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HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh      10th June 1921 - 9th April 2021

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 10th June 1921 - 9th April 2021

It is with great sadness that Okehampton Town Council hears the announcement of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As the longest serving Consort to the Queen, we remember with affection and gratitude his lifetime of service to this Country.

There will be an 8 day period of National Mourning and Council meetings scheduled for 12th April will be cancelled as a mark of respect. The Union Jacks on the Town Hall will fly with black pennants until the day after the Funeral. Messages of Condolence can be emailed to the Town Clerk ( or sent to the Town Hall for compilation into a Condolence book.

The area outside of St James' Chapel has been made available to anyone who wishes to lay flowers. Please leave your flowers unwrapped with cellophane removed. After the Funeral, the flowers will be collected and composted to be used in Simmons Park.

Details of any local Church services that may be held will be provided as they become available.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the members of the Royal Family. While the Duke of Edinburgh was a public figure, they have lost a close family member. Let's keep them very much in our thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time.

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 is also available for hire for meetings. 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 is 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.

Reinstatement of the Railway Line

As Mayor of Okehampton, I am absolutely delighted with the official news that our railway line will be re-opened as a daily passenger service between Okehampton and Exeter before the end of 2021.  All of the details can be found on the website that has been specifically put together for this, Dartmoor Line.  The Town Council has been working hard with other stakeholders for many years to bring this about and it is a real joy to see the culmination of all that effort with such a positive, good news story.

The benefits to the town and wider area in terms of the leisure industry, local economy and reducing traffic congestion on the roads will be enormous.  At a time when opportunities for regeneration and rejuvenation are to be welcomed, this is very timely.  As the Westcountry is such a popular location for tourism, it will serve to enable visitors to come to the town and enjoy all that Okehampton has to offer.  We have lots of lovely, independent shops selling high quality products and wonderful food, much of which has been locally produced, together with the Granite Way and Dartmoor right on our doorsteps - all waiting for the intrepid explorer.

Cllr Julie Yellland
Town Mayor

A copy of the presentation given by Network Rail and GWR at the Annual Town Assembly on 22nd March 2021 is available by emailing

Annual Report 2020-2021

A copy of the Annual report is downloadable from here

Hanging Basket Competition 2021

Please click to see poster for the Hanging basket competition

Okehampton Cemetery

Management of Okehampton Cemetery, the newest Cemetery area at All Saints Church which is owned by the Town Council, is being brought in-house from 1st April 2021.  For more information please see the Cemetery page of the website or email

COVID19 Lateral Flow Test

Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (people without COVID19 symptoms), better enabling the identifying and isolation of those who are more likely to spread the virus.

A lateral flow test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus from a swab or saliva sample.  The sample is mixed with a buffer solution, which releases and breaks up virus fragments.

Some of the solution is then dropped onto the lateral flow device. The sample runs along the surface of the devices absorbent strip, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

Lateral flow tests are validated technology that is safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.  

To find our more click here

COVID19 Lockdown Update - 31st January 2021

On the evening of 4th January 2021 another national lockdown to help fight the coronavirus pandemic was announced by the government, guidance about what this means can be found here.  

The Town Council Office remains closed to the public, most members of staff continue to work from home and remain contactable. Arrangements can be made for the provision of parking permits for Simmons Park and other services as required by contacting the Council:

  • Office number - 01837 53179

Information about Okehampton

Visit Okehampton and Visit Dartmoor

For more information on Okehampton's shops and businesses visit

For more information on Dartmoor- what to do where to stay visit

Okehampton Neighbourhood Plan

More information about the Neighbourhood Plan can be found at

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