Too early to start thinking about Christmas? – Community Matters

Well, what can I say? It has been a whirlwind for the first three months in my new Torre and Upton Community Builder role.
I have been amazed at just how much is going on in the area and how lovely and engaging the residents, businesses and organisations have all been.

There are a lot of projects that we are keen to get off the ground, as residents and businesses have raised as their priority focus; great to look forward to over the coming months:

The Memorial (Jubilee) Gardens is a key focus to bring that beautiful park back into use for the wider community. We hope to provide an edible/sensory area and lockable gates to reduce noise pollution and access at night.
The alley off East Street – a Mural to depict some history of the area plus lighting.

The Community Magazine – quarterly – to include updates and events/groups.
Christmas lights are a hot topic. The plan is to bring a lovely Christmas Tree switch on fayre, with some singing, hot drinks, snacks and maybe a few handmade Christmas gift ideas for presents.

I know, I know, why talk about Christmas in July, BUT it will be here before we know it.

Other events we have outlined that are quite historical: An Open Day at St Michael’s Chapel in September in line with Heritage Week – this space has not been open to the public for more than 50 years, so a very special event. Another Open Day at St Andrews Church in October will be a special day with service and tour of the grounds and church itself.

Not to mention all the lovely groups in this area – adventure lunch club/ coffee and chat/ table tennis /games club/ book club / Christian chat. Plus, many wonderful clubs/groups at our local churches – Together Church, St Mary Mags, Upton Vale Baptist Church, All Saints Church and Endeavour House also hold events and groups.

All the details for these can be found on their websites, however, if you would like to talk with me first before going then please do get in touch.

There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities for the above, so please let me know if you are interested in supporting any of them. Plus if you are online you could take a look at Torbay Timebank where you will find other things going on across the Bay, and a chance to gain credits for helping.

It’s a great resource along with Torbay Together which can all be found on Devon Connect.

We are always looking for people to help us do what we do, looking for people who are natural connectors who know everything that is happening and are always there for a friendly chat, or want to get involved with volunteering, so if you feel this is you, please contact me.

I would love to hear from you on 07977 187138 or email [email protected].

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