Residents' update, Friday, 19 November

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In this issue...

  • East Devon residents can get help paying their bills this winter

  • Late night shopping and Christmas light switch on event 

  • Ten top tips to avoid a Christmas debt hangover

  • Not to be missed: FREE accredited courses to start new careers for Devon residents

  • Free scheme to help local businesses grow is launched in Devon

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News and updates: 

Get help paying your bills this winter


Households on low-incomes can get help with food and energy costs this winter from the UK Government’s new ‘Household Support Fund’.

The Household Support Fund is available to provide rapid short-term financial support to meet immediate needs such as food, energy and water costs and other essentials.

To access support, you must be an East Devon resident over the age of 16 years old and be without sufficient resources to meet your immediate short-term needs.

The full guidelines and application form can be found here.

Sidmouth's late night shopping and Christmas light switch on returns! 

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The Sidmouth Late Night Shopping Event will be returning this year on Friday, 3 December 2021. 

After a year’s absence due to the pandemic, organisers Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce is delighted this year’s event is going ahead to support the local businesses within the town and give local residents something to look forward too.

This year we shall be welcoming the La La Choir to Sidmouth who will be performing in the Market Square.

There will be plenty more entertainment creating a wonderful festive atmosphere around the Town, to shake away the cold, East Devon Dance Academy will be performing in New Street.

Kyle Baker will be providing a photo booth in Old Fore Street while Paul Roberts will perform in Church Street.

Santa's sleigh will ride into town with the help of the Lions Club of Sidmouth along Old Fore Street. Sidmouth Scouts will be doing their usual tombola.

Sidmouth Primary School's key stage one pupils will wow crowds in Market Square, while their key stage two counterparts perform in the parish church where you find the St Nicholas Festivities will be under way.

Choirs from St Johns School and Sidmouth and Honiton Community Churches will be singing around the Town

Sid Valley Radio will be compering the evening from the Market Square.

Further information can be found on the chamber's website and social media pages.

Ten top tips to avoid a Christmas debt hangover

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Christmas can be a tight time for us all so here are some top tips to help you budget this season: 

1. Plan early for Christmas. Be realistic and budget accordingly. Work out how much you are going to spend on each person – and stick to it. Manage expectations as to what you or Santa can give.

2. Don’t forget the everyday bills. Remember that rent, the mortgage, utility bills, food bills and other existing debts still have to be paid – and the consequences can be severe if they’re not. Even though it’s Christmas, get your priorities right.

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Feature film on East Devon scheme to prevent food waste set for release Monday

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Did you know we help prevent 600kg of food waste every week - that is the equivalent weight of six St. Bernards!

This is thanks to the eight East Devon community fridge projects that run locally.

A special new feature film on the project, which includes an appearance from Cllr Marianne Rixson, will be released on Monday!

Keep your eyes peeled for it on EDDC's Facebook page.

Not to be missed: FREE accredited courses to start new careers for Devon residents

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Grow Your Business with Fully Funded Training from SMART SKILLS

SMART SKILLS is helping businesses across Devon to identify skills gaps in their existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient and grow.

In response to local demand, SMART SKILLS has added a range of new fully funded training solutions to help businesses upskill their workforce.  Skills training includes CMI Leadership & Management, CMI Coaching & Mentoring, Project Management, Digital Marketing, plus more.  Training is funded by the European Social Fund which means there is nothing to pay! 

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Business update 

Free scheme to help local businesses grow is launched in Devon

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Want to see your business grow?

Made in Devon is a new ‘buy-local’ business support scheme from Devon County Council and is looking to help 125 businesses a year with free scheme membership.

Benefits include Trading Standards advice and being part of major promotional campaigns that will make the most of new consumer trends to support local, independent businesses and artisans.

To qualify you need to be a Devon-based business who takes pride in supporting other local companies and goes out of your way to use materials and ingredients produced in Devon.

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If you want to stay up to date with the latest news about grants for East Devon businesses, or other news about business opportunities, funding and training, you must subscribe to East Devon Business news

Check out the redesigned LED Leisure app!


Our new streamlined club pages will make it easier to find and book your favourite class, workout or swim session and explore new activities available at your LED Centre.

We've also added 700+ on demand workouts from Wexer for those who cannot make their favourite class or workout in a busy festive season. With over 700 on demand workouts including 'no equipment' and 'family friendly' options there is something for everyone on the LED Leisure app.

Find out more and download the LED Leisure app here.

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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. 

Monday, 22 November

Tuesday, 23 November

Wednesday, 24 November

Thursday, 25 November



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Recycling news 

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Tis the season for those handy hangers East Devon! 

Households will receive our special seasonal bin hangers very soon, which will list the Christmas and New Year collection dates, together with lots more information on how to recycle as much as possible and advice on using the correct containers.  

For more information about the Christmas date changes, please visit our website.

The Recycling Team


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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

Calling East Devon artists, performers, festivals, arts venues and museums!


Arts & Culture East Devon (ACED) Forum via Zoom

Wednesday 24 November, 10am until 11am

Looking for funding? Find out about the East Devon Innovation grant. Catch up with news from East Devon creatives and the plans for a new East Devon Culture Strategy.

Sign up here

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