Strete, Devon Strete

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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.

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D-Day Events for 80th Anniversary

We recently commemorated the 80th anniversary of Exercise Tiger which was less than 6 weeks before the D-Day landings. The terrible consequences of that disaster helped the success of D-Day but not without the ultimate sacrifice of more service personnel.
It is a time to quietly reflect and for the community to come together to play our part in the Nations Tribute at the Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Manor Farm Beacon Site from 6pm on 6th June. There will be a Ram Roast and Live Music followed by the Beacon Lighting at 9:15pm.

Social Isolation and Loneliness

The Office for National Statistics produced data in 2020/2021—taken from surveys across the South Hams—which suggested that 10.6% of people living in the South Hams were often or always lonely. https://www.ons.gov.uk/visuali....
Our survey suggests this may be an underestimate.
There is also some useful information on the Age UK site about the risk of loneliness for the over 65s in the South Hams area, which indicated a number of areas in the South Hams at moderate and high risk of loneliness. https://data.ageuk.org.uk/lone...

Social Isolation and Loneliness newsletter

South Hams - Devon Home Choice Newsletter

This newsletter provides summary details of homes. Please see the Devon Home Choice website or contact your local housing team for full details, including:
- Any conditions you must meet if you are to be offered a particular home (such as a local connection to an area) or
- Whether a home has been advertised with a preference to certain groups (such as adapted homes, which will be advertised with a preference to people who have a need for that type of accommodation).
For information on the full range of housing options in your area please contact your local housing team. Contact details are available on the Devon Home Choice website.
Devon Home Choice Newsletter

The River Dart - Designated Bathing Water Sites

Breaking News……..The River Dart has just become the first river in the UK to achieve Designated Bathing Water status for a record number of individual sites. Four sites have been awarded Designated Bathing Water status by DEFRA in time for the start of the UK’s 2024 Bathing Water Season on the 15th May 2024.
This is a hugely positive step in the progress towards resolving sewage and wastewater pollution in our rivers. The four new bathing water sites are located on the river from Totnes down to Dartmouth, at the mouth of the river: Totnes (Steamer Quay), Dittisham (The Ham), Stoke Gabriel (creek), Warfleet Dartmouth.
There are still many challenges ahead, so this designation will act as a lever for long term positive change and clearly shows that when communities come together and take collaborative action, real change can happen by working closely with South West Water, local councils, businesses, local landowners and the Dart Harbour Master together with a groundswell of local support.
Despite the good news, we note that this is a starting point and offer a note of caution for those who may now assume the popular River Dart is now safe for swimming. Whilst it sounds like bathing water status means the river is now a green light for bathing, this is unfortunately not the case. What it does mean, however, is that the Environment Agency is now obliged to test the river weekly (for two harmful bacteria). The Environment Agency will then classify the site as either EXCELLENT, GOOD, SATISFACTORY or POOR. This new data will create enhanced focus and pressure upon South West Water to reduce sewage spills into the Dart. Bathing water status currently only applies to a fixed period from 15th May – 30 September.

Strete Gate Memorial Cairn for Exercise Tiger

The parish council was made aware of an unreported event involving Exercise Tiger at the PC meeting in February. This is a summary of those events from over four years of research by Mr Teddy Cranmer concerning the early and unreported part of Exercise Tiger.
US troops made their first landing at 06:30 on the 27th of April 1944. They came ashore from LSTs/Higgins boats on' red ' beach near the middle/end of the Ley, near Strete Gate.
It was a shambles - Altered timings, bad communications, live ammunition unbeknown to defenders and those coming ashore and bombardment from a cruiser and destroyers lying off-shore coinciding with the landing. 110 deaths - but, due to D-Day five weeks away, these became swallowed up in the great deception that surrounded Tiger. It would also have had a disastrous effect on morale for both US forces preparing for D-Day and for their families back in the USA. There has never been a memorial to these 110 (bodies and identities were carefully spirited away) but there were witnesses and Ike (General Eisenhower) noted these losses. Mr Cranmer has obtained permission from Brendan Spokes of Strete Estate to place a memorial at Strete Gate. As result of his dedication to acknowledge this tragedy a memorial cairn commemorating the loss of over 100 US personnel during the first Tiger landing on Slapton Sands 27/04/1944 was unveiled in Strete Gate Car Park at 2pm on 5th April 2024. Unveiling of the memorial was by Anthony Mangnall MP and other local dignitaries followed by tea at the Field Studies Centre, Slapton.

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