LETA Agenda | January 2018

  • Chair: Tony Meakin
  • Attendance: Kevin Harris, John Tuck, Suzette Hibbert, Richard Briden, Ashley Clarke, Jennifer Woolley, Jason Broughton
  • Apologies: none

Lynton & Lynmouth Tourism

John Tuck advised that the biggest potential contributors are to be approached for their input to take the BID-Business Improvement District proposal forward. Kevin Harris proposed that LETA should conduct a review of itself since its inception and its future. 

Lynton & Lynmouth Events

Event organisers are reminded the importance of social media, Facebook and Twitter, and to ‘Create Facebook Events’ in order they can be more easily shared, publicised and promoted on https://www.facebook.com/pg/LyntonLynmouth/events/ Check it out!

1st – 28th Feb – Taste Exmoor & Exmoor Food Fest 2018 https://exmoorfoodfest.com/restaurants/ Check out https://exmoorfoodfest.com/events/ and https://www.facebook.com/pg/TasteExmoor/events/ Why not give those taking part locally a try:- Ancient Mariner bar/restaurant at the Bath, Lynmouth https://exmoorfoodfest.com/restaurants/the-bath-hotel-lynmouth/ Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange https://exmoorfoodfest.com/restaurants/kentisbury-grange/ Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate https://exmoorfoodfest.com/restaurants/the-old-station-house-inn/ Pyne Arms at East Down https://exmoorfoodfest.com/restaurants/the-pyne-arms/ Other restaurants, pubs, bistros and tearooms can still sign up https://store.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f8b04a81f6500b71acfa4fbbd&id=07406c40e9 

Sports events throughout year so far include the Devon Coast to Coast Ultra Marathon, Maverick Inov-8 X Exmoor, Trail Weekend–Exmoor, Two Moors Ultra & Castle 2 Coast and Exmoor Coast 50. 

In June there is the Lyn Valley Classic https://www.facebook.com/events/1828182550533059/ including rock band ‘Who’s Who’ https://www.facebook.com/WhosWhoUK/ FatBelly Craft Beer and Music Festival 2018 https://www.facebook.com/events/156043498516063/ Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years https://www.facebook.com/events/628265314010387/ 23rd June ‘Wuthering Heights’ outdoor theatre https://www.hotbuckle.co.uk/wuthering-heights The Pleasuredome Theatre return to the Valley of Rocks in August with ‘King Lear’, 6th Aug. a larger Lynmouth Fete is planned and 4th Nov. Bonfire Night where this year VIP tickets will be available. 

Suzette Hibbert advised there was an organising committee for the 100th Anniversary Commemoration & Celebration of the End of WW1 to be held on 11th Nov. 

Visit Exmoor www.visit-exmoor.co.uk www.twitter.com/visitexmoor www.facebook.com/VisitExmoor www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/trade/exmoor-tourism Jennette Baxter, Development & Marketing Manager – marketing@visit-exmoor.co.uk is organising the Visit Exmoor Business Networking Day on Weds 7th March at Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross. 

Sue Windley ENPA Marketing & Social Media Officer has left after her contract finished; Katrina Munro is the Economy Project Officer supporting tourism and promoting local produce kjmunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk https://twitter.com/KatrinaMunroENP http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/info-for-tourism-providers/events-and-training #EatExmoor Promoting Exmoor as a food destination http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1089976/Eat-Exmoor-intro.pdf Food & Drink Trade Show, Minehead – 7th Feb 2018 http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/info-for-tourism-providers/eatexmoor Forthcoming Dining Club events https://twitter.com/KatrinaMunroENP/status/953287376478113793 Local Producers’ Database Excel spreadsheet http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0015/1044303/Eat-Exmoor-databse-for-website-Nv-2017.xlsx 

NDMB – North Devon Marketing Bureau

www.marketingnorthdevon.co.uk www.northdevon.com www.twitter.com/lovenorthdevon www.facebook.com/lovenorthdevon Ashley Clarke advised that the recent NDMB/Visit North Devon & Exmoor conference under a dynamic new chair Nick White was a success and to start planning for the Lorna Doone 200th anniversary in 2019. Richard Briden will invite chair Nick White to the next LETA meeting. NDMB members are encouraged to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthDevon/

LLCR-Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk www.twitter.com/LLCliffRailway www.facebook.com/cliffrailwaylynton Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway sponsored presentation: ALL WELCOME – 6 till 7.30pm Weds. 14th March 2018 at Lynton Town Hall Devon & Cornwall Police are holding a Project Griffin counter terrorism awareness session https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/project-griffin/project-griffin To register for a place at the event please email – ctsa@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk It is a condition of entry that you register your attendance. 

Ashley Clarke said the ‘Car On The Cliff’ promotional photo shoot for Practical Classic car magazine was a huge success with many other media outlets including the BBC, Daily Telegraph picking up the story. 10th Feb. Cliff Railway ribbon cutting 2018 opening, 12th May. Victorian themed Cliff Railway Day https://twitter.com/CliffRailwayDay; to take part please email ashley@cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk, new website https://www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk/ and to date 6 car club visits had been planned. 

L&BR-Lynton & Barnstaple Railway www.lynton-rail.co.uk www.twitter.com/woody_bay www.facebook.com/Lynton.Barnstaple L&BR are still waiting for ENPA approval on their £16m extension to Wistlandpound planning application. Lynton & Barnstaple Railway opens 11th Feb and 2018 events http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/Special-events Lynton TIC – Tourist Information Centre www.visitlyntonandlynmouth.com www.twitter.com/LyntonLynmouth www.facebook.com/LyntonLynmouth www.instagram.com/LyntonLynmouth Kevin Harris advised discussions are ongoing with regard to the exact structure of the TIC for 2018; Susan Bingham can still be contacted admin@visitlyntonandlynmouth.com 01598 752225; Victoria Hodges has been working on the new Visit Lynton & Lynmouth website. Broadband/Mobile Phone Reception Kevin Harris said BT in association with an ATM operator would be installing a cash machine now at the bottom and not the top of Church Steps, Lynton subject to obtaining planning approval from ENPA. The cash machine would be able to offer an enhanced Wi-Fi capability. Car Parking & Traffic Tony Meakin reported the LLTC Cemetery/Car Park sub-committee were moving forward with their plans. Kevin Harris urged everyone to get on to https://new.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/ and routinely report road and transport problems to ensure DCC upkeep and maintain local roads. As ever-practical suggestions for car parking/road improvements email LETA-Group@mail.com AOB Kevin Harris advised that matters were in train for Lynton Town Hall to have charitable status 1175561 – LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH COMMUNITY ESTATE CIO http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityFramework.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1175561&SubsidiaryNumber=0 

Tony Meakin said that the Lynton webcam is to be renewed and upgraded to pan over the Valley of Rocks as well as the centre of Lynton. 

Jenny Woolley confirmed she and Matthew Pearce would be promoting Lynton Wedding Venue at the North Devon Wedding Show at the Big Sheep in March https://www.northdevonweddingshow.co.uk/ www.lyntonweddingvenue.co.uk www.twitter.com/lyntonwedding www.facebook.com/lyntonweddingvenue Suzette Hibbert said the stairlift is still to be installed to the exterior of Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall and the Woodside Bridge replacement is being crowdfunded. 

‘6 Reasons to Stay Longer…… leaflets are available from Lynton TIC/LLTC at Lynton Town Hall. https://issuu.com/l.a.c.t./docs/lynton___lynmouth_6_reasons_to_stay 

Next LETA Meeting: TBA Lynton Town Hall