Rackenford is a large North Devon parish, covering 4000 acres of high ground below Exmoor and between Tiverton (8 miles) and South Molton (10 miles). About 300 of the total population of 400 live in the small village of Rackenford itself and the very small hamlet of Creacombe. Both are ringed by farms, and agriculture is still the largest single source of employment. Unlike so many small villages, we still have our school, our village shop and a social club, and this site gives you information on all of our organisations. We also maintain a strong tradition of village events. You can discover the Easter Egg hunt on Rackenford Common, the November 5th bonfire, the Garden Club's spring and autumn shows to name a few. A truly great village with a vibrant community!
The thatched Stag Inn, with its cobbled tunnel through which sheep used to be driven into the yard while their owners refreshed themselves after market, is literally, and usually socially, at the centre of the parish. Much to Rackenford's relief, in 2017 The Stag acquired a new owner for the whole site and after restoring this much loved building to its original state is now open every day except Monday and Tuesday.
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Rackenford Common refurbishment
The Parish Council applied for and received a grant from the Batsworthy fund via the Devon Community Foundation to cover the costs of the children’s play element of the Common refurbishment. Bad weather and the Covid pandemic combined to delay the plans agreed last year, but the zip wire and the sweet track across some marshy ground are now finished and in use. The old play equipment has been removed. The groundworks for the play area have needed revision as there is more water underground than we knew, but the Council still hopes to get the work done this autumn, weather permitting.