Welcome to the Ashprington and Tuckenhay Parish Council website
Ashprington Parish lies to the south of Totnes and is bordered by the River Dart to the east. It encompasses the hamlets of Painsford, Bow and Tuckenhay where the River Harbourne flows into the Dart providing a delightful setting. This is a mainly rural area though most people live in Ashprington and Tuckenhay.
At the 2011 census the parish had a population of 431: very different from the Ashprington entry in the Doomesday Book in 1086 when it was called Aisbertone and consisted of 8 smallholders, 7 villagers and 4 servants!
Our community offers a wealth of opportunities for activities, volunteering and engagement with friends and neighbours. We have a church in Ashprington (St David’s), three pubs (The Durant Arms in Ashprington and The Maltsters in Tuckenhay and The Waterman’s Arms at Bow Bridge) and a village hall in Ashprington where there are regular activities and social events. Ash Meadow on the north side of Ashprington provides a community orchard and composting facility, playing field, children’s play area and adult exercise equipment, all looked after by a group of local volunteers keen to welcome new people. There are clubs and societies for various interests and exercise classes in the village hall. Sharpham Estate attracts visitors to the cheese dairy, vineyard, café and restaurant, and Sharpham House and Barn offer retreats based on mindfulness and connection with nature.
Health and welfare are well catered for in the parish. There are defibrillators in both Ashprington and Tuckenhay with a VETS (Voluntary Emergency Telephone System) scheme in place to assist in an emergency. The parish has a team of trained first aiders and there is a night landing site for Devon Air Ambulance at Ash Meadow.
For those who like the outdoors, there are many footpaths to explore the lovely countryside, you can cycle into Totnes from Ashprington along the River Dart or explore the network of country lanes, and there is access for water sports on the Harbourne at Tuckenhay.
History lovers need go no further than Tuckenhay with its rich industrial past. The most prominent building is the Mill that once produced paper but now provides high quality holiday accommodation. There is still evidence of quays that were used for the loading and unloading coal, limestone, cider and roadstone as well as a cluster of Grade 11 listed buildings.
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