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Annual Training Day and AGM


Saturday 8th October 2016


9.30 am - 4.30 pm

The Kenn Centre, Kennford, Exeter  EX6 7UE


Workshops, Good food, Stalls and so much more

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October 2016





2nd October- Grand Parents Day               

Grandparents are important to children in so many ways. They have patience and time when parents are often busy. They have stories to tell and interesting games to play. They are also good for treats and spoiling, which we all need from time to time!

How to celebrate:

1.  Make and send a card to your grandparents

2.  Recognise the strength, information and

     guidance older people can offer


4th October - World Animal Day

Help celebrate and raise the status of animals around the globe 

How to celebrate:

1.  Print an 'I Care About Animals - Get Involved in the World Animal Day Challenge' poster.

2.  Take a selfie with it and share far and wide across all social media platforms using the #WorldAnimalDay

3.  Please print in colour if you can otherwise black and white is fine.

4.  If you don't have a printer, please open the poster on a phone or tablet screen and hold it up while you take a photo!


Take the 'selfie challenge' and why not ask your friends to do the same. Sharing selfies will help tremendously to raise global awareness of World Animal Day and encourage participation in celebrating this special day. 



30th October - Diwali

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.


It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.


31st October - Halloween

There is something about Halloween which really catches the imaginations of children - perhaps it is all the sweets and dressing up or the Halloween crafts and spooky fun!

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