"Back to Childhood"

The Flower Festival in St. Mary's Church was held on 20th and 21st June with a theme of Nursery Rhymes

Some 20 desplays were on show and also a beautiful In Memorium display alongside the names of those to be remembered.

To view a selection of the stunning Nursery Rhyme displays, please click here

Visitors on Sunday afternoon enjoyed a Classical Guitar recital by Morchard Bishop's 'own' David Cottam.

Ploughmans Lunches and Cream Teas were served in the Memorial Hall and there was also a
"truly GRAND Bric-a-Beac stall.


Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

Oct 1
Can't Sew Won't Sew

Oct 5
Open Door "Send a Cow" Robert Vere

Oct 5
Parish Council Meeting

Oct 7
Gardening Club AGM & Buffet

Oct 9
The Edge Youth Club, Inter Youth Club

Oct 10
Table Top and Local Produceres Market

Oct 12
P3 Meeting

Oct 14
W.I. "The Folklore & History of Painted Eggs", Annie Paglieri

Oct 19
Morchard Maids "Enjoying the Night Sky", Carol Boote

Oct 21
Over 60's Luncheon Club

Oct 23
Devon Library Service, Greenaway

Oct 23
Edge Youth Club

Oct 24
MBBC Jumble Sale

Oct 31
MBFC Halloween Fancy Dress Party

Oct 26 - 30
MB School Half Term


36th Annual Flower and Produce Show

Memorial Hall
Saturday September 5th 2015.

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





Re-Dedication of the Morchard Bishop War Memorial

Thanks to the generous donations of Morchard Bishop Parishioners in sponsoring letters and names on our Memorial and a grant received from "Devon Remembers", our village War Memorial has now been fully renovated.

A re-dedication service was held in glorious summer sunshine on Sunday 3rd August and attended by over 80 parishioners.

The re-dedication was held by Rev Lindsey Starrs and Colin Rice as a joint St. Mary's Church and Emmanuel Methodist Church service and followed by a cream tea financed by the Parish Council and organised and served by
Morchard Bishop W.I. in the Memorial Hall










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 - the Morchard Bishop Parish P3 Officer was Julie Rudge. (see also the Local Artists section on this web site) who has most sadly very recently passed away.

The regular walks which Julie used to organise (usually taking about 2 - 3 hours) will continue in the future when the Parish Council elects a new P3 Officer. The walks are leisurely and for all ability levels. They are a fantasitic way of getting to know your local areas, the beauty that is the Devon countryside - and also your walking companions. The walks will be publicised in the Morchard Messenger and the accompanying hand drawn maps are available can be downloaded from this web site.

Those wishing to join an enthusiastic small group walking some of the paths most Mondays, should contact Sonja Andrews on 01363 877216 or Christine Davies on 01363 877690.

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