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Latest Parish News and Information

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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.

Shaugh Prior Parish Meetings during Pandemic

Please note:  there is no Meeting of the Parish Council during August.

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 teh 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.

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 - on the wall of the Parish Hall
Lee Moor - on the wall of the Parish Hall.

Covid-19 Related Information:

Shaugh Prior Primary School - an update

Shaugh Prior Primary School is now open for children of key workers.
It will be re-opening again on 3rd September to take in an even higher number of children this year.

The Latest Update from the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner

Covid-19 : Play Areas and Play Equipment - Now Open

Our local Wotter and Lee Moor play areas are now all open after Government guidance announced play areas can re-open from 4th July.    In accordance with regulations, the parks have been inspected and sanitized.
It has been arranged for grass cutting where necessary, and signage has been displayed to say they are open.

Think twice

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid-19 latest advice

Shielding guidance to ease for clinically vulnerable - 28th June

The government has announced a two-phased easing of the shielding restrictions as coronavirus infection rates continue to fall.

Thousands of clinically vulnerable Devon residents have been told they can spend more time outside their homes and see more people from Monday 6 July.

And unless there’s a significant rise in coronavirus cases, the government has said they expect to pause the shielding programme on 31 July, including the delivery of food parcels and medicine.

We understand that some vulnerable residents may be anxious about stepping outside again and adjusting to the changes.

Local support will continue with district councils helping arrange independent food deliveries and prescription collections through trusted charities, registered volunteers, community groups and supermarkets with priority delivery slots.

Advice is also available about financial support, transport to medical appointments and combatting loneliness.

If you would like some support, please call your District Council.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid poster

And finally... a reminder about Test and Trace

We all want Devon to recover from this pandemic as quickly and as safely as possible, and for that to happen we all need to do our bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It's really important that if you develop coronavirus symptoms you get a free NHS test to check if you have it.

You can find out more about how to get a test, what happens if your result is positive and if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service on the NHS website.


Parish Coronavirus Support Group

With Shielding coming to an end this weekend, some of our vulnerable residents may be feeling concerned and anxious about going out and about.
Our Support Volunteers are still able to help and support those who are alone, sick, and vulnerable, and will continue to do so as required.
Essential shopping errands, prescriptions and medications can still be taken care of if required, so don’t panic!  
Those who have been shielding may need continued reassurance as they become as independent again as possible.  These residents have been asked to speak to their volunteer.
Although National free food parcels will stop, the Supermarket priority delivery slots will remain.

We also want to reassure you that our Village Teams will be ready should a second wave of Covid-19 hit us.  
With measures in place we are there to help protect residents and support the most vulnerable.
However with Devon being one of the lowest ranking ares of the country for coronavirus cases,  let us hope this wont happen.

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

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:

·     Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via (specifically

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.

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 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 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.

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

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.



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

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:
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
'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  9, Town Quay, The Plains, TQ9 5DW

Ivybridge – SW Law Tel 01752 205202 or email 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.


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 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

( Direct dial: 07525617850


 Email: / 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) 

email police on