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The Albert Clock and Fountain on Barnstaple Square

Posts from June 2020

The Town Council fondly remembers and acknowledges the commitment, time and efforts of former Councillors, Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Mayoresses. 
At a recent Town Council meeting – The Mayor Alan Rennles asked Councillors to make a donation to a local zoo and wildlife park. Both attractions are a vital part of our local tourism industry. Due to Covid-19, they have had to close their doors to visitors and they are currently struggling to fund their running costs, feed the animals and support their keepers. 
Both are hoping to re-open sometime in July. Despite being given the go ahead to by the Government to re-open from Monday 15th June, each attraction has a large number of processes to put in place to keep visitors safe due to the current virus pandemic. In addition the running costs make it unviable to re-open straight away without the usual number of tourists visiting North Devon 
Due the Coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since the 1930’s the Mayor has been unable to visit and hand-deliver the Barnstaple shilling to the residents of the local Almshouses. A bespoke gift card has been designed with a shilling inside and sent to every Almshouse resident. It is hoped that this personalised card will go some way to avoiding disappointment and continue an important local tradition in the mayoral calendar. 
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