Your Council

Role of the Parish Council

A Parish council is the first tier of local government and has three main areas of responsibility, to represent the interests and views of the local community, to deliver services which meet local needs and to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the community

As your local parish council, we provide and maintain a variety of facilities and services for the benefit of the community. We are responsible for the provision of allotments and maintenance of local foot paths and bridleways, ditches and water courses, the children play park, recreational ground and the public toilets. In addition, the Parish Council is also responsible for the control of litter within the parish and the administration of parish facilities such as the Reading Room and the Village Hall. 

At a district and county level the Parish Council also acts and represents the parish on issues such as planning, highways, street cleaning and lighting and traffic calming measures to Devon County and South Hams District councils.

The Parish Council is funded by levying a "precept" collected with the Council Tax paid by the residents of the parish. Parish councillors are unpaid volunteers elected to serve on the council typically for four-year period.

Dementia Friendly

Holbeton is one of five local parishes that has made a commitment to be dementia friendly. You can find out what this means here -

Council Members

John Sherrel

Cllr J Sherrell (Chair)  

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Julie Fuller

Cllr J Fuller (Deputy Chair)

I have lived in the village for 13 years and am married with two children and a dog. I am a family law solicitor by trade and was originally co-opted on to the parish council when I found myself between jobs! I have been a member of Holbeton Parish Council since 2009. In addition to the parish council, I have played an active role on both the Pre-school and the school association committees, as my children have moved up through the school. Consequently my role on the council has been largely centred on the younger members of our community as well as fulfilling the vice chairman position for the last couple of years.


Carol Ackroyd

Cllr C Ackroyd

I have lived in the parish for 24 years (I qualify as a ‘villager’ next year!) and am serving my fourth term as a Parish Councillor.I feel privileged to live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a conservation area. I am committed to conservation and preservation of the natural and built environment. A Parish Council cannot represent the views of all the residents but I believe  it should attempt to act to support the wider interests of all the community to enable Holbeton Parish to remain a diverse and active  community that supports its residents.

Harry Baumer

Cllr H Baumer 

I have lived in Holbeton for over 30 years. Over that time I have seen many changes in the parish, and fully expect this to continue. A retired consultant paediatrician, I am involved with the new village hall project, Holbeton preschool, the twinners and the film club. I want to ensure a successful expansion of the parish, for the sake of the community, its school & preschool, the village store, the church, the Mildmay Colours and if possible the Dartmoor Union.

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Tim Craig

Cllr T Craig

I moved to Holbeton in 1971 when I married Sue and for the next 16 year we ran the Post Office and Village shop. During this time, we had two sons, Matt and Rob who attended the village school and whilst the boys were at school I served as a Parent Governor. In 1988, I started Tim’s Taxi which I ran for 25 year until I retired in 2013. I feel fortunate to have lived for so long in Holbeton which has so many thriving societies and groups, there is something for everyone. I feel the village needs carefully manged growth and have a particular interest in the wellbeing of the children’s play area as I was serving on the Parish Council in 1981 when it was first established.

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Chris Flower

Cllr C Flower

Having lived in the village for over 30 years, (more than 25 years as a Parish Councillor) I would like to maintain a sustainable rural community by supporting local businesses such as the shop, the pub and the school and by continuing the pursuit of superfast broadband to benefit the rural economy. I will continue to support the protection of the local environment alongside the needs of the parish. I wish to maintain the essential character of our rural community but recognise that without some growth in our village, we risk the losing the facilities that are vital to village life.


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Pete Hearn

Cllr P Hearn

My wife and I have lived in the village since 1989 and I am in my second term serving as an elected Parish Councillor. My area of specific interest includes the maintenance of the village ethos as depending on a close knit and caring community. In this aspect, I consider any development of the village, especially associated infrastructure, to be a key element. I represent the Parish on the committee of Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm. I see the role of a parish councillor to be ensuring that all views and concerns of the community are fully presented to District and County Councillors.

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Debbie Knight

Cllr D Knight

I have lived in Holbeton for 23 years and have two children both of whom attended Holbeton School. Previously I have been involved with the school PTA, swimming pool and village youth club. For the past six years  I have served on the Parish Council on which I have specific responsibility for the administration and running of the Parish Reading Rooms.  I am also the point of contact for any road/transport issues. I accept that changes are inevitable, but work to retain all village facilities and to preserve the unique beauty and tranquillity of this parish. I enjoy my walks and love nature and our environment.When not working to serve the parish, I have a day job at Marine Academy Plymouth.

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Jim Pengelly

Cllr J Pengelly

 I have lived in the parish of Holbeton all my life (72 Years), so I know the village and many of the villages extremely well. After leaving school I was employed as a Shipwright in HM Dockyard Plymouth for 43 years, retiring in 2003. My hobbies include gardening, bell ringing (I am Captain of All Saints’ Church bell ringing team) and I enjoy supporting Holbeton Cricket club, having been a regular player for many years, which I also captained. I enjoy village life, especially issues surrounding the environment, recreation and conservation of our beautiful countryside. I consider myself extremely lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world. I also have two children and three grandchildren with whom I enjoy spending time.

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Mike Reece

Cllr M Reece  

The family have visited or occupied our property since the 1950s, so I have a good understanding of the local area. For 15 years I was the Chairman and trustee of the Village Hall and still hold the Entertainment License. My employment before I retired has left me with a comprehensive knowledge of the fire precaution and general regulations regarding public buildings. Although my duties on the Council are general, I am the point contact for the defibrillators, CPR training and the proposed night landing site for the Air Ambulance. I also have an interest in conservation of wildlife and fisheries in the local area.