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Following an incident of sheep worrying in the Berry area of Shebbear, I would like to pass on the following information:

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 the owner, or anyone else under whose control the dog is at the time, will be guilty of an offence if they allow their dog to worry livestock on agricultural land. Worrying livestock means attacking or chasing any farm animal or poultry - there does not have to be any contact. The definition of 'livestock' includes cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses and poultry – game birds are not included. The dog must have been attacking or chasing livestock in such a way that it could reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering or, in the case of females, abortion or the loss or diminution of their produce. If you allow your dog to worry livestock you can be prosecuted and fined, ordered to pay compensation and even have the dog destroyed.

Farmers are permitted to shoot dogs that are worrying, or are about to worry, livestock. This is outlined in the Animals Act 1971 section 9, which also states that the farmer is not liable to compensate the dog’s owner in such circumstances. Any dog which is not a working dog can be regarded as worrying livestock merely by being off lead and not under close control in a field or enclosure where there are sheep. The farmer has to prove that the action was necessary to protect livestock and ensure that it is reported to the police within 48 hours. The dog's owner can then be subject to all the above penalties too.

An offence is not committed if at the time of the worrying the livestock were trespassing, the dog belonged to the owner of the land on which the trespassing livestock were and the person in charge of the dog did not cause the dog to attack the livestock. Melissa Baker – PCSO 30335 TORRINGTON STATION

Sunday 19th October

Open to Devon and Cornwall Bat Groups (membership can be sorted on the day) At Launcells Parish Hall, Nr. Bude 10am - 4pm

Sue and Chris at Cornwall Bat Hospital are holding a bat care day this Autumn for anyone interested in becoming a bat carer. The event will be held at Launcells Parish Hall, near Bude. There is no postcode for the hall itself, but EX23 9LS gets you close enough - the address is Launcells Parish Hall, West Street, Grimscott. There is parking outside the hall.

There is no course fee, but small donations to help with the cost of hall hire would be welcomed,

As the event will run from 10am-4pm, bring along a packed lunch. No special equipment is needed for the day, just yourself and an interest in bat care! There is a kitchen at the hall, so teas and coffees can be provided throughout the day.

If you have any questions about the day, please contact Chris at,

We look forward to seeing you there; the more people, the merrier!


Shebbear Village Hall celebrates it's Diamond Jubilee in 1950s style

Saturday 15th November 2014

Time to get the bunting out, and your bobby socks on as it's 60 years since Shebbear Village Hall was opened by its villagers and what better way to mark the occasion than with a party 1950s style. Back in 1954 radio stars of the day were invited down from The Archers and Helena Bonham-Carter's Great Uncle took part in a play that was especially written for the occasion.

The north Devon village, which is home to the Devil's Stone, will once again be rocking to the sounds of the 1950s when the recently refurbished village hall celebrates with a tea dance in the afternoon from 3pm for just £2, and evening of rock with Devon band 'Big Al and the Wild Strawberries' for just £5 with kids free.

The Tea Dance from 3pm will be featuring a master-class and demonstration with the South West Lindy Hoppers, the Lindy Hop was the original grand daddy of rock 'n roll, currently being revived. Local talent Jax Cakes will be baking a delicious selection for the tea. The Whiddon Wagon Chip Van will be coming along, Bar opens from 7.30pm.

1950s costume is optional but it's a chance to get out your vintage gear and put a bit of stylish glamour back into your dancing shoes. Get your ticket on the door. Shebbear Village Hall Shebbear Beaworthy Devon EX21 5RS

For further information call our chairman Chris Styles-Power on 01409 281152

Some people may be confused about when they can light a bonfire and what can be burnt.

The National Society for Clean Air offers us some invaluable information on this. More details...


A planning application has been made for a 67m wind turbine between Sedgemoor Cross and Battle Down Cross. The turbine is comparable with the ones at Durpley and Ascott. If you wish to comment on the application, you must do so before 22nd October.
You can write to Planning support, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG or email and you need to quote 1/0947/2014/FUL


Kelly Martin has provided Buckland Filleigh with our great newsletter for many years. Thanks go to her from the community for all her hard work. Adrian Thomas has taken over and and produced his first for Oct/Nov 2014. Well done for taken on this work Adrian. The newsletter can be read in it's entirety at this link


A charity aimed at funding the installation of at least one Public Access Defibrillator and essential first aid training courses to the community. Holding the 1st AGM at the Devil's Stone Inn 27th October 7.30pm.


The Shebbear College North Devon U16 Champion Hockey Team

North Devon U16 Hockey Champions! Shebbear 'Girl Power' continues to assert itself as their U16 Hockey team retained their North Devon Hockey title last week by remaining unbeaten in the competition and winning the key fixture against West Buckland, who are always very tough competitors. They now go to the County Finals. The team has found a new star in German boarder Larissa Stroh who has added fire power to what was already a very strong squad.

The Shebbear U16 girls played in the North Devon Hockey Tournament on Thursday 25th September. They started slowly by only just beating Bideford College 1-0, Minnie Alexander pushing the ball in from a strong cross from Larissa Stroh. The next game saw the girls pull their socks up, beating Park School 5-0, Lucy Taylor scoring 2, Larissa 2 and Tabby Kirkwood 1. They continued strongly against Holsworthy, beating them 3-0, with 2 points again from Larissa and 1 from Lucy.

Their final game against West Buckland would decide the winner, and what a game! They had first push back and were on fire, within 50 seconds Eloise Maxa found herself at the edge of the D with the ball, she struck it as hard as she could at the goal and scored. The next 7 minutes saw the girls defend with all their might, Olivia Hill and Helen Dolton made it impossible for West Buckland to break through and score.

At half time they were still ahead but only by 1 goal. 8 minutes to go and West Buckland came at them hard, putting their defence under pressure time and time again. They had 2 more good scoring opportunities but just couldn't quite find the back of the net again. 2 minutes left and every single Shebbear girl worked, tackled and passed as hard as they possible could and West Buckland just couldn't match their determination. The final whistle blew and they had won the game 1-0, making them North Devon U16 Champions again. Well done to the whole squad who really deserved to win, they have done Shebbear College proud again.


Shebbear College - A Date for Your Diary: MINI SHEBS free play sessions will resume again after Half Term with the first session on Friday 7th November at 2.00pm Come and join our fun play sessions for parents and toddlers (3 years and under) held every Friday from 2.00pm - 3.00pm in our wonderful Kindergarten. Play sessions are free, please come along and enjoy a relaxed hour of play with your toddler, meet other parents and enjoy some refreshments. For further details please email


Since the controversial decision to withdraw the post office franchise from Shebbear, Keith and Anne at South View Stores have tried to maintain a parcel service for the community. The service provided by the shop is under utilised and may be withdrawn as a result. If it is to continue, we need to make greater use of this facility.

More details at South View Stores or at Collect+

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Last updated: 17th October 2014
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