Test cycle race in Brentor on Sunday 6 June

British Cycling has been advised by the Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that they may soon be able to return to cycle road racing and they have requested that the organisation runs test events throughout the country. 

Brentor has been selected as the venue for the test event in the South West.  It is planned for Sunday 6th June on a six mile course based around a triangle of roads adjacent to Brentor Church. Continue reading Test cycle race in Brentor on Sunday 6 June

St Luke’s Open Gardens in Brentor – Sunday 23rd May 

Four Brentor gardens are open morning and afternoon – browse, enjoy and hopefully be inspired a little.  
The gardens are at Rowden Farm, Rowden House, Tor Gardens and Orchard Cottage.
Refreshments available.  All proceeds to St Luke’s Hospice. 
Tickets must be booked in advance due to Covid-19 regulations.  £5.00 plus £1.18 booking fee, children free.
Please ring Sue on 810037 for any further details.

Mobile phone coverage in Brentor

The Government is intending to introduce changes to the rules for mobile phone mast planning consent in the very near future.
If you are in one of the many houses in Brentor with no mobile coverage then please call your mobile provider and register a complaint regarding your lack of coverage.  If there are sufficient complaints then we should be prioritised for a new mast(s) to provide coverage.

Continue reading Mobile phone coverage in Brentor

Could a main line railway be coming through Brentor?

Recently there has been a lot of renewed interest in the reinstatement of the railway line between Tavistock and Okehampton, as part of a main line ‘northern route’ from Plymouth to Exeter and beyond.  This has been generated by a lobby group calling themselves the ‘Northern Route Working Group’, who have been lobbying local MPs, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Heart of the South West LEP, Devon County Council, Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce, Visit Cornwall, Plymouth University, Peninsula Rail Group, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce and GWR, amongst others.  All seem broadly supportive of the scheme.  Apparently Geoffrey Cox, our local MP, leads support for the scheme among south-west MPs. Continue reading Could a main line railway be coming through Brentor?

Affordable housing for Brentor – huge financial commitment by West Devon Borough Council

West Devon Borough Council has announced that, at Hammer Park, Brentor, the Council will now be applying for planning permission to provide:

  • five affordable rented homes
  • four shared ownership homes
The change from providing some discounted homes to shared ownership is apparently to enable the Council to apply for government funding towards the project.

Continue reading Affordable housing for Brentor – huge financial commitment by West Devon Borough Council

We’ve done it! Much of Brentor village centre to get free superfast broadband connection

Not only West Blackdown homes but also up to 31 homes in Brentor village centre will definitely be getting access to a new fibre broadband network being built by Openreach.  West Blackdown should be connected by 23 July (a month later than originally quoted), and BT announced on 10th March 2021 that enough residents had signed up for the government-funded Universal Service Obligation scheme for the north side of the village centre to also be connected. 

Continue reading We’ve done it! Much of Brentor village centre to get free superfast broadband connection

Environmental News

Garden for wildlife – Spring into action

Speckled Wood butterfly, Brentor

Sir David Attenborough recently told the BBC that “The truth is that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet and the situation is getting worse.”

What better way to combat this than to turn your garden into a wildlife haven?  Devon Wildlife Trust has some brilliant material to help you do this, they say that there are an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK and the way these are cared for can make a big difference to wildlife.  Continue reading Environmental News

COVID-19 latest

New rules from 12 April 2021

There are no changes to social contact rules and many restrictions are still in place. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with. Continue reading COVID-19 latest

Recreated ‘Brentor’ locomotive to steam again

The ‘Brentor’ locomotive

A ‘West Country Class’ steam locomotive built in Eastleigh in 1949 was named ‘Brentor’ and was used until July 9th 1967, when it was broken up for scrap.  One of its nameplates was given to Brentor and was displayed for many years in the council offices in Tavistock.  It is planned to loan the name plate for display at the Plym Valley Railway at Marsh Mills in Plymouth when Covid restrictions allow. Continue reading Recreated ‘Brentor’ locomotive to steam again

Sign up to receive Brentor event reminders by email!

How often do you think ‘I wish I had remembered to go to that!’?
If you sign up for the free village event reminder service that won’t happen again.
For many special village events or activities you will receive an email reminder during the week before the event. Occasionally events are put on at short notice and may only be advertised by this service. 
As part of this service Brentor News is emailed to all members in full colour every month, and if you wish you can opt to ‘go paperless’ and stop receiving a paper copy to help save on resources and printing costs.
So why not join over 100 households who have already signed up!
To take advantage of this free service just send your email to brentorinfo@btinternet.com.
Colin Dawes

House locator

We have probably all been asked  “where is xxxxxx” by a visitor or van driver.  With more than 200 properties in the parish it’s hard to know where they all are, especially since many of our lanes also have no names.  This is especially difficult in these times where so many more deliveries are being made to houses during the pandemic. Continue reading House locator

We need your contributions!

Stonechat in West Blackdown

Do you have an interesting photo, an informative item about the village or an event that you need to promote?
We want to keep this website topical, local and up-to-date, so please send your potential contributions to the Editor at brentorvillage@btinternet.com .

Ongoing community issues

This section of the website sets out to provide a source of information about issues which are of ongoing concern to our village.  Often these issues first appear on this home page, but require additional space to do them justice.

Click here for information about Broadband provision for Brentor

Click here for information about Local Needs Housing provision in Brentor

Click here for information about the possible new railway line through Brentor (part of the Dawlish alternative route)

We want your recipes!

This website now has a recipes page, but there’s only a few recipes on it! 
As we all know, lot of Brentor’s social life revolves around cooking and eating with family and friends.  The recipes on the new page have been provided by Brentor residents past and present.  No doubt some have been adapted and improved as the years pass – and they are reminders of residents past and present and of many good times around the table, as well as being household favourites.
WE NEED LOTS MORE RECIPES!  So please email your contributions – a recipe with a small introductory text – to the editor, Colin Dawes, at brentorvillage@btinternet.com . 

Click here to go to the Recipe Book page