Sunday 20th October saw Salcombe gather together for ‘Civic Sunday’, an annual occasion at which representatives of the town’s many voluntary organisations are thanked for their dedication and hard work over the previous year. The day commences with a dedicated Service in Holy Trinity Church, conducted by Father Daniel French, and which is always thought-provoking and humorous in equal measure.
In time honoured tradition, the day is also when the Citizen of the Year is presented with a plaque commemorating this wonderful achievement, and once again we were hosted at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel for a wonderful lunch. Having been nominated by their peers, and voted for by the Town Council, it is always a real pleasure to publicly acknowledge the sacrifice that so many volunteers make, and this is particularly true of our First Responders. Tim Hore is no exception, working more than full-time as a publican and yet still finding time to serve his community. We are truly thankful of his commitment to this essential service and, by extension, to us all.
We as a town also took this opportunity to officially say ‘well done’ to the Redfern Health Centre, doctors, nurses and staff. Coming first out of 6,859 GP practices in the country in the recent GP Patient Survey, scoring 100% in categories which included ease of getting an appointment, trust in our doctors and the attitude of the reception staff, we could not be more proud of the entire team, and we were very pleased that representatives of the practice were able to join the town for a ‘thank you’ lunch.