Present – Ali Aitchison, Vanessa Ryley, Tracy Scranage, Catharine Jessiman, Helen Comer, Russell Brooks, Jeremy Sellick, Tom Winters (TDC), Martin Adams, Angie Weatherhead, Jenny Gibson, Keith Gibson, Robert Phipps, Andrew Tucker, Margaret Tucker, Jack Wade, Imogen Riding, Lyndsay Saunders, Chrissy Marks, Gary Taylor, Howard Almond, Kim Stockham, Byron Woods, Neil Salter, Pam Cross, Pete Cross, David Force, James Manning, Trevor Stratford

Apologies – Diane Flavin, Alison Foden, Martin Wrigley, John Clatworthy, Heather Hartup, Jeff & Jan Whittaker

Carnival Update – Trevor Stratford

2017 was the first year that Dawlish Celebrates Carnival ran on its own without town council direct involvement (other than a grant for £10,000 and paying for the marquee). Dawlish Celebrates Carnival was set up as a CIC at the beginning of the year, a committee of 14 along with 5 directors was formed and a bank account set up. The event cost £41,000 with the following large outlays:

· Float £4,000

· Insurance £2,500

· Health & Safety and Logistics £5,000

· Entertainment £14,500

· Storage £1,100

The majority of the money was raised through sponsorship and fundraising. The amount raised was down on 2016 with some larger sponsors backing out.

Float – a float had to be bought as the previous carnival committee still haven’t released any assets. 2017 saw our Royalty winning a record number of cups at other Carnivals. It is essential that our Royalty and float visit other carnivals so that they in turn take part in our carnival.

Entertainment – the committee endeavours to put on as much entertainment during the week for free. However, the costs to put on this excellent standard of entertainment, especially the parade, are high.

Website – Dawlish Celebrates Carnival website and social media accounts have been set up and run by Angie & Huw Weatherhead.

2018 Carnival – the committee aim to return to an inexpensive, family friendly carnival which will help improve the image of the town and in turn help to promote its businesses. 2018 will see a programme covering areas other than the lawn run by local organisations including the leisure centre, Dawlish Warren, Bowls club, lawn tennis, museum, history group

Traders & the Carnival – the Carnival without doubt brings people into the town with some now returning several days during the week. That’s potential extra revenue for the town’s traders! The committee need our support! Can you sponsor an event? Give a small donation? Donate some time? Without your support, it is unlikely that the carnival will continue after this year. If you would like to make a donation or would like more information, please contact Trevor sponsorship@dawlishcelebratescarnival.co.uk.

4) Teignbridge Economy & Assets – Tom Winters

This department at Teignbridge aims to establish and maintain a relationship between Teignbridge District Council, regulators (Chambers, FSB, town centre development managers etc) and local businesses. They are there to provide support and advice to existing and new businesses on a variety of areas including business rates, economy & assets, environmental health & licensing, leisure, tourism & green spaces and planning and building control. For further information, please email economyandassets@teignbridge.go.uk

Please help this department understand better what local businesses need from Teignbridge by completing a survey at Teignbridge.gov.uk/liveconsultations

Town Centre Development Manager Update – Tracy Scranage

Christmas Challenge – Customers in the town are being challenged to spend £10 or more in a town centre business to be in with the chance of winning £50 in Dawlish pounds. They need to upload a picture of themselves along with their receipt and the ‘I’ve supported my town centre’ sign onto the Love Dawlish website. Andy from Curios has been helping customers by taking the photo and uploading it himself. The challenge is being promoted on Radio Devon as well as social media.

Christmas light switch on – Friday 1st December. The event starts at 4.30pm and the lights are being switched on by the Mayor of Dawlish & our street cleaner

Christmas weekend markets – Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December

All the entertainment over the weekend is free along the Strand and on the lawn. The market organisers have tried to have stalls selling different products from those already sold in the town but sometimes there will be a clash for which they apologise!

Radio Devon ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ – Radio Devon are doing a live broadcast from the town in their ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ event. We are day 7 – ‘7 Swans a Swimming’

Town map – do you want to advertise? Please let Tracy know asap tcdm@teignmouthanddawlishcic.org.uk. It is going to print mid February so it can be distributed in time for Easter.

Events Guide – do you have an event that you would like included in the event guide? Please let Tracy know asap as this will be going to print early 2018.

If you are holding an event in your shop, please send your poster through to Tracy or Angie and it will be uploaded onto the website, the electronic page, twitter and facebook

Love Dawlish Website – are you on it? Do you want to make any amendments (words or photos)? Please let Angie know Angie@loveteignmouth.co.uk. Remember, every time you look at the Love Dawlish website, it helps promote the page on google.

6) Town Centre Development Manager post update

This is still up in the air! There are ongoing discussions between Teignbridge, Teignmouth & Dawlish councils regarding funding etc. Vanessa is writing and talking to people on our behalf pressurising the councils to continue funding this essential role.

7) Christmas Windows – these need to be ready in time for the Christmas light switch on. They will be judged over the Christmas market weekend by the Mayor

8) Renewal of Duckboards – there are 2 duckboards, one near the Tourist Information Centre and one near the Bowling green. They are out of date and need restoring. Chamber to apply to the town council for a grant.

9) Any Other Business

Walking festival 20-29 April. This year there will also be a trail around town centre business windows for the kids to find walking boots in the same vein as the ‘Where’s Wally’ competition in half term week and the ‘Beach Ball’ competition during carnival week.

There has been a recent trip advisor review of Dawlish stating that the ‘Town looks old, sad and ridiculous with so many signs!’ (‘don’t feed the ducks’, don’t let your dogs off their leads’ etc). This has also been published in the Dawlish Gazette. Tracy & Vanessa are going to have a look about the town to see how much signage there is and whether some can be removed.

10) Date of next meeting –23rd January 2018