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, most of Holcombe falls within the Dawlish South West ward of the Teignbridge District Council, although some residents live in the Teignmouth East ward.
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.
The link below goes to a Government website and shows the number of Coronavirus cases in your area.
Interactive Map | Coronavirus in the UK
The Village Hall is presently closed and all future bookings have been cancelled for the time being. Please see the note below explaining the background to this decision.
A new Facebook page has been created for Holcombe Residents, for example to share local wants, sales, help etc. (see icon above)
The latest Government advice can be obtained at gov.uk/coronavirus. Devon County Council has also issued its own guidance - click here.
Dawlish has set up its own support network, with organisations that can assist, details of which can be accessed through helpingdawlish.co.uk. Teignmouth's equivalent can be accessed here. Both these sites list companies that will deliver to the Holcombe area.
In these difficult times, people are asked to look out for any assistance that elderly or vulnerable residents may need. So please do check on your neighbours from time to time.
The Associate Priest at St George's has now retired. Contact details until the post is filled are in the notice below.
Cavanna Homes has now commenced its development that should take around two years to complete. The site manager is Willie Whitelaw who can be contacted on 07525 732988.