LIGHTING THE BEACON FOR OUR QUEEN'S

90TH BIRTHDAY ON 21st APRIL

One of 1000 official beacons throughout the UK

 

THE FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS ON 11TH AND 12TH JUNE IS PUBLISHED IN THE MORCHARD MESSENGER OR click here

KEY EVENTS

Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

EVERY TUESDAY
Mobile Post Office 12.15 - 14.15

August
Parish Council Meeting

August 3
Gardening Club, "Rejuvinating Tired Gardens"

August 10
W.I. Outing to Fursdon House

August 26
Devon Library service, 11.25 - 12.05

August 3,10,17,24,31
Summer Toddlers & Siblings Group

August 6
Vintage Rally & Family Fun Day

August 13
Table Top & Local Producers Market

August 15
Morchard Maids,Outing to Pebblebed, Topsham

August 17
Over 60s Luncheon Club

September 5
MB School Autumn Term Starts

Morchard Bishop 37th Annual Flower and Produce Show

The Schedule and Entry Form for this year's Flower and Produce Show is

now available for download. click here

 

Morchard Bishop Emergency Plan

The New Morchard Bishop Emergency Plan was released in the Summer and has been lodged with Devon County Council, MDDC and the Environment Agency



TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE PLAN click here

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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