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We would like to say a big thank you to both Eric Mahy from Go Green Devon Ltd and Richard Cottrell from Crescent Landscapes SW for sponsoring a brand new sports kit for Gatehouse! The children represented Gatehouse at a football match against Kingskerswell Primary school yesterday - well done children for a great match!

Thank you again to our sponsors!

Go Green Devon Ltd

Crescent Landscapes SW

Dawlish Larder

Local Events this Autumn 2022

Things to Do in Dawlish

If you’re looking for a great coastal town for a traditional seaside holiday then Dawlish is the answer. With sandy beaches, family attractions, amusements, walks, cycle routes, mini golf and relaxing gardens there’s lots to see and plenty of things to do in Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.

The traditional seaside town of Dawlish, with its early Victorian and classic Regency style, has long be a popular holiday and day trip destination. Whether you’re visiting with friends or family or fancy a trip away with a loved one Dawlish has an exciting mix of attractions, places to eat and drink and things to do both in town and nearby.

Its location close to other seaside resorts, the River Exe, the city of Exeter and wonderful countryside makes it not only perfect for a great beach break but for enjoying everything else this incredible region has to offer.

While in Dawlish don’t forget to visit the Town Brook and see if you can spot the famous Black Swans, they can often be seen swimming in the gentle stream or nesting on the banks.

For help and advice when visiting the town pop by the Tourist Information Centre, located in the centre of town on The Lawn, the friendly staff are happy to offer advice and information on any aspect of your holiday.

To the North East of Dawlish is the seaside resort of Dawlish Warren with its long blue flag beach, sand dunes, amusements and nature reserve. Dawlish Warren can be reached by road, train or by walking along the South West Coast Path. The coastal path hugs the red cliffs as it follows the train line along the coast, providing fantastic views out to sea as you walk between the two resorts.

Walking Football Club here at Gatehouse

"Flourish" - a collaborative art project with Daisi and The Helen Foundation

Dance Workshop at Gatehouse over October Half Term 2021

About the Inspire Cafe

After the Centre’s revamp in 2013 the Inspire Cafe was opened as the key way in which the Strand Community Trust can deliver its vision of providing Dawlish and district with a welcoming environment in the town centre for all who pass its door. With help from United Christian Action in Dawlish and District (UCADD) and the Strand Community Trust (SCT), Inspire is run by the ongoing efforts of its dedicated volunteers and cafe manager Adam Gidney.

At the cafe we pride ourselves on offering healthy, homemade food, Fair Trade tea and coffee and freshly baked cakes at a great price. We also strongly believe in offering social and spiritual support within the community, and we have volunteers who give their time for others.

Menus are seasonal and produce is sourced within Dawlish and the surrounding area. Food is prepared daily, and if we can accommodate your dietary needs we will.

We also proudly support the Suspended Coffee programme wherein people can give to the suspended pot, allowing those who may be struggling financially to enjoy a free hot drink.

The cafe is open from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Tuesday - Friday. For afternoon group bookings the cafe can be made available on request.

Launch of the Clothes Swap Shop, to be run every Tuesday in Dawlish, please click on the link.


Chairman’s thank you nominations - Teignbridge District Council

Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted we would like to acknowledge the outstanding work that the voluntary and charitable sector have done to support communities and vulnerable individuals throughout the past 18 months.

Teignbridge District Council have acknowledged the outstanding work that the voluntary and charitable sector do, particularly but not exclusively to support residents during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Council recognises that many organisations and individuals make a fantastic contribution in their local communities and during the pandemic many amazing people came forward to volunteer their time to support the response. Of course, the Council acknowledges and doesn’t want to forget all those people who were already involved in delivering voluntary and community sector support before the pandemic or those unable to carry out their usual roles because activities stopped, or they had to protect themselves or loved ones.

The Council had hoped to be able to host a Thank You event but given the current situation feel that offering the sector the opportunity to recommend people from within their organisations for a letter of thanks from Chairman of the Council is a way of expressing their gratitude.

If you would like to nominate someone from your local community, please apply via this link Chairman’s thank you nominations - Teignbridge District Council

On behalf on Girlguiding Dawlish and Starcross, we would like to let you know that they will have spaces available at 1st Dawlish Rainbows in September. (They meet on a Monday evening.) To find out more about Rainbows please use the link provided, you can also register your child's interest and a leader will be in touch with more details and information to see if this is something your child is interested in. They are currently not meeting face to face but hopefully by September we will resume as normal.

Footlights Dance Academy Dawlish and Teignmouth

Use this link to find your local Job Centre:

Helping Dawlish has just updated their website with the latest details on opening hours for local businesses and the changes for Easter for some of them.

Dawlish Easter Egg Trail

Letters to the RDE

Thank you so much to all of our friends at Westcliff Primary Academy for sending us some delicious goodies to wish us luck. 
A big thank you to all at Helping Dawlish for the wonderful Treat hampers, delivered by Dawlish Community Transport. Such a wonderful boost, much appreciated by all of our hard working staff. Thank you!

We've had such an amazing response to the PTA Just Giving campaign to provide ICT devices to help our families access home learning during this difficult time.

Thank you to Dawlish Town Council for doubling our grant application to £500! 

Dawlish Water Rotary Group have also donated an incredible £150 to our cause!

We are so incredibly lucky to have such a supportive and generous community, our total raised is now a fantastic £1497.50!!

A big thank you to the following businesses/local groups who have supported us:

Starcross Dons Youth F.C

Dawlish Water Rotary Group

Dawlish Town Council

Dawlish Water Rotary are still meeting regularly and seeking to provide support to local charities and staying involved with important international projects such as Shelterbox, Sand Dams and End Polio.

Our magazine has had some interesting features relevant in the Dawlish ad Teignbridge Area as well as including a good source of humour in these difficult times. 

Newsletter - Rotary

RD & E Hospital

The staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital are working extremely hard to keep us safe and well during the pandemic.

To show our appreciation we're asking as many children as possible to send a letter or drawing to the staff.

If you would like to be apart of this exiting opportunity, you can sign up using the link below.

Helping Dawlish


Lockdown January 2021 and Helping Dawlish is still in place to help our local community -13 organisations working collaboratively. If you need community support please get in touch and we will try to help.

Helping Dawlish is aware that some people are self-isolating or are being impacted by the effects of the lockdowns on their finances, families, businesses, mental and physical health and may require support. The Dawlish Community Larder is available which can support people in immediate need of food whether due to a medical need or social isolation or need immediate food assistance prior to other help being available.



We have been overwhelmed with the kindness of the local community this week with a large donation towards more tablets and personal donations of iPads and laptops for families. Please get in touch with your class teacher or school office if you require the loan of a device to assist with home learning.

Mr Keast’s Football Dream Team Challenge

£50 Eating out restaurant voucher (Valid at a range of establishments including Miller and Carter and harvester among others) for the winner who can match as close to all of my 11 chosen players as possible

Simply pick a 4-3-3 formation of current premier league football players who you think I would choose as my team

1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 strikers. Put the letter (C) next to one player as your captain as the tie break question

Anyone can enter, parents, children adults and primary sports coaches, please share and spread the word

Deadline is 5pm on Friday afternoon to enter when I will announce the winner on this post

Simply comment your team on their facebook link and hope you win on Friday afternoons deadline day!!! Good luck to all



Footlights Dance Academy are offering dance classes being held every Monday evening during lockdown: 

4.30-5 ballet ages 3-5

5.10-6 street/jazz ages 5-7


⭐️ Also offering private 1-1 sessions for your child, where they will have a more in depth dance class with their personalised choreographed routine 


This will be for 4 weeks and if we need to extend further we will do 😀 


⭐️ These will be at discounted price of £3


⭐️ Once your child is booked in and paid for you will receive the zoom login details and any information needed.


⭐️ 1-1 zoom sessions available 


Come along and join the fun, see you on zoom 👯‍♀️👯👯‍♀️

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Dear all the staff and pupils at Gatehouse Primary Academy, Please accept this letter as a heart-felt thank you for the kindness, commitment and generosity shown by Gatehouse Primary Academy in sharing some festive joy with our seafarers working on board this Christmas season. I understand how much time, effort and thought went in to making this happen for our seafarers, which is hugely appreciated, the generosity of the local community has really touched those currently on board. The cards, letters, kind thoughts and well wishes have certainly added some extra sparkle to the spirit currently on board, whilst our crew are eagerly awaiting the return of our guests and of course getting back to delivering special holiday moments, for now they will enjoy the festive season with all the trimmings, usual celebrations and of course your kind donations. So once again a huge thank you to each and every one of you for this lovely gesture. Wishing you all the very best for a prosperous 2021 and a Merry Christmas!

Best wishes on behalf of myself and all of our ship’s company, Daniel Yeates Fleet

Wellbeing Manager

Carnival U

Congratulations ! Jake the winner of this amazing competition.

Helping Dawlish are arranging Christmas Hampers (A Hug in a Bag) for families or individuals facing a lean Christmas due to financial difficulties. If you would like one, please contact school by 11th December. We have also asked children to make cards to go in these bags, so if you’d like to help spread some Christmas Cheer please help us by designing your own cards to be included. They can be as creative as you like, to be returned to school by Friday 11th December. Nightingale class have been busy designing some beautiful cards, well done!

Hug in a Bag

Christmas in the Community During Lockdown 2, all classes made some lovely pictures, cards and letters to send to the residents of Palm Court nursing home. They were so grateful for everything the children had made, and it will really help brighten their Christmas after a challenging year, well done to all of the children!

Palm Court

Dear parents and carers


We are happy to announce that this year we are acting as a collection point for ROC and the local food bank HITS.


We would gratefully receive donations of the following items:





Meal in a can (curry, beef stew, beans and sausages etc..)


Tinned tuna


Mr Kipling type snacks

Instant coffee

Toilet roll


Shower Gel


Dog and cat food


Please bring in any donations before Monday 14th December, so that they can be quarantined for 72 hours before being collected on the 17th December.


Many thanks,

School Office

Dear parents and carers,


Helping Dawlish are arranging Christmas hampers (A Hug in a Bag) for families or individuals facing a lean Christmas due to reduced household income on furlough, redundancy or social isolation. If you would like one of these, please contact the school by the end of next week and we will help to organise this.


Helping Dawlish need your help to spread some Christmas Cheer to individuals & families in Dawlish who would benefit from a Christmas Card this year to brighten their spirits! If you'd like to support your local community by getting creative and igniting some Christmas Magic, please help us by designing your own Christmas Cards for us to include inside our hampers.


They can be as creative as you like!


Gel pens, paint, crayons, pencils or print your own design...we would love to share them!


Please hand these into your teachers in time to be collected by Friday 11th December.


Kindest regards,

School Office

Dawlish Town Council - Children's Play Trail and Play Park


Please visit the website for further information and to fill in the online survey:

Homeless In Teignbridge Support


Would you be prepared to deliver Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day?

Two-three hour commitment, between 11am and 3pm on Christmas day. Volunteer drivers will be given details of their local group.

Please provide the following information - your Name, Contact Details and Location (please state preferred area for delivery ie Bovey/Dartmoor/Torbay etc...) email:

New Clothing Bank at Gatehouse Primary Academy