There are currently two defibrillators available to the public. One is on front of the Guildhall to the left of the right-hand entrance doors. You can't miss the bright yellow box!. The other is in the former telephone box at Hele, next to the entrance to Hele Square.
They are designed to issue instructions and do not need any training to be used. However, you cannot just open the box and take out the defibrillator. If you think someone needs emergency help, stay with them and call the 999 ambulance service. If the ambulance service considers it appropriate they will issue you with the push-button code to release the defibrillator from its box.
There are plans to install further units in appropriate places in the Town.
The company responsible for the Electricity supply system is Western Power Distribution (this is not the same as the company you pay yor electricity bills to). It is Western Power who deal with power cuts. For general enquiries their phone number is 0800 096 3080.
South West Water are the company responsible for supplying water. Their general contact number is 0344 3462020.
If an interruption in the water supply would cause you particular problems because you have specific needs then you can register with SWW as a Priority Customer. Either fill in their Priority Services Registration Form or ring 0344 3461010.
Wales & West Utilities are the company responsible for the gas distribution network in this area. This is not the company that you pay your bills to, but they are responsible for the pipes that deliver the gas. Their gerenal enquiries number is 0800 9122999, but if you smell a leak then you should call 0800 111999.
Wales & West Utilities also operate a Priority Customer scheme. To register, you can call 0800 9122999 or fill in the form on their Priority Service Register.
Recycling and Waste Collections
The recycling and waste collections are managed by Mid Devon District Council and are divided into five categories:
- Blue Kerbside Food Caddy: This caddy is for cooked and uncooked food waste plus bunches of cut flowers.
- Green Box Recycling: This box takes cardboard and cartons.
- Black Box Recycling: This box takes glass, tins, cans, batteries, foil, most plastics (except film/cellophane or rigid plastic), carrier bags, paper, magazines, junk mail, catalogues, clothing, blankets, shoes, belts and bags.
- Brown Bin/Sack Composting: This is a chargeable optional collection and covers grass cuttings, hedge cuttings, leaves, plants, shrubs, weeds, twigs, small branches (less than 15cm/6" diameter) and cut flowers. (See below for costs).
- Black Sack Landfill: Material which connot be placed in the above categories.
There is a fortnightly pattern of collection. Collection days vary between different parts of Bradninch so cannot be listed here. MDDC notify each household of their particular dates and also provide a lookup facility. The two week cycle is:
- Week One: Blue caddy and Brown bin/sack.
- Week Two: Blue caddy, Green box, Black box and Black sack.
The charges for the optional Brown bins are: £47 per year for a 240 litre bin; £35 per year for a 140 litre bin. An alternative to the brown bin is to use special sacks which cose £13 for a roll of 10 120 litre sacks which can be bought from various locations.
The Post Office is part of the Spar shop, which is at 8 Fore Street (opposite the Guildhall in the centre of the Town). The phone number is 01392 881212 and opening times are:
- 8:00am to 8:00pm, except:
- Sunday, when it closes at 5:00pm
The shop is open:
- 7:00am to 9:00pm, except:
- Sunday, when it is *:00am to 8:00pm
There are 4 post boxes in Bradninch and one in Hele. The locations are:
- Outside the Post Office/Spar shop;
- In the wall above 53 Fore Stree;
- In the wall Between Earsland House and Vennleigh, 23 & 25 West End Road;
- In the wall of 5 Westfield.
- Next to the old Phone Box by the entrance to Hele Square, Hele
There is just one functioning phone box remaining in Bradninch and that is in the centre of Town by the thatched bus shelter. The phone box in Hele no longer contains a phone and is maintained by the Hele Society as an information point.
There is a cash machine in the Spar shop which is free to use for most cards.
There are three surgeries which the great majority of Bradninch residents use.
One, College Surgery Partnership, has a surgery in the Town at 4 Millway. Their main surgery is in Cullompton on Willand Road. The Bradninch Surgery phone number is 01392 881952 (or Cullompton 01884 831300). Its opening hours are:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am to 12:30pm for dispensing only.
Opening hours for the surgery at Willand Road can be found on their website.
Another Cullompton surgery is Bramblehaies which is in College Road. Their phone number is 01884 33536. Their opening hours are on their website.
The third option is Wyndham House in Silverton. Their phone number is 01392 860034, opening hours being on their website.
Devon County Council Library Services serve Bradninch with a Library Van which parks at the top of Fore Street by the Guildhall. The service operates on two 4-week cycles on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Dates and times are:
|2018: 11:00am to 12 noon|
|2018 09:30am to 12:30pm|
Stagecoach: The Stagecoach services 1, 1A and 1C, which operate between Exeter and Tiverton, run through Bradninch. The timetable was last revised on 15th April 2018 with busses operating seven days per week. During the day on weekdays, they run through Bradninch at 30 minute intervals. There are also two other services per hour which bypass Bradninch, going via the B3181. Timetable information can be found here. As well as season tickets, discounted tickets are available for single or multiple journeys and for evening travel - check with the bus driver. To check the latest information go to the Stagecoach website.
Redwoods: The Redwoods 675 service which used to run between Holcombe Rogus and Exeteter via Bradninch on Thursdays was cancelled on 20th September 2015.
Culm Voluntary Car Scheme: This scheme aims "To provide a community transport service for such of the inhabitants of Culm valley (the town of Cullompton in Devon and surrounding parishes) who are in need of such a service because of age, sickness or disability (mental or physical), or poverty, or because of a lack of availability of adequate and safe public passenger services." It can be used for lifts to hospital or surgery or other appointments, preferably with 48hrs notice. Limited information is available but the coordinator can be contacted on 01884 33161.
Tiverton & District Community Transport Association: This Ring & Ride scheme is for "Frail elderly people or people with a disability who find public transport very difficult to use. Passengers may bring an escort." For Bradninch it operates on Wednesdays, giving door-to-door rides to Tiverton and return for £5. The service uses a 15 seater fully accessible minibus. It is a door to door service with a professional driver who will help passengers on and off the bus, using the tail lift if necessary. Manual or electric wheelchairs can be accommodated in safety and comfort using tracking to secure them in place. The Ring & Ride service needs to be pre-booked, so just call the day before (or earlier) to book on. The telephone number is 01884 242099.
The Ring & Ride service also offers a Passenger Club to people in the Bradninch area. The Passenger Club currently operates every Saturday and once a month on a Sunday. It operates in the same way as the Ring & Ride scheme, except it is for social outings. Various destinations are planned throughout each quarter and information about the passenger club can be found in the Quarterly newsletter. Examples of destinations include seaside towns such as Sidmouth, Teignmouth, local garden centres and local inn’s for lunch. Charges are normally £7.50 per journey. Ring to find out how to join and get the newsletter.