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AONB Grants 2017/18

North Devon Coast AONB small grants - Sustainable Development Fund 2017/18 NOW OPEN

The North Devon Coast AONB small grant scheme is open to applications for projects to start from April 2017 onwards. Grants are available for new projects from individuals, groups, organisations and businesses. Projects should help to deliver the Management Plan objectives and priorities for the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are two themes for this year, but projects addressing any aspect of the Plan are welcome:-

'The Historic Environment' could support survey and research work, archaeological explorations, restoration work or community engagement and learning about our natural and built heritage.

'Health and Wellbeing' could support communities and voluntary groups to encourage access to the AONB area, pilot new activities within the AONB area to improve people's health and wellbeing or provide information to locals and visitors to raise awareness of opportunities and places in the AONB.

Grants range from £100 to £5,000 and need to be spent by February 2018. Projects need to show local support, in-kind contributions of time and resources, and cash match funding for larger or business projects.

Full guidance, applications forms and the Management Plan are available on the AONB website<> as well as a map of the AONB's coastal area.

Contact the scheme administrator Gigha Klinkenborg on 01271 388647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for more information.


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I would love to see this gain momentum during 2018. What I'm really keen to get is your recipe contributions. To be honest, with the exception of one early one, during this year they've all been mine - which must be getting a bit boring. So send them in please. Use the link, mail me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (no direct link into this address from here) or simply ring me on 01237 451193. If you only have paper copy it doesn't matter - if you want to go into publication on this site, we can make it happen together.

Have a fantastic Christmas everyone. Thank you for your help in getting this off the ground in 2017 - it is actually coming up to it's first birthday!

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Moving forward through the Festive Season

The Christmas Market has started off the season (pictures in Gallery and on the Notice Board) along with todays Christingle Service.

This is just the start - come along and see the display of decorated Christmas trees in the parish church (a few pictures also on the Notice Board).This goes on until Twelfth Night and is open during daylight hours.

The bellringers will be meeting on the green at 7 p.m. on 12th, singing around the village.Everyone and anyone wanting to brave the cold is welcome - be generous if they come to your door.

There is a meeting of the 4 o'clock Club in the hall on 14th with a Christmassy theme - a good sing along from 4-5.30 p.m.See events calendar for poster with full information.

The annual candlelit Carol Service here will take place in the parish church at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th.Note from this year's organisers:-Anyone willing to supply a dozen mincepies for the Carol Service next Sunday (17th) please contact Jacqui Watson on 01237 451437 - thank you.

And for those who would like to observe Christmas Eve, not quite into Christmas Day, there is a communion service ("not quite Midnight Mass") in the parish church at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Add a Sparkle to Christmas

From 2nd December, in the parish church (St Mary & St Benedict) for the Advent and Christmas periods, there is an exhibition of decorated Christmas trees. Come and see and enjoy them.

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