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Cooking up success!

Cooking up success!
OKEHAMPTON Primary is one of seven Devon schools to get well-earned recognition for its outstanding work with school meals and food education from the national Food for Life Partnership.


Demand for life savers

A CAMPAIGN has begun to have defibrillators installed in Okehampton town centre and all the villages and communities in the Okehampton area.


Sixth form scholarships for students who have WW1 connections

SHEBBEAR College is marking the centenary of the First World War by awarding sixth form scholarships from September 2015 to students from North Devon and North Cornwall who have connections to soldiers who served in the conflict.


Funding boost for?CAB

THE new financial year started with a bang for the Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon CAB as it received £3,500 from Okehampton Town Council.


ORGANISERS of Keep Okehampton Tidy day are asking people to have their bin bags at the ready for this weekend’s litter pick. A number of organisations and children, staff and parents from the primary school will turn out across the area to pick up litter and tidy the town on Saturday, April 25. On the day there will be two main groups and local people are asked to join up with either group. Both will start at 9.30am and the Okement Rivers Improvement Group will meet at the recycling bins in Waitrose Car Park. The second group will also meet at 9.30am and will meet outside Okehampton Primary School. Robert Flexman, a member of the Okement Rivers Improvement Group, said that the main centre of the town was better than many others but the access roads into Okehampton such as New Road and parts of Exeter Road were particularly problematic for litter. ‘Those areas get littered by people throwing away coffee cups, fast food containers, that sort of thing,’ he said. ‘The main point of the Keep Okehampton Tidy day is getting people out there just tidying up their community. Even if that means just tidying near to where they live, maybe their street and around, all the contributions mean something. If people are in town taking part in the litter pick, make sure to look in hedges and shrubbery. If picking up litter thrown into hedges, make sure you have some protection like gloves or something to protect your arms.’ As has been the arrangement on previous collections, rubbish collected can be taken to Okehampton Primary School by 2pm on the tidy day and arrangements have been made for collection later in the same day. For those who cannot or would prefer not to be involved in a larger group, they are encouraged to try to collect the litter in their own road and bag it up with their household rubbish for the weekly collection. If you would like to get your community or voluntary group involved, contact Robert Flexman on 07986 383745. Further information can be found on the ‘Keep Okehampton Tidy’ Facebook page.

THE Citizens’ Advice Bureau has said it is proud of the Adviceline hub service which launched in Okehampton earlier this month.


ORGANISERS of Keep Okehampton Tidy day are asking people to have their bin bags at the ready for this weekend’s litter pick. A number of organisations and children, staff and parents from the primary school will turn out across the area to pick up litter and tidy the town on Saturday, April 25. On the day there will be two main groups and local people are asked to join up with either group. Both will start at 9.30am and the Okement Rivers Improvement Group will meet at the recycling bins in Waitrose Car Park. The second group will also meet at 9.30am and will meet outside Okehampton Primary School. Robert Flexman, a member of the Okement Rivers Improvement Group, said that the main centre of the town was better than many others but the access roads into Okehampton such as New Road and parts of Exeter Road were particularly problematic for litter. ‘Those areas get littered by people throwing away coffee cups, fast food containers, that sort of thing,’ he said. ‘The main point of the Keep Okehampton Tidy day is getting people out there just tidying up their community. Even if that means just tidying near to where they live, maybe their street and around, all the contributions mean something. If people are in town taking part in the litter pick, make sure to look in hedges and shrubbery. If picking up litter thrown into hedges, make sure you have some protection like gloves or something to protect your arms.’ As has been the arrangement on previous collections, rubbish collected can be taken to Okehampton Primary School by 2pm on the tidy day and arrangements have been made for collection later in the same day. For those who cannot or would prefer not to be involved in a larger group, they are encouraged to try to collect the litter in their own road and bag it up with their household rubbish for the weekly collection. If you would like to get your community or voluntary group involved, contact Robert Flexman on 07986 383745. Further information can be found on the ‘Keep Okehampton Tidy’ Facebook page.

THE Citizens’ Advice Bureau has said it is proud of the Adviceline hub service which launched in Okehampton earlier this month.


Keeping the town tidy

ORGANISERS of Keep Okehampton Tidy day are asking people to have their bin bags at the ready for this weekend’s litter pick.


Community plan forges ahead for the hamlets

THE Okehampton neighbourhood plan and community renewable energy scheme were among the big talking points at this year’s Okehampton Hamlets annual parish assembly.


Former OCRA chairman was ‘community champion’

TRIBUTES have been paid to former OCRA chairman David Carter, who died on April 6.


Drop-in for diabetes advice

DIABETES will be the theme for the next wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital, which takes place from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, April 28.


Controversial bridge is defended

THE borough councillor for Lew Valley and the chairman of Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council have both defended the controversial Fatherford footbridge.


Play reading group welcomes all

Play reading group welcomes all
A MONTHLY play reading group for people in Okehampton has been set up for an initial six month period.


Trust reaches finals in national award ceremony

THE NHS trust that runs Okehampton and Moretonhampstead hospitals and local community health and social care services has finished runner-up at a national awards ceremony for its work to resolve complaints at the earliest possible stage.


Awards for unsung heroes

Awards for unsung heroes
WEST Devon Mayor Cllr Christine Marsh has praised the passion and dedication of the borough’s unsung heroes, who were recognised at this year’s mayoral awards.


Gang carried out 54 raids, court told

A PROFESSIONAL criminal funded a jet-setting lifestyle by allegedly master-minding burglaries across Devon which cost businesses, including those in Tavistock, Hatherleigh, Winkleigh and Moretonhampstead, hundreds of thousands of pounds, a jury has heard.


Nominations for parish councillors are now in!

NOMINATIONS for election as a parish councillor are as follows.


Mystery of the Dartmoor stone circles uncovered

Mystery of the Dartmoor stone circles uncovered
ARCHEOLOGISTS have started to reveal the secrets held by an ancient stone circle discovered high on Dartmoor.


Help the garden grow with compost

AS spring starts to bloom, don’t miss out on your chance to win a home composter from West Devon Borough Council to help your garden grow.


Housing providers merge

FOLLOWING a successful three year strategic alliance, DCH and West Devon Homes have merged to become one of the largest housing providers and employers in the region.


Cadet competes to make final nine

Cadet competes to  make final nine
A CADET with 2443 Okehampton Squadron Air Training Corps will compete with 24 others to be chosen as one of the finalists in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award.


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