Defribrillators - and our Air Ambulance Landing Site

Morchard Bishop now has two defribrillators in addition to the one that is at the Doctors Surgery. One is installed outside the Methodist Chapel Lower Room and the other is in Church Street on the wall of the skittle alley.
Both are located by discreet strobe lights and a sign. Two courses have been run on their use and more will be arranged if sufficient people register their interest with Bob Patten our Parish Clerk.

Morchard Bishop is one of the first villages in Devon to have a day time AND night time landing site for Devon Air Ambulance.
Thanks to our Football Club, MB Playing Fields, our Parish Council, Margaret Squires, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and particularly to all the hard work by Dawn Parkhouse.

We all hope it will not be needed, but if it is, the floodlights enabling night landings, will be remotely switched on by DAAT from Exeter.


Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

Mobile Post Office 12.15 - 14.15

November 1
Coffee, Cake & Chat

November 1
Gardening Club "Scented Garden"

November 1/8/16/22/29

November 2
Cant Sew wont Sew

November 6
Open Door

November 6
Parish Council Meeting

November 7/14/21/28
Table Tennis

November 8
W.I. "The Samaritan Listener Scheme"

November 10
New Prime Youth Club

November 11
Table Top & Local Producers Market

November 13
P3 Meeting

November 15
Over 60s Luncheon Club

November 20
Morchard Maids, "Decorate your Christmas Cake"

November 24
The Edge Youth Club

38th Annual Flower and Produce Show

Memorial Hall
Saturday September 2nd 2017.

The Annual Flower and Produce Show is open to all Morchard Bishop Parishioners as well as members of Morchard Bishop Gardening Club

Doors open to the public at 2.30pm
Admission £1.00, Children free
Light Refreshments Available
Prize Giving 4pm followed by Sale of Produce and Draw



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











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 is Sonja Andrews.

Sonja organises regular walka which are advertised in The Morchard Messenger. 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 mostly on a weekly basis, 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