Travelling around the country during COVID-19

Devon County Council
Travelling around the country during COVID-19
So how do the new local COVID alert levels factor in your half-term travel plans?
Devon is at the ‘medium’ tier alert level. So is the rest of the South West.
Movement around the region is pretty straight forward, but remember, a holiday away from home, is not a holiday away from coronavirus.
Everyone still needs to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand washing regularly and wearing of face coverings, wherever you are in the country.
And please don’t travel at all if you have symptoms, however mild – a high temperature, new and continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of taste and smell – or if you’ve been advised to self-isolate.
The general principle is that you must follow the rules of the tier you normally live in, regardless of where you are in the country. That’s the general principle, but there may be local restrictions on top of that which you need to know about.
We’ve written about it on our website, including a link to a postcode checker that tells you what restrictions are in place, by postcode area

Stay Safe this Halloween. Devon County Council

The Halloween season is fast approaching, and families may be wondering whether trick or treating is worth the risk this year.
It’s really not. Please just stay at home and don’t turn Halloween into a COVID-19 “nightmare on your street”.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween safely at home, from spooky window dressings to ghostly film nights.
This year public health teams in Devon are asking families to forget the usual trick or treat plans and instead celebrate safely indoors.
We’ve got some ‘low risk’ celebration ideas on our website, along with a list of things to avoid doing this Halloween.

Your Holsworthy Post returns!

Your Holsworthy Post returns!

Today marks the relaunch of the Holsworthy Post — bringing you the best in local news, sport and features.

Copies will be available in shops each Wednesday (market day).

Want your news to be featured in an upcoming edition? Contact your local area reporter Zoë Uglow by email to or call 01566 778214.

Or why not follow us on Twitter and Facebook @ThePostSeries


Holsworthy Town Council

The Square, Holsworthy

The Town Council has decided that in line with recent Government Guidelines for this area of Devon, and as in the main people are adhering to social distancing requirements all of the barrels in the Square will now be removed, releasing a number of car parking spaces. However at no point has Covid-19 passed and we all must remain vigilant and take care of ourselves and others.

It is hoped that the community of Holsworthy will continue to support their local shops, and Wednesday Market to ensure that our Town Centre and valued independent traders thrive in these challenging times.

The vehicle access to Victoria Square from The Square however, will still be prohibited given the need to allow for safe distance queuing outside for the HSBC Bank and Cashpoint. This will however be reviewed periodically and in light of any changes in Government Guidelines.

Holsworthy Town Council

Notice of Cllr. Kenneally Resignation. Holsworthy Town Council

Notice of Vacancy – Cllr Nigel Kenneally


that due to the resignation of Councillor Nigel Kenneally a vacancy has arisen in the office of Town Councillor for the above Town.

A by-election to fill the vacancies will be held if within 14 days of the date of this Notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays) ten electors from the Town give notice in writing to the Returning Officer requiring that such an election be held.

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Proper Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by-election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by-election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

The address of the Returning Officer is Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG.

A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to ,and must contain a “wet ink” signature.

If no such notice is given, the Town Council will fill the vacancy through co-option.

Rev’d Simon Leigh new Superintendent minister in the Bude and Holsworthy Circuit.

The Mayor of Holsworthy, Town Clerk and the Assistant to The Town Clerk had a meeting with Rev’d Simon Leigh. We welcomed him into Holsworthy.
Dear One and All,
My name is Simon Leigh and I am the new Superintendent minister in the Bude and Holsworthy Circuit.
In this photograph I am with my wife Rev’d Donna Leigh, who is Chaplain at Shebbear College, a Methodist school, where, incidentally, I went to school and boarded back in the 1970s.
The photo is taken after Donna’s ordination at Coventry Cathedral in 2017. We have three adult children and four grandchildren and a Westie called Mr Wesley.
I am delighted to be back in the Torridge area and in Holsworthy and surrounding locality in particular. Prior to returning to North Devon, Donna and I served in Plymouth for the last 12 years where I was the Superintendent minister and Donna was minister at Crownhill and Compton. I was also Deputy Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District. Before that, Donna and I were based in South London, where Donna was a midwife and my ministry was based in Carshalton and Epsom for 13 years.
For me the Church is here to be a living sign of God’s love, in Christ, for the world. This means I am here to stand alongside this community in Holsworthy, sharing in the everyday experience of life and its rich pattern. Christianity for me is not pie in the sky, it is earthed and earthy and over the coming years I hope to enter into a practical, inclusive and hospitable ministry with you.
Every blessing,
Rev’d Simon LeighRev'd Simon Leigh
Holsworthy Library

Holsworthy Library is now open

Hi – hope that you are well.

We are back up with our full hours at the library now and really trying to spread the word that we are open – we are also keen to let people who may be housebound know about services that may be of use to them

(Home Delivery, Good Neighbours, Choose & Collect and Digital) so, if you know any groups or individuals who this may apply to please do let them know.

Holsworthy Library is now open for our normal hours (Monday 2-5,  Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1). We have worked hard to make it a safe and welcoming space – customers will notice a few changes (most recently the requirement to either scan the Test & Trace app or fill out a form on entry) but, the shelves are still full of brilliant books, the reservation system for requesting books from other branches is operating again and we have a public computer and photocopier available.

It has been great to welcome customers back into the library for browsing and borrowing.

However, we are aware that not everyone is able to come into the library so, we would like to spread the word about some alternative services we offer for those who can’t leave home or are uncomfortable doing so.

Firstly, Our Home Library Service delivers books to people unable to get to the library because of health, mobility or caring responsibilities. Dedicated volunteers choose and deliver books to your home, including large print and audiobooks, free of charge and in a covid secure way.  Whether you are an avid reader or simply like to browse the occasional book we can help.

Another option is for customers who aren’t able to come into the library is to nominate someone they know, a friend or family member as a “Good Neighbour” who can borrow books on their behalf and act as a point of contact and guarantor.

Also, we are still offering our “Choose and Collect” service where, by prior arrangement you can collect books from the library foyer without coming into the building itself. We are happy to select books for customers based on genres or authors you like or, you can use to reservation system to order specific titles if we don’t have them in stock at Holsworthy.

Finally, don’t forget about the fantastic range of digital offers which are available for free to library members. Everything from ebooks and audio books to online magazines and the genealogy website Ancestry.


Mary Weblin

Library Supervisor

Holsworthy Library

Libraries Unlimited

01409 253514