Review of the Year 2021 - October to December

By Nora Parminter   |   Photojournalist   |
Saturday 8th January 2022 4:30 pm
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John Higgs (98) second right, officially opened Redlands Primary Care’s new GP Practice with Mila (three months) and her mum Chloe, pictured with Dr Claire Griffiths (left), Dr Jo Harris (centre) and Dr Peter Twomey (right). AQ 3959

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OCTOBER

THE new purpose-built Redlands GP Practice in Joseph Locke Way, Crediton was officially opened by John Higgs (98) and Mila (three months) for the people of Crediton and the surrounding area.

An Open Garden event held at Frogbury, Coldridge by kind permission of Jeremy Lee President of the British Red Cross raised the amazing sum of £18,000 for the British Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.

ABF, the Soldiers’ Charity Southwest Regional office team assistants, Philip Hutchens and Helen Vincent organised a picnic at Downes, with kind permission of the Parker family, to raise funds for the charity.

Both Crediton primary schools were highly praised by the South West Britain in Bloom judge, when Landscore won the Clem Preece Memorial Cup for outstanding effort and Hayward’s was awarded a special certificate.

Winkleigh and Bow YFC’s Tractor run saw 111 tractors take part in memory of Matt Vanstone who was a popular young farmer who took his own life in 2020.

Crowds flocked to Crediton Town Square for the second Cars and Coffee event, which was a huge success, with a great selection of classic, modern and modified vehicles on show.

Crediton Hot Pins Knit and Natter Group started to meet up again at Evans Newsagents having spent lockdown knitting garments for Devon Air Ambulance as well as many other charities.

Devon Pilgrims St Boniface Way was launched with the pilgrimage route, from Crediton Parish Church to Exeter Cathedral, interconnected with themes of prayer, work and study.

Young people from Crediton, together with modern muralist and graffiti art tutor, Nick Halahan of Olas Art, and Crediton Town Council Youth Worker, Richard Martin brightened up a dismal looking wall at Newcombes Meadow with a dinosaur mural.

NOVEMBER

A SMALL group of people gathered at Crediton Parish Church, where the Rector, the Rev Matthew Tregenza conducted a short ceremony, for the Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance.

Morchard Bishop couple, Maurice and Mary Glover, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary with their family and were delighted to receive a card from Her Majesty The Queen.

Crediton Town Council organised two public COP26 climate emergency events in Crediton to coincide with the main COP26 event held in Glasgow.

As part of the government’s resettlement scheme three houses in Crediton were being prepared to provide homes for three families from Afghanistan, who had fled from the Taliban.

A woman was left injured after an early evening incident which involved students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton on the path at the rear of Crediton Parish Church.

More people than ever gathered at Crediton Town and Hamlets War Memorial on Thursday, November 11, with members of the Crediton Branch of the Royal British Legion and civic leaders to mark this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.

Schoolchildren were among the crowds of people on Platform One who welcomed the first passenger train to pull in at Okehampton Station in 50 years and to welcome the first passenger, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. This was made possible by the government’s £40 million Restoring Your Railway Fund.

Crediton Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan, which includes a vision of how the local community would like to see Crediton parish develop and change over the coming years, was submitted to Mid Devon District Council.

Children from local primary schools took part in fundraising for Children in Need and a Soup and Puds lunch at Cheriton Fitzpaine raised £1,210 for Save the Children.

DECEMBER

THE winners of the Children’s Fancy Dress competition, Evangeline Clark (4) and Tilly Theedom (7) switched on the lights with the Mayor of Crediton, Cllr Liz Brookes-Hocking at the Christmas in Crediton Lights Switch-on in the Town Square.

British water skiing benefitted from a generous legacy of more than £200,000 left in the will of the popular and talented official, Jill Howard, from Cheriton Fitzpaine, who died in early 2021.

Liberal Democrats gained two new councillors when Natalia Letch (Boniface ward) and Sandy Chenore (Lawrence) were elected to Crediton Town Council.

A group of local residents expressed concerns when MDDC granted planning permission for the first application submitted by Jeff Jenner of Blockworks Group Ltd, Worcester for the proposed change of use of the former surgery at Newcombes, Crediton to a children’s home. Crediton Town Council strongly objected to the proposals at a Planning and Town Strategy meeting.

Yeoford School donated a number of chocolate Advent calendars, made by pupils, to Crediton Foodbank.

Almost 3,000 people attended the Crediton Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival viewing 50 Christmas Trees that had been decorated by local schools, charities, clubs, societies and businesses in the area.

Donations were needed when a defibrillator case on Crediton High Street was damaged putting the defibrillator out of action until funding could be raised to replace the casing.

Two children were injured in a gas explosion sustaining minor injuries at a property in Newton St Cyres.

The Dartmoor Line was recognised at the National Community Rail Awards in the same weekend that trains began to run direct to Exeter Central.

Morchard Bishop C of E School performed a Nativity play and the Crediton Babes and Toddlers Group enjoyed a Christmas party

Queen Elizabeth’s students made Christmas banners, the ABC Nativity was a hit at Tedburn St Mary Primary School and children at Landscore Primary School raised £2,500 for playground equipment with a “Santathon”.

Crediton Town Band’s annual Carols in Crediton Town Square was a fantastic festive occasion attended by hundreds of people.

A couple from Ottery St Mary were rescued from floodwaters, almost four feet deep, at Keymelford, near Coleford, Crediton on Christmas Day.

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