North Molton Village

North Molton sits on the south-western edge of Exmoor National Park, about 3 miles from the market town of South Molton and the A361 link road. Set in glorious countryside, the village and outlying hamlets and farms are currently home to around thirteen hundred residents. It is a happy, thriving community with a primary school, two churches, two pubs, a garage, a hairdressers and a variety of home-based businesses. There are two well-supported village halls and a sports club boasting football and cricket pitches and an indoor sports hall and pavilion.

The spirit of the community is captured in the book North Molton a celebration of the people and history of North Molton published by the North Molton History Society. The village was originally founded on the very successful wool trade, followed by a brief spell as a mining village. As the local saying goes "When North Molton was a thriving town South Molton was still a fuzzy down".

Defibrillator locations:
  • North Molton Village - The Poltimore Inn porch (sedative.segregate.enacts)
  • North Molton Village - The Sports Club (aquatics.showering.pillow)
  • Heasley Mill - The Old Phonebox (remedy.purse.tomorrow)

How to use the defibrillator.

A defibrillator (AED = Automated External Defibrillator) will talk you through how to use it - so do not worry about getting things wrong - the machine will be in control.

However, if you would like to be mentally prepared beforehand, please watch the St John's Ambulance video here, and the HeartSine video here (the defibrillator at The Politmore Arms is this model). The defibrillator should have a Resus pack containing a resuscitation mask, scissors for removing clothing, and a razor for shaving a patch on a hairy chest (the pads may not stick otherwise). Please note that these videos are examples of how to use a defibrillator and are not being promoted here as an effective way to learn CPR.

Important Information

Covid vaccinations at The Victory Hall, North Molton

If you have not already had your Covid booster, and are eligible for one, then there will be another session at The Victory Hall for walk in vaccinations.

Thursday 14th December 2023 - 9:30 to 12:30.

There is no need to book. Boosters are for the over 65s, clinically vulnerable and immunosuppressed. Please do not attend if you are not eligible (you can check at or by calling 119). 

Highways update 20 Nov 2023

Please find attached the latest Griffiths Traffic Bulletin for the North Devon Link Road Project - A361 - (Portmore to Borners Bridge) or click HERE to view online at the Griffiths Community website under Traffic Updates. This bulletin contains important Traffic Information regarding road closures, works and traffic management.

North Molton Parish Council meetings 2024

North Molton Parish Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise stated), starting at 7:30 pm. Members of the public are welcome.

  • Weds      10th January                          The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      14th February                        The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      13th March                            The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      10th April                               The Victory Hall, North Molton

Weds      8th May  The Victory Hall, North Molton [Village Annual Meeting and Parish Council Annual Meeting]

  • Weds      22nd May                               The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      12th June                               The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      10th July                                The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      14th August                           Heasley Mill Village Hall
  • Weds      11th September                     The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      9th October                           The Victory Hall, North Molton
  • Weds      13th November                      Heasley Mill Village Hall
  • Weds      11th December                      The Victory Hall, North Molton

For any queries, please contact Ian Fisher, Parish Clerk - 07784 177666

Prepayment meter - fuel vouchers from CAB

Citizens Advice Torridge, North, Mid & West Devon are running a fuel voucher scheme this autumn and winter. Some residents may be struggling with the cost of living again this winter, with energy costs continuing to take up a large amount of the household budget. People on prepayment meters who are struggling to top up may be entitled to receive fuel vouchers from CAB.  They are able to issue £98 of energy vouchers to households at their first contact (subject to ID checks), and then following an energy advice session with a member of the team, they may be able to issue a further two sets of £98 vouchers.

Call 01237 879233 or email

Highways update 6th November 2023

Please find attached the latest Griffiths Traffic Bulletin for the North Devon Link Road Project - A361 - (Portmore to Borners Bridge) or click HERE to view online at the Griffiths Community website under Traffic Updates. This bulletin contains important Traffic Information regarding road closures, works and traffic management. Please feel free to share this with friends and family locally and add to local social media to increase circulation. This can also be shared, printed and added to noticeboards as appropriate. For additional project information or to view all newsletters and traffic updates online, please visit our Griffiths in the Community North Devon Link Road website HERE [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]

Consultation on North Devon DC Customer Services

North Devon Council currently provides face to face customer services at Lynton House, Barnstaple on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am – 1pm. We provide help and assistance to customers across all our services for those where online or phone contact is either not possible or appropriate. 

We are considering moving and expanding this service.  We are looking at relocating to a vacant unit within Green Lanes Shopping Centre. Green Lanes Shopping Centre is centrally located in Barnstaple, it has plenty of carparks nearby, and has public transport links. As you may be aware, NDC own the shopping centre and there is an opportunity to utilise an unoccupied store. 

"We are proposing to extend our customer services face-to-face opening hours to Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Alongside this we will create working spaces to enable officers from across various services to be available to assist customers face to face, with private facilities where needed.

To ensure the service we provide fits the needs of our residents we would like your input.  What do you think of this proposal? Please help us by taking part in this Community Hub (

This consultation starts on 30 October 2023 and closes on 11 December 2023.  Results will be published once the consultation period ends.

To obtain a physical copy, residents are encouraged to visit Lynton House in Barnstaple."

Parish Council meeting - special session to discuss development west of NM School

All residents are welcome to attend the next Parish Council meeting (in fact, ANY Council meeting) where there will be a special session to discuss the developments behind North Molton Primary School.

The meeting will start at 7pm, Weds 13th September, and a representative of the Agent for the developer will be available to answer questions.  In order to contribute, the usual rules apply - indicate to the Chairman that you would like to speak, and keep your comments/questions to 2 minutes maximum. This is much appreciated by Council and other attendees.

To find out more about the developments, visit the North Devon Planning Portal by clicking here. Enter the relevant reference code into the search function. Maps, proposals etc can be accessed for each application.

The current applications can be founds under the references 77479, 77499 and 77500.

Previous applications for the same area can be found under references 57361, 58144, 60822 and 66372.

Affordable housing in North Molton Parish (August 2023)

As part of providing local homes for local people, certain developments within the Parish have conditions attached to them with regards to giving local residents first option for purchase.  One such opportunity has arisen in Winsor Meadow, North Molton village. The property listing is linked here, and the conditions for purchase are attached.  For further details, please contact the property agent via the link.

Further similar opportunities are likely to arise as this area of the village is further developed.

North Molton Transport

South Molton - North Molton Route 856 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and some bank holidays)
Stagecoach South West. Timetable valid from 5 Sep 2021 until further notice
South Molton, Broad Street Depart: 09:15 12:15 14:15
North Molton, Bridge Depart: 09:30 12:30 14:30
North Molton, Square Depart: 09:32 12:32 14:32
South Molton, King Street Arrive: 09:45 12:45 14:45

Other useful links

Stagecoach 155 South Molton to Barnstaple timetable Stagecoach timetables - downloadable versions National Express Website Great Western Railway website National Rail Journey Planner

North & South Molton Taxis

  • A & L01769 572169
  • Bry Cabs07449 262008
  • South Molton Taxi Service Ltd01769 573636
  • Mr Thornton B-line Taxis01271 322117
North Molton Car Share Facebook Group
North Molton Transport

Laurels Playground

North Molton Playground

Sited in the play area of the Old School which closed in 1992, the Laurels Playground provides a safe enclosed area for children. The Parish Council began renovation in 2020, and so far equipment installed includes a ride-on tractor, 3-way see-saw, a slide with rope ladder, a new swing with an accessible basket, and an in-ground trampoline that can hold up to 5 children and is accessible to wheelchair users.

Coloured hopscotch graphics and a large mural designed by local children brighten up the area.

Work is ongoing to repair the rear wall and old iron railings, a lovely feature of the playground. Many kind donations from individuals have been made towards the renovation, and residents have given their time and energy in helping with the restoration. Support has also come from fundraising events, The National Lottery, Griffiths, the Freemasons, North Devon Atlantic Scramble Club, and the local government development levy grant (S106).

North Molton Book Box

A few years ago, North Molton Parish Council purchased the redundant telephone box in the village square from BT for the princely sum of £1.00. After a few repairs, and thanks to Cllr Anne Johnson being able to locate replacement perspex panels, we were able to turn it into the phone box library in 2021. Our library is available to all, residents and visitors alike.

The premise is simple. Books for all ages are welcome, and anyone can take or donate books (we check for suitably and cleanliness on a regular basis). When we have a surplus, and to keep them refreshed, we either store excess books or donate them to one of the charity shops in South Molton.

If you would like further information or have questions, please contact Councillor Hugh Jennings.

North Molton Book Box

North Molton Key Contacts

North Molton Contacts

Dog Fouling

North Devon Council wishes to remind anyone in charge of a dog that it is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a publicly accessible area without cleaning it up. This includes in car parks, recreation and sports grounds, parks, pavements as well as verges, footpaths and beaches. Failure to do so or leaving it to collect later (or even hanging it on a tree) can still result in a fixed penalty of £75 (or a maximum of £1000). Report dog fouling incidents using the NDC online form.

Lost or found dogs, see the North Devon dogs pages

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