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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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Devon Countryside Access Forum - NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT

The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It has seventeen members who advise on the “improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area..” The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district and borough councils and parish and town councils.

Devon County Council is currently appointing members to the Forum and would like to receive applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access. 

In this round of appointments applications from keen walkers would be particularly welcome as the Forum is looking at coastal access (the England Coast Path) on stretches between Kingswear and Cremyll and Combe Martin and Marsland Mouth. All applications will be considered and we would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business, or people who could represent groups currently under-represented such as young people or ethnic minority groups. Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid.

Why don’t you consider applying to join the Forum? It’s an interesting opportunity and you can:
- contribute to the debate
- share your experience and expertise from your specific field
- meet and work with others
- listen to and share ideas on solving access problems
- help make a difference
- influence local and UK policy affecting access
- be informed
- receive regular local and national access information updates

For details and an application form please see

The closing date is Friday, 9th February 2018.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Hilary Winter
Forum Officer
Devon Countryside Access Forum
Lucombe House
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter EX2 4QD

Tel: 01392 382084
Tel: (mobile) 07837 171000

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Support for Voluntary Organisations

Devon Communities Together

(formerly Community Council of Devon)

First Floor, 3 & 4 Cranmere Court,
Lustleigh Close,
Matford Business Park,

01392 248919
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For the full training schedule click here

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AONB Grants 2017/18

AONB Grants 2017/18

North Devon Coast AONB small grants - Sustainable Development Fund 2017/18 NOW OPEN

The North Devon Coast AONB small grant scheme is open to applications for projects to start from April 2017 onwards. Grants are available for new projects from individuals, groups, organisations and businesses. Projects should help to deliver the Management Plan objectives and priorities for the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are two themes for this year, but projects addressing any aspect of the Plan are welcome:-

'The Historic Environment' could support survey and research work, archaeological explorations, restoration work or community engagement and learning about our natural and built heritage.

'Health and Wellbeing' could support communities and voluntary groups to encourage access to the AONB area, pilot new activities within the AONB area to improve people's health and wellbeing or provide information to locals and visitors to raise awareness of opportunities and places in the AONB.

Grants range from £100 to £5,000 and need to be spent by February 2018. Projects need to show local support, in-kind contributions of time and resources, and cash match funding for larger or business projects.

Full guidance, applications forms and the Management Plan are available on the AONB website<> as well as a map of the AONB's coastal area.

Contact the scheme administrator Gigha Klinkenborg on 01271 388647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for more information.


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Air Ambulance Fund

Air Ambulance Fund

The Parish Council was pleased to receive a report on 8th March 2017 about the Air Ambulance Landing Site Fund. Torridge District Council had confirmed its approval to a TAP Fund Grant towards the project with not only Buckland Brewer but also Monkleigh and Frithelstock Parish Councils generously donating their grants towards the scheme. Work on installing the lighting system and preparing the site is now complete and it is available for use by the Devon Air Ambulance crews at any time of the day or night.

The Council would like to thank all those who worked to bring the scheme together in such a short space of time, but most importantly all those who made personal donations towards the fund (many anonymously) and all those who supported the fund-raising events. These contributions added over £3,000 to the pot. Without them, it would not have been possible to raise some of the other grants.

List of Contributors:
Parishioners donations                     £1,644
Fund-raising events                            £1,433
Monkleigh Parish Council                   £670
Frithelstock Parish Council                £658
Buckland Brewer Parish Council  £2,448
Devon County Council                           £425
Torridge District Council                   £1,549
Bideford Bridge Trust                         £1,000

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Boundary Commission Review

Views are being sought on the latest revisions to the Boundary Commission Review, 2018. Please see the Local Council Services page for more information.

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