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BAMPTON EVENT CELEBRATES HISTORIC BUILDINGS

The Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre are delighted to be holding a special event on Friday 20 September to unveil their new ‘Our Buildings’ exhibition boards, oral histories and family trail.

The exhibition, which will be on display in the centre for a limited period from the end of September, is the result of a year-long project researching and collating information about the history of some of the town’s buildings. The project was supported by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Volunteers visited various homes and then conducted research both online and at the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter. They looked into a buildings’ ages, construction and architectural details as well as their different uses over time and the people who lived there.

Another strand of the project was to trace residents who had recollections of the town and its buildings from the middle of last century – they were then recorded and the material carefully edited to form a digital oral archive of the town for future generations.

Bridge House Luke Street

Judi Thomas, a trustee of the Heritage Centre, who was in charge of the oral history recordings, said, “All too often we leave it too late to record the memories of older family members and residents but their accounts form such a valuable addition to the heritage of our town. Young people in particular can learn such a huge amount about everyday life from the past by listening to recordings.”

Judi Thomas and other Heritage Centre volunteers have also been working closely with teachers and children at Bampton School who have been learning more about their town. Two classes visited the Heritage Centre and were taken on a special guided town trail during which the children were taught more about some of the town’s buildings and history from the centre’s guides. Judi added “We’re delighted to have the support of the school teachers as we aim to encourage residents and visitors of all ages to appreciate our rich social and industrial heritage and historic buildings.”

The group have also produced a new booklet which gives the history of St Michael and All Angels Church – believed to the town’s oldest building.

Katrina Munro, chair of the Trustees, said, “This project has helped everyone involved to learn so much about our town. Many of the buildings we see today have a rich and colourful history and many have fine architectural features. Through this exhibition, we hope more people will visit our town and learn about our heritage. We’re very grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting the project. Aspects such as the exhibition, family town trial, new guide book to the church and oral archive will help us to reach as many people as possible.”

The Heritage and Visitor Centre, which is based inside St Michael and All Angels Church, is open from Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 3pm.

Everyone is welcome to join the volunteers for the Exhibition launch at the Centre on Friday 20 September starting at 7pm. Free refreshments will be served.

There will be a special Bampton Guided Town Trail at 11am on Saturday 21 September. Find out more or book a space by emailing bamptonheritage@btinternet.com or phoning Wendy Boothroyd on 01398 331219. Guided town trials can also be arranged for groups on other dates.

EYES TO THE SKIES IN DEVON!

Pupils from Bampton School will take one giant leap in their understanding of space this October when they will be asking questions to an astronaut live on board the International Space Station! Over the summer holidays are researching great things to ask and around 15 of the best will be selected.

The children will have about ten minutes to ask their questions as the ISS zooms overhead at five miles per second! They will use special amateur radio equipment provided by ARISS UK, a team of volunteers that establish the contact.

Bampton School is the only state school in the country to have been awarded the opportunity this year, following a rigorous selection process.

Head Teacher Gary Bladon says, “I am thrilled that we have been able to secure such a unique experience for the children of Bampton School. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the school and the wider community in Bampton. We have changed next term’s topic to look at the subject of communication with all sorts of activities planned in and out of school time to create a real impact and a lasting legacy.”

The contact is currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 7 October. There will be a screening of the event at the Riverside Hall in Bampton for parents and residents who wish to see it. It’s likely that schools across the county will be watching too. Anybody interested can watch the contact as it will be streamed on this link live.ariss.org Amateur radio enthusiasts all across Northern Europe will also be tuning in to the downlink radio frequency from the ISS.

Nick Bull has three children currently attending the school and is coordinating the contact as a result of his interest in amateur radio. Nick says, “This has brought three things together that are all close to my heart – my children, radio and space! I can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces when the astronaut’s voice begins to crackle through the static. I have been to a previous event to help set this up and I can tell you it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The drama and tension is something I’ll never forget. It will be no different in Bampton!”

TERRIFIC TUESDAYS AT TIVERTON MUSEUM

by Carrie Thomas, Visitor Information Officer at Tiverton Museum

Join us at the museum this summer for our Terrific Tuesdays, fun activity days for your little learners. This school holiday your youngsters can discover something about how people used to live, learn a new skill and maybe even get a bit messy!

It’s wash day on Terrific Tuesday, 6 August. We’ve got it easy these days with washing machines and tumble dryers so let us take you back to the Victorian era, put on your apron and mob cap and find out just how tough the weekly wash could be. Our Victorian Laundry day is free with normal admission.

Get hands-on with our Sewing Day workshop on Terrific Tuesday, 13 August. Boys and girls aged 8-16 can learn hand stitching, embroidery and have a go at using our vintage hand-crank sewing machine to create a drawstring bag, hair bow, phone case, felt badge or PE bag. Pre-book this workshop on Eventbrite or at the museum for £10 including all materials.

Our brilliant stone-painting sessions are back by popular demand on Terrific Tuesday, 20 August. We provide the stones, paint and a bit of inspiration so come along and get creative! Last year’s session sold out fast so pre-book on Eventbrite or at the museum to guarantee your space.

We’re marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2 with an opportunity to learn more about life during wartime on Terrific Tuesday, 27 August. See an American Jeep, taste food made from real WW2 recipes and follow the trail to explore our WW2 collection. This is a drop-in event, free with normal admission.

See our website or find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @TivertonMuseum for full times and prices. Discounts available for museum members.

Keep an eye out for more Terrific Tuesdays coming later in the year!

CELEBRATION TO MARK OPENING OF TEMPLETON COMMUNITY LANDING SITE

Mr Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, joined local residents and Devon Air Ambulance Community Landing Sites Development Officer, Toby Russell, earlier this month to celebrate the opening of a Community Landing Site at Templeton Village Hall.

The idea to establish a landing site to support Devon Air Ambulance’s night operations was first raised by Sue Squire, Clerk to Templeton Parish Council, and the use of the land by the Village Hall was then explored. The Parish Council approved the idea and Parish Councillor, David Leeming, liaised with DAA, Devon County and Mid Devon District Council so a new lighting column could be provided at the Village Hall, an important requirement for a community landing site.

A landing site on the edge of the car park was selected by DAA, and the Village Hall Committee gave permission for DAA to use the land. The lighting column has two remotely operated lights that are switched on before the helicopter lands in the event of an emergency during the hours of darkness.

Toby Russell, Community Landing Sites Development Officer at DAA, said, “We were delighted to have the support of so many people who facilitated this landing site and to welcome Neil Parish to its opening. In addition to the grant given through the Bank LIBOR fines towards the project, we would like to thank Investing In Devon (for a grant towards the project), Sarah Coffin, Templeton Parish Council Chair, Parish Councillors (the Parish Council gave a grant towards the project) and Reg Coffin, Templeton Village Hall Committee Chair and Committee.

“Thank you to everyone involved for their time and support and for coming along to celebrate the opening.”

NEW SCHOOL PLAN APPROVED FOR TIVERTON

The future of Tiverton’s Eastern Urban Extension (EUE) has been given a welcome boost this month, with planning approval being granted for a new school.

Devon County Council has approved plans for a 420-place primary school and 70-place nursery on land to the east of Tiverton near to Post Hill.

The new school forms part of the Tiverton EUE Masterplan which also identifies land for a community centre and local shops, which will be situated alongside the school as part of a new neighbourhood area. Also included in the Tiverton EUE is the development of up to 2,000 new homes and employment land.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration at Mid Devon District Council, Cllr Richard Chesterton, said: “Tiverton’s EUE is needed to ensure the future vitality of Mid Devon. However, we know there is no point building more and more homes without the necessary infrastructure and community amenities to support this additional housing. This is why we have already seen the successful completion of phase one of the new A361 junction and now we have approval for a new school. It is an exciting time for the town and this development and push for growth will ensure families and businesses will see Tiverton as an attractive and prosperous place to be.”

Full details of the planning application, which is conditional, can be accessed at www.planning.devon.gov.uk and using application number DCC/4070/2018.

WINNERS OF MID DEVON DRAWING COMPETITION NAMED

News release from Mid Devon District Council

Mid Devon District Council recently ran a competition asking children of primary-school age to enter a drawing which showed what the Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection. The competition was held following the arrival of the Council’s new collection vehicles which are an essential part of keeping food and garden waste separate when collected.  This saves the taxpayer money when the organic material is composted and creates a better grade of compost and fertiliser.

The judges were looking for drawings that gave a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste that is not put out in the blue caddies is sent to landfill and doesn’t break down harmlessly. As it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

67 amazing entries from children attending primary schools in Tiverton, Uffculme, Kentisbeare and Crediton were sent in. Out of those entries 6 lucky winners were announced at a presentation held at Phoenix House on Tuesday 5 June. Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, greeted the children and welcomed all to the presentation.  Councillor Eginton said: “Judging the competition proved to be really challenging for myself and Councillor Radford. We saw some very artistic and beautifully coloured drawings.  It was fantastic to see the children had really thought about recycling and the benefits of composting food and garden waste.”

The winners were presented with a certificate by Councillor Ray Radford, Chairman of the Environment Policy and Development Group, who said, “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. We had a difficult time choosing the winners but feel we made the right decision; we have six wonderful drawings that really capture the essence of the competition and the winners should be very proud of themselves.”

The photo features, left to right: Felicity Jones, Councillor Eginton, the winners – Emily, Connie, May, Finley, Ruby and Victoria and Councillor Radford.  Each of the winners will have one of the new vehicles named after them and their artwork will be displayed on the body of the vehicle. After the presentation the children were invited to sit in the lorry and chat with Recycling Officer Felicity Jones.

TIVERTON MUSEUM ACQUIRES RARE POW NEWSPAPER

Staff at Tiverton Museum were intrigued to see a newspaper from Tiverton’s Prisoner of War camp come up for auction recently. The camp was located close to the site that Petroc and the High School occupy today. The weekly newspaper ‘Die Eule’ – or ‘The Owl’ – dates from September 1946 and features stories and articles, puzzles, jokes and reports of a football match between Tiverton and Silverton. Most of the paper is in German apart from a section about learning English. There was another camp near Cruwys Morchard which housed Italian prisoners of war. With a donation from a supporter, the museum was able to purchase the newspaper.

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says, “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired this very rare item; we didn’t even know that the camp had produced a newspaper. We hold very little in the museum about the camp, just a couple of photographs so this is an important acquisition for this part of Tiverton’s history. We would love to hear from anyone who has photographs of the camp or of any people who stayed there, or even more copies of this newspaper!

“We know that prisoners of war were driven out to local farms to help out, especially at busy times such as potato harvesting. We would also love to hear from anyone who knows about prisoners of war who stayed on and made Mid Devon their home, perhaps marrying a local woman.”

PHOTO: The Salvation Army band playing to prisoners of war. There are more photos on our Instagram feed: @exmoormagazine

RECYCLE FOR MID DEVON: PRIMARY SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION

Winning entries will have a lorry named after them with their artwork displayed on the vehicle.

Mid Devon District Council is running another exciting competition for all Mid Devon primary school children. They would like children of primary school age to enter a drawing which shows what Mid Devon District Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “We have six new lorries that need names and some lovely artwork. All the lorries have a split body where food and garden waste is collected and stored separately. The drawings should give a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown and as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste collected from your blue caddy is processed into energy and fertiliser. Garden waste is made into compost which is excellent to mix with soil to grow fruit and vegetables.”

The drawings need to be A4 in size and landscape, using paint, crayon, chalk or any other type of drawing material, but not photographs, sorry. They can be done in school or at home but schools may wish to submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per pupil will be accepted and  the decision of the judges will be final.

Other than these rules, pupils can use their imagination, so let the creative juices flow! Good luck!!

The competition entry closing date is midnight on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and winning pupils will be notified by Friday 18 May 2018.

All entries must be posted or delivered to:

Mid Devon District Council
Street Scene Services – Recycling Competition
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 6PP

See the website for full terms and conditions: www.middevon.gov.uk/media/345268/recycling-drawing-comp-2018-tcs.pdf

ROTARY CLUB GIFTS 50 TREES FOR TIVERTON

Tiverton Rotary Club has gifted 50 tree saplings to the Council in support of the Rotary Tree Challenge.

The Rotary Tree Challenge is a nationwide challenge encouraging each Rotary member to plant at least one tree to help save the environment in time for this year’s Earth Day on 22 April 2018.  With over 47,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland, the potential number of trees planted would be equivalent to a forest the size of 100 football pitches!

To initiate the challenge, 6 trees were planted during a joint ceremony on Thursday 22 March as part of a wider planting programme in and around Tiverton.  The ceremony took place along the old railway line near Manley Bridge.  In attendance were Rotary members Sue Godfrey (organiser), Tricia Collier and Les Rendell along with the Council’s Leader Clive Eginton,  Darren Beer and Mick Jelliman  from the Grounds Maintenance team.

Further potential sites are being planned and agreed by the Council to enhance existing woodland and open spaces, including Elmore Football Club, Market Walk, West Exe and along the BMX track.

The tree saplings include a mixture of species, including beech, oak and hornbeam  and were supplied by the I Dig Trees planting scheme (a collaboration between OVO Energy and The Conservation Volunteers).  Once all 50 of the trees have been planted, the Council will maintain and accept responsibility for them throughout their life.

Rotary member and organiser Sue Godfrey said: “We are delighted that Mid Devon District Council welcomed the offer of trees by the Rotary Club of Tiverton. We all need to get involved in caring for our environment. This not only benefits wildlife but also enhances the quality of life for all of us in the Tiverton area.”

Clive Eginton said: “I’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Tiverton for this magnanimous gesture; it really is fantastic that they’ve donated 50 trees of 5 different varieties and I hope that the people of Tiverton and the surrounding areas will enjoy these trees for many decades to come.”

The environmental benefits of this campaign will replenish forests and ensure habitats for wildlife are restored. The challenge is also a great way to involve communities, with activities varying from extending and under-planting existing woods to enhancing parks and open spaces.

If you would like to get involved in the Rotary Tree Challenge, grab your wellies and make contact with your local Rotary Club using the Rotary Club finder. Alternatively, check the Rotary tree-planting schemes and take part without getting your hands dirty.

SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT TO UNLOCK MID DEVON’S GROWTH

Millions of pounds of investment into infrastructure in Mid Devon was announced at the end of last week.

Mid Devon District Council applied to the Government in September 2017 to receive money as part of its Housing Infrastructure Fund. The fund was set up to allow investment in physical infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, the absence of which is holding back housebuilding.

On Thursday 1 February the Council learned it was successful with its bids for both Tiverton and Cullompton, unlocking the growth potential for both towns.

Cullompton will receive £10 million to undertake short-term improvements to Junction 28 of the M5 motorway, in advance of a proposed longer-term junction upgrade. The funding will deliver improvement works to increase capacity at the junction by creating an additional lane on the approach to the junction from Cullompton, to provide two lanes in each direction on the motorway bridge, the construction of new footbridges and full signalisation of the motorway junction.

The second pot of money will see £8.2 million of funding to implement the second phase of the new A361 junction to serve the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. Contractors for Devon County Council are currently on site implementing the southern side slip roads as part of phase one. Phase two of the junction will complete the full junction through the provision of an overbridge and north side slip roads, giving a full-movement, grade-separated junction.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economy and Regeneration, said, “This is fantastic news for Mid Devon and demonstrates the Government’s support for Mid Devon in providing infrastructure ahead of growth.”

Commenting on the success, Council Leader Clive Eginton said, “This shows not only the quality of our own bids, but, with success being repeated across the Greater Exeter area, also demonstrates the value in working at scale to show combined impact and grab the attention of Government.”

You can view the release and diagrams here.