My Place, My Views

West Devon Borough Council, South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council have launched a new consultation asking local residents what they like about their neighbourhood and what could be improved.  My Place, My Views consists of a simple survey and interactive map, which asks people how they feel about:

  • Their local facilities, services and open spaces
  • The types of places they like most and why
  • Using online services.
  • The places they would like to see change in the next five to ten years.

To find out more and take part in the survey, click here

Picture of the month

This mystery photo has been sent to our website by Sue Swanborough.  She acquired it recently but so far has had no success in locating where it was taken.
The reverse of the photograph is inscribed  ‘St Barbara, Brentor, Devon, August 1932’,  but no house called St Barbara is listed in local censuses.

If you recognise where this photo was taken please contact the editor at editor@brentorvillage.org.

You can see all the past pictures of the month by clicking here.

The Growing Communities fund

The Growing Communities Fund has just been launched by Devon County Council and is intended to support proactive, effective, measurable, and sustainable actions to enable individuals and communities to build self-reliance and community resilience, reduce food and fuel inequalities and improve mental health and wellbeing and respond to the climate emergency.
A wide range of groups and organisations can apply including ‘host’ organisations. The Growing Communities Fund will provide grant awards of between £500-£1000 and £1000-£3,000 (though we will enter discussions with applicants who have exemplary or innovative projects).   The grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will be reimbursed upon receipt of an end of project report outlining what the funds paid for and the impact and outcomes. Continue reading The Growing Communities fund

Come on you Brentor singers!

You too can sing the Hallelujah Chorus!

Always wanted to but never have?   Now is your chance.  Come along to Mount Kelly on Thursday 8 September 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in The Big School, Mount Kelly, Parkwood Road Tavistock.  Join the Mount Kelly Choral Society at a special,open door “come and sing” event and sing The Hallelujah Chorus.   Score provided and refreshments will be available. Continue reading Come on you Brentor singers!

Cost of Living payments

Millions of people on means-tested benefits are receiving the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37 billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by their usual payment method continue to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn. Continue reading Cost of Living payments

Brentor Car Park charging proposal

A site meeting about the proposed introduction of charges at Brentor Church car park was held on Monday 18th July.  It was attended by Andrew Watson (Estates Officer) and Richard Drysdale (Communities Officer) of Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), Helen Harris, Rob Harris and Christopher Pancheri from Brentor PCC, Gary Hunt (Chairman of Brentor Parish Council (BCC), Terry Pearce of WDBC and BCC, and two other councillors from Brentor Parish Council, Caroline Mott , and Philip Sanders representing Devon County Council (DCC) and DNPA. Carol and Colin Sergant represented the bell ringers.

Richard Drysdale explained that DNPA is under pressure to reduce outgoings and maximise income and has therefore (following a review of assets) decided to ask Devon County Council to apply on their behalf for TRO off-street parking orders for a number of their car parks, to allow charging for parking.  They propose charging every day including Sundays 10am-6pm, and no vehicle may return within 1 hour: motorcycles would be free, disabled persons vehicle all day £2, minibuses all day £5, and all other vehicles up to 3 hours £2, over 3 hours £3. Continue reading Brentor Car Park charging proposal

Brenstock tee-shirt sale

Get your memento of this year’s Brenstock! There are a few Brenstock tee-shirts remaining from this year’s festival, now on sale for just £5! 

Unisex, heavy quality, small and medium sizes in black and larger sizes in white – don’t miss a bargain!

To purchase yours contact Colin Dawes on 811079

Farewell to Anne Clark

Anne Clark, a familiar figure in Brentor for many years, has moved to Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire to be near her brother. 

There are some slips of paper that have been left at the rear of Christchurch so that anyone wanting to send a message to Ann Clark for her 88th Birthday can do so. Once completed they will be included in a card being sent to Anne. 

She will be greatly missed for her cheerful character and her enormous generosity in giving her time to benefit the Brentor community.  At coffee mornings and village events  Anne has always been there to give a helping hand, creating flower decorations for the tables and helping in the kitchen.  She is an accomplished seamstress, making quilts that were sold to raise funds for the village hall, and she was a regular member of the ‘Unfinished Business’ sewing group. Continue reading Farewell to Anne Clark

Suthering in concert at Brentor Village Hall

Suthering, meaning ‘the sound of the wind through the trees or wind under a birds wing’, combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall.  A couple in life and in music, the duo have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk.  Julu and Heg are true story-tellers who champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk. Continue reading Suthering in concert at Brentor Village Hall

USO Broadband survey

Full Fibre to the Property Broadband has now arrived in Brentor village. Unfortunately only a relatively small proportion of properties in Brentor are able to make use of this facility, the  majority still need alternative methods with poor speed and/or reliability/cost issues.

In order to encourage OpenReach to complete coverage of the whole of Brentor Parish, over the coming weeks, one of your Parish Councillors will be visiting you with a short list of questions about the availability of broadband in your home and what your broadband requirements may be. The information you provide will be collated and used to try to improve the broadband service to all homes in our Parish. OpenReach have already installed a dedicated fibre from Tavistock to Brentor – we are now working to get OpenReach and/or Airband to extend coverage to the whole of Brentor.

Continue reading USO Broadband survey

Report the Asian hornet!

Vespa velutina, known as the ‘Asian hornet’ or ‘yellow-legged hornet’ is an invasive species from Asia.  If you find one you MUST report it.  The species arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly.  As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause big losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.  We have several beekeepers in Brentor who would appreciate your help in preventing this species from spreading.

Continue reading Report the Asian hornet!

Grants of up to £500 for community wildlife projects

The independent charity Devon Communities Together (DCT) has announced the launch of a new Community Wildlife Grant scheme, which has been developed by the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) to provide small grants of up to £500 to community wildlife projects.

Applications are open to parish and town councils, community groups and community partnerships that wish to fund initiatives that will benefit local wildlife. Continue reading Grants of up to £500 for community wildlife projects

One new Parish Councillor, but another needed!

At their meeting on 18 December 2021 the Parish Council co-opted Jo Pullinger as a parish councillor, to fill Cllr. Chitty’s place following his departure from the Parish Council.

Brentor Parish Council still needs another councillor.
The Parish Council meets once a month,  so if you would like to be more involved in the running of YOUR parish, please contact the clerk,  Caroline Oxenham, at brentorpc@yahoo.co.uk for details.

Ongoing community issues

This website provides a source of information about issues which are of ongoing concern in our village.  They first appear on the home page, but require additional space to do them justice and to provide a timeline of how important matters are progressing.

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)

Click here for information about flooding and surface water management in Brentor