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.



Education
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.


Childminding
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.


Defribillator
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


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 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 is a two way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall Police. 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. People can sign up at here

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 - 11.00am 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.



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


Bus service - Rattery to Totnes

Go to Bob the Bus website
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Download Annual Report for year ending March 2016 (PDF)

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.

Problems on roads
If you spot a problem on local roads report directly to the County Council via their website. Please include a photograph of potholes and approximate size.

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

Road closures


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.



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.

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 – call Chairman Bill Tagg 01364 643681.
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.

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



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.