News in Dawlish

Strawberry anemone. Picture: Toby Sherwin

Following November's successful monthly meeting held on Zoom, Dawlish & District U3A members met again on Zoom to listen to a fascinating talk by one of their own members.

Toby Sherwin modestly describes himself as a marine physicist with an amateur interest in rocky shores. However, his presentation about 'Life Between the Tides at Dawlish' showed that he is clearly a considerable expert on all that is happening in front of us as we walk along the sea wall at Dawlish but of which most of us are completely oblivious.

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The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. Picture: Norman Lockyer Observatory

An extremely rare astronomical phenomenon is about to take place, as Jupiter and Saturn appear side by side in the sky in the closest alignment seen for nearly 400 years.

The 'great conjunction' between the two planets occurs every 20 years, but it often happens during daylight and is impossible to see with the naked eye. In other cases the planets do not come very close together.

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Dawlish Community Hospital

Dawlish Community Hospital will start giving the Covid-19 vaccination on Monday (December 21).

Patients from Channel View Medical Practice, Teign Estuary Medical Group and the Dawlish Medical Group (known as Barton Surgery) will be invited to the hospital for their jabs.

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Gill works on stock preparation

Roots Community Enhancement have been busy putting together 150 Christmas activity packs for children and adults across Dawlish and Teignmouth.

Thanks to a donation from ROC and a grant from Teignbridge CVS, Roots are able to assemble packs for anyone needing a boost during the pandemic struggles. Once completed, the total amount of packs that have been made by Roots since March will surpass 730.

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Coryton Cove and, inset, Robin Buchanan

"Most people think I'm a little bit mad," admits Robin Buchanan, who, at the age of 72, has set himself a challenge to swim in the sea at least once a week until the end of April.

Robin is chair of the trustees of Assist Teignbridge, the Dawlish-based community support charity, and he's braving the chilly water off Coryton Cove to raise money for its work.

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