Month: October 2022

Re:storing Christmas Cheer in the Axe Valley Community

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RE:STORE, the Seaton-based community group who brought Christmas to local families in need two years ago, have a new appeal for CHRISTMAS 2022. This is much needed since many people are already finding it difficult to survive.


Here is what RE:STORE say about what they’re planning to do:

Using those who receive free school meals as a criteria, we are aiming to bring some Christmas Cheer to local families who need a little support in these challenging times, providing a hamper with food, treats, a children’s book & high street vouchers to spend in local businesses.

Previously run in 2020, the Christmas Cheer scheme helped 108 families and 185 children in the Axe Valley catchment area with the support of the local community, councillors, businesses and schools.

With the current cost-of-living crisis the project is more essential than ever and will benefit an increasing number of children and families who need support and help.

Working with 10+ schools in the Axe Valley area we estimate the numbers of children who will benefit will exceed 200 this year.

The overwhelming success of the 2020 scheme is reflected in the positive feedback received from schools and recipients:

“Thanks so much. What a lovely gesture. I’m struggling financially at the moment so this means a lot”

“Our families were overwhelmed by the generosity and were very emotional with it all. Thank you so so much to you and all of your wonderful volunteers.”

“How wonderful, the present will go under the tree as we have not been able to do much this year for my child and are so grateful for this”.

The more support and funds we can raise the more families and children we can provide a little Christmas Cheer for.

A breath of fresh air – Richard Foord MP talks in Axminster

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Richard Foord in conversation with Paul Arnott this morning

More than 50 local residents and activists came to Axminster Guildhall this morning to hear Richard. The thing he’d learnt by getting close to Tory ministers, he said, was that ‘these people are amateurs’, and a ‘new bunch of amateurs’ seemed to turn up every few weeks as the Tories changed leader yet again. The real tragedy, he said, is for all of us as citizens. A lively Q & A covered a range of issues. For me, Richard is a breath of fresh air after the stale Tory representation this area has had for so long.

Open meeting with Richard Foord MP, in Axminster Guildhall this Saturday, 22nd, 10.30

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Richard Foord: My First Hundred Days as an MP

At the start of this summer, Richard Foord was happily working in the academic sector, having retired from the army, enjoying family life in Devon. 

A hundred days on, he has won an historic by-election which helped trigger the downfall of Boris Johnson and become the LibDem spokesperson for Defence as the war in Ukraine rages. He has seen the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the proclamation of King Charles III. He has witnessed the government acquire a new leader, followed by an immediate economic crash triggered by the “fiscal event”. Arguably few new MPs have ever entered Parliament at such an historic time.

Richard will be talking about his first hundred days, in conversation with East Devon District Council Leader and historian, Paul Arnott. The event is to be held at Axminster’s Guildhall starting at 10.30am (doors opening 10.15am) on Saturday 22nd October 2022.

The event is non-political and open to the public. No charge, though contributions to cover hall hire welcome.