Nativity Scarecrow competition result

Vicar Adrian and wife Sue have been looking around the parish and have returned to me with the winners -

Each display was very individual, creative and colourful, many, though not all, depicting the story of the birth of Jesus.

It is very hard to judge which scene and scarecrow is best.  I am hoping I can declare everyone is a winner because they took part and entered into a community event that is appropriately socially-distanced, bringing a smile to those passing through the village.

However, there needs to be a winner, so in each category the winners are:

Greatest number of nativity elements - Joy and Angus Cottey
Greatest number of scarecrow figures - Jeff and Jill Souch
Most realistic -  Diana Robinson and John (Cider John)
Most original scarecrow - Celia Drummond
Best St Nicholas - Helen Reay
Tallest and most ethereal scarecrow - Tim and Liz Smith
Best individual shepherd - John and Debbie Egan in The Square.
Best scarecrow donkey - Geoff & Briony on Southdown Hill
Happiest angel scarecrow - Sally Meikle
Sparkliest scarecrow - Mary Tait

With seasonal greetings, stay safe and well.

Thank you Adrian and Sue

Nativity Scarecrows

Some of the early Nativity Scarecrows, and the Christmas Tree in The Square, can be seen here.


If you want to report a pothole, and the more that do the better, please use this link to let the County Council know.

South Molton Library

Devon Libraries will be re-opening from Wednesday 2nd December, with Covid safeguards, but you will still be able to make free ten-week reservations, and you can also access many books, newspapers and magazines online for free. To check what services are available at South Molton Library and how you can reserve books and DVDs, call 01769 572128 or keep an eye on the Facebook page at:

Bird Flu

Just what we needed right now - Bird Flu is back with us, and there has been a case in Devon. If you keep poultry or any other birds, please see here for more details about what you must and mustn't do.

Locally produced food

Sally M has the following available soon -

  • Ruby Red beef boxes
  • Gloucester Old Spot pork boxes
  • And geese for Christmas!

Contact her on 07910 243695 if you're interested.

St John the Baptist, Meshaw, Annual Parochial Church Meeting – Tuesday 20th October, 2020 at 7.00pm via Zoom

If you wish to attend this meeting please contact Vicar Adrian Wells for an electronic invitation via email.

The purpose of this public meeting is to elect Parochial Representatives for the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and to discuss other matters of parochial and general church interest.  You can only vote at this meeting if you are on the Electoral Roll.

If you wish to be added to the Electoral Roll prior to the meeting, information and forms will be left in the Church on the table, please return these to Tim Smith, Rosemary Cottage, Meshaw.

2020 Parish Meeting

The 2020 parish meeting has been held. Parishioners have the right to see "the books". Full details are on the Parish Page.

2020 Parish Meeting

Details of the annual parish meeting, which will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 19th August at 7 pm, can be found here.

Local bus timetables

The latest timetable for buses in North Devon can be found here. For mid-Devon look here. Paper copies are not being published for the time being.


Meshaw Garden Show

8 August 2020


Given the nearness to this event and the current government Covid–19 regulations our first ever Garden Show has been cancelled.


Sorry to all of you that may have been looking forward to this event, carefully tendering flowers and produce.


Let's hope that next year we will be able all get together again with several Summer Events.


Best Wishes

Jeff Souch

Chairman Meshaw Parish Meeting.



A thank-you from Alan R

Dear Friend,


I would like to thank everyone for their kind regards but especially for care and support that they gave to Wendy while I was in hospital. It gave her great comfort and me peace of mind.


It’s great to know that you are out there when things go wrong.

For the record I fell over and managed to break eight ribs on one side. Not quite a Full House as there are twelve, but quite enough!


Best regards and many thanks,


South Molton Library

Devon Libraries will be starting up Click and Collect services in the week starting 6th July - South Molton plans to start this on 7th July. The idea is that you can e-mail or ring in with a request and book a time to pick it up. Keep an eye on the Library Facebook page for more details.

Face masks

Celia has received an offer from a distant, American, relative of hers. She has been to Meshaw, and has visited local cemeteries with Celia and Mary F to try to track down ancient forebears. She found our village web page and has made the following generous offer -


“I'd like to mail your neighbors masks, free of charge. I feel an affinity to the village and would like to help. This is one way I can do so. If they choose to order from my shop on Etsy, that is fine too.


Have them look at the site if they're interested and choose a pattern.


I have solid fabrics as well, black, blue, gray and some batiks. I would need to know the following:

  • Fitted or pleated
  • If fitted, women or man size
  • Pleated masks are universal in size“


If you're interested please contact Celia.

The 155 returns


We have been informed that the ‘school holiday’ timetable will commence running again from Monday 15th June – i.e. a 2-hourly service from Tiverton to South Molton.


The timetable is here.


Meshaw Coronavirus Help Group

If you're laid low by coronavirus or need to self-isolate for any reason, and your neighbours, relatives or friends are unable to help you with essential shopping (food, medicine), then please try the shops listed below. They will deliver to Meshaw and will take orders over the 'phone. Please also consider joining the Meshaw food collective - see below for details.


If all those options fail, then contact either the Meshaw Parish Chairman or the Parish Clerk and we'll try to find somebody to help you out. Note that this service is only for essential items - we cannot place the health of our volunteers or others at risk by asking them to collect non-essential items.


At the moment there are many scams related to coronavirus (covid-19) - see the Neighbourhood Watch Page for details.


Contact details for shopping help :


Parish Chairman Jeff Souch 01884 861505

Parish Clerk Sarah Vertigan 01884 860844


If you live in the village itself you can also contact :


Joy & Angus           01769 550154
Liz & Tim               01769 550963

Debbie E                01769 550199
Roger C                 01769 550700
Zara                      01769 550431
Paul & Jacky H       01769 550116

Outside the village :


Andrew & Heather      01884 860094

Mary & Brendan         07941 941544

Sally M                      07910 243695

Andrew M                  07809 403165



On behalf of the Parish Chairman, the Help Group Coordinators and, I'm sure, all the residents of Meshaw, I'd like to thank the many people who have volunteered to shop for those who are unable to do so.


Brendan, Webmaster


Lockdown photgraphs


The Barnstaple Local Studies Centre is collecting photos taken during the lockdown for a future exhibition and archive. Please send your photos to: giving the date, time and place.


Please remember: do not make a special trip to take photographs, take them when you're on your daily walk or your trip for essential supplies.

Collective Shopping


Zara's collective shopping scheme is up and running (we took delivery today). See below for details.

Community Allotment


Celia has kindly offered the use of her field as a community allotment. Full details are here.

Food shops that will deliver to Meshaw


The list below of businesses and their contact details have been provided to us by various people. The webmaster, the officers of the Parish Meeting and members of the Meshaw Coronavirus Help Group do not necessarily endorse these businesses. We can offer no guarantees about the businesses and you should exercise normal discretion when dealing with them.


The Cheese Larder, 01769 572664 – they will also deliver fruit and veg ordered from Simmons, South Molton

Londis, Southside Stores – 01769 572677 – will take card payment with order, can deliver groceries, bread from Chanters, meat from Mays and fruit and veg

Mays Butchers – 01769 572368

Shapland and Searle Butchers – 01769 573411

East Burrow Farm, Worlington – beef and lamb boxes, stock low at the moment but expecting more in next couple of weeks, 07510 317525

Simmons, Fruit & Veg - only limited delivery here on a Friday but their store is open on Pathfields, next door to Mole Valley Farmers, for collections 01769 572205 or 01769 572860


Bray Valley Wines, Pathfields, South Molton, will also deliver, 01769 575946, order online or over phone, collect or delivery


Eggs - if you need them, Sally Meikle sells them from the top of her lane. And Celia sells them in the square.


Vegetables - if you need vegetable seeds or seedlings, then Jenny at Ash Moor Nursery may be able to help. See their facebook page.


Baker George, South Molton - they will deliver groceries. Please text, or ring, 01769 573133.


Care for Birds and Pets - will deliver to Meshaw. Full details on their facebook page, but, essentially, ring them on 07787 515342 between 9 am and 5 pm and place an order for delivery on either Thursday or Saturday.


Fresh Fish - Jacqui Young delivers fresh fish every Tuesday and Friday morning, to the Witheridge area and may deliver to Meshaw. Jacqui delivers to your door. Please ring on Monday for Tuesday delivery and Thursday for Friday delivery. All her fish is from Cornwall and Brixham. All her fish/shellfish is ready prepared for cooking or freezing and is vacuumed packed. Telephone: 07770 430168



Boots in South Molton - apparently many people ring the wrong number, the correct tel no is 01769 572576


Collective shopping for Meshaw


In these challenging times, the Meshaw Coronavirus Help Group thought we’d see if we can minimise trips to the supermarkets, try to support our local businesses and help those who are self-isolating.

We are hoping to set up a COLLECTIVE weekly delivery from John May (butcher), Simmons (greengrocer) and the Cheese Larder (cheese, bread, milk etc).


Zara Montagu-Leon, at Lower Kitcott, has offered to pull together a list of what we all need.


Zara will send through a complete list to the shops once a week, for a collective delivery to the village. The shops will let Zara know what they can and can’t supply and what the costs would be, which she will let you know before finalising the order. Once each household has agreed, we can arrange one collective delivery to a central point in Meshaw and from there the volunteers can drop your shopping safely to your door.  Payment options have to be agreed with the individual businesses but we will do our best to make it as simple as possible for everyone whether that is online BACS, card or cash.

Let Zara Montagu-Leon know if you’re interested in being part of this scheme. Telephone 550431.  Please leave a message if Zara is not around.

Stay in and stay well!


Reasons to be cheerful part 1 ...

NDDC recycling information


NDDC have asked householders to separate their glass recycling and put this into a separate container, in the interests of the health of their workers – you will need to use your own container. Thank-you.

Coronavirus advice from the County Council


Advice can be found here. Note particularly the advice about avoiding scammers - if you feel you know somebody who might be vulnerable to this, please talk to them.

Something to look forward to


Amid all the current (March 2020) doom and gloom, here's a little taster for something more cheerful :

Old News


You can find news from previous years here