What we do...

Bovey Futures is a community led organisation that aims to work with others to improve facilities and services in the Bovey Tracey parish.

Our Projects

Our projects address priorities for action identified by local people at our consultation events. We will continue to consult with residents and local groups to find out what people want most and help to make views known and acted upon.

If you would like to volunteer to help on any of our projects, or if you have an idea for a project that you would like to develop, we'd like to hear from you. Get in touch with us at info@boveyfutures.org.uk.

Electronic Noticeboard

Improving local information through developing a new Electronic Noticeboard Project in Bovey, Brimley and Heathfield.

How do you find out what's going on locally? And if you're organising an event, how do you tell people about it? Posters on the railings and lamp-posts are often the only option.

Bovey Futures is working to install digital notice boards at various points in and around Bovey, Brimley and Heathfield to promote events and activities taking place in the local area and reach the widest audience posisble.

The display will be in the format of a rolling slide show advertising local community events. We are currently working with local traders to find suitable sites on the inside of shop windows at eye level or wall mounted in-store.  So far, the Bovey Library, the Youth Cafe, Cafe 3Sixty and Brimley Post Office are interested in hosting screens.  We have now secured funding to make this project happen.  

To advertise your event, activity or social group on these screens, you will need to complete a short booking form and send details to: nicola@boveyfutures.coop


Community Land

Development of a new Community Sports and Activities Centre alongside Le Molay-Littry Way.

Over the course of 2017 Bovey Futures hosted a number of consultation events with community and local groups to find out what new facilities are needed in the area. We also received 500 completed responses to a public survey we held in summer 2017. The overwhelming message we've received is that there's an urgent need for a large multi-purpose sports and activities centre in our area.

The Town Council owns a 5.5 acre site alongside Le Molay Littry Way. It was given by the developers of the De Tracey Park housing development to the Town Council in 1996 to provide community facilities. The land is covenanted to be used for community benefit, and is also earmarked for community use on the Teignbridge Local Plan. There is quite a history with regard to the provision of community buildings on this site since it came into the council's ownership. Teignbridge District Council granted planning permission in 1997 for a scheme for three linked community buildings  and again for a smaller scheme in February 2001 .

In each case, the Town Council agreed to lease the land at a peppercorn rent to a community trust set up to manage the development. Bovey Futures set up a working group of volunteers to investigate again the possibility of developing a new sports and activities centre on this land and potential co-location with a primary school to share facilities.

Work during 2018, has shown that plans to co-locate a community sports facility with Bovey Primary School is unlikely to be possible in the near future.  However, we have managed to write up a feasibility plan as well as secure funding to develop the project further. This funding will go towards the set up of a Community Benefit Society (CBS). The CBS will then focus its efforts on developing health and well-being facilities elsewhere in the parish.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

We are delighted that the Town Council has recently begun the process of putting together the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This is a real opportunity for Bovey, Heathfield and Brimley residents (and businesses) to influence the future of our Parish up to 2040 and beyond. It covers not only sustainable housing etc, but also protection of the natural environment, and ensuring that the facilities we all need are fully integrated into our community.

The NDP will be an opportunity to create new, community led planning policies, and this is the chance for us to ‘have our say’. We are working with the Town Council and other local organisations to make sure that residents are able to fully participate in drafting the Neighbourhood Development Plan. BF director Tom Wilson is deputy chair of the NDP Steering Group.

Up and down the country thousands of Parishes are involved in this process and, where the Plans have been completed, the results have been :

  • more investment in local facilities.
  • more engagement of the community.
  • more transparency in local development.

Proud 2B Here!

Bovey Tracey, Brimley and Heathfield Flag Project

2018 will be the fifth year of having flags in Bovey Tracey. Initially funded by Bovey Tracey Town Council and the Tracey Alms House Trust, this exciting community project enables local businesses and community organisations to create their own unique, large-scale colourful flags that enhance the whole area and make it more attractive to residents, visitors and potential new businesses. There are nearly 50 flags going up in this summer in time for major local events including the Contemporary Craft Festival, Carnival week and the Nourish Festival.

The flags each tell a story about the business or organisation and reflect a sense of place. They are mainly designed and sewn by local people from participating groups, including the Community Garden, local churches and Bovey Primary School. Flag design and making is supported by wonderful volunteers, and led by the Community Artist Bridget Arnold. They are made of high quality, colourful balloon material (rip stop nylon) and sewn twice (straight and zig zag stitches) with polyester thread, with Vilene reinforcement for the pole holder. Pole holders are made by a local blacksmith, and the ash and hazel poles have been coppiced from local woods.

From 2018, Bovey Futures will be helping to secure ongoing funding and sponsorship from local businesses to make it possible for the flags to go up again in the town as well as to expand the project to new places in the Parish.