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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

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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 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.



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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. 



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

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.

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