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Copplestone Parish Council

Hello from the Parish Council.

Since our last update in December, the Parish Council have been heavily involved with the planning application on the land East of Dulings Farm. It was good to see so many residents attend our meeting expressing their views on the application. The Chairman of the Parish Council spoke at the Committee meeting at MDDC where the application was being considered to object to the application. The application was not approved by MDDC. We also know that an appeal has been made by the applicant over the decision. A revised application has also been received. This will be discussed in March.

In January, the Parish Council also seeks a Precept payment from MDDC to run the council and provide the services
around the village we are obliged to undertake. Copplestone Parish Council felt that there was no current justification for increasing the precept and would keep the precept at £11,000. We are unsure of the exact increase by MDDC on the precept which will affect your council tax bill.

Cllr Penny has raised the idea of the Parish Council providing a War Memorial within the Village. Grants and assistance can be obtained from the Royal British Legion. It was thought that initially 5-6 names to be placed on the memorial.

The Parish council still has one vacancy. If you would like to volunteer, please make contact with us.

Meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Church Community Room at 7.30pm with a public session at the start of each meeting. To contact the Parish Council, please make initial enquiries via Christopher Voaden, the Clerk, phone 877807 or email

Christopher Voaden (Clerk)


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Copplestone United Prepare to Compete in Europe

Copplestone United are proud to have been invited to compete in an International tournament and to represent Crediton, Devon and England. The club are organising their excursion into Europe and  preparing to take three teams to play in the St Boniface Cup tournament held in Dokkum Holland 24th to 26th May. The club are taking Copplestone Cobras U13, Copplestone Rangers U14 and Copplestone United U14 where they will play against C.S.V. Be Quick and V.V. Dokkum in a round of fixtures in the U13 and U15 age groups.

It will be a great experience for the players, coaches and parents to enjoy football in Europe and meet other clubs. This chance to represent our country in a prestigious competition is a dream come true for Copplestone United.  It will also be an opportunity to showcase the skills and excellent sportsmanship of our young players on an international stage.

Copplestone United teams continue to have a mixed season with all teams having lots of games all over the Exeter and Mid Devon area.

Our new youngest stars U7/U8, Copplestone Hawks, are enjoying their football and winning a good majority of games playing great football under their coaches Steve Peake and Will Tucker on Sundays

U9 Copplestone Scorpions continue to improve against some good teams in the Exeter youth league under new coach Danny Spurway.

U10 Copplestone Tigers, have become a strong team with a big squad of players and continue to impress against all-comers home and away. With coaches Murray Smith and Ian Perry guiding their progression.

U11 Copplestone Sharks continue improving, adding new players, winning more games and are having an impressive season so far under Matt Cooper and Steve Nichols.

U12 Copplestone Colts have improved greatly and now hold a mid-table position. They are playing good football with Nick Mann and Rupert Dodge coaching.

U13 Copplestone Cobras continue to have it tough this season in division one of the Exeter Youth league. Even with some tough results, the resolve of the team is still strong under the control of Chris Richards and Jacek Wozny.

U14 Copplestone Rangers continue to have a tough season but with the addition of new coach Jake Woodgates along with Guy Gibson, the team continues to improve and are a lot stronger throughout.

U14 Copplestone United continue to top the table and are still unbeaten in the league. Playing great football under coaching from  Andy Rice.

Copplestone United had a great time at their Christmas party this season. With 160 club members including players, coaches and parents going to watch Exeter City home match against Mansfield Town, with some picked players taking part in a Penalty Shoot-out competition during the half time interval.  A great time was had by all and it seems the win on that day has started Exeter City on their current impressive run of wins.

Copplestone United Coaching

Copplestone United continue to add to their coaching team with three new dads stepping forward to take their Level one coaching course in early April. Within the last month, 18 parents have attended a child safeguarding course run by Devon FA, showing that the club continues to work in the area of child welfare to protect our players in the light of the child abuse allegations in the news lately.

Saturday morning training is now changing as we are pleased to welcome Nathan Keast and Adam Bilcock from Primary Sports ( to be your new coaches. Nathan and Adam work in many of the local primary schools and both of them attend each session, in line with new FA guidelines. Both are professional coaches who play football themselves to a good level and are likely to be known by many of the boys/girls from their work in local schools. We are very pleased to offer such a good footballing start to the youngest players!

Primary Sports will run the Saturday am training independently so you do not need to join Copplestone Utd to attend training, but you do need to join Copplestone to play U7/8 matches. The Copplestone Manager for the U7/8s is currently Steve Peake (07794 479149) with help from Guy Gibson (07926 572888); they run Sunday matches for the U7/8s, approx every 3 weeks. Please call them if you are interested in joining.   If you would like to be a part of our club and help in any way or find out information on how to play, please contact our Club Secretary  Kay Gibson on 01363 881117.

Guy Gibson (Founder and Chairman)




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Copplestone Easter Egg Hunt

At the Copplestone Recreation Field


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Meat Bingo

Copplestone School!

1st Wednesday every month

1st March, 5th April, 3rd May, 7th June

With fantastic meat prizes.

Doors open 7pm – Eyes down 7.45pm

Please come along and have some fun!

Proceeds to Copplestone Village Hall Fund


For more details please contact

Jayne Grover Tel: 07900 477247


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Piglets Toddler Group

We’ve had a busy term at Piglets and it’s been wonderful to welcome in 2017 with some new faces. Christmas saw a trip to Planet Play, a visit from Santa and lots of excited little ones.
Thank you to everyone who made it special including the following local businesses who kindly donated to our raffle. We raised a record £132:
Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts, Planet Play,
Charlesworth Nicholl Solicitors, Olivia James,
The Waie Inn, Adams Home Hardware,
The Ruby Red Farm shop, Candimama
Wax and Relax Beauticians, Tesco, The Cross
Central Store, Helmores, Ashton’s Coffee Lounge,
Stitches by Susie, Eternity Photography, Kandy Toys
Twinkle Little Tarr, Baobab Café

The committee will be meeting over the next few weeks to plan our Easter event to Eggesford Forrest on 29th March. Do let us know if you fancy lending a hand with preparation: sign up sheets will be available soon and we look forward to seeing many of you on the day.

Piglets is on Wednesday mornings (term-time) 9am – 12pm in Copplestone Methodist Church Hall. Family £2.50, Over 2’s £2, Under 2s £1. First session is free. Anyone with children or grandchildren aged 0-4 years is welcome, please come along. We provide snack and activities for the children and a cuppa and cake for grown-ups. For more details please contact Emma on 07718 272861.
Emily Macdonald

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New Youth Worker for Copplestone

It’s good to be coming back! My name is Graham Harry (aged 45) and starting in February I am going to be the Youth Worker at Copplestone Methodist Church. I have a wife, Bethany, and four beautiful daughters – Chloe, Aimee, Millie and Phoebe. I also have a gorgeous Grandson – Logan. I am a Devon lad, though for the past 18 months I have lived in Manchester, home of the best football team Manchester United. I love to read and if there is one thing I am a bit geeky about, it is that I am quite obsessed with Doctor Who.

I have always been involved in youth work one way or the other. For the past 18 months I have been Team Leader for the National Youth and Children’s Department of the Congregational Federation and prior to that I was a Youth Pastor at Crediton Congregational Church for nearly 7 years.

I am very much looking forward to starting my role with Copplestone Methodist Church – working with the youth of the church and the young people in the community. I am looking forward to getting to know the young people and looking at ways in which I can support them. Part of my role will be being seen regularly in the community by the young people and in time setting up a youth drop in again. In the church I will be mentoring and helping the young people there grow in the Christian faith through teaching and discipleship.

My passion is to see young people being all they can be and equipped to face the future with confidence and dare I say it change the world. If you need to contact me is my email address.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Graham Harry

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