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

Parish Annual Meeting and Parish Council Annual Meeting 2024

The Parish Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th of May in The Victory Hall, North Molton, at 7:30pm. All are welcome to come along and hear a yearly summary from the Chairman and short reports from Parish Council officers and representatives of village organisations. 

The meeting will be followed by the Parish Council Annual Meeting for election of Chairman, Vice Chairman and responsible officers, and approval of key working documents.

There will also be an Extraordinary meeting to discuss the latest Planning Applications.

The agendas will be available on the noticeboard and this website at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

Highways update 25th March 2024

Please find attached the latest Griffiths Traffic Bulletin and FAQ 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 traffic lights, road closures, works and traffic management. [endif]

Latest Government Budget - summary

Jon Triggs NDC Deputy CEO has provided a summary of the latest budget:

Reduction to National Insurance contributions for employees from 6 April.  To reduce the rate by a further 2p in the pound (2%).

The Household Support Fund, which allows local councils to help families via food banks, warm spaces and food vouchers, will be extended beyond 31 March.  It will continue for six months.

Some more help for parents with childcare benefit.  Chancellor says he will consult on a new rule to make the benefit to apply to collective household income, rather than on an individual basis, which he aims to introduce by April 2026.  But, as a more imminent help, announced the threshold will go up from £50,000 to £60,000.  And the top of the taper at which it is withdrawn will go up to £80,000.

The higher rate of property capital gains tax is to be reduced from 28% to 24%.  The move is predicted to increase revenues as there will be more transactions.

The threshold for VAT registration will go up from £85,000 to £90,000.

Announced will scrap tax breaks which make it more profitable for second homeowners to let out their properties to holiday makers rather than to long-term tenants to rent.  Will abolish the furnished holiday lettings regime.

The government has announced it will scrap and reform the tax break for wealthy foreign residents in the UK who have non-domiciled tax status.  It will be replaced with a "modern residency system".

Frozen alcohol duty. The freeze in duty was due to end in August but has been extended to February next year.

Fuel duty will remain at its current rate and be frozen for the next 12 months.  Also extending a "temporary" 5p cut on fuel duty which was due to end this month.

To help make loans for household emergencies more affordable, he announced an increase to the repayment period for new loans from 12 months to 24 months, and an end to a £90 charge for debt relief orders.

Creation of a “British” ISA - in the form of an extra £5,000 tax-free allowance for the public to invest exclusively in UK.

Up to £120 million more to the Green Industries Growth Accelerator. This is to build supply chains for new technology such as offshore wind and carbon capture.

Also announced £270 million to advanced manufacturing industries, to fund car and space innovation, to grow "zero emission vehicle and clean aviation technology".

Medical research - proposing an additional £45m investment with £3m put into cancer research.  Announced a new investment into life sciences company AstraZeneca; an additional £650m investment in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and a new vaccine manufacturing hub in Liverpool.

The investment needed to modernise NHS IT systems will cost £3.4bn - but will unlock £35bn of savings.

Keep day-to-day public spending at 1% growth in real terms but stated the money will be spent more sensibly.  Launch of Public Sector Productivity Plan, as announced as part of Finance Settlement.

Easter bin collections

As the Easter bank holiday approaches, North Devon Council is advising residents to stay informed about their waste and recycling collection schedules. To ensure a smooth process during the holiday period, residents are encouraged to check their collection dates on the council's website.

There will be no waste or recycling collections on Good Friday (29 March), collections due that day will be made on Saturday 30 March instead. For the entire week commencing Monday 1 April, collections will be one day later than usual, running from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 April. Normal collection schedules will resume on Monday 8 April.

With the Easter festivities resulting in increased cardboard and foil waste, residents are reminded to continue recycling responsibly. Cardboard and brown paper should be placed in brown bags, while plastics (except black) and scrunched up foil can be deposited in green or black recycling boxes.

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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