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Building suppliers in Exmouth were crowned top team after winning a firm’s South West charity golf day. The Exmouth RGB Building Supplies team took home the trophy after winning the tournament, held at Bovey Castle. The golf event, now in its 10th year, raised £2,470 for the builders’ merchant’s chosen charities, Cornwall Mind, Devon Mind and Mind in Somerset. Some 18 teams, made up of suppliers, customers and staff, competed in the four-ball competition. The Exmouth team won the Andy Shinner Memorial Trophy, presented by his wife, Karen, and daughter Nicola, in memory of the former Paignton branch manager, who died in 2013. Kevin Fenlon, RGB…

Aldi wants to open new supermarkets in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster and Exeter in the next two years. The retail giant has today announced £1.3billion plans for 100 outlets across the UK which it hopes will be welcoming customers by 2023. It is now searching for freehold ‘town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for property development’ in the East Devon towns. Aldi bosses say the firm is on the lookout for plots big enough to accommodate a 20,000sq ft store and around 100 dedicated parking spaces. These will ‘preferably on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access’. Aldi…

A new creative content, wedding photography and digital marketing business in East Devon is celebrating its launch with a discount off your special day. Professional journalist and photographer Fran McElhone launched Dotty Creative this autumn, offering a host of services for businesses and individuals. To celebrate the launch of Dotty Creative, Fran is offering clients 10 per cent off her 2022 wedding photography packages if they are booked by the end of 2021. She said: “Having taught myself the art of digital photography in 2016, my work has been published extensively and I have enjoyed numerous varied commissions from portrait…

Fire crews from three counties tackled a blaze that broke out in an industrial unit in a barn in East Devon on Friday afternoon (October 1). Firefighters from Colyton, Seaton, Axminster, Danes Castle, Lyme Regis, Yeovil, Sidmouth, Chard, and Honiton were called to a farm in Colyton at around1.15pm, and worked together to extinguish the flames using two hose reel jets, one compressed air foam jet, one ground monitor, one 45mm jet, one gas monitor, and two thermal imaging cameras. The cause of the blaze at the commercial workshop was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. An Axminster…

Honiton residents have been exploring the town’s new-look Aldi supermarket which reopened on Thursday (September 23) after a ‘significant’ refit. The supermarket, in Exeter Road, closed for several weeks while the shop was updated inside, and the building extended. The supermarket chain said the improvements had been made to make shopping easier for the town’s residents and visitors. Sam Bensley, area manager, said: “The team and I are really looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces as well as new customers and supplying our local community with the everyday amazing products we have available. “Hopefully the new look store…

Police are appealing for witnesses, information and CCTV footage after a wheelbarrow and fence posts worth around £400 were stolen overnight from a business in Honiton. Devon and Cornwall Police said the culprits targeted a yard in the Border Road area of Heathpark Industrial Estate sometime between midnight and 2.30am on Saturday, September 11. Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious, or knows the whereabouts of the stolen items. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of burglary to…

An Ottery St Mary landlord is playing a starring role in a seminar for all pub kitchens this week.  Mike Down, who runs the Volunteer Inn, is making his small screen debut as part of The Chefs’ Forum event on Monday, September 20. The two-hour event focuses on how new technology is enabling pubs like Mike’s, in Broad Street, to do more with less. It will also cover topics such as Natasha’s Law, healthier menus, waste reduction and future staffing issues. Mike features in one of the specially-made films in which leading pub groups and individuals explain how harnessing new technology has…

A new £2million fund designed to help local businesses prosper has been launched by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority says the Innovation and Resilience Fund (IRF) – aimed at supporting economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – is unlike any grant scheme it has run before. Firms and entrepreneurs can apply for up to £50,000 each, or £150,000 for a collaborative bid. The fund is designed to support ‘innovative’ projects that: Support business diversification and the development of new and innovative products; Enable carbon reductions and biodiversity enhancements; Enable and safeguard high value jobs; Offer inclusive opportunities to…

The line-up has been announced for the free-to-enter Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival, taking place in the town on Saturday, September 11. Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School, The Pig at Combe’s Dan Gavrilidis, Michael Caines, Liam Finnegan, Ottery St Mary’s Samosa Lady Tina Chauhan-Challis, Good Game’s ‘Salami Steve’ and Chris Piper of Christopher Piper Wines, are among those billed to share their knowledge with cooking demonstrations on the day. Food festival organisers have pledged the greenest event yet, with no single-use plastic, and the sale of reusable cups. Entry to the festival on Saturday, September 1, is…

A supermarket in Exmouth playing its part in tackling climate change is gearing up to install new racing car technology in a bid to reduce its greenhouse gasses. Co-operative Food, in Brixington Lane, is one of 12 Southern Co-op retail stores in Devon and Dorset to improve refrigeration efficiency and reduce cold air being lost into the aisles, driving down greenhouse gas emissions. The technology has been developed by motor racing engineer Wirth Research and is expected to ‘lead to significant reductions’ in CO2 emissions. The system being installed in the Brixington Parade convenience store copies the same technique used to…

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