Thehistoric mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.
The name "Buckfast" means "stronghold" – traditionally a place where deer and buck were held, and "Leigh" would have been the pasture belonging to Buckfast – hence the meaning deer held in a pasture (buck-fast-leigh). Buckfast probably existed before Buckfastleigh as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1018 a Benedictine Abbey was founded and endorsed by King Canute at Buckfast.
Read more about the town here...
New Town Guide…
The Council has just completed the new Buckfast & Buckfastleigh Guide for 2016-2017. This is aimed at residents as well as visitors to the community and focuses on the many interesting things to do and see in the area - from the Pengelly Caves and South Devon Steam Railway, to our newly refurbished, community-run, heated swimming pool. Crammed with fascinating information about Buckfastleigh & Buckfast, it celebrates our natural environment and diverse flora and fauna, including Western Europe's largest Greater Horseshoe Bat population...
If you would like a copy, you can pick them up at the Town Hall, the library, or in many of the local pubs and shops. Or you can download a copy here... If you would like some copies to distribute from your business or organisation, please contact us.
The Town Council is very aware that there are many groups and individuals working hard around the parish doing wonderful and valuable work in the community, with sometimes little public awareness and often struggling to get the support they need. As a council we see it as a major part of our role to support, encourage and promote community-related groups and projects in the parish and we are making it a priority.
We are in the process of sending out a questionnaire to all groups involved in non-commercial, community-based projects and voluntary services in the parish, so we can get more informed about what is going on and see how we can help them raise awareness of their work, recruit volunteers and share resources, skills and ideas.
You can download a copy of the questionnaire here.
For more info contact councillors Andy Stokes or Fanny Jackson (, )
Noise – Jan 2016
There have been many complaints to the Town Council recently about noise.
A leaflet has been produced and distributed around the town outlining your rights and complaints procedures - you can find a copy here.
if you want to know more about why and how the leaflet was produced, you can find out here.
Garden Waste – What’s Next?
UPDATE - We are currently exploring possibilities for a site for this project with Teignbridge District Council. We would like to combine this with a community garden, producing local food if the right location is found - watch this space...
Teignbridge have stopped free garden waste collection for Buckfast & Buckfastleigh. If you still want them to collect your green bin, you will need to sign-up here and pay £35 per year.
There are plans to create a community-run composting site in the town, to reduce costs and create good-quality compost for local growers, but this will not be in place by the time the green bin service ends. If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more about this, email us for the attention of Cllr. Mark Maish.
In the meantime, an alternative to the Green Bin charge would be to have one or more 120 litre bags collected on demand by a local company called 'Go Green Devon' at gogreendevon.com - you need to select 'Services for Sale' on the top menu, then 'Gardening Services' on the left menu to find out more.. You can buy a book of 10 collection tags (one per bag you want collected) from their website (and the bags at £5 each if you want) , and use them at any time you want.
Town Council Meeting – Key messages
The Key Messages from the Council meeting held on 9/3/16 are here.
We aim to issue brief Key Message summaries as soon as possible after council meetings and they will be included in the News Section of this website.
The full minutes of meetings will be available on the website when they have been approved by the next full council meeting in the following month... and are available here. Our apologies if these are not always up-to-date as at busy times they may take a while. You are very welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the whole Council, the Tourist & Leisure committee, The Highways & Planning committee, and the Finance Committee. You will have a chance to raise issues for the council at the beginning of meetings. Dates & agendas for meetings are to be found here. Meetings are held at the Town Hall.
New Town Councillors needed…
With the resignation of Graham Squires and Billy Harstein due to personal reasons, we now have two vacancies on the Town Council for the Buckfastleigh/Buckfast parish.
If you are fired-up about your town and have some spare time to make things happen, then you need to contact Judith the town clerk before May 4th and register your interest. One of the town councillors will be happy to meet you and explain more...
There will only be an election if at least 10 residents write to Teignbridge District Council requesting one - after which you will get a chance to register as a candidate with Teignbridge District Council Electoral Services. Though the democratic process is best, an election costs the town around £2,700 from your council tax (and more if we send out polling cards), so we can't afford too many! Otherwise, we will organise an open meeting for you to meet and ask questions of all the candidates and the council will then choose two.
Town Council Update – Dec 2015
Click here to view/download the first Buckfastleigh Town Update - a leaflet aimed at informing you about what the council has been doing so far and inviting you to get involved with the decision-making process...
Meet your councillors – informal ‘surgery’
Come and talk to Janet Jones and Fanny Jackson - they will be available at Michelle's Cafe, Fore Street on the morning of Thursday the 28th April - a good opportunity to get to know your council representatives and discuss any questions, ideas or problems you might have.
We are keen to continue to hold some surgeries away from the Town Hall. We'd welcome suggestions for suitable and convenient locations in both Buckfast and Buckfastleigh.