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FREE places on Outward Bound courses

VOYC Devon has been asked by the Sir Francis Chichester Trust Manager to circulate this fantastic opportunity.  If you would like to contact the Trust Manager directly, please email Juliet White

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust is once again offering FREE places on Outward Bound courses to young people who live in Devon and who are aged 16-22 (at the time of the course, which will be July/August 2022) and to ask that you give some thought as to whether any of the young people that you are working with might benefit and if so help and encourage them to apply.

The courses are designed to help participants make an effective transition into sixth form, further education or work and is a chance to have a life-shaping adventure with people from all over the world, to know what they are truly capable of achieving and to stand out in a crowded market place.  The courses are held at the Outward Bound centres in the Lake District, Wales and Scotland.

The aim of these courses is to allow young people to challenge themselves, demonstrate progress through 1:1 action planning focused on personal development, work outside of their normal friendship group and leave with a breadth of experience that will enrich personal statements and set them aside from other young people.   The main benefits for the young people are seen in greatly improved self-confidence and team working abilities, together with raised aspirations.

The Trust looks for candidates that wouldn’t normally have a chance to undertake anything of this nature and will be able to enjoy and benefit from the experience.  Please note that we cannot support any young people that, at the time of their course, are subject to a youth offending order and also that if a young person has been supported by the Trust previously they are unlikely to be funded for a further course.

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust will meet the full course fee (up to £1900/person) for successful applicants and ask that they are responsible for their own transport to/from the Outward Bound centre of their choice.  However, if transport costs are prohibitive then we will look at additional support if possible.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 February 2022 with interviews for those shortlisted being held 10 and 11 March 2022 in Exeter and young people applying must be available on one or other of these dates. An application form can be downloaded from the Trust Website and further details / video clip about the course is also available.  You can also download the Trust’s Newsletter from the website and this has some feedback from young people who attended a course in 2021 and were supported by the Sir Francis Chichester Trust.

Here’s a short video to give you a taster of what an Outward Bound course is all about!


CAG Devon SkillShare – Creating our Future Story

Hot on the heels of COP26, CAG Devon’s online SkillShare (Sat 13 November 10am-1pm) explores themes of imagination and storytelling to win hearts and minds for climate action.  You’ll be inspired and excited to hear from Rob Hopkins (founder of Transition Network, author of “From what is to what if”) about the power of imagination to create change in communities; James Ellwood from FotoNow CIC, which specialises in visual storytelling to stimulate change from the grassroots up; Crowdfunder – which uses storytelling to win hearts, minds and money; and Sustainable Tiverton, whose recent storytelling secured them funding and wider support for their eco-hub.  You can pose your questions at the Q&A Panel discussion, and enjoy networking and exploring the themes from the speakers in workshops/breakout rooms.  All in three hours from the comfort of your own home!  All details/booking at:

Launch of the Neighbourhood Plan Review

The Parish Council has commissioned a review of the policies in the current Neighbourhood Plan, to ensure the Plan will continue to be relevant over the years ahead and influence local land use planning decisions in the best interests of the Parish and its inhabitants. We are asking everybody in the Parish about the type and scale of development that is appropriate for our rural area.

We’re also asking local landowners to put forward sites for consideration for development.

See the Neighbourhood Plan page for more details, and please have your say by completing our Community Questionnaire.

Clyst Bridge Footpath Access Temporary Closure – Footpaths 10 & 11 Sowton

The Parish Council has received notification from the Public Rights of Way (PROW) Office, Devon County Council, of the temporary closure of the two access points on the historic Clyst Bridge for safety reasons. It is necessary for PROW to consult with Historic England regarding suitable access solutions because the bridge is classed as an ancient monument, and it will therefore take a little time to resolve. Please accept our apologies for this situation and don’t hesitate to advise the Parish Council by emailing the Clerk ( if this is proving inconvenient.

Sowton Footpaths 10 and 11 – 6 month Notice »

Closure Plan »

Scam calls with matching numbers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” in order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.

Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

What you need to do:

Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.

Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.

Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website:

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit and and follow @DC_CyberProtect on Twitter.

Don’t Lose Your Way!

We’ve searched all of England and Wales and found over 49,000 miles of paths that could be lost forever, unless we come together to save them. 

To find out more and how you can help

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”
Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details (for an admin fee)

Your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119

More information can be found on the website;

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates:

Dog Fouling

Can we please remind everyone that dogs are not permitted on the Parish playing field. This is for the use of the community and school children.