Shaugh Prior Parish - WotterShaugh Prior Parish - Shaugh PriorShaugh Prior Parish - Lee Moor

Latest Parish News and Information

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

Shaugh Prior parish Meetings during Covid-19 Pandemic

All Meetings of the Parish Council held on the first Wednesday of the Month at 7:30pm will be temporarily held via Zoom On-Line.We will inform you on this page when we are able to hold another Parish Meeting in the Village Halls.If you have any queries or have any issues you would like the Parish Councillors to take up, please contact the Parish Clerk.

The next meeting of the Shaugh Prior Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 2nd December via Zoom.
If you wish to join a meeting please contact the Parish Clerk Mr Scott Smy, giving 24 hrs notice.

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 Prior - on the wall of the Village Hall. 
Lee Moor - on the wall of the Village Hall.


Are you over 65 and live in the Parish of Shaugh Prior?
If so then the PC would like to invite you to register for a free delicious Christmas lunch that will be prepared by the Moorland Hotel and delivered to your door between 12pm and 2pm on Thursday 17th December 2020

If you would like to take-up this offer then please let the Parish Clerk know either by:
Telephone – 01752 698305 or 07791 540104
Email –

We need to know your name, your address and whether or not you have any allergies we should be aware of. The deadline for responding is Thursday 10th December.
In addition to the traditional Christmas Lunch, there will also be a vegetarian option (to be confirmed).


Avian influenza (bird flu)

Poultry and other captive birds

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (PDF, 39.1KB, 6 pages) (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions. 

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ.  Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.

For more guidance please visit

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77)


Public Health England advises that the risk to the public’s health is very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers

Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Voluntary registration

You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.

By registering,

  • APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
  • you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock


Covid-19 Related Information:

Shaugh Prior Parish Council


Parish Coronavirus Support Group

With the second lockdown now in place since 5th November, please be advised that our Parish Support Volunteers are still able to help and support those who are alone, sick, and vulnerable.
Essential shopping errands, prescriptions and medications can still be taken care of if required. 
These residents are asked to speak to their volunteer co-ordinator who will put necessary arrangements in place.

Local Co-ordinators are:
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

Scott Smy
Parish Clerk for Shaugh Prior Parish Council


Vulnerable People
Certain groups of people are at increased risk of severe disease from coronavirus (COVID-19) including all people aged 60 or over.

The rules are to stay at home, do not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes:
Exercise outdoors with people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household.
For medical reasons
For shopping and basic necessities, eg. food and medicine.

What if I shielded last time?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people over 60 and those who are clinically vulnerable are being told to be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise their contact with others.

Anyone who was formally notified that they should shield last time and not go out to work will be advised not to go out to work this time.

However, formal shielding as happened during the March and April lockdown – where people were told not to leave home for any reason – will not be brought in.

Help is at Hand

Shaugh Prior Parish Council

With news today of record redundancies in the UK during the three months to September, we want to let you know about what support is available if you’re worrying about money.

It’s reported that companies have made more workers redundant in anticipation of the end of the furlough scheme, initially due to end in October, but now extended until the end of March 2021.

Over the summer at least 30 per cent of Devon's workforce were furloughed and the number of people in the county claiming Universal Credit has gone up by 155 per cent since March.

If your income has changed and you’re struggling to pay for basic household essentials, we’ve made money available via local District Councils to provide small emergency grants to people in financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The funds can be used for different things such as access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

We've also published information on our website about financial help in your local area, including links to national support and information on what to do if you were employed but have now lost your job.

Devon County Council
Help available to pay for basic household essentials

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put a huge financial strain on some people. Employment situations are changing rapidly and for some their income now no longer covers what they need, or they have lost their jobs completely.

Help is available. If you, or someone you know, is worrying about money and how to pay for basic household essentials, please apply for extra assistance through funding that we have made available via your district council's hardship fund.

To find out more about what support is available in Devon, including how to access local financial support, where to find foodbanks and community larders, free meals during the school holidays and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate,  please visit our website.

We are continuing to work with district councils to ensure hardship support is available to vulnerable children and families in Devon this winter. And this week we pledged extra funding to ensure no child goes hungry.

Access to testing in Devon

“Testing resources in the main are keeping up with demand in Devon, and I ask anyone who is showing symptoms – the high temperature, new and continuous cough, or change in their sense of taste or smell – to self-isolate immediately and book a test.”

you should book a test via the NHS website  or call 119 to if you have problems using the internet."If you are unable to book a slot, you can email for advice on what to do.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid-19 latest advice

NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government's coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHT Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.

it is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales.  We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play.

There is more information at

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid test

Public Health England has written about how vitally important self-isolating is to stop coronavirus from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus. 

You must self-isolate:

  • if you have symptoms and are waiting for a test
  • if your test is positive
  • if you’re notified by NHS Test and Trace or the new NHS COVID-19 app that you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Community Issues

Report It : Can I remind residents that if you have issues relating to dog fouling, noise nuisance, missed bin collections, pot holes etc you can report it direct to SHDC direct through their ‘Report It’ facility on their website. You can report things as they occur without waiting for the next Parish Council meeting. Similarly, Parish Councillors can do this on behalf of residents by using the same portal.

Let's get this Mobile Library on the road....

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Library

Libraries Unlimited has recently purchased, with the help of Devon County Council, a second-hand van to replace the current Mobile Library serving communities in the South Hams and West Devon and they are seeking to raise funds to refurbish the van.
We are sharing the campaign in the community.
You can support it by using the link...


To read further about replacing Gertie the bus you can use this link to the news article:    link

Parish Mobile Library - back on the Road from 13th July

The Mobile Library Service resumed Service on 13th July.Calling at White Thorn, and Lee Moor
Here is the Local Time-Table....till end of 2020.

Fridays:  Oct 2nd     Oct 30     Nov 27

 Village Stop Arrive
 Shaugh Prior
 White Thorn
 10:20 10:50
 Lee Moor
 Lee Moor Centre
 11:05 11:35
 Bickleigh Church 12:00 12:45

If you have any queries on the service, just ring Rachel Gee,Development ManagerLibraries Unlimited  07976 584707

 Recycling in our area
Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid-19 latest advice

SHDC are undergoing a review of waste rounds which has meant most households have seen a change to their waste collection times, days or even weeks.  The new rounds will help reduce mileage and therefore save on fuel use and will also enable us to change to a better recycling service in the new year. Starting early next year, they will be introducing improvements such as  weekly collections of recycling, including items like glass and plastic pots and trays.
As most households have been affected by the round changes, there has inevitably been an increase in the number of missed bins reported. This note is to share the measures in place to minimise any disruption for residents.
There are limited amount of crews put out to retrieve missed bins, due to the size of the fleet and legislative restrictions on driver hours. However, they have shunt vehicles in place to haul waste to tipping sites which allow crews to continue actual collections from households for as long as possible. They receive reports from the contractor on any areas that were missed each day due to vehicle breakdowns etc. and these are prioritised the following day. There are accompanying messages on SHDC website and put out social media to keep residents informed.  Crews are out in the evenings and weekends wherever possible.
Some of the changes may not seem logical at present, but they are constantly reviewing the rounds and may make small adjustments here and there to make them more streamlined. Where access to properties is difficult, they use different vehicles to those deployed on the main rounds and this accounts for why waste in some areas is collected on two different days.
Whenever a missed bin is reported to they aim to get back to collect within 3 working days.

"However, at present we ask residents to bear with us and keep waste out as we can’t say exactly when returns will take place. We are prioritising missed black sack/grey bin collections over recycling sacks and brown bins and ask residents to keep waste out as we could return at any time, including weekends"

Proposed use of quarry waste for secondary aggregate and restoration of Tip T2 Lee Moor Quarry Complex.

This concerns the details of a planning application that will shortly be submitted to Devon County Council (DCC), for an area of Lee Moor Quarry complex known as Tip T2.   The proposed scheme will involve the progressive removal and thus restoration of the formerly tipped quarry waste and the material will be used for a range of secondary aggregate products.

The proposed scheme, which is in the final design stage, should be offered for general public consultation and comment.  Any issues of concern that are raised can then be carefully considered and possibly taken into account and mitigated for, in the final scheme to be submitted to DCC.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it has been agreed with the planning officer that the consultation should be undertaken on a virtual basis.  Therefore, a website has been created called, where an outline of the scheme and the assessments that have been undertaken to date can be reviewed.  The website offers the opportunity for private comments via the 'contact' webpage.  The website will go 'live' on October and will remain open for comments until end November.

It is appreciated that some parishioners may not have internet access.  Therefore, more than one comment will be accepted using the web page, from an individual who may be action on behalf of another person.  On such occasions, they should also proved the name and address of the person they are acting for.

Please share the above with our Community.

From Bright & Associates, Landscape and environmental consultants


The Post Office is once again operating out of the Moorland Hotel every Monday morning from 10:00 - 12:15pm

Free Courses
Skills Toolkit:

The Government has added a further four courses to The Skills Toolkit, which allows people to access free, high quality online courses in digital and numeracy whilst at home.

The new free courses are an introductory course from Microsoft on using Microsoft Outlook, an introduction to bookkeeping from the Open University and an introduction to finance from independent training provider Corndel, plus an advanced course on how computer networks operate from the Open University in collaboration with Cisco.

The Skills Toolkit is available to everyone and has a range of courses from introductory to more advanced levels. These are skills that are sought after for many types of jobs, with 82% of job vacancies requiring digital skills.

Explore free on-line courses

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

The Newnham Solar Fund 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:
If anyone wishes to discuss whether they might be eligible please ask them to contact Katie at 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
and quote the Hardship Fund".

Or contact the Shaugh Prior Parish Clerk, or any Shaugh Parish Councillor who will give guidance on how to apply for the Hardship Fund

Devon County Council
Local Bus Services Update from 15 July 2020

With so much disruption to normal bus services there will not be a published timetable book.  For the time being there will only be an on-line version.
The links to the latest versions are here.  Most services are now operating normally, but any exceptions to this are indicated:

N.B.  The temporary pre-0930 free travel concession for National Bus pass-holders is being withdrawn.  This will help ensure capacity for workers during peak hours.

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. 

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

Sue Burkill Vanessa

Shaugh Prior Parish Council are pleased to welcome Cllr Lidia Pearce from Lee Moor onto the Parish Council.
57 Priory Close,  Ivybridge,  Devon.  PL21 9JG  01752 698305

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

WARNING - Cold-calling tree surgeons targeting vulnerable residents in our Area
We have been made aware of cold-calling, potentially uninsured contractors claiming to be tree surgeons operating in the districts,   targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons, offering to do tree and garden works for cash.  They are stating they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to us to avoid prosecution. No such certificate exists and this is not the case.  An application to SHDC/WDBC in some form is required prior to carrying out works to any trees subject to a TPO or in a Conservation Area. If you are being approached by such contractors, please take as many contact details for the contractors as possible along with vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals (if safe to do so) and report them to the police on 101 or via their website at Please also observe the following important points: ·Prior to agreeing to any tree works, residents should check the contractor’s insurance certificate and qualifications – anyone who has gone through the training and paid the necessary insurance premiums will be proud to share the information with prospective clients. A checklist for choosing a tree surgeon is available here
If the trees are protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area, residents will need to be in receipt of written consent from the SHDC or WDBC Tree Officer in a decision notice or occasionally email prior to carrying out works to such trees to avoid potential investigation which may lead to prosecution.  Resident’s responsibilities in relation to ‘Protected Trees’ are outlined via the following links:
oSouth Hams: Devon:·Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via (specifically 

Shaugh Prior Parish Council

The Neighbourhood Policing team is consists of:

PS 15352  Ryan Canning (standing in for Sgt Rob Wilson who is away for 9 months).
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 or the contact section of Devon and Cornwall Police website for more options – 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, 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
·  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
·  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
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

(Directdial: 07525617850Email: 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) 
email police on