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  1.   Missing Cat
  2.   East Devon Car Parking
  3.   Yarcombe's Old Railway Carriage Restored
  4.   Yarcombe's Defibrillator
  5.   Message From Overseas
  6.   Local Service
  7.   Yarcombe Skittles
  8.   Your Wheelie Bin
  9.   Oil Syndicate



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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,


Press Release

Have your say on East Devonís proposed changes to car parking charges

5th April 2018: District council wants to hear what the East Devon local community thinks about a review of off-street public pay and display car parking fees.

East Devon District Council is considering reviewing the charges it makes in some of its off-street public pay and display car parks, as well as to its car park permits.   The council has put some proposals forward and is now keen to hear what the local community think of these changes through its consultation, which runs until Friday 1 June 2018.

Anyone interested in learning more about the changes and who wants to have their say, should visit:   Alternatively, anyone who would like a paper copy of the consultation posted to them, or who needs the consultation in another format, then please call the council on 01395 517569.

This consultation is specifically about the 46 district-wide council owned off-street public pay and display car parks, which contain 5,106 spaces.   It doesnít include any parking spaces that are on the side of a road, even those that have to be paid for, as these spaces are the responsibility of Devon County Council and not East Devon.

The proposed changes:

East Devon is proposing that charges in the 41 off street pay and display car parks where customers pay 50p per half hour and £1 per hour, stay the same as they have been since 2010, and donít go up.

The other proposals are:

Bringing pay and display charges in the five much cheaper East Devon car parks in line with the rest.
Changing the structure and cost of car park permits.
Changing the amount of reserved car parking in Temple Street, Sidmouth.
Offering some discounted or even free car parking to certain groups of Exmouth Pavilion users.
Bringing in car park charges in Phear Park, Exmouth, to cover the costs of preventing inconsiderate parking on the grass and pathways in the park.
Reserving some spaces in East Devonís Sidford car park for nearby residents.

There are four main reasons why the council is reviewing its car parks:

1. A great many more people want to park in some of East Devonís car parks than there are spaces available, making it difficult to find a space. The council wants to free up capacity in some of its car parks so more people will have a chance to park where and when they want to.

2. To make it fairer. For historical reasons, some of the councilís car parks cost less to park in than others, just because thatís the way itís always been.

3. To simplify charges and permits. Currently the different levels of charges in the councilís pay and display car parks, and the variety of different parking permits can be confusing.

4. They also need to make improvements to car parks and the changes proposed would help afford the following improvements:
Car park users are increasingly using contactless payment cards to pay for their parking, rather than cash.   It costs money to be able to provide car park machines that can accept contactless bankcard payments.
A number of the parking machines are in a poor condition and need replacing soon.
Car park users have also started to ask for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle charging points.

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Councilís portfolio holder for the environment, said:

Iím proud that for the seventh year running we arenít proposing to increase charges in 41 of our 46 car parks, when so many other councils are increasing their parking fees.   We are listening to all our residents and businesses, who have clearly told us that they donít want any price increases to the general car parking charge and would rather see other options being considered instead. I would encourage everyone to have a look at our proposals to see what we are looking to change and to have their say, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the proposed changes.

Yarcombe's Old Railway Carriage Restored

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, 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.

Yarcombe's Defibrillator

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.  There will be more information about its use in the August 2016 issue of Yarcombe Voices and replicated here.

Paul Nally will be in the Jubilee Hall to explain how to use the defibrillator at about 2.30p.m. after the Community Lunch on Wednesday 13th July 2016 and also at the Village Market on Saturday 9th at about 10.30a.m. for half an hour.


Messages from overseas


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


Just wanted to introduce myself to all who read Yarcombe Voices.   I am James and I work with Joanne the Carer who lives in Drakes Meadow, Yarcombe.   I do odd jobs and fix things and do gardening for a couple of her clients in their own home.    I understand from a lovely lady who Joanne visits that your gardener, Luke, has recently left the area and that a few of you are looking for a replacement.

I live just outside of Chard, just by Cricket St. Thomas estate and I have a few clients that I visit on a weekly and monthly basis for gardening, odd jobs and call-outs when the elderly ones have no electric or water and want someone they can rely on to come and have a look as soon as possible even in the middle of the night just to reassure them all is well.

I am trying to build my business and the opportunity to help and do gardening for all concerned in this area would be a great opportunity for me.   I am trustworthy, loyal, reliable and friendly and cheap at only £10 per hour.    I work days, evenings and weekends so whichever would suit. I have all my own tools and lawn mowers, I can do stripes or normal grass cutting, weeding, pruning, hedge trimming and any other general tasks .... just ask and I will do it.

I have 3 years' experience in gardening.    I am qualified in tree felling and pruning.    I am also qualified as a carpenter and I love making things from trees and also things for the garden from reclaimed materials.

I have just completed a project in Winsham where I had to renovate a concrete cow shed ... you may laugh ..... into a 4-bedroom eco-passive house of which I did 75 percent by myself and also to a timescale as Grand Designs were filming the project from start to finish (photographs available for anyone to see).

So if anyone would like a chat or a home visit to meet me and to discuss anything you require from my services then please feel free to call me on 07751 346214.

Kind regards and best wishes to you all

James Lindsay-White.


Yarcombe Skittles League - Would You Like to Join?

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


Make sure your rubbish is in your wheelie bin.

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.