PARISHIONERS in Sampford Courtenay are being asked to put their thinking caps on and come up with some smart ideas to improve their village.

At a meeting of Sampford Courtenay Parish Council members decided to ask those who live in the area what they would like to see done, in a small way, to be of practical benefit to their community.

It might be something like a bench for people of all ages to enjoy passing the time, a tub of flowers to brighten up an area, or a bike rack for villagers or those passing through.

The parish council said it was willing to spend up to £200 if someone came up with an acceptable idea.

Parish clerk Marilyn Weeks told the Times: 'We have some funds available so we thought it would be good to ask parishioners what they want.

'This is for nothing big, just for a small project. If half a dozen people come to us with ideas then we would choose one which the parish council felt was achievable and do-able.'

Recently, the village green has enjoyed a lift with the installation of playing equipment, with the help of a grant. The council has also been working in partnership with Devon County Council to improve local footpaths.

If you live in the Sampford Courtenay area and have an idea you would like to be considered, contact Mrs Weeks on 01837 851269.