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Welcome to the Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council website

Council Meeting Dates

The date of the next monthly meeting is Tuesday 7th June 2022 , 7.30 pm at Meldon Village Hall, Okehampton 

Members of the Public and the Press are welcome to attend meetings.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Thursday 2nd June - The Queen's Jubilee Beacon, Okehampton Showground, Music & Entertainment to inc Okehampton Excelsior Band, Okehampton Community Choir, Jazz Moor, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm,  Licensed Bar & Refreshments.  Beacon Lighting 9.40 with official tributes by a Piper, Cornet players and Choir

Friday 3rd June - Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral on OCRA big screens, special menu available in Pavilion, garden games outside.

Saturday 4th June - Simmons Park, Fields in Trust Sports Day 10am, Service of Thanksgiving 2pm, Cream teas & performances by local groups 3.30pm

Sunday 5th June - Rotary Club of Okehampton May Fair, 11am - 5pm Simmons Park, Duck racing with a twist, stalls and refreshments.

DEFIBRILATOR AWARENESS SESSION - Saturday 21st May 2022, Meldon Village Hall 10am, Free attendance, all welcome

About the Parish

The Parish of Okehampton Hamlets is a rural parish situated in beautiful countryside in West Devon. It is made up of the hamlets of Brightley, Southcott, Meldon and Stockley. The parish occupies 15.48 square miles and has a population of over 500.

The hamlet of Southcott is predominantly agricultural with a number of small agricultural enterprises having merged into one larger agricultural unit to secure a sound base for an industry which has experienced significant problems in recent years.  

The hamlet of Brightley lies to the north of Okehampton. The River Okement runs through the hamlet dividing Abbeyford Woods from flat farmland. Farming and forestry are the main commercial activity along with Brookite. The leat which once powered Brightley Mill (now a kite factory) can still be seen and just inside the hamlet at Brightley Farm stands a wall, dating back to the 12th Century, on the site of an ancient Abbey, hence the name Abbeyford Woods.

The hamlet of Meldon is rich in industrial archaeological remains. There are stunning views from Meldon Dam across the ravine towards Meldon Viaduct which is now part of the National Cycle Route and a network of paths around Meldon Quarries, now a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, and through the ancient woodlands at Meldon Woods which, in May, are carpeted with bluebells. 

Meldon Woods belongs to Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council and the Council is working with the Dartmoor National Park Authority to reintroduce traditional coppicing techniques to increase biodiversity and as a result the woodland now supports a variety of wildlife including roe deer, foxes, wrens and tree creepers.

Download the Parish Map as a pdf.