Filming on Saunton Beach

Please see detail below of a film production company due to be making use of Saunton Beach on 27th-28th February. Although preparation will begin in Saunton car park from 17th Feb.


Haversack Films Limited

2nd Floor | Main Admin Building | Twickenham Studios | Twickenham | TW1 2AW | Tel: +44 (0) 20 8607 8993

Saunton Sands Beach: 27th-28th February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020

Dear Resident / Business,
We are the Locations team working on a new feature film called ‘Operation Mincemeat’. The drama is being produced by Haversack Films and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).

Operation Mincemeat Synopsis:
Operation Mincemeat is the true WWII story of a brilliant British deception. In 1943, Hitler knew that a vast military force was preparing to land in Southern Europe and had guessed correctly that it would be Sicily. That is until a team of brilliantly unconventional military intelligence officers concocted a plan that would fool him into believing otherwise, saving countless lives and opening the soft underbelly to Europe. Operation Mincemeat is their story.

We are filming the amphibious allied landings, which historically took place in Sicily, on Saunton Sands beach this February 2020.
Our complete works will take place over a 16-day period as follows:

Dates / Times
Prep 17th-25th February: 07:00-19:00
Prep/Rehearse 26th February: 07:00-23:00
Prep/Film 27th – 28th February: 07:00-23:00. All crew offsite 02:00.
Reinstate 29th February – 3rd March: 07:00-19:00

SFX, Gunfire & Police Authorisation
We will be filming action sequences that involve replica weaponry and pyrotechnics, including audible gunfire and explosions. All shots fired will be blank rounds. There will be Location Stewards in high-visibility jackets to highlight the perimeter of the area that is locked-off for public safety, assisting the general public and directing visitors towards a safe pedestrian route. We have notified the Coast Guard of our activities as well as both the local Braunton and Barnstable Police Stations. Our production has been issued a CAD number valid 22nd – 28th February 2020, covering every day that firearms or pyrotechnics will be used.

Lighting Machines and Generators
We will have film lamps on the lawn of the Saunton Sands Hotel, as well as at Saunton Sands Car Park and on the Beach (please see the map overleaf). These will be used to light our exterior filming areas 18:00-23:00 on 26th-28th February 2020. We will have a number of generators powering these during these hours.

Saunton Sands Car Park
Parts of the Saunton Sands Car Park will be closed to the public over 17th – 23rd February, and the majority of it over 24th February – 3rd March 2020. Please see the map overleaf which shows the portion of the car park which will stay open to the general public.

Local support is hugely important to us. Throughout all our negotiations so far, we have been liaising closely with; the Environment Agency, Natural England, Marine Management Organisation, North Devon County Council, Braunton Parish Council, the Coast Guard and North Devonshire County Police in Barnstable, seeking all necessary permissions required for filming of this nature. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the details below.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Kind regards,

Adam Richards | Supervising Location Manager
M: 07774 279 070 | E:

Ollie Bradbury |Assistant Location Manager
M: 07711 872 946 | E:















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FREE Home Safety Visit from Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Is your home protected from fire? You could be eligible for a FREE Home Safety Visit.

Many people across Devon & Somerset are eligible for a FREE Home Safety Visit from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

These visits are offered by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service as part of a public service to ensure we are doing everything possible to help people live safely in their homes.

Who is eligible for a FREE Home Safety Visit?

  • Anyone aged over 65.
  • Any household with children under the age of 18.
  • Anyone with a disability, mobility issues or sensory loss.
  • Anyone who smokes and lives alone.
  • Anyone with a thatched property.
  • Many other vulnerable people – please get in touch to check your eligibility

What happens during a Home Safety Visit?

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will arrange for one of our friendly Home Safety Technicians to visit you in your home. The visit usually takes around 45 minutes, during this time they will identify and assess any risks in the home, provide advice around safer behaviours and provide equipment to reduce any risks.

  • Smoke alarms – do you have one (or more)? Do they work? Can you test them? Our technician will check your alarms for you and if necessary may even supply you with a FREE smoke alarm.
  • We will advise you on safe escape routes and what to do in the event of a fire.
  • We can offer friendly advice to help influence lifestyle changes.
  • We can provide the contact details of other partner agencies who may be able to provide help or assistance.

This is what some other people who have had home safety visits have said:

The technician was very polite, compassionate and very caring. Before the visit I hadn’t slept properly in two months. Last night I slept better and more relaxed due to the way my whole situation was handled. Miss E, Plymouth.

TThe whole experience was excellent. The visit was helpful and most informative. I would recommend to others. Mrs F, South Petherton.

Professional and courteous manner, clear, concise communication and excellent advice given to us. A very worthwhile and reassuring exercise which we would hope everyone would undertake. Thank you Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. Mr N, Sidmouth.

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Free fire safety equipment

A working smoke alarm is a vital start when it comes to protecting yourself and your home from fire, but there are additional items the Fire Service may be able to offer you. For example, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, we can provide sensory loss alarms that come with a strobe light and vibrating pad. We can also supply fire retardant bedding, fire retardant throws or blankets, carbon monoxide alarms, alarm testers, run-down timers and winter warm packs.

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How to report a highway problem

How to report a highway problem

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Roads and Transport/ button (5th from left on second row of icons)
  3. Scroll down and click on ‘Report a highways problem’
  4. The next page will give various options. In the case of roads, click on pothole, flooding/blocked drains, whatever the problem is.
  5. Scroll down and click on ‘Continue’
  6. If an error message comes up, click the ‘X’ in the box and you will be left with a map of Devon
  7. Drag the map to the area you wish to report. It is possible that an error message will continue to come up and you need to keep clicking the X in the box. Click on the area of road to be reported. It may be necessary for you to click twice on the area.
  8. The next page will give the opportunity of describing the problem. Then click ‘Next’. There will be the opportunity of providing a photograph. If you do not have this, click ‘Next’.
  9. The next page invites you to give your contact details. If you do not wish to give these, click ‘Submit’
  10. The next page will give a reference number and it is suggested you make a note of this to quote if the work has not been done. You will receive an email with the reference number and description of the fault you have reported

The contact details for DCC Highways are: email: or telephone 0845 155 1004.

Harmful & Noxious Weeds Notice

Noxious weeds in Croyde and Georgeham!

It’s the ones growing on your land that you need to keep an eye on. While it is not an offence to allow the following ten “harmful weeds” and “invasive non-native plants” to grow on your land, it is necessary to prevent them spreading on to other people’s property or into the wild. Failure to control these species spreading from your land can result in a fine or prosecution.

Harmful weeds (Weeds Act 1959)

Common Ragwort Senecio Jacobaea is poisonous to horses, cattle, and sheep, hence really noxious!
In the first year after a seed germinates ragwort forms a rosette of leaves as in the photo below:

In its second year it produces yellow flowers and then a mass of seeds which blow away. It is fairly easy to pull up the plants before they set seed, or you can cut them down, and/or burn them on site, or, if you are qualified and certified to do so, spray them with herbicide.

Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense spreads by seed and by underground stems:

Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare forms a first year rosette and seed the next year. Cutting before set seed is probably the best method of preventing spread. Both are not poisonous but clearly not desirable on grazed land or in hay:

Broad–leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius and Curled Dock Rumex crispus are also classed as harmful weeds. They are difficult to eliminate but cutting before seeding will stop them spreading to neighbours’ land.

Invasive non-native plants (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981)

Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica is perennial and spreads through underground stems (rhizomes) and can regrow from small fragments even though it does not set seed. It is very invasive. Digging out is possible, but as rhizomes grow deeply, regrowth usually occurs which needs destroying. This method also creates problems over disposal as Japanese knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This requires disposal at licensed landfill sites. Alternatively, it can be destroyed on site by cutting or digging it repeatedly and burning it when dry. In this way the energy reserves in the remaining underground parts will be gradually exhausted; a process which may, however, take several seasons. Similarly treatment with herbicides will require several repeated applications. On no account should Japanese knotweed be included with normal household waste or put out in green waste collection schemes.

Himalayan Balsam is a major weed problem, especially on riverbanks and waste land, but can also invade gardens..
Himalayan Balsam grows rapidly from seed and spreads quickly, smothering other vegetation as it goes. It is fairly easy to pull up the plants before they set seed, or you can cut them down, or burn them on site, or, if you are qualified and certified to do so, spray them with herbicide. Before using weedkillers alongside waterways it is necessary to contact the Environment Agency. Additional weed seedlings will germinate after the parent plants are killed off so repeat treatments are necessary.

Rhododendron ponticum is a familiar species which should be controlled.

Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum is not known to be in the parish but watch out as it has been seen near Combe Martin, see

New Zealand Pigmyweed Crassula helmsi is an aquatic plant not known to be in the parish or county.

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Dr Eirene Williams CEnv FCIEEM(Rtd)
Robber’s Hall
North Devon
EX33 1PL

T. 01271 890367


Housing Needs Survey Results

For those who could not attend the meeting on the 4th July last week, please see below a link to view the presentation given:








For all questions please contact Councillor  Tina Luxton on:

Similarly if you would like to get more involved in the steering group please also contact Tina above.



Affordable Housing Meeting

At an Affordable Housing meeting, the Public Meeting was discussed.

Councillors present voted on the establishing of a Community Land Trust
Steering Group to be recruited at the planned Public Meeting (agreed at the last Parish Council), date confirmed as 4 July 2019.

Councillor Mrs Luxton recommended that further to the approval of a Public Meeting to present the Housing Needs Survey and options appraisal, the
Parish Council should promote the formation of a Community Land Trust (CLT) with the aim of providing affordable housing and recruitment of
members of a CLT Steering Group as part of the planned Public Meeting to be held on 4 July 2019.

The following Parish Councillors were present, the motion was seconded and approved.
John Symonds
Pat Barker
Maggie Beaumont
Dr Williams
Mike Taffinder
Mike Harrison

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Land Valuation: Croyde Play Park


Underwood Wright Chartered Surveyors are appointed by Georgeham Parish Council to invite best bids for a small parcel of land to the north-east corner of Croyde Play Park following its receipt of an offer to purchase from an adjoining property owner.

All persons interested in acquiring the land should contact:
Underwood Wright Ltd, Marketing House, Bear Street, Barnstaple EX32 7BZ (01271 373377) who are now instructed to seek best & final unconditional offers on an informal tender bases by 12 noon of Friday 26th April.
A decision on a disposal will then be made.

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NALC Star Council Award 2018 Submission

The below Star Council Nomination was submitted to the National Association of Local Councils. Although we did not get on the short list, the NALC wanted to use the material for their ‘150 points of light’ document.

If Georgeham Parish Council had a middle name, it would be ‘Proactive’.

Councillors work very hard for the benefit of the Parish which incorporates the very popular surfing villages of Croyde and Putsborough around the corner from Baggy Point, Darracott and North Buckland.

Every aspect of Parish life is covered, from ensuring that the Public Rights of Way are walkable, to ensuring there are plenty of dog bins in strategic areas which are emptied regularly, not only to help local residents, but the high volume of visitors who come to the area year round.

The care and sensitivity taken over the maintenance of the Parish Council run Cemetery can easily be seen where, on entering, there is a deep sense of peace and tranquillity. It even has a summer house where people can sit should the weather be inclement knowing they are still close to their loved ones; it has taken over the maintenance of the Churchyard and there are plans afoot to make the walk along a narrow piece of road from the playing field to the main part of the village, more accessible, safer and wider.

Plans are in hand for a new stone built bus shelter in Croyde village with improvements to the bridge parapet. A local person who dredged the stream to prevent flooding received the full support of the Council with a generous donation
towards this from reserves.

The Volleyball Club, where members are being trained to Olympian standards is supported with financial and practical help particularly when new nets were required.

Overhanging trees were dealt with by a qualified tree surgeon.

Croyde Surf and Rescue Centre has the Council’s backing for new up to date and state of the art premises and there is an excellent relationship with the National Trust and CARA (Croyde Area Residents Association) where financial help for a portable speed camera has been given.

Councillors have acknowledged that visitors will not always travel in cars using fuel and have installed a double electric car charging point in the Council run car park at Georgeham.

Its separate Annual Parish Meeting receives reports from nearly 30 organisations in the Parish, testament to the very wide and varied activities which take place on a regular basis.

BUT the Jewel in the Crown is undoubtedly the recently opened Croyde Play Park, constructed sympathetically from wood to blend in with the area next to the Volleyball Court on one side and trees with seating to give shade on the other, where parents, other relatives and carers can watch their children from a close distance have fun, explore, learn and socialise with their peers. This innovative and exciting design, where the planning had the support of local people and families, businesses and visitors, is proving hugely popular.

Georgeham Parish Council makes careful, balanced decisions for the Parish,those who live in it and those who visit which are for the benefit of all.

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Georgeham Parish Council Snow Plan

Georgeham Parish Council Snow Plan

The Parish Council has formulated a snow plan in response to requests from Devon County Council. The formulation of the plan has enabled the Parish to acquire increased Salt supplies for this winter.

Additional salt supplies will be available to residents in bags next to salt bins around the parish and in additional locations listed below when the weather forecast indicates.

The salt is available for use on highways and pavements and we would request that it’s utilised for the benefit of the whole community and not used for personal driveways. If you are able, and can help please consider salting areas within your localised part of the community that will benefit others less able, such as pavements.

Salt Bin Locations:
David’s Hill
Rock Hill
Bus stop at village hall
The Manor car park

If any group of residents would like to secure salt for specific areas, or residents have any concerns please feel free to contact:

Rob Tucker 07774 887952 or John Symonds 07791 790727

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Croyde & Combe Martin Inequality Project

To what extent do the villages of Croyde and Combe Martin, North Devon, experience socio-economic inequality?

A Level Geography NEA – Samuel Shackleton – January 2018

This study examines inequality between two picturesque villages of North Devon, Combe Martin and Croyde. Why do they experience different visitor numbers, crime rates and property prices? What do local residents and tourists think of each place?

They are completely different economically and environmentally. Croyde is a very touristy and expensive place to live, and is famous for its surfing beach, whereas Combe Martin has a tourist trade, but in my experience the dwellings, holiday accommodation, pub food etc are cheaper.

Through examining crime statistics, property prices, economic activity and occupations, second address statistics from the 2011 Census and perceptions of local residents and tourists, this study will show the extent to which there are differences between Combe Martin and Croyde, and begin to explain why these exist and how well they are being corrected.

We will find out that Combe Martin has nearly double the proportion of unemployed of Croyde and Croyde has twice the average house price than Combe Martin; while 50% of homes in Croyde are second addresses. We will also examine the Local Plans of the North Devon and Torridge District Councils, and see what each Parish Council has been doing to serve their village.

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Devon and Cornwall Alert


Devon and Cornwall Alert

Devon and Cornwall Alert is a two-way community messaging system operated by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Devon and Cornwall Alert helps us to connect with our communities. it tells you what is happening in your area and allows you to respond directly with information for the police.

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  • Police, Action Fraud, Crimestoppers, Neighbourhood Watch
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Cold Weather Notice

School closures due to cold weather

With more cold weather expected this weekend parents are urged to sign up to our school closure email alert.

Once registered you will receive an email if the school has been closed due to winter weather.

To sign up click here, then enter your preferred email address and then click on the drop down, ticking the schools you want information on, then submit.

The service is just one way Devon County Council is keeping the public up to date this winter.

Winter travel

Winter service is an important part of our maintenance work and almost £5 million is spent each year on roads affected by winter weather. This involves salting major roads when there is a risk of ice, clearing snow and reacting to floods and fallen trees.

The Council’s contractor, Skanska has a workforce based at strategic locations to provide an effective response to any problems that may occur.

Despite our efforts, winter weather can still make roads treacherous. With over 90% of all crashes attributed to human error the real key to driving in winter is to drive with due care for the conditions. Never assume a road has been salted.

More information can be found in Travelling in Winter.

To find the latest information and travel advice from Devon County Council click here. For updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.

Parish Council Response to Boundary Commission

2 October 2017

By email to

The Review Officer (North Devon)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th floor
Millbank Tower


Dear Sir / Madam


Our proposal, in the light of the need of North Devon Council to redraw the Wards and lose 2 councillors, is that Knowle should be added to the current unit of the Parishes of Georgeham (including Croyde), Mortehoe / Woolacombe and West Down, to give the desired number of electors. Knowle and West Down are neighbours.

We understand there is a different proposal from North Devon Council. This involves splitting the current Ward and attaching Georgeham Parish to Braunton, further subdividing our Parish and splitting Croyde from Georgeham and placing these settlements into 2 different Braunton Wards, East and West.

Our Parish strongly disagrees with this proposal. We, like Mortehoe / Woolacombe, are both coastal parishes sharing most of the same problems and amenities – surfing beaches, an enormous influx of seasonal visitors, second homes, narrow roads, national Trust and AONB sites.

Georgeham Parish, which contains the two villages of Georgeham and Croyde and five hamlets has been a unit since 1261. We work hard to remain a community to function as a major holiday destination as well as having a resident community, with churches, a primary school, football team, shared leisure facilities, clubs etc. We have a parish magazine and are in the process of submitting a Neighbourhood Plan.

Our challenges and interests differ from those of Braunton. We feel that our interests could conflict with those of Braunton and we would lose the representation of those interests at District level, especially with the Parish being split between two different Braunton Councillors.

We note that the Commission wishes to “ensure that the new council Wards reflect as far as possible the interests and identities of communities across North Devon” and beg that you will consider our proposal, and our objections to the alternative, in this light.

We feel that while numerically proportional representation is needed nationally, community representation is more important locally.

Our proposal, to add Knowle to our current Ward, would satisfy both electoral number needs and those of our community.

Yours faithfully

Sue Squire

Parish Clerk








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Frog Street Hill, Georgeham


Partial rebuild and conversion of garage / store to form one unit of holiday accommodation with attached garage and store rooms.

Lower Meadow Cottage, Frog Street Hill, Georgeham.

Vacancy on the Council


Applications are invited from Parishioners who wish to be considered for co-option on to the Parish council.

Please send a letter or email of application to the Clerk by WEDNESDAY, 30 AUGUST 2017.

Please don’t hand your letter to a Councillor as that would preclude them from the voting process.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month in Georgeham Village Hall, starting at 7pm and last for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. The co-option will take place at the Parish Council Meeting on Thurs 31 August 2017.

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Parish Council meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month (with the exception of December when it is usually the third Wednesday) in Georgeham Village Hall at 7pm. Meetings usually last for 2 and 2.5 hours.

There are nine seats on the Parish Council and Councillors are encouraged to attend training, usually delivered by the Devon Association of Local Councils. The Parish Council has a budget for training and mileage expenses can also be claimed.

To be eligible as a Parish Councilor, people have to either:

  • Live in the Parish
  • Work in the Parish
  • Have land in the Parish
  • Live 3 miles from the Parish

If more than one person applies to be co-opted, there will be an election by way of a paper ballot.

More information on what is expected of council members can be found here in the Code of Conduct

More information about the Parish Council and its role as a body can be found here


By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support; a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.


Mrs Sue Squire. Parish Clerk. Georgeham Parish Council, Haxlea, 2 Threeways, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, EX31 4TG

T. 01598 710526  E.

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