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24 February 2023

News Round Up from West Devon Borough Council

One year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine

One year on Ukraine


Today marks one year since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Council invites the West Devon Community to join them in this important day of reflection and pay tribute to the bravery of the Ukrainian people around the world.

Read more here.

May 2023 elections: Be a Councillor

Be a councillor


Are you passionate about your local community? Would you like to be involved in decisions that make a profound difference to the lives of those living here in West Devon?

If this sounds familiar, we need you. Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. The Council needs people from all backgrounds and experiences, to reflect the communities we serve, to put themselves forward for election.

Being a councillor is all about giving back to your community by bringing your energy, passion, and hard-working attitude. You can make a real difference to the local community and wider society in many ways as a councillor.

You could be representing the views of local people to ensure the community gets the right services, supporting a resident with an issue, or helping to shape the community by driving new ideas. 

The role of councillor is a varied and highly fulfilling one. You don’t need any experience or special qualifications, and you’ll gain lots of new skills, experience, knowledge, and confidence. Councillors are paid an allowance and can work flexibly.  

We are holding an event for prospective candidates who are interested in becoming Councillors at our offices on Monday 6 March at 6.30 p.m.

You’ll find our offices at:

Kilworthy Park,

Drake Road,


PL19 0BZ

Visit our website to find out more, including eligibility criteria and more:

May 2023 elections: candidate webinar

conference audience


The Electoral Commission is hosting a pre-election webinar for candidates and agents taking part in the upcoming elections. A copy of the invitation is below, for you to share with anyone you know who may want to stand for election in your area. The Commission also plans to publish slides from the webinar shortly after the event. The Electoral Commission is hosting a pre-election webinar for candidates and their agents taking part in elections in England on 4 May.

The webinar provides an opportunity to gain essential information on the nomination process and the spending and donation rules, including information on:

  • standing for election
  • the nominations process
  • when the spending rules apply
  • how much you can spend
  • notional spending rules
  • who you can accept donations from
  • what you need to report after the election

There will also be a chance to ask questions. If you have a specific question in advance, or topic you would like the Commission to speak about, please do get in touch before the event.

The webinar will take place virtually on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at 12pm – 1pm.

To confirm attendance please email Stuart Butler on:

It’s A Win-Win When You Play SeaMoor Lotto

seamoor lotto centre parcs


Sign up and support a good cause today and not only will you be in with the chance of winning weekly cash prizes of up to £25,000, but if you enter before 25 March, you will be in with the chance of winning a trip to Center Parcs, all for just £1 a week!

A sporty break? A relaxing weekend in the forest? Quality family time? Whatever a holiday means to you, you could be making the most of springtime at Center Parcs - and supporting a good cause too!

SeaMoor Lotto is a lottery for the people, by the people. It’s a fun way to help good causes without giving up precious time.

Tickets are just £1 in the weekly draw, and you can choose exactly which good cause you would like your money to go to. More of your money goes to your chosen cause than with any other major lottery – you can see the exact breakdown, where every penny goes, on our website.

Unlike larger lotteries, the majority of your ticket purchase comes back into the community AND the odds of winning a prize are much better, at an amazing 50:1. It really is a win-win: even if you don’t win a cash prize you can be content in knowing that you are making a real difference!

Since its launch the SeaMoor Lotto has raised thousands of pounds for small charities -so why not join in? Visit our website to see which good causes you can support, and buy a ticket today:

ID now required at polling stations

voter id now required


Remember that photo ID is now required when voting at polling stations! Local elections are taking place on the 4 May so make sure you have yours by 25 April.

This could be your passport, driving license or blue badge but there are a lot more documents that are accepted. Find out more about what photo ID is suitable on our website.

If you don't have photo ID you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free voter ID document.

Find out more on the Electoral Commission website.

Maths courses available in Devon

learn devon maths


Learn Devon is offering many maths courses both online and in person to boost your skills for work and home!

Check out a selection of their courses below:


  • Maths top ups: Quadratic equations - 7 March, 1-3pm Book now
  • Understanding basic tax - 17 March , 2-4pm Book now

Newton Abbot

  • The language of maths (ESOL) - 6 March, 1-3pm Book now


  • Countdown to Exams - 6 March, 6-8pm Book now

Visit their website to see a full list of courses: Learn Devon: Maths Courses

Devon Recovery Projects

business support dcc


Take a look at the four projects Devon County Council is running to support businesses now:

  1. Get Set to Tender – If you want to win contracts from Local Government, this will help you to better understand procurement and tenders and enable you to bid for opportunities in the public sector – in turn supporting the local economy of the communities you work in. Workshops and 1-2-1 options available. Find more info and apply here.
  2. Get Set Adapt is delivering support for businesses across Devon to help them recover from the impacts of the pandemic and to build back better. We believe that through robust review and innovation of business models, we can help our clients to recover rapidly, and put them on the path to future growth and sustainability. Apply here.
  3. Devon Get Started – If you’ve identified a niche in the market for a business opportunity but lack the confidence and/or knowledge around starting up, then this programme will help! We’re offering practical support to turn your idea into a business or social enterprise. It’s mostly held online, making it easy to access. Apply here.
  4. Wellbeing Works is an exciting opportunity for Devon based businesses, employees and individuals to benefit from the tools, techniques and inspiration we need to prioritise and develop our wellbeing and resilience during the pandemic recovery period. More info here.

Job Vacancies



Are you looking for a flexible role in a supportive and open culture? Join the Council! We have a number of exciting roles available for the right person.

Click the button below to see our current vacancies.

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