Filming on Saunton Beach

Please see detail below of a film production company due to be making use of Saunton Beach on 27th-28th February. Although preparation will begin in Saunton car park from 17th Feb.

OPERATION MINCEMEAT

Haversack Films Limited

2nd Floor | Main Admin Building | Twickenham Studios | Twickenham | TW1 2AW | Tel: +44 (0) 20 8607 8993

FILMING ENGAGEMENT LETTER

Saunton Sands Beach: 27th-28th February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020

Dear Resident / Business,
We are the Locations team working on a new feature film called ‘Operation Mincemeat’. The drama is being produced by Haversack Films and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).

Operation Mincemeat Synopsis:
Operation Mincemeat is the true WWII story of a brilliant British deception. In 1943, Hitler knew that a vast military force was preparing to land in Southern Europe and had guessed correctly that it would be Sicily. That is until a team of brilliantly unconventional military intelligence officers concocted a plan that would fool him into believing otherwise, saving countless lives and opening the soft underbelly to Europe. Operation Mincemeat is their story.

We are filming the amphibious allied landings, which historically took place in Sicily, on Saunton Sands beach this February 2020.
Our complete works will take place over a 16-day period as follows:

Dates / Times
Prep 17th-25th February: 07:00-19:00
Prep/Rehearse 26th February: 07:00-23:00
Prep/Film 27th – 28th February: 07:00-23:00. All crew offsite 02:00.
Reinstate 29th February – 3rd March: 07:00-19:00

SFX, Gunfire & Police Authorisation
We will be filming action sequences that involve replica weaponry and pyrotechnics, including audible gunfire and explosions. All shots fired will be blank rounds. There will be Location Stewards in high-visibility jackets to highlight the perimeter of the area that is locked-off for public safety, assisting the general public and directing visitors towards a safe pedestrian route. We have notified the Coast Guard of our activities as well as both the local Braunton and Barnstable Police Stations. Our production has been issued a CAD number valid 22nd – 28th February 2020, covering every day that firearms or pyrotechnics will be used.

Lighting Machines and Generators
We will have film lamps on the lawn of the Saunton Sands Hotel, as well as at Saunton Sands Car Park and on the Beach (please see the map overleaf). These will be used to light our exterior filming areas 18:00-23:00 on 26th-28th February 2020. We will have a number of generators powering these during these hours.

Saunton Sands Car Park
Parts of the Saunton Sands Car Park will be closed to the public over 17th – 23rd February, and the majority of it over 24th February – 3rd March 2020. Please see the map overleaf which shows the portion of the car park which will stay open to the general public.

Reassurances
Local support is hugely important to us. Throughout all our negotiations so far, we have been liaising closely with; the Environment Agency, Natural England, Marine Management Organisation, North Devon County Council, Braunton Parish Council, the Coast Guard and North Devonshire County Police in Barnstable, seeking all necessary permissions required for filming of this nature. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the details below.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Kind regards,

Adam Richards | Supervising Location Manager
M: 07774 279 070 | E: afrlocations@gmail.com

Ollie Bradbury |Assistant Location Manager
M: 07711 872 946 | E: olliebradbury1@gmail.com

Defibrillator training by the British Heart Foundation

You are invited to come to a FREE session about how to use defibrillators in the villages and where they are located.

Includes some basics around first aid for an unconscious person.

Georgeham Village Hall from 7:00-9:00pm on Tuesday 10th March.

Phone Barrie on 01271 813816 or e-mail barriebudge@gmail.com to reserve a place

Further courses are:
Kingsacre School Braunton: 7:00-9:00pm 16th March
The Bowling Club: 7:00-9:00pm 12th March
Heanton Church Hall: at the top of the hill 14th of March 10:30-12:30am

Beat heartbreak forever

Beat heartbreak from heart diseases and all circulatory disease

British Heart Foundation 2014 registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and Scotland (SCO39426) HIS/0314

Neighbourhood Plan Redraft

The Georgeham Neighbourhood Plan has been redrafted and is currently awaiting a ‘health check’ with a Consultant Planning Advisor to ensure that all the legal requirements have been met. The District Council have offered us this service and they are seeking quotations for the work; unfortunately the officers dealing with this have been delayed by circumstances beyond their control.

As soon as we are able we will publish the Draft Plan for a formal Consultation process.

Those who have worked on the Plan and the many who have contributed to it share the frustrations associated with this delay.

Calling local micro businesses for research trial

We’re looking for freelancers, sole traders and businesses with fewer than 10 employees, to work with us on a research trial designed to boost Devon’s economy.

We can’t say too much about the trial at this stage because that might compromise the research, but essentially it’s to look at different ways of providing support to these businesses.

We’re aiming to have more than 250 businesses in the trial group, and we’re looking specifically for micro businesses, freelancers and sole traders in Devon and the Exmoor and Blackdown Hills areas of Somerset, working in tourism (including food, accommodation and retail); health and social care; trades such as construction, market traders and lifestyle businesses; and manufacturers.

If you’re one of these and you’re interested in being part of the trial, we’d like to hear from you:

Click Here

Georgeham Playing Field – Community Pavilion Update

Georgeham Parish Council has been very fortunate in being given one of the Lodges surplus to requirements from Ruda Holiday Park which is now positioned in Georgeham Playing Field.

The Parish Council is indebted to Ruda for the donation of this building which it is hoped will be converted into a building suitable for community use, including changing facilities for the Football Club.

It has been necessary for some work to be carried out to the exterior of the building to make it safe. The Parish Council’s thoughts are now turning to the interior and quotations are being considered. All this comes at a cost and before any work is put in hand, it will be necessary to obtain grant funding towards the work to keep the price as low as possible that the Parish Council has to pay. These arrangements are not done overnight and Parish Councillors want parishioners to be aware that yes, the work is being considered but it will be a little while before the project can be finished.

We very much hope that you will bear with us while the project moves forward. Councillors hope, as well as parishioners, that it will be in a fit state to use as soon as is practible possible.

Thank you

Calling local landowners! Can you help us provide genuinely affordable homes for local people?

Georgeham Parish CLT is now being formed to provide genuine affordable homes for people with a connection to the parish of Georgeham. We all know how urgently these are needed and it was no surprise when, in 2019 a local survey identified 18 local households looking for homes for rent or shared ownership. By ‘local connection’ we mean people with a connection by living here now (perhaps grown up but living with parents), work here now (but travel from away), or have lived here in the past (but have been forced to move away to find somewhere to live).

If GPCLT is to provide these homes we will need to build on one or more sites. Affordable homes for local people can be built on land that would otherwise unavailable to private developers; usually agricultural land adjacent to the existing settlement. This is allowed under Local Plan Policy ST19: Affordable Housing on Exception Sites.

We are therefore appealing to local landowners to let us know if they would like to talk to us. We are looking for sites that are reasonably level (or at least not too steep!), accessible from an adopted road, 1/2 acre or more in size, not prone to flooding and generally developable. Potential sites should be adjacent to the main settlements of Georgeham or Croyde. The value of these sites is more than agricultural value but nowhere near commercial residential value. Typically, the value is up to £7,000/plot.

Any land we develop will be owned freehold by GPCLT and permanently held for the benefit of the community. No-one involved in the CLT will profit financially from the project; we are all volunteers. We will work with a suitable housing association on our terms to fund and build the homes using a model that has proved very successful elsewhere in Devon. The latest such project to complete was by developed by Appledore CLT and their partner, Aster Housing.

Please help us help local people to live here! For an informal discussion, contact Tina Luxton (recently appointed as designate chair of GPCLT) on 07831145898 or by email tinaluxton7@gmail.com by 28th October 2019.

I’ll be sending the Agenda for next Thursday’s meeting and the draft Minutes later this evening.

Thanks.

Community Insight Survey

The Community Insight survey is running until 22nd December and is capturing a snapshot of life in Devon for our diverse communities.

We’re asking people whether they: can get around easily, access green spaces, look after themselves, feel safe, can access community resources and adult learning etc. We’re also asking about their health and wellbeing and social connectivity alongside views on fly tipping/cleanliness, decision making, whether they feel listened to and whether they think council tax should increase.

In order to reach all Devon’s communities, I’d be grateful if you could publicise this in your local areas.

Here is a link to the survey:

Initial results will be available early in the new year and will be shared with partners, including District Councils. Further analysis (age, disability, locality etc) will be available by the Spring.

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