20th July 2019
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kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, Residents’ Update – 19th July 2019

Some local nes courtesey of Kevin Foster.

As the world marks 50 years since man first set foot upon the moon, it is time for my latest update.

My week started with my regular advice surgery, this time at Torquay Library. Several residents attended to discuss issues ranging from
housing problems to disability issues. I always aim to keep my surgeries
focused on hearing from residents who are being affected by specific
issues, with the feedback being helpful in terms of then raising with
colleagues in Government points relating to specific policies.

Later on Saturday I visited Peekaboo Childcare in Shiphay to talk with the owner, Mrs Morton, about the issues her industry is facing. These ranged from the amount providers are paid as part of the 30 hour free childcare scheme, to the level of business rates independent nurseries can be
forced to pay. It was also interesting to hear how she has sought to make her nursery a special place for the children who use it.

Saturday evening brought with it the colour and excitement of the Feast
of St Alphonsa at Holy Angels Church, Chelston. I was joined by Torbay
Councillors Hazel Foster and Nicole Amil as the colourful procession
headed along Queensway, then back to the Church Hall for a home
cooked curry afterwards.

On Sunday evening I was invited down to Torquay Marina to see a litter
pick with a difference. “Plastic Patrol” is a national initiative to not just
pick up, but record plastic litter\pollution on our coastline and in
waterways. Not content with just a seaside litter pick the team at We S
up organised a paddle boarding clear up session around the Harbour .
You can find out more about Plastic Patrol by clicking here.

Sunday night saw me head up to Westminster ahead of a busy week in
Parliament. Whilst the view at Dawlish is always breath-taking, it was
made even better by seeing the progress being made on the new sea wall.

Whilst in parliament I focus my time on issues affecting our bay and
discharging my duties as a Minister. This ensures I can get out and about campaigning at weekends, plus ensure there is time to get my regular update written each week. I cover below a couple of issues I have been
involved with, including the reason Carl (Bottom Right) was so happy
when I bumped into him whilst walking home from the station last night.

I returned to the bay just in time to catch yesterday evening’s
performance of Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” at the Palace Theatre.
The performance is superb and keeps you guessing right up to the last
moment. It has a week left to run and you can get your tickets by clicking here.

Today I was out and about in the bay visiting two schools, Coombe
Pafford and Upton St James. It was good to speak with pupils about my
work and to hear some inspiring tales of work being done by the staff at the schools to make a difference to so many young lives.

Finally this afternoon I paid a visit to what was once a vital facility in
Chelston, but now feels a bit lonely.

More on this below along with this week’s update which includes: Fire Cover Campaign, Corbyn Head Hotel Development, Preston Crossing Campaign, Council Backs Plan To Sell Land For Housing, Campaigning Spirit Lives On, Mental Health Support For Schools, Two Bay Green Spaces Scoop Awards, Census Bill Debate, Roman Legion Marches In, TUST Newsletter, Brixham Road Roadworks and finally……..Duchess The Elephant Passes On.

Fire Cover Campaign, 

The campaign against proposals to cut Torbay’s Fire Cover is continuing.

Earlier today I headed to Paignton Fire Station for a meeting with Fire
Brigades Union (FBU) Representatives to discuss the proposals and the
campaign against them. The meeting provided a range of useful
information and it was good to hear the FBU’s detailed analysis of where the plans have failed to consider key information. Local Councillors were also present and we discussed how South Devon’s Councils could agree a motion formally opposing them.

A consultation by the Fire Authority on these proposals is already underway online and you can find full details of it, plus leave your own
comments, by clicking here.  I would encourage all update readers to
respond to it.

A series of public exhibitions on the plans is also taking place. Two will
be held in our bay: Torquay Library, Monday 5th August 2019 from 11am-3pm and Paignton Library, Great Western Rd, Paignton TQ4 5AG on Tuesday 3rd September from 2-6pm.

Finally I understand members of the FBU will be in Victoria St, Paignton
tomorrow (Saturday 20th July) from 10am collecting signatures on their
petition against the closures. I would encourage residents to support the FBU’s campaign and you can also sign online by clicking here.

Corbyn Head Hotel Development, 

A further Planning Application has been submitted for a new Corbyn
Head Hotel, with its proposed height reduced by just 1m after an earlier
scheme was rejected by Councillors for being too high.

The latest application suggests a height of 20m at its highest point, rather than 21m as in the scheme rejected in June. Overall the latest scheme is
very similar to the one rejected, which makes it unusual to see it
resubmitted so quickly. You can read more on Devon Live by clicking
 here.  

You can read the full Planning Documents and leave a comment on them via Torbay Council’s website. Just click here to find the relevant page.

Preston Crossing Campaign, 

As mentioned above  last night I bumped into Carl who has been
campaigning for a new pedestrian crossing on Torquay Road in Preston.

Earlier this year I joined Preston Cllrs Dave Thomas, Lynn Sykes and
Chris Lewis, plus hundreds of residents, in signing a petition calling for
action. All too often pedestrians crossing near Pembroke Surgery can find themselves nearly caught out when crossing the road by a vehicle in the
outside lane overtaking stationary traffic on the inside lane.

The Full Council voted to request a senior council officer consider a
business case for a pedestrian crossing on Torquay Road, Preston, along with other proposed schemes, and to delegate any specific capital spend
to the same officer.

This is good news and my thanks also go to Cllr Mike Morey the
relevant Cabinet Member on the Council for helping take this forward.

Council Backs Plan To Sell Land For Housing, 

Last night Torbay’s Full Council Meeting backed plans for the sale of land owned by Torbay Council on Preston Down Road and at Collaton St Mary for housing and for a development partner to be identified.

An amendment was suggested by Cllr David Thomas (Preston) and Cllr
John Thomas (Collaton St Mary) which would have deferred a decision
until after engagement work with the community. This was voted down by the two groups which form the administration of the council.

The vote formally delegated power to the Council’s Chief Executive to
agree the final terms of the sale.

You can read the papers considered by Councillors by clicking here.

Campaigning Spirit Lives On, 

A much-missed figure in Torbay politics is Roger Stringer who for many
years represented Watcombe on Torbay Council and sadly died in 2017.

Yet Roger’s campaigning spirit was shared by his wife Shelagh, who this week took on a national company in relation to a guarantee on a bed
Roger had bought whilst still alive. Unsurprisingly for anyone who knows her, the national retail chain had to back down!!

You can read the full story on Devon Live by clicking here.

Mental Health Support For Schools, 

There was welcome news this week in relation to children and young
people in Torquay and Paignton benefiting from additional mental health support. 

It has been announced all schools and colleges in Torbay will be offered mental health training as part of the Government’s commitment to
providing more joined up care.

The mental health training announced is backed by £9.3 million of Govt
Funding nationally and will be provided through workshops which bring together school and college staff and NHS professionals. All schools will
have access to training over the next four years.

The announcement is part of the Government’s wider programme to
support young people’s mental health, which includes an additional £1.4 billion investment and the introduction of compulsory health education
lessons from 2020.

With half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders beginning by the age of 14, bridging the gap between education and NHS services is vital if we are to ensure all children get the best possible start in life.

Two Bay Green Spaces Scoop Awards, 

Princess Gardens, including Royal Terrace Gardens, and Babbacombe
Downs have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best green spaces in the world.

These two green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that
have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality
park or green space.

This Award now means the Torquay Harbour and seafront area is the
only place in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to be awarded a Blue Flag
for its beach, a Purple Flag for the evening and night-time economy
around the Harbour and a Green Flag for its green space.

The Green Flag international award, which is now into its third decade, is a sign the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is
beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities

Census Bill Debate, 

The next Census will take place in March 2021, but given the scale of the
task preparations are already well underway.

On Wednesday I summed up for the Government on the Second Reading of a bill I have been guiding through parliament in relation to two
questions which will be added to the Census for the first time, Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity.

Information on these two areas have been requested by some local
authorities and health authorities to enable better planning of services. As a result the Office for National Statistics, which oversees the Census, has recommended they be included. Yet all agreed, including groups
representing the LGBT Community, these should be answered on a
voluntary basis.

It is compulsory to take part in the Census and currently the only optional question is the one on Religion first introduced in 2001. The Bill I am
presenting to Parliament would alter the law to allow questions on these two areas to also be undertaken on a voluntary basis, other new
questions, including a proposed one on Military Service aimed at identifying veterans, will be compulsory. The final Census Questions will be
decided by Parliament later this year.

The debate on the bill was fairly short and you can listen to my speech on it by clicking here.

Roman Legion Marches In, 

The Romans are coming to Torquay Museum

March down tomorrow (Saturday 20th July) for a Family fun day from 10am-4pm where you can meet Roman Soldiers from the Legio Secunda
Avgvsta in full armour and handle replica weapons under the
supervision of the soldiers.

There will also be craft activities from 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm where you can make a Roman shield and dagger to take home.

I am advised there is a flat £5 rate for this event and annual return tickets are not valid.

TUST Newsletter, 

As the new season approaches Gulls Fans across the bay will be hoping
TUFC can make it a double promotion and get themselves back in the Football League!!

You can find all the dates for your diary on the official TUFC website by
clicking hereand every voice at Plainmoor can make a real difference.

The Torquay United Supporters Trust is also continuing its work and you can reads its July Newsletter by clicking here.

Brixham Road Roadworks, 

The end is finally in sight for some of Paignton’s most persistent traffic
jams as the works on Brixham Road near completion.

The new permanent traffic signals at the junction of Brixham Road and
Yalberton Road have now been turned on and all lanes heading
towards Tweenaway are open! All lanes are also now open from
Tweenaway to Sainsbury’s, but while workers finish the pavement the
inside lane from Sainsburys to Wilkins Drive will be closed.

As the work concludes this closure will be reduced and all works will be
completed by the end of the month (Fingers crossed).

and finally……..Duchess The Elephant Passes On.

Ending on a sad note it was the end of an era for many as one of
Paignton’s most popular residents and regular subject of “and finally….”, Duchess the Elephant, died.

The great matriarch of Paignton Zoo had been a favourite of many since
she first arrived in 1977 from Longleat Safari Park. She arrived at
Paignton Zoo along with a female Asian elephant called Gay. Sadly Gay
had to be put to sleep by the Zoo vets in March 2010 because of a
chronic illness.

Duchess collapsed in her house early on Sunday morning, having shown no signs of illness the night before. Despite a determined and extended
response from her keepers, the in-house vet team and other staff and
volunteers, she sadly did not recover.

Like many bay residents I have memories of seeing Duchess and the
other elephants at the Zoo, including a memorable trip in my Primary
School days. A book to share your memories of her has been opened at
the Zoo. You can read more on Devon Live by clicking here.

The Zoo has confirmed it will not be seeking to acquire any more
elephants.

That is all for this week and enjoy your weekend.

Best Wishes,

Kevin

Events

Now until 31 August  – Green Heart Project. As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June visit this exhibition showcasing the projects’ fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Meeting point: Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA – Price: FREE – Suitable for: All Ages – Exhibition open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily.

Tuesday 23 July:
  The Torbay & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK are holding an Open Afternoon and Cream Tea at the Esplanade Hotel, Paignton 2pm-4pm.   Anyone with Parkinson’s, their loved ones and friends are welcome to come and learn more about us and how we might help you cope with this condition”.

Saturday 27th July Classic Car show – St Martin’s, Barton from 11am in the Church Grounds. Free entry with a range of classic cars on show and a model railway exhibition in the Church Hall. The Church will be open for visits with floral displays inspired by the song “My Favourite Things”. Cream Teas, BBQ and Raffle on offer.

Saturday 3rd August from 10am – 4pm, Harry Potter birthday celebration at the Torquay Museum. They  anticipate there being high demand for this event so visitors can pre-book their tickets for the Harry Potter Birthday Celebration Day on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment or buy your tickets on the day at Torquay Museum for £5 each. Click here for more details. 

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.

Advice Surgeries

Friday 2nd August, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Baptist Church, Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BJ

Saturday 10th August, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 3DT.

Saturday 17th August, 11am – 1pm @ Preston Baptist Church, Old Torquay Road, Preston TQ3 2RB.

Friday 30th August, 3pm – 5pm @ Age UK, 12c Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB.

It’s always best to book a slot to guarantee being able to see me. Full details of how to do this are on my website or you can call my office on  01803 214989, Monday – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.

You can either email me at  kevin@kevinjfoster.com or leave a message on 01803 214989 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

13th July 2019
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Devon and Cornwall Alert

Devon & Cornwall Community Watch Association

Are you looking for a part time job in the voluntary sector?
Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association are looking for a Neighbourhood Watch Strategic Coordinator. This role provides an exciting opportunity for an individual to join the Neighbourhood Watch Force Association in Devon and Cornwall.
Julie Dowton Chair of DaCCWA says ‘We are looking for someone to join our team, someone who is passionate about the local community, who can work with senior individuals and managers across sectors. This role will be a valuable addition to the DaCCWA and the Neighbourhood Watch Network, working across Devon and Cornwall in-line with the Neighbourhood Watch Network three-year strategy’
The PCC is funding this innovative role, which is the first, to provide a resource who can support the dedicated volunteers who currently run the charity.
The post holder will be employed by Neighbourhood Watch Network and work to the DaCCWA Lead and be based in Devon and Cornwall.
This job will be based in a police station nearest to the successful applicant’s home in Devon or Cornwall. 

If you are interested in this role , go to  www.charityjobs.co.uk   type in DaCCWA.  We look forward to receiving your application.

13th July 2019
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Kevin Foster MP, Residents’ Update – 12th July 2019

News courtesy of Kevin Foster.

My week started with a chance to go behind the scenes at one of our bay’s most loved attractions, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. Whilst most update readers will have enjoyed a ride up and down the cliffs, with a fantastic view of Lyme Bay, few get to see the actual workings of it tucked away below the ticket hall.

The Railway is marking 10 years of community ownership this year,
which has safeguarded its future and ensured it is in good condition for
the future.

After my tour I headed to Torre Abbey Meadows for the “Into the Mix”
Festival, sponsored by our Police & Crime Commissioner, Alison
Hernandez. I spoke with several of those attending, including local
churches and South Devon’s Islamic Society. There were a range of
activities organised and some fantastic food on offer as well.

The weather last Saturday was glorious and what could be better than an Afternoon Tea in the shade of the St Marychurch Tower to enjoy it?
Cllr Foster joined me for it to check the quality of the cakes on offer!!! It
was good to catch up with some friends and to meet some newer
residents of the area.

Saturday evening brought a chance to relax and enjoy the Paignton Royal British Legion Summer Ball at Churston Golf Club. As a regular at Branch events it is always good to spend an evening in the company of those
who have served their country, plus the whole team which supports the work of the RBL in Paignton.

I headed up to London on Sunday evening ahead of a week which saw
me have two trips to the Despatch Box and time spent working on a range of local issues, including the future of our Fire Services. You can read
more on these below.

Last night I caught the late train from Paddington ahead of a busy day out and about here in the bay. My first stop was at Oldway Primary School
where I spoke to Pupils about my job and answered a range of questions about it, more on this below. The next was a visit to Torquay Girls
Grammar School for a talk with their environment group, then off to
Bishop Fleming to open their new Torquay office.

Finally Hazel and I had an evening out at the Little Theatre to see “The
Sorcerer”, the latest production by the Torbay Branch of the Gilbert and
Sullivan Society. It is great to see so much local talent on the stage.

This week’s update is below and includes: Fire Cover Campaign, Torbay Airshow 2020, Facing Questions, 20 Years of Devolution, Pharmacy Poster, Progress on Dawlish Sea Wall Works, England Word Cup Final Will Be Free To View, Radar Sweep For RAF Family, Planning Decision On Dairy Site, Honorary Degree As Inspirational Principal Retires, Play Torbay Summer Schedule, Kev’s Column: Fire Cover and finally……….The Pony Express.

Fire Cover Campaign, 

The campaign against proposals to downgrade Torbay’s Fire Cover has
picked up some pace this week.

Proposals published by the Devon & Somerset Fire Service would see
Paignton Fire Station converted into a part-time station, with only an ‘on-call’ crew overnight, rather than full time cover 24/7. They also include
the removal of one of the ‘on-call’ fire engines at Torquay Fire Station.
The proposals would leave only one Fire Engine in our Bay manned 24/7 by full time Firefighters, despite Torbay being the second largest
conurbation in the area served by the Devon & Somerset Fire Brigade.

A consultation on these proposals is already underway online and you
can find full details of it, plus leave your own comments, by clicking here.  I would encourage all update readers to respond to it.

A series of public exhibitions on the plans is taking place and in last
eek’s update I mentioned how despite these proposals having the biggest
impact in Paignton, the service had decided to only arrange a public
exhibition in Torquay (Torquay Library, Monday 5th August 2019
from 11am-3pm).

I challenged the Chief Fire Officer over this and am pleased to say an
extra drop in session has been arranged for Paignton. This will be held at Paignton Library, Great Western Rd, Paignton TQ4 5AG on Tuesday
3rd September from 2-6pm.

I will be inviting residents to show their support for my work to retain
ur Firecover, but have decided not to arrange a petition. This is because
the Fire Brigades Union is organising one on a non-political basis. I understand local Firefighters will be out this weekend collecting signatures for it. It is best residents support one large petition from Firefighter’s, rather than one run by a political party or individual politician.

Finally the skills of our local Firefighters were on display again this week as a large fire broke out in Shirburn Road, Torquay. Thankfully I have
not heard reports of anyone being injured, but it is a reminder of how
important it is a quick initial response can be made.

Torbay Airshow 2020, 

The Torbay Airshow 2020 is set for take-off, although under a new name.

This week Torbay Council indicated it would contribute £25,000 for the
flagship event next year, supported by partnership and sponsorship
funding. I am advised the local economic benefit from this year’s airshow is estimated to exceed £7million and this is set to increase over the next
few years. A range of options is also being explored to offset the carbon
footprint produced by the event.

The English Riviera BID has also expressed it is prepared to make a
further commitment to supporting the airshow in 2020. The event will
therefore be re-branded the ‘English Riviera Airshow’ to align with the
English Riviera BID’s brand.

Torbay’s 36 Councillors will be asked to vote on this package next week,
but it is widely expected to be approved. The dates for your diary are
Saturday 6th June 2020 and Sunday 7th June 2020.

Facing Questions, 

One of the most exciting, but daunting, moments of my parliamentary
calendar is facing questions from other MPs at the Despatch Box.

Wednesday saw the regular session of Cabinet Office questions with the
questions ranging from how the Government is working with local
Councils in Scotland to whether the 2021 Census will include a Cornish
Tick box, along with a few from the Scottish National Party on
Devolution.  

The session lasts just over 30 minutes and you can watch it by clicking
 here. You can see the chamber fills up near the end as Prime Minister’s
Question Time approaches.

20 Years of Devolution, 

Yesterday the Chairmen of the Scottish and Welsh Affairs Select
Committees secured a debate in the House of Commons to reflect on 20
years of devolution.

The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly met for the first time in
1999, with both bodies having changed the political debate and
expanded their remit since then. Whilst the debate inevitably focused on the experiences in Scotland and Wales, plus references to Northern
Ireland’s current situation, as the Cabinet Office Minister responding I
took the chance to highlight some of the changes in England, especially
the creation of Mayors elected over a wider authority area.

Whilst those taking part have very different views on where the
ultimate destination of devolution should be it was a generally
constructive debate. I also got the chance to congratulate Labour’s new
Shadow Scottish Office Minister on his first speech at the Despatch Box.
ou can listen to my remarks by clicking here.

Pharmacy Poster, 

I have been alerted to a poster being displayed at a local Pharmacy
encouraging customers to contact me about NHS medicine shortages.

As I had received no contact from the Pharmacy or patients highlighting an issue with medical supplies, I asked one of my team to pay a visit to
investigate as it was concerning to hear of a potential issue like this. 

The explanation given to my team, was it had been sent as a “round
robin” mailing from a national body and they put it up to let their clients know. There appeared to be no shortages they could cite and when
offered a meeting with me to discuss the issue this was declined, despite
the poster giving the impression this was something they wanted
residents to do.

Having also been in touch with Torbay Healthwatch they similarly do not appear to have had feedback about this being an issue or any matter they are aware of. I can therefore only invite update readers to draw their
own conclusions as to exactly why this poster featuring my name and
phone number was displayed.

Progress on Dawlish Sea Wall Works, 

As the sun is shining across our bay it is hard to imagine in 6 months’
time winter storms will be back, threatening our vital coastal rail link at Dawlish.

Yet the good news is work continues constructing the foundations for the new Dawlish sea wall and excavations are now well under way.

A series of ‘bays’ are being created in front of the existing sea wall.
Concrete is poured into these temporary moulds to form the foundations, ready for the sections of the new sea wall panels to be positioned into
place in the autumn/winter.

Work continues up until 14th July, after which it will break for the peak
tourist season. Network Rail’s team will then return in September.

You can see the latest pictures of the works on their Facebook Page by
clicking here.

England Word Cup Final Will Be Free To View, 

This summer is turning into a successful one for English sport, with our
cricketers through to the World Cup Final on Sunday (14th July)!!!

Whilst previous matches have only been available on subscription TV
channels Sunday’s Final will be shown live on Channel 4 after the
holders of the rights, Sky, agreed to release it for free to air broadcast.

The match will be held at the iconic Lords Cricket Ground and starts at
10:30am.

Radar Sweep For RAF Family, 

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity,
is marking their centenary with a campaign titled: “Join The Search.
Change A Life.”

Yet the campaign is not about raising money. It is about finding hard to
reach beneficiaries and spending money on them. The charity estimates up to 300,000 members of the RAF Family could need support and for 100,000 the need is urgent. The charity wants to get them back on the radar and help them before it’s too late.

If you know an RAF veteran or their family who may benefit you can get
in touch with RAFA by clicking here.

Planning Decision On Dairy Site, 

Torbay Council’s Planning Committee approved a block of flats on the former Dairy Crest milk delivery depot in Torquay despite concerns over its height and queries raised by the Torre & Upton Community Partnership.

The old depot between Parkfield Road and Lymington Road is currently
derelict. The application was for an L-shaped block with flats on up to
four floors above parking on the ground floor. The plans indicate a pond and landscaping on open land facing Lymington Road.

You can read more and see images of the proposed development on
Devon Live by clicking here.

Honorary Degree As Inspirational Principal Retires, 

An inspirational figure in our bay Stephen Criddle, Principal of South
Devon College, has this week received an honorary Master of Education
degree from Plymouth Marjon University for his contribution to
education.

The award celebrates his leadership in expanding South Devon College to become a leading Further & Higher Education College. During his period leading the college it has set its sights high and will shortly open a major
new Hi-Tech Skills Centre.

Stephen will shortly retire from his role, but future generations in the
bay will continue to benefit greatly from his work and vision.

You can read more on Marjon’s website by clicking here.

Play Torbay Summer Schedule, 

As the Summer Holidays near many parents and grandparents will be
making plans and looking for some low cost, but high on fun things to do.

As always Play Torbay are ready with lots of activities for children and
young people of all ages. Best of all Playground activities are FREE to
anyone who would like to join in!

You can find all the details for a fun packed summer on their website by
clicking here.

Kev’s Column: Fire Cover 

Every fortnight I write a “Kev’s Column” for the Herald Express and you
can read the latest edition by following the link below:

https://www.kevinjfoster.com/news/kevs-column-fire-cover

and finally………. The Pony Express.

Ending on a lighter note “The Pony Express” is a staple feature of many
old westerns, with a rider galloping along to deliver the urgent mail.

Yet this bygone age of mail delivery on horseback was given a revival this week for a special Birthday message to a Cornish lady who can
remember a horse-riding postman delivering to her farm.

Anne Tape from Bude in Cornwall turned 100 on Thursday. Her grandson Luke Francis is the head postmaster in the town and rode “Bobby” to a
party she was having at a hotel, to make the special delivery of her
Telegram from the Queen.

You can see a video of this very special delivery arriving on the BBC
website by clicking here.

That is all for this week and enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes,

Kevin

Events

Now Until 23rd July Coastal Resonance and On the Edge of Infinity, an art exhibtion featuring the works of Andrea and Jerry Shearing at Artizan Gallery 7 Lucius Street Tuesday – Friday 11am – 6 pm Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Now until 31 August  – Green Heart Project. As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June visit this exhibition showcasing the projects’ fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Meeting point: Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA – Price: FREE – Suitable for: All Ages – Exhibition open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily.

Thursday 18 July – 
The Blue Walnut Film Club (Walnut Road, Chelston) are showing “Wildlife”. Doors open at 1930 for a film start at 2000. Non members are very welcome for £6, but please ring 01803-392522 to reserve your place. For more information click here.

Saturday 27th July Classic Car show – St Martin’s, Barton from 11am in the Church Grounds. Free entry with a range of classic cars on show and a model railway exhibition in the Church Hall. The Church will be open for visits with floral displays inspired by the song “My Favourite Things”. Cream Teas, BBQ and Raffle on offer.

Saturday 3rd August from 10am – 4pm, Harry Potter birthday celebration at the Torquay Museum. They  anticipate there being high demand for this event so visitors can pre-book their tickets for the Harry Potter Birthday Celebration Day on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment or buy your tickets on the day at Torquay Museum for £5 each. Click here for more details. 

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.

Advice Surgeries

Friday 19th July, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Library, Gt. Western Road, Paignton TQ4 5AG

Friday 2nd August, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Baptist Church, Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BJ

Saturday 10th August, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 3DT.

Saturday 17th August, 11am – 1pm @ Preston Baptist Church, Old Torquay Road, Preston TQ3 2RB.

Friday 30th August, 3pm – 5pm @ Age UK, 12c Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB.

It’s always best to book a slot to guarantee being able to see me. Full details of how to do this are on my website or you can call my office on  01803 214989, Monday – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.

You can either email me at  kevin@kevinjfoster.com or leave a message on 01803 214989 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

9th July 2019
by stlukesranews
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Devon and Cornwall Alert

The latest edition of Devon and Cornwall Alwrt News – the Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter – is out now.

In this issue, we round up events from Neighbourhood Watch week and hear about the launch a new good practice database entitled Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration.

We also hear about a short film featuring a Neighbourhood Watch group for the newly launched Co-operate 2022 campaign which aims to save, improve and protect 2,000 public spaces over the next three years. 

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.

The newsletter can be downloaded from their website at: www.ourwatch.org.uk/knowledge/news-read-latest-e-newsletter/