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.
Have you ever visited the Town Hall? You know where it is because as an Okehampton resident you will probably have walked past it countless times every week. And what about the Council Chamber itself - surely the grandest room in public use in the town! The Council are welcoming the public to visit the Council Chamber on Thursday 28 August from 2 pm until 4.30 pm. This isn't a museum - it is the room where the Council meet on an almost weekly basis to exercise all the functions of a town council; it is also used as a location for the solemnization of civil marriages and for various Civic Ceremonies throughout the year. More details will be found under the 'Facilities for Hire' tab.
On Thursday you can view the Council Chamber with nothing else happening. The Mace Bearers will be in attendance (and with their combined experience of this honorary ceremonial role they may have their own anecdotes to tell) and at least 2 Town Councillors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Council's work and responsibilities. They will even be able to tell you a little about the paintings on the walls.
We hope you take this opportunity to visit the Town Hall and look forward to welcoming you.
Vacancy for a Councillor (West Ward)
Please click here to view the notice of a vacancy on the Town Council (pdf31KB).
Tel: 01837 53179
Okehampton Town Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on Monday 1st September 2014 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall followed by a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee.
Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm
Vacancy for Councillor
There is currently a vacancy for a Town Councillor. Please click here to view the Public Notice.
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