I’ve just got involved with a group of people in Honiton who are working towards setting up a branch of the Devon Plough & Share Credit Union in town. A Credit Union is a democratic, financial co-operative owned and controlled by its own members – a people’s bank! The Mission of the Plough & Share Credit Union is to work towards the financial inclusion of all which fits in with the ethos of the Transition movement.
I went to the first public meeting the other day and heard that they need volunteers to staff the service point so I’ve offered but they do need a few more people to step forward. The service point might be open one morning or afternoon a week – although volunteers may just do one session per month depending on their availability. Volunteers receive training and for anyone needing to add skills and references to their CV – this is a fantastic opportunity. We can only make this happen with Community Support – so please pass this email onto anyone you think might be able to volunteer. Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news is we have collected 14 tokens from the Express & Echo. Bad news is – that’s not enough to help us get a bigger share of the ‘Cash for your Community’ fund !! The deadline for you to go and buy your Express & Echo newspaper & cut out the coupon (and coupon collection form) is looming, you’ve got two options:
1. Get the coupon to us by midday tomorrow FRIDAY 22ndand we will post them all off together. Drop off or post through letterbox at Honiton Town Council office on New St) in an envelope marked FAO Cllr Sharon Pavey.
2. Post the coupon direct to the Express & Echo to arrive there by TUES 26th March. Details in the paper.
Let’s not miss this opportunity to boost our fundraising & get our new Honiton Community Centre kitted out in style! Leave us a comment on here if you can help.
P.S. New architects images of the centre on the website now! www.friendsofthebeehive.org
I asked for the issue of name badges to be discussed at the last Honiton Town Council meeting on Monday 11th March 2013. Councillor’s badges have the names of the councillor on them (Eg Cllr F. Jones) and the female councillors have their marital status added to theirs so mine says Cllr Mrs S. Pavey. I think this is an outdated, old fashioned and incredibly sexist practice, and I’m glad to say that after a very short discussion, the council agreed to offer female councillors the option to change their badges and as new female councillors join the council, this practice to be dropped and male and female badges are to be exactly the same ie Cllr M Smith regardless of whether the councillor is male or female. I also requested that we ask the company we get the badges from whether our current badges could be recycled.
I’m pleased that Honiton Town Council voted to remove gender specific titles on our name badges. Whether a female councillor is married or not has no bearing on her position as a councillor. This is a small step in the right direction. Bigger steps include seeing equal representation on the council. The current situation sees just six female councillors outnumbered by twelve men and I’m often attending meetings where I’m the only female councillor.
Don’t forget you can add your comments too, I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Honiton’s Friends of the Beehive charity supporting the building of our new Beehive Community Centre is one of the 43 finalists chosen by the Express & Echo newspaper to win a share of £25,000 !!!
We are guaranteed £450 but in order to get a larger share our community needs to pull together and collect coupons from the newspaper each week before 21st March. Can you help us?
This week the coupon is on page 28 and all you need to do is either:
1. Fill in the coupon collection form “I wish to vote for FRIENDS OF THE BEEHIVE, HONITON” and cut out the little coupon (it’s about the size of two postage stamps) then post it direct to the paper to arrive before Tuesday 26th March. Address details on the form.
2. Or collect the coupons and hand them into us by the end of Thursday 21st March so we can post them all off together. Drop the coupons off in an envelope to ‘Sharon Pavey’ at the Town Council Office on New st. This is the blue door opposite The Wool Stack knitting shop.
Don’t forget to cut out the little coupon (see below) too – it’s easy to miss. It says SINGLE VOTING COUPON on it. Thanks everyone – please pass this on to everyone you know in East Devon and Exeter so we can collect as many coupons as possible. Add a comment on here if you can help so we have an idea of how many coupons are coming in. Thanks ever so much.
Honiton Town Councillor Sharon Pavey visited the Headway Devon centre on Friday. The charity which has been running in Honiton for almost 18 years runs a group supporting 14 people at the St Michael’s Day Centre every Friday. Here people with brain injuries are able to come together to meet others who have had similar experiences and take part in activities to help them relearn lost skills and develop new ones. Headway also provides vital respite opportunities for carers.
Brain injury has many causes, from head injury to stroke, and brain tumour to meningitis. It can happen completely out of the blue and can leave people facing a range of complex and lifelong disabilities. Every brain injury is different, but many of the people that use Headway in Honiton experience physical, emotional and learning difficulties. Sharon said “I first heard of Headway after a family member had a stroke last year and Headway supported their recovery. I then chatted with Headway fundraiser Holly Keatings on twitter and asked if I could pop by one day for a visit. As a councillorrepresenting Honiton Town Council, I do think it is very important to find out more about charities like Headway that work with local people who really need their support.”
“It was particularly interesting to hear from manager Natalie about the restorative justice programme Headway run for young offenders. The offenders come to Headway to talk to people who are dealing with the long term issues associated with being assaulted and receiving a head injury.”
Holly Keatings added “We are very grateful to Sharon for coming along today and helping us to raise awareness about brain injury and the support that is available for people locally. Unfortunately there is very little public understanding about brain injury and the long-term effects that it can have, which means many people with brain injuries struggle with their difficulties for months or even years before getting in touch with Headway Devon. We look forward to reaching even more of the people who need us so if you or someone you care about has had a brain injury just call us on 01392 211822 or email email@example.com.“
I asked Honiton Town Council to strengthen and renew it’s commitment to Fairtrade last week and here’s a little news snippet about that on the Midweek Herald website www.midweekherald.co.uk
I spoke at the Senior Voice (formerly Senior Council) on Fairtrade last winter during Fairtrade Fortnight and have been invited back again this year. I’ll be there on Wednesday 27th February from 2pm at the Senior Voice meeting, Methodist Church on Chapel St, Honiton. Come along if you can or see the Fairtrade website for more information. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk
After being postponed due to the snow, our litter pick took place today in the beautiful winter sunshine. It was quite windy though and we got even away without a rain shower. We spent a couple of hours picking up rubbish around Hazelwood Close, Holly Close, Spindlewood Close, Gronau Close, Brand Road and Manor Crescent. We picked up more things we could recycle than stuff for landfill, collecting a lot of glass bottles, cans and plastic bottles.
We also found some interesting things along the way like an old umbrella, a pair of tights, gloves, socks and a broken frisbee. There were lots of sweet wrappers, can tops that have fallen out of the recycling bins, crisp packets and bits of paper. We also found loads of elastic bands in all the streets which we reckon is from the postal staff dropping them from bundles of letters, so we will be contacting the post office to ask them to stop doing this.
We have lots of Keep Britain Tidy tabards, bags etc left if anyone is thinking of doing a litter pick in their area – if you’re near us you can have some of ours. We do plan to do one again though as it was very a satisfying thing to do.
I’m organising a community litter pick in the Honiton St Michael’s ward on Sunday 20th January. The litter pick is supported by the Keep Britain Tidy Big Tidy Up campaign, Honiton Town Council (where I’m a councillor) and East Devon District Council. Volunteers will be provided with tabards and rubbish bags. Local residents wanting to help clean up areas in and around Hazelwood Close, Gronau Close, Brand Road, Honiton Bottom Road and Manor Crescent should meet outside Millwater School at 1pm.
This clean up will show others that we care about the future of our local environment and that dropping litter is simply not on. I live on Hazelwood Close and walk to town through the little pathways connecting our streets. They are often littered with bottles, cans and crisp packets and not pleasant to walk through with my children. Sometimes people even dump sofas and supermarket trolleys there and I’ve phoned local supermarkets or the council to ask them to collect things which have been fly-tipped near my house. Working together like this creates a sense of community and is a good way to meet your neighbours. Please wrap up well and wear a raincoat, any queries call me on 07447597390.
Had a really interesting meeting with Honiton Foodbank this morning, they do so much more than just give out food. They offer debt advice, addiction support, counselling, re-housing etc. I was there with two hats on really – as a member of Transition Town Honiton and a Honiton Town Councillor. I’m also following up on some fundraising I did with the Midweek Herald earlier this year where a team of us raised £1000 for the foodbank (see http://bit.ly/O5gQso)
It must surely be a sign of the times that these Foodbanks are opening up everywhere but finding out more this morning about how many people volunteer to help others, I am astonished and extremely pleased to be reassured that there really is this supportive community aspect to Honiton.
So – next time you’re doing your weekly shop, buy a couple of extra bits to donate to the Foodbank. Really doesn’t have to be much (a tin of beans!) and you can drop them off at various points around town – the doctors, banks, town council, St Paul’s Church or to the King’s Centre, Lees Buildings.
If you, like me are angry about people going without food and shelter as a direct result of the cuts this government is making – join the Green Party or at least VOTE GREEN at the next election, so you have Green Councillors fighting Tory & Lib Dem austerity cuts and making our society a fairer place for EVERYONE to live.