Village of Dunsford, Devon

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This page is available for anyone who wishes to advertise any village events or update any useful information about our community.

send any text or pictures to Karen Morris: and I will update the website as soon as possible.


Dunsford's Bus Service:Your feedback wanted

The Parish Council's working group is looking for your feedback on the Countrybus 359 service.
The contract for the bus service will be up for renewal in May 2019 and we've offered to share residents' feedback with the bus company and Devon County Council.
If you use the bus service OR if you don't - we would really like you to complete a short survey that will take you about 5 minutes.

Questionnaires available from Dunsford Stores/Post Office from 1st September and from here:

Please return completed questionnaires before 29th September to the Dunsford Post Office.

The full schedule of the 359 fares and Devon bus timetables are now available in Dunsford Stores/Post Office
- Adult - Single to Exeter £3.70; Return £5.60; 10 single trip ticket £22.95
- Child - Single to Exeter £2.00; Return £3.70; 10 single trip ticket £15.45


Teignbridge Gambling Act Consultation

Teignbridge District Council, as 'the licensing authority', are reviewing the 'statement of principles', as required by the Gambling Act 2005.  Comments are welcome from the police, the fire service, licence holders, businesses, local residents and their representatives.

For further information please visit:

A one-side introduction to the consultation is available here:

Councillor Vacancy for Dunsford Parish Council

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor due to the resignation of Cllr R Peake. The Council would like to thank him for his time on the Council.

There has been no request from the Parish for an election, so the Council is free to co-opt a new member.

If you are over 18 years old, live in, or within three miles of, Dunsford and are interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk on 01392 811236 or by email by Friday 28th September 2018




Dunsford Parish Plan update regarding the Connectivity working group's progress

The Connectivity working group has turned its attention to another of its objectives - the  359 bus service. The residents feedback was that the bus service is much appreciated by those who use it and  it would be a huge loss if were discontinued. The sub-group wants to ensure there is no risk we may lose it so want to publicise it more widely – we need to “love it” or we may lose it. We have met the official at Devon County Council so we can understand more about how the subsidies to bus services work and what  the residents and users of the bus could be doing to ensure the message come through loud and clear that it is a valued and a crucial service for the residents of Dunsford. John Richardson-Dawes is the Principal Transport Co-ordinating Officer at Devon County Council and has kindly provided the brief summary below to help with our wider understanding

About eighty per cent of bus services run ‘commercially.’ This means bus companies providing services according to what’s financially viable. There is no formal local authority control over these services and no public subsidy, apart from a small grant from government in Westminster which originally refunded the duty on fuel.

Not surprisingly, most ‘commercial’ bus services are in towns and cities and on main roads between large towns. In rural areas bus services are rarely profitable. Legislation recognizes this by allowing county councils to buy in services which would otherwise not be provided. They do this by going out to tender for services they want to see provided. Contracts are then let to whichever bus company offers the best value arrangement for running the service in question.

This is how your local bus - the 359 - comes about. Since no bus company is willing or able to keep this going ‘commercially,’ Devon County Council, having gone out to tender, has a contract with Country Bus. The contract lasts for eight years - the maximum allowable - and was last tendered in April 2011. This means a new contract will soon be tendered for to take effect from May 2019. The County Council sets the timetable, route and fares, not the bus company.

For a rural county, Devon has a good bus network. In spite of budget cuts caused by reductions in government funding to local authorities, Devon has remained committed to keeping services like the 359 because it is recognized that they are vital to the life of our communities. The 359 accounts for about 41,500 passenger trips a year (a passenger trip is a one-way journey, these being recorded every time someone boards the bus). This figure is very important because Devon evaluates its subsidy commitment in terms of how much a services costs for every passenger trip. The lower the subsidy per passenger trip, the better the chances of the service being unaffected by any pressures on expenditure.

The 359 consists of one vehicle and driver running back and forth, fitting in as many journeys as possible - allowing for some recovery time and the driver’s breaks. It briefly needs a second vehicle and driver to run the last bus (at 1815) from Exeter. It’s therefore a cost-effective operation and there are no plans right now to cut it! However, new customers are always welcomed.

Country Bus have just upgraded their ticket machines, which enables them to be part of the County Council’s real time information system. This system tracks buses and supplies predicted actual times of arrival, aimed at being useful when there are traffic delays. The information can either be seen on a limited number of displays in the street, or on-line or look for the Devon Bus Tracker app in the App Store. It’s hoped that contactless payment will be available at some time in the future. As for the bus itself, Devon achieved almost 100% coverage of low-floor accessible buses long before the law required it. These modern buses are far easier to board for people with disabilities, parents with buggies or passengers with heavy shopping or luggage.

Unfortunately, even with subsidy, many rural routes can’t sustain services in the evening and on Sundays because there aren’t enough passengers at these times. Bus the 359 offers a choice of travel times on six days a week. The timetable appears in the County Council’s Teignbridge Area Timetable Book, in the on-line e-book -

or see the journey planner on Traveline -                                                                                                                                                              

The sub-group are meeting with the management of Countrybus and will be talking to them about how to give the fares greater publicity, what we can do in terms of surveys of bus users and non-users to help understand residents’ views.  So look out for notices in a future Parish magazine and in the Post Office.

Suzanne Cosgrave, Hannah Phipps and Martin Sharland


Councillor Vacancy for Dunsford Parish Council

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor due to the resignation of Cllr MacEacharn. The Council would like to thank her for her time on the Council.

There has been no request from the Parish for an election, so the Council is free to co-opt a new member.

If you are over 18 years old, live in Dunsford and are interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk on 01392 811236 or by email by Friday 1st June 2018


Recycling advice from Devon County Council

What do you do with lids, tops and caps? If you find yourself asking “Are they recyclable?”,“Which bin do they go in?” and “Am I doing it right?” then read on.  These common questions now have a simple answer – YES! They are all recyclable! Simplygive the  bottle or jar a rinse, squash plastic bottles, put the top back on and recycle as you normally would – even if it’s a metal lid on a glass jar.

Many people still remember the early days of recycling when plastic lids caused a problem due to being a different kind of plastic or being heavily dyed. Thankfully, technology has
improved over the years and we no longer have this problem. Hurrah! In fact, the recycling industry preference is now for lids to remain attached to bottles and jars.  Lids and caps are small and light, so attaching them to larger items keeps them contained during the collection and sorting process and prevents them from jamming machinery. It also helps keep plastic bottles squashed, so reduces volume and creates more space in your recycling bin, bag or box and on the recycling collection vehicle. All in all, keeping your top on gets a big thumbs up all round and helps maintain Devon’s 55.7% recycling rate.

So, what happens to plastic bottles with lids? Plastics are shredded, cleaned and passed through a Sink-Float tank which separates different types of plastic by density. HDPE plastic, such as lids and caps, will float whereas PET plastic, such as bottles, will sink. So simple, but very effective! The different plastics are then sold on to manufacturers who turn the plastic shreds into new products, such as garden furniture, fencing, polyester clothing and even new bottles.

And glass jars? Similarly to plastic, glass is crushed and cleaned before it passes through a process to remove any plastic or metal lids and collars. Plastic and metal is recycled into new products and glass is recycled into new bottles and jars.



Would you like to be considered to join the Dunsford Parish Council?


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Dunsford, and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before the 13th April 2018, submitted a request in writing to the Proper Officer, Forde House Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Signed   Lynne Ogden (Clerk to the Council)        Date: 22/03/2018

The Chagford Singers Spring Concert
Faure’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass
24th March at 7.30pm
St Michael’s Church, Chagford
Conductor Tim Pithers
Accompanist Shaun Brown
£10 on the door or Sally’s newsagents


For anyone who is interested in what they are doing at the top of six mile hill while the road was closed, here are some photos sent to me by one of my shop customers.


Dusnford 2017 Pantomine: "Beauty and the Beast", written and directed by Ilona Lapka.

Dates for Pantomime this year are Saturday 7th January to Saturday 14th January 2017.

The evening performances will start at 7.45 and on each of the Saturdays there will also be a Matinee performance starting at 2.30.

The story is based on the original  1740 French fairytale with a hint of the modern Disney and more than a pinch of the writers own imagination!

Tickets will be available from 1st December priced at £5 and £6 from our Box office
01647 252924


Birthday Party for the Queen, 23rd April 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended a very successful Birthday Party for the Queen. It was enjoyed by over 70 people on saturday 23rd April. And a big thank you to all those who helped to plan it and worked hard on the day to make it all happen.

Everyone was very generous with donations and the raffle and we made £100 profit on the day. Please let Karen know in the shop if you have any ideas for what to spend it on. Two ideas are to start the fund for the defibrulator or towards planting for the village centre.

90th Birthday Party For the Queen

Dunsford Village Hall

Saturday 23rd April 2.30pm