Okehampton Town Council have a number of facilities and services which are provided for use by the general public, including the Charter Hall which can be rented for a wide variety of functions and events. The impressive Council Chamber is available for hire and may be used for civil ceremonies. The Committee Room and equipment such as a laptop, projector and screen can also be hired. Wifi is available in all rooms.
The town of Okehampton is situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor in West Devon. Okehampton is an ancient town and was initially settled in the Bronze Age. It lies at the confluence of the East and West Okement Rivers from which it takes its name. Okehampton has been described as the walking centre of Dartmoor. It is also popular with cyclists and walkers taking the Granite Way, a beautiful trail from Okehampton to Lydford.
The town has many attractions including the spectacular ruins of Okehampton Castle which date back to Norman times and the beautiful expansive parkland at Simmons Park with leisurely river side walks, ornamental gardens and a Swiss style chalet, multi sports facilities and playing areas for all ages as well as the Parklands Leisure Centre. The impressive tower of St James Chapel (15C) dominates the main street which in times gone by was the Old London Road lined with coaching inns which can still be seen today. The Town Hall, a handsome building with granite facade built in 1685 adds a touch of elegance to the town centre which also boasts a number of vibrant shopping arcades as well as the acclaimed Museum of Dartmoor Life.
The Council Chamber has been used pretty frequently in recent weeks. In addition to the regular Monday Council meetings, there was a civic reception for the Twinning Party from Craon; a visit from Claire Perry MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport) together with our local MP, Mel Stride, who attended a meeting organised by the Town Council's Destination Okehampton Working Group - see picture below (left). They heard of the pressing needs - both business and social - to re-establish rail links with Plymouth and Exeter via Okehampton Station, not only from Okehampton's Councillor Dr Michael Ireland but also from representatives from Bude & Stratton, Holsworthy and Tavistock.
More recently, the Council opened the Town Hall Chamber for an open afternoon to welcome passing visitors and residents alike. Pictured below (right) are the Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Vachon, together with members of the Council, who were ready to discuss any Council matters with the visiting public. Note - we welcome visitors of all ages. The Mace Bearers, Mr David Hollinshead and Mr Basil Jones, were at hand to deter any foul play and to talk about their combined 30 years of experience in this honorary role.
Watch this space for news of the next Open Afternoon. More details about the Town Hall's facilities will be found under the 'Facilities for Hire' tab.
Tel: 01837 53179
Okehampton Town Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee will be held on Monday 22 September 2014 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.
Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm
The next Mayor's Breakfast will be held in the Charter Hall on Wednesday 24 September. Click here to view further information about the event.
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