Sidmouth News

Fire in derelict Ottery building

An arson attack that destroyed a derelict building in Ottery has prompted its owner to install tougher security measures.

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club take on the River Dart Struggle

A group from Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) negotiated a ramshackle craft through rapids and weirs to a third-place finish in one of the toughest raft races in the country.

Alma Bridge. Ref shs 8760-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A vital footway across the River Sid may have to close if cliff erosion in the area worsens, according to County Hall.

Matt Booth

The results of yesterday’s (Thursday) Sidmouth Town Council by-election have been announced.

The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

A long-running fundraising group, which has donated more than £114,000 to charity, is to fold as it cannot find a new committee.

Daffodil bulb planting at Peak Hill in 2013. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 6320-44-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

Planting this month is set to take Sidmouth past the half-way mark in turning it into the ‘Valley of a Million Bulbs’.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Campaigners who have decided not to pursue a bid to secure legal protection for Knowle’s parkland claim the bid has cast doubt on future use of Localism legislation in East Devon.

The Radway cinema in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7345-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

James Bond fans need to act fast as tickets for a VIP screening of the super-spy’s latest silver screen outing have almost sold out.

Prospective town councillors Matt Booth and Deirdre Hounsom

Residents in the West ward will go to the polls tomorrow (October 8) to fill a vacancy on Sidmouth Town Council.

AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Bill Beaumont presents a Legacy Gold Standard award to Lester Wilmington, chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club. Ref shs 0765-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Work at grass-roots level has scored Sidmouth Rugby Club a national gold award and recognition from one of the sport’s legends.

Robin Waller, who has died aged 73, pictured receiving his honorary membership of Exmouth Carnival, with granddaughter Cassara.

‘Carnivalites’ from across the East Devon circuit have remembered a former Sidmouth Carnival organiser with a heart of gold, who has died at the age of 73.

Wendy Taylor at Sidmouth Market

Business owners at Sidmouth’s well-used market building have questioned the ‘bizarre’ comments of a town councillor – who is calling for its demolition.

Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Slade Close residents Raymond and Evyln Hearn who miss having a regular town bus service Ref sho 7140-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Fearful shoppers and businesses say plans to extend Ottery’s town bus service cannot come quick enough - as traders and residents suffer its loss.

Derelict Ottermill Switchgear building in flames on Saturday

Crews fought the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Sidmouth, Port Royal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0934-03-12AW

Anger at plans to redevelop a car park for social housing is a ‘battle’ that risks distracting residents from the ‘war’ over eastern town, a representative has warned.

Plans for King Alfred Way

Concerns about affordable housing, flooding and the environmental impact are all addressed in revisions to a major application for Newton Poppleford.

Comedian Daniel FitzHenry will be compering a night at The Marine.

A comedian thinks the crowd at a forthcoming event will be in ‘Fitz of Giggles’ thanks to a stellar line-up he has brought together for his paralysed friend.

Ursula Makepeace and Beer volunteers with their awards from south west in bloom. Ref shb 4274-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Beer has reached the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition for the first time in its history.

Chairman of the Sid Valley Food Bank Renee Forth accepts a cheque for £1,000 from Vicki Campbell from the Sidholme concert. Also pictured are pianist Oskar Hammond, trustee and Sidmouth Lion Ian Skinner with fellow Lions Chris Rignall, John Doe and Alan Shoesmith. Ref shs 2355-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Organisers of a sell-out performance held in aid of a Sidmouth charity have thanked everyone who helped the event raise £1,000.

Opening of the Cordelia Gallery, Cross Lane Sidmouth, 17th Sept 2015. 
Photo by Tony Charnock 07770 484888
Info: Sue Cade 07850 642102
Free use in connection with the Cordelia Gallery

A new Sidmouth gallery, opened in memory of an amateur painter, has proven to be a huge hit with artists and visitors.

Big plans for The Balfour

Friday, October 2, 2015
Balfour Arms has re-opened

Carnival night went with a bang for one Sidmouth pub that reopened its doors just in time for Saturday’s festivities.

Officers are appealing for help in catching culprits

Alcohol confiscated by police during Sidmouth and Seaton carnival.

A decline in booze seized from under-age drinkers during Sidmouth’s carnival night is ‘reassuring’, says the town’s police sergeant.


The extra facilities will be in place for Saturday’s crunch match - England vs Australia, which is being shown on a large screen in the Exeter Fanzone from 8pm.

Author, comedian and actress Helen Lederer is interviewed by Helen Taylor at the Temple Methodist Church as part of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. Ref exb 1122-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The seventh Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has been hailed as a great success by organisers.

People in the community are being encouraged to take an active role in providing help and support for Syrian refugees.

Suzanne and Andrew Whitby at the post office at Sidford. Ref shs 3810-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The couple who run Sidford Post Office have thanked customers for their loyal support as its relocation marks the end of an era.

‘Carnage’ clinches UK 1

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ottery's Adam 'Carnage' Nickels with medal winners at World Artistic Pool Championships

A trick-shooting pool star secured his place as Britain’s number one and improved his ranking on the world stage at a recent contest.

Buyout won’t stop business

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ron Miles behind the bar at the lamb & flag in Ottery. Ref sho 3816-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pub landlords who invested six years and around £200,000 in their business face having it ‘ripped out’ from under them.

Ottery St. Mary library. Ref sho 3398-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Civic leaders have defended spending £139,500 on a town centre facility, amid claims they are out of touch with Ottery’s economic needs.

Council warns of roadworks

An emergency closure will be carried out in Temple Street on Sunday (October 4).

Bob’s World War One find

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Bob Graham with his grandfather's war medals. Ref shs 8829-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A family trip to a Sidmouth antique shop for a coin valuation turned up lost medals dating back to World War One.


District councillor Matt Booth, a Sidmouth town ward member, said the first he saw of the ‘bombshell’ Mill Street proposals was in the Herald – and claimed the authority showed a ‘lack of transparency’.

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