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.
Start Circle of Friends, Registered Charity 1017650, is a volunteer driver service providing transport to patients registered at Chillington Health Centre who are unable to get to medical appointments by other means. We can take you to your appointment with the dentist, optician, podiatrist or physiotherapist, as well as to the doctors at the Health Centre. We can usually arrange to deliver your prescription if you are unable to get to Chillington Health Centre to collect it in person. The Coronavirus pandemic has meant we are operating with a smaller than usual team of drivers, so unfortunately we are not currently offering transport to hospital appointments in Plymouth and Torbay.
New volunteer drivers are always very welcome. In addition, some patients require a volunteer companion to accompany them to their appointment. If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a volunteer driver or companion, please contact the Coordinators Lynne and Cheryl at the SCOF office on 01548 581181. The office is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 12 noon and closed at weekends and bank holidays. Out of hours please leave a voicemail message and we will return your call the next working day.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Stokenham Parish:
I am pleased to present, on behalf of my fellow councillors, a report on the activities of your Parish Council in the year to May 2021.
In a year the like of which none of us can remember, your parish council met ten times in full council via Zoom. In addition, several socially-distanced meetings were held in person on the sites of particularly contentious planning applications, so councillors could get a first-hand impression of the issues at stake. Forty-nine planning applications were considered, and over 100 verbal reports given by councillors, on topics ranging from the atmospheric emissions of muckheaps, to hedge-trimming, and from the illegal destruction of slow-worm habitats, to the state of gates on the coast path. I would like to say that Council business had not been affected by the pandemic, but that would not be quite true. We missed two meetings in the hiatus between the banning of public meetings and the introduction of legislation permitting us to meet remotely. Even then arrangements had been made to delegate decisions, so nothing of significance fell away.Read more
The Members and Clerk of Stokenham Parish Council were saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99. On behalf of the entire Parish they offer their sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.
Members of the public are invited to contribute to a national online book of condolence, to be found at https://www.royal.uk/
Update 5 January 2021: we are now in national lockdown until further notice
Your Parish Council is continually on the lookout for ways to support those in our community who need extra help. We have been heartened by the way the community has pulled together through the Coronavirus pandemic up to now. And with encouraging news of a vaccine on the horizon, it is all the more important that we maintain our vigilance through the upcoming winter months, and that we all keep an eye out for neighbours and others who may need our assistance. A visit or even a phone-call can be a lifesaver for someone who is isolating and perhaps struggling to cope. Local shops and supermarket delivery services are doing a great job at keeping the community supplied, but if you know of anyone who is elderly or vulnerable and having to self-isolate, and who consequently needs assistance with shopping or other deliveries, let us know and we will try to find volunteers who can help.Read more