Residents' update - Friday, 28 January

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In this issue...

  • Have your say on the future of the Dalwood parish
  • Be aware of these changes to the Highway Code
  • Don’t miss out on up to £2,000 towards childcare costs
  • Stay fit with walking netball sessions at Axminster Leisure Centre
  • Under 16s encouraged to sign up to vote in Welcome to Your Vote week

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News and updates: 

Have your say on the future of the Dalwood parish

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Dalwood Parish Council have produced a neighbourhood plan, which has been five years in the making, with the help of the local community and volunteers.

A referendum on the document, which if supported will help influence how planning application are determined in the area, will be held on Thursday 24 February 2022 at Dalwood Village Hall.

The Dalwood Parish Neighbourhood Plan looks to preserve the area’s character, natural beauty and community services until 2031 while making it a ‘vibrant, active and friendly community that is a special place to live, work and visit’.

As part of the referendum, parishioners will be asked to cast their votes in response to this question:
‘Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the parish of Dalwood to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in this referendum, then East Devon District Council (EDDC) will ‘make’ the plan.

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on 24 February 2022, he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and, his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area (the parish of Dalwood).

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Be aware of these changes to the Highway Code

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Rules for all types of road users will be updated in The Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.

The changes will be made to The Highway Code from Saturday 29 January 2022.

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Don’t miss out on up to £2,000 towards childcare costs

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Thousands of working families in the South West could be missing out on an opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to help with the cost of childcare, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents, ahead of February half term.

Tax-Free Childcare – the 20% childcare top-up – provides eligible working families with up to £500 every three months (or £1,000 if their child is disabled) towards the cost of holiday clubs, before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, and other accredited childcare schemes.

Tax-Free Childcare is available for children aged up to 11, or 17 if the child has a disability. For every £8 deposited into an account, families will receive an additional £2 in government top-up.

This scheme is one of many ways the government is supporting households to raise their incomes and keep more of what they earn.

Parents and carers can check their eligibility and register for Tax-Free Childcare via GOV.UK.

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Stay fit with walking netball sessions at Axminster Leisure Centre

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Walking netball sessions begin at Axminster Leisure Centre from Thursday 3 February.

Free to LED members (on applicable membership) or turn up and play for £4.50 per session.

The sessions will be delivered every Thursday 5-6pm in partnership with England Netball and led by qualified  England Netball coaches.

They are open to anyone who wants to take part, regardless of age and ability. 

To book customers will need to call the hub or book through the LED app.

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Under 16s encouraged to sign up to vote in Welcome to Your Vote week


Welcome to Your Vote week: Monday 24 January – Sunday 30 January.

This week is the first annual UK-wide Welcome to Your Vote week - the ideal time to start conversations with young people about democracy, politics, and all aspects of voting.

It promotes political literacy education in schools and youth groups to help young people, aged 14-18, to be more confident to engage with democracy and to get the conversation about politics started.

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Let's Stop Abuse Together


It's estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn 16 years old. That's equivalent to three children in every classroom.

Most children won't tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That's why it's important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if they're concerned.

The government's new Stop Abuse Together website can help you learn to spot the signs, and have regular conversations with your child which can help keep them safe, and know when to reach out for more support.

If you feel something's not right, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. No matter what's happened, there's always someone who will listen to you and take what you say seriously.

All children have a right to be safe from sexual abuse, and we all have a role to play in keeping them safe.

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LED events at Exmouth Pavilion 


Friday 04/02/2022 – Whole Lotta LED – 19:30 – (£22.00 flat seating / £24.00 raised seating)

After celebrating their 25th Anniversary last year, 2022 will see the band touring the UK on their farewell tour. 

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Friday 11/02/2022 – Police Dog Hogan – 19:30 – (£20.00 flat seating / £22.00 raised)

Brilliant’ song-writing, ‘sensational’ harmonies, ‘fantastic’ musicianship, ‘joyous’ live performances - just a fraction of the accolades gathered by Police Dog Hogan at their ‘now-legendary’ live gigs.

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Saturday 12/02/2022 – The Elvis Years – 19:30 – (£25 flat seating / £27 raised)

The Elvis Years’ is an authentic concert production, featuring Mario Kombou from the highly acclaimed West End musical ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay.

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Sunday 13/02/2022 – Phoney Fools and Horses – 19:30 – (£20.50 flat seating / £22.50 raised seating)

Based on the TV show everybody loves, comes a brilliant homage, bursting with renditions of your best-loved moments and characters. 

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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:

Financial support provided to households across East Devon

Colyton parish's newly-adopted neighbourhood plan will shape future developments

ACED: Arts & Culture East Devon news, events + opportunities

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme Live

Key applications received

Decision on key applications

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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, 31 January

Wednesday, 2 February


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Recycling news 

Small electricals


Our average collection of small electricals for 2021 was 6 tonnes per month. In December we had a total of 8 tonnes, so higher than average.

Repair and Re-Use

It is always preferable to try and repair something rather than recycling it. There are several repair cafe's within our district where you can take items for free to try and get them repaired. Visit this page for more info on repair cafe's in our community: Repair Cafe's.


If you have any old, worn out small electrical items that are beyond repair, and they can fit  inside your green box, we can collect them. Please visit: A-Z of recycling and disposals - East Devon for more info.

Garage recycling


Remember to take your great recycling habits into your garage or shed.

The packaging used in lots of garage products is made up of valuable resources and can be recycled at kerb-side with your other household plastic and cans.

Please note we are unable to take empty paint pots at the kerb-side but you can take them to a household recycling centre to be recycled.

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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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Winter Tales – The Art of Snow and Winter


Get away from it all and immerse yourself in art in the first of our fascinating talks.

Tuesday 1 February, 10.30-12.00: Beginning with the iconic 'Hunters in the Snow' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, we will explore key UK and European works depicting winter. £10 per person.

Limited availability.

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Calling East Devon artists, performers, creatives and culture organisations


Please join us for the first ‘in person meeting’ of Arts & Culture East Devon (ACED). This event marks the introduction of the newly appointed Consultants leading the East Devon Culture Strategy launching in June.

  • Update on new East Devon Culture Strategy and introduction to new consultancy team
  • Talks from 2 performance arts venues: The Beehive & The King of Clubs.
  • Enjoy the perfect opportunity for networking with other like-minded creatives to discuss challenges, opportunities, potential collaborations, joint-funding opportunities.

Monday 7 February, 9.30–11.00am at The Beehive, Honiton. Free event.

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Wild East Devon 

Waggy Walk on Woodbury Common

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Devon Loves Dogs invites you on a guided dog walk.

Free for adults.

Free for children.

Currently there are 11 places available.

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To keep in touch with the Wild East Devon Team follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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