Karate lessons, kickboxing and theatre performances – something for everyone on the day

Around 500 people visited the Honiton Community Festival at Allhallows Playing Field where many local community groups held stalls and attractions.

After a captivating display, SYTL Karate did a live lesson and SPS Kickboxing, who have been supported by East Devon District Council’s Community Development team and have recently brought back gold, silver and bronze medals from a regional competition, showed off their style of contact kickboxing. Theatre Kidz, which runs out of the Beehive, put on a lively song and dance performance.

Officers from East Devon District Council’s countryside team invited children to make unusual wooden necklaces and the council’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery involved them in making kites.

The Honiton Carers Support Group raised £37 through several simple games such as ‘throw the ring on the frogs nose’. Open Arms East Devon raised an impressive £120 through a wonderful BBQ serving tasty burgers, and an array of home cooked cakes and jams. The Honiton Army Cadets very kindly held signs and posters in the street directing people to the festival ground, and they also helped a number of people set up their gazebos.

At no cost, John Capon of Otter Windows once again brought his music van along, and all the stalls and activities enjoyed his upbeat music and friendly announcements about the various activities and events going on.

East Devon District Council officers Alex Gibson and Penny Hartnell organised the festival and a great day was had by all.

Cllr Pauline Stott, Chairman of the council’s Housing Review Board said: “Our five community development workers from the council do a wonderful job in drawing all ages of the community together. The work they do, especially for the young people, is invaluable especially out in the rural areas. The Honiton Community Festival is just one of the many events they organise and get involved in across the district to help bring everybody together.”

Cllr Jill Elson, the council’s portfolio holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities, added that through arranging festivals such as Honiton, the community development team encourages young people to take part and gain confidence so that they can make genuine positive contributions to their local community.