Welcome to Parracombe

These notes have been compiled by the Parish Council and the Parracombe Community Trust to provide information for all residents, new and old, of Parracombe.

You can download and print a copy here.

Introduction

The parish of Parracombe is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Pedracomba. Its origins are early to mid Saxon and it contains a very early Norman Motte and Bailey castle, as well as two churches (one 19th century and the other 11th century) and any number of listed buildings in the conservation area.

Parracombe is the largest Devon village on Exmoor and includes the physically detached hamlets of Bodley, Churchtown and Prisonford. It is situated in the Heddon Valley on the old main road to Lynton (now Parracombe Lane) and is bypassed by the A39 coast-road which was built in the 1920’s. There are some 300 people resident in the parish, which is bounded by the Parishes of Challacombe, Kentisbury, Trentishoe, Martinhoe and Lynton and covers approximately six square miles.

Social Media & Publicity

https://parracombe.org.uk/ is the village web site, where you can find information on all activities within the village. You can also sign up to receive news and information via email.

The “Parracombe Community News” Facebook group is probably the easiest and most commonly used way to find out about various events and activities in or near the village. This group now has over 1,000 members.

The community also runs a separate Facebook group called “Parracombe Trading Post” where locals are encouraged to buy and sell from each other. It also helps to keep the Parracombe Community News site focussed on news and events.

The “Parracombe Community Trust” Facebook page is where you can find all the latest news regarding the various projects undertaken by the Trust (see section below for details of the PCT).

There are two noticeboards in the village (Bodley Cross and The Fox & Goose car park) where many events are publicised. There is a further noticeboard by the phone box at the bottom of Church Lane which is used for Parish notices and you can also find the minutes of Parish Council meetings here.

The Parish Council & Local Government

The Parish Council, consisting of seven elected members, normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The members of the Parish Council, showing their responsibilities, are listed below:

ResponsibilitiesCouncillor(s)Contact details
FootpathsStephen Cheethamstephencheetham10@gmail.com
FootpathsHannah Bloorehannahbloore1@gmail.com
Environment/Recycling &

Local Development Framework

Unassigned
Highways, Footways and TreesJeremy HoltomJeremy@landsense.co.uk
07870983851
FinanceDave Austindave.c.austin99@gmail.com
PlanningSally Bastocksdbastock@gmail.com
Website and CommunicationsDave Austindave.c.austin99@gmail.com
Emergency Planning and Community LiaisonDebbie Hardingd.harding616@btinternet.com
Clerk to the Parish Council & Responsible Financial OfficerDavid Hatherleyppc_clerk@outlook.com

07788950583

The parish is within Combe Martin Rural Ward of North Devon District Council (the current Councillor is John Patrinos), and within the North Division of Devon County Council (current Councillor Andrea Davis).

The Parliamentary Constituency is North Devon, and the current MP is Seline Saxby.

The Exmoor National Park Authority is the planning authority and highway authority in respect of PROWS (rights of way).

The Parracombe Community Trust

Parracombe Community Trust Limited is a Community Benefit Society set up to maintain and improve the physical, social and economic infrastructure within the parish of Parracombe. The primary aims initially were to provide affordable housing on a rental basis for people with a strong local connection, to secure the future of the village hall, and to open a community village shop. To date the Trust has raised £150,000 in community shares, half of which has come from the Parracombe residents and stakeholders, with the balance from the Co-Operative Booster Programme.

The PCT is run entirely by its Members, which currently number 180 people. You can become a Member of the PCT, with full and equal voting rights, for as little as £1.00. It is the hope of the PCT that, as a minimum, every resident of Parracombe will become a Member. An application form can be downloaded from the village website.

Organisation & Opportunities to Volunteer

The current Management Committee is made up of eight members who elect the following three officers:
Chair – Dave Austin – chairman@parracombe.org.uk
Secretary – Nick Constable – secretary@parracombe.org.uk
Treasurer – Simon Omar – treasurer@parracombe.org.uk

There are three sub-committees responsible for each of the main focus projects for the Trust – namely Affordable Housing (currently chaired by Jeremy Holtom), the Village Hall (currently chaired by Simon Young), and the Community Shop (currently chaired by Therese Chapman).

All of these committees are populated by volunteers from within our community. All members of the Trust are warmly encouraged to get involved and volunteer for one of the myriad roles that need to be fulfilled.

Affordable Housing for Rent

The PCT is working with Middlemarch Community Led Housing (formerly Wessex Community Assets) to provide six affordable rented homes in Parracombe for people in the village and adjoining parishes with an established local link.

The planning application is currently at the pre-application stage following a community meeting and will be brought back to the community before the formal application is made later this year.

Parracombe Village Hall

This is located on Church Lane between Christ Church and St Petrock’s. It was built in 1932 by the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes with assistance from the community. The freehold was acquired for the community from the RAOB in November 2018 by the Parish Council. The Parish Council, in turn, leases the Hall to Parracombe Community Trust and the hall is run and maintained by the PCT Village Hall Committee.

The Hall is available for hire on an individual and group basis, and is a focal point for many village activities.

There is a need to refurbish and modernise the hall, and work is underway to define the scope of this project, and to access the funds required for what will be a major project.

Parracombe Community Shop & Cafe

Currently under construction, the Pavilion Stores & Cafe is located on the Coronation Playing Field. The Coronation playing field is leased to the PCT by the Parish Council and the provision of a community shop has been made possible by the investment of the community and match funding from Co-operative Booster programme. It is hoped that the shop will be open early in 2022.

The shop will employ a manager, but will largely rely on volunteers from within the community.

The Fox & Goose Pub

The Fox & Goose is an important focus for the community, and provides excellent food and accommodation – booking for both is advised (01598 763239). The Landlady is Nicola Houle.

Clubs & Activities within the Village

The exact details of all the various clubs and activities varies over time. As such, the best place to check details & timing are the various social media sites listed above in this document. As a flavour, and in no particular order, some of the clubs/activities that periodically take place include Zumba weekly in the Village Hall, Pilates weekly in the Village Hall, a Bridge club in the Fox & Goose, Tag Rugby at the Coronation Playing Field, a monthly Book Group, a Craft Group that meets monthly in the Village Hall, and Charity Coffee Mornings every month in the Village Hall. Also, look out for regular outstanding events and theatre provided by Beaford Arts at the Village Hall.

There is also a “Parracombe 200 Club” with six draws per annum. If you’d like to invest in tickets please contact jo@familyharrison.co.uk

The Parracombe Church of England Primary School

This is a successful and popular school in the village accepting children in years 3 to 6. The school is part of the West Exmoor Federation along with schools in Kentisbury and Lynton. The school in Kentisbury caters for children in Reception and years 1 to 2. The Lynton school is for children from Reception through to year 6.

Christ Church

The Anglican Christ Church is the parish church for Parracombe and maintains an active programme of services and events. The timetable of services is displayed on the church notice boards as well as in the monthly parish magazine which is distributed free.

St Petrock’s Church

St Petrock’s Church was declared redundant in the late 1800s and saved for the nation by, amongst others, John Ruskin. Much cherished by the local community, it is now owned and maintained by the national charity The Churches Conservation Trust.

There has been a church on this site since about 525 AD, but the oldest portion of the current building is the tower which is dated to 1182. Perhaps the most compelling feature of the building is completeness of its 15th to 18th Century interior fittings, which include a three-tier pulpit, box pews, and a screen with tympanum and painted text boards above.

Members of the community volunteer their time to maintain the churchyard and surrounding ground.

Other Information

Refuse Collection

The collection day for Parracombe is alternate Mondays. Food waste and recycling collections take place every Tuesday. Full details can be found at www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/

Mobile Library

The Devon County Mobile Library visits Parracombe on a Monday every 4 weeks.

Fish Van

Passmore’s Fish van visits The Fox & Goose car park every Tuesday at 9.15 – 9.45am.

Book & Jigsaw Exchange

This is located in the K6 phone box by the Millpond in the centre of the village. Please donate and help yourself.

Medical Services

Defibrillators are located in the Fox & Goose car park and, in a very short while, outside the Village Hall.

The Lynton Health Centre is located at Burvill St, Lynton EX35 6HA. The phone number is 01598 753226.

The nearest 24 hour A&E is located at North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Heights, Barnstaple, EX31 4JB.

The Community arranges First Aid training on a regular basis – see notice boards.

Public Transport

There are regular bus services stopping in the centre of the village connecting Barnstaple with Lynton & Lynmouth.

Post Office

A Post Office is operated from the lounge of The Fox & Goose Pub every Tuesday from 9.15am to 11.15am.

Parracombe Admin

Administrator for Parracombe community web site.

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