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Message from Stagecoach re Public Transport

Over the last week, bus companies have lost up to 90% of their passengers, leading many to drastically reduce services. Stagecoach today are implementing reductions across their network, details of which appear on their web site.https://www.stagecoachbus.com/coronavirus We do not have sufficient information to know the make-up of the 10% (and falling) remaining passengers. Some will be key workers needing to travel. There may be other essential purposes, whilst some may be travelling against official advice. Some may be best assisted by referral to the many community initiatives, information on which is available locally or on-line through web sites, Facebook etc. In an effort to cater for key workers, the County Council is trialling a demand-responsive taxi facility, offering a heavily subsidized fare, designed to provide journeys no longer possible by public transport because of service reductions. Details will be going today to the press, local parish councils and other contacts. Bus companies have also been asked to identify if possible where these issues arise and to refer passengers to the e-mail address given. Stagecoach on their web site have included a facility to individuals to make themselves known and have agreed to forward any relevant data to us.The scheme is aimed to be as straightforward as possible. Key workers who find themselves in difficulty getting to work because of public transport reductions are asked to contact us by e-mail and we will try as quickly as possible to make regular arrangements with any available taxi company. If the travel requirement is regular, the individual will need to contact us only once.With experience over the next few weeks, the scheme will be reviewed.


Due to the reduction of bus services across the county, Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service for Devon residents for key workers accessing employment only.

This service is intended to replace those journeys which were previously made by bus - a subsidised flat fare will be charged.

Requests can only be made by email and should be sent to devonbus@devon.gov.uk

Please include the following information in your email:


JOURNEY REQUIREMENTS (pick up/drop off)

We will aim to respond to all requests as soon as possible during normal office hours  – journeys should be booked 48 hours in advance of travel 

The situation with Coronavirus is changing rapidly so these arrangements may well have to be reviewed.
Government and NHS advice is available as follows:
NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Government information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirusaction-
It is possible that significant numbers of people in the valley may have to “self-isolate”. The churches and other groups are working together to try and ensure that those who may need practical help with shopping etc in this situation can receive help if needed. Contingency plans are at a very early stage at the point when material has to be submitted for publication in the 3 magazines covering the Teign Valley and Haldon Hill area, but details will hopefully be made available locally on noticeboards, village websites etc where possible – see the following:
A Church Near You websites:
Ashton – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8766/page/53729/view/
Bridford – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8767/page/53727/view/
Christow – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8765/page/53726/view/
Doddiscombsleigh – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8793/page/53728/view/
Dunchideock – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8770/page/53671/view/
Dunsford - https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8792/page/53725/view/
Christow website - http://www.christowparishcouncil.gov.uk/
Doddiscombsleigh website - https://www.doddiscombsleigh.org/
Dunchideock website - https://www.dunchideock.org.uk/
Dunsford website - http://www.dunsford-village.org.uk/
Mission Community Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/tvhhmc/
Plans currently include identifying a central co-ordinator in each village to link up those offering to help with shopping and/or collecting medication with those who need some assistance. Arrangements are currently as follows:
Ashton: John May – T: 01647 252212 or E: johnmay1926@gmail.com
Bridford: Kathy Fitzjohn – T: 01647 252515 or E: tessaderby@gmail.com
Christow: Phil Trotter – T: 01647 252874 or E: phil.trotter1@btopenworld.com
Dunchideock: Steve Cook – T: 01392 832332 or E:tvhchurches@gmail.com
Dunsford: Karen Morris at The Shop – T: 01647 252330 or E: dunsfordshop@gmail.com
Until further details are available, please contact the Churches’ Administrator (Steve Cook) on 01392 832332 or tvhchurches@gmail.com if you live in one of the other parishes and either need assistance, or are willing to help with shopping.
This guidance contains important advice for those offering and those receiving help with the delivery of shopping and medication in the six parishes of the Teign Valley and Haldon Hill Mission Community (Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock and Dunsford) during the present Coronavirus crisis.
• Both those offering support and those receiving it should maintain the highest level
of hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitiser both before and after contact
• If possible, items should be left at the front door or another pre-arranged place,
after confirming that the recipient is able to pick up the items
• Do not shake hands or make other personal contact
• Maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres
• If possible send a list of shopping required, and/or details of medication (e.g.
number of items, address of pharmacy) by email or over the telephone
• State clearly if alternatives are acceptable if the requested shop items are not
• Shopping should be collected in shop-supplied bags or the shopper’s own bags – do
not use bags from the person needing support
• No charge should be accepted for the collection and delivery of items – it is a free
and voluntary service
• Payment for shopping or prescription charges can be made by
- BACS transfer (where this is possible/available)
- cheque or cash (both parties should wash/sanitise hands before handling cash or a
- other personal arrangements 

Play Area - Closed 

It is with much regret the council have needed to Close the play areas.  The government has asked for this action and we ask that you help us by respecting the closures in an attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Thank you  

Dartmoor National Park Authority

Proposal to Introduce an Annual Parking Pass

The park are asking regular visitors for their views on a proposal to introduce an annual parking pass available for residents and visitors to Dartmoor, for the car parks at Haytor, Postbridge and Meldon Reservior where parking charges apply.

The online survey is available to complete via the Authority's website at https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-work/current-consultations

The public survey runs until 25 October 2019 and is result will be reported to the Authority's members for consideration. 

Devon AlertRed Telephone

Devon and Cornwall Alert is a free community messaging system run by Devon and Cornwall Police 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.

 Please follow the link to sign up https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/devon-and-cornwall-alert/devon-and-cornwall-alert-explained/

You can now recycle foil in your black recycling box!

The following items will now be accepted for recycling;

  • Foil containers including ready meal trays, quiche & pie cases, take away trays and pet food trays.
  • Foil lids including such as those found on some yoghurt and cream tubs and pet food trays. Please rinse off any food residue.
  • Kitchen foil, please don’t include any foil that has lots of baked on food or is very greasy.
  • Not sure if its foil? Do the scrunch test! Scrunch the pack or foil in your hand. If it stays scrunched it’s foil and can be recycled. If it springs open then its plastic film and cannot be recycled.
No thanks - Some things look like foil but are plastic such as crisp packets, drink, baby and pet food pouches, shiny ‘foil’ gift wrap. Please put these in your black bin