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It is full steam ahead for Ottery’s community hub as its success is reflected in more than 100 competition entries to design a new logo.

Beer primary school leavers with headteacher Martin O'Mahony. Ref shb 1500-30-15TI Picture: Terry Ife

Beer Primary School ‘is in safe hands’, says its outgoing headteacher.

Kat and John Lort of The Loft with staff Karl Main and Dave Legg celebrate making the top 100 of the best restaurants outside London. Ref shs 5681-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The owners of a popular Sidmouth restaurant say they are ‘going out on a high’ after it was named one of the best places to eat at in the country.

Catherine and Lex Cochrane ran the Ottery St Mary 10km to raise more than £350 for the Devon Freewheelers

A couple who embarked on a whirlwind two-year mission of marathon running and mountain climbing have donated their latest fundraising efforts to the Devon Freewheelers.

Les Lane,last year's president of the Sid valley rotary presents the keys to Mo Ayling. Ref shs 1555-31-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Blackmore Gardens was buzzing all day as the Sid Valley Rotary Club’s summer fair returned in Saturday’s brilliant sunshine.

Paranormal activity or trick of the light? The supposed ‘ghost’ can be seen in the reflection of the mirror as  organist Nigel Ogden speaks.

This haunting image has left concert-goers wondering whether they weren’t the only ones enjoying the music – as a spooky shape resembling a ghost seemingly photo-bombs the shot.

Lion President Ian Skinner presenting cheques to the local winners of the 2nd and 3rd prizes in last Sunday’s main yellow duck race. Mrs Richelle Hull (to the left of Ian) received a cheque for £100, and Mrs Melanie Pugsley (far right in photo, holding daughter Farah) received a £75 cheque.

A range of good causes have received a welcome cash boost thanks to a record breaking year at Sidmouth’s annual duck derby.

Large corn field destroyed by fire

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fire crews were called to tackle a major corn field blaze on Sidmouth’s coast path this morning (Friday).

Sidford Brownies at Cookafest 2015, an annual event for all South West Rainbows Brownies and Guides

Girl guiding leaders in the Sid Valley are urgently on the lookout for someone to step in to watch over the area’s groups.

Sidmouth Folkweek sign. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0636-32-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

And we’re off… The sun is shining as the clans gather for the summer holiday festival of 2015 and Sidmouth FolkWeek gets underway.

A ten-month legal wrangle over the release of confidential district council documents came to a close this week, after a judge made a final ruling on the disclosure of classified relocation reports.

Unattended cooking causes property fire

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Crews from Sidmouth were called to reports of a property fire in the town this morning (Thursday).

Paramedics are treating a casualty at the scene in Gold Street

Lifeboat search locates missing group

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Sidmouth Lifeboat

Sidmouth Lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday) following concerns for the safety of two adults and five children.

Gypsies are being blocked from occupying land that adjoins East Devon’s Pebblebed Heaths in an ‘unprecedented’ move to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

The murals at Sidmouth swimming pool car park. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5931-09-14AW

A full complement of murals depicting life in our seaside resort is in place thanks to the hard work of Sidmouth College artists.

Police are carrying out enquiries following a vehicle blaze in the early hours of this morning.

John Vinnicombe with his son Mark on their farmland near Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 4774-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A farmer is warning people to be aware of potential dangers on public footpaths after he said a runner caused his cattle to stampede.

Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar

Forgetting any mythical connotations, mention of The Mermaid evokes one thing for a certain generation – flares, groovy tunes and the most happening place in town.

an overflowing rubbish bin at Newton Poppleford playing fields. Ref shs 3132-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A volunteer who helped secure funding for Newton Poppleford’s play park says parents have a ‘social and moral responsibility’ to clear-up their rubbish.

Graham Liverton has been a Sidmouth town councillor for 30 years

Sidmouth’s longest-serving town councillor has resigned after 30 years’ service because he found it ‘impossible’ to deal with colleagues who ‘publicly humiliated’ his wife.

Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pair of tattooists will be holding a unique fundraising event to help a cause that is close to their hearts.

The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Red Arrows could be secured for next year if every Sid Valley resident gave just £1.

Sidmouth In Bloom judging took place at the weekend. Ref shs 3596-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The ‘creativity and innovation’ of hard-working volunteers havs seen them showered with praise by South West In Bloom judges.

Graham Green and Graham Watson

A grandfather-of-five is appealing for £50,000 so he can continue his charity’s good work in Africa – because he has no plans to retire any time soon.

Maggie Radford celebrated her 100th birthday at Bindon Residential home at the weekend. Ref shs 3672-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A 100-year-old who brushed shoulders with royalty and film stars says the key to a long life is to ‘just do what you want’.

Keith Knight recieves his gold award

One of the longest serving members of the Sidmouth branch of the RNLI, has been awarded its Gold Badge in recognition of his outstanding service.

Knitwear goes to Uganda

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Rosalin and Duncan Watt,Jean Bridgeman and Joan Bennett with some of their knitted items for Uganda. Ref shs 1366-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Knitters across Sidmouth and Sidford have united to keep babies and young children warm in Africa.

An intruder has been warned he faces a jail sentence after he broke into a house and terrified a seven-year-old boy.

The Lions Club of Sidmouth held their annual duck race at The Byes. Ref shs 4138-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Thousands of brightly coloured plastic birds made their way down the River Sid on Sunday in the Lions Club of Sidmouth’s Great Duck Derby – which raised a record £5,700 for charity.

Sidmouth Twinning Circle garden party. Ref shs 4291-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Twinning Circle held its annual garden party at the weekend.

Mike Grant witht the film reel

A chance visit to the tip has seen a movie-lover unearth what could be one of just two surviving copies of an 87-year-old silent film.

Jimmy’s bus stop plea

Friday, July 24, 2015
Jimmy Small navigates his way along the B3176. Ref shs 1303-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pensioner, who suffers from mobility issues, is appealing to bus drivers to stop closer to his house consistently - to save him a half-mile journey down a busy road.

A Sidmouth man, who was arrested on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old woman in a Berkshire hotel this week, has been released without charge after police found no offence had taken place.

Sidmouth view from Peak Hill. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref sidmouth view

A Sidmouth ‘think tank’ has begun collaborating with an environmental group that is striking a ‘blue new deal’ for communities along the coast.

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