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Visitors are from Monday (September 28) being welcomed back at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth after months of closure because of the coronavirus lockdown. The free-to-visit sanctuary today announced it was reopening daily, from 9.30am until 4pm, with safety measures in place to stop the spread of the virus. The Donkey Sanctuary said because coronavirus restrictions visitors can expect a ‘different’ experience, with one-way routes around the site, hand sanitiser stations and ‘fewer opportunities’ to mingle with the resident donkeys. A spokesperson for the sanctuary said: ““Like lots of other attractions, people can expect a different visitor experience when visiting…

‘Emotional’ birthday celebrations have been held in Honiton after Bruv’s Bar marked its first anniversary since opening. The business opened its doors in Honiton’s High Street for the first time in September 2019 when the Hagon family – Jim, his his wife, Sharon, son Reece, daughter Shannon and Reece’s wife, Lauren – decided to ‘inject something new into the town’. Shannon Hagon, owner and bar manager, said Covid restrictions forced a small birthday bash but plans were in the pipeline for a big party once the pandemic was over. She said: “It wasn’t the big birthday party we had planned…

Children as young as a year old who tackled bike trail challenges in Exmouth and Exeter helped raise almost £500 for charity. Some 125 young cyclists, aged between one and six, took part in the Little Wheels Lockdown Ride 2020, organised by East Devon-based business, Whizz Kids Toys. The youngsters’ efforts raised a total of £458 for nationwide charity Whizz-Kidz, who works to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK. Exmouth-based business woman Kes Reid organised the virtual event for little legs with routes between 2.2 to 3km in length, that families could complete at their own pace…

Free business advice and training has been made available in East Devon to help firms adapt and change amid the pandemic uncertainty. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said its £40,000 Adapt and Thrive support is in response to Covid-19, includes training, advice and direct consultancy, and is available to businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to established firms. Councillor Paul Hayward, EDDC deputy leader and portfolio holder for economy and assets, said: “At a time when businesses, large and small, are struggling with ever-changing economic uncertainty, and the constantly shifting sands of consumer behaviour, it is essential that commercial organisations adapt…

Work has begun to bring ‘ultrafast’ broadband to Honiton later this year as Jurassic Fibre announced the next East Devon town to benefit from its £250 million project. Honiton will join Exmouth, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St George, Clyst St Mary, Ebford, Exton, Farringdon, Aylesbeare, Lympstone, Sowton Village, Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton to receive coverage, as part of a £250 million project. Phil Twiss, Devon county councillor for Honiton and Feniton, called the announcement ‘extremely positive news’. Michael Maltby, Jurassic Fibre CEO, said: “Honiton represents a new phase in our journey and signifies a major step forward in our plans to…

A nine-bedroom Grade II listed guest house close to Exeter city centre has gone on the market with a freehold price tag of £660,000. The four-storey property, known as Braeside, in New North Road, dates back to around 1850 and has been upgraded and refurbished over the years. Estate agent Stonesmith said the property, with owner’s accommodation, can sleep up to 18 guests. Inside there is a breakfast room, modern fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, plus owner’s accommodation with sitting room, sun room, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Outside, the property has terraced gardens to the front and rear. The…

An Exeter pie and sandwich shop has gone on the market for the first time in 32 years with a freehold price of £295,000. Martin’s Pie Shop, in Pinhoe Road, Exeter, is an end-of-terrace, two-storey, property with a ground-floor shop and self-contained one-bedroom flat above. Estate agent Stonesmith said the ‘busy’ sandwich and pie business, which has been with the same owners for more than three decades, has been partly scaled back in recent years with retirement in mind. A Stonesmith spokesperson said: “Martin’s trades as a busy sandwich and pie shop which also undertakes some wholesale supplies and outside…

Developer donations from homes built near Honiton have given a much-needed boost to charity Hospicare. South West housebuilder Baker Estates is giving £100 to the charity from each sale of its new homes built at Hayne Farm, Gittisham. The charity was recently presented with £500 by the developer, from homes sold. Ian Baker, managing director at Baker Estates, who presented the funds to Sarah Smith of Hospsicare, said: “We are proud to support this very important and well-regarded local hospice. “As a community-focused housebuilder, we like to find ways of contributing to local charities who are reliant on donations and…

A rare four-wheel drive classic car kept in a garage for several years is being auctioned in Sidmouth later this month. The 1971 Jensen MK III FF has a 6276cc petrol engine, 83,285 miles on the clock, and is being sold at an online auction with Potburys, on Tuesday, September 29. The four-wheel drive grand tourer, produced between 1966 and 1971, is being sold on behalf of a local owner. The auction house said just 320 FFs were produced, and of those 15 were the MK III model. A spokeswoman for Potburys said: “Today the FF is the most sought-after…

These photos show some of the damage to a takeaway in Exmouth after a blaze broke out in a kitchen extractor unit. Fire crews were called to Withycombe Village Road on Tuesday (August 19) after ‘numerous’ reports of smoke coming from the property. Green Watch Exmouth was praised by colleagues for the part they played in stopping the spread of fire. These images show firefighters from Exmouth and Middlemoor working to make the property safe after flames and smoke were seen coming from the building. Watch commander Chris Gibbs, who was at the scene with the Exmouth retained crew, praised…

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