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Your Community Needs You!

In May 2019, there were only 5 nominations for the 9 positions available on the Parish Council, all from current parish councillors, so those 5 were elected unopposed. This meant that there were 4 vacant positions that needed to be filled by co-option. It has been a real struggle to find anyone willing to take on the responsibility of being a parish councillor but we have been lucky to now secure the services of Bob Wilson, whose nomination was accepted unanimously at the meeting held on 11th September 2019. Welcome Bob - you will be a great asset to the Council.

There are still three vacancies! Please - do not leave it for someone else to do. If you are interested enough in your community to be reading this then you could well be the person we are looking for. Just call the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse, for more information (01805 624832).

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Parish Council Grants

The Parish Council will be considering grant applications from local organisations at its meeting on 9th October. If your organisation or club would like to apply for help to fund a special project, new equipment or similar, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01805 624832 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Grants can only be awarded to properly constituted clubs and organisations. You will need to supply an explanation of what the money would be used for, how much you would like and a copy of your latest set of accounts.

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The Buckland Brewer Education Fund - apply now

You will have seen recent articles about how this fund, started by the Parish Council, has now become a matter for a local committee headed by Jim Lowe and with our trusty parish clerk, Pat Blosse, as its treasurer.

If you have applied before, not much has changed really. If you want to apply for a first time, basically the fund has been set up for parish residents of at least one years standing of age 16+ to help with formal educational costs such as books, laptops, tools for apprenticeship etc. Click here for the full information.

The important message is that the deadline for receipt of applications is 27th September. Apply now - contact the Applications Co-Ordinator Pat Blosse , Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross Monkleigh EX39 5LE, mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Licences to Abstract Water – Change in Legislation

The Environment Agency has asked the Parish Council to publicize a change in legislation that could mean that licences will be needed to abstract water from previously exempt areas, which includes Buckland Brewer. The change comes into effect on 31st December 2019. Certain exemptions that previously allowed the use of water from ground or surface water sources without the need for a licence have been removed, as have previously exempt areas. You will need a licence to legally abstract more than 20m3 of water per day (4,399 gallons). You are advised to submit your applications well before the deadline of 31st December.

What happens if people don’t apply? - click here to read on - this may affect you.


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Better Broadband Voucher Scheme

Connecting Devon and Somerset are now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme.

To read this article in full, click here

To link to approved supplier list, click here

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