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Stokenham Parish Council

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Welcome to Stokenham Parish Council Website

The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.

The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.

Government Launches NHS Test and Trace Service

COVID-19 Update for Members and TAPs
South Hams & West Devon sent this bulletin at 28-05-2020 05:22 PM BST
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28 May 2020

The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched today across England. The service will help identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

  • NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the Government’s Coronavirus recovery strategy
  • Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced
  • New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus
Anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

How Will They Be Contacted?
They'll be contacted by email, text or phone.
Text messages will come from the NHS. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.
Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian's permission to continue the call.

What Happens Next?
They'll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website.
On the contact tracing website, they'll be asked for information including:

  • their name, date of birth and postcode
  • if they live with other people
  • any places they've been recently, such as a workplace or school
  • names and contact details of any people they were in close contact with in the 48 hours before their symptoms started (if they know these details)
If they cannot use the contact tracing website, they'll be asked for this information over the phone.
The NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask them to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask them to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087
DCC - National Beacon Council
Local councils are to play a central role in developing new local track and trace plans for their local areas.
Devon County Council is one of 11 national Beacon Councils – the only one in the South West – and will help lead and share good practice across the region. Find out more at Devon County Council's News Centre


UPDATED 28 May 2020

Your Parish Council is aware that the current situation is causing great difficulties for many in our community. We will be using this website to publicize community initiatives aimed at helping those for whom the crisis might present particular challenges. If you know of anyone who is having to self-isolate and as a result needs assistance with shopping we can put them in touch with volunteers who can help. See "Your Parish Council" for Councillors' names and contact details. The list below will be updated regularly and added to as required: please send edits or additions to


Stokeley Farm Shop is offering a grocery delivery service to local residents, and reminds customers that they can add beer from The Taphouse to their orders. Call 01548 581605 or email

Chillington Post Office and Store is offering a free local grocery delivery service to those in need. Call 01548 580371 for more details.

Britannia Shellfish Ltd is supplying the following local retail outlets with freshly frozen vac-packed fish and shellfish: Stokeley Farm Shop (see above); Springfield Farm Shop, East Charlton, 01548 521523; Slapton Community Shop, 07938 743543.

Dartmouth Dairy is offering a £10-veg-box delivery service, with one box donated for every 20 bought. Visit


The Church House Inn, Stokenham, is offering a takeaway menu every Friday evening, with orders taken by phone on 07497 766114 on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bear & Blacksmith in Chillington is offering free local delivery on a selection of meals, either ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook, also fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and basic groceries. Call 01548 581171 for more details.


Gerrie Messer 07759 683567

Paula 07746 937514


In light of the Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the decision to suspend our face-to-face services. We are not currently offering advice to the public from our offices or outreach, and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Our staff and volunteers continue to work behind the scenes, however, and are able to offer support in the following ways:

Adviceline: 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm)

Email: From the ‘Contact us’ page select ‘Email’ and click ‘Use our online form’

WhatsApp: 07497 758779

Self Help:

Letter: Citizens Advice, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE

Our paid staff and volunteers are doing all they can to keep our service operational. However we expect that you may experience a delay before your enquiry is responded to. We apologise for this and hope you will bear with us during these unprecedented times.


To all our patients: We would like to thank you for your forbearance, support and, indeed, cheerfulness in these unprecedented times. We greatly appreciate how your interactions with us have had to change over a very short time and with little notice.Thank you for adapting and for helping us to be here for you.

Please be reassured that we are doing absolutely everything we can to keep us all safe and well.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to all the community organisations and volunteers who have come together so quickly to help support us and you. This is truly a team effort and we have all been humbled by your efforts. Thank You!

We stay at work for you; please stay at home for us.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and supporting the NHS at this time, please download the GoodSam app and find out what you can do to help our local community.


Thank you for your support by following the stay at home and social distancing advice. We have made a few changes to how patients access medical care, but we are still here for you when you need us!

At the moment, we are not pre-booking appointments with GPs and our front door is locked. Please call the practice on the day that you wish to talk to us. We are managing most issues over the phone where possible, instead of seeing patients face to face - this is both to protect you and the staff at the surgery. We may offer you a video consultation where necessary if you have a smart phone, which involves being sent a link by text message which then connects you to the doctor with very good video quality. Your phone must have an internet connection and a camera for this to work. If the doctor feels you need to be seen face to face, an appointment will be offered (or a visit if absolutely necessary). If you need to come in, we will ask you to wait in your car, not the waiting room, and will call you in when the doctor or nurse is ready. You will be greeted at the door by the doctor or nurse wearing PPE, and will be given a mask and escorted into the consulting room. You should not have any contact with any common surfaces or anyone else.

Our nurses are still looking after patients too, but where possible this will be done by telephone. We have allocated specific times, usually in the mornings, where we can see highly vulnerable shielded patients. By coming in to see our nurses for your necessary treatments you are helping to ease the pressure on the district nursing team.

We have maintained high standards of infection control and have not had a suspected case of Covid-19 entering the building. Anyone with potential Covid-19 has been seen in the car park with appropriate precautions. We consider the surgery to be a clean site and the risk of contracting Covid-19 in the practice is extremely low.

With best wishes

Helen Hamilton

South Hams Area Wellbeing (SHAW)


It is important that we look after each other at this time, so please look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly or vulnerable. Those who are unable to collect their prescriptions in person can ring 01548 580371 and we will arrange delivery of their medicines. Please allow plenty of notice for this service as there is a weekly or fortnightly delivery schedule to the surgery pharmacy. Those registered with surgeries further afield should contact their own doctor in the first instance.


If the current situation is causing you hardship and you are having difficulty paying your council tax, please get in touch with South Hams District Council via the website or call them: 01803 861234.


Testing is now available for essential workers: please see the following link


Due to the reduction of bus services across the county, Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service 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 Please include the following information in your email: Name, address, key worker status, employer/payroll ref, 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.


If you're stuck at home and unable to get out with the dog, we can help: call our volunteer centre – 01548 580371 – and we will put you in touch with someone who will take your pooch for a paddle, and who can also do small errands, such as take letters or cards to the post office.


Unscrupulous individuals may take advantage of the extraordinary situation to try to part people from their money and possessions. Please beware of any unusual phone calls or emails purporting to be from the NHS or other public bodies, especially any that request personal information. Ignore any request for information that sounds intrusive, suspicious, or just plain wrong. Simply put the phone down, or delete the mail.


Public worship in our three churches – St Michael and all Angels Stokenham, St Martin Sherford, and St Andrew Beesands – has been suspended and the churches are closed and locked, as are all Church of England buildings. The Priest in Charge can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01548 580 908 or emailing

Revised proposal for development at Green Park Way - opportunity to view plans


Parish Apple Day this Saturday – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


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