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.
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.
The village holds a sunflower and flag competition in the absence of the annual show.
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.
We start a COVID-19 archive
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.
The village telephone box was decommissioned and taken over by the Parish Council to house a defibrillator.
A nativity competition was held in the church.
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.
The second Village Guy Trail was held.
Our Remembrance Day commemorations, honoured, in particular, all those who served in the First World War.
The Reverend Jane Skinner was installed as Team Rector of the Hartland Coast Mission Community
The summer has been exceptionally hot.
The Reverend Madeline Bray was licensed to serve in the Hartland Coast Mission Community.
There was a Christmas Tree competition in the parish church.
The Village Green was yarn-bombed for Christmas.
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.
Rev. Robert Blackhall was appointed Methodist Circuit Superintendent Minister
Morris Dancers performed at the Coach and Horses.
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.
The keys to the new Village Hall at Hillpark were handed over.
The first Christmas Tree competition was staged in the church and the tree on the Village Green was yarn bombed.
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.
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.
Repairs are carried out to the church tower.
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.
Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of the parish. Lengthy power cuts followed ‘Storm Imogen’.
The Stevenstone Hunt met on the Village Green.
The Whiddon Wagon mobile fish and chips van starts coming to the village on Friday evenings.
It has been a rainy, windy and cloudy month but temperatures have been amongst the highest recorded for December.
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.
Thornhillhead Methodist Chapel (formerly a Bible Christian Chapel) celebrated its 185th birthday.
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.
Extensive road works began in the village, laying new electricity cable. The road by the village green was closed for several days, causing disruption.
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.
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.
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.
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 was an exceptionally warm month.
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.
Methodist minister Graham Slingo and his wife Meg said goodbye before their departure for Wolverhampton.
The poppies are blooming on the village green.
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.
Traffic in the centre of the village was disrupted for several days, whilst overhead cables were re-routed underground.
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.
The mobile library van will no longer visit fortnightly. We are now to have a monthly visit at one stop only.
Along with much of the south west, we experienced a month of continual rain and storm force winds.
On 31st December Babb’s Butchers ceased trading after more than 100 years as a family business in Buckland Brewer.
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.
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.
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.