A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a

HEALTHY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

KEY EVENTS

Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

EVERY TUESDAY
Mobile Post Office 12.15 - 14.15

December 1
Can't Sew Won't Sew

December 2
Edge Youth Club

December 3
Christmas Bazaar

December 4, 11, 30
Village Walks with Sonja

December 4
Carol Singing, Ridge House

December 5
Parish Council Meeting

December 5
Open Door

December 6,12
Table Tennis Group

December 7
Coffee, Cake and Chat

December 7
Brownies

December 7
Gardening Club, "Essential Oils"

December 9
CODS Christmas Concert

December 10
Table Top & Local Producers Market

December 12
Social Bring and Share

December 13
Emmanuel Church Christmas Lunch

december 14
W.I, Christmas Meal

December16
MB School Autumn Term Ends

December 16
Devon Library service, 11.25 - 12.05

December 18
Emmanuel Church Carols by Candlelight

December 21
Over 60s Luncheon Club

December 24
St. Mary's Church, Midnight Mass

January 4
MB School Spring Term Starts

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.

 

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



TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE PLAN click here

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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