North Molton Village

North Molton sits on the south-western edge of Exmoor National Park, about 3 miles from the market town of South Molton and the A361 link road. Set in glorious countryside, the village and outlying hamlets and farms are currently home to around thirteen hundred residents. It is a happy, thriving community with a primary school, two churches, two pubs, a garage, a hairdressers and a variety of home-based businesses. There are two well-supported village halls and a sports club boasting football and cricket pitches and an indoor sports hall and pavilion.

The spirit of the community is captured in the book North Molton a celebration of the people and history of North Molton published by the North Molton History Society. The village was originally founded on the very successful wool trade, followed by a brief spell as a mining village. As the local saying goes "When North Molton was a thriving town South Molton was still a fuzzy down".

Defibrillator locations:
  • North Molton Village - The Poltimore Inn porch (sedative.segregate.enacts)
  • North Molton Village - The Sports Club (aquatics.showering.pillow)
  • Heasley Mill - The Old Phonebox (remedy.purse.tomorrow)

How to use the defibrillator.

A defibrillator (AED = Automated External Defibrillator) will talk you through how to use it - so do not worry about getting things wrong - the machine will be in control.

However, if you would like to be mentally prepared beforehand, please watch the St John's Ambulance video here, and the HeartSine video here (the defibrillator at The Politmore Arms is this model). The defibrillator should have a Resus pack containing a resuscitation mask, scissors for removing clothing, and a razor for shaving a patch on a hairy chest (the pads may not stick otherwise). Please note that these videos are examples of how to use a defibrillator and are not being promoted here as an effective way to learn CPR.

Important Information

Highways update 8th February 2024

Please find attached a Project Update for the North Devon Link Road Project - A361 - (Portmore to Borners Bridge) and the latest Traffic Bulletin.  This bulletin contains important Traffic Information regarding ongoing traffic management.

For additional project information or to view all newsletters and traffic updates online, please visit the Griffiths in the Community North Devon Link Road website HERE

Highways update 29th January 2024

Please find attached the latest Griffiths Traffic Bulletin for the North Devon Link Road – NDLR – A361 (Portmore to Borners Bridge) Traffic Bulletin – 29.01.24 or click HERE to view online at the Griffiths Community Website under Traffic Updates. This bulletin contains important Traffic Information regarding night closures and traffic management.

Give your views on Barnstaple Town Centre

Barnstaple's residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to take part in a survey which aims to gather insights into thoughts, opinions and attitudes about the town centre, in order to guide positive change in the future.

North Devon Council is running the survey for six weeks from Monday 22 January. The council says the results of the survey will help ensure the success of ongoing regeneration initiatives in Barnstaple town centre, such as the Market Quarter project

The survey will be available on the council's website and paper copies will be available in various locations in the town centre, including Green Lanes, the Pannier Market and selected businesses. The survey will be open between Monday 22 January and Monday 4 March.

Traffic bulletin 16th January 2024

Please find attached the latest Griffiths Traffic Bulletin for the North Devon Link Road Project - A361 - (Portmore to Borners Bridge) or click HERE to view online at the Griffiths Community website under Traffic Updates. This bulletin contains important Traffic Information regarding road closures, works and traffic management. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]RESIDENTS OF NORTH MOLTON please note that access to South Molton from the new roundabout will be blocked from 30th Jan to 9th Feb.

Energy Outreach Project - presentation 20th January 2024, North Molton Victory Hall

Devon Communities Together is coming to NORTH MOLTON VICTORY HALL to talk about their Energy Outreach Project. SATURDAY 20th JANUARY 2024, 10:30 start. While hosted by NM Parish Council, residents of surrounding parishes are most welcome.

Nowadays, we are all worried about our energy bills. There will be a presentation on the ways in which you could save energy and access additional support, and a general Q & A. Depending on our community's needs, topics could include the following, and there will be an opportunity to speak to the presenter about your own bills: the energy market and energy costs; understanding fuel poverty; government support for households; industry support for households; Warm Homes Discount eligibility, home energy saving; switching energy suppliers; Priority Services Register; investment in home energy saving; the pros and cons of Smart Meters; Devon Oil Collective; Carbon Zero – new energy sources; obtaining further help/advice with energy affordability.

Covid vaccinations at The Victory Hall, North Molton

If you have not already had your Covid booster, and are eligible for one, then there will be one more session at The Victory Hall for walk in vaccinations.

Monday 22nd January 2024, 9:30am to 1:00pm

There is no need to book. Boosters are for the over 65s, clinically vulnerable and immunosuppressed. Please do not attend if you are not eligible (you can check at or by calling 119). 

Calling Exmoor Farmers/Land managers with great ideas on sustainability

A reminder that 'Farming in Protected Landscapes' (FiPL) programme funding is open to applications on Exmoor that can be delivered between this year and March 2025. Funding can be sought for one-off projects, supporting farmers and land managers to carry out projects that:

­čî▒Aid #nature recovery

­čî▒Mitigate the impacts of #climatechange 

­čî▒Support nature-friendly, #sustainablefarming businesses

­čî▒Promote easier access on public rights of way

Exmoor National Park - Farming in Protected Landscapes

Or email and a FIPL Officer will be in touch.

North Molton Transport

South Molton - North Molton Route 856 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and some bank holidays)
Stagecoach South West. Timetable valid from 5 Sep 2021 until further notice
South Molton, Broad Street Depart: 09:15 12:15 14:15
North Molton, Bridge Depart: 09:30 12:30 14:30
North Molton, Square Depart: 09:32 12:32 14:32
South Molton, King Street Arrive: 09:45 12:45 14:45

Other useful links

Stagecoach 155 South Molton to Barnstaple timetable Stagecoach timetables - downloadable versions National Express Website Great Western Railway website National Rail Journey Planner

North & South Molton Taxis

  • A & L01769 572169
  • Bry Cabs07449 262008
  • South Molton Taxi Service Ltd01769 573636
  • Mr Thornton B-line Taxis01271 322117
North Molton Car Share Facebook Group
North Molton Transport

Laurels Playground

North Molton Playground

Sited in the play area of the Old School which closed in 1992, the Laurels Playground provides a safe enclosed area for children. The Parish Council began renovation in 2020, and so far equipment installed includes a ride-on tractor, 3-way see-saw, a slide with rope ladder, a new swing with an accessible basket, and an in-ground trampoline that can hold up to 5 children and is accessible to wheelchair users.

Coloured hopscotch graphics and a large mural designed by local children brighten up the area.

Work is ongoing to repair the rear wall and old iron railings, a lovely feature of the playground. Many kind donations from individuals have been made towards the renovation, and residents have given their time and energy in helping with the restoration. Support has also come from fundraising events, The National Lottery, Griffiths, the Freemasons, North Devon Atlantic Scramble Club, and the local government development levy grant (S106).

North Molton Book Box

A few years ago, North Molton Parish Council purchased the redundant telephone box in the village square from BT for the princely sum of £1.00. After a few repairs, and thanks to Cllr Anne Johnson being able to locate replacement perspex panels, we were able to turn it into the phone box library in 2021. Our library is available to all, residents and visitors alike.

The premise is simple. Books for all ages are welcome, and anyone can take or donate books (we check for suitably and cleanliness on a regular basis). When we have a surplus, and to keep them refreshed, we either store excess books or donate them to one of the charity shops in South Molton.

If you would like further information or have questions, please contact Councillor Hugh Jennings.

North Molton Book Box

North Molton Key Contacts

North Molton Contacts

Dog Fouling

North Devon Council wishes to remind anyone in charge of a dog that it is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a publicly accessible area without cleaning it up. This includes in car parks, recreation and sports grounds, parks, pavements as well as verges, footpaths and beaches. Failure to do so or leaving it to collect later (or even hanging it on a tree) can still result in a fixed penalty of £75 (or a maximum of £1000). Report dog fouling incidents using the NDC online form.

Lost or found dogs, see the North Devon dogs pages

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