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.
Holcombe Newsletter - 100th Edition
To commemorate the centenary edition, the Residents Association presented Janet Bowdler with an engraved vase (depicting a village scene) as an appreciation for all the work that has gone on in producing the Newsletters.
Summer Fayre - Saturday 20th July
Thanks to everyone who supported the event which was a great day and raised £1,227 for local charities.
Nework Rail - Public Consultation
Network Rail has a dedicated website for the proposals for the stretch of line between the Parsons Tunnel at Holcombe and Teignmouth, which can be accessed by clicking here.
A few of Network Rail's proposed layouts are reproduced below.
Play area Update
We reviewed the play equipment this month and are in the process of reviewing what is possible and obtaining quotes. If you have views on what equipment would be good for our children please let us know.
The swings remain open for use.
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.
Resilience work on the railway
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