Tamar Energy Fest Event: November 11th

Tamar Energy Community’s annual Tamar Energy Fest is back on in the Butchers’ Hall, Tavistock on Saturday 11th Nov from 10.00 to 15.00.

It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about household grant and loan funding to assess, upgrade and plan for improved household Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings. Better EPC ratings mean homes are warmer, better prepared for wet winter weather and waste less energy on heating and hot water.

Much of the funding support is provided by WDBC and DCC to reduce energy costs of locals residing in out-dated dwellings. The NEA (National Energy Action) charity is a national effort to tackle fuel poverty via TEC clinics and assessments in local venues and TEC is out in local communities educating and supporting all tenures directly via our Home Energy Advisors (HEAs).


Advance Notice Of Road Closures In Mary Tavy

Notification from Kier Group:

Notification of Road closure for Essential works – Scheme Name: Mary Tavy – Permit reference: LM903GE9977113-A1  & LM903GE9977113-A2 – Glanville reference: 14607

As part of our essential wastewater improvement work in the area, our contractors Glanville Environmental will shortly be working on the sewer network in your area.

The works will involve rehabilitation of sewer via excavation and lining methods between MH7801, and MH7001. We will start the works on Monday 16th October which will take approx. 1 week to complete. There will be a diversion in place whilst we complete the works .

What to expect:

To ensure the safety of our operatives and members of the public, whilst we carry out the works, we will be closing the section of road between Homer, and the JCT by Kent Barn for 2 days; We will close this section of road on Monday 16th October. Then we will close the section of road between the JCT by Kent Barn to outside Box Cottage/Half acre down from Mary Tavy and Brentor CP School for 4 days; We will close this section of road on Tuesday 17th October, with completion planned for Friday 20th October. We will maintain limited access to vehicles located within the closure, but please expect delays while these works are being carried out.

You may experience some increased level of noise during working hours. Sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused to you whilst we undertake this work.

If you require further assistance: If you need any advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Glanville Environmental Customer Liaison Officer, Helen Brett on 01752 690400

Alternatively, you call our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020, lines are open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


Let’s Talk Teenagers and Let’s Talk Pre-Teens Events

Let’s Talk Teenagers is an opportunity for you as a parent or guardian of a teenager(s) to hear about the challenges young people are facing today, and the tools you can use to support your children and community.

Tuesday 19th September 2023

• Teenage development including social and emotional changes

• Healthy and unhealthy relationships, including domestic abuse

• Body image

• Toxic masculinity

Tuesday 26th September 2023

• Community risks including county lines and gang crime

• Unhealthy relationships with a focus on child sexual exploitation and grooming

• Social media

• Safety planning

Tuesday 3rd October 2023

• Family strengthening

• How to have challenging conversations

• Role modelling

• Emotional wellbeing and self-care


Let’s Talk Pre-Teens is an opportunity for you as a parent or guardian of a young person aged approximately 9 to 12 years old to hear about the challenges they are facing today, and the tools you can use to support your children and community.

Please see below for details:

Thursday 21st September 2023

  • Biology
  • Difficult emotions
  • Substance misuse

Thursday 28th September 2023

  • Relationships
  • Exploitation
  • Pornography
  • Societal Stereotypes

Thursday 5th October 2023

  • Physical risks
  • Safety planning
  • Mental health
  • Self care

Visit www.devon.cc/letstalk  for more information on both events


Parish Councillor Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council, following a recent resignation. If you are interested in joining the council, please read the information in the attachment below to confirm that you are eligible and then contact Katherine Anness, the Parish Clerk for further information (email , telephone 01822 616047 or use the Contact Form on this website).

Being a councillor need not be the onerous task that some people assume it to be. If you care about the parish and how life in it might be improved then please consider putting yourself forward. If elected you will be working with other councillors to introduce some positive changes in our community.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th September 2023

A list of current councillors can be found in the Parish Councillors section of the Parish Council dropdown menu on this website.

Vision Zero: A Collaborative Initiative to Reduce Deaths and Serious Injuries on Devon & Cornwall’s Roads

This is from the Vision Zero website (https://visionzerosouthwest.co.uk/):

Vision Zero is a collaborative project between a number of organisations across Devon and Cornwall. The one thing they all share is a commitment to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the region to zero.

Vision Zero is led by a partnership board which includes a wide range of experts from all around the South West including senior police and fire officers, leading clinicians, councillors and the police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The board meets four times a year to discuss ideas and decide what actions can be taken to further drive down the number of people killed or seriously injured.

Vision Zero’s ambition is to cut road deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2040 – and to reduce current numbers by 50% by 2030.

In 2021, 47 people were killed and 647 were seriously injured on the roads of Devon and Cornwall. That number MUST come down. While the region is one of the safest when it comes to road safety, we believe that any death or serious injury is too many.

Visit the website (https://visionzerosouthwest.co.uk/) to learn more about the initiative and to read some case histories.

Notice of Vacancy- 7 July 2023

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days of the date of this Notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays) ten electors from the Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer requiring that such an election be held.

The address of the Returning Officer is: West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ. A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to , but the document must contain “wet ink” signatures.

If no such notice for a by-election is given by at least ten electors, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

West Devon Borough Council Survey On Walking, Wheeling And Cycling Needs

WDBC are asking for input on walking, wheeling and cycling needs in the borough. The survey is being carried out by Cycling UK.

What stops you from running errands, seeing friends and getting around in easy and convenient ways? What makes it easy or difficult to walk, wheel (mobility scooters or wheelchairs) or cycle around in your area?

We want to hear from people in South Hams and West Devon. Your local councils are working on a project to improve the area for local people to get about, please let us know: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DevonTravel

West Devon Housing Needs Survey. Drop in Session in Mary Tavy, 3.30-6.00pm June 12th

“In response to West Devon Borough Council’s declaration of a housing crisis in 2022, we will be carrying out Housing Needs Surveys across the borough. We will be carrying out the Housing Needs Survey in your area in June 2023. To understand the housing need in more areas, we are doing this in clustered groups, so this cluster will include Lydford, Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy parishes.
There will be a community drop in session, where people can come along and ask staff any questions they have about the survey and have assistance to complete it, about affordable housing, or any other questions they might have.”

Declaration of Result of Poll: New Borough Councillor for Mary Tavy Ward

Robert Oxborough has been duly elected as the West Devon Borough Councillor for Mary Tavy Ward


Jubilee Beacon, Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon

Thursday 2nd June

There has been a long tradition of lighting Beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees.  On 2nd June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee. It is a feat no previous monarch has achieved.

To celebrate this event in Mary Tavy we will be lighting a Beacon on Gibbet Hill.  The Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm, the same time as many Beacons around the country.

You are welcome to join us on Gibbet Hill for the lighting.  As this event is taking place on open Moorland we ask those coming to follow a few “do’s and don’ts”:

  • Please note that there is access on foot only and there is strictly no access for vehicles.
  • Please where possible walk from home. If you have to drive to get closer there is no parking provided and we ask that you park sensibly on the road only and not on any moorland.  Be careful to not cause any obstruction.
  • Please bring a torch – it will get dark!
  • To be sure to protect the Moor we ask that you have no naked flames and no fireworks are allowed. (We will be taking many precautions to ensure that there will be no escaping embers/flames from the Beacon itself.)
  • We are welcome to bring refreshments with you but please remember to take all your litter home with you.
  • If you bring your dog with you it must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • There will be Marshals at the event so please listen to them and follow any instructions they give.

If you unable to join us on the Hill, have a look out for the Beacon – hopefully you can get a good view from several places, the end of Recreation ground may be good place – you should be able to see the Brentor and Peter Tavy Beacons from there as well.

If the weather is too dry or too wet or too windy we may have to move the Beacon  – if that happens we will put information out on the website and Facebook as soon as we can, so please check there.

Remember the Beacon will be lit at 9.45 so join us then.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Attendance is at your own risk.