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The Parish Council provides grants to local organisations. These are normally groups that are run by or for the people of Buckland Brewer or organisations that can demonstrate that local residents benefit from their services. Grant applications are normally invited in August/September for consideration at the October parish council meeting. Applicants will be asked to submit a short explanation of what they intend to use the grant for, how much they need and their other fund-raising activities. They will also be asked to supply a set of the last two years' audited accounts.

For more information or to apply for a grant, please contact the Parish Clerk by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the contact page.

Here is a list of some of the organisations that have benefited from parish council grants in recent years;

  • Buckland Brewer Village Hall - electricity and other running expenses and oven for new community hall
  • Buckland Brewer Playing Field Association - contributions towards maintenance costs
  • Lemon Jelly Youth Drop-in Centre - running costs
  • Torridge Volunteer Cars - contribution towards start-up, running costs and part-time administrator
  • Buckland Brewer Bowls Club - replacement scoreboard and new mat roller
  • The Church of St Mary and St Benedict - graveyard maintenance
  • North Devon Records Office - running expenses
  • Buckland Brewer Skittles Club - contribution towards constructing new skittle alley
  • Buckland Brewer Night-Time Flying Helipad Fund - contribution towards lighting tower and associated equipment
  • Citizens Advice - running expenses

The Councillor who acts as Snow Warden for the parish is George Heywood. He maintains a stock of salt and decides when and where it should be used. We will use this page to let you know about any special arrangements during periods of bad weather or other emergencies.

Avian Flu Advice   

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers.

DEFRA have made a sudden change to the Protection Regulation as follows;-

Updated measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

All poultry in England to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.

All poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April 2017 following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has announced.

The requirement to keep poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England housed or completely enclosed in netting, introduced to minimise the risk of them catching avian flu from wild birds, will be lifted. However, all keepers in England will continue to be required to comply with strict biosecurity measures.

A ban on poultry gatherings also remains in force until further notice.

The decision to lift the additional requirements in the Higher Risk Areas is based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice, which concludes that the level of risk to poultry in these areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. This is because of changes in the wild bird population: the majority of over-wintering migratory birds have now left the UK, and resident wild waterfowl are at their lowest levels and entering the breeding season when they become less likely to move long distances to forage for food.

The risk of poultry becoming infected from H5N8 remains heightened and countries across Europe continue to experience outbreaks and observe cases in wild birds. Defra is stepping up surveillance of wild birds across the UK to inform our risk assessments.

All poultry keepers must continue to take steps to reduce the risk to their birds, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors.

Download a copy of DEFRAs advice leaflet here or follow this link to DEFRAs webpage.

This is a list of planning applications currently under consideration by Torridge District Council. It includes those at the initial stage for 'pending consideration', or those awaiting a committee decision. The list will also contain any applications that have been returned as they are at appeal.




Potholes, flooding, hazardous trees, faulty street lights and similar issues are the responsibility of Devon County Council. The best way to report issues like this is to use Devon Highways' Report A Problem page. An interactive map will let you pinpoint exactly where the problems are and you can even add photographs to help identify the locations and how bad the problems are.



The Parish Council owns about 20 acres of land, most of which was conveyed to it by Lord Clinton in 1910. The fields are available for agricultural use only on farm business tenancies. 

Part of Blackhorse Fields is used as allotments. The Council manages 18 plots, 6 of which are half-sized plots. They are available to rent to parishioners at £15.00 per year for a full plot or £10.00 for a half-plot, plus deposits.

Plot 2 will become available in the near future so please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interest in that one.

Click here if you would like to download a copy of the allotment terms and conditions.

On Saturday 9th December 2017 there will be an allotments clear up day to trim the hedges and tidy the communal paths. Everyone is welcome to pitch in. See poster.

Allotment Holders' Meetings: The latest meeting was held on Monday 20th February, at Buckland Brewer School. These meetings are held every so often and give allotment holders an opportunity to meet some of the councillors and share any concerns.

Allotment's Sub-Committee: At its meeting on 11th October 2017, the Parish Council established an Allotment's Sub-Committee, which comprises Councillors Elisa Hurley, Andrew Hewitt, and Trevor Mills, and one allotment holder, Chris Kaminski. The first meeting of the sub-committee was held on 26th October 2017. The minutes can be downloaded here. There will be 3 meetings a year in future.

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Internet users are now getting used to the website and I have been delighted to exhibit pictures, advertise events, and pass on messages. I am able to see that these articles are being viewed which gets the message out far and wide.

I would love to see this gain momentum during 2018. What I'm really keen to get is your recipe contributions. To be honest, with the exception of one early one, during this year they've all been mine - which must be getting a bit boring. So send them in please. Use the link, mail me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (no direct link into this address from here) or simply ring me on 01237 451193. If you only have paper copy it doesn't matter - if you want to go into publication on this site, we can make it happen together.

Have a fantastic Christmas everyone. Thank you for your help in getting this off the ground in 2017 - it is actually coming up to it's first birthday!

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Moving forward through the Festive Season

The Christmas Market has started off the season (pictures in Gallery and on the Notice Board) along with todays Christingle Service.

This is just the start - come along and see the display of decorated Christmas trees in the parish church (a few pictures also on the Notice Board).This goes on until Twelfth Night and is open during daylight hours.

The bellringers will be meeting on the green at 7 p.m. on 12th, singing around the village.Everyone and anyone wanting to brave the cold is welcome - be generous if they come to your door.

There is a meeting of the 4 o'clock Club in the hall on 14th with a Christmassy theme - a good sing along from 4-5.30 p.m.See events calendar for poster with full information.

The annual candlelit Carol Service here will take place in the parish church at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th.Note from this year's organisers:-Anyone willing to supply a dozen mincepies for the Carol Service next Sunday (17th) please contact Jacqui Watson on 01237 451437 - thank you.

And for those who would like to observe Christmas Eve, not quite into Christmas Day, there is a communion service ("not quite Midnight Mass") in the parish church at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Add a Sparkle to Christmas

From 2nd December, in the parish church (St Mary & St Benedict) for the Advent and Christmas periods, there is an exhibition of decorated Christmas trees. Come and see and enjoy them.

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