Contact the clerk on 01837871308
Please find below a link to the Travel Devon website which contains a long list of changes to local Stagecoach bus services in your area for April 2023. The majority of changes reflect timetable adjustments to improve punctuality Devon. Please see the Travel Devon web page for more detail - https://www.traveldevon.info/bus/latest-news-service-updates/timetable-changes-from-2nd-april-2023/
AVIAN INFLUENZA (Bird Flu)
From 7 th November 2022, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds
housed and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to protect their flocks. This applies
whether keepers have commercial flocks, or just a few birds in a backyard. Link to the housing
order:- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [Logo] (publishing.service.gov.uk)
The decision was made by the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, as the UK continues to face its
largest ever outbreak of avian influenza – with over 70 cases since the start of October.
You should be vigilant for any signs of disease in your birds and seek prompt advice from your vet
if you have any concerns.
You can help protect your birds and prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on your
housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds -
including making sure that their feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.
preventing access by poultry and captive birds to ponds and watercourses
cleansing and disinfecting footwear and equipment before and after contact with poultry and
captive birds (or changing into clean footwear before tending to your birds)
regularly cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces in areas where birds are kept
reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry
and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination, and using effective vermin control
keeping fresh approved disinfectant at the right concentration for use at farm entrances and
before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
Full details of what is required can be found on the government website - www.gov.uk/bird-flu
You can also find a self-assessment checklist at the above link to help you put the measures in
place, as well as more information about the virus.
You can keep up to date with any future changes by regularly visiting the avian influenza section
on the government website, and by registering for email or text alerts -
The risk to public health from the virus is very low, however it is important that people don’t pick up
sick or dead birds.
You should call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 if you find:
one or more dead bird of prey or owl
3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
5 or more dead birds of any species
The Food Standards Agency advice remains unchanged, that avian influenza poses a very low
food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs,
are safe to eat.
Files coming soon.
Please feel free to inform the clerk if one you know of is not listed.
The road from A3079 towards Patchacott is closed for work at the bridge as at 23 Mar 23
The Rural Services Network wish to highlight an article in this weeks update (this is a useful publication to subscribe to):
We will be running the following article in our weekly rural newsletter tomorrow and would appreciate your help in getting as many people as possible to complete the survey:
The survey is being held in partnership with the Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group.
Research commissioned by the RSN last year shows rural areas are suffering more acutely from the rise in the cost of living compared to urban areas.
The purpose of the survey is to understand more about rural household budgets at, what is, a very difficult time for many.
Results from the survey will help us to engage more effectively with Government Departments, MPs and other policy makers.
The survey can be found at the following link:
USe this link for your nearest Dogs Trust rehoming centre at Ilfracombe with some information regarding a free service which is offered to any dog owner, the Canine Care Card which aims to give dog owners peace of mind should the worst happen to them.
Changes to Stagecoach Buses wef 30 Oct 2022
The full set of new timetables listed on our Travel Devon web page:
Changes to Bus Services in Devon from 30th October 2022 - Travel Devon
The specific issues regarding some services were:
Stagecoach assure that reliability should noticeably improve as their reduced network will start to align with the number of driving staff they employ.
Power cut safety advice
If you are affected by a power cut, it is the Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) who is responsible for maintaining physical electricity supplies to your home or business. You can contact your local DNO by calling 105. If you need to light your home when you’re without power, we would prefer if you used torches and battery-powered candles rather than candles. If you must use candles, follow our candle safety advice. Don't try and cook using barbecues or using fires inside your home such as wood-burners. Turn off any appliances that may be a fire risk if they switch on when the power comes back on (such as hair dryers or electric hobs). If you're using a portable heater such as oil or gas, keep it a good distance (at least 1 metre) from people or furniture. Do not cover them with anything that could catch fire such as clothing.
GROWING COMMUNITIES FUND (DCC) grants of between £500-£1000 are available to a wide range of not-for-profit groups including schools and parish councils for projects that support communities to become more resiliant, build self-reliance, tackle hardship, address lonliness and isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing and respond to the climate crisis. Applications can be made at any time, but funding must be spent by 31 March 2023. Full details from https://www.devon.gov.uk/communities/growing-communities-fund.
THE OLI LEIGH TRUST - grants available of £500 upwards, to a wide range of small or medium sized organisations who meet the Trust's priorities around supporting young people affected by mental health issues, promoting their wellbeing and providing suicide awareness training. Full details from
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - COST OF LIVING GRANTS - individual service and ex-service personnel can apply at anytime on-line For full details go to https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/financial-and-employment-support/grants/cost-of-living-grants
YOUTH JUSTICE SPORT FUND (Ministry of Justice) grants of up to £20,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that are engaging with vulnerable children and young people aged 10-17yrs, in sport and physical activities, who may otherwise be at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Full details from https://www.streetgames.org/youth-justice-sport-fund Deadline 5th December (with decisions expected at the start of January 2023 - please note this funding must be spent by 31 March 2023)
Please use this link to view further funding available for households
Projects that support Devon communities have the opportunity to apply for funding through a new scheme.
Grants ranging from £500 to £3,000 are available through the Growing Communities Fund.