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The Birdwatcher's Key, Bob Scott and Don Forrest


Diptford Community Website
Welcome


We are a small village in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of Dartmoor. To read a summary of what our village has to offer please click here or use "Quick choice" below.

Please use the buttons at the top of the page to find what you are looking for or follow the links below.

We have a post office which is open several mornings a week and a Parish magazine which comes out every month keeping residents up to date.

This site will tell residents and visitors what is happening in the community.

Although we have given contact names we do not list Email addresses on this site.
These are often available in the Parish Magazine.




PLEASE NOTE:   Phone number for our Parish Clerk
Sarah Woodman 01364 661127.




ARE YOU AN ORGANIST?

We are looking for an organist for up to 3 morning services a month to support an enthusiastic choir at St Mary's Diptford.
If you think you can help please Email the website and we'll pass the message on.



Diptford Annual Parish Meeting.

Come along to the
Diptford Annual Parish Meeting


Tuesday 29th April at 7.30pm
More details:

This is your chance to be involved in your Parish – Make the most of it!




Memories of our village.
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DIPTFORD PAST - A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES FROM PEOPLE OF DIPTFORD

by Christine Scott
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Christine has put together a collection of the experiences and memories of people from the village past and present

The book is available now:
  • From Avonwick Shop courtesy of Richard and Laura; the van will also carry a few copies.
  • From Diptford Post Office - open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings
  • By arrangement with Christine, either directly from her home in South Brent or by post.

Cost: £7.99 per copy from Avonwick or Diptford or personal collection from Christine in South Brent.
As all profits from the book will go to South Brent & District Caring, there will be P&P charged where the books are posted so the total charge for posted copies, will be £11.
Christine can be contacted via the website Email facility above.



SUSTAINABLE SATURDAYS - Saturday Markets in nearby Ugborough & Ermington

Ugborough & Ermington hold markets on alternate Saturdays where you can buy home grown/produced goods.
Details are on the "Surrounding Area" page above:
Go to the Ugborough website link and follow the link there to
"Sustainable Saturdays".
On alternate Saturdays the market is held in Ermington, in the Reading Rooms.




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AVONWICK VILLAGE SHOP IS GOING MOBILE

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Avonwick shop is maintaining its existing facilities but having a new mobile service which will visit Diptford on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Details of times are given on the Business Links page.
They will also be running a "Ring & Shop" service on a Friday where you ring and they bring the van to you.
There will be a small charge for "Ring & Shop sales" under £10.



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ROAD CONDITIONS AND PHONE NUMBERS

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The condition of our rural road is causing concern with the heavy rain and inadequacy of road maintenance.

If you become aware of any road maintenance issues - localised flooding or potholes please report them by phone immediately.
Phone number to use:-

0845 155 1004
This is also the number to use to report street lights not working.




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RIVERBANK ROAD CLOSURE AT AVONWICK - ROAD NOW OPEN

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The road has now been reopened.

People have expressed surprise at the felling of trees on the slopes immediately adjacent to the road. We have been told that the trees were larches and were infected with the larch disease which is spreading across the country. The felling was necessary and land owners took advantage of an existing road closure to fell and remove the trees without further inconvenience to the public.
The trees will be replaced with mixed woodland.
In the meantime, maybe we can look forward to a lovely show of bluebells this spring!




N.Huish new website

North Huish is setting up a new website: http://www.avonwicknorthhuish.co.uk/
The above link will take you there for now but you can access it from our Nearby page in future.



Solar Voltaic
Solar Photovoltaic installation within the Parish of Diptford.
The site is to be managed by
AEE Renewables

Application for the development is waiting for the results of an archeological survey of the site.


There is more information available at the developer's website where you can also add your own information to a blog:
www.coombesheadsolar.co.uk
The developers have stated their willingness to publish views which people have sent them - both for and against.
This way all comments will be in the same place making it simple to keep track of what's happening.

In order to maintain the integrity and impartiality of the website, pending review of the proposal by the Parish Council at the appropriate time the Diptford website will not be carrying comments from individuals for the time being.

Why not take advantage of the blog on the AEE website and give your views on the proposal.




Emergency Contact information

South Hams District Council's Community Safety and Emergency Planning Officer, Peter Dale, has sent the Parish Council a link to a Devon County Council web page giving a large variety of contact information useful in many different kinds of emergencies.

Emergency Contact Information   (opens in new page).

We hope you won't need it, but if you do that you find it useful.




Broadband Funding

Government Funding has been set up as described in the Parish mag (and below here) to help provide broadband services to rural communities but this will not come on-stream for several years, in fact, we shall not know whether Diptford will benefit for some years yet.

Satellite broadband could provide an alternative for some people at a reasonable price. Some neighbours may be able to share a facility and so reduce the cost to each of them.

If you are interested and would like to know more details, Cllr Steve Hill strongly suggests that you come to the next Parish Council meeting on 16th July.

Connecting Devon and Somerset - a new Government initiative

We'd like to make all parishioners aware of Government action to roll out fibre based internet connections throughout the country and thus enhance the internet speeds, particularly in the more rural areas which, at present, suffer from considerably slower speeds than the urban areas.

Diptford is such an area and we can take steps to ensure that our case is put forward for consideration.

The following link will lead to a newsletter giving details of the scheme with a further link which people can follow to give evidence of our slow internet service (look for the "online survey" link near the bottom of the 2nd column).

We are asking parishioners to follow the links and complete the survey to give us the maximum chance of improved internet service under this new scheme.

Details of the scheme:

Further action YOU can take:

Please would EVERYONE register an interest by following the following link:

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/expression-gen.aspx

The more response we get, the better our chances of getting a better internet service.

Government funding to improve Internet access throughout the country

Our Parish Council has made an application, via the Parish Clerk, Sarah Woodman, to have consideration given to improved Internet access for Diptford under the Government's current funding.

Parishioners who are often frustrated by the slow service we receive in Diptford when we use the internet will be interested in the following letter we have received from our MP Dr Sarah Wollaston:

Thank you very much for providing me with a copy of the Parish Council’s letter to the Customer Services department at BT. I have already made enquiries on this subject for another constituent and received the following reply:-

As you may know, BT are investing to £2.5 billion to install fibre optic technology, offering broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps to cover two thirds of the UK by the end of 2014.  In your constituency, Openreach has made fibre services available at Dartmouth telephone exchange in your constituency, and are working to install it at Brixham, Churston and Totnes telephone exchanges for 2013.

 

It is challenging to include smaller exchanges, like the one serving your constituent, in our commercial roll-out.  You will know that the Coalition Government supports a minimum 2Mbps broadband speed across the UK by 2015 and is making £530m available to address these problems and seek deployment of high speed service into rural areas.  Devon and Somerset was awarded funding of £31.3m. 

Devon and Somerset councils are undertaking a procurement and I understand that the contract is likely to be formally awarded in the next few months once state aid clearance has been obtained.

If they have not already done so, I would suggest that your constituents report the broadband speed to their communications provider who can then investigate to ensure that they are getting the best broadband speed that their line will support.

I realise this is not the response you are hoping for, but it would appear that progress is being made, albeit slowly.

Kind regards, Dr Sarah Wollaston

Steve Hill is also looking into other options. 




Highways Matters

To report highways matters - potholes etc - telephone Area South Highways Management on 0845 1551004.

You can also report any difficulties on the Devon County website:
www.devon.gov.uk
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NHW Logo DIPTFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The Newly revamped Neighbourhood Watch Team are on the lookout for reports of suspicious activities
and local crime in the Diptford Parish area, in support of the local Constabulary.

If you have any local crime concerns please contact Diptford NHW head coordinator, Geoffrey Hyde on 01364 73165. More Information in the Parish Magazine including a full list of your Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators.



DIPTFORD POLICE SURGERY
Held in village square outside the Rising Sun
8.30-9.30am on first and third Mondays of the month.
Come along and meet your local Police.
 

Parish Mag Subs Due £5 a year or 60p a copy....details




Quick choice:

VILLAGE FACILITIES INTEREST GROUPS
ChurchComputer Club 
SchoolBell ringers 
Village HallDiptford Arms 
Post Office Baby & Toddler Group - suspended 
Playing Field Diptford Pre-school 
Parish MagazineDiptford Horticultural Show 
Mobile LibraryDiptford Sunday Club 
 Friends of Diptford School 
 Horse Show
 Photogroup
 Short Mat Bowls
 S.M.A.S.H.
 Vintage Farm Machinery
 Womens Institute



UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE - DART VALE

The Dart Vale branch of the U3A operates in our area. Dart Vale U3A






DIPTFORD'S STEEPLE RENOVATION
*****VIDEO *****

We are pleased to say that the steeple video is available now....here

 

 

 

CHEAPER OIL FOR AVONWICK, DIPTFORD AND NORTH HUISH?

It seems both Avonwick/North Huish and Diptford have the same aims - to try and get cheaper oil for parishioners. There are fifteen houses in the Avonwick area and about thirty houses in Diptford that have already expressed an interest, but we are certain that more will now come on board.

Steve Hill and Maggie Luscombe felt that combining our efforts would give us better bargaining power and we have come up with a scheme which hopefully will provide us with cheaper oil.

More details......

or click here for a form to print & send to Maggie or Steve.




Currently we get most of the information from the Parish Magazine which means putting all the updates in when it is published.

If people can let us know when they have information to put on to the website, or, just as importantly, take off the site when it is no longer relevant, we can give a better service.

Please contact us, either by Email through the site or by phone:
Jane or Peter Gillett 01548 821686

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