Residents' newsletter: What your council’s been doing for you - Friday, 8 October

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In this issue...

  • Get free, practical tips and advice on your mental health

  • Exmouth Macmillan coffee morning kickstarts sheltered housing events  

  • Honiton 'wilding project': Hedgehog family get new home 

  • 17,000 people sign up to have green waste collected at kerbside in East Devon
  • Fun art activities this half-term in East Devon

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News and updates: 

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Get free, practical tips and advice on your mental health

There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you.

Every Mind Matters offers information and videos to help young people look after their own mental wellbeing, and dedicated support to help parents and guardians look after the mental wellbeing of the children and young people they care for.


Macmillan coffee morning kickstarts sheltered housing events  

Claire Hodge and baby Olivia Grace

More than £100 was raised at a coffee morning in Exmouth organised by council housing  officers. 

Tenants enjoyed lovely homemade cakes, a stupendous  raffle, a quiz and in house  entertainment at Bidmead Community Centre on Tuesday, 5 October.

Since the beginning of the first lockdown in March  2020, most community centres have remained closed and this event  kick starts a number of events organised by EDDC's mobile support officers, which many tenants have missed so much.

Tenant Heather Prowse said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed it, it is so lovely seeing other people again, the atmosphere  generated was fantastic and I would encourage all to  take the plunge and support all future  events."

Heather Goodman, another tenant, added: “I am really looking forward to the next one and especially  the Christmas Party. A lot of effort goes into organising these events and they deserve  support”

The  coffee morning raised a total  of £106.32  for  Macmillan’s  great work in supporting  people living with cancer by  providing  physical, emotional and financial support  to enable  people to live their lives as fully as possible.

Big tanks to everyone who attended.

Picture caption: Mobile support officer Claire wo visited with her new baby. Claire when not on maternity leave looks after the Budleigh, Woodbury and Lympstone area. 

Honiton 'wilding project': Hedgehog family to get new home 

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This small piece of green space in Honiton is going to be 'wilded' with bug hotels, a compost bin and other goodies.

This is being headed up by a small group of residents in Brand Road with the help of our Streetscene officers. The area already has a hedgehog family living in it, who we aren’t currently charging rent!


Watch this space for more after pictures, coming shortly.

Learn more about rewilding here.

Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM)


Ada Lovelace is known as the ‘first computer programmer’ and on Tuesday 12 October is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Building Greater Exeter has teamed up with our construction industry employers to
deliver a calendar of events to help you promote careers in construction and the built
environment throughout the new academic year.

  • 12 October 2021 Ada Lovelace Day - Construction STEMM Careers
  • 7-13 February 2022 National Apprenticeship Week
  • 8 March 2022 International Women’s Day
  • 7-12 March 2022 Women in Construction / National Careers Week
  • 14-18 March 2022 Open Sites for Schools across the SW
  • April 2022 Green Skills Week
  • June 2022 Pride Month - promoting diversity and inclusion

Email for more information.

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Latest news and newsletters

East Devon District Council also produce regular newsletters and news on different topics, in the last week we have issued the following which may be of interest:

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Council meetings dates

Over the next week the following East Devon District Council meetings are taking place.  Any public meetings will be streamed live to the Council’s YouTube channel, and in the event of difficulties these will be streamed on our Facebook page instead. 


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Recycling news 

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Green Waste Subscriptions

Our green waste collections are proving to be ever popular with over 17,000 residents signed up and more joining every day.

The cost of the service is £48/year which really gives value for money, making your gardening easier and saving trips to the recycling centre, by having your green waste collected at the kerb-side.

All the green waste we collect from households is composted in East Devon and used as a natural soil conditioner by East Devon farms – part of our local green economy.

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Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 30,000 people using our smartphone app and get simple personalised collection reminders, the latest collection updates and tell us about a missed collection. 

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

John Francis in conversation

Don’t miss the final week of THG’s art history talks

Wednesday 13 October, 10.30-12.00

John Francis in conversation with Tim Craven and Deborah Smith  

Art historian John Francis will delve into the hidden elements of THG’s current exhibition: In Plain Sight: The London Group, and the new light it shines on artist Thelma Hulbert and her famous contemporaries.

£10 – book here


Fun art activities this half-term

Half Term printing workshop

Monday, 25 October: 10am-11.15am, 12pm-1.15pm, 2pm-3.15pm, 4pm-5.15pm

Join us at Harpford Village Hall for a fun printmaking activity with Double Elephant printmakers inspired by the amazing butterflies, moths, trees and birds in the East Devon AONB.

10 Spaces per session. Cost: £2 each. Book here.

Code Red Animation Workshop

Wednesday, 27 October. Drop in anytime 11am-3pm. Suitable for ages 7+. No booking required.

Have a go at making a rotoscoping animation with animation expert Izzy Wold.

Let's keep life moving

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We plan to send out our next bulletin on Friday, 15 October 2021.

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