Community Champions 2019 announced!


Kingsbridge Community Champions 2019 

On Tuesday 11th June at the Kingsbridge Full Town Council meeting, Deputy Mayor Mike Jennings presented the awards for this year’s Kingsbridge Community Champions in front of fellow Councillors and other members of the public. This is the third year for the new style awards and the aim is to recognise the fabulous contributions that local people make to ensure that Kingsbridge is a great place to work, rest and play.


The winners for 2019 are as follows (from left):

Lawrence Townsend
In recognition for all his voluntary work with Christian Aid, Talking Newspapers, Cornelius Fund and the Mens Breakfast Club.

David Cripps
In recognition for helping to keep Kingsbridge clean and tidy by litter picking around the town as well as his weekly voluntary work for Dodbrooke Church.

Liz Raeburn
Tirelessly fundraising for many different worthy causes, organising basketball training for a group of special needs adults and all her work with Activities 115 based in Fore Street.

Sandy Gilbert
For her selfless devotion, time and energy to promote and raise funds for Kingsbridge and Saltstone Caring.

Gary Jolliffe
Pioneering the Social Enterprise ‘Till the Coast is Clear’, tackling marine pollution by travelling the coastline collecting rubbish from remote locations and recycling 100% of what is collected.

Separate photo as unable to attend:

Dave Griffiths
Always happy to go that extra mile helping in Kingsbridge, whether it is climbing on top of The Information Centre to fix a clock or hanging banners around the town.







How ‘blooming’ fantastic is Kingsbridge?!!

Our town came away with not just any old GOLD AWARD at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom 2018 competition held in Belfast but BEST SMALL TOWN IN BRITAIN!!…that’s right… BRITAIN!!

Congratulations to Graham Price and all the Kingsbridge In Bloom volunteer team for their hard work, tenacity, loyalty and enthusiasm – the judges reported they had never given such a high mark for the ‘Community Participation’ section!  They also said that the judging tour on August 6th this year “didn’t just start with a ‘WOW’ but was a continuous stream of highs throughout and demonstrated what Bloom can achieve in 10 years – you have completely transformed your town!”

But we all know KIB never rest on their laurels (in fact, do they ever rest?) because next year sees the town up for the top prize, to be crowned absolute ‘Champion of Champions’ at the finals of Britain in Bloom.  This means competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Durham and Jersey.  So next spring when you are out and about and you see the army of blue tee-shirts in the town square, beavering amongst the beds, give them a wave and a shout of encouragement because you know how darn hard they will all be working for Kingsbridge!

Consultation begins for Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow

Kingsbridge Town Council has applied to South Hams District Council to write a
neighbourhood plan for the parishes of Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow. This
plan will consider how and where future development could take place in those parishes. We
are asking for your thoughts on whether the proposed plan area is appropriate. If the area is
approved, there will be an opportunity for you to get involved in what you would like to see in
the plan.
The deadline for receiving comments on the proposed plan area is 7th November 2018.

Further information and how to send your comments can be found on the South Hams District Council website (*scroll down to the bottom of page for Kingsbridge):


South Hams District Council is cracking down on dog owners

South Hams District Council is cracking down on dog owners who have their dogs off the lead in public areas, or who don’t clean up after their dogs.

Public Space Protection Orders have been introduced across the South Hams, clarifying where it will be mandatory to keep dogs on a lead. In some areas, such as children’s play areas, dogs are banned entirely.In addition, the new laws give authorised council officers the power to request that an owner place their dog on a lead in any open public area where the dog is causing a nuisance or likely to do so.During the summer months, dogs are not permitted on a number of beaches in the South Hams, and officers will be able to issue on the spot fines for those ignoring this regulation.Failure to comply with the PSPO or a request from a council officer is punishable by an on-the-spot fine of £100.
Uniformed Officers will be patrolling regularly from early July.

Where must I have my dog on a lead in Kingsbridge?

Good dog ownership & common sense dictate that dogs should be on a lead near roads, livestock, wildlife and any area or activity where close control is needed.

Dogs must be on a lead (The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, Public Spaces Protection Order 2017; Control of Dogs) in the following locations:

  • Car parks.
  • Cemeteries and Churchyards.
  • Marked sports fields whilst organised sport is in progress.


Formal gardens listed as:

  • Kingsbridge Quayside and Market Square (including bandstand)
  • Recreation ground, Kingsbridge including the Embankment footpath and grass strip to include the Town Square
  • The Slipway, Quay Car Park, Kingsbridge
  • Bus Station, Kingsbridge
  • All public footpaths within Kingsbridge town boundary

Dogs on Leads by Direction

An authorised Council Officer will have the power to request that an owner place their dog on a lead in any open public area where the dog is causing a nuisance or likely to do so.

Failure to comply with these directions could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1000 if the matter goes to Court.