Crediton and Area covers:
Bow, Brushford, Chawleigh, Cheriton Bishop, Clannaborough, Coldridge, Colebrooke, Copplestone, Crediton, Crediton Hamlets (Yeoford), Down St Mary, Eggesford, Hittisleigh, Kennerleigh, Lapford, Morchard Bishop, Newton St Cyres, Nymet Rowland, Sandford, Shobrooke, Stockleigh English, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Upton Hellions, Wembworthy, Woolardisworthy and Zeal Monachorum.
Crediton Branch Meeting Schedule 2018
The Branch have planned an interesting and enlivening schedule of meetings for the first part of 2018 :
Recent Activities and Events
Wednesday 8th November
Members of the Crediton and Area Branch of Devon Senior Voice (DSV) were treated to some delicious sundried tomato pastry tart baked by Crediton’s Food Festival director, chef Tim Harris. Tim gave the group a presentation about the basics of good nutrition, with some specific points that were relevant to the over 50s. His friendly, interactive style encouraged contributions from the assembled DSV members, who were able to share many treasured food memories. Branch Chair, Carole Towler, thanked Tim for his excellent talk and invited him to stay for refreshments, when he was able distribute slices of his delicious tart.
Next month the group is hosting a Christmas-themed meeting with local group Mellow D providing the musical accompaniment to the serving of warm mince pies and (non-alcoholic) punch. Over 50s are welcome and entrance is free, but donations towards room hire and refreshments would be appreciated. For more information about DSV, call Chair, Carole Towler on 01392 851600
Wednesday 11th October
Members of the Crediton and Area Branch of Devon Senior Voice (DSV) watched a display of ‘Yogabalates’ by Christina Jackson for their September meeting at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre. Christina, who is also a swimming teacher, explained that ‘Yogabalates’ is a combination of yoga, pilates and balance exercises. These are especially useful for the over 50s, who need to stay as supple as possible as well as avoid falls by practising balancing exercises. Group member, Paula Kovacs, offered to demonstrate standing on one leg , with Christina standing close by should she need some assistance. Chair, Carole Towler thanks Christina for her demonstration and invited her to stay for refreshments. There followed the monthly committee meeting in during which apologies were given for the absence of Treasurer, Ron Cuthbertson, who had been admitted to the RD&E with pneumonia following a broken rib which he acquired whilst on holiday in Barcelona. Warm wishes were sent by all for his speedy recovery. The next meeting, November 8th 2pm – 4pm will have Chef Tim Harris talking about good nutrition for the over 50s. All are welcome and entrance is free, but donations towards room hire and refreshments would be appreciated. For more information about DSV, call Chair, Carole Towler on 01392 851600.
Wednesday 12th July
Talk by Penny Scoynes about Westbank
Penny Scoynes, the Volunteer and Activity coordinator for the Westbank Healthy Neighbourhoods project in Exminster, gave a presentation to members of the Crediton and Area Branch of Devon Senior Voice (DSV). Westbank itself is based in Exminster and has grown from a League of Friends operating from GP’s surgery in Exminster and Starcross, to an organisation covering a large area of Devon. The Healthy Neighbourhoods project is funded by the Big Lottery, and is working in partnership with various local organisations, including Drink Wise/Age Well and Active Devon, as well as volunteers, to help communities become healthier and more resilient. Westbank offers a broad spectrum of community based support, from exercise groups for young mothers i.e. pushchair and pram walks to facilitating information sessions such as Live Wise and Age Well. Through discussion with the DSV group, it was identified that bespoke exercise groups for the elderly to increase mobility and confidence would be beneficial as well as exercise sessions for the over 50s to help prevent stiff joints and balance issues. It is hoped that, in the near future, talks will take place with a variety of interested groups and organisations to secure funding and a venue and trained facilitator for sessions in Crediton can be found. DSV Chair, Carole Towler, thanked her warmly and invited her to stay for refreshments. There followed the monthly committee meeting. Our next meeting will be at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, on August 9th from 2pm – 4pm. The speaker will be Ron Cuthbertson, who will be giving a talk about his childhood memories. For more information call Carole Towler on 01392 851600.
Wednesday 14th June
Seated exercises for the over 50’s with Judith King
Members of the Crediton and Area Branch of Devon Senior Voice (DSV) enjoyed seated exercises for the over 50s at their June meeting. The session was lead by former dancer and performer, Judith King, who facilitates similar sessions in Exwick, Exminster and Exeter. DSV members not only enjoyed the movements, but were thrilled with the choice of music Mrs King used – a great selection of jazz, rock, folk and more. Very enjoyable. For other groups interested in inviting her to their meeting, she can be contacted on 01392 271576. Chair, Carole Towler, thanked her warmly and invited her to stay for refreshments. There followed the annual AGM in which all current committee members agreed to stand again and the Crediton Hospital league of Friends were warmly thanked for their generous donation to the Crediton and Area branch to enable them to keep operating for another year (with a focus on health and well-being for the over 50s). A new Treasurer for the group is still being sought. The temporary treasurer, Paula Kovacs, reminded the group that her three months was up in July. If you feel you have the skills and interest to take on this role, please contact Ron Cuthbertson on 01363 775502. DSV’s next meeting will be at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, on July 12th from 2pm – 4pm. The speaker will be Penny Scoynes of Westbank in Exeter, who will be giving a presentation about community health and well-being. For more information about DSV call Carole Towler on 01392 851600.
Wednesday 10th May
A talk by Carole Towler: Reflexology for Health and Well-being
For their May meeting, the Crediton branch of Devon Senior Voice, was given an interesting talk by Chair, Carole Towler about ‘Reflexology for health and wellbeing’. Towards the end of her talk, members asked some questions and Carole was able to share some basic techniques and also give some historical background to the therapy. Carole was thanked warmly for her talk, and there followed light refreshments, after which the committee met for its monthly meeting. The AGM will, hopefully, be held in July and Ron Cuthbertson, former Treasurer, explained about the nomination and voting forms. Paula Kovacs has agreed to act as a temporary Treasurer for a maximum of three months whilst committee members seek a new permanent one. If you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm and would like to be involved as Treasurer in this campaigning group for the over 50s, please contact Carole Towler on 01392 852600. The next meeting will be at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre at 2pm – 4pm, Wednesday June 14th. The speaker will be Mrs Judith King facilitating a session of ‘Seated exercise for the over 50s’. All welcome – donations invited towards refreshments and room hire.
Wednesday 12th April
A talk by Mary Collins: Memories of a childhood in Kent
For their April meeting, the Crediton branch of Devon Senior Voice, was entertained by committee member, Mary Collins, who reminisced about her childhood memories of living in Kent during the second world war. Being the first county located on the far east of the country, the residents of Kent were always the first British residents to see and hear the German bombers flying overhead as they flew towards London. Mary’s talk was not only fascinating, especially to those of us born after the war, but also a real memory jogger for members who were children or adolescents in the 1930s.Chair, Carole Towler, thanked Mary for her talk and there followed light refreshments, after which the committee met for its monthly meeting. The AGM had to be postponed as the group’s future has been uncertain, due to financial reasons. We are still looking for a new Treasurer, so if you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm and would like to be involved in this campaigning group for the over 50s, please contact Carole Towler on 01392 852600. The next meeting will, as usual, be at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre at 2pm – 4pm, Wednesday May 10th. The speaker will be Chair, Carole Towler talking about ‘Reflexology for health and well-being’. All welcome – donations invited towards refreshments and room hire.
Wednesday 8th March
Video of a Ted Talk by Professor Alison Pollok: ‘The real reason the NHS is struggling’.
For the March meeting, Ron Cuthbertson kindly agreed to stand in for our scheduled speaker, who sadly, had to attend a funeral. He brought along a video from the Exeter TED talks, with Professor Alison Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research & Policy, Queen Mary’s University, London, entitled ‘The Privatisation of the NHS’. This eighteen minute talk can be found here. It is a very authoritative, well researched, and deeply worrying insight into the way our NHS is being dismantled to make way for privatisation. DSV members, many of whom had been involved with the campaign to keep the beds at Crediton Hospital , engaged in animated discussion following this short film. Chair, Carole Towler, thanked Ron for stepping in at the last minute. There followed refreshments, after which the committee met for its monthly meeting, at which arrangements were made for the AGM next month and some good news was announced about the future funding of the group. We are still looking for a new Treasurer, so if you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm and would like to be involved in this campaigning group for the over 50s, please contact Carole Towler on 01392 852600. The next meeting will be the AGM and takes place at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre at 2pm, Wednesday April 12th. The speaker will be Mary Collins talking about her ‘Memories of a wartime childhood in Kent.’ All welcome – donations invited towards refreshments and room hire.
Wednesday 8th February
Talk by Cyril Chudley about the Crediton Digital Photography Group
For their February meeting, the Crediton and area branch of Devon Senior voice welcomed one of their members, Cyril Chudley, to speak about The Kirton Photography Group (KPG) – formerly known as The Crediton Digital Photography Group. Cyril gave a brief history of photography, illustrated with a small box camera, old style film on a roll and then a modern digital camera with a memory card. As well as talking about KPG, -which is always open to new members – he displayed a selection of enlarged, mounted photographs that he had taken, and which he was kindly donating 15% of the sale price to our local branch of Devon Senior Voice. Chair, Carole Towler, thanked Cyril warmly for his interesting talk. There followed refreshments, after which the committee met for its monthly meeting. This included a lively discussion about Mid Devon District Council’s need to reconsider their policy around assisted recycling collections, in order to address the needs of the towns elderly residents. The next meeting with be held at 2pm on Wednesday March 8th, at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, and the speaker will be Cllr Judi Binks talking about the Napoleonic Wars. All welcome and entry is free, with an invitation to make a voluntary donation towards room hire and refreshments. For further information call 01363 775502
Wednesday 11th January
Talk by Dr Paul Cleave researcher at the University of Exeter
Dr Paul Cleave, a researcher at the University of Exeter, joined the Crediton and Area branch of Devon Senior Voice to give the first talk of the New Year. Dr Cleave,who lives in Crediton, is known locally for his involvement in Sustainable Crediton’s food group and also for the seasonal recipes he regularly submits to The Courier. His academic interest is not only in researching the history of food, but also, supported by Professor Gareth Shaw, ‘Active Ageing and Wellbeing’ – specifically, the evolving history of tourism and leisure post- retirement. His work in the UK is part of a joint piece of European research, shared by Poland,Portugal, Belgium and Malta. DSV Chair, Carole Towler, thanked Paul for his interesting insight into this topic, and invited the group to break for refreshments prior to the monthly committee meeting . The next meeting with be held at 2pm on Wednesday February 8th, at the Meadow Suite, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, and the speaker will be Cyril Chudley talking about the Crediton Digital Photography Group. All welcome and entry is free, with a invitation to make a voluntary donation towards room hire and refreshments. For further information call 01363 775502