Sherford Trust - News Updates

Sherford Community Church Easter Services

Do come along to Sherford Church's Services across Easter!

22 March 2024

Sherford Community Church welcomes new Vicar!

Sherford has welcomed a new vicar, to lead the new town’s Church of England congregation. Greg Bakker has taken over the post – in an interim capacity – to lead Sherford Community Church.

Greg has lost no time in getting to know people in the community.  He has been working with Sherford Vale School and the House of Brews to offer a number of mothers and carers a free cup of coffee as part of the Mother’s Day celebrations.  On Tuesday (5th March) and Wednesday (6th March) Mrs Evans took the opportunity to join Greg and his team handing out cards to many of the mothers and carers of children attending the school offering them a free coffee to say thank you to them for all they do bringing up their children.

Greg has had a really warm and friendly welcome from residents.  He commented, “It is really lovely to be part of the Sherford community and I am very much look forward to working with the school and joining in community activities alongside helping to nurture an open and engaged church here in Sherford.” 

Mrs Susie Evans, Head Teacher said, ‘It is very important for the school and church to work together as both institutions are at the heart of the community.  Greg is very is open and welcoming and has taken the initiative to show how thankful the community is to mothers and carers for all that they do to nurture their children.’

Greg originally hails from California, some distance from his current Plymouth posting! He supports churches as they adapt to be more outwardly focused: based on his considerable experience, he is well placed to support the growing community of Sherford.


There are plenty of opportunities – for those living within and outside of Sherford – to get involved in events run by the church in the coming weeks:

On Mothering Sunday (10th March) everyone is invited to this special service at 10 am with coffee and cakes.  With crafts, prayers, and the giving of flowers: it will be a great way to say thank you to mums, carers, and all are nurturing or have nurtured children and young people.  

At Easter there will be a Muddy Church in Sherford Country Park on Good Friday, 29th March at 10.30am.  And on Easter Day (31st) there will be a ‘Sunrise Service’ in the Country Park.

On 6th April the church will be supporting the community’s Sherford Celebration. 

There will be an ‘agape’ family lunch for everyone on Sunday 11th April as part of the usual morning service.

Sherford Community Church runs regular Sunday services, small Bible groups, a children’s ministry.  There is also a popular baby and toddler group which meets every Wednesday at 9.30am in the Sherford Community Hub.  Find out more at


7 March 2024

Sherford Day 6th April 2024

Come and join the celebrations up at the Country Park at 2pm with cream teas at the Community Hub afterwards at 3pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

4 March 2024

Sherford Road Traffic Calming Project - Public Information event

The Sherford Consortium invites you to find out more about a local traffic calming project. Work will soon begin to make improvements to the junction where Sherford Road enters the new town of Sherford from Elburton.

Information about the Sherford Road Traffic Calming Project and detailed plans will be on display at an evening drop-in session taking place at Sherford. A team will be available to take you through these plans and answer any questions.

The public information event will take place on Wednesday 21st February, 6:45-8:45pm in Sherford Community Hub. 

Sherford Community Hub is based next to Sherford Vale School on Hercules Road (postcode: PL9 8FA). Parking is available on the square in front of the Hub building, or public transport is available via Stagecoach 1A and Gold bus services.  

15 February 2024

Christmas celebration 16th December

The community came together and enjoyed a wonderful festive weekend with a busy artisan market offering gifts and produce. There were Christmas activities in the hub and children enjoyed seeing Santa in his grotto. The new 'Scratch Choir' made up of residents and children led the festivities by singing around the community's Christmas tree. The Trust thank the Community Panel for all their hard work in helping put this event together aswell as thanking the Consortium for their generous contributions as always.

10 January 2024

Sherford Community Church Christingle

Please come along and celebrate Sherford Church's Christingle on Christmas Eve at 10am

13 December 2023

Sherford Christmas Choir

If you enjoy singing then please come along to the Sherford Christmas Choir rehearsal on the 2nd December at Sherford Vale Primary School!

22 November 2023

Sherford Christmas Choir

If you enjoy singing then please come along to the first Sherford Scratch Christmas Choir on the 11th November at Sherford Vale Primary School!

23 October 2023

Rugby World Cup Final

Come and see the World Cup Final at the Community Hub!

18 October 2023

Volunteer Community Days

Have you heard about Volunteer Community Days? These are days when your employer can free you to volunteer to help your community by joining an approved group near you whilst still being paid.

Clarion is one of the companies involved in Sherford and they have added the Friends of Sherford Country park to their list of approved organisations for this scheme. They will become the first company to send their employees to help with a project in the Country Park at Sherford.

On October 6th the Country Park Group is expecting to welcome a group of volunteers to help progress the project around the stream area. The aim of this project is to clear the vegetation from around the stream, reinstate the pool and create a wetland where a wide variety of wildlife can find new homes. There have already been sightings of frogs and dragon flies around the stream which is a sure sign that they will come back with the environment improvement envisaged. The Group has also been given a grant by Wild About Devon to plant the stream side with species suitable for the environment.

Now the Group can look forward to being able to make a big push on this project with the help of this band of volunteers from Clarion.

Why not ask about the Community Volunteer Day scheme where you work and come and join in working to improve the environment in your local country park?

18 September 2023

Autumn Market 7th October

The Sherford Trust and resident’s events team are pleased to announce we’ll be hosting an Autumn Market on 7th October at Sherford Vale Primary school hall. The market will run from 11.30am – 4.30pm and we are looking for stall holders to take part. If you are a resident interested in selling their second hand items or a business wanting to sell their products please do get in touch with Amy at There will be a small charge for booking a spot at the market - £6 for residents (selling  second hand goods) £12 for businesses (selling products).’

29 August 2023

Community Picnic Sunday 20th August

Come and join in the fun and games for a community picnic on Sunday 20th August!

1 August 2023

Country Park event 12th August

Bring a picnic and join in the fun at the Country Park!

31 July 2023

Sherford Matters Summer 2023

Please download the below for your summer edition of Sherford Matters

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31 July 2023

Sherford BioBlitz

Come and join this exciting event in Sherford on the 26th July with Pollenize to help track and increase biodiversity and wildlife in your area.

Please see the attached poster for contact details.

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13 July 2023

Temporary Convenience Store

Temporary convenience store is coming to Sherford soon!

12 July 2023

Get Involved!

If you are interested in community development in Sherford, please see our 'Get Involved' section at the top of this page to read more about the Trust's work with consultants RIO and the community.

The main projects centre around five key areas  that were identified as being important to the community: Communication, Events and Activities, Shops and Amenities, Young People and Environment and Heritage.  

Please go on to our 'Get Involved' page to read more about how you can help facilitate community activity for the future of Sherford and open the document below for more details.

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23 May 2023

Open Gardens Event Sunday 25th June 2.30 to 5pm

The Friends of Sherford Country Park are holding an open garden event on Sunday 25th June. Please come along and share your ideas or open your garden. There will be a plant sale and tea and cake!

23 May 2023

Sherford Vale Primary School Ofsted 2023

Please see the attached successful Ofsted report for Sherford Vale Primary School from January 2023.

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6 March 2023

Community Celebration 1st April 2023

Come along and join in the Community Celebration at the Country Park and Community Hub on Saturday 1st April from 2 to 6pm.

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2 March 2023

Temporary Convenience Store

The Sherford Consortium is inviting tenders for interested parties to run a temporary convenience store at Sherford - in advance of the local centre being developed and operational. 

Please see the attached application letter for more details and any queries should be sent to

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31 January 2023

Sherford Food Hub

Sherford Community Trust is pleased to support the new Food Hub in Sherford, an inspiring new initiative backed by Feeding Devon and FareShare South West.

This is a community organisation, providing affordable food and support for anyone affected by the cost of living crisis, those working in Sherford, or with children at the School. 

Come to the Community Hub on Thursdays 2-3pm to join and find out more.

Visit the 'Sherford Food Hub' facebook page where you will also find the membership form.

For further details please contact or

3 January 2023

Youth Club Sessions

Space are continuing to run Youth sessions in Sherford every Thursday from 7 - 8.30pm meeting at the Skate Park.

Please see the poster for more information.

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31 October 2022

Councillor Surgery

The next 'Councillor Surgery' will be held at Sherford Community Hub on Monday 14th November at 5pm.

The purpose of this event is for residents of Sherford to meet, hear and talk with their elected representatives. A representative from the Sherford Consortium will also be in attendance which gives everyone an opportunity to direct questions about the overall development.

The format for the meeting will be as follows;


1. Welcome and Introductions - Cllr Dan Brown - South Hams District Council

2. Update on the Sherford Development and outline proposals over the next 12 months - Consortium

3. Update from the Community Trust - Judy Talbot, Trust Coordinator

4. Update from DCC, on behalf of the Local Authorities

5.30 pm

Please can you RSVP to Judy Talbot at

We look forward to seeing you then.

On behalf of Cllr Dan Brown

3 October 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21/04/1926 - 08/09/2022

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. On behalf of the Trust, our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.

We remember with immense gratitude the lifetime of service which Her Majesty devoted to our Nation and to the Commonwealth.

There will be a Book of Condolences for all to write in over the next week which will be located at the Community Hub.

Please see South Hams District Council website for further details:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - South Hams District Council

8 September 2022

Jubilee Party

The Sherford community had a wonderful Jubilee party on Sunday 5th June. It was organised by Sherford Community Church and part-funded by the Community Land Trust. Lots of fun and games, cake-making and art competitions were enjoyed by all.

29 June 2022

Youth Cooperative Action Group

Please see the attached details for these forthcoming new youth sessions at Sherford starting on Wednesday 11th May. Any questions please contact Amy on the attached email or look at the link.

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2 May 2022

Sherford Community Celebration

The Sherford community has cause to celebrate, with its first ever resident marking their fifth anniversary of moving to the new town as its founding member. A day of commemorative activities took place to celebrate the growing community, the groups that have formed and to mark its past, present and future.

A tree planting ceremony was held, with Councillor Dan Brown - Ward Councillor for Wembury and Brixton - officiating alongside South Hams District Council's Green Infrastructure Officer. Scots Pine trees were planted during the event in Sherford's Country Park; an area that will eventually span a colossal 500-acres of open green space.
The celebration was run by some of Sherford's active social groups, including the Community Church, Over 50s club and Friends of Sherford Country Park. The Friends group is RHS affiliated and includes 25 households from within the old and new parts of the community. It undertakes projects within the expansive public green space, enables members to mix and enjoy the outdoors and encourages everyone to work together for the common good.
The Friends of the Country Park group marked her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee year by planting a further seven trees - one for each decade on the throne - as part of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative which is running across the country to increase native tree cover as a 'special gift' for the Queen. These trees were funded by the Sherford Community Trust along with the community celebrations, refreshments and a plant sale which was held at the hub later in the day. 

20 April 2022

Lord Mayor event

We were pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Plymouth along to Sherford to meet the community and thank residents for their kind donations to the Ukraine crisis fund. 

28 March 2022

Sherford Community Event 2nd April

Please come along to our Community Day at the Country Park and the hub. Do have a look at the poster for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Event 2nd April

19 March 2022

Councillor Surgery 28th January 2022

Please come along to our next 'Meet your Councillors and MP Surgery' on 28th January 2022. See the attached document for more information and the zoom link to join. If you think you will be able to attend please do let me know on so I have an idea of numbers.

Download document (pdf)

24 January 2022

Sherford Community Survey 2021

The latest Sherford Community Survey results from 2021 are now available. Please see the Survey Statistics Leaflet below. If you would like to view the full raw data please request these on

The Community Survey Results and Findings report is in the process of being finalised and will be available to access soon. Watch this space!

Community Survey 2021 Statistics Leaflet

10 January 2022

Christmas carols and Santa's sleigh ride 2021

Residents in Sherford enjoyed a festive time with carols around the tree and Santa's sleigh ride-by. Santa and his elves managed to deliver around 600 presents to children in the town which were funded by the Community Land Trust. 

6 January 2022

Deep Lane pedestrian/cycle bridge consultation

Dear all,


Devon County Council is considering how to improve the cycle and pedestrian movements over the A38 at Deep Lane Junction, and is undertaking an online public consultation to get views on three potential options identified to deliver a new route.


The three options being consulted on include a route to the west of Deep Lane Junction, a route alongside the existing bridge at Deep Lane Junction, and a route to the east of Deep Lane Junction.


The public consultation will run between 13th December 2021 and 23rd January 2022, seeking the views of local stakeholders, businesses and residents. Further details of the options, including a plan, and an online response form can be found at, and the consultation leaflet that will be sent to surrounding landowners has also been attached for reference.


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13 December 2021

Councillor Surgery 28th January 2022

Please come along to our next 'Meet your Councillors and MP Surgery' on 28th January 2022. See the attached document for more information and the zoom link to join. If you think you will be able to attend please do let me know on so I have an idea of numbers.

Councillor Surgery Invite

6 December 2021

Community Hub Launch and Open Day

The Trust welcomed residents and groups to our launch and Open Day last Friday. Many thanks to Cllr Dan Brown and Sir Gary Streeter MP for formally opening the hub. Thanks also to the groups and organisations who took the time to speak with the community about their activities. It was good to see the hub so busy and we look forward to welcoming more of the community to the hub in the future.

Please look at the website for more details and availability.

12 November 2021

Halloween Pumpkin Trail

The community enjoyed a fun Halloween pumpkin trail throughout half-term. The Community Trust were pleased to contribute towards the treat bags for the children in Sherford. 

The unwanted pumpkins were all donated to a local residential care home for their 'pumpkin appeal'.

11 November 2021

Community Hub Launch

Please come along to our Community Hub launch on 5th November from 3.30 to 6pm.

Sir Gary Streeter will be officially opening the building and a number of groups and organisations will be there to discuss their classes. Come and see what's on offer in your community! Refreshments served from 4pm.

Community Hub Launch

5 November 2021

Sherford Pop-up Market - Saturday 20th November 10.30am – 2pm

Come along to the Sherford Community Hub and explore local food and craft producers, supporting independent and resident owned businesses. FREE ENTRY - Please be aware we will only be allowed 40 at a time in the space.

Some stall holders will be accepting card, but others will be cash only.

We’re still looking for stall holders, contact to book a table at the market.

Download our flyer

For full details, see our Market page

28 October 2021

New Maths and English Class drop-in events

Please come along to Sherford Community Hub for a drop-in event to discuss furthering your career with a new qualification.

Sherford Maths and English classes

21 September 2021

Sherford Family fun day

Sunday 5th September

Family fun day at Sherford Vale Primary School

Bike races, inflatable fun and Land Art, Refreshments etc

Sherford family fun day

4 August 2021

Toddler Group sessions

Children have been enjoying the Forest School space in the Country Park for their new Toddler Group sessions. These are taking place on a Wednesday morning. Please do contact Meg on for more details.

19 May 2021

Mobile Library Service comes to Sherford

At last the Mobile Library will be in Sherford! It will come to the School car park every four weeks on a Monday from 1-4pm starting on Friday 7th May. Please see the attached poster for further dates.

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28 April 2021

Sherford Easter Holiday Club

A fun flurry of forest school sessions, games, crafts and outdoor fun, Sherford's Easter Holiday Club was a huge success!

Taking place at the Country Park - a stunning slice of green space at the town's heart - the activities were kindly organised and run by Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub and Sherford Forest School. Part of a project to support positive mental and physical health, and help tackle holiday hunger, funded by Devon County Council.

A great initiative, here's to plenty more forest fun for Sherford families in the future.

27 April 2021

Easter Egg Hunt

Families in Sherford enjoyed a fun Easter Egg Hunt over the holidays with lots of yummy chocolate for the children - the eggs were funded by the Trust. Glad everyone had a good time.

13 April 2021

Sherford Directory

Please see the attached digital version of the recently distributed Sherford Directory flyer.

The Directory shows the key amenities, infrastructure and services at Sherford and lets you know which organisations are responsible for what elements. 

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8 March 2021

Sherford Matters

Please see a copy of the Trust's recently submitted article to the Sherford Matters magazine. It gives details of the new Sherford Directory which will give residents all the information they need about the structure and organisations operating in Sherford.

Download document (pdf)

8 March 2021

Forest School activity packs

The Trust approved a grant application for these wonderful forest school activity packs which families have been enjoying through lockdown. The activities included a seasonal trail with tree identification guides, bird watch sheets, fairy doors, scavenger hunt sheets and clay for leaf pressing.

A fabulous selection to keep children happy!

12 February 2021

Santa sleigh ride

Sherford children enjoyed a wonderfully festive Santa sleigh ride on the 20th December. Santa and his elves visited all the residents in Sherford dropping off gifts to the children on their way. The Sherford Community Trust were pleased to be able to approve funding to help towards the gift selection packs. 

20 December 2020

Brilliant baubles and festive fun at Sherford

To help spread seasonal cheer throughout the community, a bauble decorating competition took place at Sherford this month, with hundreds of children and their families decorating baubles and hanging their colourful creations on the town Christmas tree.  

A bit of festive fun, organised by the Sherford Community Trust and Vistry Partnerships – part of the Sherford Consortium – this was the first ever ‘Sherford Christmas Bauble Competition’ and the town enthusiastically got behind it, ensuring the tree was festooned with handcrafted masterpieces! 

Judy Talbot, Community Coordinator from the Sherford Community Trust, had a hard task of picking two winning baubles – but creations by one of the youngest members of Sherford Vale infants and one of the eldest juniors especially caught her eye for their colourful and imaginative designs.  

Staff and pupils from Sherford Vale School helped mark the occasion, dressing in festive finery and delivering plenty of Christmas spirit! To continue the fun, families have been encouraged to take their baubles home in time for Christmas, keep hold of them and reuse in the future!  

18 December 2020

Space discord programme events

Please see the attached poster for Space youth online programme of events

Space programme of events

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10 December 2020

Online Youth Club

Please see attached details of Space online youth club

Space online youth club

10 December 2020

Mobile Library Service comes to Sherford

Please see the attached poster with all the dates for the new Mobile Library Service which will be coming to Sherford from January 11th onwards on a four-weekly basis from 1-4pm at the School Car Park.

Mobile Library Service

Devon Libraries

8 December 2020

Brixton Parish Council Community Letter

Please see the attached letter with useful numbers and support group details.

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16 November 2020

Community Trust update

Please see the attached community notice outlining grant applications and the forthcoming community hub with plans.

Community Notice

6 October 2020

Community Hub Plan

Please see attached the community hub plan.

Community Hub Plan

6 October 2020

Councillor Surgery Minutes 20th July 2020

Please see the attached minutes for useful updates on Sherford.

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29 July 2020

Successful Grant Applications approved

The Sherford Community Land Trust approves two grant applications from the community: One application for a litter-picking project and the other for equipment to help with community events. Both applications were made on behalf of the Residents Association and the Youth Project. More information about events related to these to follow.

15 July 2020

Road closure notice

Sherford Main Street - Phase 2

New Road Closure

13 June 2020

Devon County Council - COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund

The Fund aims to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak. 

There are two separate grants available through the Fund; one of less than £500 and one of between £500 and £5,000. 

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18 May 2020

Community Trust update to Residents

Please see the attached letter for updated news from the Trust

Letter to residents

3 May 2020

Healthy Communities Together

Funding for partnerships between the voluntary sector, local authorities and the NHS to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

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22 April 2020

SHDC Community Support Team

SHDC have set up a community response team for specific wards in the district. They will liaise with District Council members in working with local communities thereby providing a link between community groups, parish councils and the District Council.

A database of local organisations and businesses in your area which are helping to provide key services can be accessed on the below website:   

Officers will be able to advise on local supplies and home-delivery services etc. To get in touch please click on the below link which also contains the latest information.

The Council also have a dedicated Covid-19 community response helpline on 01803 861297.


20 April 2020

Covid-19 South Hams Local Action Support Fund

Please click below for further details on how to apply:

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3 April 2020

Covid-19 information from Devon County Council

News update

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30 March 2020

COVID-19 Important information for Businesses

Support and advice for businesses - please click below.

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24 March 2020

NHS website

NHS information on how to self-isolate if required.

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24 March 2020

Public Health England

General government Covid-19 advice

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20 March 2020

Sherford Trust Co-ordinator

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a co-ordinator who will start working with the Trust at the end of November.

25 November 2019

Residents Survey

This survey was carried out in Spring 2019 and established the first facts about those living in Sherford. Although anonymous the results showed how residents of the new town were on average younger than national and local average ages. The majority are very positive about the development of their community. The survey can be found at the link below. It is planned to hold a similar survey every couple of years to chart the needs and views of Sherford as it develops.


1 September 2019

Sherford Community Surveys

The latest Sherford Community Survey results from 2021 are now available. Please see the Survey Statistics Leaflet below. If you would like to view the full raw data please request these on