Vaccination centre volunteers with Volunteer Coordinator Matt Dart at the Music on the Meadows.

Vaccination centre volunteers with Volunteer Coordinator Matt Dart at the Music on the Meadows.

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


What a lovely month June has been, the weather has been kind and we have seen some splendid Jubilee events at the beginning of the month.

The wonderful work of the Yarnbombers’ fairies in St Marychurch was just fabulous. All enjoyed the cream tea at Coronation Park with the Rotary and All Saints’ Church and brought the community together.

Following on from lovely community events for the first time since 2019 and guaranteed for fun for the whole family is St Marychurch Scarecrow Festival from August 5 to August 13. If you would like more information, visit Fiesta Red and see Abbi and Sally.

Look out for the transformation of the phone box in St Marychurch, outside Abbey School, which Jo Sharlott has adopted for Babbacombe Bay Bloomers. It will be a wellbeing hub with flowers, seed swap and a community board with wellbeing leaflets. We have supported this with a £300 community fund.

The last and final Ageing Well Festival will be held at the English Riviera International Conference Centre on Saturday, September 17, from 10am to 5pm. It’s back, it’s bigger and better than ever, and all are welcome.

Not forgetting our current groups:

COFFEE MORNING With activities at Cary Park Tennis club on the first Thursday of the month, 10.30am to midday
FUN GET-TOGETHER With gentle quiz at All Saints’ Church hall on the third Wednesday of the month, 11am to 1pm
BEREAVEMENT AND FRIENDSHIP GROUP At Furrough Cross Church ont he fourth Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm
COMMUNITY CARVERY LUNCH At The Royal Hotel on the second Monday of the month at 12.30pm – pre-book essential with Chrissie 01803 329112 or Dana 01803 714956
VETERANS AND FAMILY LUNCH CLUB At The Anchorage Hotel on the first Friday of the month at midday. We are still in need of volunteers to visit people in the home in our area. We have some older people who have lost mobility due to the pandemic and would love to have someone come and have a chat and coffee to break up their day.

Some of our volunteers from the vaccination centre met up at Music at Meadows with Matt Dart, our fabulous volunteer coordinator. This is so heart-warming to see such wonderful friendships made. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and help.

Contact Amanda at [email protected] or on 07548 704 792 and Jennie at [email protected] and 07469 660 888