Crediton & District

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

This page contains information about organisations and activities in the local area that carry on year round. Click on the links on the right for more information about what interests you.

Turning Tides at Crediton Station Tea Rooms

THE Turning Tides Project is a Community Interest Company that aims to make equal access to music, the arts and life a reality for people with "learning disability" or "autism" labels.

The Tea Rooms will provide volunteering opportunities and supported employment and a base for their catering service, shop and gardening scheme. The rooms will be also be available for use by other community organisations for workshops and meetings.

Do go along to enjoy some refreshments and support this worthwhile local enterprise.

Crediton Community Hub

In 2016 Crediton Town Team published a feasibility report, examining the possibility of building a new Community Hub for Crediton. The public consultations which followed showed widespread support for the project. Since then the Town Team has been busy behind the scenes, talking to local organisations and exploring various options for funding and sites.

They are now looking to recruit a board of trustees, with the skills, vision and commitment to move the project onto the next stage. More details and a full recruitment pack can be found by clicking the link opposite - Crediton Community Hub

Rosemary Stephenson is the Chair of Crediton Town Team if you wish to get in contact.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Crediton Arts Centre
There's loads going on, workshops, classes, performances - click the link opposite to see what's on offer - including the Portrait Group, Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Fridays 10am to 12noon. They share the cost of the room and fresh coffee and chocolate biscuits (about £3pp), then take it in turns to model for half the morning. Occasionally they pay for a professional model, just for a change! If you're interested, contact Hilary Hamilton on 01363 772365

Artful Devon
Three new arts and crafts activities started in September 2017 in Morchard Bishop. Other art activities are also on offer, including Painting group and Art Journaling. Please click on link to Artful Devon to find out more!

Art journaling is very therapeutic and gives you a chance to express feelings and emotions through colour, shapes and words. It's a healing tool. Judi Binks can show you how to create your journal and she also runs wet felting workshops, £25 including materials. please contact her for details on 01363 866668 or email artfuldevon@gmail.com

The Art Journaling link opposite is a good introduction to what can be done, but everyone produces their own unique journal.

CODS
Join the local operatic & dramatic society to release your inner Judi Dench / Derek Jacobi (or any other fabulous performer). CODS is a very active and friendly Society, with something in preparation all year around. As well as performers, they also need folk to help with set building, lighting, sound, costume,  front of house, etc. To see their website for more details, click CODSonline opposite

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC

Crediton Town Band are looking to recruit more players. If you are learning a brass instrument, did sometime previously (however rusty) or even if you are keen to take up something new, please get in touch via their website. click link on right.

HEARTSONG in Crediton, run by Alison Whittall, offers a chance to sing harmony songs of love, peace, freedom and joy on the second Sunday of every month at Crediton Congregational Church at 7.30-9pm. The songs are all taught by ear, no experience necessary, and include Gospel, Harmonic Temple, Contemporary, Taize.

The cost is £7 (£5 concession for people on benefits) and refreshments are provided. Contact Alison Whittall or phone 01363 774324 for more information.

The Music Makers provides a useful platform for locally-based musicians, with an annual programme of (currently) eleven separate musical events, suitable for all those interested in classical music. see the link to their website for more information

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

Redvers Ramble and other walks
There is a brand new footpaths leaflet includes five possible walking routes within and around Crediton, including the ever popular Redvers Ramble. The routes vary in length and difficultly and utilise footpaths within the Town, as well as those in surrounding villages. Whether you are an experienced walker or enjoy a country stroll, there is something to suit you!

A copy of the leaflet can be collected from the Council Offices, Crediton Library, various shops and cafés. You can also download a copy by clicking the link opposite.

Crediton Leisure Centre has plenty on offer for all abilities - swimming, fitness, dance activities, sports, martial arts, yoga ... Check their website for details

Flexercise class - 'part exercise, part dance but all fun'
This class takes place at the Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton on Thursday afternoons, 2-3pm, £5 per class. Linda the teacher will get to know you before adapting the Flexercise system to your needs. The Summer term continues until July 26th (no class May 31st). For more details email Flexercise or phone Linda on 01392 214760.

Circle Dance Want to do something different on Sunday afternoons? Then go along to the Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton every 2nd Sunday of the month for some circle dancing from 3 – 5pm. Just £4 to cover the hall costs. Men and women equally welcome! And you don't have to dance, you can just enjoy the music with a cup of tea. Click the link opposite for more details.

Friday Dancing group meets in the Methodist Church Hall, Crediton, to enjoy Ballroom, Latin American and party dances. You don't need a partner, it's suitable for all ages and beginners and more experienced dancers are all welcome. More details from Liz Rafferty or phone 07850 100 465.

Fun Fitness for over 50s at the Boniface Centre, Mondays 2-3.15pm. It costs £5 for 45 minutes of standing or seated exercises, refreshments and a good laugh with friendly people. Contact Steph Heard on 07773010512 or email steph heard

Qi Gong for health & wellbeing classes take place at St Boniface Catholic Church on Mondays, 10.30-11.30am. Qi Gong is the basis for Tai Chi and some of the exercises are done seated. It costs £5 per session (or £4 per session if block-booked in advance). Contact Soozie Fernley on 07530 226 543 for more information.

In Colebrooke there are yoga (Monday 10am) and Tai Chi (Wednesday 10am) sessions led by Diane Shepherd. Classes cost £4 per session and beginners are welcome. Email Diane Shepherd or phone 01363 85051 for more information.

Yoga in Yeoford on Tuesday morning and Thursday evening with Esme Butterfield, everyone welcome, from beginners to more experienced practitioners. Esme also runs classes in Crediton on Tuesday evenings, at the amazing upstairs hall space above Crediton Museum. Click the links opposite for more information

OUT & ABOUT

Crediton Community Transport
Helping people to get out and about if they can't use their car or public transport is too far away. This local charity operates a Ring&Ride scheme around our area at very reasonable prices. click the link opposite to their website for more information.

National Garden Scheme
Don't forget there are lots of private gardens in Devon which open to the public through the to raise money for charities. click the link opposite to find local gardens

OTHER STUFF

Memory Café
at Lady Mill's Centre, Deep Lane, Crediton every Tuesday from 3-4.45pm for people with memory problems and their carers. You can go along for a cup of tea and to reminisce, sometimes with songs, games and past-time quizzes. Email Carole cjwebb@creditoncoffee.co.uk or phone Brian on 10363 772657.

Parkinson's Café
People with Parkinson's and their carers meet locally once a month to socialise and exchange information and advice in a friendly gathering. Email Diane Silcock or phone 01363 775 235.

Sing With Us
at our Crediton "Singing for the Brain" group, run by the Alzheimer's Society - a fun, stimulating and social activity for people with dementia and their carers. The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Boniface Centre, 10am - 12 noon. If you know of anyone living with dementia or memory problems, do let them know about this. For more information please contact Silvia Salerno mob: 07708 510188, email silvia.salerno@alzheimers.org.uk

Upstream
Upstream is a local charity to encourage older people (that's us!) "to achieve a more independent, enjoyable and longer life within their communities through imaginative, creative and social activities". There are regular activity sessions for crafts, knitting, gentle exercise, table tennis, listening to stories and verse and more. Click the link to their website for more details.

Crediton Town Team
The Town Team is a group of volunteers who work to keep Crediton as a vibrant and sustainable town. They have supported many projects, including the Crediton Festival, the High Street Flags, the Boniface Panels and the New Community Hub. Click into their website for more information

Crediton Area History & Museum Society (CAHMS)runs the Museum in the Old Town Hall in the summer, monthly talks in the winter and throughout the year a Family History Research Centre and a weekly Archive Working Group. Talks take place in the Boniface Centre at 7.30 p.m. and cost £3.50 (50p for CAHMS members).

Bridge
If you are interested in learning or playing more bridge the Crediton Bridge Club may be able to meet your needs. Duplicate bridge is played on a Tuesday evening and beginners/improvers tutorial sessions take place on a Thursday afternoon.

The club meets at The Lady Mills Center, Deep Lane, Crediton. For more information please email Graeme Culshaw or phone 01392 860203.

Mah Jong
Train your brain! Anyone who wants to learn this fiendishly-competitive Chinese board game can contact Geoff Jackson (megalops@btinternet.com). The group meets at Newton St Cyres, usually on the last Thursday of the month, 2 - 5pm. The charge is £2 per session, plus a £1 for refreshments if you want them.