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Added on Wednesday 21st Feb 2024

Logo design competition

Logo design competition

Are you a budding designer?

Chagford Parish Council would like a local resident to design a new logo to promote it’s work.

The chosen logo will be used to promote the council across social media, events posters and newsletters.

Please send all questions and a copy of your original design to clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk

All ages welcome!

Closing date 31st March 2024

A prize will be awarded to the chosen winner.

Added on Friday 16th Feb 2024

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

Devon County Council have published a list of funding and opportunities for residents.

The link below will go to the list of funding categories and from there you can drill down into the category you are interested in:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/fundingnews

Added on Tuesday 16th Jan 2024

Energy Saving Week 2024

Energy Saving Week 2024

Tips to reduce energy usage

1. Install low energy light bulbs
2. Always turn taps off
3. Switch off lights when leaving the room
4. Close and tuck in curtains to keep in the heat
5. Take showers, not baths
6. Keep showers to 4 minutes
7. Wash laundry at 30 degrees
8. Unplug appliances when not in use
9. Draught proof gaps
10. Don't overfill the kettle

Added on Tuesday 9th Jan 2024

Parish Council News January 2024

Parish Council News January 2024

The aim of this Parish Council newsletter is to let you know more about what we are doing. We aim to produce a newsletter every 2-3 months. First, a reminder that you are always welcome to attend our regular monthly meetings, held in Endecott House on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7.30pm. And please do keep an eye on the website where you can see who we are – and our photos, as well as latest updates.

We will post this newsletter on the PC notice board, as well as on Facebook. If you would like to receive a regular copy by email please contact Ruth the clerk with your email address clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk

What have we been doing?

  • Since the local elections in May we have been learning to work together as a team. Our 5 new councillors have been settling into their roles, bringing lots of enthusiasm and new knowledge, and learning how the council works, and our new clerk, Ruth Wright, is picking up the reins of her new role.
  • As I’m sure you are all aware, the new car park at Bellacouch is still not open – but this is not through want of trying. Lots of activity has been going on behind the scenes and we are now just waiting for Devon Highways to finish their signage, to complete the legal business of handover from CG Fry, and to install ticket machines.
  • We have been transferring our financial records onto a special online system designed for Parish Councils to make our accounting more efficient and transparent. Our finances are currently on track to stay within budget for the year, and we have some savings ear-marked for a new graveyard in the future.
  • We are working closely with Jane Elliott who is our new West Devon Borough Councillor (Green Party) and regularly comes to our meetings.

New Climate Crisis Working group

  • The climate and ecological emergency means we have set up a new working group. We have held a series of 3 free public talks about our energy use, our energy bills, and how to make our homes more efficient and comfortable.
  • In the New Year we plan to train some volunteers to act as Community Energy Champions. The aim is to help individual households understand more about their home energy use, how to insulate their houses and reduce heating costs, and how to apply for any grants they may be eligible for.
  • On Saturday February 3rd there will be a coffee morning in Endecott House to find out more about this and come and talk about possible ideas to help with your energy use and home insulation with Kate Royston from Tamar Energy Community. Put the date in your diary!
  • If you are interested in doing the Community Energy Training (which should be really interesting and useful) please contact councillors Frances Everson or Jill Millar.
  • We also hope to link with West Devon Borough Council and establish a group of local ‘Wildlife Wardens’ to help understand and increase biodiversity. All Parish Councils are now legally required to have a policy for protecting and increasing biodiversity and we have recently adopted our policy.

Update on Grants available for Chagford Parishioners

  • Chagford Community Trust (which has been very involved with the Bellacouch Development and owns the business units there) has just started to give their first round of grants for community projects. See their website for further details https://chagfordcommunitytrust.org.uk/
  • Chagford Show also has a community fund and donates a percentage of its profits to local community activities and organisations.
    They prefer to support applications from:
    • Organisations that have a wide impact on the local community and the individuals in it.
    • Organisations that present a well-documented need for a particular project.
    • Charitable organizations which in themselves help others in the community.
    • Organisations which demonstrate that the funding for which they are applying will have a long-term effect

    Applicants need to apply in writing with full details of their request, to the Secretary at:
    via Email: chagfordshow@gmail.com (preferably)
    Or by post at 42 The Square, Chagford TQ13 8AH
    Note that the deadline is 31st January 2024

  • The Parish Council gives out a number of grants every year – so far this year we have given grants to:

    • The swimming pool
    • The business community for Xmas late night shopping
    • The Conservation group
    • The Bowling club for some equipment
    • The netball team for new T-shirts
    • The film festival

Additional Thoughts

Litter bins in the skateboard park have been emptied up till now by Parish Councillors, which is a bit of a safety and hygiene hazard as they are not being properly used. We intend to remove them, and instead to have a sign saying ‘please take your litter home’.

The Borough Council (who organise emptying of public bins) do not recycle rubbish in public bins, and there is a significant cost to emptying which would increase our council tax. We also do not intend to have litter bins in the new Bellacouch car park, but again to have a sign asking people to take their litter home.

Feedback please

Please feel free to give us feedback on our newsletter clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk and let us know what else you would like us to tell you about.

Jill Millar

jill.millar@chagford-parish.co.uk

(chair)

Added on Friday 17th Nov 2023

Tender for Tree Work

Tender for Tree Work Tenders are being sought to cut down, cut back and tidy the trees hanging over the Bellacouch Carpark, Chagford. It is anticipated the work, alongside a general tidy of the area, will involve:
  • Removal of 1 leylandii
  • Removal of 1 dead cherry tree
  • Lime tree to be tidied to height of street lamp
  • Removal of ivy growing around Sycamore tree

Details of the specification can be obtained from the Parish Clerk: Ruth Wright 07720780278 or e-mail clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk

A member of the Council will be available to walk around the area with you and explain what needs to be done. Please contact the Clerk to make arrangements.

Tenders should be submitted by midday on Friday 8th December 2023, addressed to the Clerk at Meldon View, Mill Street, Chagford TQ13 8AR.

Within your tender please include:

Relevant qualifications

Relevant commitment to Health and Safety Issues

Relevant risk assessments required to carry out the tender.

Relevant insurance details

Planned time span required for the work (with an understanding that owners of cars parked directly next to the trees will need notice to move their cars)

Cost of the work

Please submit your tender in a sealed envelope with ‘tender’ clearly written on the outside of the envelope in order that all tenders may be opened and considered at the same time.

Added on Friday 17th Nov 2023

Tender for Handyman

Tender for Handyman

Tenders are being sought for a handyman/odd job person to fulfil jobs as they arise within Chagford Parish. Work carried out will be paid at an hourly rate. Jobs will vary but currently include:

  • Mending of guttering above 1 Market House
  • Fixing of a baby changing unit in the Female toilets in the Market House
  • Fixing a new notice board to the wall outside the Birdcage Café

Details of the specification can be obtained from the Parish Clerk: Ruth Wright 07720780278 or e-mail clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk

A member of the Council will be available to walk around the area with you and explain what needs to be done. Please contact the Clerk arrange this.

Tenders should be submitted by midday on Friday 7th December 2023, addressed to the Clerk at Meldon View, Mill Street, Chagford TQ13 8AR.

Within your tender please include:

Relevant qualifications and experience

Relevant commitment to Health and Safety Issues

Relevant risk assessments required to carry out the jobs mentioned above

Relevant insurance details

The time frame you realistically expect to be able to attend to a job

Hourly rate

Please submit your tender in a sealed envelope with ‘Handyman tender’ clearly written on the outside of the envelope in order that all tenders may be opened and considered at the same time.

Added on Monday 3rd Apr 2023

Coronation of King Charles III

Coronation of King Charles III

CHAGFORD PARISH CELEBRATES

Sunday 7th May

Chagford Parish Council invites all the Parishioners to Lunch on the Jubilee Field at 12.30 p.m.

Please bring you own cutlery, chairs and picnic rug

Following Lunch

There will be a presentation of Coronation Mugs to all Parishioners under 16 years of age on the 1st September 2022

Monday 8th May

Celebrate the work of all the Community Volunteers

Bring your picnic to share on the grounds of Chagford House, between 12 noon and 4.00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

Added on Sunday 2nd Apr 2023

Parish Assembly

Parish Assembly

The Annual Chagford Parish Assembly will take place on Thursday 20th April 2023 in Endecott House at 7:30pm.

Everyone is welcome

The Parish Meeting by law may discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual Parish Assembly held on Thursday 21st April 2022
  3. To receive a report from:
  • Dr. Kevin Bishop, Dartmoor National Park Authority
  • David Lohfink, CG Fry and Son
  • Neil Loden, Chagford Church and Churchyard Trust
  • Chagford Combined Charity
  • The Providence School Charity

4. To receive the following Financial Statements

  • The Audited Accounts of the Parish Council from 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022
  • The Financial Statement of the Parish Council from 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023

5. To receive The Annual Report of the Parish Council – Chairman Cllr: Gay Hill

6. To receive the DCC report from Cllr: James McInnes

7. To receive the WDBC report from Cllr: Nicky Heyworth

8. Business Brought forward at the Chairman’s discretion

Parishioners who wish to submit questions to be presented at the meeting must do so before Friday 14th April 2023 at 12 noon

clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk or to Tattenham, Easton, Chagford TQ13 8DQ

Added on Friday 13th May 2022

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

CHAGFORD PARISH COUNCIL PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

THE CELEBRATIONS INCLUDE ALL CHAGFORD PARISHIONERS

Thursday 2nd June

Beacon on Meldon Hill to be lit at 9.45 pm.

Light Refreshments will be available.

Meet in the Square at 8.45 p.m. to walk up to the top of Meldon

Friday 3rd June

Cream Tea in Endecott House.

Everyone welcome.

3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Saturday 4th June

Coffee Morning in Endecott House plus a raffle.

10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.

Sunday 5th June

Chagford Parish Council are holding a Picnic in the Jubilee Park for everyone at 1.30 p.m.

Please bring your own cutlery and crockery plus your picnic rug or chair. Picnic lunch will be provided and drinks will be available.

All contributions will be welcome and please bring food if you have a special diet.

Following lunch, Jubilee Medallions will be presented to all parishioners under the age of 16 on 1st September 2021.

Added on Tuesday 15th Mar 2022

Get Faster Broadband

Get Faster Broadband

The Government has said that everyone should have ‘decent’ broadband. They brought into force legislation that gives eligible UK addresses the right to request a ‘decent and affordable’ broadband connection through the BT Universal Service Obligation Scheme. The Government will contribute £3,400 per premise for fibre – irrespective of whether the premise is residential or a business.

A decent connection is defined as one that can deliver a download speed of at least 10Mbps and an upload speed of at least 1Mbps. Affordable means it doesn’t cost more than £46.40 a month.

While your fixed line broadband may have a connection speed of less than 10Mbps, if you are able to get fixed wireless or mobile broadband then you are unlikely to be eligible.

If you think you may be eligible then please use the contact form to register your interest.

Whilst the above really only applies to premises in remote locations the Government has also set a minimum target of 85% gigabit coverage by 2025. (Gigabit means 1000Mb download speeds!). In reality this means towns and cities.

However, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has been set up to help achieve superfast broadband speeds for the rural areas of Devon and Somerset which are outside of the 85% coverage. There may be grants available for premises where the download speed is less than 30Mb. These are typically for a group of premises or businesses banding together to create a community scheme.

Please get in touch with us if you want faster broadband - we need to assess the demand and the larger the groups of premises the more likely it is that a community scheme will be funded.

Added on Friday 4th Feb 2022

Councillor Vacancy

A vacancy exists on the Parish Council, due to a recent resignation, which is to be filled by co-option. The term of office will run until May 2023 when there will be Parish Council Elections.

Councillor Vacancy

If you would like to serve as a Councillor please apply, in writing to the Clerk, Tattenham, Chagford TQ13 8DQ or by email, clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk, providing brief background details and stating why you would like to join the Council by Monday 21st February 2022.

To qualify, a person must be a British subject, aged over 18 years old and be on the electoral role, must reside in, or within 3 miles of, the Chagford Parish boundary or occupy as owner or tenant any land or premises therein, or have their principal or only place of work there, and must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

If you require further information, please contact the Clerk to the Council, clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk or the Chairman, chairman@chagford-parish.co.uk or use the contact form on this website.

Date 4th February 2022

Signed S. Curtis

Added on Friday 3rd Dec 2021

Christmas Waste Collections

West Devon Borough Council waste and recycling collections over Christmas 2021

Christmas Waste Collections

For information on what items can and can't be recycled see the West Devon Borough Council Recycle Christmas page.

Please note:

If you subscribe to the garden waste service, you can put your real Christmas Tree out for recycling alongside your green sacks between 10 January and 21 January 2022.

It's now even easier to recycle your food waste, as you can line your caddy with any bag or liner such as salad bags, cereal bags, bread bags or carrier bags.

Unfortunately we can't recycle cards containing glitter or plastics, or any wrapping paper.

Added on Thursday 11th Nov 2021

Consultation Follow up

Thank you to everyone who spared the time to drop into the Consultation and write their comments.

Consultation Follow up

The full report will be given at the Annual Parish Assembly in April 2022

In the meantime, all the comments will be reviewed and considered alongside the topics.

There will be small groups of Councillors and Parishioners who will explore the ways that everything can move forward.

The 20mph will require working with Highways and Devon County Council in order to reach a conclusion which is suitable for all concerned.

The Bike Stands and the reordering of the Square will need to look at insurance liability, who will pay, who will maintain and take responsibility for the projects, so there is a lot to consider.

It is evident that the Parishioners would like a Burial Ground including Woodland Burial, Natural Burial and Cremation. Initially it will be important to work with members of the Church as a suitable piece of land is difficult to find.

If you would like to be part of one of the groups, please contact the Clerk (clerk@chagford-parish.co.uk)

Clerk

Ruth Wright
Meldon View
Mill Street
Chagford
TQ13 8AR
07399 815164