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Film Night

Village Hall Saturday 23 August
Join us for a PG rated FAMILY COMEDY
Doors open 6pm Film starts 6-30 prompt
Usual raffle entrance £2-50 [kids 50p]
Refreshments provided by the Youth Club
Contact Barry 281233


After 24 years at Blake House Surgery the hour of retirement has arrived and it is with a lot of joy and some sadness I am writing to let you know of my retirement.

However I will continue to work at Blake House Surgery on a part time basis and be available for appointments 2 days of the week, Tuesday and Thursday.

I leave the Practice in the safe and capable hands of Dr Alan Howlett. Most of you will be familiar with him as he and his trusty dog Pip, have been at the practice for 5 years.

Dr Howlett will continue to provide friendly professional healthcare which combines the traditional values of general practice with evidence based modern medicine

Dr Asad Al-Doori


Please take a look at this new resource – ‘Ask the Police’ website and smartphone App is an excellent tool for both crime reduction and reducing call centre demand, as it provides an easy to use self service facility for general non-emergency police enquiries.As such ‘Ask the Police’ is a win-win for both communities and police.

For any questions or queries about ‘Ask the Police’ please e-mail

  • Every day, Devon and Cornwall Police receive approximately 2000 non emergency calls from the public.
  • ‘Ask the Police’ is available as a link from the homepage of the Devon and Cornwall Police website. ‘Ask the Police’ contains nationally consistent answers to over 750 of the questions most frequently asked of the Police.
  • The public can quickly find the answers they need from this extensive resource, and the service is free. If the answer is not contained on the ‘Ask the Police’ website there is a facility to email the question which is usually answered within 24hrs.
  • ‘Ask The Police’ is also available as a free app from the iTunes store for iPhones and for Android devices from Google Play


During the Winter months we meet on Monday nights from 7.15-9.15pm for club nights which include roll-up/practices and internal club competitions. We have also introduced a regular Wednesday afternoon session from 2-4pm from October-March and these sessions are ideal for anyone interested in joining our club as these sessions are meant for less competitive members where we can enjoy a relaxing game of bowls with tea/biscuits and a chat.
This has proved very popular with some of our regular members who might not want to journey out on the cold winter nights but are looking for something to do in an afternoon. We have also been able to attract 5 new members last year and would welcome more members.
During the Summer months there will be some Monday evening practice nights from 7.15-8.15pm if anyone is interested.
Contact details are TEL 01409 281110 or email: if anyone wants more info.


The current Parish Plan dates back to 2005 and needs to be revisited. A parish plan is a document created by local residents which sets out how local residents want to see their neighbourhood develop, and outlines how this could be achieved in an action plan. This action plan would then be adopted by Shebbear Parish Council. There are no hard and fast rules of what should be included in the plan but such topics as housing, recreation, transport, employment, education etc. would typically be addressed.
I have been asked by the Parish Council to see if we can get this project off the ground and would therefore be interested in hearing from all those who would be willing to make an active contribution. There is a great deal of work to be done, e.g. research will need to be carried out on all the various topics to be included in the Plan; the views of local residents and societies will need to be canvassed and discussions held with local government authorities and other service providers.
One way forward would be to establish a small working group to oversee and co-ordinate the various activities needed to bring the plan together but this can be agreed at a later date. If you are interested in being involved, please contact me as I hope to get things started at the end of June.
If you wish to participate in the project, please email me at or phone me on 281216 Kate Dymond

Sewing Machine service/repairs.

South View Stores (Shebb Shop) is a collection point for Barnstaple sewing machines. People need to contact Jim Weeks first to arrange for him to pick the machine up they can then drop the machine in at the shop.
Contact details are: Tel. 01237 470032


Ackland Close, Shebbear, Beaworthy, EX21 5AZ Rent : £98.93, Service charge £2.39, Other charges : £0.00, Total: £101.32, Rent due: Weekly (48 weeks) , DCH Flat, 1st floor, No garden, Oil central heating, no pets allowed. One bedroom, first floor flat with garage. Level walk to all village amenities. This is a fixed term tenancy of 7 years. Bedrooms 2 Ref no. :31210 More details on


The class of 2014 at Shebbear College are celebrating the publication of their A Level results. Amongst the many delighted faces on results day were Will Collins whose five A Levels (2A*s, 2As and a B) secured his place at King's College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences, Head Girl Ellen Chamberlain who scored an A* and 2As and will be studying Economics at Bath, and Saskia Weale whose A* and 2As means she can now study History at the University of Warwick.

Emily Neal and Will Collins

Over 80% of Shebbear's Upper Sixth will go on to university this year. Harry Chibbett (Economics), Josephine Richards (Biomedical Science), and Emma Dixon (Anthropology) are all going to the University of Birmingham - the Sunday Times 'University of the Year'. Meg Furse (English) is going to Cardiff, Catherine Kotarski (History and Philosophy) to Leeds, Will Hill (History and Philosophy) to Southampton, and Emily Neal (Ancient History) to King's College, London, having also been offered a choral scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Chloe Aveyard and Juliette Joubert are both following their dreams of getting into the fashion industry by securing prestigious places at the London College of Fashion and ESMOD, in Paris, respectively. Other destinations for students include Keele, Brunel, UWIC, Sussex, Southampton Solent, Marjons, Plymouth, and Aberystwyth.

Some students have decided to enter the workplace or take a gap year before heading off to college. A good example of this are Hayley Prouse and Joe Furber who both joined Shebbear Sixth Form from Holsworthy Community School and both achieved an A*, A and B at A Level! Hayley has taken up an internship with an accountancy firm whilst Joe is aiming to develop his culinary skills for a year before studying English at Sussex. Others have chosen more vocational routes - Charlotte Harper is learning to be a Primary School Teacher at Plymouth and Fran Traxton will be training as a Sports Therapist at Marjons. Jess Lambert, Head of Ruddle House is joining the Army whilst Rupert Burnard is off to university in Canada. He may well be followed to overseas universities by some of Shebbear's International boarders who now have the option of studying higher education in a number of countries and will finalise their decisions in the coming weeks.

Headmaster Simon Weale said 'I am delighted with the range of destinations that our students will move on to. The students have thought carefully about their choices and set their sights high. Although we are in a very quiet part of North Devon we aim to educate our pupils for life beyond Exeter. The newspaper headlines have been dominated by falling A Level pass rates, but our students have doubled the number of A*s achieved and there is a significant rise in the percentage of A grades and B grades achieved (60% overall). Our Sixth Form is not academically selective so I think this is particularly impressive. Our students benefit from the fact that we are a school, not a Sixth Form College. Our students receive close academic and pastoral support throughout their time here and enjoy a range of opportunities which raise their self-reliance and self-esteem and encourages them to finish their courses. I am confident that this year's leaders will move on to lead successful and fulfilling lives'.


Bank Holiday FUN for all the family
BBQ, Refreshments and Raffle

Monday 25th August 2014
Buckland Filleigh Village Hall

Entries from 12.30 Judging 1.30
Contact Emma Anderson 01409 231294

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...


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: 18th August 2014

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