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Local News 27th September 2006

Leonard Chesire Ceebrates in Braunton

The Leonard Cheshire residential home at Westmead House in Braunton is celebrating 25 years of service to disabled people with a grand fete on Sunday.

"We want to celebrate by thanking the community and all the people who have been part of the home over the years. The best way to do that is to organise a fete and have some fun," said Sharon Luke, chairperson of the residents' committee.

The day will start with a buffet for staff, relatives, volunteers and dignitaries and will continue outside with a fete to include a dog show, the CARE band Honeytones and a wheelchair dance display. There will be stalls, face and mouth painting displays!

The fete will start from 2.30 p.m. with the release of 25 silver balloons.

Braunton Driver Triumphs

Braunton racing driver Jonathan Ridley-Holloway scored a spectacular triumph in the Britcar 24 hours endurance race at Silverstone, as part of a four man racing team.

With round-the-clock support from a five man TJH Motorsport pit crew, the drivers powered through the field to win their class with ease - 16 laps ahead of the nearest rival - and in seventh place overall among some of the event's top performance cars.

From 30th place on the grid, Jonathan's Honda Civic finished well ahead of the favourites and many professional drivers with touring car championship and formula one experience.

"We appreciated that this was going to be a test of endurance and character as well as skill," said Jonathan. "So we picked drivers who we knew had the right temperament and would look after the car."

Jonathan teamed up with his regular co-driver Simon Mason together with Gethin Jones and Ian Carvell.

Good driving and careful planning, to reduce the number of pit stops, helped the Honda to ease ahead of its rivals. Potential disaster struck when a drive shaft went in the later stages of the race. But the TJH pit team put in an heroic effort to put the Honda back on the track and back in contention.

Victory at Silverstone completes a second successful racing season for Jonathan. Last month he won with Simon Mason event at Donnington Park to become overall Class 3 winner in the season of races organised by the European Endurance Racing Club.


Stolen Car used for Raid?

Offenders are believed to have used a stolen car to ram a car park office building in Braunton.

The incident happened between 5.30pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday, causing more than £300 pounds worth of damage.

Police later received a report of a stolen vehicle and are not ruling out the possibility that it could have been used to cause the damage.

The car, a blue Renault Clio hatchback, was stolen from outside a garage in Chapel Street around the same time. The vehicle has yet to be recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.


Braunton School Development Underway

College on a new £2.6 million canteen and 300-square metre hall on the former Isaac's Yard site beside the school.

The construction work coincides with news of a £335,000 Football Foundation grant to build a flood-lit and all weather multi-use games area (MUGA) to serve both the school and community.

Both schemes are expected to be finished by October 2007, with work on the MUGA due to begin in the spring.

To top it all, Devon County Council has just provided funding to take a library, ICT and resource centre scheme up to the planning permission stage.

The building on the old canteen site will cost £800,000 and - provided the budget allows -construction should begin in the autumn of next year.

It is a huge boost for the school after years of making do with dated wooden buildings and a lack of space.

The different projects have come to fruition following six years of hard work by staff, principals past and present, plus school governors and the students.

"It's been a long time in coming and having the all-weather facilities on site will increase both what we can offer to young people and the whole community," said new Braunton principal David Sharratt, who joined the school at the start of this term.

"We have looked hard at the learning environment and that's been the focus of the past three or four years - I know my predecessors and business manager David Ludley have worked to tackle that."

The new £500,000 MUGA has also received £60,000 apiece from the county and district councils, £30,000 from the school, £5,000 from the PTA plus another £6,000 in local fundraising and £15,000 from local groups including the parish council and Keith Abraham Trust.

Assistant head David Butt said it would be a huge asset, to develop football for all, plus sports such as basketball, hockey and cricket.

"This will allow us to develop all our football teams - especially the girls - and provide excellent facilities for our local club and community," he said.


Safer North Devon on the web

A new web-site has been launched by Safer North Devon, providing information and guidance about crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues affecting the community safety of the area.

The website includes handy tips on crime prevention issues such as burglary, vehicle crime and personal safety. There is also a youth page that has been designed with contributions from young volunteers from Y-SMART (a drug and alcohol service for under 19s).

Safer North Devon is a partnership between North Devon and Torridge District Councils, which works towards reducing crime and the fear of crime. This partnership is made up of council officers and police, along with a number of other agencies who are all keen to improve the safety of North Devon and Torridge.

Clare Lemmy, Project Officer for Safer North Devon, says: "The website acts as a signpost to support, advice and information from other agencies.

"We are particularly pleased with our Youth Page because it incorporates ideas, stories and themes from young people. We would welcome the help of other youth groups - f you would like to get involved call Jessica Hall on 01271 341200 or email info@safernorthdevon.co.uk."

North Devon District Council's Lead Member for Access to Services, Councillor Sue Sewell, says: "North Devon and Torridge are amongst the safest places in the country to live, but the fear of crime still exists. This new website offers support and guidance to people who are either affected by crime, or the fear of crime."

The website is constantly under review, and will be updated with new information, publications and events. Log on to www.safernorthdevon.co.uk to find out more.

If you would like to know more, call 01271 341200, or write to Safer North Devon, Youings Drive, Barnstaple, EX31 1QL.


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