Puzzle Group?

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A number of people have recently expressed an interest in jigsaw puzzles. Does anyone have an interest in joining  a puzzle group? People could send us photos of spare puzzles and we'll make them accessible to see online through Dropbox. If anyone's interested, please email Kay & Rob Grimmond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local Ladies donate to Musgrove Park Hospital

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The Local Ladies Group is pleased to announce that it recently donated £300 to Musgrove Park Hospital.

Night-time closures of A30 and A303

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The Highways Agency have provided the following information:

Scheme duration 10 February to 16 March 2020 Overnight road closures:

10 to 26 February 2020 - A30 Honiton to junction of Stockland Hill and Sandy’s Lane, the road will be closed 
overnight only eastbound between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Motorists will be diverted via A35, Worham’s Lane and
Stockland Hill

27 February to 5 March 2020 – A303 Southfields Roundabout to junction of A30 /A303 at Upottery, the road will be
closed overnight westbound between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Motorists will be diverted via A358 and A30
Overnight lane closures
6 to 12 March - A30 Sandy’s Lane and Stockland junction, alternate lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be
 in place overnight only between the hours of 8pm and 6am

13 to 16 March 2020 – Junction of A30 and A303, alternate lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place
overnight only between the hours of 8pm and 6am

If you have any questions, or would like to know about the  work, please contact the Highways Agency on
0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

THE NATIONAL “BIG FIX” EVENT

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Blackdown Hills Transition Group
THE NATIONAL “BIG FIX” EVENT
Come and be part of the Repair Revolution

Just imagine the potential media impact if a majority of Repair Cafes in the UK were all to hold  an event on the same day!  Well, it’s actually happening on Saturday, 15th February when (as of the time of writing) around 60 of Repair Cafes all over the country (from Blackdown Hills to Belfast, Dover to Glasgow) are taking part in The National “Big Fix”.  The event is the inspiration of Catherine Causley, Waste and Recycling Officer at Devon County Council who, following the success of her Devon-wide “Big Fix” in February 2019 (in which Blackdown Hills volunteers played a key part in achieving a record 268 repairs in one day), decided to extend the invitation across the country.  This is likely to be the first, and biggest, event of its kind where a County Council takes the lead on a national scale.

We at the Blackdown Hills Transition Repair Café are super excited to be taking part – as is our “sister” Repair Café in Wellington – and are planning a day-long event, from 10am – 4pm, at Hemyock Parish Hall.  The BHRC has, as its many stalwart supporters already know, consistently been hitting a 73% repair rate over its two-year history and we hope to exceed this in February!

What has all this to do with our current climate/ecological challenges you might ask? The most obvious answer is drawing attention to the amount of stuff that, often with a simple repair, can be saved from landfill, but it is also about community grass roots action, passing on much needed skills, involving members of the community who may be feeling isolated, and doing something that is not only fun but also brings a great sense of satisfaction.
However, this event is also a “Big Ask”!  Not only do we need you to start rummaging in your garages, lofts and spare rooms for all those broken items you just can’t bring yourself to throw away and bring them in for our volunteer repairers to work their magic on, but also, if you have any repair skills at all – from the most basic to the more specialised – we’d love to hear from you.  We currently have a wonderful team of around 40 repair volunteers but it’s a lot to ask them to “carry” the whole day.  One of the most important jobs is on reception so if you are a “people person” please do get in touch.  This is your chance to join in the Repair Revolution and be part of a ground breaking day.

Oh, I nearly forgot – our wonderful refreshments team will be serving teas, coffees and homemade cakes throughout the day with bacon sandwiches in the morning, and delicious soup and a roll at lunchtime!
For more information and to volunteer your help, please email Sue Risdon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07595 918044.  See you there!

And finally, this is a final call for applications - due in by Friday, 7th February - for up to £250 to help get a local community sustainability project off the ground.  All details are on our website at http://www.blackdownhillstransition.net .  
 

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