About Ermington

Old Ermington

Old Ermington circa 1903

Ermington is a small community nestled within the rolling landscape of the South Hams in South Devon. The history of Ermington can be traced back 3000 years, although the strongest evidence of an early settlement here is the bronze age 2300 to 600 years BC. Ermington as we know it today was probably founded around 700 AD, the site of the village being chosen for its rich farmland, plentiful water supply from hillside springs and sheltered location. Today Ermington is a diverse and growing community with a variety of strong community groups, such as the Gardening Club, the Cricket Club and the world famous Ermington Players! If music and dance are your thing, there is a range of options, from Blues & Rock nights at the pub, through Open Mic (if you want to release your inner singing diva) to the Latin high-energy of the Crooked Tempo Samba Band. For those of a more literary mind, there are both Ladies and Men’s Book Clubs, and for crafters the Ermington Spinners and Knit & Natter groups meet regularly. Further details of these and other groups and clubs can be found by hovering your mouse over the name of the group, then clicking the hyperlink. If walking is your thing then there is a wide network of footpaths around the village which allow you to see the glorious South Devon countryside. Why not stop off for a pint in The Crooked Spire Pub or a bite to eat in The First and Last Bistro, or perhaps the Plantation House Hotel & Restaurant. Since the closure of the Post Office a few years ago, we now run a fortnightly village ‘market’; Ermington Sustainable Saturdays. You can find us between 10am – 12 noon in the Reading Rooms, where you can shop for locally produced foods and crafts and a calendar showing the dates and opening times can be found here. The Village Fund organise a number of social events throughout the year, and the summer fair and Christmas carols in the square are legendary. Two new annual events for the village are the Fun Run and the parish Big Spring Clean. The recently built houses at The Spires are filling up and we are delighted to welcome the new residents and hope they enjoy living here – hopefully this development will further enhance the community spirit of the village. The school at Ermington is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the after school Kid’s Club runs between 3.30 and 5pm in term times. Ermington Pre-School welcomes children from the age of 2 into their lovely, purpose built bright and modern building giving the best possible start to their education.  The Crooked Spire is a reference to the spire of The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. The original Spire twisted and distorted when the timbers dried out. In the 1850’s The Spire was struck by lightning. There was an opportunity to build a new straight spire but the villagers refused and the new spire was rebuilt ‘crooked’ and now lends its name to many of the community’s organisations and establishments.

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In 2014, communities across Devon commemorated the contribution, commitment and sacrifice that families a century ago gave during World war One, 1914 – 1918. More than 11,000 Devon men and women died in the Great War.

To commemorate the centenary, Ermington Parish Council, with the support of Ermington Village Fund commissioned work to restore the war memorial in Ermington to commemorate the centenary of the Great War within Ermington Parish. The project, which is now complete has the full support of the Royal British Legion and the Parish’s District and County Councillors. The Devon Remembers Project will be using some of the stories from the grant applications which shows what lies behind the names remembered.

Ermington Parish Council has also become a partner of the First World War Centenary Partnership, which is a network of over 2,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums).


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