Seaton CycleFest 2019

Seaton Town Council is pleased to confirm this year’s annual CycleFest event will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019.  Last year the event was even bigger and better with two events spread across a whole weekend, starting with the Velo Vintage Cycle procession on the Saturday followed by the professional racing on the Sunday.

This year, the two events will run on separate occasions, allowing for maximum attendance at both events.  The Vintage Cycle Day is scheduled for Saturday 22nd June 2019, where Seaton will see the return of over 100 vintage cyclists descending upon Seaton with #VeloVintage www.velovintage.co.uk.

Sunday 7th July will welcome British Cycling back to Seaton with the town centre turning into a race course and featuring some of the greatest cyclists in the South West.

Please watch this space for further updates on both events.

New Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site for Seaton

A cricket tea, hosted by Seaton Cricket Club, officially opened the new Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site on their Court Lane ground on Saturday 1st December.

Representatives of the Town Council and Devon Air Ambulance Trust attended the launch, along with members of the Club and local people who donated their time and energy to fundraising for the project.

The Seaton site joins a number of Community Landing Sites across the county which are funded by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and through fundraising by the local community as well as Seaton Town Council with the initial pledge of £1,000. The sites allow year-round, after dark missions to be flown to increase the life-saving capacity of DAAT.

Former Seaton Cricket Club Chairman Chris Gamwell was instrumental in bringing the landing site to the club. He said: “Seaton Cricket Club has seen the Air Ambulance land on the outfield many times over the years during daylight hours, so it seemed a logical next step to enable night landings to take place here too.”

Former Seaton Town Councillor and member of Seaton Cricket Club Martin Pigott thanked those who had raised the funds to enable the installation of the floodlighting to allow night landings to take place.  “We’d like to thank Guy Sweetman from East Devon Sports therapy and the Seaton Free Masons for their significant donations. Thanks also go to the team of runners, headed up by Amy Catley, who braved the Grizzly Run in last year’s snow to raise much needed funds.”

Other donations have been made by Seaton Probus Club, the Seaton Development Trust and the Axe Valley Runners.

The new floodlights will enable the Air Ambulance to fly after nightfall until 2am with the hope in the future to offer a 24-hour service.

New signs for Seaton

New town centre maps, brown tourist signs and town attraction signs in Seaton have been organised by Seaton Town Council.  The new signs were launched in response to requests by residents and independent businesses and as a result of an initial audit of all signs undertaken by the Town Development Team.

The new maps, displayed in and around the town centre include brief descriptions of points of interest in the town and clearly mark the shopping areas to encourage visitors to explore all parts of the town.

The brown tourist and follow-on signs on the highway and routes into Seaton have also been improved recently to encourage visitors to explore the town’s various attractions. This project was led by Seaton Town Council, working in partnership with Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Devon Wildlife Trust, Seaton Tramway and Seaton Wetlands Team, with funding from all parties.

Further new signs raise the profile of Axminster Station as a ‘gateway’ to the Jurassic Coast and surrounding countryside, following a proposal put forward by the Jurassic Coast team. The new signage is installed at Axminster Station and seeks to inspire people to visit the attractions of Seaton, Axminster and the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by catching the Jurassic Coaster bus.   This project was funded by Seaton & Axminster Town Councils, Seaton Tramway, Seaton Jurassic and East Devon District Council, and matched by South Western Railway.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson said: “Seaton is a wonderful place offering both residents and tourists plenty of things to do. We’re very proud to work closely with local councils and attractions to help build on the town’s identity. Clear signage is a sure way to maximise a visitor’s experience and improve the town.”

Seaton remembers the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1

Despite strong winds and the threat of rain, hundreds of people turned out to take part in Seaton’s Beacons of Light – an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

The ceremony was held in Jubilee Gardens on Sunday evening on 11th November, led by the Town Council, St Gregory’s Church, Crossroads Christian Centre and the Royal British Legion.

Following a short commemoration of prayer, WWI songs, poems and stories from the servicemen and women of the time, the beacon was lit by the Chairman of Seaton Town Council, Cllr Peter Burrows, at 7pm.  This was one of more than a thousand beacons being lit across the country to mark this special event.

Councillor Jack Rowland spoke a few poignant words during the ceremony, saying that he would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of the Royal British Legion, St Gregory’s Church, the Crossroad Christian Centre and the staff and Councillors of Seaton Town Council for helping to make this commemoration happen.

“World War 1 was described at the time as the war to end all wars, but subsequent history sadly proved otherwise.  Of the 6 million British service people who were mobilised, 704,803 lost their lives with many more thousands suffering life changing physical injuries and mental health issues. 32 service people with Seaton connections made the ultimate sacrifice that illustrates that every city, town, village and hamlet in the U.K. was affected by the scale of the conflict. The numbers involved are staggering and we owe so much to our service people who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today in the U.K.

As well as paying our respects this is also an opportunity to look forward as symbolised by the lighting of the beacon this evening. With all the current tensions in the world the current and future generations always need to remember and understand the past to try and ensure we never experience a repetition on the scale that happened 100 years ago.”

(Photo:- Keith West)

 

Seaton Celebrates Christmas

Seaton will be kick starting its Christmas celebrations on Saturday 1st December with the return of its Christmas Carnival, light switch on and festive markets. The day will start with the Seaton Eats Boutique and Seaton Artisan Market both taking place at Windsor Gardens.  To continue the celebrations into the evening, Seaton will host its annual light switch on, Christmas Carnival and late-night shopping bringing residents a full day of Christmas fun.

Seaton Eats Boutique will be at Windsor Gardens next to the Christmas tree from noon to 8pm. For those looking to get into the Christmas spirit, there will be some favourite food vendors alongside the bar, which will be stocked with Gluhwein, mulled cider, festive punch and hot chocolate!

From 4pm till 8pm the Artisan Market will be back at Windsor Gardens.  Featuring traders from Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the market highlights the best arts, crafts, businesses and unique products in the area.  Entry is free and is the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

The most anticipated part of the day is the Christmas light switch on followed by the enchanting Christmas Carnival. This year the lights will be turned on by the winner from Seaton Town Council’s Independent Seaton competition and a member of the Carnival Royal Party.  Seaton’s residents can watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Town Square at 5.50pm and for those that are keen to carry on shopping, many of the independent retailers will be staying open late.

To top off the festivities, at 6pm the impressive floats from the Christmas Carnival will begin gliding through the streets of Seaton leaving a trail of Christmas spirit.   The carnival will commence from Harbour Road, travel up the Underfleet, down through Fore Street and then on to the Esplanade.  This year’s line-up will be led by the Fire Brigade, Seaton Majorettes and the royal float featuring a prince and two princesses.   Last but not least, Father Christmas will be at the end of the parade and will be stopping in the square to greet children.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson said: “Seaton is a great town which prides itself on bringing the community together and the markets do just this.  Our independent shops are perfect for Christmas shopping as they create more of a festive spirit and provide a premium level of service that you wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere.  This combined with our light switch on and carnival is a way that the town can celebrate the start of the Christmas season together”.

The Independent Seaton competition has been launched to celebrate and support independent businesses in the town centre. The public have been asked to share images of their favourite shop, café or restaurant on social media channels from 1st November to the 25th November, tagging in @VisitSeatonUK and using #MyIndependentSeaton. Seaton Town Council will then select their favourite image and the winner will receive a £100 gift voucher to spend in the local independent shops and eateries.  The winner will be announced on Seaton’s social media channels on 26th November.

 

Seaton Town Council Launches Christmas Shopper Loyalty Card

This year festive shoppers in Seaton will have the chance to get their hands on a Christmas Shopper Loyalty Card.   Shoppers will be receive a stamp from participating Seaton traders when they spend a minimum of £5.  Once the loyalty card is full with a minimum of five different traders’ stamps and posted in one of the boxes found at retailers, customers will then be entered into a draw to win a fabulously festive hamper full of gifts from each participating trader.

The draw will be happening on the 20th December, so why not visit Seaton on the 1st December for late night shopping and the Christmas light switch on, a great opportunity to fill your card with stamps!

Click below for a full list of participating retailers and the T&Cs

Loyalty Card Terms & Conditions v1

Battle’s Over – commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI November 11th 2018

Seaton Town Council is playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

Seaton’s Commemoration to mark this event is being held at Jubilee Gardens, Seaton Seafront, commencing at 6.30pm and finishing with the lighting of a Beacon at 7.00pm, one of over 1000 Beacons being lit across the country.

All are warmly invited to this historic event.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”

For more information please contact:

Contact Name: Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk

Contact Email: townclerk@seaton.gov.uk

Contact Tel No: (01297) 21388

Council’s special parking offer designed to be a winter shopper winner

Temporary car parking deal in East Devon will run for five months from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019

Anyone planning to start their Christmas shopping early will be able to take advantage of East Devon District Council’s five-month winter parking special offer, which starts on 1 November 2018 and runs until 31 March 2019. The daily parking tariff of £2 offers unbeatable value as it enables shoppers to take their time when making purchases, as the ticket will cover them for the entire day, from whatever time they choose to arrive until midnight.

East Devon’s temporary tariff will not only support local shops over the run-up to Christmas, but will also help boost trade during the traditionally quieter months of January and February. It won’t just be shops that benefit either, the all-day ticket will, it is hoped, encourage people to use local cafes, restaurants and pubs and to linger longer over a cup of coffee or a meal.

The special offer tickets are available only in East Devon District Council’s 45 pay and display car parks, but does exclude Parkmobile payments and Permit Holders. Customers should not be concerned if they notice that their ticket may not have an expiry time of midnight printed on it. Parking officers will be checking that the £2 has been paid, which will make the ticket valid for the rest of that day. Please note that the offer applies to cash transactions only – unfortunately it is not possible to run the offer on the ParkMobile app.

Councillor Geoff Pook, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Asset Management, said:

“We want to support businesses in all of our town and village high streets as much as we can through the quieter winter months. All the feedback we have received from last year’s parking offer showed that it was a great success. And the really good news is that not only is the price of all day parking now just £2. You can also use the same ticket in any other East Devon pay and display car park on that day so why not take a tour around to discover something different on offer.

“The ticket will be valid right up until midnight in all of our pay and display car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone or Colyton.  We know it’s a tough time for towns, so we want to do all we can to help traders and the district’s Chambers of Commerce. It will be interesting to see how the five month concession affects trade, but first I’d like to thank all our customers who took advantage of our previous offers – your custom was a big boost to the local economy.”

Seaton Choral Society presents Classic and Cool

Seaton Choral Society is presenting a festival of Christmas Music in The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton on Sunday 9th December at 4pm. The music will include the Christmas section of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ plus the famous ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus in the first half and, after the interval, several modern jazzy carols and arrangements of well-known favourites such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’.  Accompanied by strings and piano, David Fouracre is the guest soloist and the whole is conducted by Les Baker. There will also be an opportunity to join in a couple of favourites, so all are invited to come and celebrate Christmas in a Classic and Cool style.  Doors open at 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £12 on the door and under 18s are free.

Storm Callum Fails to Stop Seaton’s 100th parkrun

Runners battle Storm Callum at the 100th parkrun

Last Saturday (13 October) saw the 100th Seaton parkrun. This free, weekly, timed 5k has been taking place on the seafront every Saturday since November 2016 and the occasional storm has provided the organisers with a few challenges over the months. None as difficult as Storm Callum last weekend which deposited a lot of the beach on West Walk on Friday and threatened to add to it during the gale force winds and high tide on Saturday morning. Undaunted the Seaton parkrun core team decided to reroute the run using just East Walk.

An amazing 176 hardy parkrunners turned up to run, jog or walk the new route and to celebrate the 100th Seaton parkrun. Battling the wind did not deter locals and visitors alike and we even welcomed 22 newcomers who hadn’t previously taken part here. Prizes were awarded to those with the most Seaton parkruns under their belts – The Churchill family, Rachel, Evelyn, Lila and Dean, who between them have chalked up 245 runs an average of more than 61 each; Julie Haines who took the prize for most runs by a woman with 67; John Mellodew and Martin Owen jointly completing 67 runs each; and under 11s Oliver Hawkins, 42 runs, and Cecelia Davies, 37, receiving the boy’s and girl’s prizes. Our most senior participant (from the comfort of a bench by the finish line) known fondly has “full English” Earnest received a prize for turning out to cheer whatever the weather.

Celebratory cake was kindly provided by Pebbles Cafe and Susi Sadler. Axe Valley Pedallers joined us to celebrate and to repeat their “Run like Froome”. A good time was had by all despite the blustery conditions.

Co-event directors Tony Smith and Carol Austin declared themselves to be as proud as punch at the fabulous turnout and the wonderful team of volunteers who make this event possible every Saturday.

If you would like to take part in parkrun please come down to the seafront any Saturday by 8:55am for a 9am start. Everyone is welcome. You can walk, jog or run and no one is last as there is always a tail walker in an orange tabard and clip-on tail! Under 11s are welcome but must take part with their parent or other responsible adult and may not run alone. More information can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton/