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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

As we start to think about beautiful misty mornings and whether it's now time to put the heating on, we look at last month's happenings and the latest news from the parish.

Doing the donkey work

You might have noticed some changes recently to the field behind Kentisbeare Village Hall. The old fence was some 25 years old and needed replacing, so the owner has taken the opportunity to improve visibility to the church as you drive into the village.

K-Net has also been told that there will be some trees planted this winter and yes, the donkeys will be back!
Mojo and Cindy.
Credit: Jez Jacob, April 2016.
Well done Simon!!!
Early in September, Simon Cooper set off to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in aid of Mission Aviation Fellowship. A well-known member of the Kentisbeare Oldies Cycling Society, Simon successfully completed the challenge covering 969 miles in 9 days, managing to fit in a pint of beer at lunchtime on all but one of the days! 

Autumnal Gallery - send us your pics

We think you'll agree, the parish is absolutely beautiful in the Autumn.
We'd love to see your Autumnal photos of the area. Please email them to or send them to Kentisbeare Parish on Facebook and we'll try to publish them in our next issue. In the meantime, here are a couple taken last year.

Keep out the the Village Hall Committee buy new doors and windows!

Kentisbeare Village Hall was opened in 1994 and has been very actively used for the past 22 years. During this time the softwood double glazed window frames have been biennially treated, but some wood has already been replaced and many exposed areas are deteriorating. In addition, several of the double-glazed units have lost their insulation seals. Shrinkage of the external doors is causing draughts and increasing security risks.

The Hall Committee is intending to entirely replace the windows and external doors with low maintenance weather resistant upvc equivalents. There are lots of benefits to this, which can be read here.

The cost of the project is £53k and to achieve this, we need the full support of the whole community. To help with fundraising, we are holding a Race Night - see below.

For more info, contact Queenie Broom, Secretary Kentisbeare Village Hall:

Latest news about development in the local area

1. Mid Devon District Council has submitted a bid to the Government for support in delivering a new garden village development on land to the east of Cullompton.

Garden Village status will assist in the delivery of the town centre relief road and J28 improvements badly needed in the Cullompton area.  The bid seeks a package of financial assistance, opening up the potential to deliver these highway improvements earlier.  It also seeks additional support for funding a feasibility study into a new railway station for Cullompton.  If successful, the Government indicates that access could be granted to wider road and rail capital funding programmes.
The bid identifies opportunity on land to the east of Cullompton for a garden village development of a scale up to 5,000 dwellings in two phases.

There's more info
here - but please be aware the map is inaccurate.

2. On Thursday 22nd September, Mid Devon District Council voted to allocate land at J27 of the M5 for leisure, tourism and retail use.

More information


Events coming up

To advertise your event on, the Facebook page and on K-Net news, please email It's free for all events within the Parish. 

October 2016 

Saturday 22nd October, Race Night, Kentisbeare Village Hall.
Tickets £5 available from the Post Office, David Snell, Janet Wingrove or Melanie Shore-Quinain. 

Thursday 27th October to Saturday 29th October, 'Dinner Ladies', Kentisbeare Players, Kentisbeare Village Hall. 
Details to come. 

December 2016

Tuesday 6th December to Saturday 10th December, 'Scrooge', Kentisbeare Performing Arts, Kentisbeare Village Hall. 
Details to come.

Christmas Eve, Village Celebrations, 6pm, Kentisbeare Village Square.
Family entertainment, including local band Empty Pockets and a visit from Santa. Soup and hot dogs available. 

Support local business

Dont' forget the Local Business Listings available on the website. If you like to use local businesses, then this is the place to look for any services you may require. If you are interested in advertising in return for an annual fee which helps us run the website and this newsletter, then please email 
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