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!

Free Gym Pass at Christmas

Whether you’re into walking, running, stretching, cycling or weights, Fusion have something for everyone, from seasoned exercisers looking for a new challenge, to beginners ready to get active.

The Fusion team welcomes everyone at any level of fitness and is ready to help the community discover what they enjoy doing, have fun and go at their own speed.

With keeping healthy now more important than ever, Fusion is encouraging all residents to try out their fantastic facilities and claim their free gym pass, which is available from Friday 11 December to Monday 4 January 2021.

To claim your pass, simply head to select your preferred centre and enter the promo code GYMPASS. Select Meadowlands Leisure Centre from the drop down menu if you want the Tavistock option.

Visits will need to be booked via the Fusion Lifestyle app to ensure all centres can continue to operate in line with government guidelines.  Centre users will be asked to arrive in their fitness gear, to streamline the contact process and keep customers safe.

Free school meals holiday voucher scheme

From Devon County Council:

Devon County Council has arrangements in place to provide supermarket vouchers to nearly 15,000 children across Devon who currently receive free school meals, to help their families buy groceries over the Christmas holidays.

Each child eligible for free school meals will receive a £30 supermarket voucher (£15 per week for the 2-week school Christmas holiday) that can be used at Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, M&S Food or Waitrose.

The vouchers are issued individually per child, so families with more than one child entitled to free school meals will receive a voucher for each one.

We have partnered with an organisation called Black Hawk Network to help us issue these vouchers as quickly as possible via their ‘Select’ website because they have many years’ experience of managing voucher schemes like this and are working with several other local authorities too.

The vouchers are electronic and will be emailed to families. Arrangements are in place for families who cannot access the internet or who cannot get to one of the six major supermarkets.

The scheme is a way of providing funds to ensure that families of primary and secondary age pupils who are eligible for free school meals during term time are able to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals their child would have had at school.

DCC will provide vouchers for all children attending schools within the Devon Council administrative area, irrespective of where they live. If a child lives within Devon but attends school in a neighbouring authority (for example Plymouth or Torbay), the school they attend will make arrangements to support them. Eligible children in pre-school and young people in sixth form colleges will also receive the vouchers.  Colleges within Devon are developing their own schemes funded by Devon County Council to provide free meal vouchers during holidays for eligible families. Please contact your college if you have enquiries about their arrangements or eligibility.

If a child already receives free school meals, they will automatically qualify for the holiday vouchers scheme. They don’t need to apply again. Parents and carers of children currently receiving free school meals will be sent letters and emails during the week commencing Monday 7 December with information about how to access their vouchers.  If a parent or carer does not receive a letter or email, and their child is eligible to receive free school meals, they should get in touch with our free school meals team ( or 0345 155 1019)  as soon as possible

If you think a child may now be eligible for free school meals due to a recent change in their family’s circumstances, please help us ensure they can access this holiday voucher support over Christmas by encouraging them to apply online via our website as soon as possible. This is the quickest and easiest way for their eligibility to be assessed and they will get an instant decision.  Alternatively, they can call the education helpline on 0345 155 1019.  To ensure that they receive the free school meals holiday vouchers for this Christmas period, they must apply by Friday 18 December 2020.

More detailed information about the free school meals holiday voucher scheme is available on the Devon County Council website.

DCC recognise that for many families who may be experiencing severe financial hardship, free school meals alone will not be addressing wider issues, and we have therefore provided funding to District Councils, Childrens Centres and Early Help teams over the winter who may be able offer additional support to families during this time.

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 this page on our website.

Devon & Cornwall Police Survey: The Future of Policing

Devon and Cornwall Police are seeking input from the public to help shape their future budgets and where they should focus resources. The public is invited to complete a short survey that can be found here. The survey is open until January 3rd 2021

Notice of Vacancy for a Councillor, Mary Tavy Parish Council

Following a resignation a vacancy now exists for a parish councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council.

Please see the attached documentation for an explanation of the process that must be followed. Note that should a by-election be triggered, because of Coronavirus Act (2020) this election might not take place until May 2021. If a by-election is not triggered, attempts will be made to fill the post by co-option.

West Devon Borough Council consults on dog control measures

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 life for those in the local community. It can ban certain actions, or need specific actions to be carried out, in this case, controlling dogs in public areas.

The Council appreciates that the majority of dog owners pick up after their pets and control their dogs effectively.  However, they want to encourage those who don’t abide by the rules to be more responsible, and these Protection Orders will help with that.

The current Orders run out in October this year, so they need to be consulted upon now and then agreed ready for the next three year period.

The current review affects all existing PSPOs within the Borough and the Council want to hear what you think.  Additionally, the Council are considering introducing the following new Orders:

  • Limiting dog walkers to walking four dogs at any one time
  • Dog walkers to carry dog bags at all times to collect their dog’s waste
  • Dogs to be kept on leads on roads within 30mph speed zones

The consultation runs from Monday 1 June to Friday 31 July 2020.  Borough Council officers can issue fixed penalty notices up to £100.00 for those who don’t follow the Orders.

West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Caroline Mott, said: “It’s really important that as many people as possible give us their views on the existing Orders within their area.  We already have so many responsible dog owners in West Devon who have perfect control of their dogs and we want these numbers to rise.

“There are however a minority of people who still throw bags of dog waste in hedges; hang them from trees or leave to pick up later.  Even in a field, animals can become infected, or waste ends up in bales used for feed.  These Orders will help to combat some of these issues as they give us greater powers to fine those who aren’t respecting our public spaces.

“We have three new proposals which we want to hear views on.  The first suggests reducing the number of dogs being walked by one person.  This is a growing issue with dogs sometimes in packs of seven or eight under one person’s responsibility, which can lead to difficulties with control.  The second, which I feel is a sensible requirement and one which most people do already, is that all dog walkers must carry waste bags at all times to clear up after their pets.  The final one is ensuring the safety of everyone by keeping dogs on a lead while in a 30 mph controlled highway area.

“So, please take a few minutes to tell us what you think, before the consultation ends on Friday 31 July.”

Once the consultation is closed, a decision will be made before any changes start from October 2020.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the proposals, please contact the Environmental Protection Team on:  

Or by post to:                  Environmental Protection Team

West Devon Borough Council

Kilworthy Park

Drake Road


PL19 0BZ


Please be aware that telephone calls to and from the Council may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.


Grass Cutting and Maintenance Tender

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 by clicking on the links below.

The contractor is required to have their own power and hand tools including lawnmower, strimmer and hedge trimmer.  The contractor must have their own Public Liability Insurance.

Sealed bids to be sent, in an envelope clearly labelled, ‘sealed bid’, by post to Mary Tavy Parish Clerk, 32 Oak Road, Tavistock, PL19 9EZ.  The closing date is Saturday 29th February 2020 at 12 noon.  The bids will be opened and considered in closed session at the March meeting of the Parish Council.  Applicants will be informed of the decision in mid-March and the contract will commence on 1st April 2020.

For further information, queries, or a printed copy of the schedule, maps and application form please contact the Clerk, Katherine Anness, 01822 616047, .

New Bus Timetable

Please find attached the new bus timetable.

Local Elections – 2nd May 2019 – Declaration of Result of Poll for the Mary Tavy Borough Council Ward

Please find attached the Declaration of Results for West Devon Mary Tavy Ward.

Mary Tavy Parish Election Uncontested

Please find attached information regarding Mary Tavy Parish uncontested Election.

Click below to find out who your new Parish representatives are and who nominated them.