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Torridge Councillors pledge support to Afghan refugees

From Torridge Council: In March last year the Community and Resources Committee at Torridge District Council voted to participate in the Government led Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The national scheme aspired to accepting around 20,000 Syrian refugees into the UK, displaced by the fighting in their region. Across Devon […]

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Devon goes to tier 3

From Devon Council: The government has reviewed the tier restrictions, and Devon is to move up to Tier 3 from Thursday 31 December. That means: You must not meet socially indoors with anybody who you do not live with, or you are not in a support bubble with. You must not meet […]

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Travel plans for Christmas bubbles

From Devon Council: If you’re part of a Christmas bubble this year in order to visit family or friends, you’re probably starting to think about your travel plans.  Between Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 December, you can travel between different tiers and other nations of the UK if necessary, to meet with your Christmas bubble. However, […]

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Temporary Accommodation to assist Homeless Families unveiled in Bideford

Councillors were invited to look around a newly renovated property in Bideford this week, that has been updated and modernised to support Homeless Families who require temporary accommodation. The property was purchased by the Council for general use to provide better, more cost effective and flexible short-term options for the […]

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Parents can help researchers by having their say on school shutdowns

Parents can have their say on how their families are coping with the upheaval of school closures as part of a major new research project set up to track the impact of coronavirus. A new survey allows people around the country to share their experiences and concerns, as well as […]

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Fly-tipper gets his reward!

A Plymouth man who fled to Ireland after committing a year-long fly-tipping spree has been jailed. Martin McDonagh, 26, was called ‘Plymouth’s worst fly-tipper’ by the press for dumping rubbish collected from people’s homes in the countryside. He caught a ferry to Ireland 9 days before he was due in […]

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Devon encouraging more people to become registered childminders

From DEevon County Council: Devon County Council is encouraging more people to become childminders, following a Council report that identified a decrease in numbers across the county. The Annual Childcare Sufficiency Report 2018-2019 identified a decrease of 9.5% in 2019. Childminders offer a vital, flexible service, especially in rural areas and […]

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Recycling levels soar to 51% in Torridge thanks to resident recyclers

In June 2018 Torridge District Council embarked on a major change to its waste and recycling collections with the introduction of fortnightly black bag collections. At the same time, the Council extended and improved kerbside recycling collections, including food waste from all households, and the extension of an optional green […]

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Goodnight Mr Tom – Holsworthy Amateur Theatrical Society

By Helen Shingler:   HATS recently concluded a very successful 6 night run (split over two weeks) of the wonderful ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’.  The play was originally published as a children’s book in the early 1980’s by the author Michelle Magorian and has won several awards. It is the story […]

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Should we ban vehicles outside school gates?

Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates during school drop off and pick up times, new figures reveal, as 29 schools in Devon start the annual Big Pedal challenge to walk, scoot or cycle their journeys. Obviously, some won’t be able […]

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