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  1.   Affordable Housing
  2.   Blackdown Hills Transition Group
  3.   Frank's Hobby
  4.   Missing Cat
  5.   Yarcombe's Old Railway Carriage Restored
  6.   Yarcombe's Defibrillator
  7.   Message From Overseas
  8.   Yarcombe Skittles
  9.   Your Wheelie Bin
  10.   Oil Syndicate



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September 26, 2018:  Last night a Public Meeting was held in The Jubilee Hall, Yarcombe.   The meeting, which was well attended by residents of Yarcombe and Marsh, had been called by the Board of Directors of Yarcombe Parish Community Land Trust (YPCLT) to explain the project to build six Affordable Homes in the Parish.

The Board introduced themselves as local people with a concern for local people priced out of the housing market.   The Board recapped the position regarding affordable housing on the Parish: the demand for a small number of new homes, the search for a site, the opportunity to join the CLT and the success of other CLTs such as those in Dalwood and Hemyock.

The Board also announced that a Heads of Terms Agreement had been reached with Jonathan Price to purchase the triangular site at the top of Marsh village adjacent to Tollers Farm which is set out in the map (right).  


Those present were asked if they would support the choice of site so that the project might move forward to the next stage: to appoint architects and other professionals to examine the site in more detail.   This feasibility study can be funded by grants now available for community-led housing projects.

If the project seems feasible, the CLT would apply for another grant to develop the design and consult further with the community; all with a view to making a planning application.

Those attending asked a series of perceptive questions and raised concerns such drainage, surface water, car parking, overlooking, the speed of traffic leaving the A303 and overall design of the site. The Chairman Philip Bearne addressed these concerns and explained each and every aspect would be thoroughly investigated by the professionals who would be appointed to conduct the necessary surveys and explore the viability of the site.

At the end of the meeting a show of hands from those present indicated clear support for the CLT taking the project to the next stage.

Steve Horner, Secretary

PowerPoint Demonstration shown at meeting:     



Blackdown Hills Transition Group consists of like-minded individuals who are concerned to address the challenges of the effects of Climate Change and our over dependence on the forecasted depletion of oil, aiming to promote sustainability.   What does it mean to be more sustainable?

The Transition movement, initiated in Totnes over 10 years ago, was the first Transition Town of which there are many now internationally - another example being Stroud in Gloucestershire.   They are typified by local councils taking on the mantle of doing things differently where they can to encourage a local economy to be less reliant on products and services from afar, additionally encouraging us as individual households to be more sustainable in our daily lives.   How might we do this?   You are probably doing some of this already - if not join in.

Think twice before shopping.   Reduce, Reuse Recycle.   Make sure your big purchases have big environmental benefits. Go Plastic Free.   Boycott products that endanger wildlife.   Pay attention to labels buy local, Fairtrade, organic.   Be water wise, drink tap water, conserve water.  Drive less, drive green.   Green your home - insulate, use energy saving appliances.  Choose wild energy, use a green energy supplier.   Take extinction Off Your Plate.   Choose to have a smaller family.   Use your voice and vote.   Encourage politicians to have green policies to address our environmental challenges.

(The Center for Biological Diversity)

The Blackdown Hills Transition Group organise a number of events throughout the year including the bi monthly Repair Cafe in Hemyock, Apple pressing days, Seed swaps, Election Hustings of Green issues, film shows, discussion groups and attendance at events, most recently the Honiton Show.

The next Repair Cafe is on Saturday 22nd September 2018 from 10am to midday at Hemyock Parish Hall.   Our AGM, to which all welcome, is on 5th September 2018 at the Catherine Wheel Pub in Hemyock from 7.30pm.

The next Repair Cafe is on Saturday 22nd September 2018 from 10am to midday at Hemyock Parish Hall.   Our AGM, to which all are welcome, is on 5th September 2018 at the Catherine Wheel Pub in Hemyock from 7.30pm.

October sees the return of the popular Apple pressing days where you are encouraged to bring all your home-grown apples for pressing and take home lovely juice to store for the winter months ahead. Current dates are

Sunday 7th October 2018 at the Holman Clavel pub, Culmhead, Taunton TA3 7EA;

Sunday 14th October 2018 at Glebe Park Upottery Playing Fields EX14 9RH; and

Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October 2018 at Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell EX14 4RW. See our website for times and admission is free.

Website:     Also on Facebook and Twitter.

Jim Rogan



Yarcombe wartime evacuee Frank Weeks, a welcome contributor to this site, has made the headlines in New Zealand.

It seems Frank is one of those individuals who are skillful enough to defy logic by putting large objects into bottles!



Until recently I lived at Lees Cottage in Yarcombe, and moved out last Tuesday- my cats went into emergency placement with Stanley in West Hill but sadly one of them escaped a week ago, and Iím thinking that she may eventually turn up in Yarcombe...

Bronwen is a neutered three year old tortoiseshell and white long haired cat, medium sized and quite shy but does come to Puss puss puss!!   She is micro chipped thankfully.

Would it be possible for you to spread the word through the Yarcombe Voices and the Yarcombe website?   Iím happy to make a financial contribution if required.

My contact number is 07584-666684

Many thanks,



Back in October 2005 two railway carriage bodies arrived at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, from a property in Yarcombe, where they had formed part of a bungalow named "The Coaches", since about 1935. The carriages were built for the London & South Western Railway (Saloon No.25) and the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (later South Eastern & Chatham Railway No.3188).

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The first of these carriage bodies is still stored, awaiting a start on its restoration (details here), but No.3188 is now in public service on the Bluebell Railway after complete restoration and fitting the body to a modified Southern Railway Parcels van underframe.   Over the last 5 years a team of about 20 volunteers in the Bluebell Railway's Carriage & Wagon department have worked each weekend to restore No.3188, which was built in 1897, to the condition it would have been in the early years of the 20th century.   The carriages are now owned by The Bluebell Railway Trust who provided funding for the materials used in the restoration.

On Saturday 18 June 2016 the volunteers who had undertaken the restoration celebrated the completion of the project with a special train,
formed of three carriages hauled by SE&CR locomotive No.592.   All four vehicles were built at Longhedge Works, Battersea.

Dave Clarke's album covers the 5-year restoration of No.3188 in detail, and Alex Morley's album shows more of the special train run on 18 June 2016 to celebrate he completion of No.3188, as also seen in the above photos.

Carriage No.3188 was built by the LCDR as a 6-wheeled 5-compartment third in 1897, had been converted by the SECR into a 3-compartment brake vehicle around 1911, and ran until 1935.   It was sold, along with LSWR Saloon No.25, and "The Coaches" in Yarcombe was constructed around them, and from where they were both recovered to the Bluebell Railway in 2005, when the property was redeveloped.

Between 1950 and 1978 the carriages were occupied by Nelson (who died in 1966) and Gladys Long, and the Bluebell Railway were pleased to have two of their nieces, Jenny and Mary, and Jenny's husband Diego, with them for the relaunch.   The sisters were able to share their memories of visiting their Aunt and Uncle, and hence these two carriages, in the 1950s.   Jenny Dal Bello is seen in the third photo above presenting Tony Clements and Dave Clarke with photos, provided by one of their cousins, showing the carriages at Yarcombe in 1977.

The first photo was part of the planning application made in 2005, showing the bungalow prior to demolition.

The second photo, taken by Richard Salmon, shows the carriage in the condition it was in when it arrived at the Bluebell Railway in 2005.


The defibrillator is now 'up and running' at the Jubilee Hall, in a cabinet on the front wall to the right hand side of the main door.  Should you need to use it just go to the hall and collect it from the cabinet.  For more information about its use see the August 2016 issue of Yarcombe Voices.


We are a couple of seniors from Canada, who visited the Yarcombe Inn quite by chance in August 2013 and did not at that time have the knowledge of the historical significance of the Inn.   We just learned of the closure of the Inn and we are absolutely devastated by it.   We found the Inn and the surrounding area incredibly beautiful.   Closing it is such a waste.

Alicia Dulce Santos




Do you enjoy a social night out, meeting others from around the village, light hearted banter and maybe catching up on bits of local news, and a little refreshment?   If you can answer yes to any of the latter you may like to join us next season.   If yes to more than three you definitely should!

Experience is not a requirement - all that is needed is the ability to chuck a wooden ball at a group of wooden stumps and of course if you can hit them all well and good.   We donít take our skittling too seriously (well not that seriously anyway) and play around once every two to three weeks.   The season starts around mid September through to March.

Last season was the first time we didnít have our own Ďlocalí to play in and used the alleys at The Sidmouth Arms Upottery and The Cotley Inn Wambrook.   It turned out to be a very successful season and enjoyed warm hospitality and great suppers at both venues.   Not knowing the future of the Yarcombe Inn we plan on playing at the same venues next season.

If you would like to join us or have a chat about it please call me on 01404-861594 or email.

Jon Stockwell



Since introducing the new waste and recycling scheme East Devon District Council have advised us that they have had occurrences of side waste (waste not contained in the wheeled bin/gull sack) being put out and causing littering and some disquiet amongst residents who are working within the criteria set.

In order to address this they have started to place stickers on the wheeled bins/gull sacks. Unfortunately this will be placed on all bins which means even those who have been doing things correctly will have stickers on their bins. When this occurs on this first occasion all side waste will be removed so that householders have a clear base to start from on the next collection.

On the following collections side waste will be left and stickered. This will escalate with letters being sent, visits by waste officers and the possibility of fixed penalty notices being issued further down the line.

Householders have made fantastic effort in increasing East Devonís recycling which in the 1st quarter of this financial year was over 50% and also the amount of waste going to landfill has decreased by over 30% since the scheme was introduced.

Yarcombe Parish Council on behalf of East Devon District Council



The Oil Syndicate is run by Colin Stewart who can be contacted by telephone on 01297-792538 or by email.

Orders can be placed by the 25th of each month with a view of arranging delivery at the beginning of the following month.   Please specify the quantity required in litres, whether or not a "top up" is requested, so that the oil supplier will have an indication as to the size of our order to obtain the most competitive quote.

During the summer months an order will be tendered once a month and demand will be guaged.   During the winter months it is intended to tender orders every three weeks or as demand dictates, therefore in addition to the deadline of the 25th there will probably be a further order deadline date possibly two weeks later.

Crude oil prices are continuing their very gradual upward trend and the price in May 2015 is just over $60 a barrel, corresponding to a domestic oil price of around 38p per litre.   It follows that the price we finally pay is determined by the size of our order.