North Tawton Durant Trust Meeting Tuesday 16 June 2020

A meeting of the Durant Trust will take place on Tuesday 16 June 2020.  The Trustees will consider applications for grant aid.

To apply for a grant please contact us for an application form to be sent to you in the post, or download and print a form, as attached below.  Forms should be completed and returned to the Town Council Office.

The deadline for forms to be returned is 12 noon on Tuesday 9 June 2020.

The criteria for grant is briefly as follows:

“To make grants to organisations which specifically benefit the residents of North Tawton.”

Forms must be fully completed and returned with ALL the relevant required information and documentation as specified on the form.  If this is not complied with, the application will not be considered.

If you have any queries, contact the Town Clerk by telephone, email or via the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.

Covid-19 – financial help from West Devon Borough Council for residents who need basic essentials

A Welfare Support Fund has been launched by South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils, in association with Devon County Council, to support residents whose financial situation has been seriously affected by the current pandemic.

The COVID-19 Welfare Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials including: household essentials such as sanitary products or nappies or electricity key and gas card top ups, etc. to help people in financial difficulties.  The fund is not available for the purchase of food where a food parcel is available. The fund is available if:

  • They run their own business, and cannot currently trade, or their business has been drastically reduced because of the pandemic.
  • Their employment situation has changed and their income now no longer covers needs.
  • They have lost their job due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • They have still not received expected government funding (i.e self-employed).

You can see more information and apply online on the WDBC website.

If you need help and don’t have access to a computer, please call West Devon Borough Council from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 01803 861407.

The Government’s new Covid-19 guidelines – Update Monday 11 May –

Government FAQs on new Covid-19 measures – What do they mean?

West Devon and South Hams councils have issued a Government FAQ document to outline what the new measures mean in practice.

For more comprehensive information, please refer to the full Government Guidance Document – Staying Safe Outside Your Home.

Stay Alert > Control The Virus > Save Lives

Managing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus During Covid-19

Please refer to the attached document for a range of information on coping with hearing loss and tinnitus, and how to help those who are suffering from these conditions.

Domestic Abuse – Boots Pharmacies offering safe space for victims

BOOTS pharmacies offering safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse

From today, Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact local services for help and advice.

It’s been launched by charity, Hestia, following an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines, since lockdown.

Devon’s regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of reports to them during April.

If you need help, please call Victim Support on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside of these times, call Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111. You can now also access Victim Support’s free live chat for 24/7 support

Bow & North Tawton Medical Practice – current arrangements from 23 March 2020

From Monday 23rd March all services usually provided from the branch surgery in North Tawton will be
transferred to the  main surgery site in Bow.

Please see the attached document for full information.

Coronavirus – what constitutes a reasonable excuse for leaving the place where you live?

The national police council have published up to date advice on what is a reasonable excuse for leaving your home – this guidance relates to the new legislation brought in by the Government, and tells you what you can and cannot reasonably do.  You can:

  • buy luxury foods – it does not just have to be basic items
  • go out for exercise more than once a day if you want to
  • drive a reasonable distance from your home to then go for a walk – providing more time is spent walking than driving
  • you can stop to rest while you are out walking, and you can stop and have something to eat – again providing that more time is spent walking than exercising

For full details please read the attached document, which goes into more detail about what would be considered reasonable, and what would not be considered reasonable.

Government Help for Businesses

  • Government assistance for businesses – West Devon Borough Council are writing to all business rate paying businesses in the Borough to advise on the help that is available.   The letters are being sent out on 8.3.20, and will take a few days to arrive.  If you think your business is eligible but you do not receive a letter by 15.3.2020 telephone WDBC on 01822 618800.
  • Check our Emergencies page for more useful links for businesses during the current crisis.

Coronavirus Emergency – Be A Good Neighbour

Coronavirus Emergency – Be A Good Neighbour

Dear Residents

It will come as no surprise to you to learn that there have been many suggestions and offers from those of you who want to help your neighbours and fellow residents in the current emergency situation. This is a testament to the strong community spirit here in North Tawton for which we are all grateful.

The Council firmly believes that the very best way for us to support vulnerable members of our community at the moment is for us to adopt a ‘Good Neighbour’ approach – you’ll know the circumstances of your neighbours, and even if they don’t know you well they’ll know who you are and where you live – you won’t be a complete stranger.

We’ve decided to distribute a ‘Help’ page [SEE ATTACHMENT] to every household in the parish to give residents a means to ask for help if necessary – these will be coming through your door over the next couple of days.


Place the red H sign in your window or somewhere where it can be easily seen by neighbours. When someone comes to assist you, you could have your phone number ready on a sign to show them – they can ring you and find out how they can help. Alternatively, open a window and speak to them that way.


Knock on the door or window, if they display their phone number give them a ring, or speak to them through the window or as best you can. You may be able to help by doing some emergency shopping or contacting their friends or relatives if they are not able to do this themselves.

IMPORTANT – Do not put yourself into danger of contracting coronavirus, or be in danger of unwittingly transmitting it to vulnerable neighbours.

Sarah Say, Town Clerk, on behalf of North Tawton Town Council.


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Coronavirus – Closure of NTTC Office

Dear Residents

It has been decided to close the NTTC Office to the public until further notice.

This is the best way for us to try and ensure that the Council can keep operating during this emergency period. I can advise that I myself have a permanent lung condition which puts me in a vulnerable group – I can’t undertake all of the work of the Council from home, and at the same time I don’t want to put myself in contact with others more than is absolutely necessary. It’s my job, and my very earnest wish, to keep the work of the Council going. We need to be here over the long term as the situation changes and we may be required to do many different things to support our community over the coming months. For many reasons it’s not possible to man the office with Councillors or volunteers.

You can contact us by phone (leave a message if necessary) or by email – I check emails pretty regularly from home as well. You can also contact us by post or pop a note through the door, especially if you want us to report any specific problems eg streetlighting, etc. We will be posting up to date information or relevant links on our website, and on our noticeboard with regard to Coronavirus.

Closure of the office was not a decision taken lightly, and I ask you to be aware that we’re still here working on behalf of our community.

Sarah Say, Clerk to North Tawton Town Council