Emergency Services

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Help needs to be at hand

In today’s modern world, for many reasons, we have become less compassionate and helpful to our neighbours and local community in general. In past times, help was at hand, when ever it was needed. People looked after each other, cared about the elderly, sick, those less fortunate than themselves and those who’s lives or property was in peril. Although I am aged, I’m not quite that long in the tooth to remember the community cry “All hands to the pump” I take it that means the village pump? We don’t have those anymore.

Now, in our transient society, things have changed and not, in some circumstances, for the better. Rural communities have been greatly hit by latter day funding cuts. In recent years, resources for many of North Devon’s major services, including Police and Hospitals have been, or are in the process of being cut. Sights have now been set on our Fire Service.

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Devon and Dorset Fire and rescue service

In recent weeks it has been announced that proposed cuts are being made within the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services, in particular they propose to close seven rural North Devon fire stations, those under threat include: Appledore, Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Kingston, Topsham and Woolacombe. The service said it “wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century and fire incidents in both areas had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018”. Unions have expressed concern over the loss of jobs and the increase in response times, with crews having to come from further afield.

This morning, while out walking my dog through Appledore, I witnessed an incident which was attended by Appledore Fire Station, RNLI, based in Appledore the Coast Guard and other members of the emergency services.

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All in a days work

Apparently, a fire had broken out on a small pleasure craft at Crow Point, which is at the southern end of Braunton Burrows, on the Taw-Torridge Estuary, North Devon. I am not sure of the response time, but it must have been very quick as the occupants of the vessel were -thankfully- unhurt, but, very shocked. The question here must be ” If the services concerned were not Appledore based, would the outcome have been different”?

Listening to an interview with Fire Chiefs on Radio Devon the other morning, it was argued that in modern society, our needs have changed and the outmoded service needs to take into consideration, modern day needs, For instance: “all homes are now fitted with smoke alarms, which reduces the risks of fires going unnoticed”? Are they? To my mind, with the amount of holiday cottages and second homes in the area, I would have thought, properties which are empty for large parts of the year, pose greater risk, Smoke alarms or not. Consideration also has to be given to the large amounts of visitors in vehicles which visit the area during the summer months. Firstly, these would impede the engines trying to attend fires, ensuring longer response times and secondly, with the invention of smart phones, vaping devices with exploding chargers and a plethora of other necessary! electrical items, are people as careful in other peoples properties as in their own homes?!! I’ll let you ponder that, but in the meantime:

Sign the petition against the closure of your local station NOW

All in a days work

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TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site www.northdevondoes.com is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: www.truffleicious.org I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. www.truffleicious.org I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" www.truffleicious.blog I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog www.truffleicious.blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

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