Yesterday saw the 3rd annual Pinces Wisteria Garden Party go ahead very successfully. There was fantastic weather for it and everyone enjoyed circus skills, Punch and Judy, cakes, drinks and not forgetting the amazing Pride of Pinces drama run by St Thomas Squilometre.
STCA ran a cake stall again and we raised £100 for further events and activities in St Thomas. Thank you everyone for your support!
Well done to Von Fryer and her team for organising another fantastic event. We are looking forward to next year already!
What a wonderful meeting we had this evening at Trefoil Lodge. It was great to see so many of you and hear about what you have been doing in St Thomas in your various groups over the last few weeks. I feel really happy to hear of all the inspirational, innovative things that are going on.
It was a real treat to hear Tony Lethbridge of the St Thomas Local History Group speak about the History of Cowick Street. Extra special thanks to him.
When the minutes of the meeting are available, they will be uploaded to this website here. A date for the next meeting will be published soon. In the mean time, please let us know about your thoughts and suggestions for the next meeting plus any items you would like to be added to the agenda. Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting where you can once again, choose your favourite from our extensive range of hot drinks on offer!
My role is paid for by various statutory organisations in Devon, in partnership together and it’s part time. The aims of my role are to stop people being isolated and where possible become more involved in their community and become less likely to visit the doctor due to illness.
I also work closely with St Thomas Community Association- supporting events and linking people of similar interest together. I also help any group who asks me to come and meet them in St Thomas area – they may need advice about an event or funding.
This also means I knock on people’s doors and briefly chat to them about what they’d like to see in their community. I respond to what they tell me and try to link them up with the appropriate people/organisations. I attend meetings and events as part of or to represent the community and most of all I try to encourage community-lead projects to happen in the area, plus when I hear of upcoming events I tell others – either via social media, posters or leaflets in specifically targeting those who I know will be interested. Events can be for any section of the community as there are over 7000 of us in St Thomas, young and old alike. Community is about all of us.
If you have any concerns or ideas please contact me.
It's been a while since I've had chance to write any posts. It's been a very busy year and now 2018 is upon us! The St Thomas Community Association Annual General Meeting was held last week and an almost entirely new committee was elected. Enormous thanks to Kathy Rufolo and her outgoing team - what a wonderful job they have done this last 3 years. They have left a great framework of resources for the new committee to continue the great work they have established in St Thomas and bring even more new ideas to St Thomas for 2018.
A meeting of the new committee has been set up and soon we will be able to release news of the dates of the 2018 St Thomas Festival and information of plans for activities throughout the year. In the mean time, please put Sunday 18th February 2018 in your diaries for our first full St Thomas Community Association Meeting to be held at 8pm in the St Thomas Methodist Church Lounge (accessed to the right of the building). Hope to see you there.
We are stunned to hear the news of the Manchester Attack last night and our thoughts are with all those affected, their friends and family. We have received a bulletin from Devon and Cornwall Police as follows:
I am sure you are all aware of the terror attack last night in Manchester.
This email is to offer reassurance to our communities, please could I ask you all to spread the message that Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to support our communities and we encourage any concerns or incidents to be reported at the earliest opportunity.
Below are all the ways to contact us.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost and injured and with emergency service colleagues who responded.
Diversity Office Devon and Cornwall Police
Bideford Police Station, New Road Bideford.
On Thursday last week, many local residents headed for their polling stations and cast their votes for their preferred candidate to represent them on Devon County Council and in some cases, Exeter City Council as well. The local winners are as follows:
Devon County Council
Alphington & Cowick - Yvonne Atkinson (Labour)
Exwick & St Thomas - Rob Hannaford (Labour)
Exeter City Council by election (following the death of Cllr Paul Bull)
St Thomas - Heather Morris (Labour)
St Thomas Community Association retains a strictly neutral political stance and works together with our local councillors to make a better St Thomas for everyone regardless of their party allegiance.
The fantastic STCA-Team are arranging a fundraising quiz to help raise money for the running of the St Thomas Festival. The St Thomas Festival is free to attend but the infrastructure required (facilities, security, insurance and structures) cost quite a bit of money. To keep it free, we are running lots of fun fundraising activities throughout the year. Come along to the quiz and have some fun playing along whilst raising some money for our lovely annual event.