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Square Closure
The Square will be closed from midnight on Saturday 6th August until Midnight Sunday 7th August 22.
Please make sure all vehicles are removed from the square between these times.
there will be an Open Air Songs of Praise on the Sunday evening at 6.30

North Devon is set to host a colourful ‘Bear Hunt’ public art sculpture trail this autumn.

Local artists are currently decorating 25 individual five-foot-tall bears that will form a series of mini trails in around Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Ilfracombe and South Molton.

The Bear Hunt art trail will run throughout September and October in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The charity, which runs three children’s hospices, including Little Bridge House in Fremington near Barnstaple, has joined forces with The Art of Fundraising to deliver the project.

As well as helping to raise the profile of the hospice, it is hoped that the trail will also bring significant footfall and economic benefit to the host locations and surrounding areas.

CHSW Bear Hunt project coordinator Kate Romo said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing how all the artists choose to decorate their bears and can’t wait to see them form such a fun trail for people to follow in and around beautiful North Devon.

“We hope it will be hugely popular with both locals and visitors, who as well as being able to discover these wonderful pieces of bear art, will also be able to enjoy visiting the towns and villages in which they are located.”

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CHSW co-founder and chief executive Eddie Farwell and fundraisers Kate Romo and Katie McSweeney with one of the bears outside Little Bridge House. Pic: CHSW
Jockey Tom Scudamore and artist Kathy Nettles with one of the bears outside Little Bridge House. Pic: CHSW

Among the artists taking part are Phil Creek from Ottery St Mary; Mau Mau from Barnstaple; John Hurford from Chulmleigh; Kathy Nettles from Holsworthy; Sally Rich from Exmouth; Jenny Pymont from Paignton; and Jo Brown from Teignmouth.

There will also be a number of artist-celebrity collaborations, with former England and Somerset county cricketer Marcus Trescothick, and jockey Tom Scudamore, among those set to get creative.

“It’s going to be wonderful to see the personalities and styles of all the artists reflected in the bears,” added Kate.

“There will be a special trail app launching soon to help people track down all the bears and learn more about the artists and the work of CHSW.”

For more information, visit www.chswbearhunt.org

Road closure at Meethe from 5th September




North Devon Council is consulting on a proposal to introduce an animal licensing policy.

Opinions on the draft policy are invited from the existing licence holders, the general public, and anybody with an interest in animal licensing. The public consultation will take place from Monday 20 June 2022 until Monday 15 August 2022. 


The aim of the draft policy in this consultation is to help ensure that the public, councillors and those engaged in animal licensing activities understand what the law requires and how the Council will approach its animal licensing and enforcement duties.


The draft policy sets out the general principles that the Council will follow in relation to the enforcement of animal welfare legislation (including zoos and dangerous wild animal licensing which retain separate legislative requirements from the other five animal activity categories). The draft Policy also describes the types of animal licensing matters that are likely to occur and how the Council will deal with them.


Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "I would like to encourage anyone who is already an animal activity licence holder to take part in this consultation for their own benefit. The consultation is about a new policy which will help ensure that we undertake animal licensing activities in a fair, equitable and consistent manner. Our committee members need your input in order to make an informed decision regarding these new proposals”.


If you would like to read the proposals and the recommendations you can find them on the Council’s website and if you wish to make a comment you may do so in the following ways:


  • completing the survey online

  • submitting a written comment to: The Licensing Team, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1DG

  • submitting a comment or emailing a completed survey to consultation@northdevon.gov.uk

If you require a hard copy of the consultation please contact Customer Services on 01271 388870.


Please note, all responses must be received by 15th August 2022.


Once the consultation closes, Licensing Officers will review all the feedback and make any relevant adjustments to the draft Policy. Later in 2022, the Licensing and Community Safety and Strategy and Resources Committees will then review the final draft Policy and decide whether to recommend its adoption.

Cost of Living information 
from the Parish Council