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Princetown News Including Merrivale, Two Bridges & Postbridge

Summer Issue 2011

Village News and What’s On in and around Princetown, Postbridge and surrounding areas.

Diary Dates (page 3) Notice Board (page 13) Useful Numbers (back cover)

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Welcome to your first edition of Princetown News! This is a community, not-for-profit publication. Thus, any surplus funds at the end of the year will be shared equally amongst the community groups who have contributed to it. A big ‘thank-you’ to the organisations that have made this newsletter possible by sponsoring its production through their advertising. Should you require a B&B, bar, builder or photographer, or perhaps you need to contact the school or local policeman, you may find the ‘Useful Contacts’ section helpful. If you use any of the ‘Useful Contacts’, please be sure to tell them where you found their number! If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, have some news to share, a letter of opinion, a point of interest, a birthday or other special day announcement, please find our contact details on the back page. We hope you enjoy the read, Cheerio for now,


Diary Dates:

June:  Mon 6th Princetown C.P School reopens after half term th  Tues 7 History Club – Wistman’s Wood, 7pm, Two Bridges  Tues 21st Neighbourhood Watch meeting, 8pm Prince of Wales  Sat 25th PRINCETOWN VILLAGE FETE  Wed 29th Princetown C.P School Sports Day and family picnic July:  Tues 5th History Club – Foggintor, 7pm, Yellowmead Track  Wed 6th Princetown C.P. School – Summer Guitar Concert  Thurs 21st Princetown C.P. School – last day of term  Fri 22nd Princetown Pre-school – last day of term rd  Sat 23 PRINCETOWN PARTY – 6pm-late, Community Centre th  Tues 26 Neighbourhood Watch meeting, 8pm Prince of Wales August:  Tues 2nd History Club – Chagford, 7pm in the Square  Sat 13th & Sun 14th Harrowbeer 70th Anniversary Event, 10am – 6pm  Tues 23rd Neighbourhood Watch meeting, 8pm Prince of Wales


You just never know! by Paul Stubbs

There’s nothing particularly special about my garden up Plymouth Hill, but as a bird ringer I have the advantage of being able to put up a mist net, and as a result, many of the birds that flit, quickly, through my garden, which I probably wouldn’t have seen, will end up in my net for me to see, study, ring and release, instead. As I write, I’ve managed to trap and ring almost 3,500 different birds of 43 species, in six years in my garden. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? Now, admittedly, a lot of them are common garden birds, for example, Chaffinches, House Sparrows and Greenfinch, but, I’ve also caught much less common birds, such as Treecreepers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Bullfinches. It doesn’t end there, as I’ve been lucky enough to catch quite rare birds, such as Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Blackcap and my favourite bird, the Firecrest, one of which you can see below. Now, I’m no expert, but I do know a bit about British birds and am still learning about Dartmoor’s birdlife. If you see any bird you can’t identify, an unusual one, or you have any questions, then do, please get in touch. I live at 7 Plymouth Hill, where Winnie Cooper used to live, so do come and knock on the door. My e-mail address is and my telephone number is 890520. If I’m asked to write any more articles for the newsletter, then I’d like to let you know about where ‘ my birds’ have gone to, or come from, and to give you some idea of how long birds live, amongst other things. The moral of the story, however, is that if you keep your eyes on your garden as much as you can, even whilst you’re doing the washing up… you just never know!


In aid of Princetown Pre-school

Individual Ticket: £2.00 Family Ticket: £6.00 Tickets available from the Library, Charity Shop, Pre-school & School. For further info, call 890844 5

Fox Tor Cafe & Bunkhouse Great quality homemade food served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Dartmoor Joinery offers bespoke furniture and joinery services to the public and trade across Devon and Cornwall Windows - Doors - Single & Double Glazing Custom Kitchens - Conservatories - Staircases Bespoke Furniture - Solid Wood Flooring All Work Guaranteed

The cafe is fully licensed and we are the only off licence in the village! We also offer bunkhouse accommodation, fully heated including the bathroom floors! Free Wifi available for all our customers 01822 890 238

We Have Moved To:

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Situated at the centre of the Dartmoor National Park, The Cherrybrook is a small family run hotel with a licensed restaurant and stable bar. Ideal for that special family occasion. Sample our truly delicious home-made 4-course meals, featuring local produce at a cost of ÂŁ25, including coffee & mints. See our web site for full details: Bookings essential - please call on 01822 880260

Memory Lane

By Mike Kinsey

Princetown tea rooms, Fox Tor c1900. This picture is the first in a series of places well known in Princetown; some will still exist but others will be gone. If you have memories or photos that you would be happy to share, Mike Kinsey would love to hear from you. Contact him on 890273, or .

Dartmoor Firing Notice as at 26.5.11 provided by Terry Westacott. Warning signals, red flags by day and red lamps by night, indicate that live firing is taking place within the range boundaries, which are marked by red and white poles. When warning signals are displayed do not cross the range boundary. If the warning signals are not hoisted by 0900 (Apr-Sep) no live firing will take place that day and any bangs you hear will be blank cartridges or fireworks. DAY firing is between sunrise and sunset. NIGHT firing is between sunset and sunrise. Flags are lowered as soon as live firing ceases. For updates on the firing programme ring Freephone 0800 458 4868 or visit the website



PRINCETOWN RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP The Princetown Group of the Retirement Fellowship is open to retired men and women who live or have worked in Princetown, on Dartmoor and the surrounding areas. The Group is affiliated to the national organisation of the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship through it’s membership of the Cornwall and West Devon Branch. Thus, it abides by that organisation’s constitution and aims. However, it is autonomous in all matters relating to the day to day running of the Group. The main aims of the C. S. Retirement Fellowship are to help relieve any problems, through friendship, which may be encountered in retirement. Our motto being “Caring, Sharing and Supporting”. We try to either visit or write to all Princetown Group members and beneficiaries each month to keep everyone up to date on our activities and encourage an active social programme. All of the activities arranged are in accordance with wishes of the members, being discussed and agreed at our regular get-togethers. The Group meets on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year. During the winter months we also invite a Guest Speaker to address the meeting on a variety of interesting subjects, each usually complimented by a photographic slide-show. In December we also organise a Christmas Lunch and Party in the Prince of Wales Hotel, and in April we organise a St George’s Day Luncheon, in a different venue each year. Between May and October, usually on the third Thursday of the month, we arrange day trips to places of interest, sometimes including dinner in a recommended hostelry on the way home. Since 2007 we have organised a weeks Spring-time holiday every year, this year twelve of us went to Killarney in Ireland. By Mike Fitzpatrick Photo: Princetown 'A' winners of the CSRF Inter-Group Quiz

We meet at 12.30pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Restaurant of the Prince of Wales, Tavistock Road, Princetown. If you are retired, do come along. You will be assured of a warm welcome.


News from Princetown Community Primary School What a great start to the summer term. We really look forward to this time of year in the school calendar and enjoy getting outside as part of our learning. We teach the curriculum through a range of exciting themed topics and enrich the children’s experiences with trips, visitors, out of school activities and hopefully special memorable moments. This term: Tawny Owls are learning about Where Things Come From Kestrels are going to discover what it was like to live in Roman times Buzzards are exploring the New World with Sir Francis Drake in Tudor times. Dates for your diary... Week of the 30th May to Friday 3rd June is half term Thursday 9th June – school photographer from Tempest will be in to take the class and team photos Wednesday 29th June – Sports day and family picnic lunch Wednesday 6th July – Summer guitar concert Wednesday 13th July – Spanish day Thursday 21st July - year 6 leaver’s assembly and the last day of the summer term If you would like to join us for any of the school events you would be most welcome. There is more information on the school website: or contact the school office tel: 01822 890245. Best wishes from Princetown Community Primary school. Ali Hirst Headteacher Jasmin Vinnicombe and Jack Easterbrook proudly display their art work at the Duchy Art centre Princetown.

Toddler Sessions Every Friday 10-11 am In Pre-school (Community Centre) Come and meet the staff and the children! £1.50 a session


Sue Davies

Natural Health Practitioner I offer the following therapies to help you create the life you really want:Selling Antiques, Vintage, Shabby Chic Furniture & Gifts Many Original Handcrafted Items We offer unique pieces that will bring warmth and character to your home.

Personal Life Coaching - NLP Hypnotherapy - Time Line Therapy Thought Field Therapy(TFT) Reiki - Indian Head Massage Zone Therapy (Reflexology) Holistic Facials - Ear Candling

For those who want that warm true country feel pay us a visit, we are sure you will see something you love. Find us at the Dartmoor Garage, Two Bridges Rd, Princetown, PL20 6QS 07596 917772

Telephone to discuss how I can help you on:-

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The Princetown Smithy & Craft Shop With over 25 years experience of catching, dispatching, buying and supplying sustainable fish and shellfish within the South West UK waters. We now box and deliver direct to your door a selection of fresh fish and shellfish. Mixed fish box starting from ÂŁ20

Qualified Wrought Iron Smith. Come and see a real working Smithy in the heart Princetown. Craft shop and gallery containing a diverse collection of local crafts alongside the forge.

Gates, baluster railings, weather vanes and all types of metal work undertaken. We deliver fortnightly in your area. If you would like us to call when we are in your area to view our selection of fresh sea water fish and shellfish, please call: 0777 3366 868 or: 01548 511232

We are alongside the High Moorland Visitor Centre Car Park, in Princetown, PL20 6QY

Tel: 07501 313 807.

Tavistock Area Children's Centre We are part of the Sure Start Government initiative and we have been involved in Princetown since October 2007 and provide 2 FREE sessions a week. Our aim is to support families with

children aged 0-5 years old.

As well as play we can offer training courses and specialised sessions to our members, including Baby Massage & Signing, Young Parents groups, Baby Clinics, Special Needs support and much more. Some families need more specialised help and we can usually offer that as well. We also run subsidised coach trips once a year. Other agencies, such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Health Visitors etc, regularly visit our sessions to give advice and guidance to parents and carers. We work closely with the local Pre-Schools & Baby & Toddler groups. Every Monday Princetown Library, Bounce & Rhyme, 11.15-12.00 A session with a storytime & singing, puppets & musical instruments. Every Tuesday, Princetown Community entre Drop-In, 10.30-12.00 Stay & play session with, crafts and singing. Membership of the Children's Centre is FREE. If you would like more information contact our office on 01822-614210 or or pop into one of our local sessions and have a chat with staff.

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Mike and SNAPSTAR are please as always to support our community free of charge with contributions to this magazine. Good Luck Princetown News!

The Benefits of Kenpo Karate A sport that is great for children Kenpo karate is not about violence or beating people up, it is about discipline and self defence. Kenpo will boost your child’s self confidence immensely, a positive mental attitude are acquired in the lessons, along-with self-discipline and determination. It teaches Self-esteem, to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. All our students are encouraged to do their best every step of the way. Each child is allowed to develop at his or her own pace. The goals that they achieve are all their own. They are participating in a safe and stimulating environment which your child can have fun and learn to interact with others. Kenpo teaches them self defence and the difference between self protection and fighting. This helps your child in the case of a crime, if they are attacked, and many more incidents. The need for an effective method for your children to protect themselves in today’s often hostile and violent environment is so very real. Also in today’s lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary for kids, with television and computer games increasingly occupying more and more of many children’s time and take over their lives, physical inactivity becomes an ever present concern of loving and concerned parents, Kempo helps to break that barrier. The study of Kenpo Karate is a very invigorating endeavour that enables your kids to create, build & use their energy in a focused, safe and directed manner. So, if your child is unruly, bullied, unfit, un-confidence or without direction, he or she whould benefit immensely and should try Kenpo Karate. Finally, goal setting, without goals we have no direction in life. Students are promoted often and are encouraged to set and attain their own Short and Long Term Goals. Achieving these goals are incredible confidence boosters. We encourage every student to work hard and never give up and they will achieve the goals they set. This also contributes to good character building and the life skills needed to succeed in today’s world! We have only been going for a year here in Princetown and already we have seen huge improvements in our students behaviour, abilities and self confidence, you could too. Please feel free to visit us at our fully equipped & matted studio. Sensei Mat Jones. We offer classes from 4 years of age upwards in 4 age groups. Monday & Thursday evenings. (From only £3.50 per session)



Tel: 07545 703 048 - Dartmoor Martial Art Studio, Unit 3, Duchy Yard, Princetown.

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FREE Children’s Film Show! Once a month, ideal for under 10’s Fun & Play afterwards at the Dartmoor Martial Art Studio For times & to book, call: 07545 703 048 Please bring a donation to help towards drinks & snacks for the kids


@ The East Dart Hotel

Postbridge - 01822 880 213

FRIDAY 24th JUNE 7:30 Start

Race For Life (In aid of cancer research)


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FRI 17th - SAT 18th SUN 19th JUNE Cheers! Postbridge Whist Drives Whist Drives are held at the Postbridge Village Hall Learners are especially welcome. Entrance fee is £2 and includes refreshments and prizes. For more information telephone Helen on 01822 880218.


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Taster sessions starting here in Princetown at the Village Centre on Tuesdays 11-12:30 am throughout June (Includes a cup of tea and biscuits!)

For more information please contact Mike on: 01822 890799

Blend Quartet

4-part harmony singers. Winners of the barbershop Quartet Marcia Sherriff Cup 2009

Available to help support local charity events. Also available for weddings and other occasions. For more information please call Rosalind on: 01822 890 446



The village has an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and we invite you to attend any or all of our regular meetings. Our scheme was set up to help each other. Our aim is to keep the village as safe as possible and look out for everyone, but especially the young and the elderly to make sure they are safe. We have regular contact with the local Police who keep us up to date with any issues that might affect the area we live in.

Dave Pickles is our local Police Constable, he is assisted by Mark Canvin our Police Community Support Officer .

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS POLICE- 08452-777444 EMERGENCY – 999 or 112 CRIMESTOPPERS- 0800-555111 NHW COORDINATORS David– 890545 Wendy – 890345 Mike– 890799 (Secretary) Heather–890444(Treasurer)


DETER THIEVES Mark your valuable property with a free ultra-violet pen. Identify your computer, TV, video, photocopier, power tools etc. Write your Postcode and house number on your property stolen it can be easily identified by the police.


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We have a supply of ultra-violet pens, just give us a call or pick one up at one of our monthly meetings

Our next meetings are on Tuesday 21st June; Tuesday 26th July and Tuesday 23rd August In the Restaurant of the Prince of Wales at 8 pm 14

The High Dartmoor Neighbourhood Police Team Your Beat Manager, Dave Pickles. I am PC Dave Pickles and I have worked for the police for 20 years, the last 14 in Devon. I work closely with PCSOs Mark Canvin and Rob Walsh, we are outdoor people and enjoy Dartmoor. We can share this enthusiasm with others that enjoy the moor. We frequently walk our beats, especially in Princetown, Horrabridge and Yelverton, travelling in our police Land Rover. Being accessible on the streets allows people to get to know us, and the distinctive car is recognised in all our communities. The Neighbourhood Team can help with many of the problems that people experience from time to time, and we try to help out with the good times as well, like controlling traffic at the carnival. Where you need help with more serious issues, then we can put you in touch with Police Officers with the right skills and expertise. Please also let us know if there is something that you are concerned about. You can e-mail me at: and contact me by phone on: Tel 08452 777 444 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 I will endeavour to answer any e-mails on my next duty. The best way to find out our current thoughts and the news from our patch is to visit our website by entering your postcode and then read our PRIORITIES, on:

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DARTMOOR FOREST PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL NEWSLETTER COVERING APRIL 2010 TO MARCH 2011 CHAIR’S REPORT The last 12 months have been a difficult time for most councils, whatever their size, and our experience has been typical of the problems facing all of us. On the negative side, the decision taken by West Devon Borough Council to cut funding for Princetown‟s public toilets presented us with a dilemma which we hope to have solved by raising the precept by a substantial amount. This decision was not taken lightly and did not receive universal approval. It remains to be seen whether the decision was right or wrong. A problem was also created by HMCA ceasing to trade. Fortunately, the Duchy of Cornwall‟s offer to fill the void temporarily was a big help in ensuring that the Community Centre continued to function until a new body could be formed. Hopefully this process is now happening and, with help from all involved, could see a solution to ensuring the success of the Centre. On the positive side, due to the initiative of the Clerk and other council members, the children‟s playground has received financial help to replace some of the ageing equipment. This should make the playground a much more enjoyable experience for the younger Princetown residents. I would also, for this my last newsletter, like to thank all my fellow Councillors, both past and present, for their dedication and help over the years; especially the three Parish clerks, who have done so much to make all of our tasks easier to understand and to carry out. Dave Fisher

Managing the Money


£ 7,725

£ 144


Reclaimed VAT 2009/10 £ 41

£ 562

£ 38,581

Dividend on Shares

Cemetery fees

The “Precept” is a proportion of the Council Tax paid by all residents Play area

grants and scrap sale


Dog bin service HOW THE MONEY WAS SPENT (£9,988)

£ 2,131

Training Repairs and Improvements

Play Area Refurbishment

£ 3,295

£ 1,550

£ 147

Play Area Litter Picking Grasscutting

£ 165 £ 249

£ 2,003

£ 448

Donations Overheads - Office & Legal

Donations Donations totalling £365, were made to: The Parish Link, Round and About, Royal British Legion, Tavistock Ring „n‟ Ride, Tavistock Citizens‟ Advice Bureau, Dartmoor Youth Challenge and Dartmoor Benefice

Repairs & Improvements A grant for £35,000 was secured for new equipment in the Princetown play area Tree works were carried out at Postbridge cemetery to prevent further damage to one of the boundary walls Princetown Community Centre signage was erected and the Centre‟s access road was painted to warn drivers of children crossing The telephone kiosk opposite the village green in Princetown was painted A fourth dog litter bin was installed on the footpath behind the school in Princetown and dog litter signage was erected around the village

Planned Improvements from April 2011 to March 2012 Parish Plan – a new plan will be drawn up to reflect the current priorities in the Parish Princetown Play Area – more funding will be sought to purchase new swings and more equipment for the toddler area Parish noticeboards – an additional notice board will be erected in Hexworthy. The position is subject to approval by the Park Authority. The noticeboard in Tavistock Road, Princetown will be re-instated


Princetown Public Toilets – these will remain open thanks to an annual Parish Council donation towards the operating costs. A charge will be made for use of the toilets, with the income helping to offset the donation Postbridge Cemetery – repairs will be carried out to the boundary wall damaged by the trees




Emma Derham Gregg Manning Cliff Palmer Sarah Ruffles Wendy Stones Paul Turnbull David Worth

Val Greatrex Wendy Watson


As a result of the local elections on 5 May, we have two new Councillors: Gregg Manning. The Council decided to dispense with the role of Vice Chair and to operate with two Co-Chairs. For this year, they are Alison Geen and David Worth. Councillors‟ contact details are posted on all notice boards


The Clerk is Ann Inman and she can be contacted on 01822 85 3513 or by email at


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We welcome you to the New Lords Cafe with the exciting release of our NEW MENU!! Come and try our traditional Roast Dinners, or have a delicious Devon Cream Tea, served to you in our friendly atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. We have seating for over 150 so can easily accommodate for large Functions and Coach Parties, Group Bookings, Weddings, Evening Function and Special Events.

Holidays and courses on Dartmoor, Overseas trips including Peru and Nepal Climbing and Kayaking Days Suitable for all the family email: Spirit of Adventure, Powder Mills, Princetown, PL20 6SP

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News from Princetown Scout Group. First of all I would like to thank everybody concerned with getting this publication off the ground. It gives groups such as Princetown Scouts the opportunity to shout about all of the exciting activities we get involved in, especially at this busy time of year. The last year has been a tremendous success for the Group with four camping weekends and the completion by our older scouts of the world famous ‘Malvern Challenge’ which took place last summer in Gloucestershire. Princetown was very lucky to be given an invitation to the event which involved an expedition in the stunning Malvern Hills countryside, taking on such activities as climbing, abseiling and problem solving. The weekend culminated in a gathering of over 3,000 scouts with live music and other entertainment. This is just an example of the kind of opportunities that scouting has to offer. The younger members of our group have also been busy with Cubs and Beaver Scouts taking part in a number of Camps, Sleepovers and sport activities. Princetown was well represented at the District Swimming Gala held at Tavistock, whilst other activities include Cycling, Archery and Climbing. In the coming months the boys and girls will be out and about again, with the group setting off for a camping weekend at Foxcove, near Plymstock in June. This is a large camping site, owned by Plymouth Scout Association which is fast becoming a favourite destination for our group with its excellent facilities and idyllic woodland setting. Like all scout groups, funding continues to be a challenge and the young people will be actively involved in fundraising activities during the year so don’t be surprised to see them out and about around the village raising money for equipment and travelling costs. Princetown scout group is welcoming new members and young boys and girls are welcome to become Beaver Scouts from the age of six years. Two years later they move up to become Cub Scouts and finally Scouts from the age of Ten and a Half Years. Scouting is the world’s largest youth organisation and offers the chance to get involved in sports and outdoor activities as well as having a social and educational side. The organisation is inclusive and welcomes young people from all faiths and social backgrounds. Although behaviour and discipline are important to any scout group, the most important objective is to have fun with our friends and the members are always given the chance to have an input into the planning of activities. The group is very much what the members make it and new members are always welcome, as are adult helpers who can be either full or part time. The only qualification is enthusiasm for working with young people and enjoying the outdoor activities that scouting has to offer. If anybody is thinking of joining our group or is interested in becoming a helper or assistant leader please give me a call on the number below. I will look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Kingdon (assistant leader) 01822 890690 or 07779246812

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by Roger Paul

We meet in the evenings on the First Tuesday of each month throughout the year at the Community Centre during the winter months and during the summer at the various outdoor venues. Winter times are 7-30pm however in the summer we usually meet at 7pm, depending upon the venue. Membership is £5 per year, collected at the December Social meeting usually held in either the Plume of Feathers or Prince of Wales pub, where we have a Quiz, together with a Buffet Meal. We are a very casual society, with about 50 members. We have a wide variety of speakers who bring with them either slides or film to support the topics of the evening. Typical of these are some of the current year 2011 topics: Tuesday 7th June Visit Wistmans Wood meet, 7pm at Two Bridges led by Simon Dell. Tuesday 5th July Visit Foggintor Quarries, meet 7pm at Yellowmead Track, this is being led by Ivan Mead who was brought up at Foggintor and went to Fourwinds School. Tuesday 2nd August Walk around Chagford, meet 7pm in the Square to discover the the history of this moorland village. So you will see that try to we cater for all individuals and when we put together the following year’s programme we rely on our members put forward suggestions. Our yearly programmes are on display at The High Dartmoor Centre, The Old Wesleyan Chapel and Princetown Library. Visitors and new members are always welcome so why not give us a try! We do ask on the walks to make a donation of £1 per person. For more information please contact Roger Paul 01647 231080


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Useful Local Numbers Local Directory

08452 777 444 Local Police Stations: (Inc Dartmoor Search and Rescue) Doctors Princetown: Local Parish Council: Dartmoor Park Authority: Dartmoor Tourist Asso: Postbridge Info. Centre: Princetown Info Centre: Princetown Library: Citizens Advice Bureau: Princetown School: Widecombe-in-the-Moor: Princetown Pre-School: Princetown Play Group: Tavistock College: Postbridge Post Offices: Princetown Post Offices: Crime-stoppers: Environmental Crime: Anti-Social Behaviour: (DLPS) Animal Welfare: D/moor Prison Museum: Princetown Village Hall: Postbridge Village Hall:

01822 890 732 01822 853 513 01837 52 200 01752 897 035 01822 612 938 01822 890 414 01822 890 370 01837 525 105 01822 890 245 01364 621 261 01822 612 362 07527147 984 01822 614 231 01822 613 522 01822 880 201 0800 555 111 01822 813 600 01822 813 541 01626 872 253 01822 322 130 01822 890 732 01822 880 386

Business Directory

Cherry Brook B&B: 01822 880 260 Country Cham: 07596 917772 Dartmoor Financial: 01822 890 769 Dartmoor Garden Machinery: 01822 890 870 Dartmoor Joinery: 01822 855 944 Dartmoor Marial Art Studio: 07545 703 048 Dartmoor News: 01837 54 727 Dartmoor Rual Services: 07508 043 703 Design & Print: 01822 890 025 Duchy House B&B: 01822 890 552 East Dart Hotel: 01822 880 213 Foxtor Cafe: 01822 890 238 G.C.Services: 07928 806 333 Lords Restaurant: 01822 890 565 Moo’s Playplanet: 01822 619 512 Morris Bros.: 01822 612 023 MTP (Services) Ltd: 01822 880 318 Newbrook Fish: 0777 3366 868 Oratory B&B: 01822 890 273 Powdermills Pottery: 01822 880 263 Princetown Smithy: 07501 313 807 Pure Balance Therapy: 01822 880 284 Snapstar Photograph: 01822 890 273 Spirit of Adventure: 01822 880 277 Window Cleaner: 07966 483 059 Yelverton Fish & Chips: 07587 596 420 Princetown News For Enquires please email:

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Princetown News issue 1 - Summer 2011  

Princetown/Postbridge Local Community Publication

Princetown News issue 1 - Summer 2011  

Princetown/Postbridge Local Community Publication