OYEZ: New Town Crier Wanted for Seaton

Applications are open for a new town crier in Seaton. Following the retirement of the former crier in 2017, Seaton Town Council is looking for volunteers to take on this noisy and celebrated role.

Seaton Councillor Ken Beer explains, “Seaton’s town crier is an important and traditional role and we are keen to appoint a new crier as soon as possible. Our town holds many events throughout the year and a town crier adds ceremony and history to those as well as being a great attraction for tourists. A town crier can be any age or gender – as long as they have a loud voice, a sense of fun and a love of Seaton we would like to hear from them.”

Former Seaton Town Crier, David Craner, attended events and spread the word across the town for over six years, enjoying the voluntary role until his recent retirement. He says, “A town crier gets to meet a variety of people and be part of a community. In Seaton, holiday makers from all over the world have their photo taken with me – some of them have never seen a town crier before. It is a such an enjoyable way to represent the town.”

The Seaton Town Crier has the honour of starting the renowned annual Grizzly run setting the 2,500 runners off on the 20-mile race from Seaton seafront as well as attending up to 40 events a year including meeting residents, opening new shops and entertaining visitors at the town’s summer events. The volunteer also wears a specially made Seaton Town Crier outfit, covered in badges about the town, as part of the role.

David Craner says, “Anyone wanting to volunteer for the role should just go for it. I am happy to help with advice or take them out for a practice to make a bit of noise. If you are a forward-thinking, friendly person who loves Seaton, this is the role for you!”

Whilst this is a voluntary role, expenses are paid.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the role of Seaton Town Crier should send their CV into the Town Clerk at Seaton Town Council on townclerk@seaton.gov.uk or call 01297 21388.

World Wetlands Day – James Chubb Q&A

In respect of World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2019 we’ve spoken to James Chubb Countryside Team Leader at East Devon District Council about the fabulous Seaton Wetlands and all that it has to offer…

 What is your role on a day to day basis?

The role of Nature Reserve Manager alters massively from day to day; its my responsibility to ensure the site is safe and welcoming for human and animal visitors! Adjusting water levels to seasonally flood areas or dry them out, looking after livestock, and monitoring wild species are all part of the daily task list.

  1. What is Seaton Wetlands?

Seaton Wetlands is an area of saltmarsh and freshwater grazing marsh on the western bank of the Axe estuary near the town of Seaton.

  1. Why are the Wetlands important?

The wetlands are important breeding grounds for many rare animals, most notably birds, but mammals too. The mosaic of lagoons, ponds, reedbed grassland and traditionally-managed hedgerows are alive with biodiversity and bring wildlife and people together for the ultimate wild experience.

  1. What can you expect to see if you visit the Wetlands? What is the standout wildlife that you have seen there?

We’ve recently reintroduced water voles, so they  should be a prominent mammal to look out for in the summer months; otters are very active this winter so will possibly breed in the nature reserve this summer, the hedgerows are home to endangered dormice and harvest mice are found in the scruffy grass margins. Our rarest mammal is probably the grey long eared bat – only a handful of sites in the UK are known to have this amazing little animal! In bird terms the site is an important breeding area for shelduck, barn owls and kestrels breed in the valley and feed on the reserve and oystercatcher breed on the islands of Black Hole Marsh todal lagoon.

  1. Are there any guided walks and talks that take place? What do these involve?   

We have regular Meet the Birds mornings, where an experienced guide is in the hide to help visitors identify what they are looking at. We have a really busy events programme which runs throughout the year and includes canoe safaris and night time bat walks, all can be found at wildeastdevon.com

  1. When is the best time of year to visit the Wetlands?

ANY TIME! There’s something to see in any month and each month is slightly different to the next!

  1. Do you encourage families with children to visit the Wetlands? Are there things for children to do/ learn?

Yes, the site is really popular with families as there are no vehicles and no dogs so it is really safe and secure. The cyclepath runs through the site and is a great place for little people to learn to ride bikes, its not all about the wildlife.

  1. How can people get involved to help protect and conserve the Wetlands?

We have a regular group of volunteers who grapple with practical tasks ever Tuesday, we’ve always keen to encourage more people to join in. Our Discovery Hut is open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday and is staffed by a loyal volunteer workforce. They extend a warm welcome to visitors, point out the daily interests, make refreshements and introduce people to our resident ‘pet’ harvest mice and estuary fish tank. Local companies donate staff time to help with conservation tasks too.

  1. How many Wetlands are in Devon?

Devon is rich in wetlands with all of the major river estuaries in the County having intertidal wetland features. However Seaton Wetlands is the largest purpose-built site for visitors and wildlife, and so I am honour bound to recommend people come here!

Seaton Wetlands has been nominated in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category!

To vote for our fantastic nature reserve, click the following link:

https://countryfile.awardsplatform.com/entry/vote/XmyNDrpZ/ajwarKWP?search=9c97739b7ef12c67-4

The voting deadline is 17th February at 23:59pm.

New Seaton Mayor Appointed

Cllr Ken Beer has been appointed as Seaton’s new mayor. Cllr Beer was elected to the role with Cllr. Jack Rowland elected as deputy mayor.

The election took place following the resignation of the previous mayor, Cllr Peter Burrows earlier this month. Cllr Beer has been a town councillor since 2011.

Cllr Beer said: “As a councillor I am passionate about Seaton and all we have to offer as a thriving coastal town. Having been lucky enough to call this town home for the past 11 years, it is an honour and a privilege to be elected as mayor. I am looking forward to working with my fellow councillors to continue to drive forward the positive development of our wonderful town.”

Cllr Beer has been an active member on the Planning, Finance, Communities and Personnel Committees and will be working closely with his fellow councilors to continue to support the town.

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