CHSW 25TH ANNIVERSARY
This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the beginning of The Children's Hospice South West with the building of "Little Bridge House" in Fremington, North Devon. In more recent years, two more have been built - "Charlton Farm" near Bristol, and "Little Harbour", at St Austell - thus ensuring that no family with child who has a life-limiting illness will have to travel for more than 90 minutes to receive respite care.
The Belstone and Area Friends of CHSW invite you to join them at the Old School Tearoom during next weekend - courtesy of Marion Walpole - to enjoy a delicious cuppa, cake or cream tea, chat to us about the work of the Hospice and help us to raise more funds for this very important charity.
With grateful thanks to Marion for her support.
Now that we are over half way through this year (how time flies!) many of us are beginning to book dates for next year (scary thought!) So . . . why not pick up your 2017 Belstone Calendar and start filling it in?
This year, it contains 13 photographs from the Belstone Community Archive - some dating back to early last century. A fascinating insight into the way our village looked in the past with photos of people you may recognise! Buy, or order from Edwina & Robin 01837 840332 email@example.com
ALSO on sale at all Village Hall organised functions, Thursday Cafe . . . and at The Old School Tearoom, so why not pop in for a cuppa and cake and pick up your calendar!
LOCAL WEBSITES – TOGETHER ONLINE
The new moorSITES.com service, offered by Hill Top Skills, is intended to provide access to low-cost creation and hosting of websites for the small businesses, non-profit organisations, clubs and communities of Northern Dartmoor and the surrounding area.
In addition, it includes a listing for each website on a search engine optimised, advertised directory website at moorSITES.com SiteSearch – allowing people in the local area tobrowse members’ websites and search by category, type of service and area – increasing the flow of enquiries to the sites through search engines such as Google or Bing, and keeping business local!
It offers an affordable route to a high-quality, effective web presence for those who may previously have dismissed the idea due to cost or concerns over the technical issues – or for those who wish to improve their current presence, and bring it up to date with the way that the internet is now used – and to help ensure that local people are connected with local services.
A variety of levels of service can be provided – from simply adding your existing website and details to the moorSITES.com SiteSearch service, right through to bespoke web design, management, hosting and support with social media and online advertising.
Read more about the levels of service available at moorSITES.com.
NEXT CRICKET CLUB CAR BOOT SALE
Sat 17th September, Belstone Cricket Ground, sellers from 9am, buyers from 10am. Contact Chris on 01837 840498
STICKLEPATH AND BELSTONE SCHOOL CHARITY
Following the closure of the Sticklepath School and the subsequent sale of the building in 1991, the proceeds were used to establish the Sticklepath and Belstone School Charity. The aim of this charity is to promote the education (including social and physical training) of young people under the age of 25 yrs who are resident in either of the two villages.
For many years now the Trustees have been giving funds to assist young people in their extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama. This year has been no exception, and we have just given out more than £2200 to 23 young people to help them achieve their ambitions, including assistance for our future Olympians and musicians.
We were delighted this year to receive some applications written by the young people themselves, as it shows an interest in helping to fund their own activities. If you know of any Sticklepath or Belstone young resident who is faced with the costs of such activities, please encourage them to apply for funding from the Charity. There are no restrictions other than age and residence, and the Charity are not able to support the costs of travel, accommodation or equipment. Application forms for next years’ round of funding will be available from January and will be advertised in the Beacon.
CALL THE SERVICE FOR A HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECK
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is promoting its Home Fire Safety Check scheme in this area.
Members of the public can contact the Service for fire safety advice and may be eligible for a home visit from a trained member of staff.
A key feature of the check is to ensure people having working smoke alarms in their home which are most suitable for their circumstances.You should make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. Placing smoke detectors near to sleeping areas and in rooms where there are electrical appliances could give you the extra warning you need.
It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the mechanism deteriorates with time. So whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offers these five smoke alarm top tips:
- Install a smoke alarm at least on every level of your home
- The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing
- Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
- Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident
- Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
The Service is also urging carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that these homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.
For more information on Service’s free home fire safety advice service, call 0800 05 02 999.
AERIAL VIDEO OF BELSTONE, SKAIGH AND EAST OKEMENT VALLEY
Many thanks to Richard Johns from Okehampton Model Flying Club for his fantastic aerial footage. www.okehamptonmfc.org.uk/?p=1167 . Well worth a look - stunning work Richard!
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