Community groups hit the right pitch for cash in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:26 22 November 2016

Paul Diviani

Paul Diviani


Several community groups have secured cash after successfully pitching at a Dragon’s Den-style event in Honiton.

Band member Vernon Whitlock.Band member Vernon Whitlock.

The event, which was put on at The Beehive, was organised by Honiton Together, a collaborative community development programme run by a partnership consisting of Honiton Town Council, East Devon District Council (EDDC), Devon County Council (DCC) and Action East Devon. An audience listened to all of the pitches before voting for up to four projects.

The judging panel consisted of Honiton town councillor Anne Mountjoy, Devon county councillor Sara Randall-Johnson, EDDC’s Jamie Buckley and DCC’s Dave Slocombe.

Councillor Paul Diviani said: “I’m pleased to have supported this event again this year.

“You can see the hard work that the charities put into their projects and this event is a great opportunity to hear about their work and how they will use their funds.”

This year, six groups entered into the competition, with Honiton Youth Group chosen as the winners. The group pitched for £500 to go towards a ‘painting sleepover’, an idea thought up by young members.

In second place was the Honiton Community Action Trust, which gave a presentation about individuals and families suffering from addiction.

The Olive Grove won £750 towards its start-up costs, which will provide a free service to those most in need of their support.

Honiton Junior Band came in third, securing £750 to go towards buying beginners’ instruments.

The band set up to provide affordable opportunities for children to learn to read music, play a musical instrument and build their confidence through working together.

Three other groups also won funding.

Hands on Horticulture, which provides daycare facilities in the form of gardening and outdoor care, won £750 for an outdoor compost toilet and to widen a caravan door for wheelchair users.

Honiton Community Church secured £720 for tables to go in a new building they are taking on near Streamers Meadow.

Branching Out, a vegetable growing project for people with learning disabilities, based at Bicton College, secured £530.

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