“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”.

August 2020

As the country is easing out of lockdown, the Yarnscombe Community Response Team is winding down their activities. The group can still be contacted via yarnscombe.emergency@gmail.com or via their Facebook page.

For now, the council will continue to hold meetings via Zoom. The meetings ID will be published on the agenda and Yarnscombe Facebook page, the password can be obtained by contacting the clerk. Despite the odd technical difficulty, the online format works well and we are usually joined by county and district councillors.

The installation of the light mast for the air ambulance landing site has been completed. The position of the goal posts and basket ball hoop will be adjusted so as to allow the air ambulance to land and take off safely. Hopefully, we shall never need to use it, but taking our relatively remote location into account, it is comforting to know that we are now fully equipped for emergencies. Many thanks to Toby Russell from Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cllr. Williams who liaised with Toby throughout this project. The project was financed by Yarnscombe Parish Council and a grant made available through the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Finally, at the moment we have two vacancies for the role as parish councillor. It is absolutely crucial to have a quorate council (at least three councillors present) to make decisions and legally agree on payments to be made. Looking to the future, it is essential to consider that once Yarnscombe is unable to function due to lack of councillors, it would be absorbed by a larger neighbouring council. That would not only mean our financial resources would be gone, but we would have lost our voice. Any kind of decision would be made without our input and re-establishing Yarnscombe Parish Council would take a long time or even prove impossible. So please, consider if you have a couple of hours spare a month and can contribute to shaping our community for the better.


  1. Agricultural shed
    Land At Grid Reference 254269 123724, Yarnscombe, Devon Ref. No: 1/0419/2020/FUL – Received: 27 May 2020 – Validated: 27 May 2020 – Status: Application is being considered
  2. 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 – Received: 4 May 2020 – Validated: 4 May 2020 – Status: Application Refused

July 2020

We successfully held our last meeting via Zoom and we will continue to do so until lockdown restrictions have been completely lifted. The necessary user ID will be posted on the agenda and the password can be obtained from the clerk. For the sake of continuity, the meetings will still be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Any changes will be announced in advance on the website and the Facebook page.

At the last meeting, county and district councillors stressed the fact that Devon had the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in England. They reiterated use of common sense, hand washing and observing social distancing. Local NHS has capacity to deal with these cases and potential new ones. Also, anyone needing medical attention should go and see their GP or go to the hospital.

The Yarnscombe Community Response Team is still active, at present supporting 3 households by getting shopping and fetching prescriptions with the help of five volunteers. The group will provide a summary of their activities once the pandemic is over and/or the group is no longer active.

Regarding the air ambulance night landing site, planning permission for installation of the light mast had been granted; contractors will start work as soon as restrictions allow.

As you know, we have now two vacancies for the position of parish councillor. If you would like to contribute to your local community and have a few hours per month to spare, please contact the clerk or any of the councillors for an informal chat.

Stay safe and well!


  1. Installation of a single 10 metre column to illuminate area for Devon Air Ambulance
    Playing Field At Grid Reference 256207 123726 Yarnscombe Devon, Ref. No: 1/0253/2020/FUL – Application permitted
  2. Single storey rear extension, Barn Owl Cottage, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, EX31 3LZ, Ref. No: 1/0265/2020/FUH – Application permitted
  3. Variation of Condition 2 of planning permission 1/0647/2017/FUL, Amendments to design of dwelling, Hillside, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, ,Devon EX31 3LW, Ref. No: 1/0259/2020/FUL – Application permitted
  4. Agricultural Shed, land at Grid Reference 254269 123724, Yarnscombe, Devon, Ref. No: 1/0419/2020/FUL
  5. Prior notification for the change of use of agricultural building to one dwelling house and associated building operations under class Q
    Agricultural Shed near The Beeches, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LW, Ref. No: 1/0371/2020/AGMB

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