Sidmouth News

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The vital role of launching and recovering Sidmouth Lifeboat can continue with renewed vigour after the arrival of the crew’s new tractor.

River Otter beaver update

Friday, July 3, 2015
Baby Beaver.
Tom Buckley/Devon Wildlife Trust

Residents eager to find out more about the first baby beavers born on the River Otter are invited to attend a public meeting.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A £500,000 budget has been proposed for the district council to provide dedicated gypsy sites across East Devon.

Alan Durrant, chairman of Sid Vale Association, presents Dr Duncan Hall of the Beacon Medical Centre with a donation towards the planting of trees and shrubs around the grounds. Ref shs 9545-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth’s multimillion-pound medical centre has received a boost to its £16,000 project to improve the look of its car park.

Wood(bury) Stock 2015. Doctors Orders. Photo: Neil Ewins.

A successful blues, roots and folk music festival took place recently at Woodbury’s Malsters Arms.

Branscombe Preschool achieved an 'outstanding' result from their latest Ofsted inspection. Ref shb 9478-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Ofsted has give staff at Branscombe Pre-school top marks for their “innovative and exciting programme” after their latest inspection.

Former care home for sale

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Devon County Council is planning to close Green Close Care Home to cut costs

Sidmouth’s Green Close is being offered for tender and could reopen as a care home, offer other social care – or be converted into housing.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

The welfare of an endangered bat population at East Devon District Council’s Knowle site could be in jeopardy if planned building works go ahead, say worried residents.

St Saviours

Hopes of creating a new community hub and premises for Ottery Library have been dashed as county councillors ‘dug in their feet’ over conditions.

Police have issued the all-clear after suspicious packages found in Exeter city centre have been safely dealt with.

Parts of Exeter city centre remain out of bounds after suspicious packages were found this morning (Monday).

Sidmouth College Prom

Monday, June 29, 2015
Sidmouth College year 11 prom. Ref shs 1877-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Police are urging people not to drive into Exeter city centre while an investigation into two suspicious packages is ongoing.

Flags erected by Redrow Homes on its the land behind Butts Road after a succesful appeal to put 130 homes on the site.

A town councillor is calling for a clampdown on heavy vehicles causing excessive congestion on Ottery’s roads.

The Night Glow at Tiverton Balloon & Music Festival is a stunning spectacle.

The Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival 2015 is only two weeks away.

The Sid Valley Cyclo-paths - still smiling at Land's End

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the five fundraising Sid Valley Cyclo-paths arrived at Land’s End – where their combined 4,500 miles earned them a hero’s welcome.

Dr Louise Knight in her surgery. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 1826-18-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Dr Louise Knight, a partner in the town’s GP practice responsible for older people’s mental health, is among those supporting the £100,000 appeal to bring an Admiral Nurse to the Sid Valley.

Ben Williams is taking on the Ironman Triathlon

A Sidmouth College PE teacher is setting a stellar example for his pupils as he begins training for his first full Ironman Triathlon.

SW Junior Chef of the Year competition winner Melissa Johnson

Cooking enthusiasts have an exciting opportunity to prove their culinary skills as the hunt for the South West Junior Chef of the Year gets under way.

Wonders of wildlife

Friday, June 26, 2015
Sidford Wildlife Garden springs to life 3

Nature-lovers are in for a treat now that a wildlife garden that was many months in the making has sprung into life.

Have you seen Lydia Robinson?

Devon and Cornwall Police has thanked the public for their help in finding 14-year-old Lydia Robinson.

Church embraces equality

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hugh Barlow with Margaret Pilkington,Marian Brown and Elizabeth Barlow outside Sidmouth Unitarian church. Ref shs 9502-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A Sidmouth chapel has led the way to become the first church in Devon to offer same-sex marriages.

Alan Morgenroth in the Mill Street car park

Sidmouth risks losing more quality shops and hotels if parking cannot be brought under control, the owner of one of the town’s oldest businesses has warned.

Don’t cycle down path

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sidmouth resident Bert Hague is calling for cyclists to dismount while on the path between the parish church and the hospital. Ref shs 0228-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Cyclists need to be reminded that they are not allowed down a town footpath, insists a retired teacher after several close calls.

Baby Beaver.
Tom Buckley/Devon Wildlife Trust

The birth of baby beavers on the River Otter has been taken as proof that England’s only wild colony feels ‘very much at home’.

Ottery Pixies

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Ottery Pixies. Ref sho 1255-26-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Nigel Hillier and Ian Peacock

A solicitor, who lost his father to kidney cancer, puts his own survival of the disease down to medical advances – and has committed to climb 20,000ft to raise cash for further research.

Lynette Talbot and Bobby Stacey of Sidmouth In Bloom start to plant our the Toad of Toad Hall floral display in Manor Gardens. Ref shs 8681-24-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Volunteers have criticised the ‘actions of the minority’ after two incidents of vandalism caused more than £200 of damage.

Sidmouth Hospiscare make a generous donation to Sid Valley Memory Cafe's Admiral Nurse for Sidmouth campaign. Handing over the donation are Duncan Watt, Pat Cooper and Adrian Ford from the memory cafe with Phil Cranch and Rachael Mackinnon from Sidmouth Hospiscare. Ref shs 9316-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

An appeal to bring an Admiral Nurse to the valley has been given a £10,000 boost by Sidmouth Hospiscare.

Ottery St Mary resident Lucy Lowe. Ref sho 0300-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A paralysed mum-of-four will be reunited with her family before Christmas after an anonymous benefactor donated £15,000 to her appeal.

The 1st Sidmouth Scouts are celebrating after having sold their hut at auction. At the hut are beavers youth leader Emily Craven, Colin Moorhouse of Redferns estate agents and Adam Dunford with his group scout leader, Nancy Craven.  Ref shs 9301-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Land once deemed worthless went under the hammer to net the 1st Sid Vale Scouts £90,000 – ‘gobsmacking’ their leaders and smashing the target for their new HQ.

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