Our Role

Mary Tavy Parish Council

The Parish Council is a small local authority. Its nine Councillors are elected for four years at a time. Vacancies occurring between elections are filled by bye-election (if requested) or co-option. Each year, the Councillors choose a Chair from amongst their number. There is also a Vice-Chair and a Clerk, who is the Proper Officer and the Responsible Finance Officer of the Council.

Parish Councils have a number of formal powers and can do things either by providing them itself, or by helping someone else, for example a charity or volunteers, financially to do so. Parish Councils have the power to improve the quality of community life by spending sums of money on things which, in its opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants.

Councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as the strategy documents of other public organisations, including the Borough and County Councils and the Dartmoor National Park Authority and on planning applications. The Parish Council can represent the village’s views to other authorities.

Mary Tavy Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Reading Rooms, commencing at 7.00pm with the first 15 minutes available for parishioners to raise any points. Committee meetings are held as and when required. Annual parish meetings are held in April.

The Coronation Hall

Since it was built in 1961 and extended for greater use in 1973 and again in 1990. The Hall has been one of the main focal points of our village and the surrounding area.

The hall has a large stage and can accommodate 180 people. The lighting, heating and sound system are all modern. In addition to the kitchen facilites there is a Games Room and Meeting Room. The hall is home to the Mary Tavy & Peter Tavy Women’s Institute and to our own Drama and Pantomime groups. The Hall is available for hire and has been used for many varied meetings and events ranging from Wedding Receptions, Anniversary Parties, Dinners, Dances, Musical Evenings, Theatrical productions, Jumble Sales and as a Polling Station for elections.

If you need more information about the facilities then click the email below.

Or go to our new website.


Or please contact Diana McDowell on 01822 810709

Welcome to our Parish of Mary Tavy

Welcome to the Mary Tavy Parish Council website.  Mary Tavy is a community full of action – with primary school, pubs, post office and village shop, Coronation Hall, recreation ground, snooker, twinning association, over 55s drop-in, churches and WI – a proper village! We hope you will find this useful if you live in Mary Tavy or are just visiting.

If you have any suggestions for additional information that should be included on the site then please let us know by emailing our Clerk.

Mary Tavy a une association prospérée de jumelage, ayant été jumelée avec Méry-Bissières-en-Auge en Normandie pendant plus de trente années.