Category Archives: Community

Playing Field news – New shelter celebration postponed for a week

The Brentor Playing Field rejuvenation project is moving forward.

The new shelter

The new shelter building is being installed and will now be ready by 16th November, a week later than expected,  so please keep your dogs on a lead in the field and keep away from the construction work.

You are invited to join the Village Hall and Playing Field Committee to celebrate on SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.  PLEASE NOTE THIS NEW DATE, A WEEK LATER THAN EXPECTED!
Hot and cold refreshments will be provided to say thank you for all your support.  So come and see the new shelter and hear our proposals for the other facilities.  The Committee would love to see you and hear what you think of their future plans for the Playing Field.

Several grant applications are in progress to help with the cost of the shelter, the toilet and seating/picnic benches.  Updates on the progress of these applications will be posted in the Village Hall and on this website.
If you want more information, or can help in any way, please contact Clare Percival on 810322

Parish Council grants to local organisations – apply now!

As in previous years the Parish Council will consider including a sum within its budget for supporting local organisations.  If your organisation is thinking of asking the Parish Council for a grant then please contact the Parish Clerk by the 30th November with the following information.
– Purpose for which a grant is required.
– Budgeted income and expenditure for the current financial year.
– Report on the use of any previous Parish Council grant.

Parish Clerk, Mrs Caroline Oxenham
1 Abbotsfield Crescent, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8EY
Tel: 01822 481415 or 07846 573678 (Monday to Friday),

Brentor in 1939

Len and Sheila Prouse’s wedding. From left: Vida G Prouse (née Bray), William R O Prouse, Joan Carpenter, Anthony Prouse, Leonard Prouse, Sheila Prouse (née Carpenter), Mr. Carpenter, Muriel Carpenter and Mrs. Carpenter.

Irene Cradick, a member of the Brentor Living Archive Group, has done even more painstaking and detailed work by compiling a record of the residents of Brentor from  a register of the residents taken in 1939.

The declaration of war on 3 September 1939 was quickly followed by The 1939 Registration Act, which created a 40 million entry record of the population of Great Britain, in preparation for war. Taken on 29 September 1939, the register, which includes the addresses, names, dates of birth, marital status and occupations of most people, was used to produce identity cards, for the issue of ration books, conscription into the armed forces and to monitor and control the movement of the population caused by military mobilisation and mass evacuation.  After the war it was used as the foundation for the Central Register of the NHS and was updated, including name changes, until 1991.

This record gives us a snapshot of who was living where and with whom and doing what in Brentor on that night 80 years ago, though records of some individuals are closed, until they are known to be deceased.  Irene has been researching village residents for Brentor 1939, a companion project to Brentor People in 1911, which is also available in the Brentor Village website’s ‘About Brentor’ history section.

Click here to go to the Brentor: September 1939 page

Irene has now also updated her 1911 researchto incorporate additional material contributed by a number of Brentor people, for which she is very grateful.

Click here to see the updated 1911 page

Please do not hesitate to contact Irene if you have more information, corrections or if you think she can help you in any way – email .


Community Housing latest

Brentor Parish Council released the following statement on 18th July 2019:


Figures have now been collated from the Housing Needs Survey conducted in July 2018 and the 2 public presentation days.  

The presentations were very well attended and figures show that the development is oversubscribed by local people who will be eligible to live there.

The latest data indicates a need for 11 affordable homes and 6 open market homes, which meet the criteria for an affordable development as required by WDBC and DNPA.  The planned development remains fixed at 12 properties.

Further progress has been slightly delayed due to the recent elections, but it is understood that the plans will be submitted to DNPA shortly with a planning decision expected in September.  Construction should then commence late Autumn or early next year.

 Further information will be published as and when it is received.

Do you have memories of the Brentor Inn?

Harvest Festival at the Brentor Inn, 1970

There are many people in Brentor who remember happy times in the Brentor Inn when it was open – a real meeting place for the community.  Do you have any photographs that could be made into a gallery about the pub on this website?  Here’s a good one as a starter…….

The Brentor Inn (named Brentor Hotel) in its heyday
Sale poster of the Herrings Inn, 1838

Did you know that the Brentor Inn used to be called The Herrings Arms – no doubt because for many years the Herring family owned Langstone and local land, including some alongside Burn Lane.

What a shame that Brentor no longer has a pub that is open.  Back in May 2005 Brentor News carried the following article:-

‘ Brentor Inn Update
The new owners of the Brentor Inn – Cynthia and Dudley Smith, daughter Emma Harcourt- Smith and partner Andy Stone – are hoping to open by Christmas.  Since buying The Brentor Inn last June, they have needed several re-thinks on structure, design and layout but now feel they have an achievable scheme and “will be applying for planning permission for the changes within the next two weeks”.
Changes will include a new kitchen, toilets and a cellar. The intention is to open initially as a pub with a range of beers and simple but goodbar food. The function room will open later – hopefully with restaurant facilities.
Sharp-eyed passers-by will have noticed the recent appearance in the car park of a JCB, which has been purchased for the construction. The family has engineering experience in varying forms – which should help.
We are happy to report that they all categorically deny any rumours about applying for change of use! ‘

We need your contributions!

Painted Lady butterfly in West Blackdown, August 2019

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 .

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 . 

Click here to go to the Recipe Book page