be allowed up to 15 guests. (Restaurants and hotels will not yet be open).
3. All indoor children’s activities can open, including dance classes, musical activities, cubs, scouts, brownies.
4. Parent and child groups can open indoors, e.g. parent and toddlers, with up to 15 attending plus under-fives.
5. Non-essential retail can re-open e.g. hairdressers, charity shops.
6. Outdoor gatherings or events organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, can be held under Covid-19 secure conditions, enabling a village fete or spectators at a sports match, subject to the rule of 6. Guidance will be issued.
The social contact rules will continue to apply in all settings – meaning social distancing must be maintained, no indoor mixing allowed between different households.
 
Government guidance issued on 25th February on re-opening businesses and venues in England says:
“indoor events that bring people together – even if they do not mix with other households – must not run until Step 3 unless there an explicit exemption e.g. support groups, supervised activities for children, communal worship, or a wedding, reception or commemorative event like a wake."
 
The Town Council office can still be reached by leaving a message on the office answerphone - 01364 642576 - or phoning the Town Clerk on 07904 033616.  Click here for information on hiring the Town Hall. 
 
Meetings of the Town Council are still being held remotely.  You can read the protocol for remote meetings here.  You can read the key messages from the last Town Council meeting on 21st April here.   The next Town Council meeting will be on Wednesday, 21st April, 7 - 9 pm.

Proposed New Housing Developments

Here you can read 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.