Notice Board

Vacancy – Assistant Parish Clerk

The council is seeking an Assistant Parish Clerk and can offer the successful candidate a varied and rewarding position.  The Assistant will provide support to the Clerk in her duties and help to manage the business of the council. This is a part time post for 6 hours/week. The post is based at the Parish Council office at Clyst St Mary Village Hall. There is some flexibility on when the hours are worked.

Candidates should have a good general education. Experience in local government and the public sector and knowledge of the local area would be an advantage although this is not essential. Training is offered and the successful candidate will be encouraged to study for the Certificate in Local Council Administration. Applications from anyone with a strong work ethic, excellent organisational skills, and a “can-do” attitude are welcome.

The post holder will cover for the clerk during periods of annual leave and must have the confidence to deputise. The parish council is an equal opportunity employer.

Further information, a job description and application form can be obtained from the Parish Council website Vacancies – Bishops Clyst Parish Council or by emailing the clerk at or by telephoning the office on 01392 874405 and leaving a message.

Closing date for applications is Friday 22 July 2022.

Candidates short listed will be notified by Wednesday 27 July 2022

Operation Scorpion

Devon & Cornwall Police has joined forces with colleagues across the region to disrupt networks that supply illegal drugs into the area.

Devon & Cornwall Police is working with the other four police services in the South West (Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), and their Police and Crime Commissioners, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and British Transport Police, with the support of the Crimestoppers charity, to carry out planned and co-ordinated operations to tackle cross-border County Lines and drug dealing activities.

Full article: News article | Devon and Cornwall Police (

Free Upgrades and personalised support – helping people get online

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this FREE support, contact Chris on 07903 591481

  • Device checks
  • Upgrades and/or repairs (worth up to £125)
  • Short-term loan of a device
  • Support with purchasing a new device (+ £100 contribution)
  • Data/boardband connection support
  • A digital friend to help you with all the skills you need to enjoy the benefits of the digital world


Free Advice on Your Energy Bills this Winter from Devon Communities Together

With rising energy bills and intense pressures on household finances this winter, independent charity Devon Communities Together is providing 1-2-1 support to individuals who are struggling with fuel bills and heating their homes, thanks to funding from Western Power Distribution.

The charity can offer home visits, video calls and telephone support, with trained experts giving practical advice on tackling energy issues tailored to each household.

“We know this winter is proving to be very tough for many households in Devon,” said Harry Bonnell, Project Manager at Devon Communities Together. “We are here to support those households that are worried about their energy bills so please do book a session and speak to one of our advisors if you would like some help.”

The support Devon Communities Together is offering includes:
• Practical help dealing with energy suppliers and finding the right tariff
• Checking eligibility for schemes such as the Priority Service Register and Warm Home Discount
• Assistance accessing financial support
• Help understanding the terminology around domestic energy
• Looking at alternative energy sources/suppliers
• Improving your energy efficiency
• Any other questions

As well as providing personalised help with energy bills, Devon Communities Together will be able to support people with related issues, such as housing and health challenges, by working with other organisations to ensure that people receive the help they need.

How to book
People can book an individual support session by clicking the link below and choosing an available time that suits them. If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss a session outside office hours, please get in touch with Martin
07984 001542


Citizens Advice Household Support Fund

Citizens Advice East Devon (as part of the Citizens Advice Devon network) is working with Devon County Council to distribute grants under the Household Support Fund.

The grants are for East Devon residents with key meters, or smart meters which can be topped up by card in a shop and who may otherwise struggle financially this winter.

We wish to reach as many people as we can in East Devon who qualify and ask if you could help by publishing and/or sharing this information.

We can be contacted via our website, on facebook, by email and phone.

Household Support Fund – Citizens Advice East Devon

Call us on 01395 265070


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CAG Devon SkillShare – Creating our Future Story

Hot on the heels of COP26, CAG Devon’s online SkillShare (Sat 13 November 10am-1pm) explores themes of imagination and storytelling to win hearts and minds for climate action.  You’ll be inspired and excited to hear from Rob Hopkins (founder of Transition Network, author of “From what is to what if”) about the power of imagination to create change in communities; James Ellwood from FotoNow CIC, which specialises in visual storytelling to stimulate change from the grassroots up; Crowdfunder – which uses storytelling to win hearts, minds and money; and Sustainable Tiverton, whose recent storytelling secured them funding and wider support for their eco-hub.  You can pose your questions at the Q&A Panel discussion, and enjoy networking and exploring the themes from the speakers in workshops/breakout rooms.  All in three hours from the comfort of your own home!  All details/booking at:

Clyst Bridge Footpath Access Temporary Closure – Footpaths 10 & 11 Sowton

The Parish Council has received notification from the Public Rights of Way (PROW) Office, Devon County Council, of the temporary closure of the two access points on the historic Clyst Bridge for safety reasons. It is necessary for PROW to consult with Historic England regarding suitable access solutions because the bridge is classed as an ancient monument, and it will therefore take a little time to resolve. Please accept our apologies for this situation and don’t hesitate to advise the Parish Council by emailing the Clerk ( if this is proving inconvenient.

Sowton Footpaths 10 and 11 – 6 month Notice »

Closure Plan »

Scam calls with matching numbers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” in order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.

Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

What you need to do:

Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.

Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.

Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website:

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit and and follow @DC_CyberProtect on Twitter.

Don’t Lose Your Way!

We’ve searched all of England and Wales and found over 49,000 miles of paths that could be lost forever, unless we come together to save them. 

To find out more and how you can help

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”
Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details (for an admin fee)

Your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119

More information can be found on the website;

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates:

Dog Fouling

Can we please remind everyone that dogs are not permitted on the Parish playing field. This is for the use of the community and school children.