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Shaugh Prior Recreational Hall

The Chairman of the Hall Committee is pleased to announce that the Hall will be Opening its doors on Saturday 3rd July.  As the Government's Roadmap of recovery is on track, the day will start off with a Coffee Morning at 10:30-12:00; then a short AGM;  and a Welcome BBQ will follow at 12:45pm.

We hope to welcome everyone back and also extend a warm welcome to all newcomers.

Please join in the day.

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 May 5th 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 - in the red Telephone Kiosk near new Bus Shelter in middle of village.

Shaugh Prior
- on the wall of the Village Hall.

Lee Moor - on the wall of the Village Hall.

To Access Defibrillators

Phone 999 or 112 from mobile

The operator will first ask for the condition of patient, and name and address, so they can activate emergency services immediately.

At this point you request the access code to gain access to the nearest Defibrillator to where you live. i.e. Lee Moor, Wotter or Shaugh Prior.

Ask a helper to fetch the Defibrillator, giving them the code.

If you know how to administer CPR, attend to the patient until the helper has returned with the Defibrillator.

When the Defibrillator arrives, open it and switch it on.  It will give very clear instructions on how to use it.

At no time leave the patient unattended until the emergency services arrive.

Please note that the Emergency Service will stay on the line giving you every assistance.

Use this link for information on How to Use a Defibrillator

Local Elections - May 2021

Notice of Elections - Electoral Divisions on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Electoral Divisions (pdf)

Notice of Elections - Police and Crime Commissioner Election 6 May 2021

Situation of Polling Stations

Police and Crime Commissioner Election - Devon & COrnwall

Recreational Hall, Shaugh Prior, Plymouth - Station No.7  -  HAT-1 to HAT-452

Public Hall, Lee Moor, Plymouth - Station No.8 - HAU-1 to HAU-216

Community response to the climate emergency?

Climate Action

Devon Energy Link

Devon Energy Collective CIC (DEC) is a not for profit community interest company set up by a network of community energy enterprises across Devon to help Devon transition to net zero by helping communities to respond to the climate emergency.

Plant a tree in 2021!

People in the parish are being urged to join thousands around the UK and plant a tree in 2021.

The community is hoping to kick start a local tree planting initiative with a new online survey aimed at identifying areas suitable for tree planting and individuals interested in getting involved.

“Planting a tree is an extremely positive move to fight climate change, improve biodiversity and soil quality and enhance the beauty of the countryside,” said Nick Wassell, Chairman, Shaugh Prior Parish Council.

“In 2021, we’re looking to work with the local community to plant more trees for the benefit of our area and our planet.

“The survey is a starting point, allowing us to determine which areas of land in the parish might be suitable for tree planting, whether that’s someone’s garden, field or a public space.

“Once we have this information, we’ll be looking to identify funding and partner organisations to help us increase the number of trees in the locality.”

Tree planting was one of the key initiatives identified by the Shaugh Prior Climate Emergency Group, which was formed in early 2020 to plan local activities to help address the climate emergency.

Complete the survey

As a first step, anyone wishing to get involved with tree planting in the parish is asked to complete the online survey at


We now have a seat on the parish council that can be filled by co- option.

If you would like to have a greater say on local issues that impact upon you and your neighbours and truly want to make a difference then why not consider applying?

Applications for this post should be made to the Parish Clerk (either by post or email – see above) including a brief statement explaining why you want to become a Parish Cllr and what skills you would bring to the position.

Shaugh Prior Parish Clerk: Mr Scott Smy 57 Priory Close Ivybridge Devon PL21 9JG

01752 698305

New Recycling Service

Look out for an information leaflet coming in the post.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council new recycling service

Your new recycling service will start this spring–so get ready and get set to become a Super Recycler!
·         The service is being rolled out an area at a time this spring
·         When your containers arrive, your new service will start on your next collection day
·         Look out for a leaflet on the new service in the post

Your new containers will be delivered the week before your new service starts - your recycling will then be collected every week.


Rural Affaires 2021 - All you need to know

Please click on this link to View

Message to Parish From Local Police:

Message from our Sgt..

The main issue we are having with dogs is when they attack livestock and I've seen a rise in these offences over the last few weeks. We've managed to follow up on several of these and issued DCOs - Dog Control Orders whereby the owner agrees to a set of conditions which they will adhere to in the future, the wearing of a muzzle or keeping on a lead, for instance. Each and every owner we have dealt with has been a nice decent person, it was a one off, the dog has never done this sort of thing before.. and thats how easy it happens so please, if you are exercising near livestock, keep Rover on a lead.

Travelling..  we get asked a lot of questions about what is acceptable, the bottom line is that we must all follow the Government guidance on this. It is The Law. We must Stay at Home - essential travel only. If you leave home to exercise then you must Stay Local, that means staying in your village, staying in your town or your part of the city. Two weekends ago we had glorious sunshine on the Saturday and the beaches were full. I needed to get to Bigbury for an Immediate call but as I reached the area, I was unable to make progress on Blues due to the sheer volume of cars leaving the beach. I had to switch the noise off and wait whilst I watched car after car leaving, lots with surfboards on the top. I know, surfing is lawful exercise and, if you live in Bigbury, good luck to you but the car that I later stopped and issued 3 persons Covid Breach tickets too had made a 80+ mile round trip to catch that wave! It comes down to 'Do you need to...' It may well be quiet in the middle of Dartmoor but think of the unintended consequences, a slip trip or fall out there probably requires the assistance of Dartmoor Search and Rescue, or as we saw at one of our beaches this week, the deployment of a Coastguard Team. Please, Stay Local.

As we go into another weekend, Stay Safe everyone. There is a lot of light at the end of this awful tunnel and we will get there”.

Sgt Ryan Canning

Shaugh Prior Parish Council nhs poster

Vaccination roll out continues in Devon

Due to national guidance, those who have been given their first vaccine will now be delayed in receiving their second. Those people will be contacted in due course.  This is to allow more people to be vaccinated overall.

Govt. Roadmap Covid-19 2021

Step two - no earlier than Monday 12 April

  • Non-essential retail - non-essential shops and personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen.
  • Outdoor hospitality - pubs and restaurants can reopen outdoor tables and beer gardens for households and groups of up to six people. Customers will have to be seated but there will be no need to have a meal with alcohol and no curfew.

  • Indoor leisure facilities - gyms and swimming pools will reopen, but only for people to use alone or with members of their household.

  • Outdoor attractions - places like zoos and theme parks will reopen with social distancing rules and limits on outdoor mixing.

  • Holidays - self-contained holiday accommodation (including campsites), where indoor facilities are not shared with others can reopen for individuals and household groups only.
  • Public buildings - libraries and community centres can reopen with social distancing measures and no indoor mixing between households.
  • Life events - up to 15 people can attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes.

Step three - no earlier than Monday 17 May

  • Outdoor gatherings - most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted, although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
  • Meeting indoors - the rule of six or two households will apply indoors, both in public places and at home.
  • Hugging - the government will update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
  • Indoor hospitality - pubs and restaurants will reopen their indoor areas. They will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks, nor will there be a curfew, but customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated.
  • Indoor entertainment - venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas can reopen.
  • Holidays - the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open.
  • Life events - up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, funerals, wakes and other life events such as bar mitzvahs and christenings.
  • Exercise - indoor adult group sports and exercise classes can take place.
  • Businesses reopen - most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. (30 outside and rule of six or two households inside)
  • Large organised events - sporting events, concerts, theatres and conferences can go ahead with capacity limits.

Step four - no earlier than Monday 21 June
  • Social contact - the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.
  • Businesses - remaining businesses such as nightclubs can reopen.
  • Life events - legal limits on the number of people attending life events such as weddings and funerals are lifted.
  • Large events - restrictions on large events and performances eased.
  • Holidays - international travel permitted.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council

Self-isolating and testing for coronavirus

If you develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste), you must follow the government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

This includes booking a free NHS swab test immediately to check if you have it, and self-isolating until you get the results.

You should also make sure you are familiar with how the NHS Test and Trace service works if you test positive for coronavirus or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.


Parish Coronavirus Support Group

With the third lockdown now in place as from Wednesday 6th January,  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 (currently unable to assist)
Nicola Friendship – Mobile No 07702 045969

Scott Smy
Parish Clerk for Shaugh Prior Parish Council


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.

Please keep me informed

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.

 You can read the full story on our news centre. 

Please keep me informed

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.

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.


 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


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 2020, 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 Tyler

Find out about your own carbon footprint Devon County Council website South Hams website 

South Hams District Council

Reducing Isolation in older people across South HamsCommunity 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 

Neighbourhood Watch

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: 07525617850


PCSO30318 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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