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International Women’s Day in the Sid Valley

  • by JW

“Sidmouth’s inspirational leaders”


The District Council is celebrating International Women’s Day in East Devon: 8 March 2023 – International Women’s Day: East Devon’s inspirational leaders – East Devon

What about celebrating the Day in the Sid Valley?

To keep to the District Council, four out of six councillors are women: Councillor details – Councillor Dawn Manley – East Devon and Councillor details – Councillor Marianne Rixson – East Devon and Councillor details – Councillor Denise Bickley – East Devon and Councillor details – Councillor Cathy Gardner – East Devon

To take the Town Council, the vice-chair would be expected to be the next chair: Cllr Hilary Nelson – Sidmouth Town Council

The chair and vice-chair of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group are both councillors today: Cllr Deirdre Hounsom – Sidmouth Town Council and Cllr Louise Cole – Sidmouth Town Council, the latter also being the chair of the Tourism and Economy cttee.

As for community leaders, here are just a few – so please do let us know who we’ve missed out!

Lynette Talbot, chair of Sidmouth in Bloom: Sidmouth wins gold Britain in Bloom award | Sidmouth Herald and Sidmouth In Bloom

Angela Carney, a co-founder of the Repair Café: Behind the scenes at Sidmouth Repair Café | Exmouth Journal

Denise Bickley, chair of Sidmouth Plastic Warriors | Facebook and Sidmouth Plastic Warriors – Doing everything in our power to get Sidmouth single-use-plastic-free

Mary Walden-Till, founder of Sidmouth Drill Hall Research Site – as well as webmaster at the VGS!

Sheila Meades, lead on the SVBG’s Biodiversity Festival: Sid Valley Biodiversity Group | Facebook and Sidmouth biodiversity: The delights of a mini wildlife pond | Sidmouth Herald

Julia Slingo, former head of the Met Office and active resident of Sidmouth: Julia Slingo – Wikipedia and Learn more about climate change from the Met Office’s former chief scientist | Local News | News | Sidmouth Nub News

Alex Mitchell, head of social media for the Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth project: Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth (CAPS) | Facebook

Nikki Dawkins, manager of Kennaway House: New team leading the way at Kennaway House | Sidmouth Herald

Then there are the women at the heart of the Sidmouth business community, to name but a few:

Eleanor Carr, of the Eats Boutique street food events: Eleanor Carr – Director – Unique Boutique Events | LinkedIn

Victoria Davis and Deborah Bennett, landladies of the Balfour Arms pub: New landladies at Sidmouth pub aim to create community hub | Sidmouth Herald and THE BALFOUR ARMS, Sidmouth – Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews – Tripadvisor

Felicity Carver, founder of Sidmouth Craft Hub: New business set to open in Sidmouth | Local News | News | Sidmouth Nub News

According to Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, 45 per cent of businesses are run jointly or solely by women – based on 88 trading members: Women in business in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald and Directory: All Listings | Sidmouth Chamber and Sidmouth Business Community | Facebook

Finally, the majority of winners of the 2021 Champion Awards were women: The Champions Awards 2021: the winners – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

Sylvia Brownlee presents the Highly Commended Award to Dr Sarah Hadfield and Emma Vigurs of the Sid Valley Practice, accepting it on behalf of the practice and volunteers – Credit: Tony Spooner ARPS

The Champions Awards 2021: ceremony photographs – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards

And the Judges Panel for this year’s Champions Awards are gender balanced! Judges appointed for 2023 Sustainable Sidmouth Champions Awards | Sidmouth Herald

If you’d like to nominate someone for an Award – here’s the place to go: Enter the Champions Awards 2023 – Sustainable Sidmouth Champion Awards