Welcome to the Holcombe website, a small village on the south coast of Devon
Holcombe is situated between the seaside resorts of Dawlish and Teignmouth, and has a population of around eight hundred people. The village has a church (St George's), a shop, two pubs (The Castle Inn in the village, and the Smugglers Inn on the coast road) and a Village Hall. We did have a Post Office but this was closed by the PO, in its wisdom, in September 2008. There is also a kiosk, the Salty Dog, in Smugglers Lane near the beach. For administrative purposes, Holcombe falls within the Dawlish South West ward of the Teignbridge District Council.
Holcombe's history has been traced back over a thousand years. In this time, the village has changed considerably from a largely rural and agricultural community to the village we see today, with many residents commuting each day to Exeter or Torbay. The village's rich past has been associated with smugglers and been impacted by the growth of the railways - the Bristol to Plymouth main line goes along the coast at Holcombe and is one of the most scenic stretches of the rail network in the country. The heart of the village though has retained much of its character, with many thatched cottages in a designated conservation area.
This website is primarily for the residents of Holcombe and provides details of events as well as general information on the village.
Play area is now open
We are pleased to announce that the swings are now back in operation, however the other equipment is not. This area has been fenced off and we have a site meeting on Weds 17th May with a play equipment specialist to review and decide what we need to do next. So please be patient with us.
Cavanna Homes, the developer of the site, has submitted a revised Construction Management Plan for approval (see below). The Residents Association has provided a number of comments on the latest Plan. Devon Highways are now content with the Plan so it is expected that the development will start soon.
Dates for your Diary
Village Hall AGM
26th April 2019 7pm
Grand Summer Fayre involving all Village organisations
20th July 2019 1pm to late
Gardeners' Question Time - Tuesday 30 April
A fund raising event for St George's Church Garden and the Dawlish Gardens Trust will be held in the Joan Copp room starting at 7.00pm (plant sale from 6.30pm). See below for further details.
Resilience work on the railway
In Autumn 2018, Network Rail held a series of community drop in events to explain the work they have been doing to make the railway more resilient. The next step will be a formal consultation on its preferred option for the stretch between the Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth - this should be in the Spring / Summer of 2019.
An action group, Save Holcombe Beach, has been established. A petition has also been set up to lobby Network Rail.
Documents relating to this issue and links to relevant website and Facebook pages are set out below:
Save Holcombe Beach Facebook
Holcombe Lunch Club
The dates for the remainder of the year and for 2019 are now available - click here