BMX Track at Kerswell

Great Moor at Kerswell is a parcel of registered Common Land ref: CL-100-5) divided into two segments by a road. The SE side of the road has been converted to a BMX track. This statement sets out the position of Broadhembury Parish Council re. this parcel of Common Land.

The PC understands that the BMX track is unauthorised. Although the section of Common land in question is registered, it has no known owner. However the PC believes that one parishioner has ‘rights of Common’ over this land (an ancient entitlement to graze).

The PC has no responsibility for accident or injury on this land. We have urged the organisers to secure public liability insurance.

The PC has discretionary power to act and may require the land to be vacated and returned to its original state at any time.

This statement is publicised in the interests of clarity and public accountability.

A wider policy statement regarding the position of all common land in the Parish will follow shortly.

Clerk Broadhembury PC
11th August 2017

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Flooding in Kerswell

Last year the Parish Council was approached by some residents of Kerswell who were concerned about incidents of flooding in the centre of the village particularly during and after sudden cloudbursts.

The Parish Council involved East Devon District Council and the Flood Risk Management Team at Devon County Council and the consultants JBA were commissioned by EDDC to carry at an appraisal of the issues. Their findings were shared at a public consultation earlier this year and as a result their report has been updated. The latest iteration can be found below and will be posted on the EDDC website shortly:


The Parish Council will discuss the next steps at their next meeting.

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Blackdown Hills AONB Annual Review

Download a four-page, printable review of the Blackdown Hills AONB team’s work over the past year. Includes an overview of finances and SDF awards, and full lists of partner organisations, management group members and staff.


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Reverend Rik Peckham

Parochial Church Council
St Andrew Apostle and Martyr, Broadhembury

By now, will hopefully be aware that Reverend Rik Peckham is retiring at the end of next month.

Although he has lived in Dunkeswell for his 6 year tenure, to his eternal credit, he has managed to maintain a close relationship with all the parishes in the Dunkeswell Mission Community. Despite the enormous burden of looking after, initially five and latterly six, widely dispersed parishes, his enthusiasm in leading worship, and his pastoral care for all has never faltered.

On behalf of the PCC, we are writing to invite you to celebrate his retirement at a 6 Worship Together Service at St Mary’s Church, Upottery on Sunday 30th July at 11am and to contribute towards his farewell gift.

The 6 parishes have agreed to ‘pool’ the contributions and give Rik a single gift from us all. Rik has expressed an interest in a particular bookcase for his and Elaine’s new home in Minehead. Any surplus money will be given to him to spend as he wishes.

We hope you will be able to join us on the 30th July but even if you cannot make it, please feel free to pass any contribution for the farewell gift to Cecile Critchell, Jean Walters or myself at Church, or you can drop them in to Weaverbrook House, Kerswell at any time.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Sivewright and Cecile Critchell
17th June 2017

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The World of Broadhembury Exhibition

The World of Broadhembury Exhibition
July 15th and 16th – 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Broadhembury Memorial Hall
Light Refreshments

No Charge – Donations towards parish and local charities will be welcome.

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‘Broadhembury – a Picture of Our Parish’ was the work of over 100 parishioners, past and present. It was published for the Millennium and reprinted with an extra 20 pages in 2003. All 700 or so copies of both editions have been sold.

Much of the information in it can never be replaced and yet will be of interest to anyone with local or parish connections or an interest in country life.

  • Maps – showing field names and the farms and their owners.
  • Changes in land-use from 1841 to 2003.
  • Photographs and memories of people and events from well-over 100 years, leading to Millennium celebrations and dawn 2,000.
  • Actual documents – Sale maps and Schedules of the great sale of Grange in 1903 and Dulford House in 1891 and 1930.
  • The Parish Reference Book of 1878 and the Tithe map and Schedule of 1841.
  • Parish magazines from 1892 – these introduce people who came before us in Broadhembury and, for older residents, brought a stream of memories which we can enjoy.
  • Details of Trades and Occupations from the mid-1800s on.
  • School and Events’ photos from 100 years ago and more recently, as well as a selection from Roy Simmons Broadhembury postcards … and a competition for you to spot the changes!

Many people who gave their memories before 2,000 are no longer with us, but their oral and written contributions remain and will be part of the Exhibition and available to be viewed and enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Broadhembury, past and/or present.

The 6 Bowles brothers shearing at Upcott in the 1950s

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After the Exhibition I hope to pass on as much as possible to the County Record Office and Allhallows Museum, Honiton, both of which have been amazingly helpful and supportive over my 30 or so years of research.

I hope too, to produce a smaller, cheaper version – The World of Broadhembury – to keep the memories alive. It will complement the green booklet already available in the church and be on sale at the Exhibition.

C. M. Dunford

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