Welcome to Berry Pomeroy Parish Council

BERRY POMEROY


URGENT EXTRAORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY  29th JANUARY 2020 @ 4.30pm

In ST. MARY’S PARISH CHURCH, BERRY POMEROY

Parish Clerk: Mrs S J Watt

                 Berry Pomeroy Parish Council, Berry Pomeroy Village Hall PostBox, Berry Pomeroy  TQ9 6LH

Tel: 0770 770 9390   Email: clerk@berrypomeroycouncil.org.uk

 23 January 2020

Dear Councillors,

You are required to attend an URGENT EXTRAORDINARY meeting of Berry Pomeroy Parish Council. This will be held in ST. MARY’S PARISH CHURCH, BERRY POMEROY  on Wednesday 29th January 2020 @ 4.30pm with questions from the Public. The meeting proper will commence at 4.45pm.

AGENDA

Please note under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 this meeting has been advertised as a Public Meeting and as such could be filmed or recorded by broadcasters, the media or members of the public

  1. Apologies for Absence

  2. Declarations of Interest

  3. Neighbourhood Development Plan –  URGENT UPDATE AND PROPOSAL FROM THE NDP WORKING GROUP proposal for potential development sites and Public Consultation.

     

     

    Signed:  S J Watt – Clerk/RFO                     Date: 23rd January  2020

RGENT INFORMATION  


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 

 NEWS:  Next Parish Council Meeting is THURSDAY 13th February 2020 @ 7.15pm - VENUE : BERRY POMEROY VILLAGE HALL

COUNCILLOR UPDATE - JANUARY 2020

Expressions of Interest are still required for the VACANT Berry Pomeroy Village Ward office of Councillor, can be sent to The Clerk, The Post Box, Berry Pomeroy Village Hall , Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, TQ9 6LH

 ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 SECTION 14 THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (TRUE STREET CROSS AT A385 TO BLACKPOST LANE, BERRY POMEROY) NOTICE 2020 TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that: From WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2020 for a maximum of 5 days Until THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020 (both dates inclusive) Between the hours of 19:30 and 06:00 No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads. Roads affected - TRUE STREET CROSS AT A385 TO BLACKPOST LANE, BERRY POMEROY The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - BLACKPOST LANE - A385 This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable - SAFE ACCESS TO UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE USING ROAD CLOSURE AND 3 WAY LIGHTS - NIGHT WORKING ONLY For additional information contact: A PLANT LUX Telephone: 0370 050 0792

Village Hall bookings:
Nichola Boughton 01803 865635

Weston Community Hall bookings: Awaiting update

Berry Pomeroy Boundaries 

Church of St Mary


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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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