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Meeting Dates for 2022-2023

 

  • 9th May 2022 Annual Meeting of the Council 6:30pm
  • 9th May 2022 Annual Parish Meeting 7:30pm
  • 13th June 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 4th July 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 1st August 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 5th September 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 3rd October 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 7th November 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 5th December 2022 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 6th January 2023 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 6th February 2023 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 6th March 2023 Full Council 7:30pm
  • 3rd April 2023 Full Council 7:30pm
Additional meetings may need to be arranged if urgent planning items arise between meetings. 

 

Neighbourhood Plan

Notice of result

In August 2021 the Neighbourhood Plan was adopted with a majority of just under 95% in favour



 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Welcome to Sourton Parish Council's Community website. We hope you find this a useful source of parish information and news.

Our Parish - The Parish of Sourton is a civil parish in the borough of West Devon. It lies about 4 miles (6.4km) south-west of Okehampton and is at the north-western extremity of Dartmoor National Park, part of which lies within the parish. The northern moor has a particular wild and rugged beauty of its own which is an integral part of Sourton. There is a population of over 400, which is widely dispersed throughout the parish, within the hamlets of Boasley, Thorndon, Bowerland, Week, Lake, Southerley Prewley and Forda. Agriculture is very much at the heart of the community.

St Thomas a Becket Church

Our Village - Sourton lies below Sourton Tors astride the A386. It is therefore within easy reach of Exeter and Plymouth as well as Cornwall and the coast. It has the 14th century church of St Thomas a Becket, a well used Village Hall, and the famous 12th century Highwayman Inn all surrounding the village green, from where there is easy access to the moor.

The village developed to support farming and associated trades including lime production. It also lay on the turnpike road between Okehampton and Tavistock. In the latter part of the 19th century until its closure in the mid 20th century the line of the Southern Railway skirted the village on the moor side.

Activities - The most popular activities within the parish include walking, horse riding and cycling. There are many footpaths and bridleways as well as the open moor. The cycle route known as the 'Granite Way', which forms part of the National Cycle Network, Route 27, skirts the edge of the village in the bed of the old Southern Railway line. Bicycles can be hired from Devon Cycle Hire at Sourton Down. Hang gliding is popular from Sourton Tor and there are several locations for fishing in the surrounding area.

There is an active church community, an annual produce show as well as various activities that take place in Sourton Hall.

Schools - An excellent pre-school, Treetops, in the neighbouring parish of Bridestowe also serves Sourton and Lydford. This also provides breakfast and after school clubs. Primary school children attend Boasley or Bridestowe Schools which feed into Okehampton and Tavistock Colleges.

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Sourton Parish Council are proud to be part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities on June 2, 2022

Sourton Parish Council has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2, 2022.

The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.

The Beacon will be lit at Sourton Village Hall, and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “ Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“ For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglets and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”

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Cllr S Eberle said; “ We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and Associated Activities have been conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.

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For more information or interviews please contact Parish Clerk Abi Horn parishclerk@sourtonpc.org.uk 01837861120

 

 

 

 

News

 

Community Transport Newsletter  75

 

100 Club

Thank you for your support which is a great help to ensure our scheme can continue to offer as many people as possible the services they require. Last year we raised £1622 for our funds. You may receive a written or telephone reminder when it is time for you to renew.

Congratulations to the winners of our recent draws – You can join the 100 Club at any time during the year, just send a cheque, payable to ODCTG for £12 to us at the address below or you can pay by BACS or Standing Order NatWest Okehampton Sort Code 54-21-14 Account No. 22127879 ODCTG

February March

1st Keith Hambley, Okehampton Sheila Pearce, Okehampton

2nd Philip Hawking, South Zeal Stella Lawry, Beaworthy

3rd Audrey Richardson, Okehampton Derek & Marie Hatten, Okehampton

Trips

We know that you have been enjoying the trips now that we are able to travel again and have tried to incorporate some of your requests. Please ring the office to book.

May 7th Bernaville Garden Centre

May 14th Exmouth

May 21st Lifton Farm Shop & Launceston Retail Park

May 28th Paignton Zoo

June 4th No Trip – Platinum Jubilee

June 11th IKEA, Exeter

June 18th Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

June 25th Dunelm & Green Lanes, Barnstaple

Thanks to us being successful in accessing a grant, the cost of the trips will again be subsidised, £10 for Okehampton and along the route. We may be able to include pick up from other areas if there is enough demand for an extra £2. We will be adding some weekday trips in the future. Please be ready for collection from 9am to ensure the driver is not held up. Please let us know if you need to cancel a trip, don’t wait until we ring you the day before with the pick up time as we have already worked out our route and rung other passengers. Thank you. If you have any suggestions of places you would like us to include then let us know and we will try and include them.

Community Car Bookings

PLEASE ring and request your transport for hospital appointments as soon as you receive notification, we are having to disappoint more clients as we have not been given enough time to find an available volunteer. You can ring and leave a message on the answerphone during the late afternoon/evening which then gives us a chance to work on it early in the morning when we return to the office. PLEASE DO NOT ring volunteer drivers direct, their numbers are only provided to you on your appointment day for collection following your appointment.

Office

We are sad to inform you that Liz has decided after 12 years, to retire at the end of May although she has kindly agreed to continue to support us by helping with our fundraising events and car boot sales. We are currently recruiting and hope to find a suitable replacement soon. We know that you will join us in wishing her well and will miss her friendly voice on the end of the phone (even though most people are unable to tell our voices apart, we do answer to Sue or Liz!)

Liz would like to invite you to join her at the Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton on Saturday 4th June from 1pm – 6pm for a Cream Tea, this is to celebrate her 60th birthday, she requests no presents but is asking for a donation for Hospiscare.

Rotary Fair

We will be attending this event in Simmons Park, Okehampton on Sunday 5th June from 11am to 5pm which is part of the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Please come along and say hello.

Drivers

We are always looking for more volunteers and would particularly like to find someone in the Chagford/Throwleigh/Whiddon Down area and also Lewdown as we are having to send our drivers long distances to enable these journeys to take place.

Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent event, we raised £470.68 including extra donations. Special thanks to Annie and Minnow in the kitchen, our independent stallholders and our helpers including Vera Bray and Abi Westlake, Ann Warren, Graham Harding, Lindsey Harrison and Tom Bowden.

Good Grief Café

This takes place every Wednesday from 11am – 12.30 at Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton.

Goods

Please remember us if you are having a clear out, we are still accepting goods for sale for when we can attend more car boot sales etc. No clothing, no hardback books please. We do accept electrical items, paperback books, bric-a-brac, jigsaws, pictures etc.

Wheelchairs

We have wheelchairs available for hire or sale in our office. Please speak to us if you would like more information.

LocalGiving

We have set up a local giving page to raise funds towards our services, the link is http://www.localgiving.org/Okehampton if you would like to look at our story.

Legacy

If you have had good service, please remember us in your will. Thank you.

Registered Charity No. 1024617

Sue & Liz, ODCTG, Unit 3 Okehampton Business Park, Higher Stockley Mead, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1FJ 01837 55000 sue.odctg@btinternet.com www.odctg.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Okehampton-District-Community-Transport-Group-165867586926940

Out of hours emergency mobile no. 07484525577

Office Hours – Monday to Friday 08.30 – 16.00

 

 Stage Coach Timetable Update

Please find below an extensive list of changes to bus services operated by Stagecoach Devon from their Exeter Depot. The changes take effect on Sunday 10th April 2022. The list of changes includes details of a range of Exeter Night Buses operating throughout the City on Friday and Saturday nights into the early hours of the morning. These services will start on Friday 15 April 2022. Stagecoach will be operating these services with a “ring fenced” crew of drivers which will ensure reliability and not impact on the running of existing services. There will be a full press release towards the end of this month regarding the Exeter Night Bus Services.

Service A (Alphington - Thornpark Rise via City Centre)

  • There are changes to the evening timetable on each day of operation. The frequency will remain every 30 minutes with journeys between Thornpark Rise and Alphington via the City Centre. Journeys between Alphington and Thornpark Rise will be split in the City Centre, with buses running from Alphington to Sidwell Street and High Street to Thornpark Rise.
  • Saturday morning frequency before 0830 is unchanged, however, some timing changes are made. 0603 Saturday journey from Heavitree will be withdrawn.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400. All journeys will operate as through journeys between Alphington and Thornpark Rise in both directions.

Service B (Exeter - Exminster)

  • Monday to Friday early evening journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride will be replaced by a 60 minute frequency between Bus Station and Exminster, providing a combined 30 minute frequency with Service 2.
  • Saturday early evening journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride to be replaced by a 60 minute frequency between Bus Station and Exminster, providing a combined 30 minute frequency with Service 2.
  • 0629 Monday to Friday journey from Bus Station and 0653 Monday to Friday (Service 2B) journey from Matford Park and Ride will be merged into one through journey.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride to be withdrawn, however, there will continue to be journeys between Bus Station and Exminster every 60 minutes.
  • Monday to Friday and Saturday departure times are amended to provide an even headway with Service 2 over the common section of route.

Service E1/E2 (City Centre – Exwick)

  • Monday to Friday morning school day variations to operate in school holidays, removing the need for timetable variations.
  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency.
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency.
  • Daily evening journeys will terminate at High Street, as opposed to Odeon, however, passengers can remain on the vehicle, which will continue to Sidwell Street as Service A.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday & Saturday night bus on the E1 which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400, with the route amended from Sidwell Street to operate via RD&E Hospital.

Service F1/F2 (City Centre – Beacon Heath)

  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, between approximately 1030 and 1730.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday early morning journeys before 1000 will not serve Union Road on Service F2.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.
  • Daily evening journeys will terminate at Odeon, as opposed to Sidwell Street, however, passengers can remain on the vehicle, which will continue to Sidwell Street as Service E1/E2.

Service H/H1/H2 (West Garth Road / Exeter St David’s – RD&E Hospital)

  • Monday to Friday Service H journeys between Exeter St David’s and RD&E Hospital will be withdrawn.
  • Services H1/H2 will continue to provide a combined 30 minute frequency, with other services also serving RD&E Hospital and Barrack Road.
  • Monday to Friday morning peak journeys are re-timed.

Service I (City Centre – Digby)

  • Monday to Friday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Saturday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service J (City Centre – Digby)

  • Monday to Friday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Saturday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service L (City Centre – Pinhoe)

  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes, with journeys between Pinhoe and South Street in the City Centre withdrawn.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service K (City Centre – Whipton – Science Park)

  • Monday to Friday morning school day variations to operate in school holidays to remove the need for timetable variations.
  • Monday to Friday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Saturday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Service T (City Centre – Topsham Quay)

  • All evening journeys will be withdrawn, however, the majority of passengers will be able to use Services I/J as alternatives.

Service X (Whipton – Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys are withdrawn.

Service Y (Alphington – Matford Park & Ride via Exwick and City Centre)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday.
  • Monday to Friday and Saturday journeys will start at Broadway, as opposed to Alphington.

Service Z (Exminster – Matford Park & Ride via Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Monday to Friday and Saturday journeys will benefit from additional running time.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys are withdrawn.

Service Red (City Centre – Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes, with the hours curtailed to approximately 0845 until 1830.

Service 2 (Exeter – Newton Abbot via Dawlish)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday short working journeys between Exeter and Dawlish will be withdrawn, making the frequency every 60 minutes between Exeter and Newton Abbot via Dawlish.
  • Services B and 2 will provide a combined 30 minute frequency on Sunday and Public Holidays between Exeter and Exminster.
  • Exeter based vehicles to be transferred to Newton Abbot, with timetable amended accordingly.
  • There are minor changes to the timetable on all days of operation.

Service 6/6A (Exeter – Bude via Okehampton)

  • Service 6 1100 Monday to Friday and Saturday journey from Bude is re-timed to improve punctuality.
  • Service 6A 0603 Monday to Friday journey from Bude to Okehampton is advanced to 0558 to allow additional running time and to improve connections.

Service 9/9A (Exeter – Honiton / Lyme Regis via Sidmouth)

  • Service 9/9A will no longer serve Greendale Vaccination Centre. The Service 56 will provide an alternative with a 2 hour frequency running between Exeter & Exmouth.
  • A small number of early evening departures from Exeter are withdrawn.

Service 39 (Exeter – Newton Abbot via Bovey Tracey)

  • 1950 Monday to Saturday journey from Newton Abbot to Exeter is withdrawn.
  • 2305 Monday to Saturday journey from Exeter to Newton Abbot is withdrawn.
  • 0015 Monday to Saturday journey from Newton Abbot to Exeter is withdrawn.

Service 95 (Exmouth – Sandy Bay)

  • Service re-instated for the summer season, operating every 30 minutes daily between approximately 0800 and 2200 (every 60 minutes after 1700).
  • There are some minor changes to the timetable to provide additional early evening journeys.
  • There is a minor change to the route, where the TSB Bank bus stop on Victoria Road to avoid congestion issues.

Service 222 (Dawlish Warren – Teignmouth)

  • Service re-instated for the summer season, operating every 60 minutes daily between approximately 0900 and 1700.
  • There is a minor change to the timetable compared to the 2021 season.

Service X38 (Exeter - Plymouth via Totnes)

  • 1820 Monday to Saturday journey from Exeter to South Brent will be extended through to Plymouth.
  • 1922 Monday to Saturday journey from South Brent to Exeter.

 

Bridestowe & Sourton Extra
By Martin & Alison Young.

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