Borough Council Consults on Dog Control Issued: 29 May 2020 West Devon Borough Council want to hear your thoughts in a consultation about West Devon’s Public Space Protection Orders for dog control. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) deals with potential anti-social behaviour in an area which could have a damaging effect on the quality of […]
Welcome to the website for Mary Tavy Parish Council
Mary Tavy is located on the western side of the Dartmoor National Park and is in the West Devon Local Authority area. It is an old mining village named after the 13th Century church of St. Mary’s and the River Tavy. Mary Tavy lies approximately 4 miles north east from Tavistock, 18 miles to Plymouth; two miles away is Brentor’s landmark church on a peak.
Mary Tavy nestles on the eastern side of the Cholwell valley leading to the River Tavy. The Parish of Mary Tavy is predominately made up of Blackdown and the old village of Mary Tavy but now includes the hamlets of Horndon, Zoar and Grendon. It is a scattered village that contains open moorland within its boundaries, and approaching south along the A386 you pass Gibbet Hill and the remains of Wheal Betsy in the moorland valley.
The A386 continues through the middle of Mary Tavy and adjacent to the road is the village recreation field and the village hall, The Coronation Hall. To the west of the A386 lies the area called Blackdown. This area is now mainly residential, but has evidence of the old railway line which runs adjacent to the River Burn.
To the east of the A386, turning left at the War Memorial down Bal Lane lie the remains of Wheal Friendship. Continuing down Bal Lane just past the Horndon turning is the Village School. This area is known as old Mary Tavy – rather than Blackdown and it contains one of the village’s thatched cottages. Further west adjacent to Cholwell Brook is the village’s 13th century Parish Church, Mary St. Tavy.
Past the Church at the end of the lane is the Hydro Electric Power Station, which is powered by water taken from the River Tavy and the old mine leat. This lane used to be the thoroughfare between Mary Tavy and its neighbouring village Peter Tavy but is now a bridle path which runs adjacent to the River Tavy
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This link takes you to the latest guidance from HM Government on what you can and can’t do in England following changes to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) lockdown directives. Please note that different advice is in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Current advice (as of 11th May 2020) on access to, and behaviour in, the National Park can be found at https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-work/coronavirus-update
A working group of parish councillors was formed in August 2019 to address concerns about traffic speeds through the village and the impact this has on road safety. Following a number of meetings of the Group, a public meeting was held on the 26th November 2019. 3 main topics were addressed at the public meeting: […]
Support Fund for Residents who Need Basic Essentials Issued: 6 May 2020 An emergency lifeline to support residents whose financial situation has been seriously affected by the current pandemic has been launched by West Devon Borough Council, in association with Devon County Council. The Covid19 Welfare Support Fund will provide small emergency payments to help […]
Here is a recent press release from West Devon and South Hams Councils: Hotline for Council Help Available 16 April 2020 South Hams and West Devon Councils are offering a hotline number for residents needing help and support during the Coronavirus outbreak. The number, which will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday […]
In light of the increasing severity of the Coronavirus outbreak, an extraordinary meeting of Mary Tavy Parish Council was held on Monday 23rd March 2020. The main purpose of the meeting was to vote to allow the council to conduct its business by email and telephone rather than by face to face meetings. Under current […]
The attached document contains contact phone numbers and emails for those who need help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It also tells you how to get in contact with the Mary Tavy Community Support group if you are able to help others during this difficult time. There is also a list of some local companies prepared […]
The situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve and we will endeavour to keep things up to date on this site. General information can be found on news channels and government websites (see previous news items on this site). In this post we want to share information on 2 local initiatives. Martin and Tracey […]