Although this was a technically a county council issue, residents and the parish council had not had any information from their county councillor, Christine Channon on the state of play. 

I was incredulous that a village with only one bus a day should get the service removed completely.

I got in touch with Devon County Council to check what the situation was.  Their transport co-ordinating officer confirmed to me in writing that the bus service would remain unchanged, which is very good news for the people of Aylesbeare, some of whom view that one bus a day as a lifeline.