Local People Go The Extra Mile For The Camo-mile Community Challenge

Six community groups and charities have benefitted thanks to the Camo-Mile Community Challenge.

The Mayor of Totnes officially opened a new path and launched the town’s Camo-Mile Challenge, along with pupils from St John’s Primary School, at a community event earlier this year at the Camomile Lawn development.

Linden Homes created a path from Home Reach Avenue (just off Weston Lane) to link its new homes at Camomile Lawn with Steamer Quay and a mile-long route was made.

Entry was free, the only restrictions were that you needed to enter on behalf of a local charity, organisation or school, take part before 30th March and ensure your time was logged. Each group was entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five £200 prizes to their nominated community group or charity.

There was also a prize draw of £200 for the most unusual way to complete the route, which was won by Janet Lang, a regular worshiper at St John’s Church. Paying homage to the name, Janet had handmade and individually cut out lots of camomile flowers and covered her walking sticks with them. Janet said: “It’s a step towards getting the church windows replaced at St John’s Church in Bridgetown and for the ground floor to be refurbished. The church is used for many local groups, including Totnes Town Brass Band, Torbay Symphony Orchestra, AA and the toddler group, so we’re delighted to have won as the money will help a lot of the community in Totnes.”

Sophie Pollard completed the mile for the Alzheimer’s Society: “A family member ran the Brighton marathon recently, so he ran 26 miles and I walked one by taking part in the Camo-Mile challenge! I’m delighted that I’ve helped raise money for a charity very close to my heart.”

Hans Edwards, a resident at the development, said: “My children attend St John’s Primary School and we’re over the moon to have won one of the prizes! We have used the path a lot and the children loved taking part.”

Jean Harris from Foxhole Community Gardens said: "I’m really happy to support Foxhole Community Garden, it’s a beautiful site on the Dartington Estate. Its aim is to provide a safe space for vulnerable groups to enjoy gardening; a welcoming place for people of all ages and sectors of the community. At its heart is the use of organic no-dig gardening methods, encouraging sustainability and biodiversity."

Marcelle Perkes is the chair for Bidwell Brook School PTFA and said: “We are so pleased to have won, as it will help to provide equipment for the children at the school.”

The other prize was claimed by Eva Baumback from Dart Totnes Rowing Club. Brian Deacon, sales and marketing director for Linden Homes, said: “The launch was a huge success. Councillors, residents and local business people joined the 40 pupils at the inaugural event to open the new path, with refreshments provided by local company, The Kitchen Table.

“We had people walk, run and cycle the route, as well as: walking backwards in Halloween masks, walking carrying a tray of camomile tea, cartwheeling with face paints on, walking in wellies, roller-skating, and one girl was in fancy dress with her face painted, while being pushed in a wheelbarrow by her grandad! We had some very imaginative entries!

“The new path is benefitting the whole of Totnes as it provides easy access to town and encourages people to leave their cars at home. We’re delighted to have helped the local community and we’re keen to see the path being well used.

“Sustainability is important to us and at Camomile Lawn we are creating allotments and we have a Local Travel Plan that is about to be rolled out. It provides our residents with local information and energy saving benefits, including a bike voucher to encourage people to cycle or walk more – and this path will help make that possible.”

Linden Homes is creating a beautiful collection of three and four bedroom homes. For more details visit the show home, call 01803 701570.

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23 May 2017

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