News Update - August 2016

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATES - The remaining vacancy has been filled on the Parish Council by Mr Rob Stratton, Rob is an experienced member having served on the council some years ago.

Broadwoodwidger Local History Society

Planning for what may be possible when the Community hub is hopefully completed a meeting was arranged at Rexon Cross on the 23rd November 2015 to gauge if there was any interest in a Parish History Group. A dozen people came along and enjoyed pooling memories and information so a further meeting was arranged at Church Terrace in January 2016 at which the decision was made to engage a speaker and advertise the event to pay for itself at Roadford.

On April 7th Mr Simon Timms an expert on the archaeology of the Devon landscape and a member of the team of archaeologist involved in the excavations of the Roadford Valley gave a very interesting and amusing talk to over 30 people who attended, many showing an interest in joining the group. A further meeting was arranged at Roadford on the 3rd May when a committee was set up to look into the formation of the group. At the first committee meeting on the 26th May, it was decided to draft a constitution and obtain nominations for a chairman, secretary and treasurer and to set up a web site for the group as well as looking at funding options.

On the 20th June a full meeting was held at Rexon Cross thinking there would not be enough people to cover the hire cost of a room at Roadford, however 25 people attended! At this meeting the committee relayed their suggestions. It was agreed that the group would be called “Broadwoodwidger Local History Society” and that the constitution, the draft terms of which were approved, should be formally adopted at the inaugural meeting in September, with the membership year running from the first of January. The suggested annual subscription fee was £10. Members present also indicated the areas that they felt that they would like to research.

An outing was arranged for the evening of August 18th when Mr L Kennedy a former history teacher at Launceston took members for a guided walk around the town and explained the history from the building of the castle and walls around the town to present day. This event was really enjoyable and reminded us how lucky we are to have such history on our door step.

The proposed initial officers of the Society are Mr D Tovey Chairman, Mrs J Hendry Secretary, Mrs M Perkin Treasurer.

The inaugural meeting at which the Society will be formally constituted is on Monday 19th September at 7pm at Roadford and if you would like to join or just come along to listen and see what is involved, we would be delighted to see you. We already have one or two members who live outside the parish, so if you live in Broadwood or beyond you are very welcome.

Welcome to Broadwoodwidger

A large rural Parish in the beautiful rolling countryside of West Devon, with glorious views of Dartmoor and nearby Cornwall. Distinctive for its many hidden hamlets and farms that nestle tucked away throughout the parish. Alongside its many rivers, hills and valleys, one of which the River Wolf meanders gently, having been dammed in recent times to provide 750 acres of water stored for the large conurbations of Devon. Many outdoor activities surround the reservoir including wind surfing, boating and fishing whilst providing peaceful rural walks for the whole family to enjoy.

The A30 dual carriageway skirts one end of the parish, giving excellent road links to the South West region as a whole (albeit with a little noise)! The neighbouring parishes of Ashwater, St Giles on the Heath, and Lifton offer a range of services and points of interest for residents and visitors alike. Although the last 30 years has made a telling difference to this parish with the reservoir and the road, it has brought a vibrancy and new way of life for residents new and old in these challenging times. But above all it makes this parish a welcoming, friendly and memory-making destination.

  • Events around Broadwoodwidger
  • Thursday 1st Sep - Parish Council Meeting Find out more...

    At Lakeside, Roadford at 7pm

  • Den Building – 4th September Find out more...

    10.00 - 2.00pm at Roadford Lake
    Explore our forests to find the perfect spot to make your own hide away. Meet us in the visitor centre where you’ll meet our countryside wardens who can offer den building tips! £3.00 per child, adults go free! To book a place call 01566 784859

  • Recycling week 12 – 18th September Find out more...

    Roadford Lake
    Winning the Green Tourism award we’re all about reducing our waste, reusing materials and recycling! To keep our beautiful lakes clean and protect our unique environments for nature we want more people to catch the green bug and start recycling more! Artists will exhibit works outside around the Lake that have been made from materials they’ve up-cycled. We’ll also be posting tips on how easy it is to recycle more and how you can up cycle everyday items to give them a new lease of life!

  • Monday 19th September - Broadwoodwidger Local History Society Find out more...

    Meeting at Lakeside, Roadford at 7pm

  • Roadford Lake Bat Walk – 24th September Find out more...

    7.00pm - 9.00pmLakeside, Roadford Lake
    Our popular Bat Walk will be returning on Saturday 24 September ! As bats get ready for the coming colder months see how they hunt for food and what noises they make to communicate with each other. Join us for a hot chocolate, tea or coffee and learn all about our fury winged friends followed by a night walk with our countryside manager with bat detectors! The event will take place in the Lakeside Café, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, costing only £5.00 per person. Adults and children welcome. Please wear sensible shoes on the evening and wrap up warm. For more information or to book please contact Lakeside on 01566 784859 or email

  • Sunday 25th September - Harvest Festival Find out more...

    St Nicholas Church, Broadwoodwidger at 6.30pm, Followed by Harvest Refreshments

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