For the sustainable development of town and valley


Set up in 2005 by members of the Town Council and Sid Vale Association, the Vision Group for Sidmouth is now a determinedly independent group. It aims to provide support for local people and organisations who are taking up particular issues for improving Sidmouth life, and to listen to residents’ ideas.

If you need help setting up a community project within Sidmouth, the VGS wants to hear from you.

To give you an idea, members of the VGS have developed:

  • The Farmers’ Market, now held in, and run by, Kennaway House every month
  • The Science Festival, now an independent entity
  • SidEnergy (formerly SVEAG), a community energy initiative
  • Futures Forum, both an on-line resource and a public platform for sharing ideas
  • Sustainable Sidmouth, which is also part of the Transition Town movement

Read more about our history and download the original Vision Group Report.

Members of the VGS have also helped with these projects:

  • Plastic Free Sidmouth – led by the Plastic Free Warriors
  • Sidmouth Repair Café at Manstone Youth Centre
  • The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan – led by the Town Council
  • Friends of the Byes – Sidmouth’s most active environmental project
  • The Sidmouth Arboretum Project, the country’s first civic arboretum

We are a flexible and informal group of people, and to become a member all you need to do is add your email address to our list!

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What is happening now?

VGS projects

Independent groups with whom the VGS strongly identifies.

Sidmouth Festivals


Websites important to Sidmouth and the Sid Valley.


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