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Seatbelts still one of the Fatal Four Despite the fact that it is now over 30 years since wearing seatbelts in the front seats of vehicles was made compulsory (1983), and 23 years since it became law for rear seat passengers to belt up, failing to wear a seatbelt is still one of the primary contributors to sustaining injury in a collision.

Of the “Fatal Four” main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s roads, failure to wear a seatbelt is the third most significant. The others are excessive or inappropriate speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driver distraction.

From 8-14 September the EU-wide road policing network (TISPOL) will be conducting a coordinated seatbelt enforcement initiative, in which Devon and Cornwall Police will be taking part. Devon and Cornwall Police will be gathering data and information which will be shared with TISPOL member police forces with the aim of improving road safety across the continent. Officers will also be carrying out local checks and other initiatives across the region throughout September.

Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Unit Inspector, said: “Seatbelts save lives. There is no excuse for not wearing one. Research has demonstrated the unquestioned benefits of wearing a seatbelt if you are involved in a collision. “It is important that not only the driver but every passenger in a vehicle uses a seat belt when and where required.”

When you are caught driving or as a passenger without a seatbelt on, you can receive a fixed fine of £100 or possibly be referred to an educative course. If prosecuted in Court, the maximum fine is £5,000.

Inspector Pryce continued: “Research shows higher levels of offending amongst young adults who travel as passengers in cars and fail to wear seat belts. Over recent years many peoples’ lives across the region may have been saved or serious injuries prevented if they had been correctly restrained in a vehicle when it was involved in a road traffic collision.”

Inspector Pryce’s comments are echoed by TISPOL President Koen Ricour who said: “Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task; it’s also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers in every European country. Yet there are still drivers and passengers who for whatever reason do not use a seatbelt. “We urge drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers, by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt on every road journey.”

You will find more information about seatbelts, including government legislation and guidelines, on the Devon and Cornwall Police website at


During the Winter months we meet on Monday nights from 7.15-9.15pm for club nights which include roll-up/practices and internal club competitions. We have also introduced a regular Wednesday afternoon session from 2-4pm from October-March and these sessions are ideal for anyone interested in joining our club as these sessions are meant for less competitive members where we can enjoy a relaxing game of bowls with tea/biscuits and a chat.
This has proved very popular with some of our regular members who might not want to journey out on the cold winter nights but are looking for something to do in an afternoon. We have also been able to attract 5 new members last year and would welcome more members.
During the Summer months there will be some Monday evening practice nights from 7.15-8.15pm if anyone is interested.
Contact details are TEL 01409 281110 or email: if anyone wants more info.


The current Parish Plan dates back to 2005 and needs to be revisited. A parish plan is a document created by local residents which sets out how local residents want to see their neighbourhood develop, and outlines how this could be achieved in an action plan. This action plan would then be adopted by Shebbear Parish Council. There are no hard and fast rules of what should be included in the plan but such topics as housing, recreation, transport, employment, education etc. would typically be addressed.
I have been asked by the Parish Council to see if we can get this project off the ground and would therefore be interested in hearing from all those who would be willing to make an active contribution. There is a great deal of work to be done, e.g. research will need to be carried out on all the various topics to be included in the Plan; the views of local residents and societies will need to be canvassed and discussions held with local government authorities and other service providers.
One way forward would be to establish a small working group to oversee and co-ordinate the various activities needed to bring the plan together but this can be agreed at a later date. If you are interested in being involved, please contact me as I hope to get things started at the end of June.
If you wish to participate in the project, please email me at or phone me on 281216 Kate Dymond


Since the controversial decision to withdraw the post office franchise from Shebbear, Keith and Anne at South View Stores have tried to maintain a parcel service for the community. The service provided by the shop is under utilised and may be withdrawn as a result. If it is to continue, we need to make greater use of this facility.

More details at South View Stores or at Collect+


After 24 years at Blake House Surgery the hour of retirement has arrived and it is with a lot of joy and some sadness I am writing to let you know of my retirement.

However I will continue to work at Blake House Surgery on a part time basis and be available for appointments 2 days of the week, Tuesday and Thursday.

I leave the Practice in the safe and capable hands of Dr Alan Howlett. Most of you will be familiar with him as he and his trusty dog Pip, have been at the practice for 5 years.

Dr Howlett will continue to provide friendly professional healthcare which combines the traditional values of general practice with evidence based modern medicine
Dr Asad Al-Doori


The new Autumn Term dates for Yoga are Thursday 11th September – Thursday 4th December. Half term Thursday 30th October. This is a 12 week course you can pay £60.00 for the full course or 2 X £30.00 for each half.

Contact details are Di Sluggett 01409 281637 or 07790988420 or email

Film Night

Saturday 27th September

Doors open 7pm Film starts 7-30 prompt
Usual raffle
entrance £2-50 [kids 50p]
Refreshments provided by the Youth Club

Contact Barry 281233



The class of 2014 at Shebbear College are celebrating the publication of their A Level results. Amongst the many delighted faces on results day were Will Collins whose five A Levels (2A*s, 2As and a B) secured his place at King's College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences, Head Girl Ellen Chamberlain who scored an A* and 2As and will be studying Economics at Bath, and Saskia Weale whose A* and 2As means she can now study History at the University of Warwick.


Emily Neal and Will Collins

Over 80% of Shebbear's Upper Sixth will go on to university this year. Harry Chibbett (Economics), Josephine Richards (Biomedical Science), and Emma Dixon (Anthropology) are all going to the University of Birmingham - the Sunday Times 'University of the Year'. Meg Furse (English) is going to Cardiff, Catherine Kotarski (History and Philosophy) to Leeds, Will Hill (History and Philosophy) to Southampton, and Emily Neal (Ancient History) to King's College, London, having also been offered a choral scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Chloe Aveyard and Juliette Joubert are both following their dreams of getting into the fashion industry by securing prestigious places at the London College of Fashion and ESMOD, in Paris, respectively. Other destinations for students include Keele, Brunel, UWIC, Sussex, Southampton Solent, Marjons, Plymouth, and Aberystwyth.

Some students have decided to enter the workplace or take a gap year before heading off to college. A good example of this are Hayley Prouse and Joe Furber who both joined Shebbear Sixth Form from Holsworthy Community School and both achieved an A*, A and B at A Level! Hayley has taken up an internship with an accountancy firm whilst Joe is aiming to develop his culinary skills for a year before studying English at Sussex. Others have chosen more vocational routes - Charlotte Harper is learning to be a Primary School Teacher at Plymouth and Fran Traxton will be training as a Sports Therapist at Marjons. Jess Lambert, Head of Ruddle House is joining the Army whilst Rupert Burnard is off to university in Canada. He may well be followed to overseas universities by some of Shebbear's International boarders who now have the option of studying higher education in a number of countries and will finalise their decisions in the coming weeks.

Headmaster Simon Weale said 'I am delighted with the range of destinations that our students will move on to. The students have thought carefully about their choices and set their sights high. Although we are in a very quiet part of North Devon we aim to educate our pupils for life beyond Exeter. The newspaper headlines have been dominated by falling A Level pass rates, but our students have doubled the number of A*s achieved and there is a significant rise in the percentage of A grades and B grades achieved (60% overall). Our Sixth Form is not academically selective so I think this is particularly impressive. Our students benefit from the fact that we are a school, not a Sixth Form College. Our students receive close academic and pastoral support throughout their time here and enjoy a range of opportunities which raise their self-reliance and self-esteem and encourages them to finish their courses. I am confident that this year's leaders will move on to lead successful and fulfilling lives'.

Some people may be confused about when they can light a bonfire and what can be burnt.

The National Society for Clean Air offers us some invaluable information on this. More details...
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Last updated: 17th September 2014
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