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News and Stories from around the Torridge District and wider Devon area. If you have any comments to make on this page please contact communications@torridge.gov.uk .

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Boat Race 2020

VIRTUAL WATER FESTIVAL

Bideford Water Festival pulls in huge crowds year on year and the wacky cardboard boat race provides great fun for all, locals and visitors regardless of age. Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid 19 the organisers have had to cancel the annual quayside event. However, the Rotary Club of Bideford have hatched proposals for a virtual festival including a race with scaled down version of cardboard boats.

Entry costs £10 per boat (fund raising from this event goes towards local charities and the RNLI).

Cardboard Boats will be raced and filmed on a stretch of Taw or Torridge River and everyone will be able to watch their boat race on social media. Entrants will be notified of date and time.

Details can be found here pdf icon Cardboard Boat Race 2020 Rules [166kb] and here pdf icon Cardboard Boat Race 2020 Entry Form [135kb] or on the web here https://tinyurl.com/y7tlb8h3 closing date for entries 16th August.

July 2020

Burton Reopening June 2020

BURTON AT BIDEFORD RE-OPENS

The Burton at Bideford art gallery and museum is delighted to be reopening their doors following the latest government updates. Opening on July 4 with new safety and social distancing measures in place, they have two brand new exhibitions on display.

Seeds of Hope is an uplifting showcase of archive paintings in gallery one and two and has been devised in response to the recent unprecedented changes affecting all our lives both positive and tragic. They hope it is a fitting tribute to the resilience and kindness of friends, families and total strangers.

Their second exhibition Wood-fired in Japan is a stunning ceramics exhibition from local artists Popalini & Jezando. Their first solo exhibition features a collection of wood-fired pots created on two recent trips to Japan funded by the Arts Council.

They follow a tradition of exchanges between Japan and North Devon potters with traditional North Devon slipware attracting high prices from collectors in Japan

Flags and Bunting are also displayed outside of the Burton which have come from submissions to their Flags of Hope project from all over North Devon.

June 2020

Visit England

VISIT ENGLAND - KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

From Saturday 4 July, people will be able to enjoy staycations in England, with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Visit England has launched its 'Know before you go' campaign, to start to rebuild domestic tourism.

The campaign highlights what attractions and facilities are open, and it promotes 'hidden gems' rather than extremely popular destinations.

It encourages walking and cycling to destinations, as well as providing practical guidance on 'how to respect, protect and enjoy England.'

June 2020

Cornwall Marine

FREE TRAINING FOR MARINE RELATED BUSINESSES

Get Ahead with Cornwall Marine network's Business Courses! Now available to employers in marine related businesses in Torridge - Fully Funded Training from July 2020. Course details here pdf icon Cornwall Marine Course Details [6Mb]

All courses run by CMN Training - Duration: 7 hours split into manageable sessions To Book call 01326 211382 or email training@cornwallmarine.net

Cornwall Marine Network is a private not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee and owned by more than 300 local marine businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The CMN Team provide expert specialist support which helps member companies to grow, by improving marketing, skills, bringing innovation to market and improving productivity in the workplace.

June 2020

Motor Home Parking Appledore

MOTOR HOME PARKING IN TORRIDGE

In line with Government directives with effect from Saturday 4th July 2020 Torridge District Council will reopen the facilities for overnight Motor home parking in the 4 cars parks where it is permitted, Churchfields car park Appledore, Riverbank Long Stay car park Bideford, Sydney House car park Torrington and Holsworthy Manor car park.

Please can we remind members of the public that the maximum overnight stay in any one of these car parks is 2 consecutive nights, with a £5.00 overnight parking fee to be paid per night, valid from 6pm to 10am the following day. Tickets can be purchased from the pay and display machines within the car parks. Please continue to observe social distancing guidelines while you enjoy your stay.

June 2020

Rockpool

UPDATE ON ROCKPOOL WESTWARD HO!

Maintenance works to the Rockpool at Westward Ho! will commence on Wednesday 30th June with an expected duration of 1 week - This reopening was delayed due to workforce availability during the current COVID-19 crisis - should be back in action soon!

June 2020

Sunrise North Devon Org

NORTH DEVON SUNRISE NEWS

North Devon Sunrise.org - Community organisation providing activities, services and events for people living across Northern Devon, including those of diverse identities such as minority ethnic groups, disabled people,and the LGBT+ community.

Free Gender Diversity training on offer for professionals. It will be led by Sabah Choudrey and as it is virtual they are extending the training to professionals in the whole Devon area. They want Devon to be as diversity aware and inclusive as possible. Spaces are going quickly so grab a space while you can.

Register here: ...
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/108694803082

Sabah will also deliver 'Telling our Stories' as part of their Virtual Pride and Diversity Festival- if you know anyone who would like to join please pass along and sign up here for joining info:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/108693106006

They have also launched an Inaugural Poetry Competition, so please spread the word amongst friends, family, and networks. The theme is diversity and they feel is something a lot of people have been reflecting on recently, hoping to change things for the better in our society, and in Devon. Winners and runners up will be shared as part of our virtual diversity festival... and will receive prizes. See https://tinyurl.com/y97vbfnx

Lastly the Sunrise Virtual Diversity Festival will take place for a week beginning Saturday 4th of July. The organisers promise there will be LOTS on- from cooking, crafts, to Q+A sessions and film.

June 2020

Loan Sharks

CASH SEIZED FROM LOAN SHARKS TO FUND COMMUNITY PROJECTS

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has left many people struggling financially and some feel that there is nowhere else to turn but to loan sharks.

The Stop Loan Sharks project is working hard to offer immediate and practical help and support to victims of loan sharks.

They have set up a new online chat service to help victims of illegal money lending, alongside the existing 24/7 helpline, 0300 555 2222. You can also report a loan shark in confidence on their website.

The project also has a 'Community Fund' which is open for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to bid for up to £5,000 towards their project. The pot of money is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks. The closing date for current applications is 31 August 2020. Find out more about the funding and apply on their website.

June 2020

Libraries

LIBRARIES PHASED REOPENING FROM 6th JULY

Devon libraries will be reopening from the 6 July. The buildings have been closed since the end of March, but staff have been working hard and have continued to deliver a lot of library services online.

So much so, they've had over 4,000 new users to their digital services across Devon.

Alex Kittow, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, which run Devon libraries on our and Torbay Council's behalf, has set out how they'll do the phased reopening, starting with contactless 'Choose and Collect' services in most libraries.

They also anticipate four pilot libraries, opening initially with limited public access to the building, and bookable sessions on public computers. 

They'll have reduced opening hours initially, and of course, social distancing. For more information click here https://tinyurl.com/y9yj9gax

June 2020

Digital Boost

DIGITAL BOOST LAUNCHED

Digital Boost https://tinyurl.com/yamumjg9 a free-to-use platform that matches digital experts for free with micro and SME businesses and charities experiencing difficulties during the current climate in need of specific digital support.

The request for help could be anything from bespoke support in how to use and understand Google Analytics, creating a logo for a new service launching or developing online content. The support is delivered through matching the business ...with an expert for a boost call and/ or matching you with a workshop and /or signposting to online self-help resources.

They want to encourage in-region experts to get involved:-

1) Consider signing up to volunteer some time for 121 boost calls
2) Tell us (the DSP) about online workshops or programs you have running and we will get these added to the workshop list
3) Tell us about online resources you have and we'll get these added to the library.

The platform uses a proximity indicator when matching a business request and will prioritise matching business requests with the closest matching expert. Although this is unpaid, volunteered time, alongside the fact that you will be making a positive contribution to the local business community, there's a theory that this provides you with an opportunity to raise awareness of your brand, and in so doing, in time reach new customers (businesses are more likely to return and transact with a local trusted partner when they look for services at a later date).

Take a look here https://tinyurl.com/yamumjg9

June 2020

Bounce Back Usable

FREE WEBINARS, ONLINE SHORT COURSES AND CYBER SUPPORT "BUDDY SESSIONS FOR BUSINESS

The Heart of the South West Digital Skills Partnership has commissioned a range of experienced digital Training Providers to deliver Bounce Back Digital; a series of free, online webinars, short courses and cyber support buddy sessions for small businesses to adapt to new ways of working in light of Covid-19.

Through working in partnership with the Growth Hub and getting feedback from the local business community, Bounce Back Digital has been designed to meet five key knowledge gaps cited by micro and small businesses:

  • How to set up an e-commerce website
  • Moving to cashless payments and digital bookkeeping
  • Using online productivity tools
  • Using digital marketing tools
  • Being cybersecurity confident

They highly recommend starting with the webinar which will give an overview of each of the courses within the topic, and this will help you select the courses that are right for your business. See https://tinyurl.com/yazjf6xs

June 2020

Plastic Free North Devon

YOUR VIEWS ON THE "NEW NORMAL" IN DEVON

Plastic Free North Devon are working on a regional public survey that intends to capture the public's collective values and any behavioural changes they intend to make post the COVID-19 crisis.

The current situation has severely curtailed both economic and social activity, causing deeply felt impacts across all of society but there have also been some positive impacts including reduced air pollution and an increased appreciation for nature. But what does that mean for us in northern Devon? What could the 'new normal' look like here?

The survey includes questions on a variety of topics that include plastic and waste, wildlife and Biodiversity, health and wellbeing, transport, energy, local economy and consumerism. The results will help local groups and government frame their priorities and better understand what is important to the people of northern Devon.

Survey available here https://tinyurl.com/y8xflzoa until the end of June - Please take 10 minutes to share your thoughts and tell others to do the same.

June 2020

Bright Futures Logo2

BRIGHT FUTURES - SUPPORT FOR YOUNG CARERS

Bright Futures is a Devon wide project that quite literally saves and transforms the lives of young adult carers. Whilst they are at an age when they should be free to chase their dreams and aspirations, many often have to sacrifice them to care for a loved one, Bright Futures offers support that enables them to thrive.

Bright Futures works with young adult carers (16-25) across Devon who have someone in their household who has: poor mental or physical health, substance misuse, disability or domestic abuse. The project started in 2012, and has had continued funding from the Big Lottery enabling it to keep going until 31st July 2020. Bright Futures has worked with over 570 young adults over this time doing a variety of things with them including provision of training, one to one support, peer support groups and signposting.

Bright Futures have an opportunity through Aviva to raise more funds to continue the project but they need your help. Please take five minutes to look at the funding page, https://bit.ly/Brightfuturescampaign and watch the video that some of the young people put together to tell you what the project means to them. If you can donate it would mean a lot, but sharing the page to raise awareness for the project would also be valuable. 

June 2020

Shout out for Community Heroes

SHOUT OUT FOR COMMUNITY HEROES!

The Local Resilience Forum from across Devon and Cornwall are asking members of the public to 'shout out' their community heroes.

The campaign aims to recognise members of the community who have gone the extra mile. These could be businesses, NHS, local authority key workers, neighbours, local community care professionals, emergency service workers etc.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.dc.police.uk/COVID19ShoutOut to download and print the nomination form. Th...is gives you enough space to write about your hero and how they've gone above and beyond. You can also get the young ones involved too who can draw their hero.

Once completed, share your finished form on social media using the hashtag #COVID19ShoutOut or alternatively send it in an email to competitions@dc.police.uk - the LRF will then be sharing examples on social media.

May 2020

DCC County Hall

RETURNING TO SCHOOL FROM MONDAY 1 JUNE

Some children will be returning to school from 1 June, for the first time since the lockdown.

Most schools have remained open for the period for children of key workers and vulnerable children. But now they're working hard to be able to be open safely to a wider number of pupils.

The school day and the usual classes will look a bit different, as schools follow all the safety guidance.

Not all year groups will be returning to school immediately. The government has prioritised which year groups they would like schools to open places to. 

Devon County Council have written to parents and carers about the arrangements see https://tinyurl.com/ycav6x8t and from Monday 1st June information will be on their website here https://tinyurl.com/yceqv8cp

May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week

ARE YOU OK?

It's Mental Health Awareness Week this week, so its a good time to remember that taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body, especially during this difficult time.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means that life as we know it has changed for the time being, and this can understandably affect your mood. It's perfectly normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, bored, sad or lonely. Many of us are feeling the same way - you are not alone!

There are lots of simple things you can do to help take care of your mental health and wellbeing. 

The Mental Health Foundation has lots of useful advice specifically about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

The NHS Every Mind Matters website includes tips to help if you're worried about coronavirus (COVID-19); if you're looking after children and young people and if you're working from home. You can also start your own online action plan called 'Your Mind Plan' to help you take simple, practical steps to look after your mental wellbeing by dealing with stress, boosting your mood and feeling on top of things.

The government has also published advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as well as guidance for supporting children and young people.

Visit the NHS website to find out the five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it is important to get support as soon as possible.

May 2020

Plastic Free North Devon

PLASTIC FREE NORTH DEVON HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW SURVEY AIMED AT YOUNGSTERS

It's important to listen to young people's opinions, so Plastic Free North Devon have launched a digital survey for young people in North Devon to have their say in how they want the 'new normal' to be

Its simple and easy to take part just by clicking the links below. 

For Key Stage 2 pupils: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3YTTVMZ... ... ...

Ages 11-18 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J7PMBLD... ...

For more information on Plastic Free North Devon visit their website here https://www.plasticfreenorthdevon.org/

May 2020

Gov Tackling Loneliness
The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing

As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.

This fund will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000.

Visit the Let's Talk Loneliness website and our Loneliness Collection page to find out more about our work to tackle loneliness and help available for those experiencing loneliness.

Completed applications should be returned to the Loneliness Fund team at: loneliness@culture.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29th May 2020.

May 2020

Have Your Food and Eat It

HAVE YOUR FOOD AND EAT IT!

In the UK we throw away 8 million tonnes of food every year, a 1/3 of all we buy. Just imagine, an average family of 4 could save up to £800 a year by cutting down on waste. Find out how in this free book "Have Your Food & Eat It" https://tinyurl.com/yammf9hy Tips, advice and inspiration!

May 2020

DCC Libraries online

ENJOY LIBRARIES IN LOCKDOWN

Their doors might be closed, but Devon's libraries are still very much open to support you if you're stuck at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Discover what libraries have to offer online, from e-books to audiobooks, online magazines to researching your family history, it's all available with your free library membership.

If that doesn't keep you busy enough, libraries are also busy creating fun online content and live streaming events. Check out individual library Facebook pages for more information.

You can join the library by visiting the Devon Libraries website.

May 2020

DCC Records Online

RESEARCHING DEVON RECORDS REMOTELY

The Devon Heritage Centre is often the first place people in the county look when pursuing any historical research into their family, house or the area they live. It's closed at the moment because of the lockdown, but they've got a huge archive still for researchers to access online.

Find out more about what's available on their website, and if you want any advice with your research, send an email to devonarchives@swheritage.org.uk.

May 2020

DCC Text School Nurses

YOUNG PEOPLE CAN TEXT SCHOOL NURSES FOR SUPPORT

During these unsettling times, young people may have health and wellbeing concerns. Although schools are only open for a few pupils, local school nurses are here to support everyone through this time and offer a free and confidential text service called Devon Public Health Nursing ChatHealth.  

If you have a young person aged 11-19 years old in your household then please let them know they can talk to a Devon school nurse in confidence about relationships, how they are feeling, bullying, self-harm, smoking or any other concerns by texting 07520631722.

The service is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can offer support on a wide range of concerns.

For more information visit the NHS ChatHealth website.

May 2020

Domestic Abuse Support

BOOTS PHARMACIES OFFERING A SAFE SPACE FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

Recently introduced Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact local services for help and advice. 

It's been launched by charity, Hestia, following an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines, since lockdown. 

Devon's regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of reports to them during April.

If you need help, please call Victim Support on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside of these times, call Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111. You can now also access Victim Support's free live chat for 24/7 support

In an emergency always call 999.

May 2020

DCC Online Learning

MORE THAN 100 FREE LEARN DEVON ONLINE COURSES NOW AVAILABLE

Learn Devon, Devon County Council's Adult and Community Learning course provider, has pulled out all the stops to launch more than 100 free online courses. 

These new online learning courses cover three main subject areas - employability, wellbeing and digital skills - and they are part of DCC's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They have been designed to support people who may have been made redundant or are currently seeking work, for vulnerable people currently self-isolating, volunteers providing support during the pandemic, as well as local businesses.

DCC are working closely with Learn Devon to develop further online courses based on the current needs of local businesses and communities. You can browse the courses and enrol on the Learn Devon website or by calling 0345 155 1014.

May 2020

County Lines 1

SEEN SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS? - REPORT IT!

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging everyone to help us keep our communities safe. Information from the public will help the police further restrict and disrupt drug dealing, prosecute those organising the activity, protect vulnerable victims caught up in the networks and continue to keep our communities safe. 

If you see anyone dealing drugs or other suspicious activity taking place in your community please report this using the police's online contact channels - dc.police.uk/contact Alternatively you can report online anonymously through CrimeStoppers: crimestoppers-uk.org.

May 2020

University Collage London

HELP WANTED IN MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH STUDY - COVID 19 PROJECT

University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.

The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.

The researchers are looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place. To take part, visit https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=48Y3T88CYK

May 2020

Devon Youth Parliament Greener Devon Campaign

DEVON YOUTH PARLIAMENT GREENER DEVON POSTER COMPETITION

Devon youth parliament is part of a national network of elected young people age 12-18 who are campaigning on issues that matter to our age group. This year, the national campaign is 'Protect Our Future' and as a group of Devon young people, they recognise how important this is for young people in this area but also across the world.

To kick start their Devon campaign, 'Greener Devon', they have set up an environmental competition for ages 0-18 (see below) and would love for students to get involved. They would like them to design a logo and/or poster about the environment for their campaign, Greener Devon.

The logo must be circular so they can use it on social media. On the poster they would love to see ideas about how to help the environment and be eco-friendly.

There are 4 age categories, 0-6,7-11,12-15 and 16-18.
To submit entries, either email to greenerdevon@gmail.com or use the hashtag #greenerdevoncomp on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Participants should include a name and age. Competition closes midnight 29th May

Follow them on Instagram (@devonyouthparliament)

May 2020

Burton Artist Commission

BURTON AT BIDEFORD LAUNCHES SOUTH WEST ARTIST COMMISSION

For the second year, the Burton at Bideford are launching an exciting artist commission project. As part of the Burton's commitment to support local talent, they're seeking to commission a local South West artist to develop a project in response to climate and environmental change in the local area.

The Burton has developed this yearly commission to support and promote artists from across the South West region with a paid project with the final work accessioned into their renowned permanent collection.

The project launched in 2019 and the subsequent work created by local artist Lydia Halcrow has been on display at the Burton since December. The final pieces are a series of drypoint prints in Bideford Black printed together on one panel. The works are a result of a series of walks along the Taw and Torridge Estuaries, where Lydia collected collecting washed up plastics whilst measuring her trace on the ground using adapted walking boots.

Potential applicants have until June 12, 2020 to apply, find out more information at www.burtonartgallery.co.uk/about-us/vacancies/

May 2020

AONB Fund 2020-21

NEW AONB SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND (SDF) 2020/21

Grants are available for values of £100 - £4000 to community groups, businesses, farmers or individuals to get a great, sustainable project off the ground. Projects which bring environmental, economic, social or educational benefits to the communities within the North Devon Coast AONB are particularly welcome to apply.

The SDF is funded by Defra and for the last ten years has enabled the AONB Partnership to support many projects which meet the primary purposes of the AONB: to 'conserve and enhance' the natural beauty of the landscape.

This year (2020-21) their grant scheme is open to projects meeting their 2019-2024 AONB Management Plan priorities, with a particular focus on the following two themes:

  • Biodiversity
  • Access, Health and Wellbeing

To qualify for funding, projects are required to:

  • Benefitthe North Devon Coast AONB socially, environmentally or economically
  • Demonstrate strong community support or benefit
  • Involve volunteers

For further information or to informally discuss a project idea, please email: aonb@devon.gov.uk or call: 01271 388628

Application Forms and guidance at:

https://www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk/our-work/grants

May 2020

Gov Skills Toolkit

SKILLS TOOLKIT LAUNCHED

The Department for Education have launched "The Skills Toolkit", a new online platform giving people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

The platform offers a range of courses at all levels, from introductory to advanced, which were chosen in consultation with top businesses and educational experts. It's open to everyone, whether they have recently been furloughed and want to learn new skills, are out of work and looking to build up their CV, or if they're just keen to keep their mind healthy and busy during time spent at home.

Focussing on the skills many employers need the most, The Skills Toolkit is a first step towards recovery, designed to help boost the nation's growth and productivity.

Check out The Skills Toolkit and find out more here http://bit.ly/2KHhgbe

May 2020

Youth Clubs

ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO HELP YOUTH CLUBS ANNOUNCED

Like many voluntary groups and organisations, youth clubs across Devon are struggling right now to stay afloat, with bills to pay and no income to supplement them. 

It's left many in a hard place, and yet they're part of the solution in helping young people in the transition back to normal life. 

Youth Work in Devon is a partnership led by DCC youth service provider, SPACE, alongside VOYC Devon.  As well as their own work with young people, SPACE also support the many local independently run youth clubs in Devon with financial support, training and advice.

DCC and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall have given them an extra £50,000, to help youth clubs and to ensure that they're still operating after COVID-19.

Carry on the great work SPACE!  

For more information about support available to clubs working with young people across Devon, visit the SPACE website.

May 2020

NSPCC

NSPCC LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HELP CHILDREN EXPOSED TO HARM UNDER LOCKDOWN

The Government has given the NSPCC £1.6 million to help expand its helpline.

The charity's calls data show that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing risks for children and created new ones.

Since lock down they've had 5,237 contacts to their helpline from adults concerned about the wellbeing and safety of a child. 

They've seen a 22 per cent increase on the previous month in callers worried about parents and carers misusing alcohol and other substances.

They took the highest number of calls in a single week for the year so far. 

The extra money from Government will allow the charity to expand its capacity.

Contact the NSPCC for help, advice and support if you're worried about a child or even if you're unsure. Call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

May 2020

One North Devon Volunteer

HAVE YOU GOT STAFF ON FURLOUGH OR WITH CAPACITY TO HELP?

Do you have members of staff on the furlough scheme or with some extra capacity and who are open to volunteering? If so, your community needs their help.  One Northern Devon is actively seeking volunteers to help with key community work as we work to beat COVID-19.

They need both remote working volunteers and volunteers with vehicles willing to help with collections and deliveries. Volunteers can work flexibly and linked to their own community. Able to help? Give them a call on 01271 33 77 99, email ndht.supportathome@nhs.net or visit https://onenortherndevon.co.uk/volunteer/ to get involved. 

May 2020

Get Composting

GET COMPOSTING!

Get Composting and make your own free compost at home from leftover food and garden waste. Subsidised bins from £13 are available to order online and delivered direct to your door from http://www.getcomposting.com - more info and tips on Torridge Council website here https://tinyurl.com/y7u9gvr5

May 2020

Riverbank House

Statement on behalf of Nigel Kenneally - Holsworthy Town Councillor

I recently published on social media a private email between myself and members of Holsworthy Town Council. I now realise that I was wrong for doing this and that on reflection it was an irresponsible thing to do. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for this and in particular to apologise to Councillor Jo Heaven for any distress that the publication of the email caused. I Appreciate that on this occasion my actions have fallen short of those expected of an elected official and for that I sincerely apologise. This will not happen again.

Nigel Kenneally - April 2020

April 2020

Every Mind Matters

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE

Government Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic https://tinyurl.com/tq8daw8 also visit #EveryMindMatters at https://tinyurl.com/y2894eez

April 2020

Aviva 2020

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND 2020

There are two weeks left to apply for the second round of Aviva's employee giving programme.

Aviva UK employees will again be distributing the donations from the Aviva Community Fund, supporting the crowdfunding projects that matter most to them. £250,000 funding is available this quarter for small UK-based charities with an annual turnover under £1million.

For this round of funding, Aviva has broadened their criteria to support causes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications will now be open for causes looking for help with covering their core running costs to adapt or continue their vital services throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Projects are also now welcome to choose between Crowdfunder's flexible funding or all or nothing funding methods. Aviva has made these changes to respond to the needs of causes in these unprecedented circumstances.

Applications are open until 23:59 on May 5. Powered by Crowdfunder, the Aviva Community Fund will again be providing funding and vital support to small charities and community interest groups across the UK.

 

Apply now

Holding Hands

OVER £59k DONATED TO COMMUNITY PROJECTS THROUGH COVID-19 PROMPT ACTION FUND

The COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund, launched by Devon County Council, has received 345 applications including 47 applications for the large grants of up to £5,000, in just four weeks.

A total of £59,385 has been donated to community projects so far.

In addition, Devon County Council has been joined in the fund by district councils in East Devon, North Devon, Teignbridge and Torridge, who have all contributed to jointly fund projects in their areas.

The grants have helped a wide range of groups including charities, community groups, Parish Councils and local businesses.

The financial support provided is helping communities in lots of ways, including:

· The purchase of cheap pay as you go mobiles so that helplines can be manned from home.

· Fuel costs for rural deliveries of essentials, foods, medicines.

· The expansion of food banks.

· Subscriptions for Apps that promote calm, meditation and reduce stress.

· The delivery of craft packs or care packs to community members.

· The delivery of breakfast packs to children who would normally attend a school breakfast club.

Councillor Ken James, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: "Very early on in this crisis Torridge councillors took the decision that the support of the vulnerable would be one of our top priorities. It was also clear that Parish Councils and Community groups would have a big part to play in all of this. This is why on top of our own spending we also provided funding directly to our parishes and also through the prompt action fund set up by Devon County Council. I am really pleased that so many have applied and that the money is being distributed to so many worthy endeavours to help people through this crisis. Hopefully this news will prompt further applications and initiatives."

For more information about the COVID 19 Prompt Action Fund visit our website.

Sign up for Devon County Council updates on coronavirus here- devon.cc/connectme

For the latest coronavirus advice in Devon visit devon.cc/covid-19

April 2020

Manufacturing

SOUTH WEST MANUFACTURERS (SWMAS)

A list of initiatives from SWMAS. Please note in particular the survey and webinar being held Friday 17th April at 11am....

The Manufacturing Barometer

This quarter's Manufacturing Barometer survey is live and focuses on the impact that COVID-19 is having across the SME manufacturing sector. Data has been analysed after week one to get an idea of how this global pandemic is affecting business operations so SWMAS can understand the support companies will need to get through the coming months - click here to read these initial findings and access the survey link (open for responses until 4pm on Friday 17th April).

 

Manufacturing Support Webinars

SWMAS are currently hosting weekly webinars to provide answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by SME manufacturers, and outline possible supply opportunities into those markets currently experiencing a high demand. The next session will take place at 11:00 on Friday 17th April - companies can click here to register and view the content from our previous webinars.

 

Current Supply Opportunities

SWMAS are building a campaign in response to the PPE request and are working on ways to find manufacturers from different industries who may be able to support this.

April 2020

Ancestry

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Are you interested in finding out about your ancestors? Would you like to research your family tree?

You can now access Ancestry Library Edition at home using your Devon Libraries membership card, giving you access to historical records, photos and information about your family tree and distant descendants without having to step foot out of your front door.

See https://tinyurl.com/taskg4j

April 2020

DCC Community Hubs

INTERACTIVE MAP TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR NEAREST COMMUNITY GROUP

DCC have updated the Community Support page of their website.  They have an interactive map to help you find community groups operating near you that are offering help to residents who need it. There is also advice for setting up local support groups, including getting in touch with your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and letting them know so they can point people to you.

Many of you have also been volunteering to offer practical, emotional and social support to your neighbours, communities and the NHS, which is excellent, but you need to do so safely. The Government has published guidance on how to help safely

March 2020

Emergency Plan


WHAT TO DO IF YOU PROVIDE SUPPORT TO A FAMILY MEMBER

How would you cope if your relative's care worker is unable to visit them? Have you got a plan in place which includes extra provisions and enough medication to cover any delays? Devon Carers provides a range of support to carers and are developing an emergency planning guide to help carers work out the answers. See Devon Carers

March 2020

HofSW

HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Heart of the South West (Local Enterprise Partnership) have launched a virtual career fair for those affected by COVID-19. This website is help those who have been made redundant, or have been affected by the closure of employers in the region. Check out the link for more info & support Virtual Job Fair

March 2020

Scams

BE VIGILANT AGAINST COVID-19 SCAMS

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to local residents and businesses to be aware of fraudsters who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

The outbreak of coronavirus has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease and fake online coronavirus resources which can contain damaging software.

See Devon County Council Link

March 2020

Taxis

TRANSPORT FOR KEY WORKERS

Due to the reduction of bus services across the county, Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service for Devon residents for key workers accessing employment only.

This service is intended to replace those journeys which were previously made by bus and a subsidised flat fare will be charged.

Requests can only be made by email and should be sent to devonbus@devon.gov.uk

Please include the following information in your email:

NAME, ADDRESS, KEY WORKER STATUS, EMPLOYER / PAYROLL REF

JOURNEY REQUIREMENTS (pick up/drop off)

DCC say they will aim to respond to all requests as soon as possible during normal office hours  - journeys should be booked 48 hours in advance of travel.

March 2020

Domestic Abuse

DOMESTIC ABUSE CAN AFFECT ANYONE

One of the ways that abusers control their victims is to isolate them from friends and family.

Enforced isolation due to COVID-19 may increase domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is suffering abuse, help is available. Call 0808 2000 247 or visit: ...

D&CPwebsite: www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk

Devon: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk

March 2020

Northam Burrows Dune

NORTHAM BURROWS GATE CLOSURE

Coronavirus (Corvid-19) Update 27/3/20: Working with Devon and Cornwall Police Torridge District Council have made the decision to close the vehicle gates to Northam Burrows Country Park from this evening until further notice. Please do not try to drive to the park for exercise, this should be carried out from your place of residence in accordance with guidelines on social distancing. The pedestrian gates will remain open.

March 2020

Burton Seeds of Hope

BURTON SEEDS OF HOPE

The Burton at Bideford have launched a new online project 'Seeds of Hope' to help spread a little hope, joy and optimism during these difficult and uncertain times. Launched on the Burton's social media pages, They are asking for people to share paintings, drawings, photographs, films or words that inspire them with optimism. In return they will be sending some of their "seeds of hope" (sunflowers and geraniums) that will grow over the next few weeks which they can take some joy from in the future.

After just a few days of launching they've already had over 50 submissions. A selection of beautiful scenic photography, pieces of art and poignant words. Many of which have been shared across the Burtons social platforms to fill social feeds with a little bit of joy in these hard times. They also hope to see in the coming weeks photos of people's progress growing their seeds.

If you would like to get involved please email them at info@theburton.org and include a submission that inspires you with optimism.

March 2020

Basket Slide

PLAYGROUNDS, FOOTBALL PITCHES, SKATE PARKS, PUBLIC CONVENIENCES TO CLOSE

In line with guidance on self isolation, staying at home and away from others the Council will as directed be closing all communal enclosed spaces within parks such as playgrounds, football pitches skate parks etc, until further notice. The wider public areas in parks and facilities such as Northam Burrows will remain open for use for the time being but we would again remind people of the restrictions on movement advised by government. Also in line with this directive all Council operated public toilets will be closed at the same time, the closure will also protect our staff and their families from potential infection. Full details of the government directive can be read here Further business and premises to close doc

March 2020

Riverbank House

6th APRIL - FULL COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and recently issued Government guidance the Full Council Meeting scheduled for 6th April has been cancelled.

March 2020

Lightbulb Business

DCC COVID-19 PROMPT ACTION FUND

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

Grants available for applications of UNDER £500

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and Local and National Government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and local communities are also preparing to safely assist those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, DCC will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

These can include:
• Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
• Support for accessing online information and services
• Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and well being
• Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.
Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, Town and Parish Councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together
**(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:
• Town or Parish Councils
• Local Community and Voluntary Services organisation (CVS)
• Village Hall
• Another constituted local Voluntary group that qualifies
If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.
The application form can be accessed online here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/docum.../covid-19-prompt-action-fund/
Devon County Council are asking that all applications are either online, or emailed back to COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk as there may be nobody in our offices to process paper applications.

March 2020

Burrows Sign

APPLEDORE GATE CLOSED WEDNESDAY 25th March

Due to damage to the Cattle Grid at the Appledore / Watertown entrance to the burrows off Burrows Lane we will need to close this entrance to all traffic on Wednesday 25th March. This will allow contractors to carry out repairs, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

March 2020

Riverbank House

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE SUMMARY:

  • All Public council Meetings suspended until the end of March 2020 - further review for future dates underway.
  • Customer Service Reception points will be closed to the Public except for emergencies and essential contact - Please telephone officers for advice before travelling in.
  • Please consider alternative methods of interacting with the Council (Web, Email, Telephone) or postponing non-urgent contact until a future date.
  • Escalating response times may be experienced as staff may be affected by the virus or are redeployed to priority services - watch for updates.
  • Updates will also be provided on social media - Facebook and Twitter @torridgedc where you can follow the Council to receive updates automatically as they are posted.
  • Full press release can be found here Press Release

March 2020

Chamber of commerce survey

BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUARTERLY SURVEY

The fieldwork for the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q1 2020 is open from now until 9th March.

The QES is the largest business survey in the UK and is a powerful tool for representing the voice of business to Government. At the national level, it's a leading indicator - often picking up big changes in the economy long before other surveys or official statistics:

· The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee uses the QES as one of its key benchmarks when setting interest rates.

· HM Treasury and the independent Office for Budget Responsibility use the QES to put together their forecasts for the UK's economic performance.

· The European Commission uses the QES to assess the health of the UK economy.

To retain its reputation as a reliable economic indicator and a powerful tool for lobbying, the chamber of commerce need your help! The survey takes around 2 minutes to complete and can be accessed from the link below

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HXW8M32

Feb 2020

Basket Slide

VICTORIA PARK BIDEFORD PLAY EQUIPMENT OVERHAUL

Recent inspection of some of the play equipment in Victoria Park has highlighted the need to remove some of the peripheral features, which are now beyond repair. The features being removed includes the basket slide (pictured) and the polythene cover to the sandpit which was fitted during the winter period to deter wildlife from contaminating the sand.

Ongoing repairs to the timber fort have allowed us to keep the main features open but this too will need replacing at some point in the future. This and other replacements are currently being considered as part of Play Strategy review which will dictate a programme of renewal for all play areas across the district.

Feb 2020

Telling Our Stories Feb 2020

TELLING OUR STORIES PROJECT

Volunteers needed for tellingourstoriesdevon project see contact details on flyer or email rosetosfor@gmail.com

Feb 2020

Pilot Boat Feb 2020

TWO RIVERS PILOT BOAT RETURNS TO THE TORRIDGE

Torridge's Pilot Boat 'Two Rivers' being craned into the water - she recently came out for her mid term inspection and refit. The vessel has been fitted with an updated electronics package and her position can now be tracked on the website Marine Traffic https://tinyurl.com/r5wfhex

Feb 2020

Proud to Care

HUNDREDS OF HEALTH & CARE JOBS AVAILABLE - "PROUD TO CARE" JOBS FAIRS IN MARCH

They're for anyone thinking of entering a health or care profession, as well as existing professionals who want to develop their careers. Students planning their future careers are also very welcome. 

The four events will provide brilliant opportunities to meet many of Devon's health and care providers, and there will be lots of information about current vacancies. The dates are:

Exeter - Saturday 7 March
Barnstaple - Saturday 14 March
Plymouth - Saturday 21 March
Torquay - Saturday 28 March

More information is available on Devon County Councils news website

Information about Proud to Care opportunities is also available.  

Feb 2020

 

Harry Poster

 

FINANCIAL INCLUSION PROJECT DROP IN

Thursday 27th February, 10 -12pm, Bideford Volunteer Centre.

Open to all individuals and organisations that would like to know more about the project. Pop in and see Denise our Project Coordinator. Learn about the service the Financial Inclusion project provides: information on the types of benefits that are available, support with completing application forms, information on where to access debt management advice and help with grant applications for equipment.

Feb 2020

Down On the Farm Jan 20

DOWN ON THE FARM

Down on the Farm is a collection of six short documentary films about farmers and farming in north Devon. These intimate studies of farming life reveal passion in their personal stories, enlightening local communities and consumers and connecting us with our farming neighbours.

The films were commissioned by community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image CIC and feature the work of six new and emerging film makers who produced one film each for the series. Access to the films and further background can be found here https://tinyurl.com/ulja8mw

Jan 2020 

Kenwith Dam Works Jan 20

MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO KENWITH DAM

The Environment Agency will be carrying out works to Kenwith Dam commencing Monday 27th January and lasting about 3 weeks. These works are designed to maintain and strengthen the structure controlling water flow through the dam. During this time the informal access point from Kingsley Road will be blocked to reduce the risk to the general public while the works are being carried out and the public should observe signage and fenced off areas - see drawing.

Any queries regarding the works should be directed to the Environment Agency.

Jan 2020

Brunswick Wharf Buoy

NEW BUOYS INSTALLED AT BRUNSWICK WHARF

In order to prevent vessels mooring along the quay wall fronting Clarence Wharf Car Park & Brunswick Wharf, a floating buoy barrier with buoy-mounted signage has been installed. This creates a clear visual barrier and will create easier access for repairs to be made to the quay wall in preparation for the exciting regeneration of this landmark site in the near future.

Jan 2020

Harvest Mouse Survey

HARVEST MOUSE SURVEY TRAINING

On Saturday 1st February we will be repeating last year's popularharvest mouse survey training with an expert from Devon Mammal Group so if you were unable to make it last time or want to refresh your memory then please email northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk or call 01237 479708 (spaces limited). The training will take place from 1.30pm until 4pm and we would suggest you bring gardening gloves, boots and waterproofs.

Jan 2020

Apprenticeship

PETROC APPRENTICESHIP EVENT MARCH 5TH 2020

For the 4th year running Petroc will be hosting an apprenticeship event on Thursday 5th March 2020 from 1pm-6pm to support local and national employers with apprenticeship vacancies. Any businesses wishing to exhibit should contact marcus.coyle@petroc.ac.uk

Jan 2020

Carer Parking Permit

NEW CARE AND HEALTH WORKER PARKING PERMIT LAUNCHED

A new Care and Health Worker Parking Permit has been launched, and it allows professionals visiting people at home to park on double yellow lines in certain circumstances. See https://tinyurl.com/s4upht9

Jan 2020

DIY Saving Food

LETS COOK AND SAVE THE PLANET!

Devon County Council is running a series of free six-week cookery courses to teach residents to cook a range of basic meals while covering the top tips that help reduce food waste at home. Eight 'DIY Dinner' courses will take place in towns across the county during January and February.

Each course will be led by an experienced community food worker and will include recipes from Recycle Devon's newly launched cook book 'Have Your Food and Eat It'.

In addition, the sessions will give guidance on how to reduce food waste, for instance, through meal planning, proper storage and understanding the difference between Best Before and Use By dates.

Each course runs for six weeks with a break during half-term week (w/c February 17th) - Courses in Bideford will commence on Wednesday January 29 - 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Bookings are now open with limited places on each course so book today to avoid disappointment by contacting Emma on 01392 383159 or via emma.croft@devon.gov.uk also see https://tinyurl.com/sx8ebnq

Jan 2020

The Printed Line

PRINTED LINE ART EXHIBITION

The Printed Line - An Arts Council Collection Touring exhibition, opened at Burton at Bideford on January 11, showcasing work by artists including David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield and Frank Stella - featuring 60 artists and runs until 1st March 2020. See https://tinyurl.com/shl6hps

Jan 2020

Holsworthy Councillors

LIGHTS PUT AWAY FOR ANOTHER YEAR IN HOLSWORTHY!

L-R Councillors John Hutchings & David Jones joined community volunteers on Sunday 5th to clear decorations from Holsworthy Town. Don't forget to recycle your festive leftovers such as cards & trees - see https://tinyurl.com/rbcq73w

Jan 2020

Public Access

THE DEVON COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS FORUM SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

The Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.  It has seventeen members who advise on the "improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.

Appointments are made by Devon County Council and applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access are warmly invited.  They would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business. Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid.

For details and an application form please see www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf   The closing date is Friday, 21st February 2020. If you have any questions please contact Hilary Winter, Forum Officer

Devon Countryside Access Forum

Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD, Tel: 07837 171000

Jan 2020

School Applications

APPLICATIONS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES CLOSE ON 15TH JAN

If your child is due to start primary school in Devon in September 2020, the application process will close on 15 January 2020.

It's easy to apply online or you can fill in a hard copy of the application form, which can be requested by calling our Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Jan 2020

Food Waste

FREE RECIPE BOOK TO HELP RESIDENTS WASTE LESS FOOD

Recycle Devon has launched a new online recipe book to help Devon residents waste less food and save up to £800 a year.

The free book "Have Your Food And Eat It" shares tips on buying, storing and preparing food and contains recipes for using up leftovers to help make food stretch further.

The first half of the book looks at ways to save you money and time, from smarter shopping to meal prepping for the week ahead. Perfect for busy families and lifestyles!  The second half provides a selection of recipes suited to using up ingredients in the fridge, or leftovers from previous meals. 

For your free copy visit https://www.recycledevon.org/love-food-hate-waste/recipe-book.pdf

Nov 2019

Northam Burrows

COUNCIL TO UNDERTAKE COAST PROTECTION WORK TO PEBBLE RIDGE WESTWARD HO!

The proposed work will consist of beach recycling from the distal end of the spit near Grey Sand Hill to areas of the west facing beach where erosion has occurred. The purpose of the works is to help manage the rate of erosion to Northam Burrows Country Park.

Details of the proposed works can be inspected at Council offices at Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone wishing to object to this work must do so by Wednesday 27th November 2019 by serving a notice of objection to the proposal on the Secretary of State and on the Council. Any such notice must contain a statement of the grounds of objection and must be delivered to or sent by post, or email to the Secretary of State and to the Head of Paid Service of the Council. The full notice can be seen by clicking the document link below:

pdf icon Public Notice - Coast Protection Work Nov 19 [8kb]

Nov 2019

Design a Logo

LOVE DEVON HATE FLY-TIPPING? YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!

If you care about the environment, hate litter and have an artistic eye why not enter a new competition to design a logo for a new partnership, dedicated to cleaning up our countryside - and if your design wins, you'll win £100!

Clean Devon will be launched in the New Year and will see environmental groups, emergency services, businesses and local authorities join forces to combat the scourge of litter and fly-tipping.

Entries should be submitted by 22 November through the Recycle Devon website.

Nov 2019

Museum

THE BURTON AT BIDEFORD RECEIVES ACCREDITED STATUS FOR THE MUSEUM

The Burton at Bideford has been given Accredited status for their museum for the second time by Arts Council England. The Museum Accreditation scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries. Accreditation is an acknowledgement that the best practice guidelines and standards are being met. It also signifies the importance of a well managed collection which is carefully looked after, maintained and displayed.

The Burton at Bideford museum houses the collections of Hubert Coop, a rich array of artifacts, documents and treasured items, representing the diverse and dynamic history of Bideford and the surrounding area. The upkeep and display of the collection is made possible from funding by Torridge District Council and kind donations from visitors.

Oct 2019

Devon Waste

ALL KERBSIDE WASTE COLLECTED IN DEVON IS NOW RECYCLED OR TURNED INTO ENERGY

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member for Infrastructure Development & Waste, has announced that Devon no longer sends any rubbish from kerbside collections to landfill.

Cllr Davis says that all residual waste now goes to Energy Recovery Facilities, and is used to create heat and electricity.

The news follows Devon maintaining its status as one of the top recycling counties in England, recycling 56% of household waste.

Torridge is the most improved recycler with rates jumping from 41.2% to 51.3% in 2018/19. For more see https://tinyurl.com/y3dw7br8

Oct 2019

ND+

ND+ FREE WORKSHOPS

ND+ friendly team of business professionals and specialist consultants offer a range of services including a programme of FREE workshops. Call a member of the team on 01237 428834 to discuss your eligibility and requirements.

https://tinyurl.com/y5s8u6qu

Oct 2019

Going Local 2019

"GOING LOCAL" - OPPORTUNITY FOR SUPPLIERS TO MEET PUBLIC SECTOR BUYERS

Devon & Cornwall Procurement Partnership have organised a great opportunity for Suppliers across the region to meet public sector buyers at their Free "Going Local" event at the Exeter Corn Exchange on 29th October - 10am - 2pm.

The event will provide suppliers with the opportunity to:

  • Meet and get advice from a wide range of public sector procurement specialists.
  • Attend seminars by expert speakers from across a range of sectors and disciplines.
  • Learn how to access opportunities to bid for public sector contracts.
  • Understand how to use the Supplying the South West procurement portal.
  • Network with other local organisations.

For information or to register contact ECCprocurement@devon.gov.uk

Oct 2019

Lightbulb Business

FREE EVENT FOR TURNING YOUR IDEAS INTO A BUSINESS

Torridge and northern Devon is a place bubbling with ideas and people wanting to create. So how do you turn those ideas into a business that can actually work and be sustainable?

The Devon Business & Intellectual Property Centre, based at Barnstaple Library, will be hosting a free Start Up day on Friday October 11th with the support of Heart of the South West Growth Hub, LimeCloud, IBISWorld, Blue Ink Bookkeeping and many more, who will be on hand to deliver a day of talks and work...shops.

As the strap-line for the event goes, it's time to "turn your brilliant idea into a business"!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/start-up-day-tickets-72069711447?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Oct 2019

Old New Bridge Pic

HAVE YOUR SAY ON PLANNING CONSULTATIONS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN TORRIDGE

A trio of planning consultations to help guide future developments across North Devon and Torridge has just begun.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are carrying out consultations on three supplementary planning documents (SPDs) which have been put together to supplement specific policies contained in the joint North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. The documents provide more detailed guidance to help the policies be understood and applied to the developments. They include:

  • Rural Workers' Dwellings SPD 
  • Air Quality SPD 
  • Leadengate Design Guide SPD - design guide for Leadengate Fields and Leadengate Close, Croyde.

Local residents can find out more and have their say online. Paper copies of the documents are also available to view at local libraries and council offices.

Sept 2019

Community Insight Sept 19

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL - COMMUNITY INSIGHT SURVEY 2019

We want everyone in Devon to live their lives well. To do this, we need to understand what matters most to you and where you experience difficulties in your life.

The Community Insight Survey asks about your experiences of a range of services and the County Council's strategic aims. We will also ask you about Council Tax increases and community resources and capacity (such as your ability to look after yourself), which can impact on the Council's resources.

The results will be shared across services and used to inform budget decisions and how services are provided in future.

For further information follow this link Insight Survey

Sept 2019

Empty Homes Week

NEED HELP TO RENOVATE YOUR EMPTY HOME?

Torridge District Council is working with Wessex Resolutions CIC to offer owners of empty properties fixed rate loans of up to £20,000 to carry out works to bring empty homes back into use.

Wessex Resolutions are a not-for-profit lender funded by Torridge District Council. To find out more click on this link Wessex Resolutions

Sept 2019

Fly Tipping Sept 19

TYRES DUMPED IN LAY-BY.

Tyres found in lay-by close to the West Country Inn on the A39. We're getting 'wheelie - tyred' of people polluting the beautiful countryside. It's not worth it! Fly-tipping is a crime!

Please get in touch with us @ environmental.protection@torridge.gov.uk if you have any info! Thanks!

Sept 2019

Micro Businesses

SEARCH FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS.

Devon County Council is looking for freelancers, sole traders & businesses with fewer than 10 employees (micro businesses), to work with them on a research trial designed to boost Devon's economy.

These businesses account for over 90% of Devon's rural economy.  See more here: Micro Businesses

Sept 2019

Northam Burrows Hay

NORTHAM BURROWS RANGERS BRING IN THE HAY.

Northam Burrows Rangers have made the most of the sunshine this week to get all the cut grass baled up and removed.

Taking cuttings away reduces the nutrients in the soil which is great for wild flowers. They can't compete with fast growing grasses and need nutrient-poor areas to thrive.

Sept 2019