November 2018

Commemoration of the end of World War 1

Seaton Town Council played its part in the Battle's Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle's Over took place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany to name but a few.

Seaton's Commemoration to mark this event was held at Jubilee Gardens, Seaton Seafront, commencing at 6.30pm and finished with the lighting of a Beacon at 7.00pm, one of over 1000 Beacons being lit across the country.

Despite strong winds and the threat of rain, hundreds of people turned out to take part in Seaton’s Beacons of Light – led by the Town Council, St Gregory’s Church, Crossroads Christian Centre and the Royal British Legion.

Following a short commemoration of prayer, WWI songs, poems and stories from the servicemen and women of the time, the beacon was lit by the Chairman of Seaton Town Council, Cllr Peter Burrows. This was one of more than a thousand beacons being lit across the country to mark this special event.

Councillor Jack Rowland spoke a few poignant words during the ceremony, saying that he would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of the Royal British Legion, St Gregory’s Church, the Crossroad Christian Centre and the staff and Councillors of Seaton Town Council for helping to make this commemoration happen.

“World War 1 was described at the time as the war to end all wars, but subsequent history sadly proved otherwise.

Of the 6 million British service people who were mobilised, 704,803 lost their lives with many more thousands suffering life changing physical injuries and mental health issues. 32 service people with Seaton connections made the ultimate sacrifice that illustrates that every city, town, village and hamlet in the U.K. was affected by the scale of the conflict. The numbers involved are staggering and we owe so much to our service people who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today in the U.K.

As well as paying our respects this is also an opportunity to look forward as symbolised by the lighting of the beacon this evening. With all the current tensions in the world the current and future generations always need to remember and understand the past to try and ensure we never experience a repetition on the scale that happened 100 years ago.”

The following pictures were taken by Keith West who has kindly shared them with us.

St Gregory's Commemoration Service at 11am on Sunday 11th November 2018


Town Crier Role

Seaton Town Council wishes to appoint a Town Crier to attend Seaton based civic events such as markets, the Christmas light switch on and Town sponsored events.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with excellent people skills. It is essential that you have a good local knowledge and an understanding of Seaton and its history.

This is a voluntary position that will receive agreed expenses.

Job Description

For further details please contact or telephone 01297 21388

Please submit a letter of interest and an accompanying CV by Monday 5th November at 12 noon.


Town Guide 2019

Seaton Town Council invites quotes for the designing, editing, solicitation of advertising, proof reading and printing of its Town Guide for 2019. Quotes can be for individual elements or for the whole package.

Seaton is building its reputation as the town for outdoor adventure and green tourism, and the Council would like to see this brand promoted in the Guide. The Guide should encourage visitors to explore and experience all the attractions and activities that the town has to offer as well as including a What's On diary of events for 2019, a map of the town and essential information on local services.

The format will be broadly the same as that contained in the Town Guide 2018 (which can be found on the website) but text and photos should be refreshed and updated. The size should be B5 with a minimum of 38pp plus cover in gloss or silk. Print quotes should be for 10,000, 20,000 and 25,000 copies.

Quotes should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked to indicate whether the quote is for all or part of the Guide to be received at the Town Council office no later than 12 noon on Monday 12th November 2018.

For further information please email or telephone 01297 21388


October 2018 

Storm Callum Fails to Stop Seaton's 100th parkrun on 13th October 2018

Last Saturday (13 October) saw the 100th Seaton parkrun. This free, weekly, timed 5k has been taking place on the seafront every Saturday since November 2016 and the occasional storm has provided the organisers with a few challenges over the months. None as difficult as Storm Callum last weekend which deposited a lot of the beach on West Walk on Friday and threatened to add to it during the gale force winds and high tide on Saturday morning. Undaunted the Seaton parkrun core team decided to reroute the run using just East Walk.

An amazing 176 hardy park runners turned up to run, jog or walk the new route and to celebrate the 100th Seaton parkrun. Battling the wind did not deter locals and visitors alike and we even welcomed 22 newcomers who hadn't previously taken part here. Prizes were awarded to those with the most Seaton park runs under their belts - The Churchill family, Rachel, Evelyn, Lila and Dean, who between them have chalked up 245 runs an average of more than 61 each; Julie Haines who took the prize for most runs by a woman with 67; John Mellodew and Martin Owen jointly completing 67 runs each; and under 11s Oliver Hawkins, 42 runs, and Cecelia Davies, 37, receiving the boy's and girl's prizes. Our most senior participant (from the comfort of a bench by the finish line) known fondly has "full English" Earnest received a prize for turning out to cheer whatever the weather.

Celebratory cake was kindly provided by Pebbles Cafe and Susi Sadler. Axe Valley Pedallers joined us to celebrate and to repeat their "Run like Froome". A good time was had by all despite the blustery conditions.

Co-event directors Tony Smith and Carol Austin declared themselves to be as proud as punch at the fabulous turnout and the wonderful team of volunteers who make this event possible every Saturday.

If you would like to take part in parkrun please come down to the seafront any Saturday by 8:55am for a 9am start. Everyone is welcome. You can walk, jog or run and no one is last as there is always a tail walker in an orange tabard and clip-on tail! Under 11s are welcome but must take part with their parent or other responsible adult and may not run alone. More information can be found at

Carol Austin - Event Director - Seaton parkrun

Pic: Runners battle Storm Callum at the 100th parkrun

Pic: Cecelia Davies receives her chocolate medal for most Seaton parkruns for an Under 11 years female competitor.


June 2018

Are you interested in being a Councillor - we have a Vacancy

Seaton Town Council now has a Councillor vacancy and is now looking to co-opt a replacement.

We are looking for someone who is interested in local current affairs and who wants to serve their local community.

To be eligible for co-option you must be over 18, be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand

2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the date of co-option has been in the parish/community area.

4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

Application Form

For more information contact Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk at or by telephone 01297 21388

The deadline for applications to be returned to the Town Clerk is by 12 noon on Monday 25th June 2018.

All applicants will be invited to meet with Councillors at 6pm on Monday 2nd July 2018 and will be invited to do a short 5-minute presentation to Councillors on ‘why they want to be a Councillor’ and be prepared to answer any questions.

The Council will then decide who to co-opt at the Council meeting on the 2nd July that starts at 7.30pm.


Seaton in Bloom 2018 - Front Garden Competition

To enter this year, please download an entry form here

A poster can be downloaded here

As usual, entry into all classes is free. Closing date for entries is Monday 4th June. Judging will take place on Monday 11th June 2018.

We look forward to receiving your entries!


April 2018

Seaton Annual Town Meeting - Thursday 19th April at 7pm

Here, at Marshlands, Harbour Road, Seaton. Tel: 01297 21388

Come along and hear from Councillors and other speakers and have the opportunity to ask questions. If you want to ask a question, either let us know beforehand or feel free to ask on the night.

To download a poster please click here To download the Agenda please click here

Caretaker position

Seaton Town Council is looking for someone to become our part-time caretaker. The role will be to open up and lock up for evening and weekend events being held at the Marshlands Centre. The work would be on an adhoc basis with a monthly retainer fee being paid.

For more information please contact the Town Clerk on or 01297 21388 or pop into Marshlands Monday to Thursday between 9am and 2pm.


March 2018


Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2018

Please see below links to the Council's Accounts for 2017/18 as well as notice of the date of commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights for the accounts for the year ended 31st March 2018.

Annual Return 2017-18

The Annual Return is unaudited and is due for review by the external auditor in the next couple of months. The audited Annual Return will be available by 30th September 2018.

Notice of commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights

To exercise your rights please contact the Town Clerk for information or to make an appointment on or telephone 01297 21388


February 2018

Mobile Breast Screening Unit - Removal from Seaton

The Town Council has been made aware of two complaints from residents to the mobile breast screening unit in Tesco Car Park.

Councillor Jack Rowland, Mayor, has been in touch with the Breast Screening Service Manager in Exeter to find out the facts of this issue. We understand that there had been one complaint from a resident who lives in the new houses close to the first site that the unit was in at the Tesco Car Park. The unit obviously has a generator to carry out the screening that sometimes kicks in over-night as the temperature has to be maintained inside the unit due to the nature of the equipment. In view of this one complaint they agreed to move the unit to its current location in the Tesco Car Park but have now received a complaint from another resident.

Councillor Rowland has told the Manager that the Council is fully supportive of the breast screening unit visiting Seaton - the last day is Friday 8th December so the unit will be moved that weekend and is not due to revisit for 3 years anyway, to be on site for a period of 8 to 10 weeks dependent on the number of women who fall into the screening profile. Over 2,000 females will have been screened by 8th December so the benefits need to be weighted against the number of complaints received.

Councillor Rowland reinforced the view that the Council wants to see the unit return to Seaton in 2020 and suggested the Underfleet Car Park as a possibility, especially as we understand that East Devon District Council (EDDC) gives permission for the unit to use EDDC Car Parks in places such as Sidmouth and Exmouth.

Celebrating those who reach 100 years of age

Do you know of any Seaton residents who will be reaching their 100th birthday soon? If so, Seaton Town Council would like you to let us know so that the Council can acknowledge their achievement. All we need is the full name and address of the resident concerned so that we can ensure they receive congratulations. It would also be helpful if you could let us have your name and contact details in case of any queries. Please email the information required to If you have any queries please telephone (01297) 21388 or call in. The Council offices are open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2pm. We look forward to hearing from you.

Recycling surplus NHS equipment

Lots of people need aids and adaptations to help them maintain their independence. The NHS distributes millions of pounds worth of equipment each year in this respect, much of which is left in people's homes even after it is no longer needed.

Seaton Town Council is working in partnership with Millbrook Healthcare, an organisation which will collect and recycle the surplus NHS equipment through its 'Return It' campaign'. Millbrook Healthcare can then re-distribute the equipment to others who may need it.

If you have been issued with NHS equipment in the past which you no longer need and can arrange to have it delivered to the Council's Offices in Marshlands, Harbour Road, the Council will then contact Millbrook Healthcare who will collect the equipment from time to time for recycling.

For further information please telephone (01297) 21388 or email

Job Vacancy - Assistant to the Town Clerk role

Seaton Town Council is recruiting to the post of Assistant to the Town Clerk to work alongside the Town Clerk in a busy, forward thinking and friendly council. Working with 12 Town Councillors and a staff team of 7 people, the role will include helping to ensure that the Council is properly run in line with Local Government regulations and legislation. Duties will include aspects of committee administration, governance and project work.

Our ideal candidate will have experience of working within a local government environment. A good team player with a flexible approach to a working environment where no two days are the same. Being a good communicator is important as well as being enthusiastic and self motivated.

The role is for 21 hours a week

For an informal discussion please contact the Town Clerk on or telephone 01297 21388

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 29th May 2018. Shortlisting will take place on 31st May and the interviews will take place in the week commencing 4th June 2018.

Job Description and Person Specification

Job Application form

January 2018


Seaton Town Council Budget for 2018-19

At a meeting of Seaton Town Council on 15 January the budget for the next financial year 2018/19 was agreed together with the Council Tax precept required from the beginning of April.

The percentage increase in the precept for the Seaton Town Council budget will be 0.58%, considerably lower than the current rate of inflation. For the average Band D payer this will mean an annual bill of £99.66 compared to £99.09 last year.

This small increase of 57p for a whole year, equivalent to just over 1p per week, has been achieved without any cuts to current services or support provided by the Town Council. On the advice of our auditor we have increased the amount kept in reserves by £10,000 and Councillors also agreed to increase the amount of grant funding available to apply for in 2018/19 back to a total of £8000.

Any questions regarding this release should be directed to Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk, Seaton Town Council on 01297 21388 or


Support for Devon Air Ambulance Night Landings in Seaton

Seaton Town Council in association with Seaton Cricket Club have submitted a planning application to East Devon District Council for an emergency night time landing light at the Cricket Club.

The light will enable the Air Ambulance to fly after nightfall until 2am with the hope in the future to offer a 24-hour service.

Councillor Martin Pigott was contacted by two local residents to ask if the Town Council could get involved. The Town Council agreed and pledged £1,000 to start the fund rolling.

One of the residents who contacted Cllr Pigott, Mrs Amy Catley, was entered for the Grizzly Cub Run 2017 and as her father owes is life to the speed of the Air Ambulance, Amy was keen to raise money so set about this with a group of her running friends, Emma Grigg, Hayley Eate, Lauren Kerr and Suzy Eul-Brown to get sponsorship and managed to raise a fantastic sum of £2,696.07.

This included a donation of over £500.00 from Guy Sweetman of East Devon Sports Therapy. Other donations have been made by Seaton Probus Club, £120.00 and the Seaton Development Trust, £653.75.

The Town Council was given £200.00 from the Axe Valley Runners for the use of the Marshlands Centre during the Grizzly Run so this money was also put towards the lighting fund. The Freemasons of De La Pole Masonic Lodge in Seaton have pledged £1000.00.

Councillor Pigott said "It is amazing how generous the people of Seaton have been. Without advertising we have been able to raise more than enough money for the emergency landing lights. I would like to thank all the groups who have donated money and especially Mrs Catley for all her efforts. I would also like to thank Seaton Cricket Club and especially the Chairman, Chris Gamwell for all their help and support.

If any residents of Court lane, Meadow Road, Mead Way, Valley View, Colyford Road or Summersby Close have any concerns over the lighting please email me at Hopefully the lighting will not have to be used that often but it is great to know the lights are there if needed."


Optimism over Jurassic Mule's Future

Seaton Town Council Mayor, Councillor Jack Rowland, has had a number of meetings with Derek Gawn, the owner of Jurassic Mule to try to find a way forward so that the service can continue in 2018 and beyond. The Town Council recognises the importance of increasing the amount of visitors to the town and believes that the Jurassic Mule Plays a key role in this.

Councillor Rowland said "I am pleased with the way that these meetings have gone and am optimistic that the Jurassic Mule service will continue in 2018. The Council is lobbying East Devon District Council and Devon District Council to get the improved road layout in the Underfleet so that buses have a place to pull in off the road to prevent traffic congestion. We have also signposted Mr Gawn to Sources of funding so that he can update his vehicles.

Derek Gawn said "I am current working on the possibility of providing some form of Jurassic Mule service for 2018 and am working with both Lyme Regis and Seaton Town Councils. I am also investigating updating my vehicles so that the emissions are reduced. In order to do tihs I am seeking funding. In the meantime I would like to thank all our friends in the twon for their overwhelming support through this difficult period". Mr Gawn did, however stress the need to source a local Operations Manager for the service to be able to continue, due to his own retirement from the day to day running of his business.

As well as meeting with Derek Gawn, Councillor Rowland has also met with Ian Beaven and Pat Lowther from Haven Court to discuss the situation and a way forward with them.

Ian Beaven, Haven Court Manager, said "We feel that the residents of Haven Court have been unfairly maligned in the press when we are fully supportive of tourism and the Jurassic Mule. No one here wants to see the Jurassic Mule cease tradingg; our residents just have concerns over the emissions from buses generally. It's good news that Mr Gawn is planning to update his vehicles and we lok forward to seeing the Jurassic Mule continue in the future."

Pat Lowther, a resident at Haven Court said "I have used the Jurassic Mule myself and really enjoyed the experience. I think it's a great way of bringing tourists into the town an I'm fully supportive the service continuing and I am glad that Mr Gawn is looking to purchase some more emission friendly vehicles."

The discussion between the Town Council and Mr Gawn will continue and further updates will be provided as and when appropriate.