The East Devon Green Party is almost three years old, our membership is increasing every month, we now have three Parish Councillors (Honiton, Broadclyst and Axmouth) and we’ve been standing candidates in every election for the past three years. We’ve all worked hard during 2012 and now it’s time to relax, celebrate and enjoy some time with each other. We’ve booked Twyford House in Sidmouth again – some might remember our well attended (delicious) Curry Night there when we set up the group or the Open Mike event we had a couple of years ago.
Our Christmas Party is on Saturday 8th December from 6pm – everyone is welcome, members, supporters, friends etc. Children especially welcome (which is why we started it earlier this year). There’s no entrance charge but we are planning on having a bit of fun with Ana’s Auction! The theme is ‘Items Surplus to Requirements’ so please bring along anything you no longer need that may sell in an auction and help us raise funds for our election campaign.
It’s a ‘Bring & Share’ meal so please bring a dish of food to add to the buffet and let us know if you are coming. Contact me here. We’re hoping to have some entertainment arranged but if you can sing or play a guitar, again let us know as we’d love to hear you play! We’ve organised a bar license too so local, wines, beers etc will be on offer.
Monday 15th October 7.30pm – Affordable Housing Talk
Honiton Baptist Church meeting room (use rear door). Organised by East Devon Green Party, the meeting will be addressed by an expert in the field of housing – Trevor Ives. Trevor is a chartered surveyor who has worked within the social and affordable housing sector since 1976. Click here for more information
Saturday 20th October – Autumn Fayre
Please support our East Devon Green Party Fundraiser. 9.30am-12.30pm at the Mackarness Hall in Honiton. We still need donations of cakes, books and bric-a-brac and more volunteers are needed on the day. Contact Sharon for details sdpavey”at”gmail.com
Saturday 3rd November – SOS Rally
Save our Sidmouth are organising a mass rally and stroll along the Sidmouth Esplanade at 11 am meeting at the Eastern end, rain or shine. This is part of the S.O.S. campaign against the Knowle development, the Sid Valley/Sidford industrial development and the proposed supermarket at the Alexandria Estate. Contact Michael Temple for details michael.temple”at”btinternet.com
Saturday 8th December – East Devon Greens Christmas Party
Twyford House in Sidmouth – details tba
There’s also a lot going on with our East Devon Transition groups at the moment. See
Mid Devon Police challenge the fire Service in ‘Rugby Against Domestic Abuse’ Charity Match
A charity rugby match will be played at Tiverton Rugby Club, Bolham Road, Tiverton on Monday 8 October. The ‘Rugby Against Domestic Abuse’ match will raise funds for the local domestic abuse service – Stop Abuse For Everyone.
The match organiser PCSO Dion Howells, from the Tiverton Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “This is the third of these annual matches that raises funds to support local victims of domestic abuse. In the last couple of years we have raised over £2000 and we hope to raise lots of money this year too. Both teams are fit and eager to go and the police team are keen to get their first win! This year we not only have a raffle but also a charity auction after the match so we hope many spectators will come and support this event and bid for the fantastic auction lots.”
The evening will commence at 6pm with a tag rugby event for local primary schools. Four schools are involved and the winning team will receive a cup. The main match will kick-off at 7pm with the cup being awarded to the winning school at half-time.
The Charity Auction will start at approximately 8.30pm with auction lots including a six month Zest Membership at Mid Devon Leisure Centres, tickets for Exeter Chiefs, a day at Yarak Birds of Prey, and a pamper session atThe Stable Club Health Centre, Exeter.
Entry is £2 on the gate with under 12’s at 50 pence. Everyone is welcome.
The acclaimed Devon stand-up poet Jackie Juno is coming to perform THIS Saturday at the Beehive Benefit Bash event to raise funds to build a community centre here in Honiton. Jackie is part of a great line up including local musicians Sweet Black Angels and Blimey Oh Riley playing at the Boston Tea Party on Saturday 11th August from 7.15pm.
Never one to follow convention, Jackie draws upon a lifetime of wayward experiences to bring you a dynamic, hilarious and thought-provoking show, waxing lyrical about everything from tweezers to human rights to paleolithic cave art. She is Grand Bard of Exeter and lives on the edge of Dartmoor with her rock-god guitarist husband and young daughter, and large collection of unusual hats.
Tickets are £5 in advance (£7 on the door) from Wendy’s Cookshop, Honiton Toy Shop, Boston Tea Party and Honiton Tourist Information Centre.
So what have you got planned for the summer with the kids? I’m trying to find out what’s on here in east Devon. Be handy if there was one place it was all listed or a booklet like other areas do. I saw one for Taunton the other day – really good idea for busy parents planning what to do this summer. I will list a few I know about here then please add comments if you know of any more and I’ll add them on this blog. Let your friends know about this page too so we can all share ideas. Thanks.
East Devon’s Heath Week – 28th July – 3rd August. Lots of fantastic activities including Pond dipping and Reptile Rambles click here for more info
Switch Fundays – from 23rd July to 7th August. Face Painting, Circus Skills & Large Games in Upottery (7th Aug 10am – 1pm), Plymtree, Musbury and Newton Poppleford. All organised by the Community Development Workers at East Devon District Council click here for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Really pleased to see cookery classes happening in Honiton, courtesy of Wendy Le Masurier at Wendy’s Cookshop on the High Street and the latest topic to be covered is bread making. The Bread Making master class class takes place from 3.15pm Thursday 31st May 2013 at The Holt, 178 High Street, Honiton and costs £25. Angus McCaig is taking the class and the afternoon will be an excellent opportunity to learn all the techniques for bread making including shaping the dough, kneading skills, baking and experiencing different types of dough. You will also be able to ask all the questions you need answering and learn the professional tricks of the trade! Call Wendy for more info or to book on 01404 45940 and please mention you heard about the class on my blog! Thanks.
Here are some events happening in East Devon during Climate Week (12th – 18th March 2012).
Our Climate and How it Changes – a talk by Prof. Brian Golding Wed 14th March 7.30pm at The Norman Lockyer Observatory See http://bit.ly/zw3JBV
Seedy Saturday – Sat 17th March at the Mackarness Hall, High St, Honiton. This event has been organised by the new Transition Town Honiton group. Swap seeds, cuttings & seedlings and there are free seeds on offer plus stalls, raffle, children’s activities and fairtrade tea & coffee and cake! See http://bit.ly/y6tCOM
Just letting you know about an event coming up in East Devon in February 2012. As ‘recycling champion’ for Honiton, my role on the town council is to support events like this and this brings a smile to my face as I’ve wanted to do one of these myself for a little while. So I’m incredibly glad that Honiton resident Karen Berger has put this idea together and I hope she gets a huge amount of support to make it successful. The new Transition Town Honiton group will also have a stall there on the day.
Welcome to Swap and Share, another step towards a sustainable future.
Many people already use Freecycle, via the internet, on a regular basis to pass on their unwanted items to others nearby, and to get things that they need. Now, for those who don’t have access to the internet, or have not heard of Freecycle, we are running a Swap and Share event in Honiton, so that everyone has access to quality goods at no cost.
How does it work?
Simply bring any unwanted goods to Mackarness Hall next to St Paul’s church on the High Street on Saturday 25th February, pay £1 entrance fee, (towards the hire of the hall) and leave them with us, to be shared among anyone who comes along on the day. Even those who don’t have any goods to donate can choose items for themselves: as long as it’s kept out of landfill, it’s a win-win situation!