Tomorrow’s History

Today’s happenings are Tomorrow’s History. For this reason, we have decided to record notable events and changes in Buckland Brewer, as they happen. This will create an historical archive for the future. A physical and digital ‘journal’, complete with photographs, is held in the village. Suggestions of items that might be included can be submitted via the contact box on the home page. Some of the highlights are listed below. Credit is due to Hatherleigh Historical Association, whose similar ‘History as it Happens’ idea inspired this page.

October 2021

There is a Children’s Halloween Walk through the village,

A Climate Change Awareness Day is held in the Parish Hall.

Along with neighbouring villages, Buckland Brewer was without internet for five days as rats had eaten through the cables.

September 2021

The village holds a sunflower and flag competition in the absence of the annual show.

May be an image of flower

January 2021

The new year came in with a light dusting of snow and Buckland Brewer was under tier three of COVID restrictions. Many people have worked hard during the last nine months, supporting vulnerable members of the community and striving to keep activities going, even if they have, in some cases, been taken online.

April 2020

We start a COVID-19 archive

March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to escalate, many people in the parish started to self isolated. Church services and public meetings were cancelled and the school and the pub closed. The community shop acted as a hub to help vulnerable residents.

January 2020

The village telephone box was decommissioned and taken over by the Parish Council to house a defibrillator.

December 2019

A nativity competition was held in the church.20191214_150347

June 2019

We commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Methodism in the village with a re-enactment of the arrest of William Reed and Samuel Thorne for preaching on the village green.

November 2018

The second Village Guy Trail was held.

Our Remembrance Day commemorations, honoured, in particular, all those who served in the First World War.

November 2018

The Reverend Jane Skinner was installed as Team Rector of the Hartland Coast Mission Community

July 2018

The summer has been exceptionally hot.

February 2018

The Reverend Madeline Bray was licensed to serve in the Hartland Coast Mission Community.

December 2017

There was a Christmas Tree competition in the parish church.

The Village Green was yarn-bombed for Christmas.

Yarn bomb Christmas 2017

November 2017

The Village staged a Guy Walk

New activities in the village include Badminton, a 4 o’clock social club for the over 60s and Fit as a Fiddle classes. The last two are in association with the TorrAge Ageing Well initiative.

August 2017

Rev. Robert Blackhall was appointed Methodist Circuit Superintendent Minister

May 2017

Morris Dancers performed at the Coach and Horses.

April 2017

Reverend Wendy Mitchell retired from her ministry as Anglican vicar.

The official opening of the new Buckland Brewer Community Hall saw many parish institutions advertising their activities and services.

Phyllis Vanstone opens the new hall with Trevor Mills (left) Chairman of the hall committee and former rector of Buckland Brewer Bill Blakely
Margaret Lloyd and Trevor Mills cut the celebratory cake

February 2017

The keys to the new Village Hall at Hillpark were handed over.

December 2016


The first Christmas Tree competition was staged in the church and the tree on the Village Green was yarn bombed.

August 2016

A cream tea and produce sale was held to raising money for floodlights to allow the air ambulance to land in the village after dark.


July 2016

Kate Slocombe left her post as a teacher at Buckland Brewer School.

Rev. ‘P J’ Jackson took her last service in Buckland Brewer as she has left our Methodist Circuit.

May 2016

Repairs are carried out to the church tower.

4 May 2016 Repairing the Church Tower

April 2016

A particularly cold month, with snow in Buckland Brewer on 26th.

Reverend Brenda Jacobs takes over as Team Rector for the Hartland Coast Mission Team of which Buckland Brewer is a part.

We celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen with a Bar-B-Q, a ‘Bake Off’ competition, corgi racing, fireworks and other events on the playing fields.We lit a beacon as part of the chain commemorating the occasion.


February 2016

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of the parish. Lengthy power cuts followed ‘Storm Imogen’.

The Stevenstone Hunt met on the Village Green.

January 2016

The Whiddon Wagon mobile fish and chips van starts coming to the village on Friday evenings.

December 2015

It has been a rainy, windy and cloudy month but temperatures have been amongst the highest recorded for December.

July 2015

The Methodist and Anglican Churches built on their longstanding record of working together by joining for their weekly Sunday Services at a new time of 10am, alternating fortnightly in each Church on a four week month, with the fifth Sunday being varied.

June 2015

Thornhillhead Methodist Chapel (formerly a Bible Christian Chapel) celebrated its 185th birthday.

May 2015

The newly elected Parish Council elected Trevor Mills as chairman.

The bus service was reduced as the school buses are no longer available to paying passengers.


April 2015

Extensive road works began in the village, laying new electricity cable. The road by the village green was closed for several days, causing disruption.

March 2015

Many residents continued to experience problems with telephone and internet connections in the wake of last month’s storm, although, in theory, internet speeds have improved in the village.

A village library was set up in the Church.

WI 25th birthday Janet Poole
The WI Celebrates its 25th Birthday in 1950

February 2015

There were several severe storms, with hail, thunder and lightening, one of which caused power cuts and left several households in the village without internet whilst routers were replaced.

The Stevenstone Hunt met on the Village Green.

Our Women’s Institute celebrated its 90th Birthday.

December 2014

We congratulate Nicky and Oliver of the Coach and Horses, who were chosen as runners-up in the Best Pub category in North Devon Journal’s Food and Drink awards for 2014.

November 2014

Rosie Birch was voted National BTEC student of the year, following her studies in travel and tourism.

A special presentation was made to Marjorie Babb, to mark her support for the Short-mat Bowls Club, which has spanned three decades.

October 2014

October was an exceptionally warm month.

August 2014

A new mobile fish and chip van began visiting the village on Tuesdays.

A village library is being set up in the Church Schoolroom.

Our new Methodist minister is Rev. P Jackson from Texas and we look forward to welcoming her to Buckland.

July 2014

12 July 2014 Buckland poppies

Methodist minister Graham Slingo and his wife Meg said goodbye before their departure for Wolverhampton.

The poppies are blooming on the village green.

June 2014

Work progressed on the extension to Taw Cottage.

91 people gathered to vote on whether the Village Hall could be sold. An overwhelming majority agreed that it could.

April 2014

Traffic in the centre of the village was disrupted for several days, whilst overhead cables were re-routed underground.

March 2014

Poppies are being planted in the Village Green, ready for commemoration of the outbreak of the first World War.

There were two showings of slides of Buckland Brewer in the 1970s.

February 2014

The mobile library van will no longer visit fortnightly. We are now to have a monthly visit at one stop only. 

January 2014

Along with much of the south west, we experienced a month of continual rain and storm force winds.

December 2013

On 31st December Babb’s Butchers ceased trading after more than 100 years as a family business in Buckland Brewer.

November 2013

Burn the Curtain theatre group conducted a Bureau of Extraordinance Survey in the parish and then performed in the Village Hall.

After more than 70 years, Babb’s Butchers ceased their milk delivery round in the village.

October 2013

We all prepared for severe storms forecast for the night of 27th/28th. In the event these were less serious than expected.

The cherry tree on  the Village Green was felled for safety reasons.

Vera Prouse née Sines of Buckland Brewer celebrated her 100th birthday.

September 2013

Buckland Brewer History Group held its inaugural meeting. There was an enthusiastic response from the packed crowd in the Church Schoolroom.

Gina Finch took up the post of headteacher for the Flying Start Foundation, which includes Buckland Brewer and Parkham Primary Schools.

Our Curate, Reverend Kevin Beer, was ordained at Barnstaple.

East Devon Metal Detecting Club held a rally in the parish.

Buckland Brewer Football Club closed after nearly 40 years.

Building of the new houses at Hillpark is progressing.

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