Church Street Stores


The South West of England?s Champions in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with top local businesses now going forward to the UK & Ireland final.

The Awards are the Countryside Alliance's annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. They are now in their ninth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win.

The lucky winners will go on to represent the region at the UK finals at Parliament in Westminster on 30th April. Regional Director and Judge Alison Hawes introduces the winners:

Joint Village Shop/ Post Office Category Champions
Joint Champion: Church Street Stores and Café

Matt and Clare are open for business Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 6pm and on Sunday and Monday from 8.30am to 12 noon. TEL: 01363 877826


Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

Sept 1
Parish Council Meetings

Sept 2
Table Tennis resumes

Sept 3
Live Football on TV at the Sports Club

Sept 4
Vintage Rally & Fun Day "Wash Up" meeting

Sept 6
Annual Flower and Produce Show

Sept 7
Harvest Festival and Supper

Sept 8
Morchard Bishop School Autumn Term starts

Sept 10
W.I. "Enjoying the Night Sky"

Sept 13
Devon Historic Churches Walk

Sept 13
Table Top & Local Producers Market

Sept 15
Morchard Maids "Life of a Probation Officer"

Sept 17
Over 60s Luncheon Club

Sept 20
Morchard Bishop Golf Open

Sept 22
"Take Control of your Health" in Memorial Hall




35th Annual Flower and Produce Show

Memorial Hall
Saturday September 6th 2014.

The Annual Flower and Produce Show is open to all Morchard Bishop Parishioners as well as members of Morchard Bishop Gardening Club

Doors open to the public at 2.30pm
Admission 50p, Children free
Light Refreshments Available
Prize Giving 4pm followed by Sale of Produce and Draw









in the new entry category

The award was made at the Local Producers Market and Table Top

in Memorial Hall


Saturday 14th December










Footpaths around Morchard Bishop and ...
Walking Maps

With over 40 footpaths, Morchard Bishop has one the highest number of public footpaths of any Parish in Devon. The walks available are very varied in length, difficulty and vistas.

The Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme (P3 for short) is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network is legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised. It has the support of the National Association of Local Councils and is government funded. The Devon County Council was one of the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and used properly.Parish/Town Councils in the scheme receive a grant to undertake rights of way work.

The grant, paid by Devon County Council, covers three elements -
i) The mileage, based on the length of rights of way in theParish
ii) Special projects, and
iii) Administrative costs.

Path condition survey and inspection
Each year before the Parish/Town Council receives its annual grant it organises a survey -
This is an assessment of the condition of the rights of way, in order to find out what work needs to be done.
The survey provides the information necessary for calculation of the grant payment.
Developments and improvements - upgrading and re-opening paths by undertaking practical work such as vegetation clearance, repairing stiles and waymarking, in consultation with farmers and landowners;
Events - helping people to feel confident about using the network by organising, for example, guided walks and rights of way days;
Publicity and promotion - letting people know about the availability of the rights of way network through, for example, leaflets or map boards. This is a final stage, reflecting the improved condition of the path network.

The Parish Paths Liaison Officer operates the scheme - and for the Morchard Bishop Parish our P3 Officer is Julie Rudge. (see also the Local Artists section on this web site)

Julie regularly organises walks in the Parish, usually taking about 2 - 3 hours. The walks are leisurely and for all ability levels. They are a fantasitic way of getting know your local areas, the beauty that is the Devon countryside - and also your walking companions. The walks are publicised regularly in the Morchard Messenger and the accompanying hand drawn maps are available from Julie (tel 01363 877528) or can be downloaded from this web site.

To go to the walks maps click here

The Devon County Council web section on Public Rights of Way can be accessed by clicking here

An excellent interactive footpaths GIS (Geographic Information System) map for Devon can be accessed clicking here You can zoom into any area of Devon to see the local footpaths and bridleways