Local Information

The village has an active community life with many societies and groups. These well supported clubs/groups include but not exclusively Northlew Walking Group, badminton, Knit and Knatter, Mother and Toddler, Northlew Amateur Dramatic Society (NADS), snooker, Women’s Guild and yoga. It is reported that Northlew is one of the very few remaining villages to have a Silver Band, playing most recently for Christmas carols around the village Christmas tree and at the village bonfire night carnival procession.

Many of the activities are held at the Victory Hall, opened in 1921 to commemorate the lives of the men lost in the first World War. In 2014 it was extensively refurbished with time and money given by local people with some external financial help. The Victory Hall hosts some of the clubs/groups including the annual Craft and Produce show, the carnival, performances by NADS and meetings and is also available for hire for private parties.

Northlew Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled Church of England school in the Diocese of Exeter.   This is a small rural school with an intake of children from Northlew and outlying areas.

Post Office - The church room hosts the twice weekly visits by the Post Office on Monday and Friday mornings 09:30 to 12 noon.

Northlew Stores is Community Interest Company run by volunteers to benefit the residents of Northlew, Ashbury and surrounding area. We offer a good stock of everyday larder items and will happily arrange to stock something you request.

Every Tuesday and Friday we have a fresh bakery delivery from Ellis Bakery, supplying bread, cakes and savoury fridge items, orders can be taken by noon the day before delivery. Or pop in and pick up fresh bread or something tasty for tea.   We have newspapers delivered and these can be ordered or we have a few spare each day.   We also offer a pick up service for prescriptions from Black Torrington and Okehampton Medical Centre.

Northlew Community Shop
 These are the Winter opening hours

Please note that the afternoon opening hours may be subject to change. 

Volunteering is a great way to support your local community shop – enquire within or email Paula.
Emergency contact and out of hours contact:
Paula: 01409 221002/07805427006
Email: northlewshop@gmail.com

 

 
Opening 
 Hours 
Monday           
8 - 12
 3 - 5 
Tuesday
 8 - 12 
3 - 5
Wednesday
 8 - 12 
 Closed 
Thursday
 8 - 12 
 3 - 5 
Friday 
7.30 - 12 
 3 - 5 
Saturday
 9 - 12 
 Closed 
Sunday
9 - 12
Closed
Bank holidays
9 - 12
 Closed 
Christmas Day
Closed
Boxing Day
Closed
New Year’s Day
Closed

 

The Green Dragon - The Green Dragon Public House, situated just off the square, is a quintessential English country pub. Food is served daily, a monthly open mic night showcases local musical talent and various visiting artists, themed nights, the Christmas jumper party amongst many others.

The Village Playing Field is the site of many community activities including the Children’s Playground. Northlew Parish Council have set up a working party to ensure the play equipment and area is regularly checked and maintained to a good standard.  If you are interested in joining this working party then please contact Terry Hatt.   All parishioners are also actively encouraged to play a part in this and report any issues to the Councillors or Clerk as soon as possible.  The Playground routine checks policy can also be accessed here on the website.

Village Fun Day - The village fun day raises money for local charities and the community and is usually held on the last Saturday in April on the village playing fields. For more information please contact Dan Anscomb on 01409 221228.

Devon Air Ambulance Night Time Landing Site – The most recent major project undertaken by the village was to raise money for the installation of night time landing lights in the playing field for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA). The installation of the lights (and also an electricity supply for the playing field) was completed last summer (2018) and the site is now live. The DAA can now land in darkness in the case of a medical emergency in the village. This is an important lifeline to a rural community such as Northlew, particularly during the winter months.

 History of Past Events

World War One Commemoration - It is understood that Northlew has the sad distinction of having lost proportionately more men than any other village in Great Britain during the first world war. In 2014 a commemorative event was held in the village square to remember the fallen men from Northlew whose names are carved on the war memorial in the church yard. The commemoration was held on 28th June 2014 the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war.

There are several records of the event on YouTube showing the different elements of the day including a fly past by a bi-plane, marching soldiers in WW1 uniforms, marching bands and readings culminating in a very moving Son et Lumière show in the evening.