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.
PCSO Russ Broadhurst 30534
Totnes Neighbourhood police
Tel. 101 (Replaces 08452777444)
Mobile 07703 886012
Post: Totnes Neighbourhood Police
Totnes Police Station
This year Totnes Young Farmers Club are again chopping up logs and delivering
them by the pick up load to locals in the surrounding area with all proceeds
raised going to our chosen charity Totnes Caring.
DIPTFORD W.I. invites you to their second
As one of 5 small local village schools making up the Totnes Federation of Village Schools,
Dipford C of E Primary School is having an Open Day
on Thursday 13th November 3.30pm-6.30pm.
The School wishes to invite prospective parents, current parents, ex pupils,
ex parents and any members of the community
who may wish to see what Diptford School offers the community and local children.
This is a chance for anyone to explore the school so come and have a look.
Refreshments will be available and whilst sipping some tea and enjoying the homemade cakes/cookies come and have a look at the school environment and talk to staff about our new Umbrella Narrative (This year the Time Portal).
Individual childrens' work will be on display as well as slide shows of photos and videos showcasing the incredible activities that take place.
Next year will be the Schools 150th year celebration so please do come along and if you do know ex-pupils who may wish to get involved in our special celebration next year but who aren't able to attend then do get them to contact the
school administrator on 01548 821352
We have decided we need a new list of Who's Who as there have been many changes since the last one was compiled.Who's Who
Christine has put together a collection of the experiences and memories of people from the village past and presentThe book is available now:
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
On alternate Saturdays the market is held in Ermington, in the Reading Rooms.
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:-
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!
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:
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 (opens in new page).
We hope you won't need it, but if you do that you find it useful.
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.
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:
Please would EVERYONE register an interest by following the following link:
The more response we get, the better our chances of getting a better internet service.
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 Councilís letter to the Customer Services department at BT. I have already made enquiries on this subject for another constituent and received the following reply:-
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.
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:
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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
|VILLAGE FACILITIES||INTEREST GROUPS|
|Village Hall||Diptford Arms|
|Post Office||Baby & Toddler Group - suspended|
|Playing Field||Diptford Pre-school|
|Parish Magazine||Diptford Horticultural Show|
|Mobile Library||Diptford Sunday Club|
|Friends of Diptford School|
|Short Mat Bowls|
|Vintage Farm Machinery|
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
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.
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