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15 November 2021

Household support fund

West Devon residents experiencing financial hardship can now get help with paying essential bills through the Government’s new Household Support Fund.

For more information and to apply to the Household Support Fund click here.

What is the Household Support Fund?


The new Household Support Fund is designed to provide rapid short-term financial support for people who don’t have enough money to buy essentials like food or pay for heating. Anyone over 16 years old in West Devon could be eligible, but you will need to confirm that your need is genuine.

These grants aim to help people to meet daily needs such as food, clothing and utility bills. Payments will be made directly into your bank account. Residents without a bank account should contact us.

Support for local people

Cllr Leech

Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council Lead Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing said: “The winter months are hard and the sad fact is that, even in 2021, many people struggle day-to-day to pay their essential bills. As the temperatures plunge, fuel costs rise and many people may struggle with cash flow.

“The Household Support Fund is a national scheme that we’re delivering here in West Devon to give money to our residents who are most in need.

“As well as money to get you out of a short-term financial crisis, we also can help you to access other support. For example, we can help you to get help to improve your homes energy efficiency to reduce bills. To apply for Household Support Fund help or to find other support, please go to our website or call 01822 813600.”

Other help available


As well as being the place to apply for Household Support Fund money, there are other ways the Council can help local people in crisis situations.

This includes help with making adaptations to your home to help you to live independently, support for people threatened with homelessness or struggling to pay their rent, and help to reduce energy costs.

The Council also works closely with a number of other agencies that provide more specific support and can help signpost residents to access all the help available. For more support and useful contacts for help, please click here. 

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 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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