It’s a Christmas miracle! Councillor donates £1,500 towards festive lights display

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 September 2018

Car light trails at Christmas time in Honiton. Ref Honiton Christmas lights and car trails-1. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Car light trails at Christmas time in Honiton. Ref Honiton Christmas lights and car trails-1. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Honiton’s high street looks set to shine bright this Christmas thanks to a £1,500 cash injection from one of the town’s county councillors.

Cllr Phil Twiss has allocated the money from his locality budget, which will enable a committee to officially deck the halls in Honiton.

The money has been offered at a crucial time for Honiton Christmas Lights Committee, which was left reeling by the theft of two collection boxes from the town’s Tesco superstore earlier this month. The charity tubs were thought to contain £100 and would have provided a valuable boost towards the committee’s £5,000 funding target, which it was shy of by around £1,000.

Cllr Twiss said: “Councillors of all flavours get plenty of knocks - some justified, some not so, for their contributions locally.

“I have supported a wide range of organisations this year so far in the Feniton and Honiton Devon County Council Division.

Cllr Twiss receives £20,000 in funding for 2018/19 - made up of his locality budget and Invest in Devon Fund (£10,000 each).

So far, he has allocated money towards the following:

• £2,000 towards play equipment at Ely Close Play Area in Feniton;

• £2,000 towards new playground equipment in Gittisham;

• £2,000 towards the purchase of new display equipment for Honiton Health Matters;

• £1,200 to help TRIP Community Transport purchase a new laptop and mobile phone to facilitate the expansion of its Volunteer Visiting project;

• £2,437 to assist with the update of shower facilities and toilets in the changing rooms at Honiton Rugby Club;

• £2,000 towards play equipment in local parks at Feniton;

• £2,500 to allow Action East Devon and Honiton Health Matters hold community conservation events and creative workshops respectively;

• £500 to Honiton Carers Group for transportation;

• £1,500 towards maintenance and repair work to Honiton’s Christmas lights.

Cllr Twiss added: “I am delighted that I am able to support so many worthwhile organisations and causes and wish there was more I could do.

“But, I know that the funding given from my locality budget and Investing in Devon fund really does make a positive and often visible impact in our community.”

Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, chairman of Honiton Christmas Lights Committee, said: “We are delighted to be in a strong position to work with Cllr Phil Twiss at County.

“The money he has secured us will go a very long way to support the lights and the work we have been doing.

“This is precisely they way communities like ours should be working, progressively and positively towards joint goals.

“We have a huge list of friends, supporters and interested parties that have been amazing since the theft of our pots - our goal has been reached and I can now do what I promised.”

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