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The dipper:
"Inhabits fast flowing upland streams"
The Birdwatcher's Key, Bob Scott and Don Forrest

Diptford Community Website

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.

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.


Our Community Police Officer.

PCSO Russ Broadhurst 30534
Totnes Neighbourhood police
Tel. 101 (Replaces 08452777444)
Mobile 07703 886012

Post: Totnes Neighbourhood Police
Totnes Police Station
Ashburton Road


The Annual Show and the biggest village get-together of the year
Be There!!!!

If any local organisation would like to have a stall at the show
please contact Val Haddy.


Annual Subscriptions for the Parish News are now due.


DIPTFORD PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS will in future be held on the


Diptford Community Fund is a community benefit fund set up for Diptford as a result of the Coombeshead Solar Farm.

More Fund Details
Or see Parish Council page above.


Get best price oil:


Change to the Floodline Telephone Number:

Now 0345 988 1188

*** 2015 Diptford Horseshow and Gymkana including Dog Agility - Photos***

43rd Diptford Horseshow Sunday 24th May - Photos

*** Pet Portraits ***

Avonwick shop can now provide Pet Portraits

Local business page.

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.
Many thanks
David Lloyd
Enforcement Case Officer
01803 861122

*** TV Channel 4 Series – Looking for period House in Diptford. ***


TV Channel 4 are looking for a period house in Diptford as part of a Series.
If you might be interested there are more details here.

*** Parish Hall Charges ***

We want to make the Hall Charges easily available so, for details: Hall Charges


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

*********** Memories of our village. ***********


by Christine Scott

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.
  • 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.




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.

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.

Connecting Devon and Somerset - a new Government initiative

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:

Further action YOU can take:

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.

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:
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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.

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:

ChurchComputer Club 
SchoolBell ringers 
Parish 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 
 History Society - not meeting 
 Horse Show
 Photogroup - suspended 
 Short Mat Bowls
 Vintage Farm Machinery
 Womens Institute

*****VIDEO *****

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





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