“Eagle” Notes

Beginning in December 2019, to provide additional communication and interaction with residents, this page contains the Parish Council notes from the parish clerk published in the “Eagle” village magazine each month. (The December issue also covers January of the following year.)

This page will contain the latest notes together with those for the previous two issues of the “Eagle”.

June 2020

We were very sad to receive the news of the passing of Harold Martin and we would like to extend our condolences to his family. Harold was involved in local politics since 1987. In this time he represented the Two Rivers Ward between 2011 and 2015 as District Councillor. He also served three terms as Mayor of Torrington, where he was a Trustee of the Town and Lands Charity. Harold and his family lived in Torrington between 2000 and 2011 and Harold was an active member of the Town Council. He was on the council’s audit and governance, plans and standard committees. Currently, he was still a serving parish representative on Torridge’s standards committee and vice chairman of Torrington Advisory Group. Right up until he passed away, Harold was one of the two churchwardens of St. Michael and All Angels in Torrington.

When he moved back to Yarnscombe in 2011 he joined the parish council, where he held the position of vice-chair. He was a great asset to the council, providing valuable insights and always willing to help where he could. Harold had a great sense of humour and despite his illness he took an active interest in council affairs right up to his death.

Harold recently became a great-grandfather and was looking forward to enjoying the latest addition to his family. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.

Due to the current lockdown restrictions the council held a Zoom meeting to attend to urgent business. As soon as restrictions allow, we will resume face-to-face meetings but don’t expect that to be before July. In the meantime, if you would like to contact any of the councillors/clerk please do so by phone or email. Updates and important information regarding the Corona virus can be found on the home page.


  1. Prior notification for the change of use of agricultural building to one dwellinghouse and associated building operations under class Q
    Agricultural shed near The Beeches, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LW, Ref. No. 1/0371/2020/AGMB

May 2020

As our scheduled meeting for 18 March was inquorate we used the opportunity to set up the Yarnscombe Emergency Response Team (yarnscombe.emergency@gmail.com).

The council has applied to Devon County Council for a grant as part of the COVID-19 Fund. If successful, the grant will support the work of the Emergency Response Team and its volunteers. In the meantime, the council decided not to hold face-to-face meetings until July, unless the situation dramatically changes. Naturally, we will keep you updated.

Following new guidelines from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), we are now able to hold remote meetings. We hope to hold a virtual meeting at the end of this month in order to authorise payments. According to NALC, councils won’t need to hold an Annual Parish Meeting this year.

The dates for the internal and external audits have been postponed, to be published at the latest by 31 August 2020 and 30 November 2020.

During these strange times, new information becomes available on a daily basis. For more up-to-date information please go to our home page.

Stay well and stay safe.


  1. Installation of a single 10 metres column with two LED lights to illuminate an area for Devon Air Ambulance
    Playing field at grid reference 256207 123726, Yarnscombe, Devon, Ref. No: 1/0253/2020/FUL
  2. Removal of existing single storey rear extension and addition of two storey rear extension
    Lower Ward Farm, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LU, Ref. No: 1/0177/2020/FUL
  3. Removal of existing single storey rear extension and addition of two storey rear extension
    Lower Ward Farm, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LU, Ref. No: 1/0181/2020/LBC

April 2020

At this point in time the Council was planning to move the Air Landing Site plans into the final stage. We had received and agreed to accept the quote for electrics and were just starting to put together the planning application.

The coronavirus pandemic has put not just individuals’ lives, but also the Council’s business, on hold. District and County Councillors will keep us updated via email and any relevant information will be put on the website.

On 18 March we held a meeting of the Emergency Plan Committee to identify vulnerable people within our parish and how we can best coordinate efforts to support each other. In the meantime we would like to encourage our parishioners to follow official guidelines.


  1. Proposed extension and alterations, Crossbury, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LY, Ref. No: 1/1186/2019/FUH
  2. Installation of 26 solar panels with associated works, St. Andrew’s Church, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LW, Ref. No: 1/1037/2019/FUL — application withdrawn