Residents' update - Friday, 18 March

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In this issue...

  • Nearly £130,000 has been given out to East Devon families struggling to pay for food and bills

  • Rent a beach hut for the day, or week, at Budleigh Salterton

  • Community tree planting success in the Clyst Valley

  • You have just nine days to share your views about East Devon's culture

  • Visit East Devon 'EastDevonly ’ campaign launched

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News and updates: 

Nearly £130,000 has been given out to East Devon families struggling to pay for food and bills

Residents who are struggling to make ends meet this winter are being urged to apply for a grant to help meet the cost of living, before the deadline for the Household Support Fund closes on March 31.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has currently helped 648 families so far by paying out £128,849.36 (more than 79 per cent) of the £162,286 pot of cash.

EDDC’s financial resilience officers can also offer advice and guidance, giving as much support as possible to get people through tough times.

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Rent a beach hut for the day, or week, at Budleigh Salterton


Seaside lovers can now rent one of the new beach huts for the day (or week if they fancy) at Budleigh Salterton.

The new ‘short-term hire’ beach huts have been commissioned and funded by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and include five large huts and seven small ones - were put up this week, replacing old structures that had come to the end of their natural life.

The general public will be able to make bookings through the Budleigh Information Centre from the 1 April until 23 October 2022.

The cost to rent the huts are as follows:

  • Large huts – Weekly rate for 2022 season - £110.00
  • Large huts – Daily rate for 2022 season - £35.00
  • Small huts – Weekly rate for 2022 season - £100.00
  • Small huts – Daily rate for 2022 season - £32.00

Early booking is recommended as the huts prove very popular - to make a booking call 01395 445275 or email, send a letter to 14 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6NG or

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Community tree planting success in the Clyst Valley

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Over 130 volunteers of all ages gathered at West Clyst farm to plant 1,000 new trees to help enhance the Clyst Valley.

The volunteers, including 60 children from West Clyst Community Primary School, joined East Devon District Council's Clyst Valley Regional Park team to plant a selection of native trees and shrubs to recreate a historic orchard, half an acre of woodland and a new hedgerow in the heart of the Clyst Valley.

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You have just nine days to share your views about East Devon's culture

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What do you think about East Devon’s culture from museums and theatres to art galleries and live music?

Your feedback will be invaluable to create an ambitious, 10 year plan of action to improve and deliver creative activities across East Devon.

Deadline: midnight, Sunday 27 March.

Answer survey

Visit East Devon 'EastDevonly ’ campaign launched

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A national marketing communications campaign has been launched, promoting East Devon as a visitor destination in the off-peak seasons.

The campaign went 'live' on Thursday 10th March and is designed to attract day and overnight visits across East Devon throughout the shoulder seasons, to support the recovery of the visitor economy from Covid-19. The campaign is funded by the ERDF Welcome Back Fund, supporting the seasonal phases of tourism in East Devon. 

East Devon’s leisure and tourism businesses can raise their profile and get on board with the campaign by using #EastDevonly on social media.  A campaign toolkit and top tips can be downloaded from the EastDevonly Facebook group or from the website.

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Refurbished Honiton Swimming Pool changing rooms due to reopen this Saturday


LED Community Leisure are delighted to announce Honiton Swimming Pool changing rooms are due to reopen to customers on Saturday, 19 March 2022.

We are incredibly proud of these new facilities and would like to thank our customers for their continued support and patience during unprecedented delays in this project.

All existing members check your email inbox for further details of a FREE Family Swim voucher as a small gesture to thank you for your support. If you have not received your voucher please contact

The newly refurbished changing rooms feature contemporary finishes and fittings. These include private shower cubicles, heated flooring, and new, improved vanity areas so you can leave our pool feeling and looking fresh and energised. We have increased cubicle space and installed and undercover buggy park too. There is also a new air handling unit to improve air quality and provide a cleaner atmosphere.

To celebrate, we are putting on a huge membership sale exclusive to Honiton Leisure Centre! Sign up any time in March and receive a 12 month annual membership for the price of 9! That’s a fantastic 3 months free, offer available on all annual memberships when joining in centre or via the phone.

To register your interest in our membership pre-sale and to receive further updates please enter your details below and a member of the team will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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Fancy winning an Exeter Chiefs Ticket? Find out how below

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LED Community Leisure wants everyone in our community to live a happy and healthy lifestyle in 2022. Our teams are here to support everyone from first timers to dab-handers of all ages and abilities.

We want to give our community a boost in motivation to get moving at home, in the great outdoors and across LED Community Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools by giving away 10 Exeter Chiefs tickets!

To help encourage our community to get moving we have put on a timetable of extra special events for FREE on Sunday, 20 March. We recommend calling your local LED leisure centre to book activities ahead of time.

To enter our competition to win tickets to see Exeter Chiefs vs Quins, all you you need to do is: 

  1. Download the LED Leisure app and sign-in with your membership details

  2. Click the 'record your moves' button to record your daily activity and the intensity (You can get up to 3 points for every activity you complete)

  3. Gain 20 points between 14th March - 3rd April 2022 to enter our prize giveaway!

Entries will close on Sunday 3rd April at 9pm. A winner will be chosen at random from each LED Community Leisure site and contacted directly. Open to LED Community Leisure customers only. Good luck!

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Homes for Ukraine Scheme – what you need to know

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The Government launched the Homes for Ukraine scheme this week and more than 130,000 people have already signed up to offer accommodation to those fleeing the war-torn country.

What is the Homes for Ukraine scheme?

Homes for Ukraine is a sponsorship scheme that allows people and organisations in the UK to offer Ukrainians fleeing the war a home. This scheme lets individuals, charities, community groups and businesses offer a route to safety for Ukrainians, even if they have no ties to the UK. 

How to take part in Homes for Ukraine:

You’ll need to either provide a spare room in your home or separate self-contained accommodation for at least six months. It will need to be fit for people to live in and be suitable for the number of people to be housed.

The council will check that the accommodation you’re offering is appropriate. And as a sponsor you and your household will be subject to security checks and possibly safeguarding checks too. Those arriving from the Ukraine will have met standard security checks.

You can’t charge rent but sponsors using the scheme will be offered a ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month from government. This is limited to one payment per residential address and will be paid for the duration of time you’re a sponsor for up to 12 months.

You won’t be expected to provide meals or pay for living expenses.

Register your interest

Business update 

Businesses – can you plant trees? Answer the Clyst Canopy survey


Credit: Jenny Steer

East Devon District Council wants to support your business to be more sustainable and move towards Net Zero emissions. We’re working with City Science to understand what appetite you have to support local tree planting that would help you to lower your business carbon footprint. Please help us out by completing the 5 minute survey below.

The Clyst Canopy project takes place in the Clyst Valley Regional Park

We really appreciate your time and input and look forward to moving into a Net Zero future together.

Clyst Canopy Survey

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

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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:

East Devon District Council to hold an extraordinary council meeting

Thelma Hulbert Gallery - new exhibition opening + talk

Unfortunately, there will be no planning newsletters this week. We do apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. 

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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, 21 March

Tuesday, 22 March

Thursday, 24 March


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Recycling news 

How to recycle small electrical items

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Some households are still putting small electrical items in their general waste, these items were taken from a household refuse bin in the Exmouth area.

Please put your small electrical items in your green recycling box.

These items contain valuable materials which can be recovered and recycled to help the environment and the economy.

Please visit our website for further information relating to recycling and disposal.

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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

Join us this Saturday for the opening of a key new exhibition by Britain’s most exciting contemporary painter, Nick Goss.

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Credit: Nick Goss

Saturday, 19 March 2022

4-6pm: Join us for the Private View.

3-4pm: ‘In Conversation’ event. Exhibiting artist Nick Goss will discuss his practice through the works in the exhibition with Melissa Blanchflower (Curator Serpentine, London). £4 inc glass of wine. Limited availability.

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“Five simple things I would encourage people to do”, says Director of Public Health Devon


With no legal requirement now to self-isolate when you have symptoms of coronavirus, or test positive for it; and with free testing for most people about to end this month, we've heard many people say that they are a little uncertain about what they should be doing to keep themselves and others safe. Below is the advice from Devon’s Director of Public Health, which the Council supports and would encourage you to comply with:

  1. “If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or any infectious illness, e.g. a cough or high temperature, vomiting or diarrhoea, or if you have tested positive for coronavirus, please stay at home if you can and avoid seeing others until you are feeling better.
  2. “Face coverings are still required in health settings, such as GP surgeries and in hospitals. Unless you are exempt, please continue to wear face coverings when in indoor public spaces with people you don’t live with. That includes public transport, hospitality and retail settings.
  3. “Testing, to identify if you are likely to have coronavirus, is important, so with free lateral flow tests ceasing from the end of this month, I would encourage people to use their current stock to greatest effect, such as testing before visiting older or vulnerable friend and relatives, or before going to your GP practice or to visit someone in hospital. If you test positive, please stay at home for five days or until your symptoms have gone.
  4. “Keep up with your vaccinations, because they’re proven to help protect you and others from becoming ill.
  5. “And simple hand hygiene is also still important, not just to protect from coronavirus, but also for fighting other infectious illnesses. It’s a simple precaution, but still effective.”

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Can you help: Speak Up For Allergies campaign


Living with a food allergy can affect people in different ways. It can pose extra challenges to daily tasks and can have unexpected impacts on new experiences. For teenagers and young adults with a food allergy, navigating the new experiences that come with these stages of life can bring about extra risks.

We can each help. For people with food allergies, having supportive friends can make all the difference. Eating out is better when friends understand the issues and ‘have your back’.

Research shows that children and young people are at a higher risk of experiencing food allergy reactions. And while many are confident about managing their food allergy in general, they are less likely to tell a café or restaurant about their allergy, particularly if they have eaten a meal from the same place before. Never assume a meal will be safe, because ingredients can change.

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