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Visit Pennywell Farm – Buckfastleigh, Devon

Come to Pennywell Farm!   A Full Day of Hands on Fun!

Treat your family to Devon’s friendliest day out at multi-award winning Pennywell Farm.
We have a huge variety of friendly farm animals, from the mighty to the miniature, for you to get acquainted with and a different hands on animal activity every half hour.

Miniature ponies, goats, highland cattle, alpacas, deer, ferrets, poultry hedgehogs, tortoises and a whole host of Pennywell pets are waiting to meet you.

Pennywell is home to the world famous Pennywell miniature pigs and is the only place where you can enjoy genuine Pennywell piggy cuddles. If that isn’t enough, every day at 2.30pm you can enjoy the phenomenon that is miniature pig racing and enjoy cheering on your favourite pint-sized porker.

There’s acres of indoor space to picnic and play as well as a commando course, maze, tractor village and toddle play farm. Four farm rides and crazy golf are also included in the admission price.

Put a spring in your step and a smile on your face as you discover why Pennywell Farm is amongst the top 20 farm attractions in the UK, in a list compiled by TripAdvisor Media Group.
New for 2019 is our pig agility course where you can test your own pig training skills. If goats are more your thing, why not grab a lead and take one for a walk; it’s great fun.

You won’t waste a single minute as there is a new hands on activity, show or display every half hour; it’s what Pennywell is famous for!

Every weekend and every day during Devon school holidays, we have two daily shows from one of our fantastic entertainers, plus themed weeks, special events and character days so keep an eye on the website for up to date information and to book tickets:


TCC Chairman’s Report

Chairman’s Report – 28 January 2019

Since the incorporation of the Chamber in 2017, and the election of Directors, The Chamber has been quietly working together in an attempt to deliver our remodelled mission statement of 2018

* To Increase membership of the Chamber; we had 12 members when I was elected in 2015, we have now 53 and a contact list of an additional 47
* To support the town’s stakeholders in promoting investment and encouraging business growth; which we have done
The Aims of the Chamber will continue to be in 2019:
* To work in partnership with Town stakeholders to support investment and growth
* To promote the Town at every opportunity through all available media sources
* To provide businesses with the opportunity to network and encourage inter-business trading
* To become the voice of local businesses, and give members the opportunity to express their views
* To signpost businesses to relevant advice and support
* The Directors have met on a fairly frequent basis to discuss matters, but tend to communicate via email /text and Whatsapp to save us all time
* A lot of time was spent in the Spring and Summer in an attempt to support the retailers on the Strand, and working with Pam Woods of the ASB team and Tara Fowler, we achieved some modest success
* Negotiated a more robust insurance cover for the Assets of the Chamber and a D&O policy, which will be reviewed annually
* Worked with the Harbour authority and jointly promoted the retailers and restaurants around the Harbour area, for the Cruise ships and the visitors using the harbour
* Attended numerous meetings regarding the Torquay Town Centre regeneration proposals
* Attended meetings re the Mayors Forum
* Promoted the use of the catenary wires for the Retailers to advertise “Free events “ with modest success ; negotiate with Kier a package to include installation as well as hire, and this is now more streamlined and advertised on the website
* Worked with the BBC TV and Radio to promote the retailers in Torquay
* Visited with other Directors the Torwood Street site
* Visited with other Directors the proposed redevelopment site at Slador
* Held several Dementia Awareness meetings, and have another planned already this year at the beginning of February with the Devon Podiatry groups
* All Directors helped in a survey of all members to try and ascertain what particular issues were important to members
* Discussed that networking meetings should be held every other month and members will choose venues
* Directors all worked hard to promote the Christmas lunch and a very successful collection of Christmas boxes were delivered to Shekinah/ Safe space
* I have put my name forward to accompany the Police on a “shift” to try and get a clearer understanding of some of the issues that they face on a daily basis
* Started planning the ideas for Rowcroft and Torbay Hospital, which will be discussed later in the Agenda

Devon Business Show 2019 – Book Your Stand Today

The Devon Business Show is returning on Wednesday 12th June at Plymouth Pavilions, offering exhibitors a chance to connect with a wide range of businesses and visitors.

For 2019, the Devon Business Show will feature exciting new changes to enhance the exhibitor and visitor experience, including:

· New floor plan
· Fantastic new catering
· Business seminars covering a wide range of topics
· A new zone featuring the latest electric and renewable trends ‘Electric Avenue’ sponsored by Citybus Plymouth.

Stands are selling fast and we are offering you the chance to book before it’s sold out.

Don’t delay and book your stand today.

Devon Business Show 2019 – Floor Plan:

Booking Form:

Risk Assessment Form:

To book your stand, please fill out the application and risk assessment form and send to: 

Stand availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Torbay Community Governance Review

Torbay Council is undertaking a review as below, and has asked if The Chamber would communicate the details with its members.


 Torbay Community Governance Review

Dear colleague,

You may already be aware that Torbay Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review to decide if any changes should be made to local governance arrangements in Torbay. The review will include the consideration of setting up new town or parish councils to represent communities and deliver a range of local services.

Full details on the review can be found on our website at:

Any new town or parish council would not replace Torbay Council but would exist alongside it, just like Brixham Town Council does now. They will decide what, if any, local services they want to provide to residents and may take over responsibility for services previously delivered by Torbay Council. These may include things like litter-bins, toilets, open spaces, lighting and community centres. The amount they will charge through an additional Council Tax payment (precept) will depend on the number of services they want to provide to their local community.

There could be a larger number of small town or parish councils representing individual areas, parts of Torbay could remain unparished, or we could simply retain the status quo. This review is also an opportunity for the community to comment on any changes that they might like in respect of the existing town council in Brixham.

Please could you forward this email to all your community contacts so we can get the views of all interested people – including local residents, employees, business people, community organisations, statutory agencies and others.

Please complete the survey which can be found at:]

by Friday, 15 March 2019.

Want to advertise Something…..?

Advertise your event with the Chamber of Commerce.

As you will see on our Home page, you can have a banner across the street, which will be seen by thousands!

The cost for a  9m x 1.2 m  banner is  £191.00  and a 9m x 90 cm banner is £148.00

The installation of the banner is  £106.00 + Vat

Customers can choose their own artwork, which will be extra.

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