Badock Garden’s Improved Disabled Access

The Mayor of Holsworthy Cllr. Helen Parker and Cllr. Lyndon Piper on behalf of the rest of Holsworthy Town Council formally opened the recent works done to improve the disabled access and outside seating area at Badock Gardens. GM Contractors and Roger Andrews Builders who carried out the works for the Town Council said ‘we appreciate being awarded the contracts by Holsworthy Town Council to improve a very special and unique space which is Badock Gardens, the end result being  much improved access and an updated facility for all residents of the town to use’.

The Mayor Cllr. Helen Parker explained ‘the project to widen the paths to improve access for those that have mobility problems and to improve the outside seating area has been a project I have been very keen to promote as Badock Gardens is a lovely space in the town for those people that like a quiet and peaceful place to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers. It is hoped that by improving the paths many more people will be able to access the Gardens which were gifted to the Council many years ago. In the next few months the lighting in the Gardens will also be improved. Once this has ben done the Town Council will be seeking funds to completely refurbish the Sun Lounge in the Gardens improving the access to this also’.

Holsworthy Bowling Club: Charity Bowls Challenge

In aid of Holsworthy’s Mayor Councillor Helen Parker’s Chosen charities for 2022/23

Lymphoma Action & Breast Cancer Now

Holsworthy Bowling club have decided to organise a bowls challenge to fundraise.

Locla Businesses, Clubs, organisations and/or friends are welcome to enter mixed teams of three players to have a great afternoon and help raise funds for the mayors 2 charities.

Entry Forms are available here >

St Peter’s Fair 2022

Saturday 2nd July
LIVE MUSIC in the Square from 7.30pm ‘Neil Kristopher’ Swing and Rat Pack vocalist followed by ‘The Roustabouts’ reworked covers and originals!
Charity Bar B Q by Holsworthy Scouts
Fair Draw tickets on sale plus exit collection for the Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Sunday 3rd July
Sung Eucharist - a modern language service with hymns, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church 11am
Family Afternoon in the Square! 2pm – 5pm, Local Charity Stalls, (please contact Jon Hutchings @ The White Hart if you would like a stall), Live demo from Gesar Karate, live music, Children’s Fancy Dress competition - theme, Jubilee Year! Holsworthy Lions Junior Town Crier Competition
Civic Service 6.00pm in the Parish Church All are welcome
LIVE MUSIC in the Square from 7.30pm with ‘Company B’ a jump jive band hailing from the “sunny” county of Cornwall
Charity Bar B Q by Holsworthy Youth Football
Fair Draw tickets on sale plus exit collection for Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Monday 4th July
Holsworthy Museum ‘History of St Peter’s Fair exhibition’ 11am-1pm Manor Car park, free entry
Judging of Holsworthy in Bloom competition. To enter contact Holsworthy town council
H.A.S.P. evening of family fun from 6.30pm at Stanhope Park. There will be a BBQ, refreshments, bouncy castles, tombola raffles, games and more
Tuesday 5th July
Holsworthy Museum ‘History of St Peter’s Fair exhibition’ 11am-1pm Manor Car park, free entry
Launch of the new Arts Society Church Trail, 1.30pm St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, all welcome
Meeting of the Court Leet, chaired by the Portreeve in all his finery,
with petitions from its members 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall (doors open 7pm).
Procession from the Memorial Hall with the Town Crier, the Portreeve, members of the Court Leet, to the Ale Houses of the Town for the ‘Ceremonial Ale Tasting’ and the presentation of the ‘Fair Ivy’ to the Landlords.
Wednesday 6th July
8am Proclamation of the Opening of the Fair by the Town Crier on the Site of the Old Great Tree of Holsworthy. Followed by the Bread Weighing Ceremony.
The Portreeve will present certificates plus an invitation to the Children’s Breakfast to children of Primary School age who attended the Proclamation (Venue to be announced on the day).
Charity Breakfast in the Memorial Hall from 8am Organised by Holsworthy Scouts
Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy stall, 10-12noon, Bodmin Street Methodist Church.
St. Peter’s Fair Sale of Fat stock & Dairy Cattle at the Cattle Market from 10.30am
Presentation to the owner of the Best Calf on show by the outgoing Pretty Maid.
Holsworthy Museum ‘History of St Peter’s Fair exhibition’ 11am-3pm Manor Car park, free entry
Street Entertainment with Jazz from the Stannary Jazz Men Fore Street
12pm The Pretty Maid Ceremony at the Church at Midday
Rowlands Funfair open from midday, Manor Car Park
St. Peter’s Fair Luncheon in the Memorial Hall at 1.15pm Tickets £13.50 available from The White Hart
Pretty Maid’s Tea in the Church at 6pm
Evening Entertainment in the Square from 7.00pm:-
LIVE MUSIC from ‘The Wicked Singer Band’ local covers band. followed by ‘Big Al and the Wild Strawberries’ Expect classic covers and country in their own style!
Charity BAR B Q by Holsworthy Cricket Club
Fair Draw tickets on sale plus exit collection for Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Thursday 7th July
Holsworthy Museum ‘History of St Peter’s Fair exhibition’ 11am-1pm Manor Car park, free entry
Rowlands Funfair open from 6pm, Manor Car Park
The Furry Dance start at the Memorial Hall entrance at 7.30pm
Led by the Holsworthy Town Band, The Portreeve, Members of HATS, local youth groups (and anyone else who fancies it!) dance through the streets (and some Pubs) of Holsworthy finishing in the Square
LIVE MUSIC in the Square from 8pm (on completion of the Furry Dance) ‘Black Friday All aboard the good ship Black Friday - join her crew and captain Tom for another stormy crossing of the Celtic sea of folk-punk. Supported by ‘Joy Machine’ local covers duo
Charity BAR B Q by Holsworthy Football Club
Fair Draw tickets on sale plus exit collection for Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Friday 8th July
Holsworthy Museum ‘History of St Peter’s Fair exhibition’ 11am-1pm Manor Car park, free entry
Rowlands Funfair open from 6pm, Manor Car Park
In The Square: Pedestrian Treasure Hunt 7pm meet behind the stage
LIVE MUSIC from 7.30pm ‘Lionstar’ Musically diverse band who integrate and fuse together a unique sound that is so entertaining to listen to. Followed by ‘Lovin the 90’s’ fun upbeat live band recreating the sights and sounds of the 1990’s chart music.
Charity BAR B Q by Holsworthy Lions Club
Fair Draw tickets on sale plus exit collection for Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Saturday 9th July
Coffee and Cake morning, everyone welcome 10-12noon, Bodmin Street Methodist Church.
Rowlands Funfair open from 6pm, Manor Car Park
In The Square:
Family entertainment from 7pm with ‘Goronwy Thom’
LIVE MUSIC FINALE from 9pm ‘The Beatles for Sale’ will wow you with a show that includes all the greatest Beatles hits!
Firework Finale (approx. 10.55pm)
Bar B Q by the members and friends of St Peter’s Fair Entertainments Committee.
ST PETER’S FAIR DRAW 9.45pm approx. (Drawn by the Pretty Maid on the stage)
Exit collection for Fair entertainment and Holsworthy Explorers.
Sunday 10th July
Open Air Service in the Square led by Holsworthy & District Christians Together at 11am refreshments, All welcome
All Age “Creative Church” Eucharist - a less formal service with hymns and songs, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church 11am
Holsworthy Cricket Club ‘6 Aside Cricket competition’ Holsworthy park - to enter a team contact Dave Gerry on 07811350383 open to all!


This program is as accurate as possible when going to press (09/06/22).
There will be additional information about events and activities in our official program which will be available online and around the town in late June
The St Peter’s Fair Entertainments committee are only responsible for publicising the events.
Last Updated 20/07/22

Holsworthy ib Bloom 2022

Entries were free and open to all those living within the boundaries of Holsworthy Town.

Judging took place during St Peter’s Fair Week on Monday 4th July by

Mayor Councillor Helen Parker, Deputy Mayor Councillor Nigel Kenneally & Portrevine Angela Parrish


The Residential Winners of 2022 are:

Residential 1st Place: Linda Russell

Residential 2nd Place: Gloria Dymond

Residential 3rd Place: Martin Prout

Highly Commended Residential Entry: Ronald Parsons

Highly Commended Residential Entry: Mirium Hibberd

The Business Winners of 2022 are:

1st Place Business: The Holsworthy Social Club

2nd Place Business: The Kings Arms

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

What’s on at Holsworthy Library

July 2022

Summer Reading Challenge 2022: Gadgeteers

Friends Group Book Sale

Summer Reading Challenge Drop in Craft

Home Education Social Club

Craft & Chatter (Adukts)

Cuppa and Chat

Digital Drop-in

Bounce & Rhyme

Saturday Club


May 2022

Bounce & Rhyme Every Thursday in May ( except the 26th) @ 2.15-2.25pm

Saturday Club! Every Saturday in May @ 10-11.30am

Craft & Chatter (Adults) Every Alternate Mondays 9th & 23rd May @ 2.30-3.30pm

Home Education Social Club Monday 16th May @ 10am-12pm

Cuppa and Chat Every Thursday in May @ 10am-12pm

Digital Drop-in Every Thursday in May @ 10am-12pm

April 2022

Bounce & Rhyme Every Thursday in April @ 2.15-2.25pm

Saturday Club! Every Saturday in April @ 10-11.30am

Craft & Chatter (Adults) Every Alternate Mondays 11th & 25th April @ 2.30-3.30pm

Home Education Social Club Monday 25th April @ 10am-12pm

Cuppa and Chat Every Thursday in April @ 10am-12pm

Digital Drop-in Every Thursday in April @ 10am-12pm


Holsworthy and Northern Devon Foodbanks

How to get help

If you are on UC please go to your online journal and message your wok coach, alternatively you can go into your local jobcentre between 10:00-14:00 and they can refer you if appropriate.

This is because at the Foodbank we normally work on a voucher referral basis.

Vouchers are issued by any frontline agency who is helping to resolve your problems.

However, if you are a new customer you can get immediate help from one of our centres by calling in there without a voucher. (We usually only do this to give you time to arrange professional help.)

Holsworthy Foodbank is open on Wednesday Afternoons in the Manor Suite at the back of the Memorial Hall.
Please come between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Our friendly volunteers will ensure you have good food for the family.

You may also be able to get help from Citizens Advice on (Freephone) 0808 2082138

Written by Holsworthy Foodbank

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.