Freeman of Holsworthy 2023

It is that time of year again where we ask you to nominate an individual that has served Holsworthy’s Town and people by way of personal good deeds or as part of a larger organisation.

To Summarise, the honour is open to anyone who:

– Is a resident in Holsworthy or the surrounding parishes.
– Have contributed over many years to the community of Holsworthy.
– Have made a difference to the lives of individuals and groups of people within Holsworthy.

The Recipient will hold the Award and the tittle of Honorary Freeman of Holsworthy for one year, with the Freeman’s Cup being returned to Holsworthy’s Town Clerk no later than the 1st March the following year.

If you would like to nominate someone please find a form here > Freeman of Holsworthy 2023
Forms can be emailed, posted or delivered to Holsworthy Town Council.

Holsworthy Town Council, Manor Offices, North Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DJ

Forms MUST be submitted by Noon Friday 31st March 2023

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Holsworthy Town Council, we hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Our office is now open and has returned to our usual hours: Monday-Thursday (9am-4pm) Friday (9am-1pm).
  • We will be holding a Coffee Morning in The Memorial Hall in Holsworthy on 11th January from 9am until 12pm.
  • Holsworthy’s Weekly Wednesday Market will be reopening on the 11th January from 9am until 2.30pm.
  • Full Council Meetings & Sub-Committee Meetings will be returning from Wednesday 11th January.

Town Councils Collaborate on No 6 Bus route

As frustrations understandably continue over the changes to the No 6 Exeter bus service, a meeting took place this week between Cllrs from Holsworthy and Bude-Stratton Town Council, the two towns most significantly impacted by alterations to the timetable.

The Deputy Mayor of Holsworthy Cllr Nigel Kenneally, Mayor of Bude-Stratton Cllr Amanda Tame, Holsworthy Town Clerk Vanessa Saunders, Devon County Councillor James Morrish and Cornwall Councillor Peter LaBroy met to discuss the ongoing problems.
Top of the list of immediate concerns was the failure of the return bus to wait in Okehampton for arrivals from Exeter, leaving long waits in the dark and cold for Exeter College students trying to get home. The Cllrs also spoke to Devon County Transport Officers during the meeting, who are very aware of the recent problems.
As a result, Cllrs from both towns are pushing to get the 6 and 6a buses designated a ‘through’ service, which would ensure buses had to wait for connections before leaving Okehampton.
A raft of other issues was discussed – increased cost, infrequency of service, unreliability and inaccessibility of the route.
The Cllrs thanked everyone who has so far commented on the impact the changes to the bus route has had, and urged those who have yet to do so to pass on their experiences as soon as possible.
The Cllrs will provide this evidence to Stagecoach and Devon and Cornwall County Councils and have agreed to meet again before Christmas to monitor progress.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Best Dressed Business Competition

1st Place

Thomas Westcott

2nd Place

The White Hart Hotel

3rd Place

The Kings Arms Hotel

Highly Commended

Best Dressed Residence Competition

1st Place

A joint entry submitted by neighbours Marilyn Chidley & Clive Birch & Beverly Birch.

2nd Place

Wendy Rogers

3rd Place

Sarah Drew

Thursday 2nd June-Sunday 5th June

The information below will be updated regularly

What’s On?

  • Civic Service of Celebration
  • Lantern Parade for adults and children
  • Lighting of the Beacon
  • Display of photos, memorabilia of the past 70 years such as previous jubilees
  • Competitions
  • Street Party on Fore Street
  • Hobby horse derby and other fun children/parent races at Stanhope Park

The Town Council and the other organisations who are taking the lead on the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations are hoping that the whole Town and those of all ages will be able to take part and enjoy the extended holiday to recognise the 70 years of dedicated service by the Queen to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. If anyone has any other suggestions on events they would to be included then please contact the Town Clerk Vanessa Saunders at


Last Updated: 09/06/2022

Holsworthy Mayor’s Charity Civic Ball

Holsworthy’s Mayor, Councillor Helen Parker held a very successful Civic Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK and Blood Cancer UK

In the photo Left to Right: Consort Ian Parker, Councillor Pete Shepherd, Councillor Debra De ste Croix, Councillor Nigel Kenneally, Town Clerk Vanessa Saunders, Mayor Councillor Helen Parker, District Councillor David Jones, Councillor John Allen, Councillor Lyndon Piper and Assistant to the Town Clerk Tegan Watson-Bell

After a while of preparing, Holsworthy Town Council held an amazing Civic Ball, the first of the century!

Due to Coronavirus it was invite only. There was great turn out though! We were entertained upon entry by a magician, Jack Lovegrove and greeted by Charles Jeffery-Hudson the Toastmaster. Both Jack and Charles are involved in HATS (Holsworthy Amateur Theatre Society). They brought the Ball to life. We were blessed to have Mother Elizabeth say grace before our meal. This allowed us to remember those we have sadly lost recently and to be thankful for what we do have.

Around 7:30pm Oaktree Occasions started delivering our prechosen Starters in between our lively chatter. Soon after finishing our starters we were given our main then our dessert. The food was high quality, if you are having a small get together or a large event then we highly recommend Oaktree Occasions. Their service was very professional and any queries were answered swiftly.

Charles Jeffery-Hudson the Toastmaster stood up and sounded his gavel 3 times to call upon Holsworthy’s Mayor Councillor Helen Parker for the Loyal Toast! There was a lovely portrait of our Queen in her younger days for us to toast to. Tea and Coffee was offered to all guests.

After the loyal toast the raffle was drawn. We adopted a raffle tradition suggested by Holsworthy’s Consort, Ian Parker. There were many small envelopes placed on the tables alongside a pen, you were to write your name and deposit cash inside the envelope then seal, ready to be collected.

Once all envelopes were collected Guests were chosen to draw the tickets. There was a large variety of prizes to choose from such as a Fruit Basket, A Voucher from Shepherd’s Hardware’s, 2 tickets to any Exeter Chiefs games, Gift basket from Holsworthy’s Foot Health Clinic and many more!

After the raffle draw Mayor Councillor, Helen Parker gave a speech to all the guests, councillors and office staff for their help in making the Civic Ball happen! There were many guests representing councils from both Devon and Cornwall as well as those representing local organisations.

District Councillor David Jones, responded to Mayor Councillor Helen with a very sweet speech, to which we appreciated a lot.

This concluded the formal evening and the room was reorganised into a Ballroom, entertained by Neil Kristopher.

Thank you very much to the following Mayors/ Deputy Mayors and other Councillors that attended our Civic Ball:

The Leader of Torridge, Ken James,
District Councillor, David Jones,
The Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Alan Rennles, the Mayoress Mrs Sue Rennles and their Beadle, Mr Don Gramlich,
The Mayor of Great Torrington, Councillor Doug Smith, his Granddaughter Miss Mezli Smith and their Beadle, Mr Andy Griffiths,
The Deputy Mayor of Launceston, Councillor Helen Bailey and Consort Mr Adrian Bailey,
The Deputy Mayor of Okehampton, Councillor Deborah Sanger and Consort Mr Paul Jessop,
The Deputy Mayor of Bideford, Councillor Jude Gubb and Consort Mr Michael Gubb,
Councillor Michael dawes and Wife Mrs Jo Dawes.

A special mention to the councils that sadly couldn’t attend but sent their apologies:

South Molton Town Council- we received an apology and a donation from Mayor Councillor Mervyn Way and Mayoress Mrs Helen Way,
Ilfracombe Town Council- Mayor Councillor Kit Leck sent his apologies and donated a sum.

We’d also like to say thank you to those that attended the Civic Ball representing a local organisation such as the following:

Holsworthy Bowls Club, HASP, the Rotary Club, the Lions, the Museum, the press, etc!


Rubbish left

Just to make you aware, this area is covered by CCTV.

If you are aware of who this rubbish belongs to, please arrange for removal.

Torridge District Council have been informed and if deemed necessary, CCTV footage will be viewed by them and appropriate action will be taken.

Annual Meeting

Holsworthy Town Council held its first face to face meeting in a many months last night 19.05.2021

The Annual Meeting of 2021, was whereby the Mayor of Holsworthy and Deputy Mayor were elected.

Cllr. Helen Parker was proposed and second, all Cllrs unanimously agreed, the continuation of her role as Mayor of Holsworthy for 2021/2022.

Cllr. Keith Musker, was elected as Deputy Mayor for Holsworthy. This position again was agreed by all Council members for 2021/2022.

Mayor Cllr. Parker presented to Barry Parsons, who was the Devon County Councillor, a few leaving gifts that Holsworthy Town Council, Bradworthy Parish Council,

Buckland Brewer Parish Council, Halwill Parish Council, Shebbear Parish Council and Sheepwash Parish Council had all contributed to.

Also presented to Barry Parsons was a Trophy from Holsworthy Cadets Lt Jim Harvey. C Company – Devon ACF

“Holsworthy Detachment Perpetual Community Cadet Trophy

For above standard contribution to local events and good causes through ACF, DoE and other voluntary service Sponsored by Councillor Barry Parsons, County Councillor,

Devon County Council March 2021”

This will be presented yearly to a cadet for the following:

Cadet will have attended local events where participation is organised by ACF detachment, company or county or through DoE or personal voluntary service with proof.

Detachment adult team will consider overall contribution and consider ongoing factors such as COVID effect on local events as well as the cadet’s personal situation where

additional issues have been overcome in order to succeed.


Investiture of the Mayors Cadet.

Kayla Kirby was also presented with Gloves as Holsworthy Mayor Cadet for 2021


Thankyou to everyone that attended.






Surprise from Waitrose & Partners

On Monday 10th May, our Maintenance Operative, George Wilcox received a surprise from Waitrose & Partners,
when the Town Council was given a £300 gift card for plants to be purchase for Badock Gardens.
Following a visit by Marilyn Chidley back in October when she spoke to George about how valuable the garden had been to the
community during the pandemic, Marilyn said “I could see the hard work George was putting in to creating a more tranquil space, so now spring has arrived Waitrose wanted to make a donation of some hardy perennials for our community to enjoy.
My knowledge of plants is very limited so I will let George spend the gift card as he thinks fit and I look forward to visiting him again
to see what he has achieved.”
Holsworthy Town Council are very grateful of this kind donation and we all thankyou for all your hard work during this pandemic as well.