About Yarcombe Village
The parish of Yarcombe consists of Yarcombe village and the hamlet of Marsh. Yarcombe straddles the A30, equidistant from Honiton and Chard, and Marsh lies beside the A303 to the north. In an area of 4¼ x 2½ miles, there is a population of around 500 people living in 200 houses. The parish is in an Area of Outstanding Beauty within the Blackdown Hills.
The centre of Yarcombe village is situated around the Church, the Village Hall, The Yarcombe Inn and The Belfry Hotel. There is a 25 year old estate of 19 houses. Marsh sits on the old A30 and includes an excellent pub. There is an average age mix, but with quite a lot of retired people. Primary aged children attend Stockland School by bus and there is a bus to the secondary school in Honiton.
This is still very much a farming area with about 25 working farms and many small businesses run from homes. The Post Office, in the Village Hall car park, is open for two hours a week. There are no other shops, but there is a bus to Honiton and back once a week. Challenges include lack of affordable housing for both young people and elderly who want to down-size, poor transport and the viability of the village pub.
About St Johnthe Baptist Church, Yarcombe
There has been a church in Yarcombe since the 13th century. A large team of volunteers care for the cleaning, churchyard and flowers – comments in our visitors’ book often say how well-cared for it seems. There is a small regular congregation, (aged mainly over 60) , but with the more people coming to Family Services. Over 200 come to the annual Carol Service, and special celebrations like Harvest and Remembrance Sunday are well attended. We have a strong link with Yarcombe Baptist Chapel and have frequent joint services in both venues.
A weekly ‘Pause for Prayer’ time.
About Yarcombe Community
There is a very strong sense of community and in 2005 we illustrated this by winning the Devon Calor Village of the Year and a Regional award in the Business of the Year category.
There are many organisations in the village which include skittles, Handbells, The Tuesday Club (WI alternative), Royal British Legion, a weekly Craft Group, Maggie’s Mix Choir and a summer Croquet Club. There is a monthly market in the Village Hall which is well supported by villagers. Many of the young people join the very active Yarcombe Young Farmers Group. The Parish Council meet monthly and publish the Yarcombe Information Leaflet, an invaluable resource of all useful contacts. This is distributed with the Yarcombe Voices, our excellent monthly magazine. Over 200 copies are printed each month and are personally delivered by a team of 18 people.
The Good Neighbour scheme offers appropriate assistance to anyone who needs it. Another service is provided to take people to the local doctors’ surgery and pick up prescriptions.
The Yarcombe website is full of information about the village and includes old and new photographs which give an excellent insight into living here. http://www.yarcombe.net