Church Street Stores

AND THE SOUTH WEST'S
RURAL OSCARS GO TO. . . .


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.

KEY EVENTS

Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

April 2
W.I.Annual Meeting

April 2
Garden Club "Propagation"

April 4
Morchard Bishop School Spring Term ends

April 7
P3 and Parish Council Meetings/p

April 11
St Mary's Church Organ Fund Cheese & Wine Evening

April 12
Table Top Sales & Local Producers Market

April 13
Easter Fayre Pre School and Toddlers Group

April 22
Sports & Social Club AGM

April 23
Morchard Bishop School Summer Term starts

April 26
Village Walk, Julie Rudge

April 26
Football Club - Race Night

April 26
Hot Fingers Concert - Rotary

April 28
Morchard Maids AGM

May 10
May Ball dancing to Changes

May 26 - 30
Morchard Bishop School Half Term

May 28 - 30
Lighthouse Club - Holiday Club

 

 

 

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

TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE click here

 

 

 

 

 

2013 BEST KEPT VILLAGE IN DEVON

MORCHARD BISHOP WINS!

in the new entry category

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

in Memorial Hall

on

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