Welcome to Berry Pomeroy Parish Council

BERRY POMEROY


MEETING  INFORMATION 

UPDATE: 4th August 2022 

- The next Berry Pomeroy Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th October 2022 at Bridgetown Community Hall at 7.15pm.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO Parish Council meeting in September.

 

UPDATE: 8th July 2022 - The next Berry Pomeroy Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd August 2022 at Berry Pomeroy Village Hall at 7.15pm.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO Parish Council meeting in September.  

UPDATE: 8th June 2022 - The next Berry Pomeroy Parish Council will be on Tuesday 5th July 2022 at BRIDGETOWN COMMUNITY HALL 7.15pm 

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UPDATE: 27th May 2022 - AGENDA for PC Meeting on 7th June 2022

BPPC AGENDA 7 JUNE 2022

UPDATE: 18th May 2022

Next Parish Council  Meeting will be on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 7.15pm at BERRY POMEROY VILLAGE HALL. Please note that every other month the meeting will be held in Bridgetown Community Hall. (no meeting in September) 

Update: 3rd May 2022 

The ANNUAL PARISH  MEETING WILL BE HELD at BRIDGETOWN COMMUNITY HALL on TUESDAY 17th MAY 2022 at 7pm followed by the ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA'S BELOW 

ANNUAL BERRY POMEROY PARISH

BPPC AGENDA ANNUAL MEETING 

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 The next full Parish Council Meeting will be held on THURSDAY 28th April 2022 @ 7.15pm in Berry Pomeroy Village Hall - Agenda tbc.

 

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 The next full Parish Council Meeting will be held on THURSDAY 20th JANUARY 2022 @ 7.15pm in Berry Pomeroy Village Hall

There will be a shortened Agenda primarily to confirm and set the Budget & the Precept for 2022/23 only.

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The Full Parish Council Meeting for Berry Pomeroy Parish Council is Thursday 25th November 2021 @ 7.15pm in Berry Pomeroy Village Hall. 

The Agenda will be posted at some point on Friday 18th November 2021. If you have a question for the Council, please submit in writing/email by 5pm on Monday 22nd November 2021.

THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 21ST OCTOBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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THE NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING IS  

THURSDAY 21st OCTOBER 2021 7.15PM

 VENUE:  St Mary's Church, Berry Pomeroy

 Questions and queries can be raised by written request to the Clerk by email at:  clerk@berrypomeroyparishcouncil.gov.uk  or dropped into the Parish Council postbox 48 hours before the meeting

The Clerk

for Berry Pomeroy Parish Council is Mrs Susie Watt. 

Tel: 0770 770 9390

Email: clerk@berrypomeroyparishcouncil.org.uk 

Postal Address: The Clerk, Berry Pomeroy Parish Council. The Postbox Berry Pomeroy Village Hall, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, TQ9 6LH 

COUNCILLOR UPDATE - 3 CASUAL VACANCIES EXIST. Please email your expression of Interest to the clerk at clerk@berrypomeroyparishcouncil.gov.uk 

 

Village Hall bookings:
Nichola Boughton 01803 865635

Weston Community Hall bookings: Awaiting update

Berry Pomeroy Boundaries 

Church of St Mary


Berry Pomeroy

 NEWS & URGENT NEWS

UPDATE: 29th June 2022 - LOCAL NEWS FLASH - Calling all Dog Owners !

Littlehempston Fun Dog Show Publicity.doc 

UPDATE: 8th June 2022 - Berry Pomeroy Parish Council are delighted to welcome two new Members of the PC. Cllr. Graham Bennett and Cllr. Samantha Penfold were co-opted onto the Parish Council at last night's (7.6.22) PC Meeting.  

UPDATE: 18th May 2022 - we are delighted to announce that Cllr. John Mills was re-elected as Chair to Berry Pomeroy Parish Council. 

Cllr. Sue Misselbrook was elected as Vice-Chair.

Thanks  were given to Cllr. Hooper who had held the post of Vice Chair for a number of years.

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UPDATE: 3rd May 2022

Co Option Notice below - Berry Pomeroy Parish Council is looking to Co-Opt two Members to its Parish Council. Closing Date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm Tuesday 31st May 2022.

MAY 22 BPPC CO OPTION NOTICE

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NEWS - 3rd May 2022

Please note, Berry Pomeroy Parish Council Meetings will now take place on the FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. There is NO meeting during September. All meetings are subject to change, so please ensure you check this website regularly.

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There being no request for a Poll the positions of Councillor and now hereby required a co-options.  

COUNCILLORS REQUIRED. 3 x Co-Opted 

Please email you Expression of Interest or further information to the Clerk at clerk@berrypomeroyparishcouncil.gov.uk 

Through this website Parishioners can access details of the Parish Council business. There is a Parish Council notice board in the centre of Berry Pomeroy Village and in Dukes Road, Totnes.

Normally the Parish Council meets in Berry Pomeroy Village Hall next to the Primary School on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except September when there is no meeting) at 7.15pm. Members of the public, and press, are welcome to attend the meetings and may speak if they wish before the meeting starts (please make the Clerk aware if you wish to do so) everyone is welcome to stay for the whole meeting to observe the Council in session but cannot participate once the meeting proper has started, unless standing orders are suspended.

Each year, usually in May, there is an Annual Meeting of the Parish, when the Chairman reports on the year past and looks forward to the future. The Accounts summary is also presented. Parishioners are able to voice their opinions or concerns during the meeting, and there is usually a guest speaker.

You are welcome to contact myself at any time by phone, mail or E-mail, and a list of Councillors and their contact details are available on this site and on the notice boards.

Susie Watt

Parish Clerk

Berry Pomeroy History

Berry Pomeroy is a village, civil parish, and former manor in the former Haytor Hundred and located within South Hams local authority area approximately two miles east of Totnes. It has within its parish 4525 Acres, 1 Rod, and 10 Perches of fertile land, several neat houses, and scattered farms and also Bridgetown, which forms a handsome suburb of Totnes, with which it is connected by a good bridge over The Dart. The Duke of Somerset is lord of the manor and owner of most of the land.

Berry Pomeroy has been in the possession of only two families since the Norman Conquest-the Pomeroy’s, from 1066-1548, and the Seymour’s, from 1548 to date. King William the Conqueror gave the manor of Bury (previously known as Byri meaning “Hillfort“) or Berry to Ralph de Pomerai or Pomeroy, one of his favourite officers, who made it the seat of a feudal barony or honour and who also built the castle, which remained the Pomeroy stately home for 500 years.

He held in total, within Devon, 54 manors, three smaller parcels of land and six houses in Exeter capital of Devon. It was one of only eight feudal baronies in Devon. It comprised almost 32 knight’s fees in the Cartae Baronum of 1166. The family of Ralph de Pomerai came from La Pommeraye, Calvados, near Falaise in Normandy. Sir John de Pomeroy, the ninth in descent from Ralph, dying without issue, gave Berry Pomeroy to Sir Thomas Pomeroy, of a younger branch, who had married one of his sisters and co-heiresses.

His descendant of the same name, having been deeply concerned in the rebellion of 1549, is said to have saved his life by making over the manor and castle of Berry Pomeroy to Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, whose descendants still own it. The manor of Bridgetown belongs to the Duke of Somerset. Loventor, in this parish, was held, at the time of taking the Domesday survey, by Ralph de Pomerai under Joel de Totnais. The ruins of the castle, which are considerable, form a very picturesque setting. It is now owned by English Heritage. Its site lies a mile from the parish church; The Church of St. Mary Berry Pomeroy. It falls within Totnes Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell, which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. In 1801 the population was 1124, 1193 in 1901 and according to the 2001 census the population was 973.

The history of the church is considerable. The original wooden structure dates back to Anglo Saxon times with the subsequent Norman rebuilding being largely carried out by Sir Richard Pomeroy. The architecture and skill of the builders has to be congratulated. The colours and carvings of the screen and figures on the panels and graceful pillars are of outstanding quality. The people of the parish are proud that since the day of dedication four and a half centuries’ ago they have had the benefit of such a remarkable church and castle ruin. Although the castle no longer has the massive original gates, its walls are broken and roofless but the church still stands.

The Pomeroy tomb, on the south side of the chancel, contains the remains of Sir Richard Pomeroy, whose body was carried, to the sound of “The Passing Bell”, along the path of the Lych Gate in the year 1496.

There is evidence of humour in the grotesque gargoyles which adorn around the church and in the strange epitaphs carved on some of the tombs. Lych is an old English name for ‘dead body’. The Lych Gate means corpse gate. In earlier times, the roofed space, as can be seen in Ashprington Church, had a bench on which the body was placed, while prayers were said by the priest.

The Church yard contains some magnificent Yew Trees of great age. The Yew Tree is a religious symbol of great antiquity. The capitals on the south arcade bear the names of other donors to the rebuilding of the church and the scroll on the west respond having the inscription Et pro omnibus benefactoribus huius operis orate. There is a fine Seymour monument to Edward, son of Lord Protector (d 1593), his son Edward (d 1613), and the latter’s wife, Elizabeth Champernowne.

John Price was vicar here from 1681-1723, and seems to have done a good deal of the work on his church. The tower and south porch look like a 17th century building, and the old altar rails and altar table (now in north isle) are of his date. So, of course, are the royal arms of William and Mary. The vicarage looks like Prince’s handiwork also. Prince was succeeded by Joseph Fox, who was vicar 1723-81, so that Berry had only two parsons in 100 years.

At Longcombe, a farmhouse, at which William III is said to have held a meeting of his supporters, is now called Parliament House, before moving onto Berry Castle.

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