I was delighted to visit the Share Shed in Totnes today and meet with Larch Maxey to hear all about their success. They are currently based at The Network of Wellbeing's office, 16 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RY. The Share Shed is a 'library of things' where people can borrow all sorts of useful things, ranging from ladders, drills, carpet cleaners, camping and gardening equipment, sewing machines, and much more! The project enables local people to borrow items at nominal cost so that they don't have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to build a more resourceful community, allowing people to connect with each other and share things they may need just once in a while.
I know that the Share Shed is looking for a new long term home and I would encourage anyone with any ideas about this to get in touch with the team by telephoning 07516 908237 or emailing email@example.com
Thank you to PC Geoff Foster and our local police team for taking the time to discuss the problems that affect the streets of Totnes.
I visited the South Brent Health Centre and a big thank you South Brent Community Energy Society and Sustainable South Brent for installing solar panels on the Health Centre and for a great meeting with the practice team to discuss taking forward other projects to benefit those at risk of hospital admission.
I loved my visit to Salcombe Primary School today, and huge congratulations to Francesca and Joey for their fabulous winning posters and to Anna and Ella for campaigning to be the first #PlasticClever school. Great to meet all the pupils, staff and head, Andy Pugsley to hear about their campaign.
|Today I visited Torcross, the Slapton Line
and Beesands to view the damage from Storm Emma.
This afternoon, I was in Brixham for a meeting with local stakeholders about suicide prevention.
Today I visited South Brent to discuss how best to retain Post Office services in the village. I was pleased to meet with members of the local community and from the Parish and District Councils.
This afternoon, I met with Torbay Councillor Mark King to present a petition about the removal of the 67 Bus Route that had been organised by Madge Forrester and assisted by Brixham Councillor David Giles. The Petition was presented to the House of Commons on Tuesday 7th November.
Thanks to Deputy Chief Officers Mat Mander and Sarah Clark of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority for meeting with me today to talk of the work they undertake to manage local marine protected areas and the needs of small commercial fishing vessels.
A great day out at Brixham today at the Fishstock Festival where the new fish quay is transformed overnight for this unique 24-hour food and music festival. An army of volunteer helpers work long hours to turn the state-of-the-art fish market into a fantastic one-day festival venue. The event runs from 10am until midnight on the Saturday, when the volunteer army set about transforming it back into a working fish market as if by magic.... all to raise money for the Fishermen's Mission.
I recently met with Andy Moreman the new Chief Executive of Young Devon at my office in Totnes. I was really interested to hear about the work they do concerning the health and wellbeing of young people, especially in light of the issues of rural isolation we face in this area.
Andy also let me know about kooth.com which is an award winning online counselling and support service owned and managed by Xenzone. They provide free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
I met with Angela Pedder (Lead Chief Executive – Devon STP) and Mairead McAlinden (Chief Executive – Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust) at my Totnes office to catch up on health related matters.
I visited local business Ed Fagan Europe down in Kingsbridge to discuss the UK Space capability and participation in EU Space programs. Thank you to Chris Mahn for an illuminating chat.