Kirstie Tancock Award 2019

Presented at Honiton Show

Honiton Chamber of Commerce Chair, Tony McCollum seen presenting the award to this year’s recipient Val Royle at the Honiton Show on the 1stAugust. Also present was last years recipient Heather Penwarden seen presenting Val with her certificate

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Pictured left to right; Colin Wright, (President), Ray Hanratty (Treasurer), Heather Penwarden, Val Royle, Tony McCollum, (Chairman), and Chamber Committee members Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Mandy Newman and Paula Land

Val, although remaining as a trustee for TRIP Community Transport has stood down after twenty-five years of creating, managing, mentoring and developing TRIP from an idea in 1995 when she was asked to carry out a survey into the provision of community transport to the complex and effective community support charity it is today, with seven permanent office staff and several office volunteers, nine paid drivers and over forty volunteer drivers

 

Val Royle in a recent interview said, “It is very gratifying to have been the founder of such a worthwhile and appreciated transport service for the community”

 

The award is named after Kirstie Tancock who sadly, having suffered with cystic fibrosis and spending the latter part of her short life inspiring others to become organ donors, was named as the first recipient, posthumously.

Chamber Of Commerce Elects a New Vice Chairman

Paul Fudge

At the regular meeting of the Honiton And District Chamber of Commerce and Industry in May the committee elected a new Vice Chairman, Paul Fudge who has been an active and supportive member of the Chamber for over a year.   

Paul has been in the profession of Funeral Directing for many years. Prior to his move to Honiton in 2017, he was working in Warwickshire, as an Assistant Manager, overseeing 4 Funeral Homes. During the five years there, Paul has served as a volunteer helping the community of Rugby. In his role of Manager, he would, along side his colleagues, raise money for local charities, such as Guide Dogs and the local Hospice. Paul also spent several years as a Funeral Manager in the Province of Alberta, Canada, where he learnt different aspects of Funeral Services. Now settled in Honiton, Paul continues his volunteering role and in addition to being a member of the Chamber he supports the local community as a member of the Otter Valley Rotary Club and as a Special Constable in  the local police force.

Chamber Of Commerce 2019 Events

Dartmouth Regatta

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The next of the 2019 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry events will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019 with a coach trip to Dartmouth Regatta. The coach leaves The Beehive Centre in Dowell Street at 12:00 Mid-Day arriving at Dartmouth with time to visit the shops, view the regatta and have an evening meal before watching the superb firework display from the quayside at 9:00pm. There will be time then for one or more glasses of wine before the return journey which leaves promptly at 11:00 pm. Due to the lateness of the hour and the possible consumption of alcohol the seats are restricted to adults and accompanied over 14year olds only

CHAMBER MEMBER LINDA CLEAVES

WINS HOT PENNIES WINDOW COMPETITION

Chamber member and owner of French Hen, 137 High Street, Honiton,  Linda Cleaves, is seen here receiving the prize for the best dressed window in the Hot Pennies celebration. The window shows the Mad Hatter telling children to put their pennies in their piggy-bank and get pounds in their pockets. The presentation was made by Deputy Mayor, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw with David Retter two of the judges of the competition, also present was Tony McCollum Chamber Chairman.  Linda said, she was pleased to win the competition for the second time and hoped the children enjoyed the display. The many hundreds of plastic coins ranging from £2 to 1P, bought specially for the display from the Learning Resource supplier to schools, will be donated to a junior school as a maths learning aid.

CHAMBER COMMITTEE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL

 DAY AT HONITON SHOW 2018

The Honiton Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee members had a successful day at the Honiton Show 2018. The committee shown above had covered the inside of their stall with enlarged logos of all the Chamber members as they sought to promote the benefits of membership. They also provided ice cool drinks and nibbles to show-goers on the day. Promoting one of the newest businesses in the town "The Honiton Paper"  they sold this weeks issue accompanied by a free copy of the celebratory Royal visit issue. 

CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF 

HONITON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

On Thursday 22nd February 2018 the committee members of the Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry remembered their forefathers as they stood for a photograph outside the very building in Honiton (once the YMCA) where on the 22nd February 1938 the original committee met for the inaugural meeting of the Chamber. 
From left to right they are
Karissa Marker, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Colin Wright, Joseph Furneaux-Gotch,
Ray Hanratty, Anthony McCollum, Christine Darrant, 
Mandy Newman, Paul Fudge, Jeannette Parker, Paula Land
On Saturday 18th November 2017 as Honiton’s Christmas Tree lights were switched on by Peter Halse of Halse South West engineering, little did he know that an even bigger surprise awaited him. In recognising the continued support Peter has shown the Chamber of Commerce in helping with transporting the tree and for his many years of dedicated service to the Town and People of Honiton as a councillor, an employer continuing a tradition of five generations and a Friend of Honiton; the Chamber of Commerce awarded Peter with the inaugural “Honitonian Of The Year” award and accompanying certificate.   
Peter, accompanied by his wife Ann, received the Award and Certificate from Chamber Chairman, Anthony McCollum, at the Switch On of the Honiton Tree outside St. Paul's Church. Peter was chosen to switch on the lights as for several years Halse South West engineering had freely donated heavy lifting machinery and staff to put the tree in place. 

Inaugural Presentation of the

Honitonian Of The Year Award

BLUEBIRD CARE RECRUITMENT DRIVE

CREATES EMPLOYMENT AND NEW CAREER PATH OPPORTUNITIES IN HONITON 

CONGRATULATIONS TO COMBE ESTATES AS 

PLANNING PERMISSION IS GRANTED FOR A NEW 

GARDEN CENTRE IN HONITON

The centre is to be built on the Meadow View Nursery site off Hayne Lane at Gittisham. Once built the Garden Centre will offer 1,044 Sq. Meters of retail space with 43 parking spaces and employ 7 people to start with. It is anticipated the project will be completed in time to open by the 1st April 2018 and possibly even March. Mr Trevett the former manager of Sidmouth Garden Centre worked with Justin Lacelles of Combe Estates and East Devon District Council to get the approval for the development. Mr. Lacelles said, "We are extremely pleased the council granted consent for this project which will allow continued diversification of the estate into new business streams."
To read more from Combe Estates click here

Honiton Chamber Supports Alan Rowe Charity Event 

Chairman of Honiton & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anthony McCollum, presents a cheque from the Chamber to Alan Rowe toward his charity event to take place on Saturday 9th September when the proceeds of the days barbering will be donated to the Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign in support of the Honiton Dementia Action Alliance.  This event is part of Alan and his family celebrating 50 years of barbering and 25 years in Honiton. During his time in Honiton Alan has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. One event alone raised £260,000 by collecting used stamps since 1992 to 2016.  Alan insisted on thanking his many friends for supporting his endeavours to raise money for numerous charities. In particular fellow business people of Honiton, his many customers over the years and Devonshire Freemasons.  Alan is particularly proud of being the founder of "The Baton," a mission primarily set up for awareness, it carries a message of gratitude from those who wish to support the brave men and women of our armed forces who have and do risk their lives so that we may live with freedom of choice, peace and safety. Click on the Baton  below to read more.

Honiton Chamber's Achievement Of The Year Award 

On Thursday 10th August 2017 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman, Anthony McCollum, presented the inaugural Achievement Of The Year Award to Colin and Sam Eaton of the Honiton Hearing Centre, New Street, Honiton.  Awarded the Centre of Excellence status by the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals in 2010 Colin is currently the chairman of the AIHHP.  In 2017 the hearing centre received ‘Consultant Approved’ accreditation by Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments. In a first of its kind, the award recognises the centre as offering an outstanding level of care to their customers and best practice in audiology.

 

To qualify under the ‘Consultant Approved Site’ scheme and become recognised as a centre of excellence, Colin Eaton, the audiologist at Honiton Hearing Centre, and Sam Eaton the patient care co-ordinator were required to pass a series of audits against best practice set by an independent advisory panel, made up of some of the best clinicians in the country, including Harley Street audiologist Rony Ganguly and Professor Quentin Summerfield from the University of York.
 

The chamber award was made in recognition of Colin and Sam's achievement in bringing Honiton Hearing Centre to the forefront in the practice of hearing and healthcare by providing excellence in service combined with the use of the most up to date technology available to best aid their customers.

Farewell To An Angel Of The Chamber

On Saturday 5th August 2017 Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry said goodbye to Sue Bewsey after sixteen years devoted service to the chamber and to Honiton.  Chairman, Anthony McCollum, presented Sue with an olive tree on behalf of the members as a token of appreciation for her many years service including ten years as Vice Chairman. Sue  was instrumental in obtaining lottery funding to re establish the Charter Day festivities celebrating the 75oth Anniversary.   Sue was also jointly responsible for the Chamber saving the Honiton Town Christmas lights. Both achievements have served to create a lasting legacy of Sue's many years in office.

HONITON HEARING CENTRE AWARDED GOLD STANDARD RATING

UNDER NEW BEST PRACTICE PROGRAMME

 

Honiton Hearing Centre has just been awarded ‘Consultant Approved’ accreditation by Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments. In a first of its kind, the award recognises the centre as offering an outstanding level of care to their customers and best practice in audiology.

 

To qualify under the ‘Consultant Approved Site’ scheme and become recognised as a centre of excellence, Colin Eaton, the audiologist at Honiton Hearing Centre, and Sam Eaton the patient care co-ordinator were required to pass a series of audits against best practice set by an independent advisory panel, made up of some of the best clinicians in the country, including Harley Street audiologist Rony Ganguly and Professor Quentin Summerfield from the University of York.

 

The journey towards becoming a ‘Consultant Approved Site’ started off with a simple self assessment form, whereby Honiton Hearing Centre analysed themselves to see where they measured against the best practice ideals identified by the programme. They were then audited by independent experts, each with their own fields of expertise.

 

Business owner, Colin Eaton said: “I am currently the National Chairman of The Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals, and The Honiton Hearing Centre was awarded AIHHP Centre of Excellence status in 2010, so we are extremely proud to have achieved ‘Consultant Approved’ accreditation from Phonak as part of the new scheme. It is a great way for us to illustrate to customers the continuity of the level of experience and loyalty that we can offer here at Honiton Hearing Centre, while also allowing us to ensure we are delivering consistently high standards that exceed industry standards.”

 

Phonak Professional Services Director, Graham Hilton said: “Phonak has been a pioneer of hearing instrument development for more than 60 years. We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Honiton Hearing Centre and the Consultant Approved Site programme is a way of promoting the outstanding quality service and expertise that they deliver every day. As market leader, we want to make it easier for members of the general public to find the best possible help and we’re confident the Consultant Approved Site will help people navigate the market”.

 

For more information on the Consultant Approved Site programme, visit

www.hearingadvisor.co.uk/hearing-centres/consultant-approved-hearing-centre. 

To find out more about the services offered at Honiton Hearing Centre visit www.honiton-hearing.co.uk.