New allotments renamed in Budleigh Salterton and other news

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 September 2012

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The new allotments at Greenway Lane, which were named the Leisure Gardens will now be called “community plots”. Read this and more.

FARMING DAY: Members from National Farmers Union got together at the ‘NFU Farming in Devon Day 2012’ held at Bicton EaRTH Centre.

Delegates discussed some of the principal topics that are affecting NFU members in the county and gave delegates an opportunity to discover a bit more about the farming industry.

Devon county councillor John Berry said: “The day has been really interesting, it reiterates the concern we all have to use resources from natural elements, for example using new technologies such as those at the new EaRTH centre to make use of farm waste.”

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ANCIENT ENDS: East Devon’s bench ends will be the subject of a lecture by Dr Todd Gray at All Saints Church, in East Budleigh, on Friday, October 12, at 2pm.

The talk is based on a long research project on the ancient carvings and will open up what is a long neglected aspect of Devon’s past, said Mr Gray.

“The research comes at a time in which many local churches are changing their seating and our ancient benches are threatened by the desire to bring in modern seats,” he added.

Tickets are £5 on the door.

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BICTON GRADUATION: Students in gowns and mortar boards took part in the annual ‘Procession of the Mace’ last Saturday.

The students, who have completed foundation degrees at Bicton College went, together with their families and invited guests, for their graduation ceremony.

They were led from the Public Hall to St Peter’s Church, where they were addressed by Mark Stone, associate professor at Plymouth University.

The graduates had studied subjects including outdoor leisure management, animal science, equine studies, horticulture, agriculture and environmental education.

Special awards for the highest achievers were donated this year by NFU Mutual and East Devon District Council, as well as the university.

Bicton College principal David Henley, said, “It was a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievement of each and every one of our students, many of whom have had to rise to great challenges to achieve their goal.”

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CONSERVATORY: Plans for a conservatory at 11B Stoneborough Lane, Budleigh Salterton, have been submitted.

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ALLOTMENTS RENAMED AGAIN: The new allotments at Greenway Lane, which were named the Leisure Gardens will now be called “community plots”.

Because of legal concerns they cannot be called allotments, while town councillors said that concerns from plot users led to the second change of name.

However, the committee overseeing the plots will be called the “community gardens committee” and mayor Courtney Richards said: “The ‘community plots committee’ does sound a bit strange!”

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