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.
Wednesday 25th November, 9.30 - 12.00, Repton Room, Follaton House, Totnes TQ9 5NE
The forum is open to representatives from all voluntary organisations, community groups and charities operating in the South Hams and is a chance to network, share experiences and find support.
Agenda items include an update on changes in South Hams District Council provided by new Executive Director Steve Jorden; a presentation from the Slapton Ley Centre Volunteer Co-ordinator; updates from the CVS Team and Citizens Advice; and an open discussion on how to increase volunteering in the district.