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In this issue...

  • Young Budleigh eco-champs plant 1,000 bulbs! 

  • Black Friday: Discounted LED membership available for East Devon residents 

  • Want to learn news skills in catering, hospitality, leisure, retail or tourism? 

  • Environment Agency urges action as Met Office warns of above average likelihood of a wet winter

  • Exmouth's Ray Balkwill’s: ‘The River’s Voice’ Exhibition at RAMM

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News and updates: 

Young Budleigh eco-champs plant 1,000 bulbs! 

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Young Budleigh e-co champions helped to plant 1,000 bulbs - 500 snow drops and 500 mixed crocus’ around the orchard trees at the Green.

They had a short talk with EDDC officers explaining what a bulb is, biodiversity and providing food for insects like honey bees, bumblebees, hover flies, ladybirds and commas as well as red admiral and peacock butterflies which start to come out of hibernation in early Spring.

Officers also then returned and planted a further 3,500 native bulbs - narcisus bulbodicum, narcissus canalicutus and bluebells were planted across the green with the combined benefit of looking visually attractive and helping our pollinators - increasing biodiversity.

Black Friday: Discounted LED membership available for East Devon residents 

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Sign up to a Core membership at LED in November and pay just £29.75 a month until February 2022!*

Sign up now and receive our 12-week Fitness Kickstart plan too.

* A three-month minimum memberships term applies, for more information visit here.


See LED's report here.

Want to learn news skills in catering, hospitality, leisure, retail or tourism? 

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A new initiative is being launched to provide training opportunities for people working in Devon’s catering, hospitality, leisure, retail and tourism sectors.

The 'Open Up To Skill' project will support 700 additional training places to improve workforce skills and will also benefit businesses within these sectors as part of Devon County Council’s economic recovery response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The £450,000 project will provide training which will either upskill employees within their existing workplace or deliver new skills to improve the opportunities available to those seeking alternative employment within other sectors.

A wide range of skills support will be on offer covering everything from digital, financial and operational management skills to diversification into areas such as food hygiene, and other practical skills including customer service.

Read more on Open Up To Skills initiative here.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, Friday 3 December

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Friday 3 December is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. Many people living in fuel poverty will struggle this winter. For some it could be fatal. Most years around 10,000 people die across the United Kingdom, simply because they are unable to keep their homes warm.

This winter looks to be even more deadly as the increase in energy costs will mean that many low-income and vulnerable householders may have to ration their energy usage which will lead to illness and misery.

National Energy Action (NEA) is the national fuel poverty charity that works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to tackle the root causes of fuel poverty and supports those experiencing it to be able to live in a Warm and Safe Home

There are a number of steps you can follow to help you manage your energy bills and keep your home warm and safe this winter.

Check out this 'your home energy check list' here 

Environment Agency urges action as Met Office warns of above average likelihood of a wet winter

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Nearly two in three households at risk of flooding don’t believe it will happen to them, new analysis revealed by the Environment Agency has warned. It comes as the Met Office has said there is an above average likelihood of a wet winter.

Members of the public are being urged to join their friends, family and neighbours who have already taken action to help prepare themselves and their properties for possible flooding

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Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

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As winter approaches, doctors in Devon are reminding people that by practising self-care, they can help themselves and reduce the need to use busy NHS services.

Self-care involves helping people to better understand how to look after minor illnesses or long-term conditions, and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for good physical and mental wellbeing.

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Are you, or do you know someone who is, an unpaid carer - get support here

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Did you know that 61 per cent (79,300 in Devon) of unpaid carers said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring and that 80 per cent (104,000 in Devon) of unpaid carers have felt lonely or socially isolated?

The number of unpaid carers in the UK has nearly doubled since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 130,000 providing care in Devon. 

If you look after someone who could not manage without your help, you could be an unpaid carer.

Get in touch with Devon Carers today to register for support and advice here.

Exmouth Ray Balkwill’s: ‘The River’s Voice’  Exhibition at RAMM

Ray Balkwill with work featured in RAMM Exhibition

For those who know Exmouth artist Ray Balkwill, the Exe estuary has been the mainspring of his art for well over four decades. His passion for this beautiful stretch of water is unquestionable and the forthcoming exhibition in the Café at RAMM celebrates his lifelong ‘love affair’ with the people, culture and history of his native county. He has captured its many moods along both banks in just about every medium possible, including books and films.

Ray has always been a strong advocate of painting en plein air, his inspiration coming from the landscape itself. However, for the pieces in this exhibition, he chose to work in the studio from memory and quick sketches. This new work therefore, is more about the ‘spirit’ of the landscape, rather than the landscape itself. The exhibition also includes many of his mixed media assemblages. For these he uses found objects, such as weathered fragments of old boats that have been washed up on the foreshore, their multi-layered surfaces of neglect and decay revealing great riches; the weather-worn patina becoming the focus of the work itself. These simple, discarded fragments have all known previous lives, yet still speak and invite rebirth.

‘The River’s Voice’ is being held in the Café at RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter from 7th December 2021 to 26th June 2022. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays. Free admission and all works are for sale.

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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. 

Tuesday, 30 November 

Wednesday, 1 December

Thursday, 2 December




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Recycling news 

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Recycling medicine blister packs  

We are often asked if medication blister packs, like these, can be recycled but sadly they can’t at the moment.

This packaging is often made from a mixture of materials, including aluminium and plastic to prolong the shelf life of the medication.

The materials are stuck together so firmly, that it is very difficult to separate them for recycling. If you need to dispose of this type of packaging, please place into your wheeled bin.

For more information on recycling and disposals, please visit our website page.

Thank you.

The Recycling Team

Cardboard collections at Christmas 


We are expecting lots of internet shopping as we all prepare for Christmas. 

This produces a huge amount of cardboard packaging which we want to recover and recycle.

However, if you have large quantities of cardboard, it will help our crews if you can spread the load by putting it out for collection over a number of weeks.

There are times when we may have to leave behind some cardboard for another collection if our vehicles are filling quickly. If you do have large quantities of material which you would rather not keep until the next collection, then there will be the option for you to visit your local recycling centre. 

Also, please remember to take out any polystyrene, bubble wrap or polythene bags from your cardboard packaging before putting it out for collection.

Thank you for helping our crews at a peak time and for recycling as much as possible.

Please visit our website.

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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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