From Rev. David Coleman.
Good Morning everyone.
After Boris Johnson's announcement, and having delivered leaflets to tell you that the church was open for as long as it is allowed, I have to tell you that time has run out.
It's with a genuinely heavy heart that I have to tell you that the church doors are now locked, until such time as we are informed that it is allowed for us to use the building again.
Please be assured, that even if the building is closed, the church community is still active in prayer for our whole parish, and will continue to be so throughout these difficult times.
May God keep you in his care, and give you the grace and courage to face whatever this virus throws at us.
North Devon MP's Surgery Poster.
Play Area Udate.
As much as the Parish Council would love to renew the whole of the play equipment and the surfacing of the play area the costs are so great that we feel even with grants the chances of managing to achieve this are more or less impossible. However we are endeavouring to resolve the difficulties with the existing equipment. One of the main problems is complying with the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act 1995) part of the Equality Act 2010 which raises many issues with the whole area within the fencing and the access from the village hall car park. We are seeking advice on how to resolve these as much as we need to so that the area can re-open and then replace items as the finance becomes available. Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused but our main priority is the safety of the children.
Due to the recent cold and wet weather there has been an increase in the number of potholes in the area. The parish clerk regularly reports potholes that he discovers but did you realise that you can also report potholes that you find yourself? This can be done via the following Devon County Council website:
Alternatively you can just Google "Devon potholes" and follow the first suggested link.
You can then report the pothole by clicking on its location on an interactive map. There is even an opportunity to upload a photograph of the pothole to show how bad it is and help identify the one you are reporting.
However, not all potholes qualify for a repair. In order to be repaired a pothole must:
1. be over 40mm deep
2. be wider than 300mm
3. have a vertical rather than a shallow edge.
Once you have registered your pothole, DCC aim to have it investigated within 3 days. If the investigation confirms that it qualifies for repair, it will be added to their list of repair work to be undertaken.
Pledge for Nature.
It’s Time To Act!
Pledge for Nature is a new campaign, launched at the end of January 2020, that aims to support and encourage communities in northern Devon to help nature to flourish.
Actions might include creating flower and insect-rich habitats, planting new woodlands and improving our spaces for wildlife. Getting involved with the campaign is a great way to get practical tips on what you can do and to find out about many local projects and initiatives you can join.
Pledge for Nature is being coordinated by the North Devon Biosphere, a cross-sector partnership that is working to protect north Devon’s unique natural environment. It is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Devon County Council and a successful Crowdfunder.
Pledgers are invited to sign up to take action for nature at www.biosphere.org.uk/pledge-for-nature.
Pledge for Nature Coordinator
North Devon Biosphere
Air Ambulance Landing Lights.
The Parish Council jointly with Devon Air Ambulance have installed lighting on the playing field behind the village hall to enable the air ambulance to land during the hours of darkness. They are now flying until 2 O'Clock in the morning and this is likely to be extended even further. The lights are turned on by mobile telephone signal should a landing be required. Due to the remoteness of the village this could be life saving or in case of a serious incident could be used to take patients to a distant specialist hospital. The funding for this project has come from money given to the air ambulance by the UK Treasury from the LIBOR Bank Fines, council grants from Councillor Richard Edgell, Councillor Walter White and a very kind donation from Grenville Buckingham. Just to prove it was money well spent, the site was used in earnest less than two months after being completed and commissioned on the evening of Sunday 17th. March to take a patient to a specialist burns unit.
See pictures below.