Residents' Update - Friday, 17 November

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In this week's newsletter👇

🛍️Seven reasons to shop locally this Christmas

♻️Pledge to recycle your food waste and you could win a blender

🌍Congratulations to Devon's Women in Business championing climate action

🚴Have your say on plans to improve walking and cycling facilities and links in Exmouth

🍞Axminster launches a community pantry to help those in need

Scroll down to read more about news, updates and events across East Devon👇

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News and updates: 

Seven reasons to shop locally this Christmas

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Credit: Tim Mossholder

Before you look to shop online to buy gifts for your loved ones this year, take a moment to consider shopping in East Devon. By supporting local businesses, you're putting money back into your community and providing jobs in your area. 

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Pledge to recycle your food waste and you could win a blender

Picture of a banana with eyes and a blender. Pledge to use your food waste collection. Look you could win 1 of 5 blenders.

The prize draw will close on 26 November. Credit: Recycle Devon

If every household in Devon made use of their food waste container it would not only help to create energy and fertiliser, but would also save more than £2.8million on disposal costs. 

To find out more and enter the prize draw...

Click here

Congratulations to Devon's Women in Business championing climate action

Cllr Arnott, Natalie Hyson (Dartmoor Reach Alpaca and Glamping Farm) & Louise Jenner (Devon Women in Business). Credit: Poppy Jakes Photography

Councillor Paul Arnott, Natalie Hyson (Dartmoor Reach Alpaca and Glamping Farm), Josh Hyson, and Louise Jenner (Devon Women in Business). Credit: Poppy Jakes Photography

East Devon District Council Leader, Councillor Paul Arnott, recently presented the winners of the Eco-Friendly category at the glitzy Devon Women in Business awards, held at Winslade Manor.

As Chair of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, which sponsored the awards, Paul was delighted to meet the category winners, Dartmoor Reach Alpaca and Glamping Farm and The Sign Maker, awarded Highly Commended for their contribution. The award recognises the outstanding work of Devon's women-led businesses that are reducing their carbon footprint and helping their customers to follow their example.

Cllr Paul Arnott, Kate Price from The Sign Maker, Louise Jenner from Devon Women in Business. Credit: Poppy Jakes Photography

Councillor Paul Arnott, Kate Price (The Sign Maker), and Louise Jenner (Devon Women in Business). Credit: Poppy Jakes Photography

Cllr Paul Arnott, Leader of East Devon District Council and Chair of Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone Board, said:

“The Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone is focussed on delivering our vision for clean growth, supporting businesses to create net zero carbon solutions. By sponsoring the Devon Women in Business EcoFriendly Business of the Year category, we want to highlight the crucial contributions made by women in the built environment sector. We hope this recognition will inspire more women to work within the sectors to respond to the climate emergency, challenge conventions and stimulate innovation.

“We really hope these businesses continue their net zero journey and educate their customers about how they’re doing it too.”

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Have Your Say on plans to improve walking and cycling facilities and links in Exmouth

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An artist's impression of proposed improvements. Share your thoughts before the deadline of 5 January 2024

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views by Devon County Council on proposals to encourage active travel, particularly for shorter journeys, reduce congestion, improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and those with mobility issues and improve connectivity across the town.

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Community grants

Axminster launches a community pantry to help those in need

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The community fridge, pantry, clothes rail and children’s toy box is open to all, every Monday from 9am to 12pm

In March 2022, Pippins Community Centre approached East Devon District Council, requesting £500 to set up a larder with cupboard ingredients such as dried herbs and flour to be used for free by the local community.

We recently contacted the team and are delighted to hear that it has been a huge success...

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Nights are closing in, check your torches

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Keeping batteries separate in our vehicles and at the depot prevents fire risk

When recycling your batteries, please put them into a clear plastic bag before putting them in your recycling box for collection; a sandwich bag is ideal. This helps crews separate them out when emptying your recycling box.

Please do not place them in your refuse bin, as the batteries could explode or ignite if damaged or crushed. Please do not put your batteries inside a cardboard box or wrap them in paper, as they can get missed and mixed up with paper and cardboard in the recycling vehicle and at the depot.

For more information about East Devon District Council's Recycling and Waste service...

Click here

Recycling app

Have you downloaded our free East Devon App yet?

Join over 60,000 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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Events in East Devon

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Present Makers 2023 is now open

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Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Are you looking for wonderful handcrafted gifts? Visit Thelma Hulbert Gallery and shop local this Christmas to support local designer makers.

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Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Volunteers wanted for tree planting

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Sunday, 19 November at 2pm. Sidmouth Food Forest is opposite the Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane EX10 9QX

Help is wanted at Sidmouth Food Forest trees to thicken up the boundary hedges, which will make the growing area more sheltered and promote biodiversity. There will be some tools for volunteers to borrow, but bring gloves, a spade/a trowel if you have them.

To join Sidmouth Community Food Forest's Facebook group...

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Christmas lights to be switched on in Honiton and Sidmouth this weekend

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Honiton's Christmas tree lights switch on and blessing will take place on Saturday, 18 November at St Paul's Church on the High Street from 4.30pm. Father Christmas will be coming along, with music, mince pies, children's gift bags and more.

Sidmouth's Christmas light switch-on will also take place on Saturday, from 5:30pm, with festivities beginning at 3.15pm.

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Celebrate Christmas at the Manor Pavilion Theatre

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Starting the season off on 22 November there will be a performance by Five Star Swing

This Christmas, the Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth will host a programme of festive entertainment to inspire feelings of joy and nostalgia for all the family.

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Christmas village coming to Exmouth

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Exmouth Christmas Village and events will be taking place from 15 – 31 December

Devon's largest independent Christmas market will be taking place in Exmouth with more than 100 local vendors, a range of regional produce and gifts, bars, street food, and seasonal entertainment.

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Discover more events in the local area by heading to the East Devon Excellence website

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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. 

21 November - 10am - Planning Committee


Devon’s new stop smoking service announced

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The team will provide specialist behavioural support and products to help smokers looking to quit

To visit Stop For Life Devon's website, which has more information, tips and advice...

Click here

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