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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.
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Shebbear College

On Saturday 15th March, 25 students from Shebbear College attended the annual Model United Nations Conference, held at Queen's Taunton. This conference was attended by over 250 students from 13 different schools. MUN simulates the real United Nations in terms of structure, organisation and discussion; it develops a huge range of skills and provides a real insight into the world of diplomacy and international politics.

This year we represented Syria (Emilio Alberti, Connor Roberts, Salah Gobara, Bronwyn Ager and Claudia Galland), Azerbaijan (Sean Clark, Maddie Burnard, Max Warren, Kitty Harding and Niamh Martin), Ireland (Phoebe Willis-Butcher, Struan Sharpe, Ella Thomas, Minnie Alexander, Hannah Fletcher) and Nigeria (Ailis Prowse, Ollie Rogerson, Victor Nitsch, Kerri-Ann Turton, Lucy Taylor and Nour Gobara).

The day began with Taunton Deane's local MP, Jeremy Browne, talking to the students about the importance of having a viewpoint on politics today and how, in the future the students could make a difference to important decisions being made.

All of the students showed a high level of skill in debating, thinking on their feet and also learning about how the United Nations is governed. In addition, all the delegates put a lot of effort into researching their countries and about current world issues that were debated in the General Assembly during the final part of the day. One particular issue up for discussion was the Ukraine crisis.

A special mention should go out to student Emilio Aliberti, who won the prize of Commended Delegate, for his contribution to the political committee for Syria.

Sixth Form pupil, Sean Clark, spoke of the day: "The Model United Nations is a great way for students to learn about current world affairs from the point of view of many different countries. Additionally, it is very beneficial for each participant, as it teaches them the skills they will need in later life. For example, the art of debating and presenting clauses to crowds reaching over one hundred people, which some delegates such as Nour Gobara and Emilio Alberti did this year".
Shebbear College

Some exciting news about policing in Torrington!

On the 20th January 2014 two additional officers, Acting Sgt Mick Kearney and PC Adam Williams, started working from Torrington and they are dedicated to the Torrington area in addition to the two officers we already have - PC Mark Simmons and PC Kerry Wilson.

This will mean that Torrington and its rural areas will have 3 PCSOs and 4 PC's allowing us to be more proactive, provide a quicker response and have better coverage 24/7. We also have another officer joining the team later in the Spring.

While all of the officers will be tasked to serve everyone in the community each officer will have responsibility for specific parishes and we will let you know who your local point of contact will be when all officers are in place.

It is hoped that these changes will allow us to provide the best service we can and we all look forward to what we can achieve working together with you.

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


Our next AGM meeting will take the form of a social event to thank retiring committee members and others who have worked so hard for the village hall over the past years. You are cordially invited to join us for this open meeting, have a drink and look at the improvements made. If anybody would like to get involved and help form a committee, please contact Janet Skuse on 231311 or Email Our AGM will be held at the Village Hall on 14th April commencing 7-30 pm everybody welcome.

SHEBBEAR CINEMA CLUB We aim to start up a cinema club from 5th April in the village hall utilising the superb new facilities and equipment. Our 1st film will be an Oscar winning 12 rated thriller Doors open 7pm, film starts 7-30 prompt The club will be a member's only club, with free membership available to all. In order to cover costs etc a raffle will be held at each event with tickets costing 2-50p adults 50p children [children must be accompanied by an adult]. We also aim to supply refreshments before and after the performance, as well as during the half time break. Please E mail with your name, Email address and telephone number for automatic membership for the whole household or contact Barry on 281233 for further information.

VILLAGE HALL HIRE Please think of us if you are planning a party, fundraising event, wedding reception etc. look for more details on our new website All enquiries to Karen Wooldridge on 01409 282858 Email

FORTHCOMING EVENTS If you have not visited the hall recently why not come to one of the events held in your new modernised village hall. Saturday 5th April our film will be an Oscar winning 12 rated thriller Doors open 7pm film starts 7-30 prompt Charity Antiques Fair 11th MAY for further information contact Harvey Paulger 281152 Finally this will be my last report as Chairman and I would like to take this opportunity to thank past and present committee members for their support. Without their hard work and enthusiasm the village would not have the facilities we can all be proud of.

Barry Hunt Chairman


Thursday April 17th at 7-30pm
in Lake Chapel Schoolroom, Shebbear.

Bob Mather

Guests and new members welcome. Buffet Car open for light refreshments. Raffle Library and DVD exchange.


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+.

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...
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Last updated: 11th April 2014

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