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Ivybridge is a bustling, friendly town set on the banks of the beautiful River Erme ideally situated as a base to visit Dartmoor and the South Hams, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, all within easy reach.  The town is known as the 'Gateway to the Moor' and is the start/finish point of the long-distance walking path The Two Moors Way. Look north and visible high above the town is the Western Beacon and to the south, the South Devon coast with its stunning beaches, rolling green countryside and twisting Devon lanes waiting to be explored. In the heart of the town are the beautiful Longtimber Woods, Filham Park, Woodlands Park and Erme Playing Fields

The town enjoys both a magnificent natural setting and centuries of history as a mill town and a staging post on the London Road. Tumbling from the moors, the River Erme has formed the lifeblood of the town and provided power for three mills, one of which still stands today on Harford Road. You can read more about the town's history on our town heritage page. 

There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Ivybridge:-

Ivybridge is divided into 2 different wards: Ivybridge East and Ivybridge West. 

The Town Council comprises 16 elected members, 8 for each ward, who work for the town in a voluntary capacity. The person acting as Town Mayor is elected annually in May, and Town Council elections are held every four years. 

Visitors are welcome to call into both the Town Hall and into the town's Information Centre located in The Watermark nearby. The Watermark and Town Hall both have facilities that are available to hire for meetings, conferences, weddings etc.

24 January 2022

Full Council Meeting

The Watermark Monday 7:00 pm View Details
25 January 2022

The Watermark Committee

Ivybridge Town Hall Tuesday 6:30 pm View Details

Latest Town News

Christmas Day Hampers

07

January 2022
3 volunteers wearing Christmas jumpers surrounded by hampers

Normally each year The Watermark hosts a free Christmas Day Lunch for people in the community that want to spend time with others. With the pandemic again making group gatherings difficult, the community wanted to still do something again for people in Ivybridge who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day and who would appreciate some human contact.

Christmas Day Hamper Deliveries became the alternative once again this year – involving local volunteers delivering hampers to individuals, with a focus on having a chat on the doorstep and spreading some festive cheer.

The community were asked to step up and the response was phenomenal, with donations of goods and time coming in from all across the town. Ivybridge Community College set about asking their students to donate wrapped gifts; SoSocial Art Group made individual handmade Christmas cards; we received donations from MJ Baker, Caterfood, Co-op, Nature’s Larder, Ringtons, Tamar Fresh and Mrs Mottershead. Financial support was provided by DCC Cllr Roger Croad, SHDC Cllr Vic Abbott & SHDC Cllr Karen Pringle from their locality budgets and a generous sponsorship was received from Ivor Jones and Co. This enabled the hampers and some of the items to go inside to be purchased.

Around 30 volunteers put their names forward to do the deliveries and help pack the hampers.

On Christmas morning, the rain poured but the volunteers still donned their Christmas attire and set off out into the community to deliver 38 hampers across Ivybridge and spread a whole lot of festive cheer.

It was a wonderful display of community spirit and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of local groups, businesses, organisations and individuals coming together. The community owes a huge “thank you” to everyone involved.

Feedback from volunteers and recipients has been flooding in:

“Thank you to the nice guy who brought my hamper he was absolutely soaking wet as it’s been raining heavy all morning and it’s still raining now. I’m so lucky… caring human beings caring for their fellow humans just like me especially at this time of the year.” (recipient)

“I am absolutely delighted! I can't believe it but someone just called at my door and gave me a huge bag of goodies for Christmas... Someone wonderful was obviously thinking of me and I can only offer my heartfelt thanks to all those involved.” (recipient)

“We felt really good about doing something positive within the community on Christmas Day”. (volunteer)

The project was coordinated by the South Hams CVS Community Connector Jessica Shipp, So Social’s Shirley Weeks & Jonathan Parsons from Ivybridge Town Council.

If you are interested in getting involved in local volunteering opportunities, please get in touch. There are all sorts of opportunities in our community, from ad-hoc to regular.

Jessica Shipp, Community Connector, Ivybridge, South Hams Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS).

07756 667533

connector@southhamscvs.org.uk

Volunteering - Filham Park Tree Maintenance

23

November 2021
Collage of photos showing maintained hedgerows

This Tuesday I was joined by Rosemary to help maintain the hedge we had planted two years ago. The trees we had planted came from a 420 free community tree pack from Woodlands Trust and an additional 300 trees purchased by Ivybridge Town Council. These were planted with volunteers from Dartmoor Community Energy and with our weekly Ivybridge volunteers group over two days.

This is the last weekly Ivybridge Town Council task for a while, if interested in volunteering in the future then please email townclerk@ivybridge.gov.uk