A New Year provides the opportunity for a new beginning. The Vision Group for Sidmouth (VGS) plan to do exactly that.

Towards the end of last year, we launched the 'Cherishing Sidmouth Cemeteries' initiative, with the objective of putting together a team of volunteers to help tend the neglected cemeteries within the Sid Valley. The aim of the initiative is to re-establish the cemeteries as areas of peace and tranquility where we can go and pay our respects to those who have been taken from us without getting caught up by brambles, while ensuring there remains a space for nature.

An initial meeting to discuss the approach that should be taken will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 13 at the Sidmouth Cemetery, with a view to getting the project established in 2024. If you feel that you could contribute in some way to the sensitive management of the site or provide support to those who do, you would be most welcome to attend.

Another project coordinated by the VGS continues to go from strength to strength. The Friends of Glen Gloyle (FOGG) continue their work in the Glen, and with the support of East Devon District Council recently planted hundreds of plants and bulbs. As the months go by and the plants become established they will provide colour and ground cover enhancing the Glen. Plans are also afoot to provide seating within the Glen and information boards detailing its history. The FOGG volunteers meet each Thursday at 10am and new volunteers are always welcome.

The Sidmouth Cycling Campaign (SCC), also run by the VGS, continues to promote cycling within the Sid Valley by working with other groups as well as the national promoter of sustainable travel Sustrans. The SCC also keeps a keen eye on planning applications which may impact possible cycle routes, is putting together ideas for new cycling and walking paths, and is looking to run eyecatching events to get people on their bikes!

If you would like to get involved in the various activities of the VGS please get in touch via our website www.visionforsidmouth.org.uk And, if you have got any ideas for other projects, do please let us know!