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.
Furlough - or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as it's officially known was introduced during the first lockdown. It helped pay 11.6 million wages after coronavirus restrictions meant large parts of the economy closed. However, after 18 months, the UK’s furlough scheme is ending. It was brought in by the government to pay 80% of wages, with a monthly limit of £2,500. That dropped to 60% with employers making up the rest as it started winding down for its closing date today. Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he’s "immensely proud" of the multibillion-pound scheme - which, according to latest figures, is still supporting 1.6 million workers. It’s been widely praised for protecting millions of jobs and in supporting business to return to normal.
It’s less than 10 months since the COVID-19 vaccination programme began in Devon and in that time everyone over the age of 16 years old has been offered the jab.
More than nine in 10 Devon residents have taken up that offer and more than eight in 10 are fully vaccinated, which is excellent! The NHS is starting to give booster vaccinations this week. They are being offered to people most at risk from coronavirus who have already had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose, so please wait to be contacted via letter, text or email before trying to book an appointment via the National Booking Service. The majority of people who are currently eligible will receive their invite within the next three weeks. For more information click here.
On Sunday 19th September Iron becomes Steel with a charity triathlon event that starts at Blackpool Sands.
Click on https://iron2steel.co.uk/ to find out more details.
Coronavirus case rates in the far South West are so high the government is prioritising the area for additional support to drive down case numbers. It doesn't mean another local lockdown, but it does mean that local authorities will have more flexibility to introduce additional public health measures if considered necessary. Most coronavirus cases in Devon are among late teens and younger adults. Socialising is seen as the main driver for the rise in case numbers. It's not unexpected, given the removal of restrictions and the opening up of opportunities to mix. Devon is a popular destination and attracts visitors. Devon is already working with their neighbouring authorities and Public Health England, but the enhanced response area designation means that they're now also working with the government to see what else can be done to reduce Devon's coronavirus case rate. They need you to work with them too. Please do your bit by:
A photograph of Charlie Watts smiling while seated behind a drum kit and a picture of a set of drums with a "closed" sign have been shared by his Rolling Stones bandmates by way of a tribute. Charlie Watts, the band’s drummer, died aged 80 in a London hospital on Tuesday, weeks after it was announced he’d miss the Rolling Stones' US tour starting next month to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. Singer Sir Mick Jagger used no words to describe Watts when he posted the photograph of him smiling with his drums on Twitter and Instagram. Neither did guitarist Keith Richards when he shared his picture of a drumkit with no one behind them. They’re just two of the many tributes that have been pouring in for the man who once said: "I don't know what showbiz is and I've never watched MTV. There are people who just play instruments, and I'm pleased to know that I'm one of them."