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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Just send us an email with the details to go on this section
RACKENFORD SHOP - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK
Your community shop at Rackenford has made important changes to its service in order to help keep customers and volunteers safe during the current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
We have reduced the shop opening hours and introduced a local delivery service.
From today, Monday 30 March, the shop hours have changed.
Monday 9 to 11am & 4 to 6pm
Tuesday 9 to 11am (includes Post Office) & 4 to 6pm
Wednesday 9 to 11am
Thursday 9 to 11am (includes Post Office) & 4 to 6pm
Friday 9 to 11am & 4 to 6pm
Saturday 9 to 11am
Sunday 10am to midday
Grocery orders and deliveries
Shop volunteers will deliver grocery orders plus any prescriptions received
at the shop to any Rackenford resident.
We encourage everyone to place an order and receive a delivery, rather than visit the shop.
• Send orders via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Please list the items and quantities required together with your name,
address and telephone number.
Only when sending an email is not possible, customers may place an order via telephone
out of shop opening hours on 01884 881740.
• Leave a message with your name and telephone number.
We will then call you back to take your order.
We aim to deliver groceries and any prescriptions as soon as possible.
A receipt will accompany all grocery deliveries and an invoice
will be sent to the customer fortnightly with a request that payment is received by cash
(No change will be given), cheque or BACS strictly within 7 days.
• Only one customer is permitted to be in the shop at any one time.
• The social distancing 2 metre rule must be observed between customer and
shop volunteer at all times.
• On entering the shop, everyone should wash their hands using the soap and
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
Plans for Rackenford Common
The Parish Council has received funding from the Batsworthy wind farm for the children’s play sections of the plan. The weather has held up progress with the drainage which is needed for the new play area for younger children, but we hope to do this in May with a view to completing the play area by August. Meanwhile work stated this week ( March 16) on Phase 1, the zip wire for older children with a sweet track through some marshy ground.