Rackenford Village Devon

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. Sadly it has been closed since September 2016 when the last tenants were unable to reach agreement with the owner on a purchase price for the site as a whole. An application to build a house on the area of the hall and beer garden had been turned down on appeal earlier that year. It is now for sale and Rackenford residents live in hope of the return of beer, good food, skittles and a variety of community events.

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Have you got a local event or diary date?

Just send us an email with the details to go on this section

Rackenford Club

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Just a reminder that the Autumn Show takes place on
Saturday August 26th, 2.30pm
at West Backstone, Rackenford

If you wish to enter, then forms are available in the shop - we have a number of new classes this year including the tallest thistle so please do pick a form up and see if you have something you can put in - entry is free!
Please note that entry forms must be left in the shop or telephoned through to Frances Kelland on 881320 by the end of Tuesday 22nd August. (We are sorry but Frances cannot accept email entries this year)
Please kindly do your utmost to get entries in on time as it takes a lot of additional admin to incorporate late entries.
Staging for entries will open at 8.30 am and close at 10.30 am on the 26th.
Cream teas will be available from 2.45 pm at the cost of £3.50 for adults and free for children.

We hope to see as many of you as possible there.


The Parish Council has a vacancy on the council and is looking to appoint a new councillor to represent the community.
Closing date: Friday 1st September 2017

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Are you looking for a very worthwhile
volunteer role?

Telephone 01392 466666
or email the Devon Air Ambulance Trust for more info.

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Proud of your garden!

Children's Hospice South West are looking for residents in Devon to open up their gardens in 2018…

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The Stag Inn, with its thatched roof and tunnelled passage through which sheep were once herded into the yard while their owners refreshed themselves, has always been the centre of the community. Sadly it has been closed since September 2016, but residents are delighted by the news that it now has a new owner, Steve Watt, who plans reopening this autumn after major refurbishment. Rackenford looks forward to the return of good beer, good food and a variety of community events.

Auction of Promises

A big thank you!…

for a most fantastic evening. It was a remarkable success and thank you all for your help to make it so.
The totals so far are auction = £4,636
raffle = £363
donations = £680

bringing the total amount to £5,679

If I have forgotten to mention anyone would you please give me a nudge!

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Rackenford 20 year plan

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The Plan

Plan Map


Community Benefit

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Devon & Cornwall Police