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 Town Ranger – Job Vacancy

A local person helping with local problems

An 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 drains. The Town Ranger will also be a member of the Volunteer Emergency Response Team and assist with community events such as Lamb Pie Day and the Christmas Fair.

The Town Ranger with be provided with 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 or contact Judith on 01364 642576/clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk. Closing date Thursday 25th October 2018 with interviews taking place in the first week of November.

For a copy of the job description click here

Eat Soup, Support Your Community

Buckfastleigh SOUP will now be held on 26th October...   There will be four projects pitching for funding.  Come along to help decide who gets the money!

More info here

Purple4Polio Crocus Planters Needed

Volunteer planters needed! Can you spare some time on a Monday or Tuesday in November to help the Town Ranger plant 2000 crocus corms on Elliott Plain? Email him on ranger@nullbuckastleigh.gov.uk or leave a phone message on 642576 to say what date you could help.  This is part of the Rotary Club's Purple4Polio campaign

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 

Planning Application for The Copper Beeches, Bossell Road

A planning application has been submitted to gain permission to allow a mobile home to be sited in the garden.  Information can be found and commented on here.  The consultation ends on 19th October 2018.

Notice of Town Councillor Vacancies




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that three casual vacancies have occurred in the office of three Councillors 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 Wednesday 24th October 2018.

Dated this Thursday 4th October 2018.

NB: These vacancies are just till May 2019 when the term of the current council is completed and all seats will become available.

An election, if called, costs the council approx £3000-£4000 but volunteers can be co-opted onto the council without an election having to take place.

If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please get in touch and we will be happy to talk to you about what it entails...

More information about becoming a town councillor can be found here

Community Christmas Lunch Volunteers Needed

Planning has already begun for the 2018 Community Christmas Lunch.  Can you volunteer to help?  We need people to drive, cook, serve, clear up, entertain, make decorations and coordinate volunteers.  Email office@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk if you would like to be involved

Britain in Bloom Awards 2018

Buckfastleigh won awards in many of the Britain in Bloom categories this year.  Find out more here

Congratulations and thanks from the Town Council to everyone involved!

Red Phone Boxes – Creative Ideas Please!

What to do with an unused phone box?  Buckfastleigh and Buckfast now have at their disposal four decommissioned red phone boxes 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.   Read more here 



Land at rear of Timbers Road

Read about the situation with this site here