Okehampton Town Council
Okehampton Town Council Chamber The Town Hall in Okehampton The town centre of Okehampton Swiss style chalet, Simmons Park, Okehampton Simmons Park, Okehampton, walks along the East Okement River Adventure play ground, Simmons Park, Okehampton Children's play area, Parklands Leisure Centre and putting green in Simmons Park, Okehampton Band stand, Simmons Park, Okehampton The Skate Park, Okehampton Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton

Welcome to the official website of Okehampton Town Council

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.

Councillor Vacancy

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 townclerk@okehampton.gov.uk 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 -
Guide to the work of Okehampton Town Council
Eligibility Criteria for Councillors
How to find out more about being a Town Councillor
Okehampton Town Council Application Form

Council Chamber Open Afternoon

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 Wednesday 29 October from 2 pm until 4 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 Wednesday 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.

Tel: 01837 53179

Latest Parish News

Okehampton Town Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee will be held on Monday 27 October 2014 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.

Town Council Office Open Hours

Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm

Mayor's Breakfast

The next Mayor's Breakfast will be held in the Charter Hall on Wednesday 29 October 2014. 

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