Lots of cosplayers joined in the festivities at Cockington Christmas Fayre in 2022

Lots of cosplayers joined in the festivities at Cockington Christmas Fayre in 2022

By Joey Damiral, Community Builder for Cockington, Chelston & Livermead


2023 is officially underway! We are just a couple of weeks into the new year and at this stage I tend to get planning different outings and adventures for the year ahead. I like having things in the calendar to look forward to, even if they are a fair few months away. I find this really helps, after experiencing the highs of the Christmas period and then suddenly dipping into the tougher months of January, February and March.

Last year, for example, I made plans for my family to go to Legoland and we had a great time! This year I am looking at investing in a paddleboard, so that I can get down the beaches in Torbay with my family and make the most of the sea. I am looking forward to being out in the community this year and supporting as best I can. I will be working closely with the Chelston Workshops to help them develop a plan for the future. If you are a retired tradesman, looking for a space to be creative, then it would be great to hear from you.

The R&V Café in Livermead have recently achieved CIC status, making them a community space, which will be offering a range of cool activities for local people. I strongly recommend dropping by to check out their new look. They are also providing a space for local artists to showcase work. Exciting things to come from the café this year.

I held a Torbay Lego Masters event at Cockington on 3rd December, with the support of my colleagues from the Torbay Community Development Trust. Featuring 26 Characters, The Battlezone Gaming van and a colossal amount of Lego. This was such a magical day, which ran alongside the Cockington Christmas Fayre and the Santa carriage rides.

I will be looking to arrange some more big events in the new year around Lego, with there being such a high demand for these. If anyone has any Lego to donate or would like to volunteer as a Lego leader, then please do contact me on 07754609494 or [email protected].