Marwood Parish Council

The next meetings of Marwood Parish Council will be on Thursday July 22 and Thursday 2nd September 2021


The meeting of Marwood and Shirwell Parish Councillors with Mark Tansley from Euroforest has taken place, regarding the closure of the B3230 for tree felling. Below is part of the response by Mark Tansley. ....


 ......  It was great to be able to have such a positive discussion about the challenges regarding the safe felling and extraction of trees at Plaistow Wood, as well as understanding better the issues that the road closure may pose for local people and businesses.


      As we discussed, after working with Andrea and Steve, we have found a way to work with a weekday / daytime road closure only (09.30 to 15.00 Mon to Fri only), but this would mean the partial closure period will go from 4 to 6 weeks. We discussed timings and agreed that January 2022 seemed like the best time to minimise impact on affected businesses, however, we (Euroforest) will invite local businesses to an information / liaison meeting on site soon. Marwood and Shirwell PC's kindly offered to suggest a list of the people to speak to. I hope that's an accurate reflection of our meeting, but feel free to add anything that you feel l've missed.


Kind regards Mark Tansley, Compliance Officer , Euroforest uk 






Malcolm J Measures MInstAM,MMS

Twenty-five years ago, on 1 July 1996, I was appointed as Clerk/RFO (Responsible Financial Officer) and Proper Officer to Marwood Parish Council. The appointment also included acting as Clerk to Marwood Poor Lands Charity (later I became, and still am, a Trustee).The interview was held in the old Parish Council Hall in Milltown and was attended, inter alia, by Nigel Spink, Ken Spear, Lily Tanton, Sheelagh Darling, Margaret Pover and Harold Hopkins; names many will remember. There have been many changes over the years.

     The appointment was for 2.5 hours per week and “just get the job done” and to attend a Parish Council Meeting, one evening every six weeks and to be paid once every six months.

      In June 1998 I was appointed Town Clerk at Ilfracombe, (part time) to run concurrently with Marwood. Ilfracombe was experiencing some difficult times and my main role was to get the Town Council back into a “working order”. It took a few years and following my cancer operation I left in 2006, continuing with Marwood.

      Since July 1996 I have arranged and attended over 280 meetings, written over 5000 Minutes, and prepared 30 pages of accounts with over 800 entries, with a total accountable amount of over £270,000.

      Perhaps the most pleasing and satisfying achievement (if I may call it that) was the management and investment of the capital funds (on behalf of the Parish Council/Trustees), from the sale of the old Council Hall, realising an additional £50,000, providing a total of almost £190,000 towards the cost of the new Community Hall.

      In April 2011 I became Clerk to the Council for Heanton Punchardon Parish Council, to help them through a difficult time. I am still there!

      My local government experience began 55 years ago with a West London Borough on 14 February 1966 (a good year for football fans).

       I took early retirement (as the Principal Personnel and Management Services Officer) and moved to North Devon in 1994 where I had spent many happy holidays and camping with The Boys' Brigade.

      If all goes well, I will complete my three score years and ten, plus ten in December this year. Psalm 90 vs 10. “The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength, fourscore, yet their span is but toil and trouble”. I think the last few years have proved this to be true although my childhood years, through and after WW2, were not easy.

      I look forward to going beyond this time-scale; there's lots to do, but oh, how times have changed!

Thank you to all who have helped me through the last twenty-five years; there's more to come.

 Malcolm “M”

 Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

We're here as Parish Councillors to help support the community and keep people connected in Marwood, Devon.  All the contact details of the Parish Councillors are listed below and on the notice boards. If they can't help you then they will know somebody else who can! You can also use the  CONTACT US THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IF YOU NEED ANY HELP OR CAN OFFER HELP.

Parish Councillors


 Cllr Colin Latham (Vice-Chairman)

Higher Stowford Farm

Hore Down Gate EX34 *PH

01271 269824


Cllr Adrian Bend

Rowan Cottage

Muddiford  EX31 4HH

 01271 850897


Cllr Richard Berry

Honeywell Farm

Muddiford EX31 4HS

01271 850392




Cllr Mrs Sue Button

Easter Cottage

Patsford EX31 4EF

01271 813804


Cllr David Chugg

Kalbarri House

Kingsheanton  EX31 4ED

01271 377491


Cllr Andrew Harvey-Bryant

The Cottage

Middle Marwood EX31 4EG

01271 850577



Cllr Malcolm Higdon

The Old Malt House

Kingsheanton  EX31 4ED

01271 373420


Cllr Christopher Wallis

Woodgate  Cottage

Milltown EX31 4HG

01271 850260


M J Measures (Clerk to the Council)

9 Kingfisher Drive

Barnstaple EX32 8QW

 01271 323386

County Cllr Mrs Andrea Davis

Southwinds  Cottage

Kentisbury EX31 4NH

 07786 868038

District Cllr Frederick J (Joe) Tucker

3 Shorelands Way, Barnstaple EX31 3AB


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