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Brentor surely must be one of the best places to see the night sky! The CPRE organise an annual Star Count which takes place between 26 February and 6 March. With your help, it enables them to identify where light pollution is a problem and where the darkest skies across the country are. Continue reading Annual Star Count→
At their meeting on 18 December 2021 Brentor Parish Council gave the Village Hall and Playing Field Committee a grant of £250 towards events planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. Officially, the Platinum Jubilee begins on Thursday, June 2, and extends to Sunday, June 5 2022. Further details of the plans for the celebration will be published when available from the Village Hall and Playing Field Committee.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone came into force across Great Britain on the 3 November 2021, and in Northern Ireland on the 17 November 2021. This was extended to include housing measures across the UK on the 29 November 2021.
These measures mean that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep their birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.
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 email@example.com for details.
The Carols by Candlelight event at the Brentor Playing field was a “first” for the BVH&PF and it was a magical evening! The Committee and the Edge Singers were kept on tenterhooks until the last minute with regards to the weather but we were lucky.
Our Mistletoe Fair held on Saturday 27th November was a departure from our usual annual event. Short and sweet but none the less successful. Our plans had to take account of Covid guidance and although we intended to put a marquee up outside to provide more space Storm Arwen put paid to that! Continue reading Brentor Mistletoe Fair 2021 update→
The last printed issue of Brentor News has been delivered to residents’ doors. It comes with an extra separate page to mark this change. From January all the news and information found in Brentor News will be here on our village website, along with the more in-depth items you are used to seeing here.
This website is regularly updated, so you’ll hear about events and all the latest news as soon as it’s available, just dip in as often as you like!
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West Blackdown residents are now connected to Brentor’s new digital broadband network and further connections to Station View and the village centre are underway. There will still be areas of the village centre that have no fibre connection, such as the Darke Lane area where residents have been given enormously high quotes for connection under the government’s Universal Service Obligation scheme. Houses near Bearwood farm are also not being connected at the present time.
Will Walker-Smith writes………. The bracken is now disappearing back into the ground and as it does the contours reveal the old mine workings that cover Bowden Down. Some areas are obviously old spoil heaps, the pits were where ochre was mined and the fenced areas are formerly shafts or adits. The mining ceased many years ago as it was not profitable and grew on the back of the fabulously successful Hogs Tor Manganese mines in Chillaton.Continue reading A view from Brentor Commons→
The Government is intending to introduce changes to the rules for mobile phone mast planning consent in the very near future.
If you are in one of the many houses in Brentor with no mobile coverage then please call your mobile provider and register a complaint regarding your lack of coverage. If there are sufficient complaints then we should be prioritised for a new mast(s) to provide coverage.
A local resident has written to Dartmoor National Park Authority Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Bishop, about the proposed railway reinstatement. His reply can be seen by clicking the image on the right. Let’s hope that Dr Bishop goes on to represent the views of National Park residents as well as the Park itself!
Some time ago West Devon Borough Council announced that it would be applying for planning permission to provide five affordable rented homes and four shared ownership homes at Hammer Park. The change from providing some discounted homes to shared ownership was apparently to enable the Council to apply for government funding towards the project. However, months on, no further progress has been announced.
This year, with so much disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Devon County Council has decided not to publish a paper timetable with a short shelf-life. Travellers will have to rely on an on-line version for the time being. Most services are now operating normally but any exceptions to this are indicated in the timetable.
Brentor’s Village Hall and Playing Field Committee has been looking for ideas on how to move forward with rebuilding the main hall of the Village Hall, but the pandemic has put their plans on hold. The Village Hall and Playing Field is a registered charity, whose duty is to run the Village Hall and Playing Field for the benefit of our community.Continue reading Village Hall rebuild put on hold but will be revived→
We have probably all been asked “where is xxxxxx” by a visitor or van driver. With more than 200 properties in the parish it’s hard to know where they all are, especially since many of our lanes also have no names. This is especially difficult in these times where so many more deliveries are being made to houses during the pandemic.Continue reading House locator→
This section of the website provides a source of information about issues which are of ongoing concern to our village. Often these issues first appear on this home page, but require additional space to do them justice. This also provides a timeline of how the matters are progressing.