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Work is under way on a £3.7million road improvement scheme at Exeter Airport that will pave the way for a major new East Devon business park boasting 1,000 jobs. The Long Lane enhancement project will ‘unlock’ development of a 19-acre ‘AirPark’ site. It will form part of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone. The Long Lane scheme will widen the road that runs past Exeter Airport and down to Hampton by Hilton hotel. It also features a bus loop and cycleway to the Future Skills Centre and the maintenance hangars which have recently been taken over by Exeter Aerospace.…

A medal belonging to one of Britain’s World War Two first-ever female test pilots auctioned in Honiton proved a ‘real surprise’ when it sold for £5,800. The MBE belonging to trailblazer WW II pilot Joan Hughes, plus her Pike Trophy medal and a scrapbook charting her skills, sold for the ‘unexpectedly high’ sum last month during the two-day sale held by Chilcotts Auctioneers. Auctioneer Duncan Chilcott said Joan’s war efforts associated with the MBE – awarded in 1946 – prompted high interest in the sale, reaching more than 20 times the estimated price when it went under the hammer in…

A Christmas raffle for retired residents living at an Ottery St Mary development has raised funds for Hospiscare. Residents living at Tumbling Weir Court raised £50 for Hopsicare buying tickets to win a host of prizes, including a festive hamper, wine and chocolates donated by local businesses. The money raised helped fund Christmas dinner for Hospiscare families while their loved-ones received care at the hospice. Toni Hiscox, East Devon Hospiscare community fundraiser, announced the winners, presenting Mr and Mrs Dean with the festive hamper. Toni said: “Last year was full of unprecedented challenges, so it was really important that we…

A rare leather chest more than 400 years old that originated from Ottery St Mary is set to be auctioned after it was discovered in Wiltshire. The 17th century brass-studded chest was made by King Charles II own cabinet maker, Richard Pigg Junior, and is thought to have been kept at Knightstone Manor. The metre-wide chest, seen photographed in a room in Knightstone Manor in a 1950 edition of Country Life, is estimated to make between £3,000-5,000 at auction. Salisbury-based auction house Woolley and Wallis, selling the chest, said the photograph was taken at the time Knightstone Manor was owned…

Businesses from across East Devon and Exeter teamed up to make the ‘difference-of-a-lifetime’, raising £14,500 for Hospiscare. During December more than 20 firms and traders rose to the challenge set by the charity to make a difference to families facing terminal illness over the holiday period. Hospiscare thanked the 24 businesses who signed up to the charity’s 12 Days of Care campaign, where firms sponsored a period of care on the hospice ward. Ruth Wills, Hospiscare nurse and ward manager, said: “The holidays really have the power to bring happiness and to give people the chance to make memories to…

An ‘ethical supermarket’ that launched in Branscombe last year amid the pandemic has branched out to offer home delivery across East Devon. After two years of planning, In My Back Yard (IMBY) began in April 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown, sourcing as many products as possible within a 30-mile radius of its East Devon hub. Now the cooperative business, which is run largely by volunteers, is offering home delivery to customers living within a 15-mile radius of the ‘ethical supermarket’. A spokesperson for the cause said: “In My Back Yard – also known as IMBY – is a local,…

A personal training business shining the spotlight on maternal mental health and motherhood has launched in East Devon. Funmumsfitness recently launched classes and sessions in Axminster and Colyton in a bid to promote body confidence to mums in East Devon. The workout sessions aim to help mums recover after birth, lose weight, get fit, feel strong and make new friends. The East Devon classes are held at the Reece Strawbridge Community Centre, in Colyton, and at Axminster Football Club. In September 2020 a new private studio for personal training sessions was set up in Axminster. Founder Dora Szentivanyi said: “Very…

A family of garden gnomes, a jeweller’s trunk of precious stones and a barrister cloak with wig are among some of the property left behind in Exeter’s Travelodge over the last year. The hotel chain this week revealed a list of its lost property haul, handed in across its 563 UK sites over the last 12 months. Exeter staff also found left behind a divorce settlement, a limited-edition Banksy print and a pair of giant feather angel wings. Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said with millions staying in the budget hotel over the year, staff often found a host of interesting…

Honiton Scouts presented certificates to shopkeepers in the town after the youngsters held a Christmas window display competition. Festive fun has been at the forefront of the scouts’ December meetings as the youngsters took part in a host of Christmas activities. Card and wreath making activities, judging festive shop displays, plus dreaming up new ice cream flavours and making new laws as part of UK Parliament Week, have kept the youngster busy in the lead-up to Christmas. Helen Turner, 1st Honiton Scout Group leader, said the youngsters ‘loved’ the annual tradition of judging the town’s Christmas windows. She said: “We…

Christmas community spirit smashed an Ottery St Mary fundraising drive to give a much-needed boost to end-of-life care charity Hospiscare. The Rusty Pig’s Ho Ho Hospiscare draw, which aimed to raise £500 for the charity, collected more than £2,000 for the cause after the community rallied in support. Businesses piled on extra prizes as the total topped all expectations, and the draw raised £2,300. Robin Rea, Rusty Pig owner, said: “With times being hard for so many, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by the local community.” Toni Hiscocks, local Hospiscare fundraiser, said: “Thank you so much to…

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