By Jennie Langridge & Amanda Lynn, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe


As we are now in autumn, we start to see the lovely colours that autumn brings us. While we are mindful that winter is approaching and we start to feel the colder weather, we have to pull together.

Warm Spaces are coming to your community. We know that people are going to struggle this winter, so community builders across the Bay are busily collecting information on Warm Spaces that will be published soon.

This will be a place to come and sit and be warm enabling you to save money on your energy bills. These will be spaces with a warm welcome and perhaps a lovely cup of tea or coffee. Look out for information in your local community or in the future issues of The Torbay Weekly.

Something special is coming to St Marychurch – the fabulous St Marychurch Yarn Fairies strike again. Look out at the beginning of November for some fantastic creations that will adorn the St Marychurch Churchyard, all in aid of a spectacular display. They have been busy preparing this for some months and it will be wonderful to see their creations coming together for Armistice Day on November 11.

Also, in St Marychurch, the telephone box outside Abbey School is soon to be transformed into a wellbeing hub by Babbacombe Bay Bloomers and Felicity Morris, a local community member, to see the old phone box used for something positive in the community. We secured funding from the community pot to give to Babbacombe Bay Bloomers, who then adopted the phone box from Community Heartbeat. It will be transformed with plants, leaflets racks with mental health leaflets and a seed swap.

We are here if you need anything and want to be more involved in your community. We are always looking out for Good Neighbours to help those in need in their local area/street and volunteers to help befriending and visiting, especially as we approach winter.

Please contact us – Amanda Lynn on 07548 704 792 / [email protected] or Jennie Langridge on 07469 660 888 / [email protected] – if interested or call the Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446022. The helpline hours are now Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm and Saturday, 11.30am to 12.30pm