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November 2018

Autumn in Full Swing

It's time to get your walking boots or wellies on and get outside as much as you can. The leaves are beautiful and so far, the sun has shone this Autumn. November is time to get cosy, with Bonfire Night, hot chocolate and pumpkin soup made from all those left over pumpkins. Should the weather get colder, please remember to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

This issue is absolutely jam-packed with all the latest information from the parish. Read on for details of all the Remembrance Day events.

Submit your own articles or info to maria@kentisbeare

Frosty morning in Silver Wood. Image by Maria Thorne.

In this month's issue:

Bonfire Night in Blackborough

Below are the timings for the torchlit procession and fireworks in Blackborough on Monday 5th November

6.00pm – Please come into the village hall to buy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and soft drinks

6.45pm – Safety briefing

6.55pm – Light torches

7.00pm – Walk to field

7.30pm – Fireworks start

8.15pm – Bar open at Village Hall


Remembrance Sunday 

  • Remembrance Service, St Mary's Kentisbeare, Sunday 11th November, 11am
  • 11th November 2018, Blackborough Churchyard, 6.30pm.

Beacon Lighting
On Sunday 11th November we will be lighting a WW1 Beacon of Light at Blackborough in tribute to the millions of men and women who died or were injured in World War One. We will be joining over 1,200 other organisations and local communities in lighting a beacon to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.

As this falls on a Sunday we will be opening the bar at Blackborough Village Hall at 5pm, and will be joined by a choir from Kentisbeare to start our tribute by singing some songs in the hall from that period together with the reading of some poems.

We will then be leaving the hall at 6.30pm to walk up to the Beacon to read a tribute at 6.45pm and the Beacon will be lit at 7pm.

Coffee Morning Raised £500 for Macmillan

A big thank you to everyone who supported this year's Macmillan Coffee Morning, held in Cotters Close in Kentisbeare. We raised £500 towards this wonderful worthy cause. Without our team of Lynda, Marion and Zoe, as well as all those that attended on the day, plus donations received, this would not have been possible. Thank you from Carol and Richard.

New Way to Support the Primary School

HeartStart Training in November

Would you be able to keep someone alive, following a cardiac arrest, until the emergency services arrive or until someone can get a defibrillator? If not you need some training.

The next HEARSTART Training session will be on

Thursday 8th November 7.00pm Blackborough Village Hall

If you haven't already I would urge you to attend. The session is FREE and run by volunteers.

Booking is essential with Kelly Broad at 07745926780  (please text or call after 2.30pm) or email on Numbers are limited although more sessions will be organised for the future.
If you need further information please contact Andrea at

Launch of Culm Garden Village Website

Mid Devon District Council has launched a new website for the Garden Village development to the east of Cullompton at

Information and progress updates will be published on this website. As the project develops, all public consultation materials will be available on the website with details on how to have your say.

Read the full press release at:

Parish Council News and Info

Kentisbeare Parish Council has recently written to the district council regarding concerns over the Garden Village Proposal. Below is a summary of the letter which was sent to Mid Devon District Council at the end of September:

Kentisbeare Parish Council felt it would be helpful to set out its principal concerns in respect of the proposed scale of development at East Cullompton and have sent a letter to that effect to Mid Devon District Council. The particular concerns that were highlighted were as follows.

1. The lack of any justification for a proposed development of up to 5,000 homes

2. The associated flood risk both in the area of development and in Kentisbeare as a result of the proposed scale of the plan. There is particular concern that a catchment-based approach has not been adopted.

3. The continued issues with traffic around junction 28. A proposed relief road to the west of the M5 will not ease existing issues, which are only likely to worsen with further development in East Cullompton.

4. The need for improvement to the A373 towards Honiton, although this does not appear to be considered at all.

5. The desire for a significant green belt area between the eventual proposed easterly limit of the Garden Village Scheme and the west boundary of Kentisbeare Parish.

6. The desire for a significant proportion of affordable homes for local residents in the delivery of any plans.

7. The desire for meaningful consultation with local residents.


Additional concerns in respect of the nature of a possible Garden Village included


* establishing an adequate recycling depot as part of the development

* pressure on hospitals and community services

* likely pressure on school places

* the need for adequate parking in new developments

* the need for a better coach stop/park

* the desire for environmentally friendly development and housing


Polite Requests/Information


* PLEASE KEEP THE PARISH TIDY - and remember to take down any posters that have been displayed on lamp posts or in other places once events have taken place.


* REPORTING HIGHWAYS ISSUES – you can easily report any issues such as potholes and issues with grit bins very quickly on-line. There is a link on the Parish website under “Services/Devon County Council” or you can report via the Devon County Council website:

Alternatively you can call DCC on 0345 1551004.


* HEDGE TRIMMING –please note that it is the responsibility of the landowner to maintain their hedges along the roadside. Failure to trim hedges may result in Devon County Council cutting the hedges and charging the landowner. Visibility along the highway is sometimes obscured by hedges that are not adequately maintained.


* INTERNET ACCESS AND OVERHEAD PROJECTOR IN KENTISBEARE VILLAGE HALL – there is now internet access available in the village hall and the Parish Council has recently purchased an

overhead projector and associated equipment for the committee room of Kentisbeare Village Hall. Due to planning applications now being received electronically, this will be beneficial for meetings. The projector will also be available for hirers to use. The equipment has been funded with help from the Town and Parish Fund.

Join the Pumpkin Rescue!

Open this poster separately for printing.

KCO Update

Kentisbeare children's orchestra will be marking another successful term of making music with a family friendly concert hosted by Ian and Yta Batchelor at the Corn Barn Cullompton at 7 pm on Thursday 29 November. 

Kentisbeare Children's Orchestra get together on Thursdays at 5.30pm in Kentisbeare Village Hall. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Advance Notice of Road Closures

Please note the dates the following roads will be closed:

Road from Orway, Ash Cross to Priory Wall Cross, Stowford. From Tuesday 13th November for a maximum of 5 days until Friday 16th November 2018
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - DULFORD CROSS, ROAD FROM DULFORD HOUSE PAST COURT BARTON FARM, HONEST HEART CROSS, STOWFORD CROSS, AND VICE VERSA. The restriction is to enable patching of the road.

Access road to Wressing Farm, Kentisbeare, from MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2018 for a maximum of 5 days. The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - GOODLEIGH CROSS, CORNERWAYS, HOME FARM CROSS, JARMINSPIT CROSS AND VICE VERSA. The restriction is to enable patching of the road.

Allhallows Farm Lane, Kentisbeare on 3rd December 2018 for 5 days, 0800-1700 hours.

Please note that a signed diversion will be in place.

Village Square Kentisbeare 24th December, between the hours of 16:30 and 22:00. The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - HIGH STREET - STOWFORD WATER - MORTIMERS CROSS - PIZWELL MANOR - YEW WOOD CROSS - JARMINS CROSS - GOODIFORD CROSS - SILVER STREET. This temporary restriction is necessary to enable the Carol Service. 

Latest from the Blackdown Hills 

The Blackdown Hills AONB website is a fantastic resource. You can find out all the latest news and events on their events page.

They also have a Natural Futures website

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures is discovering more about the wildlife of the Blackdown Hills by supporting local people to set up community wildlife projects and gain new skills in ecological surveys and nature conservation. Explore the website to find out how you can get involved!

About the Blackdown Hills AONB

Our role is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). To do this we: 

  • Communicate the value of the landscapebiodiversity and history of the Blackdown Hills
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn about and visit the Blackdown Hills AONB
  • Help people access the area to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Involve people and support organisations who are helping to look after this protected landscape
  • Encourage sustainable forms of social and economic development.
  • Provide local district, borough and county councils with professional, targeted advice on planning within Blackdown Hills AONB.

Read more about what we do

Have Your Say on the Blackdown Hills Management Plan

The consultation draft of the next five-year management plan for Blackdown Hills AONB is available for public comment until 30 November 2018. This is a locally prepared and agreed statement of public policy for managing the area setting out what is needed to conserve and enhance what we all value about the Blackdown Hills AONB.

View the consultation.

If you would like to discuss the draft management plan with a member of the AONB team, we are holding two drop-in sessions at our office in Hemyock, on:

  • Thursday 1 November between 9am and 12 noon
  • Monday 12 November between 1pm and 4pm

Christmas Eve Info

Village Stores and PO

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 7am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm
Tel: 01884 260100

We have daily deliveries of fresh bread, filled rolls, pies, pasties, fruit and veg, meat and dairy products. Call us by 3pm Monday to Friday to order any of the above for next day collection.

We also have a large selection of general groceries, frozen foods, confectionery, cards, newspapers and magazines and an off-licence.

We can deliver direct to your door on Tuesday and Friday afternoons - FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £25. For orders under this amount, there will be a £2.50 delivery charge. You can call us with your order.
No order is too large or too small!
We can get large quantities of products for you from cash and carry.
If we don't stock something you require, please ask and we will do our very best to get it for you.

The Post Office
FREE banking withdrawals and deposits for Lloyds, HSBC, NatWest, Barclays, Santander, RBS, Co-Op and Halifax plus others.
We have Euros in-branch at all times and we can order any foreign currency. If you order before 12pm Monday to Friday, it will be ready for you to collect the next day.

Local Businesses Online

We're very grateful to all the following businesses, who, through their advertising fees, help support the running of the Parish website, K-Net news and our Facebook page. Please go to for their contact details and more info. Let them know where you saw them!

Handy Helps Online

Don't forget you can access the Parish Diary, via the website. You can check village hall events and bookings, St Mary's services, and Parish Council meeting dates, amongst other things.

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