With the Christmas Holidays soon arriving, keep the whole family entertained this year with a variety of activities available to suit all ages.
Leading up to Christmas, The BeeHive Centre is hosting a variety of events to entertain all the family.
From an evening of folk music, seeing the latest Bond film 'Spectre', to Honiton Community Theatre Company's Christmas Variety Show 'Over The Sledge', take a look below at the events on this December.
Presenting their Christmas Variety Show. The Honiton Community Theatre Company's 'Over The Sledge' is said to be "A sparking Night of Entertainment" perfect for a family Christmas treat.
Held at 7.30pm On:
Held at The BeeHive Bar, Enjoy Folk Music by Sue King
Held at 8.00pm On:
Bringing you a Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Show, showcasing a variety of Buddy Holly Classics and Chirstmas Songs
Held at 7.30pm On:
Watch the latest James Bond Movie 'Spectre'
Held at 7.30pm On:
A festive evening filled with delicious food and live music.
Held at 7.30pm On:
A unique, funny, life-affirming movie about the true story of Alan Bennet and the singular madcap Mis Shepherd, a women who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennets drive then proceddecto live there for 15 years.
A 'laugh your socks off' family orientated show featuring. lovable clowns, a puppet rock band. A FROZEN rendition, expect songs, snow and an incredibly silly, for all the right reasons, show.
Featuring a blend of rock, pop, gypsy jazz, folk, bluegrass music, Mad Dog Mcrea "never fails to capture their audience with their infectious songs", including tales of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and much more.
To book or find out more about the events on offer at The BeeHive, go to www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
This August the Honiton Golf Club are holding a Pro-am golf event.
The Ian Crook Wealth Management Golf Pro–am 2014 will be developed and delivered upon a well trusted format of providing value for money, at a friendly, welcoming Members Club who have been in existence for almost 120 years.
Pro-am golf is where an amateur and professional golfers play together. This Pro-am event takes place at Honiton Golf Club on Thursday 14th August 2014.
For more information visit the Honiton Golf Club Pro-am website
The event takes place on Saturday 22nd February from 9am to 12 midday.
There will be Fairtrade goods from Global Indigo, Fairtrade Freebies, many craft stalls and free Fairtrade tea & coffee. Homemade cakes will also be available.
The Waste Not Want Not group will also be attending with their regular clothes swap.
Entry to the event is free.
The garden will feature a bird-feeding station and will be officially opened by Steven Henry of the RSPB on Friday 31st January at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening.
Transition Town Honiton want to improve the view for library users by providing a nature-friendly environment for the local bird population. Russ Connors of the Transition Town Honiton Planting Group said they
“wanted to brighten up the library’s back garden and help nature.”
Contact Russ Connors 01404 549693 or Lynda Martin 01404 47838 for more details or vist the Transition Town Honiton Website at www.transitiontownhoniton.org.uk
This February the Honiton Pantomime Society will be putting on their 30th Anniversary Production, Jack and the Beanstalk
Rehearsals are well under way and this years production promises to be one of their best yet!
The performances take place at Honiton Community College from Sunday 16th February to Saturday 22ndFebruary.
Tickets are available from the Honiton Toy Shop now, prices are as follows:
A fundraising event for Hospiscare is taking place in Honiton at the Makarness Hall (next to St Pauls Church) on Saturday 25th January.
The event starts at 09:00 and ends at 12:00.
There will be a variety of bargain items for sale and refreshments will be available.
For more information and contact details please see the Hospiscare Website.
FitSteps is a Dance/Exercise class combining popular Strictly Dances in a line dance style.
They are about to launch in East Devon with 3 newly qualified FitSteps instructors.
Free taster sessions are taking place over the next week:
For more details visit the Fitstep Facebook Page
Honiton Learning Community have put together a list of activities available in the Honiton area over the Christmas holidays. This is not a comprehensive list, so do check out their website for info on childcare, children’s services, and othe activity providers - www.honitonlearningcommunity.co.uk.
Honiton Leisure Centre – KidZmix Day Camp: Christmas Bonanza, arts & crafts. 8.30 am – 5.00pm (half day available) Full day from £9 - £20 – Monday 23rd Dec. Early drop off available at 8.30am.
Honiton Swimming Pool – Fun Splash: Mon – Fri 2pm – 3pm. Courses available. Prices vary
Honiton Pottery Shop – all ages. Ceramic painting from £6.50, inc studio time, painting, glazing & firing. Also potter’s wheel from £8.50. Good idea to book.
The Donkey Sanctuary – Christmas Holiday Hunt - details available from the Visitor Centre
Escot Park – Snowman Hunt – hunt for the elusive Devon Snowmen, chocolate prize, until 5 Jan 2013. £1 per clue sheet.
Normal Garden entry prices apply.
Exeter City Football in the Community, Soccer Road show,
Mon 30th Dec and Tue 31st Dec, Price: £27 (single day available) Age: 5 – 14, Course times: 10 am – 3 pm.
Honiton Library. Mon 23 Dec – 3pm–4pm. Christmas Craft Session – Just turn up to make decorations – all ages
Crib Service, Tues 24th Dec – 11am
‘Treasure Island’, various dates through to Sat 4 Jan, Family ticket £27.
‘Dick Whittington’, 20.12.13 – 04.01.14 £12.50 adults, £10.50 children
‘Aladdin’ – from 28th Dec – 5th £11 adults Under 16’s £5.50
Various times – see website
(This is a selection of lower priced pantomimes, there are many others available)
Otter Nurseries - £4.99 per child
Sidmouth Garden Centre – donation
Seaton Tramway – includes tram ride, refreshments, gift – adults £10, under 16’s £8, under 3’s £4. 21st,2nd,23rd/24th Dec.
Bicton Park – Normal entry prices apply, 21st - 23rd Dec, £3.50 per child. Magic Show £3, 21st Dec
Honiton Library. Mon 23 Dec – 3pm–4pm. Christmas Craft Session – Just turn up to make decorations – all ages
We’ve already mentioned that Honiton Community College is having its first ever Christmas Market but now more details have been revealed!
The Market & Craft Fayre takes place at the Honiton Community College on Saturday 14th December between 10am and 4pm.
There is a £1 entrance fee for visitors to help support the students participating in The World Challenge.
There will be a wonderful array of craft stalls including:
There will also be full refreshments available.
This weekend Honiton is hosting a spectacular Christmas event with live music, entertainment, shopping, festive food and a special Christmas market.
The event is taking place on Sunday 8th December from 10am to 4pm
Amongst other things there will be:
For more information or to contact the organisers visit the Honiton Bygone Christmas Facebook Page
Devon Freewheelers are raffling off a Christmas Trolley Dash as Tesco’s in Honiton.
Tickets are £1 each and one lucky winner will receive the opportunity to fill a trolley with £200 worth of food.
Daniel Lavery, Devon Freewheelers founder and chief executive said:
“It is just great fun and for the sake of a £1 ticket is something that could benefit the entire family and make a difference to someone’s Christmas. It will also benefit a charity that is right on Honiton’s doorstep."
Devon Freewheelers relies entirely on donations and receives no government funding - last year it cost in the region of £95,000 to run the charity
For more information visit the Devon Freewheelers website at www.bloodbikes.org
There are plenty of events happening at Honiton Library this Christmas.
Post a Letter to Father Christmas
Children are invited to post their letters in the libraries special box from 2nd to the 14th December. Each child will receive a reply through the post!
Christmas Coffee Morning
The Friend of Honiton Library invite you to join them for a free coffee and mince pie on Friday 6th December form 10am to 12 noon. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, guess the weight of the cake and a Christmas quiz for sale. Everyone is welcome.
Baby Bounce & Rhyme
All parents and carers with babies and toddlers are welcome for a festive sing-song on Friday 13th December, 11am to 11:30am.
Christmas Craft Session
Monday 23rd December, drop in between 3pm and 4pm. For children of all ages, pop along and make a Christmas decoration. No ticket required, just turn up!
The Honiton Library also has special offers on DVD rentals over the christmas period.
Farway Christmas Bazaar is taking place in Farway Village Hall on Saturday 30th November 2013 from 11am to 4pm
There will be more than 20 different stall holders offering crafts, Christmas gifts, decorations, goodies & festive treats.
The tea ladies are booked, the mulled syrup is mulling and a few local Alpacas are popping in too!
Please bring friends and family - it will be a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts from local arts and craft makers.
We’ll see you there.
For more details please contact
Transition Town Honiton are planning to launch a plastic recycling project in Honiton.
They are holding an open meeting at The Holt on Honiton High Street at 7pm on 26th November. Anyone who is interested is invited.
Sharon Pavey, Communications Officer, of Transition Town Honiton said:
“Local people are keen to follow in the footsteps of Sustainable Crediton, where tons of plastic is being diverted from landfill. We’re setting up a group to collect plastic that isn’t currently collected by the local council – such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and vegetable packaging. Plastic takes a long time to decompose so we want to see it being recycled, rather than damaging our local environment.”
The third annual Honiton Antiques Festival takes place from November 12th to the 16th 2013. This years event plans to build on the enormous success of the previous years.
Numerous events are taking place throughout the week, including:
New events are being added all the time so please check the Honiton Antiques Festival website for updates!
Honiton Community College are holding a Christmas Market and Craft Fayre on Saturday 14th December 2012. The event takes place between 10am and 4pm. This is the first time the Collage has had a Christmas Fayre.
The event is to support students are are participating in The World Challenge. The entrance fee for visitors is £1 and full refreshments will be available.
Stalls are available to all. To book floor space call Sue on 01404 44626 Mon-Fri 7am to 3pm or mobile 07899823233. The cost is £7 without a table or £10 with. Booking close on the 30th November.
Honiton Learning Community has published a list of activities taking place during the October half-term 2013.
This is not a comprehensive list so do check their website for info on childcare, children’s services, and other activity providers.
The annual Honiton Carnival is taking place this Saturday ( 26th October 2013 )
The procession starts at 7:30pm.
Donations from this year's carnival and events will be going towards this years chosen causes which are Hospiscare and Honiton Rugby Club improvements.
For all the latest news on Honiton Carnival we have included the @Honiton Carnival twitter feed below.
Don't forget to follow @HonitonGuide for more of the latest in and around Honiton.
There will be 12 acts, including:
On Saturday 12th October a craft fair to raise funds for Honiton Carnival to donate to local charities is taking place. The fair starts at 9am and goes on until 2pm at the Mackerness Hall next to St Pauls Church on Honiton High Street
The event will include the crowning of the Carnival Queen at 11am. The girls will be crowned by the Mayor, David Foster.
There will be refreshments available - tea, coffee and bacon rolls.
Tables cost £5 for sellers and are supplied. Entry free for buyers but donations are welcome!
Donations from this year's carnival and events will be going towards this years chosen causes which are Hospiscare and Honiton Rugby Club improvements.
To coincide with Hospice Care Week (7th-11th October) and World Hospice & Palliative Care Day (12th October), local charity Hospiscare is announcing its plans to build a state-of-the-art day hospice in Honiton.
The new centre will be a lifeline to patients in the region, as well as a hub for all Hospiscare's community nurses. And interior designer Naomi Cleaver is on board to consult on the design process!
Hospiscare currently runs day hospices in Exeter, Tiverton and Seaton Hospital. The building of the new East Devon Day Hospice is being made possible thanks to a grant of £510,000 from NHS England and generous pledges from Hospiscare's sister charities and charitable trusts.
Hospiscare Chief Executive Glynis Atherton said:
This new day hospice will be built as a result of a partnership with Budleigh District, Exmouth and Lympstone and Sidmouth Hospiscare. Rural isolation is a major issue in the East Devon area and we know that there is a demand for flexible, locally based hospice care. We are all committed to excellent end-of-life care for people in East Devon and this centre will make a massive difference to the quality of life for patients and their families. Our existing Seaton Hospital-based day care service will transfer to our purpose-built facility on completion.
Hospiscare have purchased a site on King Street, in central Honiton, and building work will start in January 2014, with a view to opening the centre in summer 2014. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds with plenty of parking, the new day hospice will be a haven of care for thousands of local people, offering complementary therapies in spa-like treatment rooms, a large and comfortable patient lounge, a beautiful garden, plus educational facilities for the training of healthcare professionals and students, and access to palliative care specialists for support, advice or treatment.
Collaborating on the project is interior designer Naomi Cleaver, who will be consulting with the project manager and with nursing teams in Hopiscare's existing hospices to ensure that patients visiting the new day hospice receive the maximum therapeutic benefit.
Environment is fundamental to well-being, and the issues at hand go to the heart of what my design philosophy is about.
We talk about our homes being loci of wellbeing, but it's even more important in a health-giving environment. It's well known that colour can influence our experience of a space, but it's also about sound and smell, light and shade, artificial light and natural light, privacy and connectedness, and finding the right balance between all these aspects. Ixi'm very excited to be involved with this fantastic project, and am delighted to be able to apply all the study that I've developed over the years in helping to make the East Devon Day Hospice the best of its kind.
Although the grant from NHS England and pledges from the sister charities have enabled Hospiscare to purchase the site in Honiton and begin the build, the charity still needs to raise £250,000 to complete and finish the project, and provide the running costs for two years (which amounts to an extra £50,000 per annum). To achieve this figure, Hospiscare is launching the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal.
Hospiscare is holding a series of open events to introduce the project and to let people know how they can get involved in fund-raising:
Two hard-working Honiton charities have teamed up to put on an impressive fundraiser on Saturday 5th October.
Honiton Hospital League of Friends and Friends of the Beehive are teaming up to put on a Charity Auction at Honiton Community College. Local auctioneers Chilcott's have kindly offered their services for free for the event which kicks off at 7.30pm. It's free to attend and refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.
Honiton Hospital League of Friends are currently fundraising to provide every patient with their own bedside television, radio and headset. Heather Penwarden, Chairman of the League of Friends said "The facility will be free to use and will be of significant benefit to patients unfortunate enough to need to be in hospital. Nine further sets are required before we can start installing. Please come along and support this amazing event, every pound raised will help towards achieving our goal."
The two charities are asking local businesses to donate lots and are working towards having over 50 lots lined up on the night. Lots donated so far include a £300 holiday voucher, a tattoo, massage, acupuncture, homeopathy and reflexology sessions, meals, gardening, artwork, courses, beauty treatments, haircuts, spiritual readings and days out! Advance bids from people who are unable to attend the auction will be taken in the week running up to the event (via the website). Local businesses wanting to donate an item can call Sharon on 07447597390 and all the lots can be viewed on www.friendsofthebeehive.org.
The See the Future Charity Ball is taking place at Woodbury Park Hotel on Friday 20th September 2013.
The See the Future Charity was founded by Honiton fundraiser Leanne Greengrass and was officially registered in May 2013.
"Every penny raised by the event is going to Eye Care Units supporting further research into the devastating loss of sight through Eye Cancer and many other conditions".
Leanne was inspired to set up the charity after her mother Jacqueline was diagnosed with a rare cancer affecting the eye following a routine eye examination, which resulted in her having to have her eye removed.
The event starts with a Champagne Reception at 7pm and continues with a three course dinner at 7.30pm
The meal will be followed by dance performances and a "big auction"!
The dress code is Black Tie/Posh Frocks. Tickets are £45 and limited so please call Leanne on 07934690466 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
More info is available on the See the Future Facebook page.
Honiton Lions' Ladies will be holding a Pamper Evening at The St. Rita's Centre, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton on Thursday 17 October starting at 7.00 pm.
As well as various treatments - facials, nails, massage etc. there will be Tarot card readings, a tombola, stalls selling gifts, beauty products, jewellery etc. and refreshments.
Tickets are £5 and available from Livingstons Jewellers, High Street, Honiton. Proceeds from this event will be donated to FORCE and Hospicecare.
The 40th Honiton Hill Rally takes place this weekend on Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August.
Gates are open between 9am and 6pm.
This years rally will be bigger and better than ever with something for all the family!
The usual auction will take place at 10am on Monday with viewing on Sunday.
For any enqueries/information please contact the secretary.
Sandy Park Events has teamed up with the Exeter Chiefs, the region’s top Premiership Rugby Club to launch the b2b@Sandy Park Exhibition. b2b@Sandy Park is a unique business to business opportunity for companies to showcase their products and services, meet new contacts and develop new opportunities. We will combining an exhibition floor with a series of seminar suites, to enable attendees to not only attract new business but also provide knowledge and support to help business development.
Prior to the exhibition, Sandy Park will be promoting the event to both its own business database and supporters of the Exeter Chiefs. It will also be featured on the Exeter Chiefs homepage (over 40,000 unique visitors per month), included in Ezines and publicised on Match days.
In addition, the b2b@Sandy Park media partner, The Exeter Daily will be profiling the event within its online publications throughout the South West. Exeter City Council will also be promoting the event through their two main business websites and numerous social media accounts
There will be two Seminar Suites operating throughout the day, provided by both industry leaders & Exeter Chiefs staff, combining a unique mix of subjects to help businesses develop through increased understanding.
For more info:
The annual Honiton & District Lions Duck Race and Fete takes place on Sunday 4th August at the Otter Inn, Weston
Duck race tickets at are £1 each and are available on the day or sold on most Saturdays in Honiton Town centre on the lead up to duck race day.
For more information visit the Honiton Lions website.
The 2013 Honiton Show takes place on Thursday 1st August.
This years show will be the 123rd to have taken place!
The 2012 Honiton Show was another great success with the weather being very kind! And if the current heatwave holds this years show is set to be a scorcher!
Highlights of the 2013 show will include:
The Honiton show also host the West of England Hound Show, a show within a show, which attracts people from all over the contry.
The 2013 Honiton Show should have something for everybody, with over 400 trade stands including crafts, shopping and a fabulous food hall.
"Honiton prides itself on being a truly traditional agricultural show with a unique atmosphere it brings new and traditional agriculture together"
Advance tickets are just £12.50 and accompanied under 16's are free.
On Saturday 27th July 2013 the Honiton and District Lions will be holding their 4th Classic Car Day. The event will take place at the Allhallows Ground on Northcote Lane in Honiton.
The event will be taking place on the same day as Honiton Charter Day
Following on from the past 3 years, which has seen the Lions Classic Car eventgrow in the number of entries, with last years totalling 64.
It is also a great day out for the whole family with lots of stalls, including the LIONS BBQ stand, the Lions Ladies produce stall etc. This year we also hope to have Lion Trevor with Bertie Bus in attendance, "taking you for a ride" for a small cost.
For an application and more information please visit the Honiton Lions Website
The Plough and Share Credit Union are to open a volunteer run service point in Honiton for the first time on Monday 3rd June, at TRIP Community Transport Association’s office in New Street.
A credit union is a member-owned financial cooperative, democratically controlled by its members, and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at competitive rates, and providing other financial services to its members.
Many credit unions also provide services intended to support community development or sustainable international development on a local level, and could be considered community development financial institutions. (Source)
For more information visit the Plough and Share Website
Thelma Hulbert Gallery curator Angela Blackwell aims to make you think differently about gifts this Christmas after spending the summer drawing together works from some of the best South West artisans for this years pre-Christmas 'Present Makers' exhibition.
Housed in Thelma Hulbert's former home, a grade II listed Georgian villa in the center of Honiton, the 'Present Makers' exhibition aims to open the public's eyes to giving the gift of art this Christmas.
With fresh coffee and biscuits on offer throughtotu the day, you are invited to see works from old favorites and fresh faced artists at this years exhition. Tin Oldman from Gittisham's frangranced wood wardrobe hangers will be making a reappearence this year after their success in 2001, and amoungst the new discoveries are Honiton's own Nikki Hargood's funky fabric 'Oddbods', Japanese inspired ceramics from Trevor Livingstone and recycled jewellery made by Sophie Meseg.
Exeter Phoenix Centre's Double Elephant Print Workshop, Cathy King and Emma Molony, will be in attendence with examples of print work.
The exhibition opens Saturday 10th November with a special launch event from 3pm to 5pm, with the chance to enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink while browsing this year's exhibits
The Honiton branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a series of events to mark Remembrance this year.
Wednesday 7th November
St paul's Church in Honiton High Street will play host to a Remembrance Festival from 7.30pm, featuring a band concert and refreshments.
Saturday 10th November
A coffee morning will be held at Mackarness Hall from 9.30am.
Sunday 11th November
A vigil will be held outside St Paul's Church at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, followed by a parade in New Street and at 3pm, a special service at St Paul's Church.
During all of the events, Royal British Legion will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal, please give generously to this worthy cause
The Antiques Festival returns to Honiton in November 2012 after last year's success.
From Monday 12th November to Saturday 17th November, the public will get to see a range of unique events aimed at antique enthusiasts and general public alike.
Events include: Events will be held throughout the town - individual shops or dealers will stage exhibitions and displays, there will be a "Find the Objects" competition in participating premises, auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will hold valuation days and an "Antiques, Fine Art & Collectables" auction, and Chilcotts will sell a collection of Antique toys.
Exhibitions will include "The Art of the Wood Carver - Medieval to 19th Century" at Roderick Butler, "Fine Art and Contemporary Paintings" at the Grove, "Clarice Cliff - Part II" at Upstairs, Downstairs, a photographic display of Honiton's shops past and present, at the Library, "Clocks & Barometers - Behind the Scenes at the Honiton Clock Clinic", a working display of a Vintage Hornby Train at Antique and Chic, "Gypsies; Books, Prints, Manuscripts and Ephemera" at Graham York Rare Books, "British Medals Through the Ages" by Token Publishing at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, exhibitions and demonstrations of Honiton Lace making at Bel-Ami Antiques and Interiors, and the Honiton Museum.
The organisers of the event, made up from Honiton's local antique auction houses and dealers hope to build on the success of last year's event, which saw 600 people turn out to take part in the festival.
For more information about the Honiton Antique Festival, visit: www.honitonantiquesfestival.com
Saturday 13th October
Craft Fair and Carnival Queen Crowning - 10am Mackeness Hall. - 20p entry. Refreshments available.
Sunday 21st October
Quiz Night - 7pm at Turks Head Ledge - Min. 2 per team. £2 per person. Food available.
Monday 22nd October
Fashion Show by Travelling Trends - 7.30pm at Turks Head Lodge. Tickets £5 available from commitee members or tel: 01404 47038. No ordering, just try on and buy, at prices to suit everybody.
Tuesday 23rd October
Children's Party Night (up to 7s-sih!) - 5.30pm tl 7.30pm at Mackeness Hall. Entry £2 including Sausage and Beans supper. Fancy Dress Competition and entertainment.
Thursday 25th October
Ice Skating Disco (7s to 12s-ish!) - 5pm to 8pm at Turks Head Lodge. Entry £1.50.
Friday 26th October
Ottery St Mary Carnival
Saturday 27th October
Carnival Day - Grand Carnival Presentation starting at 7.30pm
Donations from these event will be given to The Baton Appeal and Help for Heroes
Honiton Town Councillors will be available on the High Street on Saturday 13th October between 9.30 am and 12 noon. Local residents are invited to come and meet their Town Councillors, to raise any issues and concerns and to make their views known.
The Town Council office is open on weekdays from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Residents may also contact the Town Council on 01404 42957, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Town Council’s website www.honiton.gov.uk.
The 2012 Honiton Carnival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th October. The Grand Carnival Procession will start at 7.30pm.
The carnival organisers are working hard to make this years carnival as good as ever despite the recession and increased costs.
Additional events in supports of the carnival are taking place in the weeks prior to the Grand Procession. A list of these events can be seen on the Honiton Town Council website.
Thelma Hulbert Gallery Honiton
15 August 2012 11am-4pm
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is offering families with children who are at a loose end this rainy summer holiday the opportunity to learn about print making techniques from a professional for free on 15 August 2012.
Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm, no need to book, stay as long as you wish, 10 minutes, an hour, all for free.
Exeter’s Double Elephant printmaker Simon Ripley, who belongs to Devon Artist Network, will be on hand during the day to guide you through simple print making techniques, allowing you to create works inspired by the latest THG exhibition Open 2012: Equality & Endeavour.
Children should be accompanied by responsible adults who are willing to get involved. No fee is charged but donations help the gallery to run more workshops of this type.
Pictured above: a print workshop at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery
People of Honiton are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves to support the Team Give Blood campaign this summer. With the Olympic Games upon us, stocks could potentially take a dip. The campaign aims to inspire others to come forward to ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them over the summer months.
The campaign has had support from top celebrities such as football pundit Gary Lineker and ice-skating legend Jayne Torvill. Sporting teams across the regions are showing their support and now even local communities are jumping on board.
To show her support for NHS Blood and Transplant local Honiton resident and recipient of blood transfusions, Melanie Smart, is organising a Team Give Blood registration coffee morning. The event will take place on Saturday 25th August between 10am and 12pm at the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery, Honiton, Devon EX14 9PL.
Tea, coffee and cake will be served and an NHS Blood and Transplant representative will be present to answer any questions. Photos will be taken to be sent out to local press and we will hear from Melanie about how blood saved her life.
If you would like to register as a blood donor or find out where you can donate locally, please come along and show your support! For more information about this event please contact email@example.com.
First time donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
A local charity event to help some great causes, FORCE cancer charity and the Childrens Hospice South West. The mission is to celebrate the life of a very special member of the community, Sally Roberts, by raising as much money as possible for these charities.
Sally was the head teacher at St Peter’s School, Budleigh Salterton in Devon. Unfortunately, ill health forced her early retirement in October 2010. She was married to Jeremy, the principal of Sidmouth College.These are Jeremy’s words, taken from our local Newspaper “Sally was someone who took great joy in life and was able to show enormous love, not just to her family, but in all her relationships. Her life was those relationships. To us, the cancer was a dance and we were trying to keep a couple of steps ahead. Eventually, it caught up,” He also added that his wife of nearly 30 years not only leaves her own family - but hundreds of children she treated as if her own in the communities she served.
There is going to be an event at the Sidmouth Rugby Club kicking off at 2pm until late. During the daytime we will have bouncy castles, face painting, food, drink, a cake baking competition, games, stalls…Something for every generation of your family. There will also be a balloon release late afternoon for you to come and write your wishes on a balloon to send off into the clouds. Also you will be able to welcome back 4 young men who are taking on a 100 mile walk finishing up right here in Sidmouth.
Late afternoon an open mic session will start, all are welcome to join in though we do ask if you are a definite let us know so we can put you on the list so we can accommodate as many acts as possible.
In to the evening we will have live music for everyone to have a dance to or just sit back and enjoy with a drink. There will be a celebrity auction later in the evening so get your bidding heads on- All to raise money for the charities!
You can fond out loads more information about the whole event on the Sid Valleys Rally For Sally website here.
The Honiton Wine Festival 2012 takes place between 2pm and 9pm on Saturday 28th July on Allhallows Playing Field.
The event will be the first of its kind in Devon and will be part of Honitons annual Charter Day
There will be four major marquees. As well as the chance to taste and buy over forty English wines in the wine marquee there will be a local produce marquee. Stand holders already signed up include Burts Quality Chips, Otter Farm Dairy, Bridge Farm Cider and Olives et al.
There will also be a local art and photos marquee where visitors can view and purchase works by local artists and photographers.
The main sponsor of the event is the local legal firm Beviss and Beckingsale.
All profits from the event will be given to local charities.
The Beehive Bazaar will take place from 10am to 2pm with a host of activities for the whole community. Everyone is invited to join the fundraising team for breakfast from 10am or indulge in a slice of homemade cake. There will be activities for children, local crafts, local food, entertainers and more.
Many more events will be taking place in the coming months in order to support this important and popular project. Many clubs and groups in the area have expressed great enthusiasm for the the new Community Complex.
The Town Council, together with other local organisations and charities looks forward to welcoming everyone to the official launch. Cllr Sharon Pavey will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in helping with this event in any way – by donating homemade cakes, bric-a-brac or volunteering for an hour or two on the day. For more information, or to be involved please contact Sharon on 0774 0973990.
Transition Town Honiton held a very successful “Seedy Saturday” event at the Mackarness Hall in Honiton on Saturday 17th March.
The event was all about encouraging people to “grow their own” vegetables and plants. Seeds where given away and there where crafts & activities for kids and stallholders selling local produce.
The event was a great success with many attendees giving very positive feedback, including Huge Fearnley-Wittingstall!
Honiton Gym Club’s Ashley Wallis and Buster Tutcher have returned from the Flanders International Acro Cup in Belgium clutching bronze medals.
The two 12-year olds, who train four times per week in Honiton, achieved their feat just a few weeks after winning another bronze medal at the British Championships in Stoke on Trent.
Ashley, a pupil at Honiton Community College, said: “It was really exciting, because it was the first time we have competed in another country. We did good routines, and our coaches Helen and James said that it was the best they’ve seen us do. If we keep training hard I think we can get higher scores and do even better in our next competitions.”
Buster and Ashley compete in the 11-16 boys’ pair category of acrobatic gymnastics, which is the entry level for international competitions in their sport. Buster, the base, throws Ashley in the air for somersaults, and Ashley also balances on one hand on Buster’s head. They join their moves together with tumbling elements and choreography.
And Buster and Ashley weren’t the only ones who made Honiton proud. 22 gymnasts represented the club in Belgium – the biggest delegation the club has taken to an international competition – with two more partnerships making the finals in their events. Charlotte Beviss and Megan Moore made the final of the 11-16 girls’ pair event, and Mylissa Jones, Charlie Hartland and Danni Hartland reached the final of the 11-16 girls’ trio event.
High performance coach James Reddy said: “It was an achievement in itself to take such a big delegation to Belgium. All of our gymnasts had to reach a high standard to compete in the 11-16 age group, so enormous credit goes to our team of coaches who’ve prepared them. The level of acrobatic gymnastics in Honiton has improved enormously over the past 12 months.”
Other gymnasts who represented the club at the Flanders International Acro Competition were: Rosie Lyus, Saffy Herbert, Rachel Palfrey, Georgia Rooke, Kaisha Dessalines-Wright, Alice Hewstone, Becky Fullard, Becky Lawrence, Megan Cross, Faye Miles, Michaela Jones, Charlotte Bowen, Jess Iley, Jes Kennaway, and Valentine Tutcher. Gymnasts from Ivybridge Community College also joined Honiton’s gymnasts on the trip.
Honiton’s elite also got the chance while they were in Belgium to learn from some of the best senior gymnasts in the world, as the acrobatics world cup was taking place at the same time.
Parents of children who are interested in trying acrobatic gymnastics should contact Helen Nayler on 07967 835947, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.honitongymclub.org
Honiton is set to get its own Ice Rink based at the Turks Head Lodge.
The facility will open on Saturday April 9th.
The ice rink is provided by Ice-y Blue 700, and features plastic with a specialist coating.
During the Easter holiday, the rink will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 7pm.
In term-time, the rink will be open 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 7pm on Sunday.
You can contact the Turks Head here.
Life Drawing April Workshop in Honiton
@ the British Legion Dowell st.
Sat. April 2nd
10.00 – 2.00
A four hour workshop with Michael Harket, exploring the challenges and rewards of working creatively from the nude figure.
Beginners and more practiced students welcome.
Cost £25– includes model fee and refreshmentsContact Helen Wilkins for details