29 July 2019

Parish Grants

Applications are now open for grants to be awarded in 2020.


Click here for Grant Application Form 

13 May 2019


The results of the Parish Council elections held on 2nd May are available to view on North Devon Council's website 

26 March 2019

NOTICE OF ELECTION  -  Election of Parish Councillors

4 February 2019

The Devon Countryside Access 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.

Devon County Council is currently appointing members to the Forum and would welcome applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access.

In this round of appointments applications from walkers, horse-riders, tourism providers and those with a knowledge of the Definitive Map review process would be particularly welcome. Over the coming year the Forum will be looking at coastal access (the England Coast Path) on stretches between Kingswear and Cremyll and Combe Martin and Marsland Mouth, as well as other issues associated with access. During 2018 the Forum responded to a number of local and national consultations including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plans and the national Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. It continued to suggest specific improvements for disability access across the County.

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.

It’s an interesting opportunity and members can:-

  • contribute to the debate- share experience and expertise;
  • meet and work with others- listen to and discuss ideas on solving access problems;
  • help make a difference- influence local and UK policy affecting access;
  • be informed- receive regular local and national access information updates.

For details and an application form please see The closing date is Friday, 22nd February 2019.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hilary Winter

Devon Countryside Access Forum Officer


26 November 2018

Free Parking for Christmas Shoppers

Braunton Parish Council is offering free parking on two weekends this December. Shoppers can park for free in Caen Street Car Park on 15/16 December and 22/23 December 2018.

21 November 2018

Village Green Enhancements Project


The Parish Council are pleased to be able to share their plans with you for the village green and would like to see what you think. We have two great artists impressions which were kindly done with thanks to Lorna Childs

 and Gary Stainer.

We have taken into account ideas which have previously been suggested, worked with some local organisations and considered what is essential, popular, its location, size, ground conditions and funding.

In August 2017 the Norway Maple tree on the village green was removed due to compaction and subsequent infection with honey fungus. The village green is within a conservation area and the Council must replant a tree in the same location having given the ground at least a year to recover. An Elm ‘New Horizon’ has been chosen which suits the location and conditions and is fitting as a tribute to the historic ‘Cross Tree Elm’ which once stood in the village. It has an early pollen season and is a newly developed species which is also resistant to Dutch Elm Disease and has good resistance to Honey Fungus.

A circular bench has been selected to provide ample seating whilst helping to protect the base of the tree from compaction. The seat has wood composite slats (FSC timber offcuts and recycled plastic) with a galvanized steel base. For mobility access we plan to install reinforced grass pathways around and to and from the bench. The base of the tree behind the bench will be edged and mulched.

Wifi - a leased line has already been supplied to the nearby Community Work Hub by Braunton Parish Council and therefore it may be possible for transmitters to be put in place to provide wifi to the village green. An electrical supply may also be installed with power for lighting around the tree, phone charging point and a supply point for events.

An Interpretation Board is planned giving some details of the project and thanking supporters. The base will be made using wood locally crafted from the old Norway Maple.

Great consideration has been given to sustainability with recycled materials and local contractors/craftspeople being used where possible. Obviously the scope of the project will be limited by funding available once all the quotes have been obtained.

We would love you to show your support for the project and would welcome any comments.

13 November 2018

North Devon BMX Track Consultation

A consultation is underway to find out how popular a new BMX track would be in North Devon.

North Devon Council is carrying out the consultation to find out whether residents would like to see a new BMX track in Heanton Punchardon Parish. As part of the consultation the council would like to know how often residents would use it and whether it should be used for competitions or just for fun.

The consultation is being carried out following a community led campaign for a BMX track in the area which was launched several years ago.

Lead Member for Parks Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We have been approached to take on some land and project manage the construction of a new BMX track, this public consultation is a vital first step in this potential project for us.”


“As a starting point we need to find out the level of demand for a new BMX track in North Devon and how our keen BMX riders would want to use it - we want to make sure any new facility provided is wanted by local residents and meets their needs. To help us do this and make sure we get it right, we need to gather as much feedback as we can through the consultation. A lot of hardwork has already gone into this project by the local community so I encourage as many people as possible to come forward and have their say – we can’t do it without you”


Local ward member for Heanton Punchardon, Councillor Andrea Davis, says: "This is an opportunity for residents to say if they would like to use and help run a BMX track in the area. I would urge people to express their view so an informed decision can be made by North Devon Council.”


Planning permission was granted in April 2015 for a BMX track in Velator, Braunton as part of an application for 16 houses (58119) at the new Park View development. If a need is identified through the consultation Section 106* contributions have also been identified to fund the scheme. 

The consultation is open until Friday 7 December. Residents can find out more and have their say online 

*Section 106 (S106) is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications. The money can only be used for certain things, but is used primarily for public open space projects.


6 November 2018


A poll for the election of a Parish Councillor for Braunton West will be held on Thursday 8 November 2018, between the hours of 07:00 am and 10:00 pm.  Please note that no polling cards are being sent out.  All voting will take place at The Yard, Caen Street Car Park and there will be no polling station at Kingsacre Primary School on this occasion.  

6 September 2018





that due to the death of Cllr Linda Wellstead, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council (cont...) 

2 July 2018  

Community Groups...

Do you want to learn how to crowdfund your community project? Our friends at Crowdfunder and their team of industry-leading experts will guide you through the three-week intensive programme, you can expect live discussions, peer to peer feedback, advice from the Crowdfunder team and the chance to test out your pitch before going live.

And the best thing? You can join live or consume in your own time, so you don’t need to worry about missing out. So, what are you waiting for? If you think that you have a project that truly matters and are thinking about crowdfunding to make it happen, then apply for Accelerator using the form below.



23 May 2018

The Greater Horseshoe Bat Community Award

Braunton is a priority area for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat (GHB) Project. One of only 11 breeding roosts in Devon is found here (in fact it’s the only one in North Devon) so it’s a vital home for these endangered mammals.

The bat trails and viewing platform/interpretation installed at the Beacon have been well received and a great start to help raise awareness of the GHB Project. Braunton Parish Council will continue to support the GHB Project this year and, working closely with the Devon Wildlife Trust, will support bat friendly community activities. 

The GHB Project Community Award, would like the residents of Braunton to get involved.

The GHB Project will be holding a ‘Bats & Communities conference’ on 9th June (now booking) - this will be a great opportunity to find out more about creating bat friendly (and consequently wildlife friendly) communities. Details and booking here:


Why not make your New Year’s resolution really count and become a Devon Air Ambulance volunteer? We receive no government funding and are totally reliant on donations from the people of Devon. We offer an array of volunteering opportunities from box collecting, giving talks, attending cheque presentation, assisting in one of our 18 charity shops or helping out at our annual events. Volunteering can really make a real difference to your own life and the lives of others. This opportunity would suit anyone who would like to get out of the house, make new friends, do something worthwhile, all whilst having fun! We really do appreciate any amount of time you can offer. Whoever you are, you'd fit in just fine! Please contact our Volunteer Manager Cara Jones by calling 01392 466666 or emailing for more information.










Braunton East Elections

Congratulations to Councillor Adam Bradford who has been elected to represent the Parish East Ward and to Councillor Derrick Spear, elected to represent District East Ward.  The results from yesterday's Braunton East elections are:  Image may contain: text

Boundary Review

Braunton Parish Councillors ‘Up in Arms’ at District’s Proposal to Remove Knowle and Surrounding Hamlets Out of Braunton

North Devon Council is undergoing an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the area and reduce the number of councillors from 43 to 41.

At the Braunton Parish Council meeting on Monday night, members strongly objected to the District Council’s proposal to take the community of Knowle and its surrounding hamlets out of Braunton, and create a new ward consisting of Knowle, West Down, Mortehoe, Georgeham and (Lee) Ilfracombe.

Historically, the village of Braunton goes back to Domesday and indeed back to early Anglo Saxon times. Knowle and its surrounding hamlets have always been part of Braunton and have always looked to Braunton village as the centre of business activities and soft infrastructure such as local care homes, the Caen Medical Centre, schools, etc.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) will draw up the new boundaries, and is asking for information from people and groups across North Devon to help.   The Parish Council have responded stating that Knowle and its surrounding hamlets should remain within the Braunton ward, as they are very much part of Braunton’s local community identity. 

We strongly urge all residents who feel the same to make their views known to the LGBCE, as the more representations received objecting to these proposal the better chance we have of ensuring that Knowle remains within the Braunton ward. The consultation can be found at and runs until October 2. The commission’s draft recommendations are expected in December.

Map of Proposed Ward Boundary Changes

Air Ambulance Night Landing Site in Braunton

For more information on this fabulous project in our community please download the following link.

Putting the air ambulance at the heart of Braunton...night and day.

17 July 2017

Open Up Your Garden for Children's Hospice South West

Proud of your Garden!


Children's Hospice South West are looking for residents in Devon to open up their gardens in 2018.

If you feel you would like to open up your garden for others to come along and walk around then contact our Fundraising Team at Little Bridge House , Redlands Road, Fremington Devon EX31 2PZ Call us on 01272 325 270 and ask for the Fundraising team.

All proceeds will help safeguard our vital services across the South West. Visit our website at


30 June 2017

Works on the Village Green

Sadly the Norway Maple on the village green has died having suffered from a number of stresses over recent years. A report from the North Devon Council’s Landscape and Countryside Officer, stated that he suspects that the Norway Maple tree’s decline is as a result of soil compaction, resulting in the root death as a consequence of not being able to access adequate water and nutrients and then subsequent infection with Honey Fungus.

The tree will be felled on Tuesday 4 July 2017 and the area will be grassed over. There are plans to replant a tree in the future.

We hope this will cause minimal disruption and apologise for any inconvenience to visitors and neighbouring properties.

The adjacent area has been temporarily gravelled over and following the remaining flood works, there are planned improvements to the area and it will eventually be returfed and foundations placed for a Christmas tree.

Should you have any questions please contact the Parish Council office.

Parish By-election - 4 May 2017

Following the resignation of Cllr Wayne Withey, a by-election is being held for Braunton West on 4 May 2017.  For details of the candidates please follow the link to the North Devon Council Website:

10 April 2017 

Saunton D-Day 2017 Summary of Activities - 3 June 2017


Duration: 10 am – 4pm (with evening cinema event 7pm – 10pm)

Event cost: Free to the public (space for 600 cars)
Location: Saunton Sands Beach, North Devon (on the sand)


Devon D-Day was established by local history organization Friends of the Assault Training Center (FATC) to educate about the experience of approximately 10,000 American GIs, who trained for the Normandy landings in the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows.

FATC has organised a number of events at North Devon beaches and in particular 2 large scale events at Saunton (2015/16) which proved very popular. Working with First Wave 44 and Cobbaton Combat museum, battle scene re-enactments and period vehicle displays brought a real sense of the era.

Saunton D-Day 2017

Saunton Beach Enterprises, who manage the beach, will be helping to organise the 2017 event, allowing FATC to focus more on its educational role. The event will take place amongst the dunes, and on the beach and comprise of one days activities to entertain and educate by bringing an element of’living history’ to the day.

Assault Training Camp
At its centre will be a mock up of an Assault Training Centre camp and a programme of activities that follow a (genuine) ‘day in the life’ of a 1940s GI camp. This will feature the everyday goings on of military life and training – from briefings on tactics for overcoming obstacles (including a mocked up pill box), PT exercise apparatus and camp cooking session.

To bring the experience alive, there will be periodic ‘flash mob’ activities, with re-enacters engaging the public in pre-set activities including lectures on how best to assault a pill box, landing craft disembarkment practice, mail call distribution of letters + PT drills.

We are still seeking more re-enacters who would be interested in camping out (in their own section) to help us illustrate what camp life was like – in terms of kit, uniform, recounts of a soldier’s life. During the day, visitors would be encouraged to mingle and learn.

Storming of the Pillbox – A re-enactment display

The climax of the day’s activities could be a mock assault of the pill box, conducted by First Wave 44 and showcasing tactics discussed in the flash mob camp activities (and supported by additional public info).


Educational activity will be underpinned by the FATC tent, with regular talks throughout the day that detail the WW2 experience of GIs living in camp and training in Braunton Burrows. In addition, a roving ‘historical interpreter’ (in costume) will be giving impromptu history lessons and lending explanations for SDD camp activities.

Field Cinema

Housed inside an army tent deep in the dunes, the Field Cinema features a special showing of a short film that brings the experience of the D-Day landings alive. Created exclusively for Saunton D-Day by History Parks this unique attraction will be running throughout the day.

SDD Fringe

From a licensed bar and 1940s vintage tea tent to stalls and information booths, we are looking to build a beach strip leading to the camp that conjure up the spirit of the era.


22 March 2017 

Pinpoint - Community Services in Devon

Pinpoint is a free online directory of support and services available within Devon, providing information on advice services, care at home, staying healthy, social groups and much more.  

Pinpoint launched recently replacing the Devon Community Directory. 

Search for activities or services in your area by simply entering your postcode.

List your community group/service for free - register at

Help us to recycle more

North Devon Council will soon be introducing changes to its waste and recycling service.

The council’s Recycle More campaign will implement a number of improvements to the service from Monday 5 June, including:

· weekly food waste collection service

· garden waste collection service for a small annual fee

· trial of new collection methods in a small area of the district

Why are we doing it?

We want to increase the amount of recycling we collect to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. We also intend to meet and surpass national recycling targets of more than 50% of all household waste by 2020 (currently at 44%).

New food waste service

All households in the district that don’t already have one will receive a new food waste container called a kerbside caddy, along with instructions on its use, before the weekly service is rolled out. In response to customer feedback, food waste will now be collected every week, along with your recycling box and bags. You will no longer be able to put food waste in the green or black wheelie bin/black bags.

Garden waste service

Also from the beginning of June, the council will be offering an optional garden waste collection service for £36 a year, as automatic free collections of garden waste will end. Currently, only around a half of homes in the district use their green bins for garden waste. Garden waste collection is a discretionary service, and charging a small annual fee for those who wish to use it will help to keep council tax charges down, making it fair for all. You can register and pay for this service from 2 May.

Trial areas

In addition to weekly food waste collections and an optional garden waste collection service, we will be trialling a major push on recycling in a small area of the district. The trial will be conducted in the following areas:

· Challacombe

· Bratton Fleming

· Part of Brayford

· Arlington

· Shirwell

· Landkey

· Whiddon Valley

· Forches

· Goodleigh

· Stoke Rivers

· Chelfham

Residents in these areas will be given an unlimited recycling and cardboard collection service. This means that less waste will need to go in black bins so they can be collected three weekly rather than fortnightly. We will have dedicated recycling advisors on hand to help and advise residents in the trial area to recycle everything they can.

For further information, including why we are making the changes, registering for garden waste collection (available from 2 May), and the trial, please see the Recycle More pages on North Devon Council’s website

28 February 2017

Parish Grants for 2017/18

Braunton Parish Council will make grant awards in 2017/18 to the following organisations:



The awards will be presented at the next Annual Parish Meeting.

24 FEBRUARY 2017





that due to the resignation of Cllr. Wayne Withey, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council (cont)

Braunton floods again in the early hours of sunday morning

Braunton, unfortunately, experienced flooding again in the early hours of yesterday morning. Derrick Spear, Braunton Parish Council Chair and his wife Cllr Elizabeth Spear, were among the first on the scene in Caen Street. The water rose to the threshold level of properties, but fortunately, shop owners had prudently taken action to protect their properties with flood boards. The timely closure of the road by those first on the scene prevented the water bowing into the shop fronts.

Yet again, the Braunton Resilience team did a brilliant job working with the local residents, fire and police.

The Parish Council are now in the process of restocking sand and sandbags. If you require sand or sandbags please make inquiries at the Parish Council office by emailing or phone 01271 812131.

We shall be speaking to the Environment Agency and other key flood organisation to tackle weaknesses in the defences, which were identified in this recent flood. Wrafton Road which has no boundary considerations up to the Williams Arms was very badly flooded the worst since 2012. We are still gathering evidence and would welcome any further details of flooding which might have occurred in other parts of the village.

Live pictures of the flooding at Caen Street, and surrounding areas are available at the Parish Council office.

Devon County Council is currently working towards the construction of significant drainage improvements and a pumping station in Caen Street to reduce the risk of this recurring.

The Chairman Derrick Spear says, “The weather patterns are making it clear to us that these events are regrettably becoming much more of a regular feature. We need to be ever vigilant and also above all to ensure that the drainage systems have the capacity needed and kept regularly cleaned. Half blocked up drains will undoubtedly cause a considerable amount of flooding and suffering for the community.”

The Community Emergency Plan is regularly updated and can be viewed at on the Parish Council’s website

Media only – For further information, contact:
Tracey Lovell, Parish Clerk, 01271 812131,



Braunton Parish Council invites you to receive a presentation from the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group addressing the latest issues and proposed cuts to the NHS and the impact these cuts will have on our community.  The presentation will be followed by 45 minutes to answer questions from the public.  The meeting is being held at the Parish Hall, Chaloners Road, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2ES.

Click here for poster 


Braunton Caen Rotary Club is hosting Santa in various locations in Braunton.  See Poster for details.


There is a Christmas Craft Fair and Farmers Market on 26 November 2016 at the Vivian Moon Centre.  Poster Details



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Cllr. Katy Beardshall, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. (...cont) 


August Bank Holiday Monday 

Click here for details


4 May 2016


Lottery funding for glove project

‘Hand to Hand’ honouring North Devon’s Glove Workers



Photo: John Andow 

Ceramic artist Sue Rossiter, who lives in Braunton, has been awarded public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England for a unique project; ‘Hand to Hand’, which pays tribute to the high quality skills of the North Devon glove workers.

An exhibition of innovative artwork inspired by the project will be held at White Moose gallery, Barnstaple from 11th June to 30th July. Dramatic sculptural forms will combine stitch-like mark-making, leather-like surface qualities and colours developed from local earth pigments, inspired by historical records from the former Pilton Glove Factory in Barnstaple and machinery and equipment of the period.

Two Memory Box workshops will be held at the Sandy Brown Museum on 18th June and on 30th July encouraging ex glovers to share stories and reconnect with their past experiences and skills. Two talks about the glove making heritage of the area will be given by Val Morris, Chairwoman of Torrington Museum on 15th June at Torrington Museum and on 27th July at White Moose gallery.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive Arts Council support and hope audiences will be inspired to value and re connect with their own craft skills,” said Sue Rossiter. “I’ve rediscovered half-forgotten sewing skills as a result of the project and I’m really enjoying using these to incorporate stitch, leather and fabric into my ceramics. I hope the exhibition will show audiences what is possible when skills are acknowledged and that people interested in local history and craft skills, and visitors from outside the area, will come and see the show.”

Once a world centre for glove-making in the 19th and early 20th Century the industry provided employment and craft skills for generations of local families, but all this history is now in danger of being forgotten with local factories closed.

“I am pleased to be supporting this project because I believe we have something in North Devon to be proud of in our glove-making heritage and because I know Sue will produce a great body of work,” said Sandy Brown who has a studio and gallery in the former Sudbury Glove Factory building in Appledore, now home to the Sandy Brown Museum.

Artworks will reference the different stages of production for a glove such as stitching, stamping and pairing. A memory box will reference the final stage in the glove making process; boxing and dispatch, where many hundreds of thousands of gloves were sent from North Devon to London and world-wide.

“Great Torrington Museum is delighted to be helping Sue in this extremely interesting project which highlights a very important industry in the Torrington area and still has many ex-glove workers living locally,” said Val Morris.

Local developers, The Old Glove Factory Development Ltd and Mazzard Investments Limited who are currently redeveloping the former Glove Factory in Ladywell Lane, Pilton into nine contemporary flats, are also supporting the project. The show flats are due to open to the public in July 2016.

Sue Rossiter would like to thank project partners; The Sandy Brown Museum, Torrington Museum and White Moose Gallery and project funders; the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Craft Pottery Association, The Elmgrant Trust and The Old Glove Factory Development Ltd and Mazzard Investments Limited for their support, without which the project would not be possible.


Exhibition: White Moose Gallery, Friday 10th June (private view, 6pm) to 30th July 2016

Talks: 15th June Torrington Museum, 27th July (White Moose Gallery)

Art workshops: 18th June and 30th July (Sandy Brown Museum, Appledore)

For gallery opening times and more information visit: White Moose Gallery or email:

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For more information visit: Arts Council England

15 March 2016

Burrows Dog Walkers


Please note that from March 20th, cattle will be grazing in ZONE 1 + ZONE 2. Walkers are asked to please keep dogs on leads in these zones. If you would like to walk your dog in a livestock free area then please use ZONE 3 (accessed from Crow Point and Sandy Lane car park (via the American Road). For the very latest updates, please check the 'Braunton Burrows Public Information' Facebook page. Non-Facebook account holders can access this by entering the term into a search engine such as Google.

Thank you!


The Countryside Centre, Caen Street, Braunton 

The public are invited to discuss views and opinions and learn more about the management of the Burrows.  Representatives from the Christie Estates management team and Natural England will be attending.

For the very latest information regarding cattle movements and zone status, please check 'Braunton Burrows Public Information' Facebook page (non-Facebook users can also access this by typing the term into a search engine).



There will be no charge to park in Caen Street Car Park on Saturday 12th December and Saturday 19th December 2015.  Take this opportunity to finish all your Christmas Shopping and support your local retailers.


Braunton Parish Council is delighted to be hosting its first Christmas Market organised by local Neil Hampson.  The Market is being held on the Village Green and part of Caen Street Car Park and will start at 6pm with a number of retailers also opening later than usual as well.  The event will raise funds for the Seamoor Chemotherapy Unit and Special Care Baby Unit and is fully booked with 64 exciting stalls and lots of Christmas entertainment.  

Parking will be very limited on the evening of the market and we strongly advise people to walk, bus or, where necessary, share a lift into Braunton and leave the limited parking available for the less able.  For those travelling from outside the village alternative parking is available at Tesco in Braunton and a small number of other car parks.  For further information please go to the website  


The Environment Agency will be assisted by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service as they demonstrate the correct procedure for sandbagging doorways to prevent domestic flooding. Fire fighters will be on hand providing the water for this demonstration as well as giving safety advice to the public about the hazards of walking and driving in flood water. Find out the correct procedure for individual property flood protection using sandbags and a plastic membrane. This event, held at Caen Street Overflow car park, is free to anyone who would like to attend. Please invite anyone you think could be affected by flooding or who is interested in helping others.


18 September 2015


For details click above.




Applications are now available for Parish Grants.  Applications must be received by 20th October 2015.

Guidance Notes   
Application Form



Families for Children are looking for adopters to come forward now. There is no upper age limit for adoption, you can be married or single and you don’t have to own your own home. We are looking for people who have the room in their hearts and can offer a loving and secure family to children most in need. We are especially looking for those who may consider older children (over 4 years), sibling groups and children with disabilities.

If you have ever considered adoption please come and talk to us at our next information event on:

26/09/2015 / 10am – 12 noon / The Garden Flat, Castle Hill, Filleigh Estate, Filleigh EX32 0RQ

Our North Devon office is open on one Saturday of every month where you can talk with our specialist adoption social workers and experienced adoptive parents about all aspects of adoption. Our next open morning is September 26th 2015 from 10am to 12 noon.
10am – 11am Presentation with the chance to hear from one of our adopters
11am – 12 noon Staff and adopters available for individual questions and discussion
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available.
You can book a slot by calling 01271 612004 or email or turn up on the day. Families for Children North Devon The Garden Flat Castle Hill Filleigh Estate Filleigh Devon EX32 0RQ
There is ample parking.

11 September 2015


To view the latest National Flood Forum Bulletin click here



To view the latest Devon County Council Emergency Management Newsletter click the following link



At the Annual Parish Meeting in April this year, the Parish Council awarded grants totalling £5175 to various local organisations which will benefit the Braunton community.  Click here for a full list of the grants paid out in 2015/16.



You can now follow us on Twitter @brauntonparish 



The North Devon Coast AONB’s grant scheme is now open for applications with £23,000 available. There are two priority themes this year: ‘the coast’ and ‘access, recreation and health’, although other projects which fit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s management plan can still be supported. Potential projects should take place within the AONB coastal area or provide a benefit to this area.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is managed by the North Devon Coast AONB on behalf of Defra, to provide clear benefits that meet the purpose ‘to conserve and enhance the natural beauty’ of the area. Funded projects can address environmental, social, cultural or economic activities. Over the last eight years, the SDF has helped fund shore identification guides, a cycle recycle, plant walks, nature art walks, microscope workshops and accessibility improvements to existing trails or rights of way and even an outdoor ‘green gym’.

 Richard Butler, Chairman of the SDF Panel commented that, “The SDF grants are a great opportunity for the AONB to support community projects which have a positive and direct local impact, meeting local needs. Over the years we have funded a great variety of projects, successfully delivered by individuals, groups, organisations or businesses working with the support of local communities. We hope this year we will once again see projects up and running with our funding which will enable more people to enjoy, understand and benefit from the many special qualities of our amazing coast.”

“We have an ‘outstanding’ environment along the coast of North Devon and Torridge and are keen to support projects which encourage greater access to the coast and countryside,” said the new AONB Manager Jenny Carey-Wood. “These can include practical access improvements or increasing opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy and understand the landscape. Access to the countryside can bring considerable benefits to both physical and mental health which is currently a high priority within our communities and for the fund. Access to and understanding of the marine and coastal environment is also a priority this year.”

 There is a short application form for grants up to £500, but projects requesting over £500 must provide some match funding (cash and/or ‘in-kind’ time) and complete the ‘full’ application form. See the AONB’s website for guidance and application forms:

Or contact: Gigha Klinkenborg on 01271 388647 or

DEVON D-DAY 6th & 7th JUNE 2015

Join us for the D-Day anniversary at the U.S. Army Assault Training Center in North Devon.  Watch the wartime vehicle convoy driving across the training grounds from Sandy Lane car park at 09:00 Saturday 6th June.  Visit the display on Saunton beach from lunchtime and watch the convoy drive along the assault beaches.  On Sunday 7th visit Cobbaton Combat Collection for a display of vehicles and living history groups and watch a spectacular re-enactment of a beach assault. 

 More information at 




To see the results of the Braunton Parish Council Elections click here 



Age UK Devon are holding a FREE information event at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 25th 2-4pm.  Enjoy tea and biscuits and find out about advice and information services in our area and how they can help you.  For further information contact Age UK Devon on 0845 2967810.



West Down Parish are holding a fun charity auction to raise funds for the enhancement of West Down Parish Hall and the village Community Recreational Field. Doors open at 5.30pm (for viewing) and the Auction starts at 7pm prompt.  Free entry, bar and refreshments available.  Donations in advance for the auction would be much appreciated. Please click on the poster for full details.



Please come along to the Public Meeting in the Parish Hall to find out more about the Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Study.  The team from Energy Analysis, the organisation carrying out the study in Braunton, will be briefly explaining their initial ideas and discuss concepts which could be developed in the area.  For further information see our poster and to be kept up to date please 'like' the facebook page Braunton Community Energy.



There is a Flood Warden training session being held on 4th February 2015, 6.30pm - 9.30pm at Braunton Academy.  If you are interested in attending please contact Dorothee Fitzsimmons at Devon County Council or email


Patricia Parsons, Independent candidate has won the by-election for the Braunton West Ward held on Thursday 12 December 2013.

The turn-out at the polling station was 16%.

The results were as follows:-

Patricia Parsons, Independent 435

Linda Wellstead, Conservative Party 164



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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Braunton on Tuesday 26th February to visit businesses, residents and volunteers who were affected by the flooding in December 2012.  Please note that Caen Street will be closed from 10 am - 12 noon that day and the Parish Council offices will be closed all morning and will re-open at 2 pm.   Please come and line the streets and welcome them to our Village! 


P R E S S  R E L E A S E


Braunton Parish Council are organising a Public Open Day on Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Braunton Parish Hall between 10.00am and 1.00pm.  The event will provide an opportunity for the public to be consulted on the Draft Air Quality Action Plan for Braunton and the Draft Joint North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. 

The Environment Agency will also be present during the day providing information about flood prevention and what action you can take to protect your home, business and community.  There will also be demonstrations by the Environment Agency on how to correctly fill sand bags and build a sand bag wall.

The Council are urging local businesses and residents to come along on the day and put their views across.


Please come along to Braunton Parish Hall at 6 pm on Saturday 2nd March 2013 - Ben Byrom will explain the recent flooding and present a photographic slideshow.

The Young People of Braunton Score a New Goalpost

In October 2012, Braunton Parish Council erected a practice goalpost on the Recreational Ground.  This project came about due to the Illingworth Shelter being used as a goal mouth. This was not only causing damage to the shelter but also to the houses that backed onto the Recreational Ground as balls were being overshot into neighbouring gardens. This then led to issues with security and privacy, as the young people were climbing the boundary wall to retrieve their ball.

A local resident generously donated £1000 towards finding a solution to this problem. The Parish Council met with the Police, Braunton Football Club and two young people from Braunton on the 1 September 2011 to discuss providing a practice goal post on the  Recreational Ground for young people to use.  There were subsequent meetings where the size, type and location of the goal post were   discussed,  Where possible the Council tried to provide what the young people wanted.

The Youth Service offered to provide a goal post frame that they had spare, but unfortunately it could not be used, as the goalpost had to comply with BS 8461:2005 standards 'Football Goals Code of Practice for their procurement, installation, maintenance, storage and     inspection'. The Parish Council purchased an anti-vandal steel goalpost (size 16'x7') and net supports, which cost £600.

Signs have also been placed on the Illingworth Shelter stating “NO BALL GAMES NEAR TO OR ON THIS SHELTER”.

The Council will use the remaining donated money to work with the young people of  Braunton to further improve the Recreational Ground and enable the practice goal to be used all year round.

See Hear Bus 

The See Hear Bus will be parked in the London Inn car park, Braunton from 10am to 12 noon on the second Thursday of every month, starting from Thursday 11 October 2012.