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.
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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.
A neighbouring village, Avonwick, has a general shop which delivers around our village. Local business page.
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.
New information re Coombeshead Solar...
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
The Playing Fields AGM
Monday 23rd Feb at 8pm
Diptford Village Hall
ANNUAL PLANT SALE FOR DIPTFORD, HALWELL & MORLEIGH
Sunday 17th May 2.30 - 4.30
Moreleigh Village Hall
There is new information from Devon County Council Highways about the routing of traffic for the Coombeshead Solar Farm.
Devon County Council highways have re-routed the construction traffic due to signage and congestion issues
at A380 Newton Abbott with the South Devon link road works.
I have requested formal statements from DCC and the developer to be placed on the Council website so it absolutely clear of the new route and how the developer will manage the traffic.
Overall it is an acceptable diversion and on this occasion taking a pragmatic view of the situation, an application to vary the condition is not required provided SHDC receives the information about the route and the reasons why.
(The original approved route was directed to and from A380 Newton Abbott/Torquay/Tweenaways to Totnes route)Traffic will now continue from the M5 to the A38 and exit at Buckfastleigh, along the A384 Riverford route to Dartington, heading into Totnes A385 , and then past Follaton to Shorter Cross and Coombeshead.
There are no weight restrictions or perceived (structural) issues arising from this “A” road route.
Problems as reported ..
Traffic has been using Marley Head to Dartington and possibly the Woodpecker South Brent/Avonwick route. Likely to be caused by using Sat Navs.
Additional signage is to be erected by the developer to warn vehicles from using these routes.
Any observations of HGV traffic (for the Solar farm only) using these routes can be reported in the normal way. I will need details of location, time and vehicle index plates so that it is possible to confirm whether they are Solar Farm associated vehicles.
The DCC Highways Ivybridge team are the inspectors for the area and I can pass comments on to them if they continue to occur.
Please make this information publically available.
Please forward to any other colleague or relevant third party.
Enforcement Case Officer
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:-
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.
There is 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 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:-
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|
|Parish 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|
|History Society - not meeting|
|Photogroup - suspended|
|Short Mat Bowls|
|Vintage Farm Machinery|
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