#WeAreDevon promises more for all ages at this year’s Devon County Show

picture of a sheep Image courtesy of the Devon County Show

Posted on: 8 May 2019

Devon County Council is sharing a marquee with partners again at this year’s county show, 16th to 18th May, under the familiar umbrella #WeAreDevon.

Visitors to the stand will explore a range of themes, spanning health, care, healthy eating, nature and the environment.

With a life-size Operation Game, the classic 80s test for a steady hand, (remember Charley horse, Adam’s apple, and writers’ cramp?), to the stomach-churning ‘Lump of Fat’, (a not so subtle reference to a poor diet), the stand promises to entertain, educate and encourage visitors towards healthier lifestyles.

The organic café will be the big crowd pleaser once again come lunchtimes and throughout the day, courtesy of the Harvest Workers Co-op, and this time alongside a raised bed and guidance about growing your own fruit and veg.

Produce used in the café will be available in seed-form, thanks to the Devon Local Nature Partnership, for people to take home and grow.

And Farmwise Devon, the council’s push to educate young people about how food on their plate is grown and produced, will be joining them.

The Local Nature Partnership is also celebrating Naturally Healthy May, encouraging everyone to be as active as they can be, with suggestions to encourage getting out and about.

To make it easier still, the Partnership has a competition running each day, with prizes including:

Day 1: A family pass for Seaton Jurassic, donated by Devon Wildlife Trust
Day 2: Jurassic Coast Fossils book, donated by The Jurassic Coast Trust
Day 3: A family ticket to the Mobile Planetarium show on Wednesday 25 September, donated by the South Devon AONB

And there’ll be health services: One Small Step and the South West Ambulance Service are on the stand, offering free blood and BMI checks, and demonstrating cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and the NHS and Proud to Care Devon will be recruiting organ donors and encouraging people to consider careers in health and social care.

With the natural environment in mind, stand organisers continue to promote Refill, the campaign to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles. There are over 14,000 Refill Stations nationwide so far. Visitors to the stand will be encouraged to pledge to refill their water bottles at any on the network, starting with the County Show’s very first free water Refill Station available on this year’s #WeAreDevon stand, provided free by South West Water.

Refill pledges will be entered into a draw to win reusable bottles throughout the show period.

Also on the stand, Libraries Unlimited, which runs public libraries in Devon and Torbay, will be giving away a hundred pre-school books, as well as having a pop-up children’s library.

And back by popular demand is Men in Sheds, by Age UK Exeter, the programme that is helping countless numbers of men in Devon who are experiencing loneliness or isolation. And now also supporting people with dementia and learning disabilities.

The Dartmoor Search and Rescue team from Ashburton are there too, showing people just how they do it; responding not only alongside emergency services in search of the lost, but also assisting with missing, injured and vulnerable people including those with dementia, mental ill-health and children.

The #WeAreDevon stand is in its usual location at Stand Number 306, Road 8, next to the Devon Travel Academy.

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