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 thought about contributing to Okehampton life as a Town Councillor?
There is currently one vacancy which will be filled by co-option and the Town Council is encouraging eligible residents to apply.
For anyone thinking this is a commitment he or she would like to explore further and who would like more information, the Town Clerk or any of the Councillors would be pleased to answer any questions or have an informal discussion. This can be arranged by calling the Town Council on 01837 53179 or calling in at the Town Hall. Please see the links (below) for further information, notes on eligibility and an application form.
The Town Hall will once again be open for an Open Afternoon on Wednesday 29 October between 2 pm and 4.30 pm. As Councillors will be present, this would be a good opportunity if you would like an informal chat about Councillor responsibilities.
If you complete an application form, please return it either in paper form to the Town Hall or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 October 2014. As the Council will co-opt to the current vacancy, all applications received will be considered and all applicants will be informed of the outcome during November.
Download the following documents for information on becoming a Town Councillor -
The Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service in Okehampton will be held on 9th November.
The Parade will form up at the Town Hall in Fore Street and march off at 10.30 am on Sunday, following the route along Market Street, Lodge Hill, Vicarage Road and Church Avenue before assembling at the War Memorial at All Saints' Church for the Service of Remembrance. There follows a church service led by the Rev'd Stephen Cook at 11.05, before the Parade re-assembles for the reverse route back to Fore Street, the salute at the March Past being taken by the Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Vachon.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Jan Goffey, will attend the Remembrance Service at St Boniface Church at the same time.
Devon County Council has approved a temporary rolling road closure on the day. Details can be accessed by this link.
Tel: 01837 53179
Okehampton Town Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on Monday 3 November 2014 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.
Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm
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