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Test cycle race in Brentor on Sunday 6 June

British Cycling has been advised by the Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that they may soon be able to return to cycle road racing and they have requested that the organisation runs test events throughout the country. 

Brentor has been selected as the venue for the test event in the South West.  It is planned for Sunday 6th June on a six mile course based around a triangle of roads adjacent to Brentor Church. Continue reading Test cycle race in Brentor on Sunday 6 June

Mobile phone coverage in Brentor

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.

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Could a main line railway be coming through Brentor?

Recently there has been a lot of renewed interest in the reinstatement of the railway line between Tavistock and Okehampton, as part of a main line ‘northern route’ from Plymouth to Exeter and beyond.  This has been generated by a lobby group calling themselves the ‘Northern Route Working Group’, who have been lobbying local MPs, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Heart of the South West LEP, Devon County Council, Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce, Visit Cornwall, Plymouth University, Peninsula Rail Group, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce and GWR, amongst others.  All seem broadly supportive of the scheme.  Apparently Geoffrey Cox, our local MP, leads support for the scheme among south-west MPs. Continue reading Could a main line railway be coming through Brentor?

We’ve done it! Much of Brentor village centre to get free superfast broadband connection

Not only West Blackdown homes but also up to 31 homes in Brentor village centre will definitely be getting access to a new fibre broadband network being built by Openreach.  West Blackdown should be connected by 23 July (a month later than originally quoted), and BT announced on 10th March 2021 that enough residents had signed up for the government-funded Universal Service Obligation scheme for the north side of the village centre to also be connected. 

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Environmental News

Garden for wildlife – Spring into action

Speckled Wood butterfly, Brentor

Sir David Attenborough recently told the BBC that “The truth is that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet and the situation is getting worse.”

What better way to combat this than to turn your garden into a wildlife haven?  Devon Wildlife Trust has some brilliant material to help you do this, they say that there are an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK and the way these are cared for can make a big difference to wildlife.  Continue reading Environmental News

COVID-19 latest

New rules from 12 April 2021

There are no changes to social contact rules and many restrictions are still in place. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with. Continue reading COVID-19 latest

Recreated ‘Brentor’ locomotive to steam again

The ‘Brentor’ locomotive

A ‘West Country Class’ steam locomotive built in Eastleigh in 1949 was named ‘Brentor’ and was used until July 9th 1967, when it was broken up for scrap.  One of its nameplates was given to Brentor and was displayed for many years in the council offices in Tavistock.  It is planned to loan the name plate for display at the Plym Valley Railway at Marsh Mills in Plymouth when Covid restrictions allow. Continue reading Recreated ‘Brentor’ locomotive to steam again