By Leah Whitcher, Community Builder for Torre & Upton

Hello again. We’ve been pretty spoiled for sunshine in Torbay over the summer, haven’t we? And the sea has been beautifully warm – for England anyway!

After chaotic scenes from the airports all over the news, I’ve never been more thankful to live somewhere where so many people would love to be on holiday.

After a tricky couple of years, Torbay has so much to be thankful for, including all kinds of brave new entrepreneurs opening fantastic new food venues across the Bay.

As far as exceptional food goes, we have some of the best places to eat in the country, from beach shacks to Michelin-star restaurants.

Thank goodness for access to all the lovely walks, sporting activities and wild swimming! Did you know that supporting independent local businesses keeps your money flowing around our local economy rather than being sucked out into nameless offshore accounts? More money staying in the local economy means more employment opportunities for people as well as improving our three towns.

The Platinum Jubilee is behind us but it was great to see people enjoying some of the parties around Torre and Upton. Upton Social Club put on a great street party with games, entertainment and food and they’ll be holding their annual bank holiday street party on Sunday, August 28, from 2pm until late.

Residents from around Torquay also had a lovely trip to Seaton in July on a packed Torbay Community Development Trust Community Bus. I confess, cream teas and ice creams were involved as was a trip for some on the lovely old Seaton Tramway.

You can find out more about these types of activities and things going on in your part of Torbay at Torbay Community Development Trust’s very last Ageing Well Festival on Saturday, September 17, from 10am to 5pm at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

It’s going to be so exciting to pass on the legacy of the community’s hard work to all of you as the trust begins its new chapter. You are what makes Torbay thrive. We community builders are simply here to help you get your ideas for improving your neighbourhoods, off the ground.

Don’t be shy – get in touch! Email me at [email protected]