Jubilee Beacon, Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon

Thursday 2nd June

There has been a long tradition of lighting Beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees.  On 2nd June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee. It is a feat no previous monarch has achieved.

To celebrate this event in Mary Tavy we will be lighting a Beacon on Gibbet Hill.  The Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm, the same time as many Beacons around the country.

You are welcome to join us on Gibbet Hill for the lighting.  As this event is taking place on open Moorland we ask those coming to follow a few “do’s and don’ts”:

  • Please note that there is access on foot only and there is strictly no access for vehicles.
  • Please where possible walk from home. If you have to drive to get closer there is no parking provided and we ask that you park sensibly on the road only and not on any moorland.  Be careful to not cause any obstruction.
  • Please bring a torch – it will get dark!
  • To be sure to protect the Moor we ask that you have no naked flames and no fireworks are allowed. (We will be taking many precautions to ensure that there will be no escaping embers/flames from the Beacon itself.)
  • We are welcome to bring refreshments with you but please remember to take all your litter home with you.
  • If you bring your dog with you it must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • There will be Marshals at the event so please listen to them and follow any instructions they give.

If you unable to join us on the Hill, have a look out for the Beacon – hopefully you can get a good view from several places, the end of Recreation ground may be good place – you should be able to see the Brentor and Peter Tavy Beacons from there as well.

If the weather is too dry or too wet or too windy we may have to move the Beacon  – if that happens we will put information out on the website and Facebook as soon as we can, so please check there.

Remember the Beacon will be lit at 9.45 so join us then.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Attendance is at your own risk.



Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Mugs

Mary Tavy Parish Council has purchased 100 mugs to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. We’d like to distribute them to any child aged 12 years and under who is resident in Mary Tavy parish. If you’re able to attend the Platinum Picnic on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June at the Coronation Hall, you can collect your free mug then.

If you’re unable to come to the picnic on the 5th but would like a mug, please contact either Paul Reid () or Bev Ross () and we’ll see how we can arrange delivery or collection.

In truth, it’s been difficult to determine how many children under 12 live in the parish. If we have some mugs left over, older children will be welcome to have one.

Please feel free to share this message with anyone who qualifies but may not be on Facebook.

Temporary Vacancy: Grass Cutting and Maintenance

 A vacancy exists for a self-employed gardener to carry out scheduled grass cutting and maintenance duties in Mary Tavy and Horndon.

It is anticipated the work will last between 3 and 6 months. An immediate start is preferred. Payment as per schedule will be made monthly.

For further details, see the attachment below.

Please contact the Clerk of the Parish Council, Katherine Anness if interested: .

Telephone 01822 616047

Annual Parish Meeting: 27th April 2022 starting at 7pm at the Methodist Church


Notice of our Annual Parish Meeting, 2022


To be held on Wednesday 27th April beginning at 7pm

Venue: The Methodist Church (Wesleyan Chapel)


  • Introduction of parish councillors
  • The Chairman’s Report
  • The Financial Report
  • An informal session to meet councillors and representatives of local organisations, to ask questions and raise any relevant matters

We have invited representatives of these organisations to attend:

  • Devon County Council
  • West Devon Borough Council
  • Police
  • Dartmoor National Park
  • Mary Tavy Nature and Climate Action Group
  • Mary Tavy Parish Council Climate Emergency Working Group
  • Mary Tavy Speedwatch Group

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

Devon County Council information on offering homes to Ukrainians

You can find the latest DCC guidance and information here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/supporting-ukraine/



Advance Notice of Road Closure: Chapel Lane, Mary Tavy

Chapel Lane in Mary Tavy will be closed for a period in May 2022 to allow for work by Western Power Distribution.

A diversion will operate via Brentor Road and the A386

For further details, see the attachment below

Tavistock School Reunion; 14th May 2022

The next reunion will be held in May.

See the attachment below for further details

Mary Tavy Cemetery: Wreaths, pots and flowers for the Christmas period

The Parish Council recognises that at Christmas, thoughts turn to friends and relatives, including those who are no longer with us.

It is understandable that people may wish to place additional wreaths, pots and flowers on graves over the Christmas period but please would you ensure that they are removed or confined to the area within 12 inches of the front of the headstone after Sunday 16th January 2022. This is to allow our groundsman to cut the grass.

We appreciate that in previous years it has been necessary to move wreaths and flowers to allow the grass to be cut and that this has sometimes been upsetting. We are keen to avoid any distress by making the above request.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact Katherine Anness, Parish Clerk by email () or telephone (01822 616047) for further details and an application form.


Virtual Family Activity Challenge

Active Devon’s free festive challenge

Active Devon and the Devon School Games Organisers are hosting a FREE Virtual Festive Family Activity Challenge.

The challenge will open at 10.00am on Monday 14 December 2020 until 10.00am on Monday 4 January 2021.

Taking part in this fun challenge is a great way to keep your family active, moving and motivated over the festive season. This will help towards the whole family feeling happier and healthier.

Active Devon know through research that children tend to be more active when they see their parents being physically active. So, joining in will have a positive impact on your children. It is also an ideal opportunity to enjoy family time together over the Christmas period!

The main challenge is made up of three separate challenges:

  • the 7 Days Challenge;
  • 14 Days Challenge; or,
  • 21 Days Challenge.

To find out all about this fun challenge and to get you into the festive spirit, please watch the brilliant and uplifting short video here.

For the full Challenge details and Terms and Conditions, please click on the PDF link below.

The PDF also includes information on how to enter, and the online entry form link. Have fun!