HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

  • There will be a one minute national silence to take place on Saturday 17 April at 15:00 to align with the funeral of the Duke.
  • Funeral details have now been published via this link:
  • In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government coronavirus guidelines, particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel, to keep themselves and others safe. Please help us to share this information via your communication channels.
  • The online condolence book can be found using this link:
  • Members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages in memory of His Royal Highness, instead of leaving floral tributes.

For further information, go to: or:

Councillor Vacancies on Staverton Parish Council

Councillor Vacancies on Staverton Parish Council

Are you inspired to get involved in your Parish Council to make a real difference at local level?

We are looking for two new Councillors by a process called co-option, which means that people may put themselves forward without going through a local election process.

Who can be a Parish Councillor?

You must be:

  • At least 18 and a British, Commonwealth or EU Citizen
  • On the electoral roll for the area, or have worked or occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the district for at least a year

What does a Parish Councillor do?

At a basic level, attend monthly meetings (held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating usually between Staverton and Landscove, where planning and community matters are discussed.  You can join a Working Group (like the Neighbourhood Plan, Finance or Climate Emergency), advocate for changes in our area by speaking to our District Councillor, look after our public spaces and allotments, and just generally seek to make this Parish continue to be a lovely place to live.


Please send a brief paragraph about yourself and what you can bring to the role to the Clerk, Karen Smith, who can be contacted on

If you would like to have an informal chat about what it is like to be a Parish Councillor, then give one of the current Councillors a ring.  Contact details can be found at 

Required: a part time, self-employed Lengthsman


Require a part time, self-employed Lengthsman

Total of 80 hours flexible working from October 2021 – March 2022

(to be extended to cover the following two winter seasons)



General maintenance jobs required around the Parish will include:


  • Clearing drainage ditches and gullies of leaves and debris
  • Clearing storm debris on the lanes
  • Cleaning of grates and pavement maintenance e.g. removal of grass/mud
  • Clearing foliage around road signs and cutting verges to assist visibility at junctions
  • Attending to minor repairs


Local knowledge advantageous, but not essential.  Spraying certificate would be useful.

Applicants must have Public Liability Insurance, safety training to work on the roads and provide their own vehicle and equipment.

Applications detailing skills & experience and an indication of rates, should be emailed to:


Karen Smith,

Staverton Parish Clerk


Closing Date:      Friday 21st May 2021







Someone is moving the goalposts on the playing field to form a small football pitch, and THIS IS WHY THEY MUST NOT:
The playing field is a designated emergency night landing site for the Devon Air Ambulance, and they require a landing zone free of obstructions. The goalpost nearest to the pavilion is parked off the pitch and out of the zone by its owners, Totnes & Dartington FC. The field is regularly monitored by DAA and if there is an obstruction they will immediately close the landing site down until it has been cleared.
If you know anyone involved in playing on the pitch, other than St Christopher’s school and T&D FC then please pass this information on. A life may literally depend on it.
If these unknown users are wanting to use the field again and want to make it a legitimate thing, then please contact . We are not wanting to punish or hinder, and we may be able to help!

NOTICE OF ELECTION Police & Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner Election
For the Devon and Cornwall Police Area

1. An election is to be held for a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Devon and Cornwall Police Area.
2. Nomination papers can be obtained from the office of the Police Area Returning Officer, Exeter City Council, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JN during the times stated below. Please phone 01392 265141 to arrange.
3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Police Area Returning Officer at Exeter City Council, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JN between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of this notice but no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.
4. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
5. Applications to register to vote must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by Monday 19 April 2021. Applications can be made online:
6. The £5,000 deposit can be paid by legal tender, bank transfer or by means of a banker’s draft from a drawer which carries on business as a banker in the United Kingdom.
7. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
8. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
9. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the relevant Electoral Registration


Published by the Police Area Returning Officer Devon and Cornwall Police Area, Exeter City Council, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JN

Dog Theft

(From the NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team)

Neighbourhood Watch Network is supporting Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who, in partnership with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has created an online survey designed to understand the public’s perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.

The survey includes a question seeking views on whether dogs should be treated in law merely as property when they are stolen. Having a common understanding of how the public feels about this issue will help inform discussions that PCCs and NWN will have nationally, as well as allow police forces to better understand the public’s views.

Mrs Bourne said: “Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

“I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets.”

Neighbourhood Watch Network have just been approached to help support this campaign so apologies for the short notice as the survey closes on Friday12th March.  Please, if you can, and haven’t already, take a couple of minutes to complete the survey as your support and views are really valuable to us.

Link to survey is here:

The Calor Rural Community Fund opens for applications today- Wednesday 10th March 2021.

Does your community project need some financial support?

(Words from Calor)

The Calor Rural Community Fund launched in 2017 with the ambition to support projects in rural communities, turning big ideas into a reality. In this time, we’re incredibly proud to have been able to support 214 projects with over £460,000 generated through donations and Calor contributions. You can check out some of these projects here.

We’re giving you a platform to raise awareness of the work you’re doing for your local area. That’s why we’re working with Crowdfunder, to give you even more tools to generate support and raise donations, so you get your community projects off to a flying start! As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also giving away £85,000 in funding! So what are you waiting for? Join the Calor Rural Community Fund and support your local community.


From MONDAY 22 MARCH 2021
for a maximum of 5 days
Until FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021 (both dates inclusive)
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads.
Roads affected –
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable –
For additional information contact:
Telephone: 0344 346 2020
Dated: MONDAY 22 MARCH 2021
Meg Booth
Chief Officer of Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste
Devon Highways
Devon County Council
County Hall
Ref: TTRO2139338

Vacancy on the Parish Council


 Further to, and in addition to, the previously advertised vacancy


Local Government Act 1972 Section 87(2)








NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for Staverton Parish Council.


Unless ten or more electors of the Staverton Parish, on or before the 26th March 2021, submit a request in writing for an election to be held, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.


Requests must be sent to the Returning Officer, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE.


Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Proper Officer, under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place.  The 2020 regulations provide for the by-election to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.






Parish Clerk

8th March 2021

Biodiversity – Reason to be Cheerful

by Malcolm Baldwin

If you want a cheery sight in this winter Covid lockdown, look no further than Staverton Churchyard.  The early spring flowers are showing themselves amongst the gravestones of our ancestors.  It’s a comforting thought to know that those who lie peacefully in the graveyard are part of this annual cycle of renewal.
Frescoes of the crocus plant were found in Knossos Crete, the oldest Mediterranean civilisation pre-dating the Greeks. The spice saffron comes from the stigmas of the autumn variety – crocus sativus. These flowers in the churchyard provide early nectar for emerging queen bumblebees searching for a place to nest.

The recent heavy rain we experienced in early February has been a boost for the various mosses and lichens which adorn the headstones on the graves. The abundant presence of lichens is a sign of pure air quality; they add the patina of age to these monuments of the past.
We all think of daffodils as harbingers of spring, and for many of us they bring to mind Wordsworth’s poem
‘I wandered lonely as a Cloud’.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
Where all at once I saw a crowd
A host, of golden daffodils.
Beneath the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Apparently Wordsworth’s favourite flower was the lesser celandine, another bright yellow sunny reminder of increased daylight. They are now fast appearing the Staverton Churchyard. On his death Wordsworth requested that a lesser celandine be carved into the headstone on his grave. However the stonemason was not properly informed, and thought the great man’s grave should be adorned with the greater celandine! It’s a lovely flower but not nearly as beautiful as its lesser cousin.

Staverton is well known for its snowdrops on the river bank. Their season in ending now in the constant cycle of decay and renewal. These flowers are an early treat for the bees, and they reproduce mainly by bulb proliferation. There are 250 varieties with many hybrids. So which are these? Don’t ask!