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THE ANNUAL RETURN DETAILS The Wembury Parish Council Annual Return has now been audited and certified.


PHOTOGRAPHS Wembury School had a super day on the playing field on Saturday 2 July 2016. There were lots of activities for the children and grown ups.

WEMBURY SCHOOL QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY GAMES - PHOTOGRAPHS Wembury School enjoyed an afternoon of games on Friday 17 June 2016 to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
Wembury Parish Council Chairman Cllr John Stansell presented the games winners with their Queen's Sports medals.

DOWN THOMAS FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016 - PHOTOGRAPHS A great time was had by all with lots of stalls, photographic competition, dog show and the local Tug of War between the Eddystone Inn and the Mussel Inn, this year's victors.

DOWN THOMAS & HEYBROOK BAY WI CREAM TEA ON SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2016 - PHOTOGRAPHS A very pleasant afternoon was spent eating scones, jam and clotted cream, as well as lots of cake, with tea or coffee to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.


On Saturday 20 February 2016, the Wembury community had a very active day planting trees at the Wembury Recreation Ground in accordance with the Master Plan .
This was Phase 2 Planting which was financed by a grant to Wembury Parish Council from the Big Greenspace Challenge, part of the Langage Landscape Fund.
Eco Land Management ably assisted by Keith Rennells and Adam King, helped the local people to plant the trees.

The local residents of Down Thomas and Heybrook Bay were treated to a super Village Lunch on Thursday 18 February 2016. The meal of cottage pie and fruit pudding and custard was excellent and disappeared very quickly.
Many thanks to all those in the kitchen and the lovely waitresses for this excellent fundraising event for the Silver Jubilee Hall.

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green
Here we come a-wandering, so fair to be seen
Love and joy come to you and to you our wassail, too
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year

A brave bunch of people had a great time on Saturday 16 January 2016 when wassailing among the Wembury allotment orchard. Lots of noise, music, apple cake, pasties and mulled cider - a very jolly evening.



An excellent lunch was had by all on 10 December 2015 in the Down Thomas Village Hall which was beautifully served by angels!!

Another successful evening was had by all on 2 December 2015 in the Wembury Village Hall and Santa's empty sack was well filled with presents for less fortunate children. Enjoy the outdoor Christmas Tree and lights near the Wembury Village Hall.

Those present at the meeting overwhelmingly agreed that Wembury Parish Council should take over the management and maintenance of the Wembury Recreation Ground and facilities from South Hams DC.

Wembury Parish Council thank the local community for their support and is now working towards those aims.

Wembury Parish Council has completed the survey and the data is currently being analysed. A report will be taken to the Parish Council meeting on 25 January 2015 .

Unfortunately, there was not enough volunteers to start this programme so Wembury Parish Council are taking no further action. Details of the Community Speedwatch Scheme.

Joiner / handyman to repair and maintain the Wembury Parish Council Notice boards and other minor jobs.
Please contact Roy Fairclough, Clerk to Wembury PC, on 01752 863778 or Email 

The Chairman of South Hams District Council Cllr Ian Bramble provided a very interesting insight into the changes taking place at South Hams DC and answered all the questions asked very candidly at the Wembury Parish Council meeting held on Monday 27 July 2015 at the Wembury War Memorial Village Hall.

The CPR training sessions at the Village Hall (Knighton room) on Saturday April 25th and Friday June 12th both went well. If you were not able to attend please watch the videos, so that you are able to use a defibrillator should you ever need to do so. 

Down Thomas Annual Festival

An excellent festival was held over the weekend of 5 & 6 June in the Silver Jubilee Hall and on the playing Field.
Lots of stalls and festival fun for the children with a bar and barbeque for the older children!!
Annual Festival

 Annual Festival

Tree Planting - Wembury Recreation Ground on 14 March 2015

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Further Assistance Sought for the Wembury Review

“Eyes and Ears”

As a result of the recent appeal for assistance all the positions were filled in a matter of days! There are people in reserve for most of the positions!! More would be welcome!!!

Now that there are sufficient willing and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the continuance of the Review it is desired to develop the content. This necessitates finding more reporters to act as the “Eyes and Ears” of the magazine.

If you have knowledge of or an interest in any of the following please think about making regular or periodic contributions. Or if you have specialist knowledge that would be interest to other people please share it.

Subjects to be covered might include:

  • Housing developments
  • Wild life
  • Shipping movements
  • Local organisations
  • Historical events, buildings
  • Origins of local street names
  • Entertainment; jokes, crossword, 
  • Weather statistics
  • Children’s corner
The above list is not exhaustive. This is your chance to support your Review

Please contact David Kaye, Editor by
Email or
Tel 01752862800


Frog Racing in Down Thomas - A very successful Frog Racing evening was enjoyed by all on Saturday 31 January 2015 in the Silver Jubilee Hall, Down Thomas. With five races and then a final of all the winners, proved an exciting format with a couple of close photo finishes. The fundraising event raised almost £1000 towards the running of the village hall.

Frog Racing

Above: The five finalists all ready to race - More Photos 

A Wassailing we will go - The Wembury Allotment Association Wassailed their fruit trees on Saturday 17 January 2015 to wish them a good harvest next year. This was a fun afternoon for the children with lots of noise, tea and cakes. In the evening there was stronger drink and just as much noise!!


Longland Brake Woodlands Community Group Need Your Support

There is an area of Woodland in Heybrook Bay known as Longland Brake, which is currently own and managed by the Woodlands Trust. The Woodlands Trust are cutting back their management of small areas of woodland and are looking for the local community to take over the management of this area of woodland in the form of a 25 year lease. A small group of local residents have been working with the Woodlands Trust to achieve this. 

This process has taken much longer than expected and as a result, the level of community interest has dwindled. We are at the stage of signing the lease but do not have enough local support to do so. Before the lease is signed the Woodlands Trust, Wembury Parish Council and the Community Group need to establish if there is enough local community support to sustain a 25 year lease. We are looking to gauge support and increase the community group membership as soon as possible.

Wemburys Last Meeting of 2014

Wembury Parish Council


Wembury Last Meeting 2014


Last meeting of Wembury Parish Council for 2014 

Wembury Last Meeting 2014

CPR Training

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped.
The defibrillator fixed on the wall of the Odd Wheel pub is a Samaritan 500P, check how it works by watching this video on youtube.

If you would like to attend a CPR course in 2015 please Email (if you don’t have email ring 863470)
Depending on demand we will try to run up to 3 a year. In the meantime please have a look at this excellent (free) site.

There are three interactive films that show you how to :-

  • Perform CPR,
  • Help someone who is choking and
  • Use the recovery position.

Down Thomas Christmas Lunch on 4 December 2014 At the Silver Jubilee Village Hall

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A super Christmas lunch was had by all on 4 December 2014 - a full four course meal with port and coffee, all served by lovely smiling elves!! Many thanks to all those involved in making this a memorable meal.

More Photographs Set No 1 & Set No 2

Wembury Festival of Light

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 Festival Of Light 









Christmas was celebrated early on 3 December with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Wembury and the Festival of Light celebration in the War Memorial Village Hall. The Laira Youth Band played to a packed hall and everyone sang carols. The Wembury School choir sang a selection of festive songs and received a standing ovation. Santa Clause arrived and all the children gave Santa presents to fill his empty sack so the presents could be given to the Shekinah Mission to help less fortunate children. Mulled wine and mince pies were available for the grown-ups. A great time was had by all.


Down Thomas & Heybrook Bay WI Christmas FairPhotographs

The Down Thomas & Heybrook Bay WI held their annual Christmas Fair in the Jubilee Hall, Down Thomas on 15 November 2014. It was an excellent event with tea or coffee and mince pies served at your table, Christmas music and lots of stalls selling locally made items.
The Down Thomas & Heybrook Bay WI will shortly be celebrating their third anniversary - what a great three years.


War Memorial

Wembury Local History Society provided an excellent World War 1 display in the Wembury War Memorial Village Hall on 15 November 2014 outlining Wembury's involvement in the war. Display Photographs

For further information visit the Wembury Local History website.

Proposed Redevelopment of the Eddystone Pub, Heybrook Bay

Andrew Coughlan gave a presentation at the October meeting of Wembury Parish Council, about the proposed redevelopment of the Eddystone pub site in Heybrook Bay. The existing pub would be demolished and rebuilt, together with new apartments on the adjacent quarry site. He then showed a layout of the proposed redevelopment of the existing pub site which included a new pub and restaurant, on the lower floor, managers accommodation and six holiday lets on a further two floors. There would also be a three storey block of six apartments in the old quarry site. Photographs showed the before and after picture of this redevelopment. The mass of the new building has been reduced from the original, by the use of banking, and the overall height of the new building is slightly less than the original one.32 car parking spaces are provided on the pub site and six on the quarry site.
The public were generally in favour of retaining the pub and restaurant facilities for the village but some questioned the appearance of the scheme. Car parking, the bottle bank and blocking views were also concerns. He would keep the Parish Council updated with developments of this scheme.
Andrew can be contacted by Email.

Existing Eddystone Pub

Redevelopment Prior 


After Redevelopment

After Redevelopment 

Cardboard Collection

Wembury Defibrillator


A defibrillator has recently been fixed to the outside wall of the Odd Wheel pub in Wembury.
Thanks must go to a small group of people in the village who have raised the money to purchase and install this defibrillator. If you wish to be trained in the use of a defibrillator then please contact Tom Greenland on 01753 863512.
The group are now looking to purchase and install a second defibrillator on Wembury Beach. If you wish to assist, then please contact Tom. 

Dog Fouling

Recently the District has seen an increase in the amount of dog fouling. Dog fouling in any part of the South Hams is unacceptable.

Dog faeces are known to carry the toxicara parasite, which can cause blindness in children. There is also concern that E-coli may be caught by contact with dog faeces. It is therefore a serious health hazard.

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 states that dog fouling must be picked up and disposed of forthwith. Bagged faeces may be deposited in a dog bin, litter bin or household dustbin. Please DO NOT bag faeces and leave them anywhere else!

There is NO EXCUSE for any dog fouling anywhere within the Wembury Parish. I have been made aware of the problems and will be making extra visits to the area. Anyone breaking the law who is witnessed by the Dog Warden will be subject to a £80.00 on the spot fine or a maximum £1,000 fine if taken to court.

SHDC will also act on information it receives, if we are provided with a date and time, together with the identity of an offender, SHDC will issue a Fixed Penalty Fine. If you have any information, please contact the Dog Warden on 01803 861117. All information is treated in “strictest confidence”.

This may seem draconian, but unfortunately, some dog owners are persistently failing to clean up after their dogs, and sadly, therefore, dog owners in general are getting a bad name.

Please help to keep the village clean and make it a safe environment for everyone. As the evenings (and soon, the mornings) get darker please ensure that you take a torch with you when you walk your dog, this will ensure that you are properly prepared and able to clean up after your dog.

Tracey Weaver, Dog Warden. SHDC

September 2014

New Parish Councillors

Cllr Daniel Brown, Wembury Ward and Cllr Deirdre Giles, Down Thomas Ward were both co-opted onto Wembury Parish Council at the meeting on 28 July 2014.
It is heartening to see a young person like Daniel take on the councillor role and he will be an enormous asset in communicating with the youth of Wembury. Contact No 01752 07530 530039.
Deirdre's family has been farming in Down Thomas for several generations and she will bring her local experience and knowledge of farming and rural issues to enhance the Council. Contact No 01752 862226.

St Werburgh Church Flower Festival - World War 1

A successful flower festival was held recently in the church to honour those who fought in World War 1. Additional information was provided by the Wembury Local History Society.

Church Flowers

Tree Planting 2014

A specimen oak tree was planted at the top of Mewstone Avenue, Wembury, on 3 March 2014 as part of the Luscombe Maye Anniversary celebrations.

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Local Facilities

The Down Thomas Post Office Opening Times - Tuesday 10:00 to 12:00 AM and Friday 10:00 to 12:00 PM

Please support your local Post Office & Community Meeting Room.

Community Meeting Room

Behind the Post Office is a small Community Room which can be used for meetings of up to 10 people. Ideal for small clubs, organisations or just people meeting for a chat.  If you would like to use the room free of charge, please telephone Roy Fairclough on 01752863053 or Email.

Please support your local facilities.

I have been receiving reports of dogs attacking other dogs and on occasion people. Most dog owners are responsible however some owners are not. Dogs that attack other dogs or people can be dealt with by the Police.
There are two main pieces of legislation the Dangerous Dogs Act 1990 and the Dogs Act 1871. Most people are of the opinion the Dangerous Dogs Act only applies to specific breeds of dogs this is not true.
For example, if your dog regardless of breed attacks or bites a person in public or private on or off the lead you could commit an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act. This could ultimately lead to your dog being destroyed.
There have been occasions where dogs have attacked other dogs causing injuries. They have then bitten the owner who tries to separate the animals. These incidents were dealt with by the Police. Most dog incidents involve animals which are off the lead with the small minority being on the lead.
Remember dogs are animals no matter how well behaved you think they are they can be very unpredictable. If you are in any doubt then please make sure you have control of your dog by placing them on a lead.
If anyone is in any doubt about the legislation regarding dogs then information can be found on the internet or please contact myself on the new un-urgent Police Telephone number 101

Thank you

PCSO Andy Potter, Ivybridge Rural South – covering Ermington, Holbeton, Yealmpton, Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, Brixton and Wembury.


An irresponsible dog owner was recently fined £200 plus costs for walking his dog on a South Hams DC beach where dogs are banned during the summer months. Dog fouling is again becoming a problem within Wembury Parish despite numerous signs warning irresponsible dog owners that they can be fined.
Please collect any dog waste in a plastic bag and put it in a dog bin, or any public litter bin, or take it home and put it in your grey bin. There are certain areas where there is persistant dog fouling. If any member of the public can let me know the names of those responsible or any details of such on offence then I will ensure that the Dog Warden makes a call to speak to the person concerned.
Repeated offenders will be fined. Save your money and act responsibly.

Affordable Housing Options in Devon

Devon Home Choice is a choice based letting scheme in Devon, where homes available for let will be advertised through Devon Home Choice each week.

For Devon Home Choice details contact South Hams DC on 01803 861234 or Email.