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This is to Inform you that all Village Hall Activities in our Parish are cancelled until further notice - due to Covid-19.


With the very hot recent weather, lack of any rain, and the amount of visitors expected at Cadover this weekend and indeed ongoing weeks, we would ask our local residents to be on the lookout for any indication of fire on our moorlands.  A careless visitor lighting a BBQ, a Spark, could ignite and catch the whole moor on fire.  These winds together with a fire, would create a catistrophic situation.

So please be on the lookout for any sign of fire or smoke.  Please contact the emergency services 999 and phone Keith Stone, Chairman of Shaugh Prior Commoners Assoc. and local Parish Cllr.  Tel: 07861 477027 
Or the Secretary, Julia Sanders 01752 729989 or mobile: 07862 237389.

Please help us save a catastrophe from happening.
We are hoping no visitor would be thoughtless or careless enough to start a BBQ on a tinder-dry moorland.

News on the Defibrillator - Shaugh Prior.  16th April. 

The  Defibrillator at Shaugh Prior is now available for use, following the clear instructions on the cabinet.

Covid-19 : Play Areas and Play Equipment

With the lifting of some lockdown measures, especially around outside exercise, we would like to remind everyone that that and sport and play equipment must remain closed.
Current evidence shows that the Covid19 virus can remain active on metal for 72 hours.
Please help protect yourselves and others

Road Diversion Bickleigh Bridge
The Repairs to the Bridge are now complete and the diversion has been removed.

COVID-19 -New government guidance

The government has set out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

stay at home as much as possible
work from home if you can
limit contact with other people
keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Changes to the lockdown restrictions will start  (Wednesday 13 May) so there's new guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) and staying safe outside your home.

The government has also put together some information about what you can and can't do and advised people to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces.   View it as a Web page.

What can I do that I couldn’t do before?

There are a limited number of things you can now do that you could not do before:

spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
go to a garden centre
At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

visit friends and family in their homes
exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
use an outdoor gym or playground
visit a private or ticketed attraction
gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfill legal obligations)
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Message from Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer - Continue to ‘Think Twice’

Think twice

“In England, there has now been an easing of Covid-related restrictions and amendments have been made to the legislation, following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday night.

“It was always going to be challenging when restrictions began to be relaxed not only for policing but all agencies and communities. It may take a while for people to understand what the new guidance means and so our engagement and education is key.

“We will adapt to the new terms of the regulations and will positively engage with the public as we have been doing for the past two months.

“The latest amendments means that we have no role in enforcing social distancing, wearing of masks or distance of travel as the Government have made it clear that there are no longer restrictions on how far people can travel to exercise or for open air recreation.

“There remains a role for the police and our Covid-focus will now turn towards groups of three or more people outside of one household, and public gatherings as these are not lawful under the amended regulations which took effect on 13 May 2020. Where the evidence is clear and as a last resort, officers will use enforcement options that are available to them.

“The police are only responsible for enforcing the law, but our overall aim will continue to be one that sees us engage, educate and encourage people to comply with government guidance.

“My officers do not want to use their enforcement powers but it is right that they are able to take action against those who disregard the remaining restrictions and in doing so put people at risk.

CC Sawyer, added: “I believe the vast majority of the public understand the seriousness of the virus and will continue to do what is required. Personal responsibility is now key and we are continuing to ask the public to ‘Think Twice’ when they leave the house; is it safe and is it fair?

“My message to those people considering travel into the Force area would be that we would love to welcome you back but ask that you wait just a little longer. Cafés and restaurants remain closed, there are a lack of open facilities and we do not have lifeguards on all our beaches. There has been a national collective effort to protect all communities and we are need this national effort to continue for a little bit longer.

“For residents of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we want you to be able to enjoy the extra independence you have been given in relation to exercise and open air recreation, but we want you to do so safely. It’s important that we all remember that our actions count and can affect others.

“Feedback from within communities across Devon and Cornwall is that they would prefer each other to stay local.  It is important individuals undertake appropriate social distancing measures and ensure that they do not gather in groups with people from outside their home; it is important we all think about the impact our actions can have whether that be on our rural, coastal or urban areas.

CC Sawyer said: “Communities across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have always looked out for each other, but I feel that this connection is now even stronger.

“There has been a societal shift towards one that is showing a greater level of kindness and compassion, and it is this kindness and compassion which will see us through the following weeks and months.

“Fairness will weigh heavily and people will question the actions of others, which is why I will ask you all to ‘Think Twice’ about your own actions.

“We would like to thank our public for their support. We will continue to do our best to work with them and where we do not have the powers to enforce we will maintain our current approach of engage, educate and encourage.

“It is important we remember why we are all being asked to do this, which is to save lives.”


IMPORTANT - Get Corona Virus Support as a Vulnerable Person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, then register anyway.
Further information can be found using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable


Letter to Residents from Parish Clerk : scott.smy@sky.com
27 March 2020


I am writing to inform you that a Corona Virus Support Group has been set up for the Parish of Shaugh Prior, to assist those parishioners who consider themselves to be vunlerable and have decided to self-isolate.

The support group is made-up of local residents (some of which may be your neighbours) who are willing to carry out various tasks for those who are self-isoating such as the collection of medical prescriptions, collection of shopping, posting letters/parcels or perhaps just a friendly phone call.  It should be noted that in order to protect both yourself and the volunteers that they will not be permitted to enter any property.

Each of the 3 villages (Shaugh Prior, Wottter and Lee Moor) hav dedicated support group coordinators, the details of which are as follows:

Shaugh Prior
Tim Thomas – Mobile No 07580 032515
David/Lea Milford – Home No 01752 839751
Cllr Mrs Vanessa Tyler – Home No 01752 839424
Jackie Fisher-Green  --. Mobile 07890 174577
Lee Moor
Viv Chater – Home No 01752 839401
Nicola Friendship – Mobile No 07702 045969
If you think you are going to require assistance from the Corona Virus Support Group then please do not hesitate to contact one of the coordinators on the telephone numbers above or alternatively phone or email the Parish Clerk on the contact details at the top of this letter.
Clearly these are trying times for all of us but please do not think you are alone – we are here to help you in whatever way we can and most importantly please stay safe.
Scott Smy
Parish Clerk for Shaugh Prior Parish Council
website:- http://www.shaughpriorparish.gov.uk

The Shaugh Prior Community Fund

This fund has been established to provide funding and support within the Parish.
It is now available to Individuals who are facing Hardship and need that extra help.
If you know anyone who could take advantage of this Fund please make the Parish Clerk aware

Pease email the Parish Clerk for further information and an Application Form.

The Newnham Solar Fund is continuing to offer grants to Shaugh Prior groups and individuals. If any group is particularly effected by the current situation then they can apply for a grant on one of the forms which can be downloaded from the web link below:

Newnham Solar Fund

If anyone wishes to discuss whether they might be eligible please ask them to contact Katie at admin@newnhamsolarfund.com or please contact Cllr Sue Burkill who will be happy to help.


'Over the last few years we have visited hundreds of householders to help them keep warm and healthy at home. We decided early on in Covid-19 that we were not prepared to endanger vulnerable people and stopped delivering face to face advice.

However, we are still able to provide almost entirely the same level of advice over the phone or by email.

Many more people may find themselves struggling to meet household bills or struggling to deal with unforeseen expenses and so the South Dartmoor Community Energy - Hardship Fund may be relevant to them'.

If you know anyone who needs our help, please encourage them to contact us on 0800 112 3044 or info@sdce.org.uk
and quote the Hardship Fund".

Or contact the Shaugh Prior Parish Clerk, scott.smy@sky.com or any Shaugh Parish Councillor who will give guidance on how to apply for the Hardship Fund

Recycling centres to open for essential use only

The government has given clarification this week which means that we'll be reopening most of our Household Waste Recycling Centres on Monday 11 May, but only for essential use.
By 'essential use' they mean waste that cannot be stored at home without causing a risk of injury or harm to your health.  
If it’s waste that can be disposed of legally and responsibly in some other way, for example your weekly kerbside collections, please do that.
There'll be restrictions at the recycling centres including the size of vehicles coming in, and social distancing, and unfortunately our staff won't be able to help with the lifting of bags.  
We're also expecting it to be busy, so if it can wait, please do.  We’re also asking you to not queue on the roads. If you see a queue, please come back another time.

Online Plym Links Magazine

Plym Links Magazine have produced an online Links magazine for May encompassing Oke, Moor, Tavy and Plym Links as we are unable to publish printed versions at the moment. Their intention is to do another digital magazine for June and then hopefully go back to print after that...if Covid-19 allows
So click on the link..below

The Parish News Magazine

Due to the difficulties of the Covid-19, the Parish News has ceased for the time being.
I am sure everyone understands that delivering to printers, collection & distribution has become too dangerous.
Combined with the fact that Parish clubs, groups, associations & organisations have closed down for the duration, there is little parish news to report.  The Editor, Marilyn, hopes to resume normal service when safe to do so.

Shaugh Prior Community Hall

As from 17th March, Shaugh Prior Community Hall has closed until further notice.
This is Following advice from Devon County Council and SPPC, on dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The safe-keeping of all the Hall users is paramount at this time and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The Committee would like to thank you for your on-going support, and looks forward to opening the doors when it is safe to do so, when it  will be business as usual.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic

We will inform you on this page when we are able to hold another Parish Meeting.
If you have any queries or have any issues you would like the Parish Councillors to take up, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Parish Defibrillators:

There are three Parish Defibrillators for medical emergencies.
Each village has one installed and they are checked and monitored regularly by our Parish Councillors.

Wotter - on the wall outside the Surgery in Wotter Village.  (Next to the old Methodist Hall)
Shaugh - on the wall of the Parish Hall
Lee Moor - on the wall of the Parish Hall.

Coronavirus Advice



Help by joining the Climate Emergency Group

Devon County Council and South Hams District Council have declared a climate emergency and many local parishes are doing the same. Now it is the turn for the villages in Shaugh Prior Parish to join in.

A group has been formed which involves people who are interested in helping plan local activities which will help address the climate emergency.  Several ideas for community projects have been discussed, including Tree Planting, Hydro scheme at Shaugh Bridge, Links to Public Transport with Plymouth/Tavistock/Yelverton, Influencing Planning decisions on Dartmoor and South Hams, Design & Implement a community carbon baseline,  working to reduce waste and plastic use, and Biodiversity initiatives - wild flowers and bee friendly environments. Etc. etc.

We are looking for more people to join from all three villages and the outlying farms. It would be great to involve lots of young people of all ages.

so if you are interested please let one or both of us know by contacting us by email4


If you would consider becoming a Parish Councillor, please see information below.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council - NOTICE...apply to become a Parish Councillor

Please note, that Applications for the role of Parish Councillor in the Parish of Shaugh Prior are detailed below.

The Parish would particularly welcome applications from people living in Lee Moor, due to the recent loss from the Council of both Councillor Small and Mc.Iver.   A good balance of representation of all three villages is important to the Council, so please give this your consideration......

SHAUGH PRIOR PARISH COUNCIL   Parish Clerk: Mr Scott Smy, 

57 Priory Close,  Ivybridge,  Devon.  PL21 9JG      01752 698305   scott.smy@shaughpriorparish.gov.uk

Parish News -
A new Bench dedicated to the service of two long-serving Parish Councillors has been put in placed at Lee Moor.
By doing so, The Parish Council have marked the many years of service by John Mc Iver and John Small, both of whom did not seek re-election at the last Paris elections in May 2019.  It is placed in the Lee Moor Play Area.

Help shape the future of Dartmoor National Park!

The draft National Park Management Plan is a plan for anyone that cares about Dartmoor. The National Park Authority is seeking your views on the draft Management Plan, to ensure Dartmoor continues to be protected and enhanced in the future.
The Plan is a bold and ambitious partnership plan, that will be delivered by a range of partners and local communities across the National Park. It had been written and developed over the last 18 months, and identifies the main issues, priorities, opportunities and challenges facing Dartmoor today. It encourages everyone to work together to protect and enhance Dartmoor’s special quality, for the benefit of all.
The plan covers seven main themes: Climate Change, Nature and Natural Beauty, Cultural Heritage, Farming and Forestry, Future Generations, Visitor Management and Communities and Business. The Plan aims to be bold, ambitious and clear on these themes, to help shape a future vision for Dartmoor.
We want everyone, regardless of age or background, to get involved with the draft Plan. We want to check that it reflects your ideas and aspirations for how we will work collectively for Dartmoor’s future. We encourage you to submit your views online, via the Management Plan Review Page on the National Park website. The period of submitting your views will end on 20th April.
Submit your views to:   https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/living-and-working/management-plan/management-plan-review
The draft Dartmoor Management Plan can also be viewed on the Management Plan Review page, with hard copies available at Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Parke headquarters, Haytor and Princetown Visitors Centres and local libraries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at manplan@dartmoor.gov.uk.
'We look forward to hearing your views!'

Reducing Isolation in older people across South Hams
Community Companions

The new project known as Community Companions is focused on recruiting volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated withing their communities.  The Royal Voluntary Service provides all the support and training for the volunteers to facilitate such activity.

Please look at the attached information, and join the project of the support network and help our most isolated residents.  Below is the link...

Download the Community Companions Information


Shaugh Prior Parish Council Citizens Advice Poster

Citizens Advice
Local Practices supporting citizens advice are :-

Totnes – Bartons - tel 01548 854927 or (appointments will be in their Totnes offices) or email charitywills@bartons.co.uk  9, Town Quay, The Plains, TQ9 5DW

Ivybridge – SW Law Tel 01752 205202 or email enquiries@swlaw.co.uk Kingsley Close, Lee Mill Ind Est, PL21 9GD


Oakley’s Bus Service - from Paul Oakley:

"Oakleys are still operating our reduced timetable on the 59 service until further notice.
We did not reduce our services very much therefore Devon County Council are more than happy with the level of service we are covering at this time.

Please be aware that for us to maintain the Government’s Guidance of social distancing rules we will only be able to carry around 4 passengers on our buses. This will vary depending on what size bus we have operating on that service at the time.

We must be able to allow passengers to sit 2 metres apart from each other and the driver.

The drivers have been given instructions to not over load buses to the point of not being able to maintain the 2 metre distance rule.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but it is for the safety of our drivers and our customers to be able to travel in safety.

Please do not rely on our buses to commute to and from work as if they are to full you may not be able to travel.

The Government has advised not to use public transport for commuting to and from work.

Thank you for your help and support during these difficult times.

Local Bus Service 59 (Plymouth George Junction - Roborough - Bickleigh - Shaugh Prior - Wotter - Lee Moor - Cornwood - Lutton - Sparkwell - Hemerdon - Plympton - Plymouth)

 PLYMOUTH - LEE MOOR - GEORGE JUNCTION                                                                                     
 Via Sparkwell, Cornwood, Bickleigh                                                                                    
 Monday - Saturday (Except Public Holidays)                                                                                    

Devon County Council new website

This is the Interactive website which is easily navigated to find exactly what you need speedily.

You can report and plot the potholes on the map, find planning applications, pay or appeal a parking ticket, etc etc .. on this extremely good website.  Its quicker than getting through on the phone or waiting for an email reply.

Go to:


USE YOUR DEVICES TO CONTACT THE COUNCIL (South Ham and West Devon Councils).

Shaugh Prior Parish Council

South Hams and West Devon Councils remind us all that nearly everything you need to contact the council about can be done on a mobile phone or tablet using their websites.

"Our customers can now apply for benefits, pay their council tax, even send us pictures of their key documents as evidence, all with their phones. They no longer need to scan documents in or bring them to us at the council. Just take a picture and load them onto the forms, just like they would upload a picture to Facebook or Instagram."

"We want to make it as simple as possible for our customers to be able to send us information from the devices that they use everyday.

they do not need to phone or visit the council, just go on the internet on their mobile phones or tablets and use the council's websites."

So next time you want to contact the council, don't call the council, use your phone or tablet!  It will be like having the council in your pocket.


Recycling Bottle Bank at the Moorland Hotel...

It's behind the big brown fence just right of the front door.  The Community are very welcome to use it.
Access is available during the day but they would ask you not to use the bottle bank at night.  It is noisy, and there are two big dogs roaming that area at night!
So feel free to come and use it to recycle all your glass bottles.

POST OFFICECLOSED due to COVID-19 until further notice

But is usually on Monday and Thursday mornings in the lounge of the Moorland Hotel.
You can pay bills, withdraw cash, and use all the P.O facilities.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Police logo a

The Neighbourhood Policing team is consists of:

Sgt Rob Wilson 12805

Beat Managers:  PC Charlotte Mathers 11704 and PC Martin Perry 15860

PCSO Andy Potter 30540
PCSO Diana Summers 30318
PCSO Judith Serpell 30478

to report a non urgent crime visit www.dc.police.uk/reportcrime or the contact section of Devon and Cornwall Police website for more options – www.dc.police.uk/contact.

You can complete an online crime report which is a quick and convenient alternative to calling 101. If you need information relating to a crime or have any other query please email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, alternatively you can call 101.

In an emergency always call 999.

Will 999 calls be answered?
Answering calls to the 999 number is a priority and we are making sure that we have additional resilience through training student officers to support our call handlers.  Please continue to dial 999 in all emergency situations.
What is the best way to contact the police at this busy time for non-emergencies?
If possible we would ask that you use the following options before dialling 101 at this busy time.
·       Click before you call – go online at devon-cornwall.police.uk/
·       Check if you can find the answer yourself on AskNed
·       Use the online crime reporting form
·       Webchat live with the 101 service (link to this facility at bottom right of Devon and Cornwall Police homepage)
·       Email the 101 service at 101@dc.police.uk
·       Calling 101 phone line

If you do need to call 101 about a non emergency, please be aware that it may take longer than normal to answer your call.  Perhaps consider calling at a quieter time of the day, like late evening if it is not time critical.
I have intelligence about a crime – who should I contact?
Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above.  If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible.  
You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Report an injured or dead animal
Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society: 07873 587561

Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above.  If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible. 

You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

( Direct dial: 07525617850


 Email: diana.summers@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.co.uk / Ivybridge@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.ukPCSO 30318 Diana Summers

Fraud Advice

·      Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by. 

·      Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text Personal information:

·      Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Police ( Direct dial: 07595 011193) 

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