Category: News

News and reports about events and community in and around Totnes in Devon

Renovation by The Golden Iris

12th February 2019 Over the last two years a dedicated group of young people have been working locally to provide creative spaces for themselves and other vulnerable people in the community. They are concerned by the increasing challenges they see around mental health which as they say “remain invisible to most”. The aim of the…

Pay to Pee?

Have the pay toilets been tharwted? Not yet. South Hams District Council recently revealed plans to install pay toilet systems at a cost of £50,000 in the 3 public facilities in Totnes. It seems public dunny facilities are funded from central government – not Council Tax and this funding has now stopped, leaving the lavies…

Brexit & how it affects Totnes

Perpetual arguments about Brexit spit forth on social-media often creating more heat than light. So The Totnes Pulse are trying a pragmatic approach to the discussion by asking  4 local businesses the same questions to see what they have to say – with limited success! If you also own a local business, have your say…

Martin Harley’s Captivating Blues

Astounding! Martin Harley and his authentic, soulful blues were surely an experience to remember at The Barrel House on Saturday 8th December. The crowd, seemingly in awe of his talent, Harley possessing the power to both captivate an audience and make them go wild with adoration and excitement, as his increasing passion and mastery of…

Totnes Jazz Workshop

The legendary Jazz trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has been supporting the Totnes Jazz Workshop for years and has finally decided it’s time to concentrate fully on his new project ‘Dave Holdsworth’s New Brew’ following the release of his acclaimed latest album, ‘Wodgi‘. Dave has been playing Jazz in many forms since the 1960’s and is a…

A ray of light out of tragedy.

Following the heartbreaking death of Reuben Williams in a car crash this time last year, his grieving grandparents have made every effort to generate positivity from real tragedy. Reuben, 3,  was in a car on Plymouth Road, when it was hit by a drink-driver, Andrew Vass who is now in prison on a charge of…

Universal Credit and Labour’s local campaign

I am writing this as a member of Totnes Labour Party’s Disability and Benefits Working Group, which was formed in response to the proposed roll out of Universal Credit in this area from September 2018. The Working Group met with Sarah Wollaston in July to ask her to request a pause in the rollout until…

Homelessness, Begging & Drugs

Over the last 50 years, drugs, always illegal, have moved from the groovy colourful 1960’s, through the grungy 1990’s to blissed out 2000’s rave scene, through to now. An underground criminal industrial underbelly that polite society would rather ignore? There have been increasing concerns over the drug culture here and as part of a Totnes…

The Return of the Bull

Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is searching through the rooms with Rick who sells reclamation furniture in the Market at the weekend. We are upstairs and the place is a wreck. Rick scans for any items left behind in the building. Geetie claims to be Rick’s best customer and will be using reclaimed and re-purposed furniture throughout…