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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. You can download an application form here.

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. You can download a copy of the Council's Grants Policy here.

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
  • Community Shop - contribution towards electricity costs

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.

The Parish Council's contractor salted/gritted the roads between Thornhillhead Cross and Hoopers Water on the afternoon of 28th February. The exercise was repeated twice again, in the morning and the afternoon of 1st March. Other roads in the parish were also salted/gritted in order to meet welfare and commercial needs.

Weather Warning (Feb/March 2018)

Devon County Council has issued a press release about the current weather conditions. Click here for the full article.

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.

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

Please click here to see details about the bird flu alert issued on 18th January 2018.

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.

Fields & Allotment's Sub-Committee: At its meeting on 11th October 2017, the Parish Council established a Fields & 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.

The next allotments inspection will be on Saturday 20th October 2018. The next meeting of the sub-committee is scheduled for 6th November 2018.


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...dispose of your unwanted treasures locally, meet people and eat cake too!

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Parish "titbits"

The long promised speed alert sign will be in place during the next couple of months. After reams of paperwork and jumping very high hurdles – bearing in mind that the sign was agreed to be totally justified months ago by the County Council, and our Parish Council is footing the bill to try and keep us safer – it has been a frustrating slog but the sign has now been ordered. Our Parish Council is able to fund many community needs as 40% of its income is over and above precept, and this is how this project has been paid for. Drivers are urged again to respect life and law by keeping to the designated speed limit – 20 m.p.h. please.

The village green is to be spruced up during this spring budget has been found as described above. Timing will be subject to the contractor’s availability, but the work has been ordered and hopefully it will be completed by the beginning of May.

The current Homepage slideshow shows photos of early spring flowers all taken in the parish.Three of these are of the village green, which has been made to look so decorative by Buckland Brewer Gardening Club – thanks to all those who have cared for this space and other areas around the village entrance signs.

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Count Down starts in 3 weeks

Hopefully at least one of our readers, being registered to vote in this parish, will have decided to throw their hat in the ring to become a parish councillor. It is so important - those who are already serving and have opted to stand for further service will need the support. Those standing aside have done more than their fair share for the community – time for the new order. And of course, that means you.

The first date for your diary will be March 6th. Registration of nomination papers will be from March 20th. For more exact information, together with a breakdown of timescales  and what to do (both prospective councillors and voters) click here

If all else fails and you simply want a bit of hands on help, why not call any one of your present parish councillors who will gladly guide you through the process. Their contact details can be found within the parish councillor section on this site.

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