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Devon Air Ambulance

Why not make your New Year’s resolution really count and become a Devon Air Ambulance volunteer? We receive no government funding and are totally reliant on donations from the people of Devon. We offer an array of volunteering opportunities from box collecting, giving talks, attending cheque presentation, assisting in one of our 18 charity shops or helping out at our annual events. Volunteering can really make a real difference to your own life and the lives of others. This opportunity would suit anyone who would like to get out of the house, make new friends, do something worthwhile, all whilst having fun! We really do appreciate any amount of time you can offer. Whoever you are, you’d fit in just fine!

Please contact our Volunteer Manager Cara Jones by calling 01392 466666 or emailing for more information.

Christmas Makers & Food fair @ Anran

‘Curator of Crafts’ presents a Christmas Makers and Food Fair

 The second ‘Christmas Makers at ANRÁN’

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 10am-5pm


A collection of local artisans showing uniquely handmade Christmas gifts under the twinkling chandeliers of ANRÁN, Tidwell Farm. You will find Jewellery, Ceramics, Woodwork, Print, Leather, Metalwork, floristry and this year the ‘Glass House’ will be full of exquisite food and drink producers as well as food served all day by ‘Cru Events’.


A Christmas Event for all the family, let the Children have ‘Craft Time’ in the ANRÁN Pottery Studio as the adults take their time to choose perfect gifts and talk to our makers. A Style Director hairdresser will be giving Christmas Cuts and Hair-up dos, just in time for the seasons Christmas Parties. (Booking essential for these activities please email


A Charity Fundraising event, there will be a fantastic Raffle of maker’s gifts as well as other surprises. Our Choir ‘Singing for Pleasure’ will sing carols under the Christmas tree and the Totnes Brass Band will be playing for us on Saturday. We hope you will join us for this magical Christmas event where you are sure to find the perfect handcrafted Christmas gift and indulge in family fun festivities.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram as @curatorofcrafts

Staverton Leat Hydro – Public Meeting Nov 7th

Restoring Hydro Power at Staverton Leat

The Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society invites you to a public meeting in Staverton at 7pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017 to present the findings of its feasibility study into replacing a long-closed small hydropower plant with a new 100-kW plant at Staverton Leat.

Electricity generated from the new plant will power the Dartington Hall Estate.

Public Meeting – All Welcome
Date: 7th November 2017
Venue: Staverton Courtroom
Time: Doors open at 6.45 for 7pm start.Pre-registration essential.
To register, telephone 01803 867431,
or send an email to
We look forward to seeing you next week!

Map of planned road improvements and maintenance

DCC have produced some useful info regarding planned road maintenance or improvement for 2017/18.

Map showing planned works

CLICK HERE – This opens a new tab with DCC’s website.  You need to click CONTINUE at the bottom and a map will appear.  Planned works are only shown once you zoom in far enough.


DCC also explain their criteria for whether they will or will not repair potholes etc.  With austerity, and continued low taxes for the super-rich in London, there is not enough money in the pot for the roads to be fully maintained – CLICK HERE

Drainage and Flooding Control

DCC publish info on planned drainage maintenance. – CLICK HERE

Grass Cutting and Weed Control


Panto 2017 – Informal Meeting – come and get involved!

Dear loveliest Panto Players
Hope you all had a superb Summer and managed to get some sun.
Alexandra has been beavering away on a fabulous script for Jack and the Beanstalk, but it is taking longer than she had hoped, and work commitments are starting to put pressure on her available time to finish it in time for this year.
There is an informal extraordinary meeting of all interested adults at The Live and Let Live Inn, 7pm on Thursday 28 September.
The agenda will have two items :
1. Panto 2017 – what shape and form will it take.
2. Chatter, chatter, chatter.
Some ideas have already popped up that we could discuss:
1. Perhaps this year’s panto is a more relaxed, shorter performance with less rehearsal time.
2. Perhaps we put on some type of performance that isn’t a panto, depending on the appetites of the participants.
3. We have a rest year….
Yolanda Drewell
01803 762338