The Villages would like to welcome you to this Parish.

For 'The Welcome Pack' 
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to find out more about Upton Pyne and Cowley.



The Villages would like to welcome you to this Parish.

COWLEY is a small hamlet on the Exeter side of the A377 and is situated looking towards Exeter with fine views of the River Exe.

UPTON PYNE is a small unspoilt village on the north slope of the wooded clump of Pynes Hill. The churchyard looks north to the hills of Raddon, Cadbury, and Christ Cross, over a placid countryside of fertile red sandstone. It has been said that at any time of the year this is one of the most satisfying views in all Devon. This piece of country between Pynes Hill and Raddon must have been open in the Bronze Age, as four barrows of that period are found in it, three near Stevenstone Farm and one at No Man's Cross.

Upton Pyne is a very rural community, with two working farms set in the middle of the village.

This is a lively community and there are plenty of opportunities for involvement by every age group.

We are lucky enough to have an active church in both villages:

There is historical evidence of the existence of a church in Upton Pyne in 1264, but its exact whereabouts is uncertain. The present church was consecrated on 26th September 1328 by Bishop Grandisson, the last of the great bishops responsible for the rebuilding of Exeter Cathedral.

Actually, the Chapel of St Antony in Egypt – a desert hermit of the 4th century – designed by Rhode Hawkins, built in 1867 and consecrated in May 1868. Its site had been given in 1866 by the daughters of Joseph Shepherd, the then owner of Cowley Place.

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The Parish Council meets monthly at 7,30pm on the second Monday of the month in the Village Hall

The Council consists of five Councillors from Upton Pyne and three from Cowley. Members of the general public are welcome to attend any Council meetings.

Mr Bob Short
Tel: 01392 840089

Mrs Jacqui Ward
Tel: 01392 851918

Upton Pyne Councillors:
Bob Short ( Chair)
Marie Taylor
Ed Rogers
Isobel Short
Nick Taverner
Stewart Wass.

Cowley Councillors:
Hugh Evans
Clive Smith OBE
Tony Jackson

Tree Warden
Nick Baker
01392 851634

UPTON PYNE VILLAGE HALL click here for more details
In 1960 the Village residents raised money in order to build the current Village Hall. It has recently been upgraded and for the disabled, has full access, a loo and a hearing aid loop. There is a fully functional kitchen, and a central heating system. The Hall has many village events held at it and it is available for private hire at a cost of £8.00 per hour.

Yoga, Whist evenings and Line Dancing are among many of the publicly-run events in the Hall.

There is a large car park for use by patrons of the Village hall.

The Upton Pyne Social Club is the oldest working man’s club in the country. It is now open, every evening except Wednesday evenings, to one-and-all with a membership charge of £2 per year.

Chairman - Mike Leach -Tel: 01392 841552

Art Club
The Club is run by Pat Brookes, Tel: 841202 and Ros Rowlerson, Tel: 861205
The Club meets weekly on Thursday afternoons in Upton Pyne Village Hall from September to Easter.

Buses go daily (Monday— Friday) into Exeter, leaving Upton Pyne Post Box mid morning, returning from Exeter Bus Station at lunch time.

In Cowley, there is a bus stop outside and opposite Bernaville Nurseries with regular services to Exeter, Crediton and North Devon.

Garden Club

Veronica Clarke
Tel: 01392 841530

Ros Rowlerson
Tel: 01392 861205

The Club meets on the third Monday of each month in Upton Pyne Village Hall. The Club organises outings and garden visits, a social evening and each year hold the very popular Village flower show.

Mobile Library
The mobile library visits Upton Pyne on alternate Tuesday mornings at 10.50am, outside the Village Hall.

Rubbish /Recycling is collected every Thursday morning.

Village magazine
Editor: Dave Bamford   Tel: 01392 841582

Speke Up is produced monthly and can be delivered to your house, the cost is 25p per month for this invaluable insight into what is going on in the parish.

Material for publication should be sent by the 18th of the month to Karen Taverner (841252) or Graham Williams (841697) or by email to spekeup@btinternet.com.

Some useful information
Speke Up magazine has contact details for many and varied commercial businesses.

Bernaville Nurseries, - for all your gardening needs
Exe Valley Tea Shop, - for emergency groceries, gifts and meals
Imprint Digital, printers of short run books and brochures
Newton St Cyres Post Office and shop – Post Office Newton-St-Cyres, 6 The Village, Exeter, Devon EX5 5BU
Pynes Mobile Maintenance 01392 420203 – garden machinery, trailers, caravans, horsebox repairs and maintenance
Upton Pyne Equestrian Centre provides livery, holiday livery, lessons, vet clinics and also stocks some horse feeds.
The Lazy Toad, - a pub/restaurant.
The Thorverton Stone Company, - manufacturers of concrete mouldings.
The Three Horseshoes, 01392 851334 - a pub/restaurant
The Three Horseshoes Filling Station, on the A377 01392 851419– an independently run petrol station with small shop
Quickes Farm, - Award winning cheese

Police Enquiries
Fire Service Enquiries
GAS Emergencies
Electricity Power Failure
East Devon District Council
Refuse Collection
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Brampford Speke Primary and Pre School
Newton St Cyres Primary
Exeter College
Q.E. Community College
Bus Times
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