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"Inhabits fast flowing upland streams"
The Birdwatcher's Key, Bob Scott and Don Forrest


Diptford Community Website
Welcome


We are a small village in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of Dartmoor. To read a summary of what our village has to offer please click here or use "Quick choice" below.

Please use the buttons at the top of the page to find what you are looking for or follow the links below.

We have a post office which is open several mornings a week and a Parish magazine which comes out every month keeping residents up to date.

A neighbouring village, Avonwick, has a general shop which delivers around our village. Local business page.

This site will tell residents and visitors what is happening in the community.

Although we have given contact names we do not list Email addresses on this site.
These are often available in the Parish Magazine.




PLEASE NOTE:   Phone number for our Parish Clerk
Sarah Woodman 01364 661127.


NEW Parish Council Website.

The Parish Council now have their own website, and the 'Parish Council' button above now links to it.
All Parish Council matters are now handled on the Parish Council Website.




VILLAGE POLICE CONTACT

Our Community Police Officer.

PCSO Russ Broadhurst 30534
Totnes Neighbourhood police
Tel. 101 (Replaces 08452777444)
Mobile 07703 886012

PLEASE NOTE:   Email for our Police Representative

Post: Totnes Neighbourhood Police
Totnes Police Station
Ashburton Road
Totnes
TQ9 5JY




THEFT THROUGH PHONE SCAM

This has happened to one of our residents.

BE VERY CAREFUL
DON'T GET CAUGHT
JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN IF IN ANY DOUBT AT ALL
For more information click this picture

Poster

THERE ARE MAJOR SCAMS IN EMAILS TOO
IF ANY DOUBT DO NOT OPEN JUST DELETE

NEVER GIVE ANY PERSONAL DETAILS IN A PHONE CALL OR EMAIL




NHW Logo DIPTFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The Newly revamped Neighbourhood Watch Team are on the lookout for reports of suspicious activities
and local crime in the Diptford Parish area, in support of the local Constabulary.

If you have any local crime concerns please contact Diptford NHW head coordinator, Geoffrey Hyde on 01364 73165. More Information in the Parish Magazine including a full list of your Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators.

The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators have also given permission for us to give a list of their phone numbers here so that residents who are worried by phone or Email contacts they have received can contact them for help.

Click here for a list of phone numbers:
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators

Recently we have had an increase in rural crime, particularly in the South Hams area and especially the thefts of 4x4 vehicles. There has also been an increase in other thefts i.e. power tools, quads, sheep hurdles.

One of the group has alerted me to a spate of thefts in the area from gardens and sheds, including the theft of chickens. This could be the work of someone local who has checked out residencies where there are sheds, etc so please alert neighbours to make sure they securely lock garages. sheds and enclosures to deter would-be thieves. lf you too hear of any crimes, large or small, do please pass this alongto me and I will alert the police.

Areas hit to date are Bittaford, Yealmpton, Kingsbridge, Plympton, Buckfastleigh, Widecombe In The Moor, Callington and Ivybridge.

Please can we remind everyone to consider the security of your property. Be vigilant, inform us of anything suspicious. Call 999 if you think a crime is in progress and record vehicle details if possible. The sooner the crime is reported to us the quicker we can flood the area with officers, perhaps deploy the helicopter and get the dogs onto any tracks that may have been left. Thank you.






SuperFAST Broadband in Diptford

BT have completed the fibre installation to the cabinet in the village (by the school) and are accepting orders for upgrades. (Up to 38Mbs or 76Mbs).

It is worth noting that most ISPs offer an Upto 17Mbs at lower prices.
However, please note that most of the schemes will lock you in to 12 or 18 month contract so it is important to get the right package for you.

BROADBAND VOUCHER SCHEME
A Broadband Voucher Scheme has been launched for financial help, which may be helpful to residents and businesses in some parts of the Parish whose speeds are below 2Mbps. The vouchers are to go towards the cost of services such as satellite or links to local masts. More information is to be found in the Parish Mag and as the current broadband suppliers are still reviewing exactly what services they will provide for various parts of the parish it is probably worth people who currently have low broadband speeds waiting to see what they will be offered before entering into long term contracts.
Suppliers who will redeem the vouchers are to be found in:

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme/



RECENT INFORMATION
FROM
CONNECTING DEVON AND SOMERSET

Phase 2 Procurement

In July Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership (CDS) issued its open tender to extend the superfast broadband scheme in phase two. £39.5m of public sector investment will deliver Next Generation Access broadband services (a minimum of 30 Mbps) and ultrafast broadband (of speeds greater than 100 Mbps) to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Devon and Somerset in predominantly rural areas. The overall investment figure is anticipated to rise as successful tenderers will be expected to provide further capital investment in the programme. Potential suppliers will set out their plan to connect as many people as possible for the available budget by the end of 2017, and CDS will have confirmed a contract and plan by the end of this year. Divided into six bidding lots to encourage greater competition from a broader range of providers and technologies, the phase two intervention area is comprised of premises that have received no superfast Next Generation Access under phase one, are outside of central urban areas that CDS are encouraging to be served by the market, and have not been identified in the OMR as part of a private commercial rollout. The tax-payer subsidised CDS programme has focused phase two on rural areas and as such provided contractual incentive to suppliers to deliver step changes in speeds; benefitting those who need it most. This second phase builds on the success of phase one of the publically-funded CDS programme and comes after our milestone announcement connecting a quarter of a million premises to superfast broadband. This means CDS remains well on track to meet its target of connecting around 275,000 premises to superfast broadband by the end of 2016, as agreed with the Government.

National Parks

The new tender builds on the phase two National Parks programme already underway in our most difficult to reach areas of Dartmoor and Exmoor. CDS will have by the end of 2016 delivered superfast speeds to around 5,800 premises across the moors, boosting the rural economy. Airband Community Ltd, the wireless broadband contractor for Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, have concluded their network testing on Dartmoor and have begun to roll out the service to selected communities on an incremental basis. The build on Dartmoor is expected to be complete by the early autumn. Meanwhile on Exmoor the network is being installed and we hope to be able to announce the first connections there in the early autumn.

Voucher Scheme

The CDS Broadband Voucher Scheme, which provides anyone with a broadband speed of less than 2 Mbps with a voucher for £500 towards the cost of a new broadband connection, has received in excess of 2,000 applications. Of these over 1,500 have been approved and the first installations have already been completed. 13 suppliers have joined the scheme with more in the pipeline. Further details can be found on the CDS website at:
http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme/

We would appreciate it if you could publish this update online or in parish noticeboards to ensure as many communities as possible are informed.

The CDS team





PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATORS
Hundreds of communities to be equipped with lifesaving defibrillators and  CPR skills. The British  Heart foundation and the department of health are encouraging organisations in the South West to help make their communities safer as they launch a £1 million partnership to make public access defibrillators and CPR training more widely available across the area. In places where CR and defibrillator awareness is widely taught, high survival rates have been reported. The BHF will now welcome applications for public access defibrillators from South West Organisations including charities, social enterprises, community groups and commercial organisations.
Simply visit
www.bhf.org.uk/defibsdh
to find out more.




LOCAL NHS has a Patient Advice and Complaints Team

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG) patient advice and complaints team is a service to provide patients, carers, family members, the public and staff with help, advice and support with concerns or comments relating to NHS services. The team provides free and confidential help to investigate and resolve problems as they happen and aim to do this as quickly as possible.

You can contact them:
Phone:  01392 267665   or   0300 123 1672
Text:   07789 741099




DIPTFORD - SCHOOL ACADEMY

Our school is to become an academy together with the other schools it is linked to.
details


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"SUSTAINABLE SATURDAYS"
Saturday Markets in Ugborough & Ermington

Ugborough & Ermington hold markets on alternate Saturdays where you can buy home grown/produced goods.
Follow the Ermington website link


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DIPTFORD COMMUNITY FUND

Diptford Community Fund is a community benefit fund set up for Diptford as a result of the Coombeshead Solar Farm.

More Fund Details


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DIPTFORD POLICE SURGERY

Held in village square outside the Rising Sun
8.30-9.30am on first and third Mondays of the month.

Come along and meet your local Police.


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Memories of our village.

DIPTFORD PAST
A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES FROM PEOPLE OF DIPTFORD

by Christine Scott

Christine has put together a collection of the experiences and memories of people from the village past and present


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WHO'S WHO IN OUR VILLAGE

Who's Who 


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DIPTFORD PARISH MAGAZINE

The Parish publishes a magazine every month covering matters of local interest. Annual Subscriptions for the "Parish News" are now due. Parish Mag Subs £5 a year or 60p a copy.
details


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PARISH HALL CHARGES

We want to make the Hall Charges easily available so,
for details: Hall Charges


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OIL CONSORTIUM

Get best price oil:
Details


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HIGHWAYS MATTERS

To report highways matters - potholes etc - telephone Area South Highways Management on 0845 155 1004.
You can also report any difficulties on the Devon County website:
www.devon.gov.uk


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Emergency Contact information

South Hams District Council's Community Safety and Emergency Planning Officer, Peter Dale, has sent the Parish Council a link to a Devon County Council web page giving a large variety of contact information useful in many different kinds of emergencies.
Emergency Contact Information   (opens in new page).

We hope you won't need it, but if you do that you find it useful.


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COMMUNITY INFORMATION - FLOODLINE NUMBER

Now 0345 988 1188


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ROAD CONDITIONS AND PHONE NUMBERS

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The condition of our rural roads are causing concern with the heavy rain and inadequacy of road maintenance.

If you become aware of any road maintenance issues - localised flooding or potholes please report them by phone immediately.
Phone number to use:-

0845 155 1004
This is also the number to use to report street lights not working.

You can also report any difficulties on the Devon County website:
www.devon.gov.uk
Opens in a new page.




Quick choice:

VILLAGE FACILITIES INTEREST GROUPS
ChurchComputer Club 
SchoolBell ringers 
Parish HallDiptford Arms 
Post Office Baby & Toddler Group - suspended 
Playing Field Diptford Pre-school 
Parish MagazineDiptford Horticultural Show 
Mobile LibraryDiptford Sunday Club 
 Friends of Diptford School 
 History Society - not meeting 
 Horse Show
 Photogroup - suspended 
 Short Mat Bowls
 S.M.A.S.H.
 Vintage Farm Machinery
 Womens Institute








Currently we get most of the information from the Parish Magazine which means putting all the updates in when it is published.

If people can let us know when they have information to put on to the website, or, just as importantly, take off the site when it is no longer relevant, we can give a better service.

Please contact us, either by Email through the site or by phone:
Jane or Peter Gillett 01548 821686

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