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If you have any problems finding what you need please call Colin Dawes, the general editor, for more help on 811079.

Brentor fete and produce show

Brentor’s fete and produce show will be held on Saturday 25 June 2022.  The craft marquee needs stalls, so book yours in advance and please tell your friends if they are artists or craftspeople.

More details to follow.

Annual Star Count

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

£250 for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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.

Bird flu prevention measures

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.

Click here to go to the government website to see full details.

One new Parish Councillor, but more needed!

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 brentorpc@yahoo.co.uk for details.

Farewell to the printed Brentor News

December 2021 Brentor News

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.

Brentor News farewell insert


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!

You can see the archive of past editions of Brentor news by clicking here.

Continue reading Farewell to the printed Brentor News

At last – progress on Brentor’s fibre broadband project

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.

Continue reading At last – progress on Brentor’s fibre broadband project

Find help in West Devon when you need it

Don’t deal with it alone – Find help in West Devon when you need it.  West Devon Borough Council has launched a new online support directory to signpost local people to get help this winter.

The directory at www.westdevon.gov.uk/support-directory provides essential information and contact details for a wide range of support available across the borough from the Council and other groups. Continue reading Find help in West Devon when you need it

A view from Brentor Commons

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

Help improve mobile phone coverage

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.

Continue reading Help improve mobile phone coverage

Affordable housing for Brentor – huge financial commitment by West Devon Borough Council

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 ParkThe 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.

Continue reading Affordable housing for Brentor – huge financial commitment by West Devon Borough Council

Sign up to receive Brentor event reminders by email

How often do you think ‘I wish I had remembered to go to that!’?
If you sign up for this free village event reminder service that won’t happen again.
For many village events or activities you will receive an email reminder during the week before the event.
Occasionally events are put on at short notice and may only be advertised by this service.
In emergency situations, such as heavy snow falls, e-robins may be used to send out emergency information.  This service is never used to advertise commercial services or non-charitable events.
To get this free service just send your email and address to info@brentorvillage.org .

Village Hall rebuild put on hold but will be revived

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

House locator

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

Ongoing community issues

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.

Click here for information about Broadband provision for Brentor

Click here for information about Local Needs Housing provision in Brentor

Click here for information about the possible new railway line through Brentor (part of the Dawlish alternative route)