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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Devon Ranks Among the Lowest for COVID-19 Cases

The following update has been issued by Devon County Council.
With so much coverage in the national media about a potential second wave of coronavirus, we wanted to reassure you about our continued efforts in Devon to contain the virus. The number of COVID-19 cases in Devon is still very low, with no linked cases or community spread, and we want to keep it that way.
Devon's District Council areas account for four of the lowest five 'lower tier local authorities' in England, for confirmed coronavirus cases. Making Devon one of the lowest ranking areas of the country for coronavirus cases. You can view the government data here. Everyone has done extremely well to comply with prevention measures and national guidance so it's vital that we all keep it up and to work together to help prevent a second peak.
You can view more details on this here together with more advice and recommendations to keep safe and help save lives.

Call To Arms for The Kings Arms - Business Plan

Today our fundraising starts for real. We have already had a number of pledges but we have got a long way to go. So today we are launching our business plan. The vision is to create a vibrant, much loved hub for our village. But more than that, over time we believe the pub can and should become a way of funding good causes in our community. If you have any questions please contact andy.kingsarms.strete@gmail.com and please do share with anyone else you know who might want to help. Thank you!
Please follow the links to the summary of the business plan and the full business plan

The Kings Arms Survey

For those who have not seen the latest update on https://www.facebook.com/kingsarmsatstrete/ here is something you can do that will be really helpful to The Kings Arms Team.

The ambition is to create a community pub that villagers feel is their pub. The survey has five simple questions that we would like you to give your views on.

When you get to question three rate your 5 preferences with 1 being your first preference. Click on the link below to upload the survey.
Many thanks.

The Kings Arms Survey

South Hams and Slapton Beach

South Hams and West Devon have gone seven weeks without a death related to Covid 19. We need to remain ALERT to maintain this.
It is clear from the the number of Camper Vans parked overnight at both the Memorial and Strete Gate Car Parks together with the illegal parking on the highway at Strete Gate, that the traditional holiday season has started early.
If we are to continue with the 'all clear' in the area, residents and visitors must continue to observe the guidelines for safe distancing measures together with face masks when entering shops and pubs. Be respectful but avoid close contact with people you don't know.
Slapton Beach sits in the South West Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) and is also a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). This prohibits camp fires, overnight camping and late night partying with loud music. Would everyone please respect these bye-laws.
We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful area now and in future years - please leave it as you found it. Additional rubbish bins have been provided - please use them. If they're full, please take your rubbish home. Public toilets are open - please use them not the nearest bush. It's important everyone uses the facilities provided to help protect each other from the spread of Covid 19.
Thank you.

The Kings Arms Campaign

Today the campaign starts to raise the funds to take over the lease of our village pub, The Kings Arms.
The fundraising team is a group of volunteers who all live in the village, brought together over the past few months by a belief that a village needs a thriving pub at its heart. You can find out more about us under the Notes tab on https://www.facebook.com/kingsarmsatstrete/.
Our vision is for a community pub that offers a good quality, affordable menu, packed with tasty crowd pleasers, and local real ales. But beyond the food and drink, we hope to create a hub for village life, a space where groups meet regularly, young mothers in need of a break meet for coffee, isolated villagers come for a nice chat, curry nights are scoffed, quizzes are argued over, songs are sung, weary walkers recuperate, film nights are watched goggle eyed, grown men in fancy dress are mocked on Pirate Day, children never stop laughing on Crazy Hair Day.
To create this kind of pub, we need the community to have a feeling of being part of something special, to want to make it successful. We believe that it is important the pub is owned by the community. That is why we plan to offer shares in the pub to anyone in multiples of £250. If enough people buy shares, we can open the pub again.
A full business plan, clarifying exactly what we need, is being finalised with a consultant who has helped numerous community pubs open across the country. This will be published in the next couple of weeks. These funds will allow us to take on a 10 years lease, develop the pub and garden to make more of its potential, implement work to meet Coronavirus best practice and manage the cash flow to ensure we get through the ups and downs of the first year of trading. After the first year, we plan to be profitable.
Just as importantly though, we will need volunteers. We've spoken to a number of the growing band of community pubs around the country and volunteers are key to their long-term success. We will open the pub once we have raised the money and made improvements. We hope that this is in September but of course there are many factors to consider, not least the continuation of the easing of lockdown, so we'll make a judgment on the date at the right time.
If you are interested in finding out more, email Andy Edwards at andy.kingsarms.strete@gmail.com
Thanks,
The Kings Arms re-opening team.

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