It’s very nearly the season to be jolly – and traders are being encouraged to become festive and get ahead of the game by booking their slot in Newton Abbot’s second year of Christmas Street Fayres.
Families have the chance to celebrate summer in one of Teignbridge’s open spaces as National Playday comes up next month.
Plans to secure Golden Lion Square as a permanent public space for the benefit of Newton Abbot have taken a step forward following the legal transfer of ownership of the land from Teignbridge District Council to the Newton Abbot Community Trust.
Newton Abbot Leisure Centre has officially opened its new relocated Dymensions crèche which offers youngsters loads of fun and games.
Teignbridge District Council has installed new energy efficient pool heater boilers to make Newton Abbot Leisure Centre even more eco-friendly.
The new £2m training centre being built on Newton Abbot’s Brunel Industrial Estate will be officially ‘topped out’ on Tuesday, December 13. The Brunel Campus, which will be run jointly by Teign School, Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College, will offer catering and construction courses for post-16 students.
The topping out ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of the building by Devon contractor Kier, and students will celebrate the occasion by switching on a festive Christmas tree and cutting a special Christmas tree cake, which they have baked.
Teign School head teacher Vyv Game, who is leading the project for the schools, said: “We are delighted with the progress that is being made in the construction of the Skills Centre. This facility will provide a valuable addition to the vocational offer made by TQ12, a partnership between the three Newton Abbot schools.”
Kier operations director, David Snell, added: “Work at the new Brunel Campus is going really well and it’s great to be able to celebrate the ‘topping out’ with so many people who have been involved in making this resource for the young people of the area a reality.
“We are also very pleased to be able to share some of our experience and that of the trades who are working here at the moment with the students. We would like to do more as the building progresses and hope to inspire them to take courses here that will give them the skills that are vital for the future of our industry.”
The Brunel Centre is part of TQ12, the programme of occupational training launched by the three schools earlier this month to offer students quality courses which will act as a springboard to future career success. The courses will be offered at levels 1, 2 and 3, and students can progress through the levels into work or apprenticeships and from level 3 onto foundation degrees.
The first students will start their courses in the new Brunel Campus in September 2012.
Late-night Christmas shoppers in Newton Abbot can enjoy less stressful shopping this year thanks to an evening activity scheme now running at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.
Newton Abbot primary school children celebrated the heritage of the town’s Decoy Country Park, which was once a Ball Clay Quarry.
Teignbridge District Council and B&Q in Newton Abbot to give the Jetty Marsh area a thorough clean-up as part of the council’s Big Tidy Up campaign.