Residents' update - Friday, 1 April

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In this issue...

  • New website to help support Ukrainian refugees launched

  • Come along to YES1: Honiton's FREE energy saving conference

  • Big event for East Devon's voluntary and community groups attracts more than 80 representatives
  • Virtual classes are coming to Axminster Leisure Centre

  • The whole family came take part in a tennis summer camp this Easter holiday

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News and updates: 

New website to help support Ukrainian refugees launched

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Devon’s local authorities are supporting local residents who want to provide sanctuary to the Ukrainian refugees who have been forced to flee their homes.

A new website now hosts the latest guidance and information as it becomes available.

The local authorities are giving particular support to families in Devon whose relatives in Ukraine are fleeing the conflict, as well as to households who volunteer to accommodate refugees

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Come along to YES1: Honiton's FREE energy saving conference

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Electricity and Gas is expensive. Heat rises, and so do energy prices.

You can change this. Reduce energy consumption and help meet climate change commitments.

Tomorrow, Saturday, 2 April 2022 from 10am-2pm, Honiton Town Council is holding the YES 1 Conference at the Beehive in Honiton.

YES 1 is to support the residents of Honiton, to make their homes warmer, more energy efficient, and cost less.

Supported by local employers, Bradfords Building Supplies, and Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating, expert speakers will tell you how. Also, Exeter Community Energy will be there to help and advise you on how to access grants.

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Big event for East Devon's voluntary and community groups attracts more than 80 representatives

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A view of East Devon with an inset picture of Jamie Buckley, EDDC's Community Engagement and Funding Officer, who helped host and organise the event.

More than 80 representatives from East Devon voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, and town and parish councils attended East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) free online Meet the Funder event on 29 March.

The event gave voluntary groups an important opportunity to meet some of the key local funders and to start to build that all-important relationship with them.

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Virtual classes are coming to Axminster Leisure Centre

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Virtual group exercise classes are coming to Axminster Leisure Centre!

From Monday, 4 April, customers will have access to over 1,500 virtual classes, adding to the flexible and varied training options in our studio!

Wexer is perfect for those who cannot always make their favourite classes or those who are only able to exercise in off-peak hours.

Virtual classes will be included in LED’s Axminster Essentials membership too!

For more information give our team a call on 01297 35235

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The whole family came take part in a tennis summer camp this Easter holiday

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Get outside, get active and play tennis with friends this Easter holiday at Phear Park tennis courts!

Join our tennis summer camps on Tuesday, 19 April – Thursday, 21 April to learn and play tennis in a fun and action packed environment for just £25 per session.

  • Mini Red, Orange and Green: 09.00 – 12.00 (Drop off from 08:30am)
  • Juniors (Yellow ball): 13.00 – 16.00 (Drop off from 12:30)

Children need to bring a snack, some water and lots of energy.

For more information and bookings call us on 01395 223355

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job opportunities

There are multiple positions open to external applications in the Council that are waiting to be filled. If you think that one of these is right for you, or that you know someone who'd fit the role well, take a closer look at what the roles entail at the East Devon District Council Jobs Portal.

  • Operations Supervisor x 2 (StreetScene Area Officer) – (EXTERNAL)
  • Service Lead – Environmental Health – Permanent, full time (EXTERNAL)
  • Environmental Health Officer (Private Sector Housing) – Permanent, full time (EXTERNAL)
  • Technical Officer (Private Sector Housing) – Permanent, full time (EXTERNAL)

How to apply

Completing the application form is the first step of the recruitment process.

Section One: Personal Details

Sections Two and Three: Employment history

Section Four: Education, training and development

Section Five: Supporting statement

Section Six: Additional information.

Section Seven: References

Section Eight: Declaration

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For full details of external vacancies follow the link below and apply online via the EDDC website:

East Devon District Council Jobs

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Here is a list of the major events taking place this month.


  • Sunday 24 April 2022 – The Maer 10km and Half Marathon, Exmouth
  • Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May 2022 - Manorfest, Manor Gardens, Exmouth
  • Saturday 30 April 2022 (until 12/06/2022) – Jubilee Beacon Trail, Exmouth

If you want to stay up to date with the latest news about events on East Devon District Council land, be sure to visit the What's On page on our EastDevonly website and follow the Event East Devon Facebook page.

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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:

Two East Devon flytipping incidents will likely cost more than £1k to clean up

An updated rental offer has now been made to trade in The Strand, Exmouth

Sidmouth Undercliff Walkway is currently closed following small cliff fall - HAS NOW REOPENED!

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. 

Tuesday, 5 April

Thursday, 7 April


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Recycling news 

Communal Recycling Stores

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If you use a shared recycling facility, please be reminded that they cannot be used for the recycling or disposal of large items.

Both large items in this store in Ottery St Mary, cooker and washing line, need to be taken to a recycling centre to be recycled. Click here to find out where your nearest recycling centre is.

If you can’t take them yourself, they can be collected by our bulky item collections service. Bulky waste collections can be booked by visiting our website or by calling our Customer Service Centre on 01395 571515

For information on collections of recycling and waste from flats or shared areas please visit our website.

Be a responsible recycler and don’t use your shared recycling store as a dumping ground.

Thank you.

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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

Watch and listen as music, visual art and technology collide in Larkhall’s moving, cinematic performance

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Saturday, 2 April, 6-7pm.

Come and see this incredible performer as part of his national tour! Larkhall’s debut album reached #2 in the iTunes Classical chart.

£12 (£10 THG Friends/Students)

Book here 

*NEW* Painting Water Workshop for families

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Saturday 23 April

Create a collaborative sea painting using watery techniques with artist Nick Goss.

  • 1.00 – 2.00pm
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm

£5 per child or £10 per family. All ages and abilities - under 7’s should attend with a supportive adult.

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New exhibition explores the watery world of artist Nick Goss

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has been taken over by huge canvases and soundscapes which draw visitors into the watery world of international artist Nick Goss.

New exhibition: Nick Goss, Mud Angels has opened to critical acclaim at THG in Honiton. This new series of paintings and works on paper by artist Nick Goss layer and combine screen-print with painting and a heightened colour palette that borders on that of a dream or apparition.

THG has announced a one-off 'Painting Water Workshop' to be led by Nick Goss on 23 April. This is a remarkable opportunity to work with one of Britain's most exciting contemporary painters and gain an insight into his practice.

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Thousands of families in the South West can receive help towards Easter childcare costs

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents in the South West to not miss out on the opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and other out-of-school activities, during the Easter holidays.

Tax-Free Childcare provides thousands of 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 approved childcare schemes.

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

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Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups of people

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As part of the government's 'Living with Covid' plan, which sets out how to live and manage the virus, free universal testing ended on Friday 1 April.

Who can get free symptomatic COVID-19 tests after Friday 1 April?

The new government guidance states that, after Friday 1 April, free symptomatic COVID-19 PCR testing will be provided for:

  • Patients in hospital, where a PCR test is required for their care.
  • People who are eligible for community COVID-19 treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus.
  • People living or working in some high-risk settings.

Who can get free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests after Friday 1 April?

Rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing for people without symptoms of COVID-19 will continue after Friday 1 April in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly while prevalence is high. This includes:

  • Patient-facing staff in the NHS and NHS-commissioned Independent Healthcare Providers.
  • Staff in hospices and adult social care services.
  • Staff in some prisons and places of detention (including immigration removal centres) and in high risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings.
  • Residential Special Educational Needs and Disabilities facilities, care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for care home residents upon admission.

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