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SHDC warn of "potential disruption" to waste collections due to staff self isolating

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South Hams District Council are warning of "potential disruption" to recycling and waste collections due to "a number of drivers and crew" needing to self isolate.  Bins - stock image SHDC released a statement today, Monday, 30 November, to say that "due to Covid-19 guidance, a number of drivers and crew have recently had to self isolate" and although replacement staff have been found, they will be unfamiliar with local routes, leading to a "potential for disruption to the collection of all types of waste".  although replacement staff have been found, they will be unfamiliar with local routes, leading to a potential for disruption to the collection of all types of waste FCC Environment (UK) Limited, a private company contracted by SHDC to carry out the collections, have "managed to secure enough additional temporary staff to keep as many scheduled collections happening as possible and these have been prioritised".  The statement continu

After three weeks of lockdown, Covid cases in the South Hams fall by 46% in a week

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Covid-19 cases have dropped by 46 per cent in a week, with 49 cases currently in the South Hams.  Coronavirus Between 19-25 November, there were 49 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the South Hams, down from 90 between 10-16 November, following three weeks of national lockdown measures.  There was a fall in cases across Devon, and the confirmed cases per 100,000 now sits at 56.3 in the South Hams, the lowest in the South West Peninsula and one of the lowest in England. In Devon as a whole there are 96.8 cases per 100,000, compared to 209.1 in England as a while and 59.1 in Cornwall.  The numbers were released by Devon County Councillor Roger Croad on Friday, November 27. Cllr Croad said: "Think local, stay local, buy local. Keep taking all the necessary precautions and we can possibly get back to Tier One by mid-December." Think local, stay local, buy local. Keep taking all the necessary precautions and we can possibly get back to Tier One by mid-December

Police grow increasingly concerned for missing man Wayne Walling

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Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 36-year-old man from Plymouth with links to Ivybridge and the South Hams. Wayne Walling Wayne Walling was last heard from on Friday, 20 November. The attached photo of Wayne in the mask was taken at Go Outdoors, Cattewater Road, Plymouth at 11am. Wayne Walling Wayne has been known to frequent the Plymouth Hoe area and the benches near the James Vaults pub but may have moved on to Ivybridge or the South Hams, walking or camping. Wayne is described as a white male, approximately 5’9” in height, with long dark hair, a long dark beard and brown eyes. He usually wears dark clothing and carries a small rucksack. He might be wearing a black puffer jacket with a white logo on the back, a grey zip-up hooded top with a black logo on the front, black tracksuit trousers with white writing up one leg and a white logo on the other and walking shoes. Anyone who sees Wayne is asked to call 999 immediately. Or, anyone who thinks they have s

Local business steps in to help 82-year-old grandad making reindeer for charity

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UPDATE: Palladium in Kingsbridge has "proudly" stepped in to support Brian again by supplying timber and glue to complete his orders in time for Christmas. Brian Dean with Maureen Clarke, Palladium shop manager, and Sylvian, who has been "very helpful" with his endevour The Go Fund Me will stay live and anything raised will be donated to St Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research UK alongside the proceeds from Brian's wooden reindeer.  ORIGINAL: An 82-year-old grandad has been staying busy over lockdown by making wooden reindeer and donating the profits to St Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research UK .  Brian Dean with his festive creations Brian Dean, from Salcombe, has been making the adorable wooden reindeer for six weeks and has had orders for around 250 of them, something he "can't quite believe" himself.  In order to make sure all the money from the sale of the reindeer could go directly to the charities, Brian was buying the wood himself, b

Local company receives 'Covid-19 Heroes' award from police

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Devon and Cornwall Police have bestowed Coast & Country Cottages with their Covid-19 Heroes Award for supporting their officers and other key workers. Coast & Country Cottages Managing Director Jon Doyle with the certificate It comes after the holiday letting agency and their compassionate holiday home owners accommodated members of the police force, NHS and other key workers free of charge in their holiday properties during the first lockdown, at a time when many were required to isolate from their families. The certificate of appreciation was presented to Jon Doyle, Managing Director of Coast & Country Cottages, by South Hams Sector Inspector Nicky Baker from Devon and Cornwall Police, on behalf of Assistant Chief Constable and Gold Commander Glen Mayhew.  The award, which “seeks to recognise local individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to support Devon and Cornwall Police and their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic”, was proudly received by th

Residents are asked for their views on plans to improve The Spinney

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Ivybridge residents are being asked by South Hams District Council to fill out a survey about planned improvements at Woodlands Park - The Spinney.  Woodlands Park - credit SHDC Residents can share their ideas on what improvements they want to see in Woodlands Park via the online survey, whether that’s more seating, additional play equipment, planting more trees, or anything else, the district council would like to hear your views. South Hams District Council has allocated funding from local development to enhance the park, so this is a  chance for the community to have their say on what is important to them.  South Hams District Councillor, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: “We are very keen to get the views of all our residents who live near, or visit, the park. From young to old, we want to know what the whole community want.   "That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to complete this online survey.  It will only take five minutes and it will help to ensure that we spend our money ef

Covid numbers increase by 20 per cent in three weeks

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Laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the South Hams have risen by 23 per cent in three weeks, bringing the total number to 90.  Coronavirus Councillor Roger Croad of Devon County Council released the numbers this afternoon, Wednesday, 18 November.  Cllr Croad said there was a "steady increase across the board" and noted a "sharper increase in Cornwall".  The number of confirmed cases in the South Hams was 73 between 26 October to 2 November, and now, between 10-16 November, there were 90 in the South Hams, with 958 in Devon.   This puts the number of confirmed cases per 100,000 in the South Hams at 103.4, still lower than England generally (272.9), Plymouth (230.1) and Devon as a whole (119.4) but higher than across the border in Cornwall (84.8).  Since 31 January to 16 November there has been 521 confirmed cases in the South Hams and 14 deaths. Cllr Croad said: "Please note that all deaths are not necessarily BY CORONAVIRUS, just that the person tested po

South Hams duo take part in the most famous Italian classic car rally

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Two South Hams residents have taken part in the Mille Miglia Rally, following in the steps of Stirling Moss. Paul Eden, left, and Tony Cullen, right, at the Mille Miglia with their 1956 Ford Zephyr Paul Eden, from Modbury, and Tony Cullen, from Brixton, completed the endurance rally between 22-25 October, travelling from Brescia to Rome and back again alongside 400 classic cars.  The two friends took part in the race in a 1956 Ford Zephyr, which they rebuilt and adapted themselves.  Stunning views from the Mille Miglia  The race is the "most beautiful race in the world" and is a reenactment of the original rally, which was held between 1926 (ish, there are arguments as to when the first Mille Miglia took place) until 1957 when a devastating crash saw a Ferrari travelling at 150mph blow a tyre and smash into the crowd, killing the driver, the navigator, and ten spectators - tragically five of them children.  Paul explained: "Stirling Moss took part in 1955 and won by more

Hundreds sign petition for pedestrian crossing after child is hit by a van

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More than 240 people have signed a petition calling for traffic calming measures in Loddiswell following a collision between a child and a van.  Riley Bordas, 9, was struck by the vehicle on Friday, 6 November, leaving him with a broken leg that required four hours of surgery. He was travelling from the new housing estate, Beechwood Park, to the Loddiswell Playing Fields on the opposite side of the road when the incident occured.  Riley Bordas, 9, was struck by the vehicle on Friday...leaving him with a broken leg that required four hours of surgery As soon as news of the incident broke, Loddiswell residents were calling for some type of crossing from the estate to the playing fields. There are a large number of children who live in the new houses, as well as the primary school, which was relocated to the end of the new road.  In response, a petition was set up on the Devon County Council website by Peter Sheard on behalf of  Loddiswell Parish Council, who have been calling for a cros

Vulnerable people left without heating for days

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"Vulnerable" people have been left without heating, and at least one with no hot water, for five days after a fault with a boiler.  Bowringsleigh Place, Kingsbridge Fi Gullett, resident of Bowringsleigh Place, Kingsbridge, said: "First day of lockdown, heating and hot water broken in lots of flats as it is communal heating. Eventually at 6pm today they turn up with a tiny fan heater, repairs won't be done until next week." She said she was having to go to bed "fully clothed and then gradually remove layers" as her property was so cold.  She added: "It's communal heating so half the block is affected, apparently there are two specialist boilers and they've both gone down. The job has been contracted out and all the housing officer would say when I insisted on answers was that 'they are on it'." It's communal heating so half the block is affected, apparently there are two specialist boilers and they've both gone down She

Man falls from scaffolding

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A man has fallen from scaffolding in Salcombe. Devon Air Ambulance  The man, in his 40s, fell around 12 metres from scaffolding on Island Street, Salcombe, at around 1pm today, Tuesday, 10 November.  A police spokesperson said: "Police received a report at around 1pm this afternoon that a man had fallen around 40-feet from scaffolding on Island Street, Salcombe. "A man in his 40s was taken to Derriford Hospital with a suspected head injury.  "The HSE has been notified.  "Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances."  Our thoughts are with him, his friends and family. 

South Hams heads into second lockdown - local businesses move online

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There are mixed feelings among the people of the South Hams about the second lockdown, with most people understanding the need but not looking forward to the prospect.  November 2020 To Do List - credit Pickled Marketing While the first lockdown was lucky to be bathed in warm spring and summer sunshine, a lockdown in November is looking like it will be more rainstorms and grey skies. Despite the good weather, many people found lockdown very difficult. The isolation, the separation from family and friends, and the lack of hugs had a deep effect on a lot of people. The elderly, those with small children, new mums, anyone suffering anxiety or depression disorders were the most impacted and the thought of going back to that situation is causing a great deal of stress.  The isolation, the separation from family and friends, and the lack of hugs had a deep effect on a lot of people This is why the graphic from Pickled Marketing, owned and run by ex-Kingsbridge Community College student Suzy 

Child hit by van - police call for witnesses

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A child has been hit by a van in Loddiswell as local residents call for an official pedestrian crossing.  Devon and Cornwall Police UPDATE:  Kingsbridge Police named the child involved as nine-year-old Riley Bordas. A spokesperson for the police said: "His parents have allowed us to tell you that he had four hours of surgery today and is doing well. He has to stay in hospital for a while and has a really nasty broken leg but hopefully no long term issues. We wish him all the best." Police were called at 4.10pm to South Brent Road, Loddiswell, close to the junction of Beechwood Park, where a child had been hit by a van. The driver was at the scene when police arrived and has been helping  with their investigation.  Police said: "The nine-year-old boy has been taken to Derriford Hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries". It is thought he suffered a compound fracture to his leg that will require surgery.  Devon Air Ambulance was called but was "oth

Kingsbridge In Bloom become one of six groups to receive awards

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Kingsbridge In Bloom became of one of only six groups in the country to receive certificates from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Lovely cyclamen on Duncombe Street - credit Kingsbridge In Bloom The team received certificates for 'Sharing Your Know How', ' In Recognition', 'Inspiring Others' and Feeding Your Community', and were told "Through [Kingsbridge In] Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood, and other community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your communities more resilient in these testing times." you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your communities more resilient in these testing times Kingsbridge Town Council congratulated the team on Facebook, saying: "Well done to all - a bit of good news which is much needed!" Congratulations Kingsbridge In Bloom!! *** We don't put any of our South Hams Journal content behind a paywall, so you can always find our news free of char

Martyn is at it again! Local photographer scoops three more awards

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Martyn Norsworthy of Norsworthy Photography has been awarded three Honourable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2020.  One of the winning images Having entered four images, Martyn was "delighted" to pick up three awards from an expert panel judging 13,000 entries from 120 countries around the world.  In what has been a challenging year for the business and photographers in general, Martyn maintained his determination to enter the awards, this is now the seventh consequtive year he's has walked away with Honourable Mention Awards. Consistancy is everything, but an elusive Bronze upwards would be the ultimate aim. Martyn said: "I enter each year to keep me focused and to alwasy be striving to deliver this standard of work, these entires are all from real weddings, again proving on the day itself I can deliver this quality of work and award winning images." One of the winning images The three images coinsidentaly were all shot at weddings at Salcombe

First recorded death with coronavirus in South Hams since May as cases rise again

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Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the South Hams have increased again, with the first death with the virus since 15 May.  Coronavirus Devon County Councillor Roger Croad released the data last night, Wednesday, 4 November, which showed a 30 per cent increase in cases in a week.  Devon County Councillor Roger Croad released the data last night, Wednesday, 4 November, which showed a 30 per cent increase in cases in a week Between 26 October to 2 November, there were 73 laboratory confirmed cases in the South Hams, compared to 56 the week before. That means that confirmed cases per 100,000 in the South Hams stands at 83.9, which is still lower than Devon as a whole: 91.4, Torbay 180.5, Plymouth 146.9, and England 221.6, but higher than Cornwall, which stands at 48.8. Councillor Croad said: "There were 16 deaths in the Peninsula (one in Plymouth; nine in Torbay and six in Devon) and one in the South Hams attributable to Coronavirus in the period 17 to 23 October. This is the first record