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The team celebrating scooping the award.
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Otter Valley Ice Cream is celebrating scooping an award, being named ice cream parlour of the year.

The business, at Monkton, near Honiton, was presented with the trade award by the Ice Cream Alliance.

Joseph McNeil, national president of the Ice Cream Alliance, said the accolade was testament to the dedication shown by owner Rebecca Bond and her family.

Rebecca runs Otter Valley with mum Gill, who makes the ice cream with Alison Reed and a team of staff.

She said: “To win the award and be recognised nationally is very special and a wonderful reward for our fantastic team here.”

She added: “Our family is at the core of our business — and we certainly are a proud farming family and very proud that we can serve our lovely customers ice cream that goes from the cow to the cone.”

Salcombe Regis

Crowds flocked to Salcombe Regis Country Fair to grab a bargain and support a host of local charities across East Devon.

Stalls set up throughout the village offered plenty of browsing opportunities for visitors, with books, crafts, plants, homemade cakes and jam plus a treasure table and bric-a-brac stalls.


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Entertainment included a coconut shy and a raffle, with a top prize of £250.

Gittisham Hall Jazz Band, the Sid Vale Folk Choir kept the village and valley filled with music throughout the event.


The raffle team at Salcombe Regis Fair.
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East Devon

Free monthly workshops in digital skills for council tenants are set to take place in Exmouth and Axminster.

The ‘Forever Connected – creating digital confidence’ project has been organised by East Devon District Council (EDDC) in partnership with Cosmic, an East Devon-based social enterprise.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “These workshops aim to meet the diverse needs of residents of all ages, with a wide range of topics helping attendees make the most of technology, such as online messaging, safety, and using their phone in an emergency.”

The first workshops in Exmouth are on Tuesday, June 4, from 2pm and on Tuesday, July, 2 at Palmer House.

The Axminster sessions start at 2pm on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, July 16 at Millwey Community Centre.

From September, the workshops will begin at 10am followed by drop-in mentoring sessions at 12.30pm, which will provide additional guided support, learning, and answers to any queries.

In Exmouth the sessions will be the first Tuesday of the month at Ratcliffe House, Burnside and in Axminster the third Tuesday of each month at Millwey Community Centre.

  • To join one of the sessions, contact the EDDC Communities team by emailing: or call 01395 517453.

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Beer, Exmouth, Seaton, and Sidmouth Town beach recently celebrated being awarded the Blue Flag and Seaside Award, with Budleigh Salterton also receiving a Seaside Award.

The district council said Exmouth has now achieved Blue Flag status for six years in a row, while this is the fifth year for Sidmouth, the third for Seaton, and the second for Beer.


Pictured here are the beaches.
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Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, said: “These awards are a credit to the collective efforts of beach managers, volunteers, residents and businesses who have worked tirelessly to maintain, protect and improve some of our best-loved and most popular beaches and we’d like to take this moment to recognise and applaud them.”

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “Our beaches are very much appreciated both by our residents and our visitors. Although they seem naturally beautiful, these locations actually require a lot of hard work by our staff, our partners, businesses, and dedicated volunteers. “

“Retaining our Blue Flags is a credit to them and I would like to thank them for their continuing work.”

Testing of bathing waters is carried out by the Environment Agency during the bathing season from May 15- September 30.


Beer now boasts a new pirate-themed new play park, which has replaced old equipment at the seafront Jubilee gardens.

The new park includes a large play ship with multiple activities and panels.

Pictured here are Beer and Branscombe Councillor John Heath, left, with Cllr Geoff Jung enjoying the new equipment.
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The park was funded by the district council as part of a £400,000-wide upgrade project across the district.

Councillor Geoff Jung said: “At Beer, there is a great pirate themed area with a slide and a ship climbing frame – although it wasn’t possible to include a swing due to the restricted space and safety concerns.

“We’ve selected the designs that provide the most play value, and that reduce environmental impact through recycled materials.

“We are confident local children and visitors alike will love the new facilities.”

Budleigh Salterton

There was plenty of weekend fun to be had at Budleigh Gala Week at the start of June.


Cllr Mike Hilliar, Budleigh’s deputy mayor, welcomes visitors to the opening of Gala Week.
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Budleigh Gala Week 2024.


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The annual week of family fun, organised by the town’s Lions Club, began with a host of entertainment, stalls, dancing on The Green, and the return of the popular Big Breakfast in aid of Cancer Research.

The busy programme of events included a summer fair, family activities throughout the town, a beach pebble building competition,  a disco, fun run, treasure hunt and quiz night.

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Gala Week fun was held on The Green.
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Dogs enjoying Gala Week celebrations.
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Gala Week 2024.
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East Devon farmer’s illegal slurry store lands him in court after causing ‘extensive contamination’ of the countryside, a natural spring and wild swimming pool


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