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North Devon partnership lend a hand

North Devon Council, in partnership with North Devon Voluntary Service, have announced that they will be supporting the Big Help Out; a national campaign that aims to encourage volunteering in communities across the country.

The campaign showcases how volunteering benefits both the communities and the people who take part and its long-term objective is to get more people involved in volunteering and to highlight the positive impact it has on society.

The initiative is being launched as part of the celebrations marking the Coronation of King Charles III, and the partnership is calling on individuals and groups to come forward to share details of their volunteering groups to get new members on board.

Chief Executive of North Devon Council, Ken Miles, says: “The Big Help Out campaign is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to give back to their communities, and we are thrilled to be part of it. We believe that volunteering is an essential part of community building, and we are encouraging everyone to get involved and make a difference.

“To support the campaign, which officially launches on 8 May, we as a partnership are encouraging individuals to visit the Devon Connect website and list their volunteering opportunities. We will then be promoting these opportunities on our social media channels (@North Devon Council & @North Devon Voluntary Services – NDVS).

“We hope that by doing this, we will be able to connect volunteers with groups and organisations that need their help and support.”

Chief Officer of Northern Devon Voluntary Service, Marie Gould, says: “Our community is exceptionally well served by our Voluntary and Community Groups and we are very pleased, in collaboration with North Devon Council, to celebrate all of this much-needed work as well as gain further and much-needed additional support, in the form of volunteering roles. Thriving, strong and healthy communities are derived through the work of our Voluntary and Community groups and those that volunteer. The Big Help Out will help us to further raise awareness of just how important and rewarding volunteering can be for all involved.”

If you would like your volunteering opportunities added to the Devon Connect website, please click ‘add a listing’ on it’s homepage.

If you’re looking to start volunteering but don’t know where to start, please visit Devon Connects website to find opportunities in your local area.

How did you Celebrate the Coronation?

The coronation of King Charles III took place on May 6th, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London.

People from across the globe celebrated the occasion. Some joined the crowds in London lining the route of the procession. Villages and Towns held Street Parties.  Islanders in the Channel Islands celebrated the historic occasion with parties and screenings of the service.  In Guernsey, a 21-gun salute marked the official coronation of King Charles III in the Bailiwick. Millions of people across the UK and beyond celebrated the coronation of King Charles III – a symbolic ceremony combining a religious service and pageantry.

Australia and New Zealand celebrated the coronation of King Charles III with 21-gun salutes in their capitals after the countries’ leaders attended the coronation ceremony in London.

Soldiers carrying flags from the Bahamas, South Africa, Tuvalu and beyond marched alongside British troops in a spectacular military procession in honour of the monarch.

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters (SSOHC) returned with a celebratory yarnbomb to mark the coronation of King Charles III.

How did you celebrate the Coronation in Witheridge?

There was a party on Friday at The Rest A While. It was attended by many, the food and drink were plentiful and “God Save the King” was sung whilst the cake was cut.

On Saturday afternoon there was a free event in the Parish Hall. Bringing your own picnic and cream teas and other refreshments were available. There were games and quizzes and colouring in for all to enjoy. The weather even gave the opportunity to sit outside in the sun.

On Sunday bother Churches held a service of Thanksgiving and celebration followed by a shared lunch.  The Sports Club held a party, with music and dancing.

There was something for everyone. Add your comments and pictures of your celebration in the comments.

Do the Green Thing for the King!

06-04-2023 02:31 PM BST
Green coronation

Recognising the King’s and the Royal Family’s support for the environment and green causes, North Devon and Torridge Councils have teamed up with local charity Plastic Free North Devon to produce some ‘top tips’ to help event organisers ensure a celebration that doesn’t damage the earth. Suitable for any size of gathering, from afternoon tea with the neighbours to a party for the whole community, the tips offer a handy guide to reducing and eliminating single-use plastic, preventing litter, increasing recycling, and supporting local shops.

The tips are aimed at jogging people’s memory into thinking about such things as how they might collect any food waste or providing recycle collection points at an event and how the disposal of any materials collected might be handled. Purchasing drinks in cans as opposed to plastic, or getting people to bring their own cups, and using alternatives to plastic straws are further examples of easy ways to help the environment without affecting people’s fun and enjoyment.

CEO of Plastic Free North Devon, Claire Moodie, says: “We know that people in North Devon are concerned about their local environment, and keen to take action to protect it and the planet. These top tips offer a simple way to host a celebration for the King and keep it green with just a little preparation and planning. We’re delighted to be working again with North Devon and Torridge Councils to help residents and businesses be more sustainable.”

Sustainability and Climate Officer at North Devon and Torridge Councils, Donna Sibley, says“Both North Devon and Torridge Councils are justifiably proud of our recycling rates through our kerbside collection schemes, and work with residents to keep black bin waste as low as possible. We’re hoping our communities will rise to the challenge of making different choices and showing the rest of the country what a green Coronation looks like. The tips will help people with ideas on how they can cut the amount of plastic and general waste that might otherwise be generated and suggest ways of managing and promoting recycling.”

The tips to help you reduce plastic waste at your event along with a list of organised events can be found at and
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