Devon Countryside Access Forum

The Devon Countryside Access Forum is seeking new members.

The Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.  It has seventeen members who advise on the “improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area..”  The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district and borough councils and parish and town councils.

Appointments are made by Devon County Council and applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access are warmly invited.  No formal qualifications are required. All applications will be considered and we would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business. Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid. Formal meetings are held three times a year.  There are occasional small working groups and a yearly training day.

In this round of appointments applications from walkers, women and those with a knowledge of the Definitive Map review process would be particularly welcome.

During 2019 the Forum responded to a number of local and national consultations including proposals for management of Fire Beacon Hill, and visitor access and management on the Pebblebed Heaths. It will be looking at the Natural England coastal access reports (the England Coast Path) on stretches between Kingswear and Cremyll and Combe Martin and Marsland Mouth early in 2020.

At one of its meetings in 2019, Forum members had a presentation from a Public Rights of Way warden and discussed how the network is managed and maintained.  This theme was part of its Training Day when members visited the Granite Way and Pegasus Trail to talk about development of recreational trails, different use patterns, surfacing and maintenance.

Forum members participate in Parish Paths Partnership (P3) events and are always keen to learn about improvements that P3 groups have made locally.

Why don’t you consider applying to join the Forum?  It’s an interesting opportunity and you can:-

  • contribute to the debate- share your experience and expertise from your specific area of interest;
  • meet and work with others- listen to and share ideas on solving access problems;
  • help make a difference- influence local and UK policies which impact on access;
  • be informed- receive regular local and national access information updates.

For details and an application form please see   The closing date is Friday, 21st February 2020.



This is a charitable body set up to help parishioners of Tedburn St Mary who find themselves in urgent financial need.

This could be because of bereavement, illness, loss of job, help needed with urgent repairs to property or any other reason when financial help is needed .

If you or anyone you know finds themselves in these sort of situations contact with the Trust can be made via the chairman on 01647 61655 or the secretary on 01647 270099.

All help is given in the strictest confidence so if anyone is in need of assistance please get in touch.

The Trust is there to provide help but we need to be advised of anyone who needs assistance.


We are looking for new members to join our small club. We have two tennis courts at the beautiful Recreation Association field. Twice a week, weather permitting, we meet informally to play. Only basic skills needed, as we are all improvers! Full details are posted at the courts. We also like to encourage hiring of the courts on a casual basis.

If you would like to make direct contact with us, please ring Linda or Gil Bellshaw on 01647 61479.

or email:

Tedburn Kitchen

Can you help with our community project?

The idea is that we give the gift of a home-cooked, oven ready meal to people who might have trouble cooking at the moment, maybe due to moving home, illness, a new baby, or having lost a loved one.  The Methodist church provides freezer space and containers for meals.  If you’re cooking, you put a few extra portions aside and give to one of our members, to freeze, ready to give when needed. We then co-ordinate delivery of the meals to people who need them, by friends or neighbours.

In our first month we have provided more than 30 meals to local households, and have received lots of lovely thankyou messages.

If you can help, with occasional cooking, or (just as important) letting us know of people who might need this, you can contact Helen Fry on 07772 436516, or search ‘Tedburn Kitchen’ on facebook.

Tedburn Kitchen is a project based at Tedburn Methodist Church.


‘Your Tedburn – Our History’

The Little Chapel Trustees and the Parish Council are working together to set up a permanent display of our village history in the Little Chapel which will be open to the public on a regular basis.

As you will know from recent displays in the Village Hall we have a multitude of articles, letters, cuttings and artefacts from the last hundred years or so. We would like to be able to display these for the enjoyment of parishioners and visitors.

We have a number of people interested in helping with the project but we need help with:

  • Display of items
  • Cataloguing and Archiving
  • Management of the Project

If you can help, please contact either Terry Wood 01647 61454 or

Gil Bellshaw 01647 61479           Email:


Need something to do on a Tuesday evening then why not try BADMINTON in the village hall?

Any age, any ability, fun and fortnightly. You never know you could be an Olympic Champion!

Contact Malcolm on 01647 61511.

2nd Tuesday of the month, check the Tedburn Times for dates 7pm-11pm or just drop in.

See you there.


Acorn is looking for volunteer’s to help us continue to support the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. Whilst we live in a beautiful part of the country, our rural location can be isolating for some individuals. Acorn works hard to reduce this isolation by support the emotional and social needs of the elderly.

We are in search of volunteers who can contribute some volunteering time. That could be anything from 1 hour a month to one morning a month.

The services that need support are:

  • being prepared to drive clients to appointments such as the GP surgery, hospital or podiatry clinics;
  • driving our minibus to Sainsbury’s so our clients can do their shopping (minibus training provided);
  • Engaging with our clients at our various services which include coffee mornings, lunch clubs and much much more

If you have any time please do call Jackie Thomas on 01647 252701.


Free service – Tedburn Community Library
Need something different to read without going into town? Come and see our large selection of books and dvds. Open Saturdays
10am till 12 and Thursdays 3 till 4.30 in the Methodist Hall, when possible. No charge or membership required (yes, really. We just ask that you return the books when finished). We are very grateful for extra volunteers and also small donations of ‘popular’ books & dvds in good condition. Any enquiries to Chris on 61311. Thank you.

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