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Axminster medics have thanked Exeter Brewery for delivering vital supplies of PPE during the COVID-19 crisis. The brewery, in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, has packed its vans with thousands of items of PPE and delivered them to 100 health centres and GP surgeries throughout the length and breadth of Devon. And as a thank you for the difficult work being done by frontline workers, it has also donated complimentary cases of its Avocet beer. Axminster Medical Practice, in Church Street, Axminster, who received supplies from the brewery, said: “Thank you very much to Exeter Brewery who has kindly supplied us…

Small businesses and charities in East Devon have until June 24 to apply for a new Government Discretionary Grant launched in the district this week. The £2.4million scheme is aimed at those who have not previously been eligible for funding during the coronavirus crisis. We will be working cross-party to ensure the money gets out of the building to the enterprises that need it as fast as possible…It follows previous initiatives which have seen more than £40million handed out to some 3,000 businesses in the area’s retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet agreed to administer…

Parts of Sidmouth town centre could be pedestrianised as part of proposed temporary measures to keep people safe as lockdown eases. Traffic would be barred from Old Fore Street, New Street, Market Place and Church Street between 11am and 5pm daily in a bid to boost social distancing and help ‘kick-start the local economy’. It’s important that we do everything we can to help kick-start the local economy and to welcome visitors back to our unique town with many independent shops – Cllr Stuart HughesParking spaces would also be removed from the lower part of Fore Street and to the…

Temporary ‘street café’ licences are being served up in Devon to help businesses to reopen as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to ease. County council bosses are introducing the ‘informal’ measure to boost social distancing and aid the hospitality industry in the coming weeks. The street café culture in our town and city centres across Devon has always been popular and we’re hoping that accelerating the application process on this issue can help local cafes and pubs when they reopen…The move will allow successful applicants to place tables and chairs on paved or pedestrianised areas that are classed as public highway.…

A housing developer has given outdoor lessons a boost for Cranbrook pupils by delivering topsoil to St Martin’s Primary School. Before lockdown, Taylor Wimpey Exeter donated earth normally used for gardens and open spaces to refill raised beds in the forest school area, and some large planters. Outdoor learning gives youngsters the chance to learn new, practical and hands-on skills, in a natural environment, the developer said. Angela Whitten, forest school leader at St Martin’ Primary School, said: “Outdoor education is growing in popularity across the country and is a really important part of our pupils’ development, so it’s great…

Celebrations have been held behind closed doors after a new dog grooming business launched in Dunkeswell amid the coronavirus lockdown. Wendy Kenney has opened Shampooches dog grooming salon and canine teeth cleaning service in Dunkeswell, teaming up with business partner Michelle Bluck, of Winnies Pawporium, a dog grooming, walking and pet sitting service. Lockdown rules meant the grand opening of the business, in Marcus Road, had to be shelved in favour of a video tour of the new salon. Wendy, aged 56, who lives in Culmstock, the mid-Devon village where she founded her business four years ago, said trade has…

Stencils like these will be used to paint social distancing markings and a one-way system on Sidmouth pavements to protect residents and visitors from coronavirus. They will be introduced in the town centre in a bid keep people two metres apart and stop the spread of Covid-19 now lockdown rules have been relaxed. Further safeguards being considered include closing streets deemed too narrow and creating temporary paths to increase space. High Street, Fore Street, and up to The Esplanade, New Street, Church Street and the Three- Cornered Plot are expected to be included in the one-way system. It will see pedestrians…

Fans of The Donkey Sanctuary are invited to a virtual day out in Sidmouth on bank holiday Monday to see the animals and chat to staff who look after them. The interactive day, starting at 10am on May 25, is a repeat of a similar successful online event held by the sanctuary over Easter, which reached more than a million people. The latest Sanctuary From Your Sofa event includes five Facebook Live broadcasts, each lasting 15 minutes, and a pre-recorded link at 12 noon, with the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy centres across the UK. Maxine Carter, Sidmouth sanctuary farm manager, said:…

Staff dressed as land girls and memories were shared when supported housing residents in Honiton  joined the rest of the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Recent VE Day celebrations held at Abbeyfield’s Stanhope House, in Honiton High Street, included a traditional lunch of fish and chips wrapped in newspaper, potato scones and home-grown salad. Residents reminisced about the end of World War Two, playing games, listened to the songs of force’s sweetheart, Vera Lyn, and enjoyed an indoor street party. Manager Bev Faulkner and catering staff, Helen Keefe and Clair Roberts, dressed as land girls while…

Hundreds of bottles of soft drinks have been donated to volunteers at an Exeter drive-through coronavirus test centre. Daniel Thompson, manager of the Lighter Inn, in Topsham, and five other staff at the pub, were among test centre helpers who benefited from the drinks’ donation made by the pub’s owner and brewer, Hall & Woodhouse. Hall & Woodhouse donated 900 bottles of its Rio Tropical Light sparling water and fruit juice soft drink, in a bid to support key workers across the county. The drive-through testing centre, at the Honiton Road Park and Ride, in Exeter, opened last month for…

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