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Welcome to, the community website for the parishes of Shebbear and Buckland Filleigh. This is an independent one stop website aimed as a resource for locals and visitors alike. If you are looking for accommodation, a tradesman, loaf of bread, social events or just background information, you can find it all here.
Do have a browse through the pages. The website is still being developed, if you don't find what you are looking for, then please Contact us to ask or make a suggestion.

If you contact somebody through the pages of the Shebbear and Buckland Filleigh website, please tell them where you got their details from.

The website for Shebbear & Buckland Filleigh is not the only local website available to our community.
Check out the links below for our local non-commercial websites:

Shebbear Shooters * Old Shebbearians * Shebbear village hall * Little Bears Pre-school * Shebbear College * Shebbear Surgery * Riding club *
* Facebook board & free ads * Shebbear Community School * ShebbearNet *


Alscott Farm, Shebbear Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm. Contact or 07776 465 236


For many years the Devon & Cornwall Police have provided a benefit to businesses and individual residents by recording details of their keyholders.

This enables a responsible person to be called out if an incident occurs at your property if you are unavailable (on holiday for example).

The keyholder information database and service has been successfully running for over 10 years and is staffed by personnel dedicated to inputting and maintaining the confidentiality of your details. In the event of a member of staff not being available to receive your call, please leave the required details on the answer-phone. We will call you back with your reference number.

To join To join the scheme ring 0901 470 0440

You will need at hand the required information listed below so you can limit the length of your call. (Call costs are below) Please do not ring this number for any other purpose.

Required information

  • Your name and telephone number
  • The property name, address (including postcode) and telephone number
  • Two keyholder's details: their names, address (including postcode) and telephone number
  • A list of hazards at the address, such as toxic substances, dogs, ponds, swimming pools
  • And your preferred emergency repairs tradesmen and their contact number for glazing, locksmith and any others you can think of.

Who should join the new scheme?

Monitored alarm?
If your premises has a monitored alarm, then you should already be updating your alarm company and alarm receiving centre of your current keyholders. However, you may also wish to join the scheme, quoting your existing Unique Reference Number in case there are any incidents which affect your premises but would not cause your alarm to be activated. For example, if there was a flood following a burst water pipe. Unless your alarm activates, the emergency services may not immediately know who your keyholders are.

Audible-only alarm?
If your alarm rings a bell or siren at the premises but is not monitored by a third party you may still join the scheme. It is of paramount importance that keyholders can be called to investigate why the alarm has activated and to reset it. Or call 101 to report any potentially crime related incident. If you join the scheme officers will always know how to contact your keyholders.

No alarm?
Even if your factory, workshop, office or home does not have an alarm, should something happen at your address when you're not there, the emergency services will know who to contact if you join.

What are the advantages to you?

  • The ability to bring problems at your property quickly to the attention of a keyholder - to ensure that your property receives attention in the shortest possible time.
  • To allow the authorities to quickly notify you of any impending danger such as flooding, pollution etc - to ensure your safety.
  • Your information will be kept secure and will only be available to the emergency services - to ensure the security of your personal details.
  • Your information can be easily updated to make life simpler. You may wish to advise us if leaving your property unoccupied for any length of time (holidays?).
  • You can indicate your preferences for emergency repairers - who we could call if we were unable to contact you.

How much does it cost?

To join the scheme you will need to call: 0901 470 0440. Calls on this premium line number are charged at 65p per minute plus your local Telecoms providers access charge. (Telecoms provider access charges can vary, depending on supplier, between 5 to 10 pence per minute from landlines and 20 to 44 pence per minute from mobile). The average call takes about three minutes to record your details. Always write down in advance the information that is required.

You will need to ring: 0901 470 0440 every two years

Contact details: Torrington Station Non Emergency 101 Pathfield Crime Stoppers 0800 555111 TORRINGTON Emergency 999 EX38 7BX PCSO 30335 Melissa Baker Email: or


The proposed wind turbine at Battledown Farm was turned down by Torridge District Council. However, the developers are currently appealing this decision, which means that the Planning Inspectorate, a government department, will now decide whether or not it can go ahead.

If you wish to comment, letters can be sent via the Planning Inspectorate Portal at or by email to or by post to: The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN. If you send by post you must send three copies of your letter.

All representations must be received by Thursday 3rd Sept. The Appeal Reference No. which is APP/W1145/W/15/3129559. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Greg Clark MP) on 18th June 2015 stated that local people have the final say on windfarm applications.

For further information on what you could say in your letter, please contact Shebbear Parishes Protection Group:


We are re-instating our Diary page in Reflecting Shebbear from our next edition. If you have any events in October or November you wish us to publish can you please contact Margaret Quance on with details by 12th September latest.

Due to space can you please ensure details are specific and brief ie Colin's Bikini night 23 October Village Hall 7-30pm


Rosalie Balfour has kindly supplied lots of old images of the good people of Shebbear. The image above is just a taster. Do you recognise anyone here or even yourself?
Shebbear Primary School younger pupils of the time meet three retired teachers.

Left to right: Mrs Hambly, 1910-11; Mrs Thorne, 1907-13; Mrs Williams 1915-23. Also pictured standing left to right are: Mrs Kathleen Brown, Mrs Andrews and Miss Wood teachers and Mr David Brown Headmaster.


There will soon be a vacancy of a one bedroom first floor flat offered by Devon & Cornwall Housing ( Now DCH ) in Ackland Close in the heart of Shebbear. It is not yet on the DCH website.
Applicants must have a local connection to Shebbear for this two bedroom flat. If no suitable applicant is found, applicants with a local connection to Torridge District may be considered.

Contact Cheryl Lewis 01392 814429
For more details visit the Devon Home Choice website


Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss: equipment, information and advice on our mobile sensory unit. The bus is wheelchair accessible. All dates and times are weather permitting.

Shebbear Square 10am - 11.30am
14 October
9 December
Find out more at this website

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...
Shebbear Census information 1831
Buckland Filleigh Census information 1831
Shebbear Parish Census information 2001 Buckland Filleigh Parish Census information 2001
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Last updated: 25th August 2015
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