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The latest information and guidance to support you and our communities

Remembering HRH Prince Philip,
The Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh 10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021.  Image of Prince Philip


Following the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Union flag has flown at half mast over Forde House.

The remembrance page on our website includes a link to the online national book of condolence and statements from Council Chair John Petherick and from party leaders.

A national one-minute silence will be held on Saturday at 15:00, the day of the funeral.

In line with observing the national mourning guidance, some of the activities highlighted in last week's newsletter in relation to the reopening of high streets across the District did not take place or were rescheduled.

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Book a jab if aged between 45 and 49

With the Government's announcement that all adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a Covid-19 vaccination jab, those aged 45-49 have been invited to book their appointments via through the NHS

Swim with us at Teignbridge Leisure

Swim with us

Swimming is for everyone, no matter how old you are or your level of fitness.

It's a lifelong skill that could save your life or that of a family member, friend or another swimmer. It is never too late to learn and swimming is also an excellent way to keep fit and make new friends.

That's why we cater for all age groups - young and old -  at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre and Dawlish Leisure Centre.

Swim as a family

As having fun and exercising as a family is important, we are introducing Family Bubble Swims to our timetables.  Check out when our family swim sessions are available by taking a look at our centre pool timetables:

Please don't delay as our sessions book up quickly.

If you or your family can't swim, don't miss out on the opportunity to learn now and help us simplify and speed up the booking process. Before calling us, please create a free non-member account online as this will help us book you and your bubble in much quicker.

Children's swimming lessons

Many children take great pleasure from splashing around in the water, whether it be in a bath, paddling pool, swimming pool or in the sea.

With every new stroke a child learns, they will be developing self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Learning to swim will also help your child or grandchild learn how to set goals and persevere until they have reached their target. Swimming is also an excellent means of showing children what they can achieve with dedication and regular practice.

Join our growing swim school and give your child or grandchild a skill for life.

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Applications open for restart grants

A new system of Restart Grants has replaced the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and the application form is now live on our website.

These one-off payment grants are available to non-essential, rate paying businesses predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public, in the non-essential retail and hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors

Qualifying businesses must be registered for business rates and be trading on 1 April 2021 and not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. The size of grant varies according to the business rateable value.

More information and the grant application form is on our website.

Your vote counts - don't miss out

Got five?  Register online to vote.  Register by 19 April.  Your vote matters. Don't lose it. Electoral commission

Local elections give you the opportunity to have your say on local issues that matter to you.

But to vote in the county council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May, you must be registered by 19 April!

So if you are a first time voter, recently moved house or just never registered to vote, take five minutes and register today.

Whether you want to vote on 6 May in person, by post or by proxy you have to register first.

If you want to apply for a postal vote the deadline for doing so is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

Observing Ramadan

Those observing Ramadan, which began this week, are urged to continue to follow the  COVID-19 guidelines and to respond positively if invited for vaccination.  Covid-19 vaccines do not contain components of animal origin and so being vaccinated does not break a fast.

The Covid-19 vaccine does not contain components of animal origin.  A vaccination does not break your fast.

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If you haven't completed your census it is not too late

As a mark of respect following the death of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh census engagement was paused.

But Field Officers are back out and visiting households which have not completed the census although they will not carry out any visits on Saturday, the day of The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

For those who haven’t completed the census it is not too late to do so by going to the census website.

Fire service engagement poster extract - Your voice matters

Fire service seeking views on future risks

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is undertaking its regular strategic review of the risks that we might face in the future and what the future landscape might look like in terms of infrastructure as well as societal trends..

As part of this process, the Fire Service wants to hear from people and partners across Devon and Somerset. Feedback will give the Service an understanding of what residents feel are local risks that need to be considered as well as perceptions of the fire and rescue service and its role. To give your views please complete the online survey which runs until 20 May.

A Community Risk Management Plan will be prepared which will run from April 2022 until 2027 and more information is available on the Fire Service's website.

Community Renewal Fund webinars

Devon County Council is holding a series of webinars titled ‘UK Government Community Renewal Fund – an opportunity for communities in Devon’. The first live event is scheduled on 19 April 2021 with a repeat live event running on 20 April 2021.  Select a date to register for free:

With up to £3million available for successful community projects, the Fund will look to empower places to explore how best to tackle local challenges – whether through building skills, supporting local businesses, supporting communities and places, or providing employment support.

Latest government advice

Meeting up again?  Stick to six.  Stick to groups of up to six or two households.  The more people you meet the more likely you are to get infected

With the easing of lockdown measures on Monday a range of updated guidance has been published by the government including:

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Better health  - every mind matters advice
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