Local Events and Information

Love in the countryside is back and on the hunt for rural singles who are looking for love but find it difficult to meet potential partners.

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South Brent and District Caring are having a quiz at The Old School Community Centre, South Brent
Saturday 13 October 2018 at 7.30 for 8.00pm
Teams for up to 6 people Bar and Raffle
Tickets £3.00 available on the night, from the S B Caring office at the Old School or from Angela Smerdon telephone 01364 642207

Advent Fair & Craft Market - South Devon Steiner School, Hood Manor, Dartington TQ9 6AB.
Saturday 17 November 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm. 
Everyone warmly invited.  FREE workshops, pony rides, beautiful craft stalls, live music, food & drink, puppet show, bonfire, story-telling and much much more!

Limited parking on site, £5.00 per car or FREE Vintage Bus service from Buckfastleigh, Dartington and Totnes.  Any stallholders interested in taking a stall please go website

Join us for something a little different after dark on 20th October at Pennywell Farm Devon Tourist Attraction. An evening of Star Gazing suitable for all levels of astronomer. You don't need any experience or knowledge, just come along and discover the awesomeness of the night sky above you. 

The team at Pennywell often get to enjoy the beautiful night sky on the shorter autumn evenings, our location on the edge of Dartmoor and lack of light pollution makes for perfect star gazing conditions. So this year we thought we should share the view.

After the farm closes for the day on 20th October and the stars come out you can join us for dinner in our cafe. The take a tractor ride in the dark for some Star Gazing in the Show Field, this will be guided by Chris Cooke from Plymouth Astronomical Society. We will hopefully be treated to observing the Orionid Meteor Shower. 

Gather in the heated theatre afterwards for mingling, mulled cider and a look at some telescopes and sky charts. There will be a talk aimed at the younger astonomers as well and we'll be surveying our local resident bats using a bat monitor. 

As this in an after hours event the farm itself will be closed and the animals will be in bed. Tickets for this event are separate to Pennywell Day Entry tickets and booking is essential. Spaces are limited. 

Dinner is included in the price, which will be a hearty hot meal with a drink. You will need warm clothes, a torch and sturdy footwear.

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Devon Air Ambulance
Why not make your New Year’s resolution really count and become a Devon Air Ambulance volunteer? We receive no government funding and are totally reliant on donations from the people of Devon. We offer an array of volunteering opportunities from box collecting, giving talks, attending cheque presentation, assisting in one of our 18 charity shops or helping out at our annual events. Volunteering can really make a real difference to your own life and the lives of others. This opportunity would suit anyone who would like to get out of the house, make new friends, do something worthwhile, all whilst having fun! We really do appreciate any amount of time you can offer. Whoever you are, you'd fit in just fine! Please contact our Volunteer Manager Cara Jones by calling 01392 466666 or email for more information.

Would you like to receive fresh, organic produce grown at your local community farm?

School Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is now open to new members.  School Farm CSA is a unique organic market garden run by four women growers on the Dartington Estate.  For the past two years we have been supplying our local community with fresh, organic, local produce and this year we will be doubling our food production, meaning we can open our gates to new members.
CSA members get an array of seasonal, freshly picked produce, whilst supporting ecological farming practices and local livelihoods.  A share of the produce contains a range of freshly harvested vegetables and some fruit (roughly 5-10 items per week).  A share is designed to feed a household of two adults per week, or a larger family that don’t cook every day. 
Members also receive a monthly CSA newsletter with recipes and farm updates, and are invited to attend events, volunteer days and courses at the farm.  We aim to supply a weekly box of vegetables from June through to January, weather permitting.  You can pick up your vegetables in Totnes, Bridgetown or on the Dartington Hall Estate.  For more information please email Jenny or visit our website

A message from Tracey Weaver, Dog Warden. SHDC

“I wish all dog owners in the South Hams, the very best for Christmas 2014, thank you to those of you who support my work in the area.

Please remember that a “Dog is for life, not just for Christmas”. Please do not buy a puppy as a Christmas gift unless you fully understand the responsibilities which they come with –

  • Time consuming training (essential);
  • Routine (essential) and perhaps, emergency visits to the vet, which can be costly;
  • Walkies twice a day regardless of the weather (at least 20 mins twice a day)!;
  • Proper shelter, food and water;
  • Careful consideration of what happens to him/her when you are on holiday;
  • A life of picking up and correctly disposing dog poo, whether an adult walks the dog, or whether this is delegated to a younger family member

And then hopefully you will have a lifetime of playful interaction, a  lot of fun, and the best friend ever!

If you are keen on getting a dog, please consider  rescuing one from a re-homing centre, but make sure that you know as much about him as possible, and that he is the right one for you, your home and your family, there is nothing worse for the dog than being moved from one owner to another and another.

Tracey Weaver, Dog Warden. SHDC

Free Highway Code education for car, motorbike and lorry go to Rightdriver.co.uk.

No registration or payment is required.

Rightdriver.co.uk is preferred and used by a large number of driving instructors, youth organisations, (such as scouts and army cadets), community organisations and more to help people get their driver’s licence due to its free official Highway Code questions.