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 […]
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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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 […]
Subsequent to our earlier post with information on the virus (you can find it further down the news items) here is some more official guidance and information communicated to the Parish Council from West Devon BC.
This link will take you to Devon Country Council’s advice on the coronavirus: https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/ Click on the “Read More” button to go to the active link
This article contains information on pending planning applications from within the parish. Click on “Read More” to get further information on any application (the pdf file will download onto your device). We will aim to keep the list up to date by adding new applications as the are received and removing those that Dartmoor National […]
New parish council websites are required to display an accessibility statement saying how well they conform to the latest accessibility requirements. Older websites will need to display their statement by the autumn of 2020. The aim is to make websites as accessible as possible to all users. This includes users with disabilities, users accessing the […]
Those of you that attended the public meeting held on the 26th November or anyone who read the report of the meeting might be wondering what’s happening so here is a brief update: There was a lot of interest at the meeting in replacing our old 30mph “Slow Down” warning signs (know as Vehicle Advisory […]
MARY TAVY PARISH COUNCIL is inviting tenders for Grass Cutting & Maintenance The Gardener will be on a contract basis for a period of three years, to undertake grass cutting and general maintenance for designated areas within the Parish. There is a schedule of work to be undertaken and sketch plans which can be downloaded […]