Parish Councillor Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council, following a recent resignation. If you are interested in joining the council, please read the information in the attachment below to confirm that you are eligible and then contact Katherine Anness, the Parish Clerk for further information (email , telephone 01822 616047 or use the Contact Form on this website).

Being a councillor need not be the onerous task that some people assume it to be. If you care about the parish and how life in it might be improved then please consider putting yourself forward. If elected you will be working with other councillors to introduce some positive changes in our community.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd December.

A list of current councillors can be found in the Parish Councillors section of the Parish Council dropdown menu on this website.

Avian Flu

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021. The AIPZ means all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.
To see what precautions you must take please click here

Parish Council Drop-in Meeting, Saturday 20th November

Mary Tavy Parish Council Drop-in Meeting

Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy

2.00 – 6.00pm, Saturday 20th November

Mary Tavy Parish Council will hold an informal drop-in meeting during the afternoon of Saturday 20th November. We want to provide an opportunity for people to meet some of the parish councillors, and to listen to any comments or concerns you may have that relate to the parish and the council.

As well as an opportunity to have a chat about what’s on your mind, we would like your views on some specific topics:

  • Should we look at wilding some areas in the parish? This involves identifying areas small and large where introducing native wild flower mixes would enhance the appearance of the parish as well as increasing biodiversity.


  • Should we look at planting native tree species in some areas of the parish? As well as providing habitats for wildlife and increasing biodiversity, this would be a contribution, however small, to reducing atmospheric CO2


  • Do parishioners wish the council to expand the cemetery? We estimate we have enough land in the current cemetery to allow burials and interment of ashes for the next 7-10 years however, since the process of providing new consecrated ground is a long one, this is the time to decide whether we will pursue this, or accept that once the current cemetery is full, we will no longer be able to have interments in the parish. If we were to go ahead, we would like your views on what the make-up of the new cemetery should be: should we increase space for ashes interment relative to burials? Should we have a garden of remembrance?


We decided to hold a drop-in meeting rather than a more formal public meeting for a number of reasons:

  • We appreciate how busy people are, and that they may not be able to spare 2 to 3 hours to sit in a meeting and listen to presentations on the various topics. However, we hope that people can spare a few minutes sometime on a Saturday afternoon to drop in, find out more and give their opinions.
  • With case rates of Covid-19 remaining high and the ‘flu season beginning, we feel that a drop-in style of meeting that avoids people spending a few hours in a crowded room is a more responsible way to talk to people and hear their views.
  • We like informality!


We hope to have material on display from some of the organisations involved in promoting wilding and tree planting; for example, Moor Meadows, Plantlife, Moor Trees, Woodland Trust and Dartmoor National Park. We are also exploring the possibility of getting some representatives of these organisations to attend so that they can offer advice first hand.

You will see posters going up around the village advertising the meeting and councillors will be popping a flyer through parishioner’s letter boxes in late October/early November. There will be a short survey form attached to the flyer so that you can give your views on wilding, tree planting and the cemetery even if you are unable to get to the meeting. Completed surveys can be dropped into a box in the Post Office between the 15th and 26th November. Alternatively, you can leave completed surveys at the meeting on the 20th.


Mobile Phone Reception: Mobile Boost Voucher Scheme

Do you have a poor mobile phone signal indoors? If so, this might be of interest:



Harmony Choir Concert. Friday 3rd December


Harmony Choir are a ladies choir based in Mary Tavy.

They are looking for adults or children who would like to sing, dance or perhaps play a musical instrument and be part of the entertainment during the concert on 3rd December at 5.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

For all inquiries and to express an interest please contact Chrissie Wade:

Donations will be welcome on the door.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council. For more information please see the attachment or contact Katherine Anness, Parish Clerk by email () or telephone (01822 616047).

Road Safety and Speed Limits Near the Mary Tavy Inn

Many people consider the junction at the Mary Tavy Inn to be very dangerous and that a 40 mph speed limit from the “Welcome to Mary Tavy” signs to the current 30mph limit is justified. Mary Tavy Parish Council has asked on many occasions that a 40mph limit is put in place but, to date, the authorities do not consider this stretch of road merits such a limit. The Parish Council would like to compile a diary of accidents and near misses over several months to get a clearer picture of the problem and, if appropriate, use this to argue for road safety improvements.

We welcome reports of accidents and near misses around the A386/Lane Head junction (adjacent to the Mary Tavy Inn) so that as complete a listing of incidents as possible can be compiled. Please send details of such incidents (time, date, nature of the accident or incident, weather conditions, type of vehicle(s) involved) to the Parish Clerk at . For data protection purposes you should not record or send registration plate or photographic details.

Devon County Council: Back to School Advice

With the new school year starting this month, click here for a useful set of guidelines from Devon County Council


Hedges and Ditches in the Parish

Now that the bird nesting season is over, August is a good time to tidy and cut back hedges where needed and to clear ditches ahead of autumn and winter rains.

Parishioners are reminded that it is generally the landowner’s responsibility to keep hedges cut back and ditches clear of debris and blockages. Guidance issued by Devon County Council can be found here (ditches) and here (hedges) and in the attachments below

Vaccine Passport Scams

Alert – Vaccine Passport Scams

Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details. The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords. The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.  Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.

How to report scams:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: . Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

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