Browsing: What’s on in East Devon

The first trees will be planted in Ottery St Mary’s community orchard tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, and all are invited to go along. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has donated 10 trees and a strip of land at the Land of Cannan for the town’s community orchard. We really hope locals turn up and celebrate this precious gift and then keep in touch with Greener Ottery to suggest the next plants and flowers and help us maintain this vital space…Volunteers, the Greener Ottery group and EDDC Streetscene will be on site from 10am until 12noon, tree planting. All are welcome…

Budleigh Salterton Library is holding a host of talks and events throughout January. Jane Cordy, library supervisor at Budleigh, said the activities have been organised as part of Devon Libraries Active Life, Active Mind month and all events are free, apart from seated yoga. Monday, January 6, 4pm-5.45pm The Budleigh Woolpack is holding its monthly meeting. For keen knitters and crochet enthusiasts. Drop in, knit and chat or just collect some yarn hooks, needles and patterns. The idea behind this group is to create colourful throws for local charities, groups and individuals. Friday, January 10, at 2pm Avoiding Falls and…

A returning New Year’s Eve party in Ottery St Mary will help a family boost the suicide bereavement charity that supported them after the loss of a loved-one. Gemma Youlden is putting on the December 31 celebration at the town’s cricket club for the second time to raise money for Pete’s Dragons. Last year’s inaugural event, in memory of her late brother Rob, raised nearly £1,000 for the cause. I’ve come to realise just how important it is to have amazing support just when you need it the most. It can be very comforting in such a distressing and vulnerable…

A nurse from Budleigh Salterton running the London Marathon for Hospice UK is holding a dedicated fundraising day in town’s new Tesco Express store. Debbie Newson, aged 45, is inviting all to her Hospice UK Day on Saturday, December 14, in Budleigh’s Tesco Express, Fore Street, where visitors can leave a donation for the charity, and be in with the chance to win raffle prizes. Debbie wants to thank those in Budleigh and beyond who have donated raffle prizes for Saturday; The Gentlemens Room, Granny Gothards, Findlay Wines, Something Lovely Pottery, in Sidmouth, and Nikki Smith – Women’s Client Centred…

The Sheldon Singers will give a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah in Honiton later this month. Featuring soloists Josie Walledge, Alison Kettlewell, Matthew Jeffrey and Matthew Cann, the concert will be performed in St Paul’s Church on Saturday, December 21. Accompanied by an orchestra, the singers will start the performance at 6.30pm. Founded in 1987, the Sheldon Singers’ chamber choir is revered for its high standards and broad range of music. Messiah is directed by Julie De’Ath Lancaster. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Fulfords Estate Agents in High Street or via 01404 43805. Free dabber at chamber’s Christmas…

Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton will kick off 2020 with an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). It will feature a diverse range of media including paintings, sculpture, prints and photography from January 11 to February 8. The Dowell Street will also be hosting an exciting programme of workshops and events. To accompany the exhibition, THG will introduce inspiring art activities, from a new three-week acrylics course to a comic book workshop for younger artists. Exhibiting for the first time will be new members including Sue Luxton, Judith Jones and…

Exmouth Town Concert Band will stage its annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 10. The event at Exmouth Pavilion will feature festive favourites and seasonal sing-alongs performed by the town’s longest running community music ensemble. There are plenty more tickets still available at £8 each for those wanting to get into the festive spirit at this feel-good community focussed event…There will also be special guest performances from Devon’s original ‘buoy band’ The Exmouth Shanty Men. The event is the last chance for audience members to help the band raise funds for its charity of the year – Exmouth Gateway Club.…

Star of the stage and silver screen Alistair Brammer is gearing up for a ‘likely’ final gig for Exmouth next month when he comes home, bringing his baby son for his first visit. Alistair, who is currently playing the role of Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked, is at Exmouth Pavilion with two shows on Sunday, December 1, with his Back from Broadway concert. This is likely to be my final gig in Exmouth, what with our twelve-week-old baby…This could be the last chance to see Broadway and West End star Alistair perform in his hometown of Exmouth…

Payhembury Village Hall is the place to enjoy a market and mingle with friends this coming Friday. On November 22, the venue will be packed with local traders – all keen to share inspiring ideas for Christmas. Throwing the spotlight firmly on local small businesses and talented crafters, the event will also boast teas, coffee and cakes. Local businesses taking part include Village Scents, Jane’s Patch, Rosie’s Bakes and Cakes, and Daisyland. A full list can be seen in the poster (below). Profits from the event are being donated to Apple Pips Toddler Group in Payhembury. There is no entrance…

Festive fun for the family is afoot at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in the coming weeks. A Christmas Fair, Carols by Candlelight and an ‘Adoption Donkey Christmas Stocking Trail’ will be on offer at the international animal welfare charity in Salcombe Regis. The Christmas fair takes place over the weekend of November 23 and 24 from 10am to 4pm – with the sanctuary’s indoor arena packed with traders selling unique items. Santa will put in a special appearance and children will be able to visit him in his grotto. Winter-warming refreshments will be served throughout the weekend and East Devon…

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