Panto 2017 – Informal Meeting – come and get involved!

Dear loveliest Panto Players
Hope you all had a superb Summer and managed to get some sun.
Alexandra has been beavering away on a fabulous script for Jack and the Beanstalk, but it is taking longer than she had hoped, and work commitments are starting to put pressure on her available time to finish it in time for this year.
There is an informal extraordinary meeting of all interested adults at The Live and Let Live Inn, 7pm on Thursday 28 September.
The agenda will have two items :
1. Panto 2017 – what shape and form will it take.
2. Chatter, chatter, chatter.
Some ideas have already popped up that we could discuss:
1. Perhaps this year’s panto is a more relaxed, shorter performance with less rehearsal time.
2. Perhaps we put on some type of performance that isn’t a panto, depending on the appetites of the participants.
3. We have a rest year….
Yolanda Drewell
01803 762338

Road closure – Eight Trees into Staverton





for a maximum of 5 days

Until FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2017 (both dates inclusive)

No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to those length of roads.

Roads affected –



This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable –


For additional information contact:


Telephone: 01404 821500

Staverton Court Room & Playing Field Management Committee

Due the resignation of our long serving Minutes and Agenda Secretary Mrs Sheila Beare we now have an immediate need for someone to fill this position.

With the Committee about to embark on the redecoration of the Court Room main hall and the refurbishment of the kitchen it is an exciting time to become more involved in your Community.

We are presently a small Committee of dedicated and enthusiastic Members and would welcome applications to join our friendly group.

Sheila has loyally served the Committee for some 30 years and fortunately for us is not leaving the Committee.  We thank her most sincerely for all her hard work in the position as Secretary.

Please contact:   Ray Hill at 01803 762453 or email: rayirene.hill1 at   (replace the “at” with “@” – this avoids automatic spam)

Raymond J Hill


10th September 2017

Devon Air Ambulance Message

Begin forwarded message:
From: Cara Jones <>
Subject: Devon Air Ambulance Volunteer Vacancies
Date: 11 July 2017 at 11:38:15 BST
To: Cara Jones <>

To whom this may concern,
Please allow me to introduce myself, I am the newly appointed Volunteer Manager here at the Devon Air Ambulance Head Office in Exeter and I’m looking into possible ways in which I can promote our need for volunteers in local communities throughout Devon.
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly but I was hoping you might be able to put me in contact with the correct person. I’m looking to liaise with someone in relation to the parish magazine. If you could please pass on my email it would be greatly appreciated.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity.  Registered Charity No: 1077998.
Our aim is “to relieve sickness and injury in and around the county of Devon through provision of an emergency Air Ambulance Service.”
Our fantastic family of volunteers are an invaluable part of our fundraising team and the backbone of the Charity. They ensure we remain truly rooted in the community we serve.
If any residents of your parish would like to find out about volunteer roles – such as box collecting, giving talks, attending cheque presentation, assisting in our charity shops and assist at our events;
please contact us by ringing 01392 466666 or
We appreciate everyone has other commitments so we welcome flexible volunteers who do not need to commit to a minimum amount of time. They are also welcome to a trial a role if they would like to see if it would suit them.
I have attached one of our posters along with our volunteer booklet which gives more details.
Kindest regards,
Cara Jones
Volunteer Manager
Office:  01392 466666 ext 122
Mobile: 07944 392 667

Can you help….?

Single mum, who can’t drive due to ill health, desperately requires help in getting her two boys to Teign school in Kingsteignton. To leave Staverton by 8.15am at the latest & collection from kingsteignton at 3.20.
Fuel costs will be covered.
Please contact Samantha on 762184 if you can help in any way, thank you

Consultation on merging South Hams District Council with West Devon

Austerity Progresses Further

A proposal to merge our district council with West Devon Borough Council is now out for public consultation.  
This is a measure that responds to further government cuts in funding to local councils.  Can the cost savings really be achieved, and if so, will they be worth the chaos and confusion?  Are you happy with reduced accountability of our elected officials as they become more distant from us?  Will the savings be eaten up by higher council executive pay and consultancy fees?  Have a look at the proposal below and judge for yourself.


One Council – Have your say


South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have now launched their consultation on a proposal to create one single new council.

Although South Hams and West Devon already share one workforce their political structures and decision making processes have remained completely separate. 

However, in July the majority of councillors from both authorities voted to consult the public, their partners and local businesses on whether they should bring the two political structures together and create One Council.

South Hams and West Devon say that this would save them half a million pounds a year and go towards closing a predicted funding gap of £1.9 million by 2020.

However, before they decide whether they would like to submit a proposal to the secretary of state, who will make the final decision, the councils would like the public to have their say.  The consultation is now open and closes on Sunday 8 October.

The consultation will take a number of different forms. There is a dedicated website, including an online survey and every household will receive a postcard telling them how they can find out more information.

Between now and the beginning of October, the councils will also be holding events in towns and parishes, where people can talk to their councillors and find out more information.

Cllr John Tucker Leader of South Hams District Council said “I really would encourage everyone to take a look at the information that we have provided, there are many things for people to consider, particularly for the residents of South Hams, who would see a Council Tax increase on the South Hams element of their Council Tax, to bring it to the same level as West Devon.

“Our working relationship with West Devon so far, has been fundamental to our ability to keep delivering services despite budget cuts and we have actually benefited more from this than West Devon have.  The shared workforce arrangement currently saves South Hams £3.9m a year and West Devon £2.2m a year, which has so far enabled us to keep our element of the council tax at a lower rate.

“For me, I see the creation of a new council as a natural extension of our current working arrangements. It not only enables us to protect the savings we have made to date, but enables us to make more and safeguard services.”

Cllr Lois Samuel, Deputy Leader at West Devon Borough Council Added: “It is really important to us that we get a fair and accurate representation from across both areas and so we have also commissioned a telephone survey.  Some of the residents in South Hams and West Devon may be contacted to answer the consultation questions over the phone.

“We will be putting out updates on social media and through a dedicated newsletter, the best way to keep up-to-date with the consultation dates and events is to sign up and follow us.”

In addition to this the councils will be sending letters to their partners and MP’s and holding briefing sessions with towns and parish councils as well as making contact with the business community.

The consultation will run from now until midnight on the 8 October.  After the consultation closes, councillors from both authorities will consider the feedback from the consultation and make their final decision whether to submit to the secretary of state or not, at full council meetings towards the end of October. 

For all of the information on the consultation visit:

Notes to editors:

To help us spead the word and give everyone in South Hams and West Devon chance to have thier say please join our Thunderclap

West Devon Thunder Clap

South Hams Thunder Clap

Join a TRESOC Walk & Talk re Staverton Leat hydro

As you are aware, Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society (SHCBS) have been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) to kick start the development of a 100kW hydro power plant at Staverton Leat. SHCBS will use the grant to do a feasibility study and look at the potential of the hydro scheme on the River Dart.
Local residents and Tresoc members are invited to take part in a ‘walk & talk’ session to ask questions about the project informally.

Guided Walk & Talks Available on –

Thursday 10th August 11am – 1pm

Saturday 12th August 11am – 1pm

Tuesday 15th August 2pm – 4pm

Please contact Tresoc to register, email or call 01803867431.

Meet at the Sea Trout Inn car park. If coming by car, please park on the road by the Church unless you are patronising the Sea Trout Inn.

Tresoc will also be addressing the Staverton Parish Council meeting on 6th September 2017;  the local community is invited.


Find out more about Staverton Leat also on the Tresoc website