KINGSBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Kingsbridge Town Council is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Read the full story here:  Tesco bags of community chose May & June 2017 

Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail

Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail – an oasis of calm amidst the hustle & bustle
Question: What do Bradford, San Francisco and (yes, you’ve guessed it) Kingsbridge have in common? They are the first communities in the world to introduce Tranquillity Trails.

Tranquillity Trails are walking routes that have been designed to allow space for residents and visitors alike to reflect and recover from the stresses of everyday life while receiving the benefits of healthy exercise. Professor Greg Watts, a noise scientist at the University of Bradford’s Centre for Sustainable Environments, in liaison with Kingsbridge Town Council, has created a circular trail which takes advantage of the “maximum tranquillity” that can be experienced within walking distance of Kingsbridge town centre….

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Click here to download the leaflet.

Kingsbridge Town Council ‘Trim Trail’

Kingsbridge Trim Trail exercise equipment consists of 14 robust pieces with 21 user stations in total and is simple to use, installed on all-weather surfaces and located to enable participants to walk or jog between different sites if they choose. The equipment aims to improve fitness, health and participation in physical activity and can be used by a range of ages and abilities. Trim Trails are situated in Duncombe Park, Quay House grounds and the Recreation Park, Kingsbridge.

The Official Trim Trail Guide can be purchased for £1.00 from Kingsbridge Information Centre, the reception office of Kingsbridge Town Council or Norton Brook Surgery, Kingsbridge or can be downloaded here.

Kingsbridge High Tide Table – May to December 2017

POTENTIAL FLOODING in Quay area: Bridge Street, Duke Street, The Promenade, Quay Lane, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street and Devon Square.

Information on dates and times of high spring tides can be found here:  KINGSBRIDGE HIGH TIDE TIMETABLE 2017

The Kingsbridge community is urged to prepare early and be aware of the dangers of flood water during high spring tides.  Should the tides combine with either heavy rainfall, high winds and/or low barometric pressure there is much potential for a tidal surge from the head of the estuary.
Local residents and businesses are advised to consider positioning sand bags at their properties throughout and move valuables and stock to upper floors. The Town Council has a stockpile of sandbags for you – please telephone 01548.853296 or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House which are open 9.30am to 1pm.
Pedestrians should avoid flood water at all times and be aware that it is very likely to bring raw sewage to the surface. Please plan your day ahead and make your shopping trips accordingly.
Motorists are strongly requested to make detours around the flooding e.g. school runs. Bridge Street, Mill Street and Ilbert Road are very likely to be closed during substantial flooding. Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety.
Finally please listen to weather reports on local television and Radio Devon to keep well informed as the weather situation can change rapidly. Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Hopefully the high tides will pass without any problems
– but it’s always wise to be prepared.

Kingsbridge Citizen Of The Year 2016

Phyliss Angliss is the winner of Kingsbridge Citizen of the Year 2016 sponsored by Kingsbridge Town Council. The award recognises the outstanding contribution of the work of people in the local community and this is the 13th year in which the competition has taken place.

Where do we start with Phyliss’ community endeavours? Well here goes….

During her earlier years Phyllis was engaged in various business activities including working for the BBC and was the chief technician in the Ophthalmic Department of City University, London. She has been an active participant in the Scientific Exploration Society and her varied contributions were recognised when she was made an Honorary Life Vice President along with other notable people such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes. In 1984 she moved to Devon and managed an Ophthalmic practice in Kingsbridge and her support of the area began.

For many years she has sat on the Inland Revenue Tax Commission as an unpaid member. Recently, she created local history by becoming the first female member of the Kingsbridge Rotary Club. Approximately 21 years ago she became involved with the South Hams Talking Newspaper for the Blind and partially sighted and for the last 14 years she has been its secretary and co-ordinator. This charity supports approximately 160 blind or partially sighted people in Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth and Ivybridge. She has set high standards in the recording of her work and her efforts have been gratefully acknowledged by the membership over the years. She maintains the rotas for the technicians and readers and supervises the multi-copying of tapes. She is in regular contact with her listeners and her concern for their welfare goes well beyond that of just being the co-ordinator with visits to the more vulnerable and makes representations on their behalf with statutory organisations when the need arises.

In addition to the Talking Newspaper, Phyliss also organises a weekly Talking Magazine completely on her own. She is assiduous in her research and produces a varied and most interesting magazine for the members, much of which is copied elsewhere by other Talking Newspaper organisations! This takes up a lot of her time each week – to do this week in, week out, requires absolute dedication, total commitment and huge reserves of energy. The Talking Newspaper is currently preparing to step-up to digitalised recording which she is embracing with her usual enthusiasm and knowledge. All of this and a red duffle coat too!