Coronavirus (Covid-19) update -
22 January 2021
Please find below our latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for East Devon residents and businesses with information we hope will be of interest to you.
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We are now asking residents to share their views in a consultation for a new Local Plan, helping to shape developments and growth for years to come. We want your views on everything from the climate change emergency, new home to jobs creation, town centre support and protecting our heritage and natural environment.
Find out more information on having your say in the consultation.
Grants for East Devon businesses
A new grant scheme for East Devon businesses affected by the local restrictions period between early December and early January has been launched this week. The council is working to ensure further financial support for businesses impacted by lockdown is made available as soon as possible.
Grant applications are being encouraged from:
- Pubs which primarily sell drinks rather than food, are registered for business rates and were affected by tier 2 from 2nd December can apply for a one-off £1,000 payment from the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. Pubs should apply for the grant before 31st January 2021, when the fund closes.
- Businesses which pay business rates and were legally forced to close from 2nd December to 4th January should apply for the Local restrictions support grant - Closed v2.
Hundreds of residents have received help with everything from food to bills and financial relief through EDDC. We have put together all the information needed on grants available that can help people suffering financial hardship.
Winnie recovering at home with her owner.
A dog who collapsed and stopped breathing on Exmouth seafront is now home, recovering safe and sound, thanks to passers-by who jumped to her aid.
Winnie’s owner Gwyn Parks posted a public thank you, on the Exmouth Community UK Facebook page, telling the dramatic ‘tail’ that thankfully ended in the dog’s life being saved.
Winnie had been out for a walk when began to fit and stopped breathing. Passers-by jumped to the pooch’s aid including residents, police, the local vets and two EDDC StreetScene workers who helped rescue a car, that became stuck on the beach when attempting to pick the dog up and drive her to the vets.
Winnie was brought back to life after CPR and is now recovering at home with her owner.
An online ceremony that will remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust will be shared by EDDC, marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday, 27 January – the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated. Anyone can register for the event.
A £20,000 expansion to grow a community project that provides workshops and team activities, helping residents around Beer to improve their skills, finally has the funds it needs. It comes after EDDC put £6,500 towards a crowdfunding campaign, along with Devon County Council (DCC) which contributed £1,000, to help Beer Men’s Shed to reach its target and pay for a new bigger building.
Coronavirus (COVID‑19) is spreading fast
One in three people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.
- Please stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.
- Please do not leave your home unless necessary.
- Stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.
It is always important to look after your mental health and wellbeing but with current lockdown restrictions meaning we are spending more time at home and away from friends and family, it's now more important than ever.
The NHS Every Mind Matters website provides expert advice, practical tips and information about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and 'make inside feel better'.
Their coronavirus wellbeing advice is designed to help anyone who might be feeling more anxious or worried at the moment and covers topics such as coping with loneliness, coping with uncertainty and change and looking after your mental health whilst staying at home.
They are also offering access to a free NHS Mind Plan which will provide you with useful tips about how to deal with stress and anxiety, improve sleep and boost your mood.
Over the next fortnight the following East Devon District Council virtual meetings are taking place:
- Exmouth Queen's Drive Delivery Group on Monday 25th January at 10am
- Community Grant Panel on Tuesday 26th January at 10am
- LED Monitoring Forum on Wednesday 27th January at 2pm
- Audit and Governance Committee on Thursday 28th January at 2.30pm
- Car Parking Task and Finish Forum on Tuesday 2nd February at 10am
- Cabinet on Wednesday 3rd February at 6pm
- Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 4th February at 6pm
The meetings can all be viewed on our YouTube channel by searching for 'East Devon District Council' or by subscribing.
Having a takeaway pizza tonight?
Did you know you can now recycle your takeaway pizza box! Please remove any food residue and condiment containers, then place the empty pizza box in the green recycling box, it is as easy as that!
Sidmouth Swimming Pool won ‘Most Improved Club of the Year’ as software provider ‘TRP’ unveiled the winners of its annual 2020 Member Experience Awards.
This wonderful award is determined by customer feedback over a 12-month period, showing how much residents really love their local swimming pool.
The shortlist has been announced for the National Campaign for the Arts' (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards 2021. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds.
East Devon District Council has been nominated for Best Arts Project for their Creative Cabin - a brightly coloured, instantly recognizable, mobile unit taking nature and culture on tour in a ‘Recovery Roadshow’, through months of the pandemic. The Creative Cabin was created and delivered by Thelma Hulbert Gallery and Wild East Devon in partnership with the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB’s.
Discussing East Devon’s nomination Hearts for the Arts Award partners said about the Creative Cabin:
(This is) An example of vital innovation blending arts and sciences, to create accessible opportunities for all, to learn and share in any environment. It is a fantastic project, and the way the team have diversified their working due to Covid and brought a much-needed safe space to people who are isolated, lonely and struggling with mental health conditions, is to be applauded.
The winners of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021 will be announced on Valentine’s Day: 14th February.
CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS – a new series of video shorts
Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) will bring art and nature lovers, gallery goers, artists, and NHS and key workers some much-needed creativity to lift spirits at this challenging time.
As their touring Creative Cabin is grounded, THG is launching CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS, an inspiring digital programme of art and nature activities, films and workshops. It is hoped that these will offer some enjoyment and light relief; with special thought for the 15,000 extraordinary employees across the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust, as well as other NHS staff and key workers across the region.
Working with SW artists, rangers and practitioners including photographer Paul Blakemore, artist printmaker Emma Molony and artist/boat builder Gail McGarva, the CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS will connect to nature and the landscapes around us, creatively exploring everything from wild swimming to healing herbs, tidal patterns to tree planting.
Following THG’s successful NATURE SHORTS and MAKERS SHORTS series, these will be delivered in partnership with Wild East Devon, and the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB’s. The Creative Cabin has been made possible by ARTIST ROOMS with the support of Art Fund, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Community Fund.
Link to the introduction of CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS.
Watch out for this new series at thelmahubert.com and on THG’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, every Wednesday from 27 January.
TOP CULTURE PICKS WITH JOHN FRANCIS
A top pick of online art history talks, lectures and virtual exhibitions will be offered every Thursday afternoon, starting 21 January. Art Historian John Francis will take over as THG’s Guest Editor on social media with his culture tips from across the online world. This is the prelude to John’s lecture series ‘Art Matters’ which will take place in the gallery from April.
New Years’ Resolution: Volunteering
What’s your new year’s resolution? Eat less chocolate? Get outside more? How about donating your time to make a positive difference to wildlife and nature this year?
While volunteering is currently paused on our reserves, we have a waiting list ready for when we start up again after this lockdown.
Volunteering for Wild East Devon is informal and fun, with varied roles from Axminster to Exmouth including photography, making charcoal, practical conservation, wildlife surveying and tour guiding.
If you’re interested, please register for the waiting list here:
The East Devon District Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub is here to help
If you, or a friend or family member are clinically extremely vulnerable, or in need of help and support during the Coronavirus restrictions, we have information on our website to help, if you are:
- Feeling isolated
- Unable to access food or other services
- Not sure on where to go for help and advice
or give us a call on our special helpline which is 01395 571500 for more help.
We are available to help from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Please make sure that you only follow advice from trusted, official sources:
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