Rattery Parish - General Information

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A PDF version of the Rattery Parish Council Information Sheet for New Parishioners that contains information on this page plus other useful information can be downloaded by clicking here

Rattery Email Exchange (Click on image to download leaflet)
Rattery Email Exchange is a scheme which allows everyone with an interest in the parish of Rattery to share information and ideas. It is a very easy way of keeping in touch.

The scheme has been set up by Parish Councillor Richard Haigh with help from Trevor Paul, who runs the village website. We hope that it will provide a very effective way for the organisers of the many groups within the community to keep everyone well informed.
Anyone who is a member can communicate very easily with the Rattery community by sending a single email to ratteryemail@googlegroups.com This email will be automatically forwarded to everyone else who has joined the scheme.  
The email exchange will complement the village website as Trevor will be able to use the messages to keep the website up-to-date. A single email will inform everyone and update the website.
An individual member’s email address is displayed if he/she posts a message but members’ email addresses are not otherwise on display to the public, or to the membership as a whole. Membership is restricted to those people with a genuine connection with Rattery so that the scheme is free of spam and other unsolicited emails. You can unsubscribe at any time.
To join the scheme, or if you have any questions about the scheme, send an email to email@ratteryvillage.co.uk or telephone 01364 72239.

Youth Club
Youth Club Every Other Monday starting at 6.00pm. To check dates click here to go to Village Hall calendar

Wild Garden Children’s Group, Rattery.

We meet weekly on a Wednesday from 10-12pm. The group is focused on early years, walking - 7/8, but is open to all children (accompanied by an adult). 

We hold a Children’s Fire fortnightly where we learn, share and celebrate the seasons together. There is a recommended donation amount of £5.00 for an adult and child, and £2.00 for siblings and/or other additions for these sessions.

You are welcome to arrive from 10.00am, then we gather around the fire at 10:30am to check in and share a snack and a cuppa. There will be a planned activity which is very much ‘opt-in’. 

In the weeks in between the garden is open for a social gathering to anyone who would like to come along, hang out and enjoy the garden. These weeks will be my work days so there will still be things to learn and get involved with, if you like. These sessions are free, but please bring your own snacks.

Please bring any extra snacks, as you need, and dress for the outdoors. 

The group is secular and based around natural learning, nature connection with some forest school elements.

The weather is brightening so do feel free to bring a picnic and stay for lunch after. 

Wild Garden, Culver Lane, Rattery, TQ10 9LJ. Visit FaceBook page

Rattery is part of the catchment area for Dartington Primary School & Nursery – 01803 862357. King Edward VI Community College – (KEVICCs) 01803 869200. Free School Transport is provided to both schools.

If you need a Childminder or want to be one – Devon Child Minding Association Administrator 01752 202059. Visit website

Playing Field
The Childrens Playing Field is equipped with slide, see-saw, swings & climbing frame and is situated behind the houses at Garden Park on land owned by Dartington Hall Trust, rented by the Parish Council. The Playing Field Committee Chairman maintains the area and the District Council is responsible for the maintenance of the play equipment. Dogs are not allowed in this area.

The Parish defibrillator is housed in the gateway to St Mary's churchyard where it is accessible 24 hours a day. Using the defibrillator is very easy and full instructions are on the device itself.

GP Surgeries: South Brent 01364 72394.  Buckfastleigh 01364 642534. Totnes – Leatside 01803 862671 or The Plains – Catherine House Surgery 01803 862073.

Hospitals (with A&E department):
Derriford Hospital (Derriford Road ,Plymouth PL6 8DH) Tel: 0845 155 8155 or 01752 202082
Torbay Hospital (Lowes Bridge,Torquay TQ2 7AA) Tel: 0300 456 8000 (local rate) or 01803 614567

Minor Injuries Unit: Totnes (Coronation Road, opposite the fire station). 01803 862622 8am – 9pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays (X-Rays 10am – 2.30pm, Monday, 10am – 12 noon, Wednesday, 10am – 2.30pm, Thursday)

Totnes Caring: A a registered charity offering much needed help and assistance to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of the community. Our support is for the relief of the elderly and sick, to enable them to live in their own homes, remain independent and not be isolated from everyone else. Visit website

South Brent Caring: South Brent and District Caring is a befriending service based in the Old School Community Centre in South Brent. They offer help to those living in South Brent and the surrounding area including Avonwick, North Huish, Diptford and Rattery Parishes. They were established as a registered charity on 18th February 2013 to meet a growing need for care services outside of the NHS. Although we do not provide personal care services, if this is something you require we may be able to signpost you to another charity or agency who are able to provide this service. Visit website

Help in hard times - Contact details for local support services in and around Totnes.

The Caring Town team have produced a simple pocket guide with contact details for emergency beds and food, housing, support and advice in and around Totnes.

Printed versions (folded A3 full colour) are available at the Caring Town Info Exchange (open 10.30am-2.30pm every Monday,Tuesday,Thursday, Friday & Saturday)

Click here to view the guide.

Did you know the local NHS has a Patient Advice and Complaints Team?
NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) patient advice and complaints team is a service to provide patients, carers, family members, the public and staff with help, advice and support with concerns or comments relating to NHS services.

The team provides free and confidential help to investigate and resolve problems as they happen and aim to do this as quickly as possible. They can also organise in depth investigations of any problems relating to healthcare across a number of different services.

Hearing from patients helps us to make improvements and gives us early warnings of system problems. It is very important for the CCG to hear when things are going wrong.
You can contact us on the phone on 01392 267665, or 0300 123 1672 or email
Or text us at 07789 741099.

Find your local Job Centre Plus
Find your local JobCentre Plus including address information, opening times and contact details. Jobcentre Near Me makes it easy to find your nearest jobcentre plus offices and information about benenfits, support and Universal Jobmatch. Go to website

Change of advice day for Citizens Advice in central Totnes

The Citizens Advice drop in advice sessions held in Caring Town Information Exchange (CTIE) at the Mansion on Fore Street.  Will be moving from Fridays to every Wednesday from October 3rd.

Teena Barrett, Advice Services Manager at Citizens Advice South Hams says, ”The service will be the same as before, open on a drop- in basis for people to come along with their problems and talk to an adviser although the hours have changed slightly and will now be 9.30am – 12.30pm.

South Hams Citizens Advice Bureau - “Behind the Beauty”

We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, with easy access to the coast and to the open moors, so it is easy to forget that behind this beauty there are individuals and families for whom the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), is an essential source of independent information and advice when they are in need of help.

We thought you might like to know a bit more about the service, you may never need it yourself but you might know someone who does- or you might like to get involved!

The advice provided covers the whole range of problems and issues and includes queries on benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationships and legal cases. In fact, it would probably be very difficult to find a topic that has not been raised with the CAB. And even within these broad topic areas, it breaks down into even more specialist areas. For example, benefit issues include council tax, working and child tax credits, employment support allowances, housing benefit and community care grants. All of these can be a bewildering forest of forms, bureaucracy and specialist knowledge, so it is no wonder that many people turn to us to help them through the foliage.

Also, the CAB collects information on the social issues affecting our community and this information is analysed nationally to identify statistics and trends. This in turn enables Citizens Advice nationally to submit policy recommendations, reports and to influence government policy. We are currently collecting evidence to submit to a review of the Work Capability Assessment review. In addition , a social policy briefing was provided to Sarah Woolaston MP on transport problems in rural South Devon. We have also been involved in the campaign to highlight the loss to CAB clients should the cuts to legal aid funding be implemented. This would mean there would be no legal aid for welfare benefits cases, and aid on debt and housing issues will be severely restricted.

None of the work carried out by the CAB would be possible without the dedication and loyalty of our volunteers and paid staff who are fully trained to deal with a whole range of problems, and provide guidance to specialists when appropriate. We have every reason to thank them.
Did you know that The South Hams Citizens Advice Bureau is a local and independent charity, set up to provide impartial and non judgemental advice to anyone who needs it?

Of course, we are very grateful to receive some grant funding from South Hams District Council and Devon County Council, but we always need more funding- and additional monies have to be found. We are keen to take up any ideas for fundraising!

If you need advice then you can call our Advice line on 08 444 111 444
If you need specialist legal advice you can call 01803 863129
Or Email
Or, visit our website  at for further details of location and opening hours, and for more information on the charity and volunteering.

Click on link to download PDF file

Attendance Allowance

Find out information about where you live such as:
Council Band and charge
Local councillor and MP
Waste collection day
Nearby planning applications
Planning Restrictions
Check old and new planning applications
Go to www.southhams.gov.uk

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Rattery is covered by South Brent Police Station Kerries Road, TQ10 9BZ which can be contacted through the Force Central Switchboard 08452 777 444 (a local call rate number). Non- emergency Telephone;101 Crime Stoppers; 0800 555 111

Visit Devon and Cornwall Police website

Visit Totnes West Neighbourhood Policing page this gives information about the area.

Devon and Cornwall Alert
Devon and Cornwall Alert is a free community messaging system to inform members of the public about crimes and incidents affecting their local area.
Recorded messages are sent by telephone, email or text message to individuals or groups/businesses.
It is a two-way messaging system which helps us to connect with our communities; it tells people what is happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any information.
The system is designed to allow people who register to choose the type of information they would like to receive concerning crime and anti-social behaviour, witness appeals, crime prevention, community events and local good news.

For more information and to sign up visit website

A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is in operation if you wish your name to be added to the network or want more information contact – Mrs B Palk 01364 72115.

Parking Issues
The police deal with vehicles causing an obstruction or parked in a dangerous position. The local council deals with parking on yellow lines, on street pay and display, clearway offences, residents’ parking issues and limited waiting times.

Report minor crimes at this website

Office of Police Crime Commissioner - Have Your Say - go to website

Village Hall Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.15am Outreach Post Office with full facilities

A local producers’ market selling a range of foodstuffs (e.g. eggs, preserves, cakes, flans, pasties, bread, vegetables, beef , lamb, pork and now fish and cheese),  plants, cards and more.

You can also borrow from the Village Library and meet friends over a cup of tea or coffee.

Find your local Post Office

Devon County’s Mobile Library also visits every four weeks on Tuesday 10.00am to 11.15am at the village hall.

Exeter - Plymouth Bus Service
Service X38
Stagecoach have given notice, with effect from 3rd January 2017, to reduce Service X38 (Exeter - Drumbridges - Liverton - Bickington - Ashburton - Buckfastleigh - South Brent - Bittaford - Ivybridge - Plymouth) from seven buses to four each way, Monday to Saturday. The decision is based on Stagecoach’s review of the commercial viability of the service. There is currently no financial support or contractual involvement in the Monday to Saturday service from either Devon County Council or Plymouth City Council.

Plymouth City Council have indicated that they have no funding available towards any reinstatement of service.

Falcon Coach Service
Stagecoach are promoting their Falcon coach service, Plymouth - Exeter - Taunton - Bristol, as an alternative for Plymouth - Exeter passengers, although passengers for Exeter City Centre require a change of bus at Exeter Honiton Road or Sowton Park & Ride. The Falcon timetable is attached. Concessionary passes are valid for travel between any two points on the Plymouth - Cullompton section. For longer journeys a fare must be paid. Click here for Falcon timetable

As a further alternative, the train service between Exeter, Ivybridge and Plymouth is also available for some passengers.

In view of the number of passengers at intermediate points with no alternative we have arranged to reinstate one bus each way between Exeter and Ivybridge and one each way between Exeter and South Brent (all connecting with Stagecoach Gold to and from Plymouth).

Click here for the new X38 timetable. The County-subsidized reinstated buses are the 1140 and 1820 from Exeter and the 1317 from Ivybridge and 1922 from South Brent to Exeter.

The Sunday & Bank Holiday service, which is already County-subsidized, is not affected.

Service 39 (Exeter - Chudleigh - Chudleigh Knighton - Bovey Tracey - Heathfield - Drumbridges - Newton Abbot)
Service 39 is being increased with effect from 3rd January 2017. This is possible with the use of Section 106 developer funding specifically directed for this purpose. In summary, the service between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey is increased from hourly to half-hourly. Also there is one additional morning peak-hour bus to Exeter. On present projections, the total developer funding - from three separate developments - is sufficient to sustain the increased service for eight years, after which it will be reviewed.

Click here for Service 39 timetable.

John Richardson-Dawes,
Principal Transport Co-ordinating Officer,
Transport Co-ordination Service,
Devon County Council

As well as free school transport throughout the Village for Dartington Primary School & KEVICS the Western National x 80 service runs between Plymouth & Torquay and stops at Rattery Mill, Culver Lane & Marley Head.

Trains run from Totnes (5 miles) Ivybridge (8 miles) Timetables for all trains from Totnes Station are available from 0845 484950.

Senior citizens rail cards may be obtained from Devonwide Offices 01392 383688 at discounted rates.

For more information on Public Transport in Devon go to website

Car Parking is available on the village green outside the Church for residents & their Visitors and also by arrangement at the village hall.


Road closure A38 Drybridge to Lower Dean eastbound 15th to 25th October 2018
Letter from Highways England

Our ref: 564173
Highways England
Ash House
Falcon Road
Sowton Ind. Est.
3 October 2018

Dear Sir/Madam
A38 Drybridge to Lower Dean eastbound resurfacing
Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major
A roads. I am writing to let you know we will shortly be carrying out roadworks near to
you. A map detailing the location is included within this letter.
The works
Inspection has revealed the road surface on the A38 between Drybridge and Lower
Dean (eastbound) has deteriorated and needs to be replaced. By carrying out this work
now we will maintain the network in good condition for our customers and avoid the
need for unplanned closures in future. We would like to apologise in advance for any
disruption which may occur.
Dates: 15 to 25 October 2018
Hours of work: Overnight 8pm to 6am, week nights only
Traffic management
Traffic will be diverted off the A38 eastbound at Marley Head exit-slip, follow the A385
to Dartington, turn left onto the A384 and re-join the A38 at Dart Bridge on-slip.
Please note; whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforseen
circumstances may mean slight changes to it. We will notify you of any major
changes within the programme via advance roadside warning signs but please monitor
www.trafficengland.com to keep up to date. We will make every effort to ensure the
impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum.

Click here to download full letter and map. (PDF file)

Problems on roads
If you spot a problem on local roads please report it directly to the County Council via their website. Please include a photograph of potholes and approximate size. Please note the websiote states the council will " only repair potholes that are deeper than 40mm, wider than 300mm and have a vertical edge".

This is the best way of ensuring that something is done - and the more people that report a particular problem the better.

If any of your family are experiencing housing problems. Dartington Housing Association 01803 863550 have elderly & disabled peoples bungalows & young peoples housing for rent in the Village.
The Council houses at Garden Park are controlled by Tor Homes 01803 869800.
There are also some flats and houses for rent and houses for shared ownership, with priority to  people with a local connection. For information on renting, go to website. For information on buying go to website

Help the Aged Senior Line 08088 006565 can give advice to the elderly or their relatives.

Helping you to live in a warmer home and saving you money

Cosy Devon’s LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme) is a free service providing advice, support and energy saving measures to households that are finding it difficult to keep their home warm and comfortable. A highly-trained LEAP helper will carry out a home visit and deliver help immediately. This includes:
installing a range of simple measures (radiator panels, LED light bulbs, draught proofing for doors, windows and letterboxes, cylinder jackets, pipe lagging)
organising the installation of a new heating controller where it is inadequate or broken
identifying larger energy efficiency measures that would improve the property where further funding is available (e.g. insulation or replacement boiler)
looking at the potential for savings from switching energy supplier and helps the resident to switch if required
checking whether the resident wants income maximisation advice and organising this

Those eligible include:
People in receipt of certain benefits, carers, those living with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, recently bereaved and many long term medical conditions.

If you know of anyone who may benefit then please call 01296 311888 or refer them into the programme using the online form at www.projectleap.org.uk.

Help for homeowners, landlords and park home owners from South Hams District Council!
South Hams District Council, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Wessex Home Improvement Loans, may be able to provide homeowners, park home owners and landlords with subsidised finance to carry out essential repair works to their homes. Works are assessed by the council and include boiler repair, replacement or heating installation, damp repair, structural works including roof/thatch repair, electrical and plumbing works, rotten windows replacement, or upgrades to bathrooms and kitchens over 15 years old and in need of repair.    Eligibility is wide to include people who own their own homes who may have savings and/or an income but who wouldn’t be able to afford repairs or access finance elsewhere.  Call South Hams District Council on 01803 861234 for more information or visit website

South Hams District Council keeps the roads & lanes clean and litter free. Dog owners are asked in the interests of hygiene to clear up after their pets & put it in the bins provided.

A bottle bank is situated in Rattery Village Hall Carpark. White Goods – Old Fridges, Freezers etc. can be collected by the District Council but a charge is made. Refuse collection is organised by South Hams – calendar B – with grey bins alternating with recycled sacks and brown bins.
For more information go to South Hams District Council recycling and waste website
The nearest recycling centre is at Babbage Road, Totnes Industrial Estate.

South Hams residents can recycle the coated food and drink cartons in their blue recycling sacks.

It's easy to do in just two easy steps;
First, rinse and squash the carton then pop them straight into the blue sack. Caps can be left on, because these are removed during the recycling process.
The cartons collected in the UK go to the carton recycling plant in Halifax. The process takes advantage of the strength and quality of the wood fibres found in cartons by turning them into industrial-strength cardboard. This is then made into 100% recycled tubes and cores which are used as centres for wrapping products such as cabling, plastic film and wrapping paper.

Keep your tops on!

What do you do with lids, tops and caps? If you find yourself asking “Are they recyclable?”,     “Which bin do they go in?” and “Am I doing it right?” then read on. These common questions now have a simple answer – YES! They are all recyclable! Simply give the bottle or jar a rinse, squash plastic bottles, put the top back on and recycle as you normally would – even if it’s a metal lid on a glass jar.

Many people still remember the early days of recycling when plastic lids caused a problem due to being a different kind of plastic or being heavily dyed.  Thankfully, technology has improved over the years and we no longer have this problem. Hurrah!

In fact, the recycling industry preference is now for lids to remain attached to bottles and jars.  Lids and caps are small and light, so attaching them to larger items keeps them contained during the collection and sorting process and prevents them from jamming machinery.  It also helps keep plastic bottles squashed, so reduces volume and creates more space in your recycling bin, bag or box and on the recycling collection vehicle.  All in all, keeping your top on gets a big thumbs up all round and helps maintain Devon’s 55.7% recycling rate.

So, what happens to plastic bottles with lids?

Plastics are shredded, cleaned and passed through a Sink-Float tank which separates different types of plastic by density.  HDPE plastic, such as lids and caps, will float whereas PET plastic, such as bottles, will sink.  So simple, but very effective!  The different plastics are then sold on to manufacturers who turn the plastic shreds into new products, such as garden furniture, fencing, polyester clothing and even new bottles.

And glass jars?

Similarly to plastic, glass is crushed and cleaned before it passes through a process to remove any plastic or metal lids and collars.    Plastic and metal is recycled into new products and glass is recycled into new bottles and jars. 

All local councils in Devon will collect your plastic bottles in your usual household recycling service. Don’t forget bottles from your bathroom too!

Most authorities will collect your glass bottles and jars, however for the few that don't you can take them to your local Recycling Bank or Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If you're not sure what authority you live in, you can find out by using this handy postcode locator tool https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council and then click here to find what your council collects https://www.recycledevon.org/at-home/recycle-at-home

For more information click here

(Keeping lids on plastic and glass bottles and jars is applicable to residents in Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, Torridge, South Hams, West Devon, Teignbridge and Torbay.  East Devon residents can keep lids on plastic bottles and jars but must separate lids from glass jars)

Check for registered carriers to remove waste by clicking here

You can help the local economy, by sourcing goods and services locally. Parishioners are welcome to advertise their goods and services on the notice board by the Post Office.

Farmers Markets:
Buckfastleigh on Thursdays a.m.
Totnes last Saturday of the month a.m. 
Ivybridge 3rd Saturday of the Month a.m.

Various activities take place in the village:

The Senior Citizens Luncheon Club - held the first Thursday of the month at the Village Hall.

A Grand Plant Sale - held on the 1st Saturday in May at the Village Hall.

The Village Badminton Club - meets at 8.00pm on Monday at the Village Hall during the winter and every other Monday in the summer – just turn up. 

Annual Garden Show & Sports - the 1st Saturday in August where young and old can celebrate their first fruits and other skills and where everyone can have a run in the races. Schedules available from the Post Office and pub.
New Committee members welcome – email Andrew Burdge
Clickto read Chairperson's report for the 2018 show
Clickto read Chairperson's report for the 2017 show and details of trophies awarded
Clickto read Chairperson's report for the 2016 show, details of trophies awarded and garden show judges and stewards.

Ladies Night - held in the Church House Inn Pub on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

Rattery Book Club - Meets monthly, and/or online. Contact Barbara Palk email Meets each month at respective homes, have a couple drinks, a chat and of course discuss the Book!
The monthly book is elected by any member giving a fair chance for all of us, it doesn't mean we have to read it in the time but we do our best! You are all welcomed to join. We read a variety of books but we are not at all stuffy, just like reading.

Pilates - Monday mornings

Pilates - Wednesday evening

Soup Group - A great way to meet other villagers - once a month, some-one in the village will volunteer to host a soup evening for other parishioners. Details are given on posters throughout the village, on Rattery group e-mail, or contact Terry Underhill telephone 01364 72314 or email

Twinning - Rattery is twinned with Brains-sur-les March in northern France and there are regular exchanges between our villages. Contact Janine Walker (secretary) for more information. Telephone 01364 649272 or email. Go to Twinning page

Line Dancing - Friday afternoon 4.00pm - to 5.00pm.
There is a nominal charge to cover costs. All welcome from children to pensioners.
For more information email Alison

The Parish Council has engaged a part-time Parish Lengthsman. His job is to clear and maintain the drains alongside the parish lanes.

If you know of places where water is accumulating or where drainage problems commonly occur during the winter months please contact the Parish Council so that we can direct the Lengthsman to where his work will do most good. Click here for contact details of parish councillors.

Parish Paths
There are several public footpaths and unmetalled roads (which resemble Green Lanes) within the parish. A map of these can be obtained from the Church House Inn or the post office. You are asked to ensure your dogs are treated regularly for tape worms so they do not infect sheep & cattle and also to follow the Country Code. Our parish paths co-ordinator – whose time is given voluntarily is always glad of volunteers to help with the up keep of the paths – contact him via the Clerk 01364 644109.