Inspiring exhibition by Hilary Arnold in Beer’s Bomb Shelter this week

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IMG_3138On Friday I spent a couple of hours helping to hang a new exhibition of paintings by Hilary Arnold, the Seaton-based artist who is also a friend and strong supporter of local causes. I think Hilary’s work is really special and her latest paintings take it in striking new directions. 10 to 5 daily (10.30 start on Sundays). Hilary’s WEBSITE

Beer Men’s Shed crowdfunder passes £2000 mark: £500 more needed before EDDC will double their funding

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Beer Men's ShedThe project says: ‘Thanks to kind donations from individuals, from Beer Bag Project and from Devon County Council, and with the help of our local councillors Martin Shaw and Geoff Pook, we’ve now raised over £2,000 towards buying our first shed and the equipment and workbenches to go inside it.  Our next target is to get beyond the £2,500 mark, because when we achieve that we’re hoping that East Devon District Council will commit to providing us funding too by doubling our money.  We have just over 4 weeks to go to raise a total of £10,000 so that Beer Men’s Shed can have it’s new shed built and operational this summer.’ YOU CAN DONATE HERE.

Beer Men’s Shed launches its Crowdfunder – a really worthwhile project for male carers, please support

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Beer Men’s Shed says: In a rural area like East Devon, it’s easy as men get older for them to feel lonely, isolated, and excluded from life around them.  Some may live on their own, may have lost their lifelong partner, may live with a partner or family member who they have to care for.  Some may just have lost their sense of purpose in life after retiring from work. Having somewhere that they can go to regularly and where they can meet other men, have a friendly chat and a cuppa, make something useful or repair something that matters to someone, can make a great difference to a man’s life, to his mental health and also to his physical health.  We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK – Beer has even been voted English “village of the year” – but if you feel that you’re locked indoors, or that you’re duty-bound always to stay at home and look after your partner, you can only too easily find yourself in a downward spiral that you don’t feel that you can get out of – not on your own. …    READ ON AND DONATE HERE.

Stagecoach are consulting on bus routes in our area – an opportunity to improve links to RD&E as well as Beer-Exeter? Your opportunity to comment.

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Stagecoach are proposing to route the 9A via Beer – shouldn’t they also reroute it to stop at the RD&E?  Currently older and sick people using this route have to take a second bus to get to the hospital.

There are many buses going on its current route in Exeter via Heavitree so there would be no loss of service within the city.

Also a bus between 07.30 hrs and the next one at 10.00 hrs would be much appreciated for the same reason – getting to early appointments at RDE.

New signs in Beer, paid for from my Locality Budget, are now routing heavier traffic away from the centre of the village

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Finally … Beer has been waiting all year for new signs on The Causeway and Mare Lane, routing traffic away from Fore Street. We missed the summer, but the Parish Council and I have finally achieved this step forward towards rational traffic management, which should help spare the village and also the narrow cliff road at the top of Common Lane.

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