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The former Bar 102 in Honiton’s High Street is due to re-open next month as Bruv’s Bar. It will boast a completely new look with an industrial theme and offer live music, food and a lot more. Named after one of its owners, Jim ‘Bruv’ Hagon, the business is a real family affair. Joining Jim is his wife, Sharon, son Reece, daughter Shannon and Reece’s wife, Lauren. Jim is well-known for calling everyone ‘Bruv’ – hence the bar’s name. We’ve got a brilliant space for live music, and are looking forward to welcoming local bands and musicians to the bar…

The new Arctic 24 Sidmouth lifeboat has been officially named today (August 17) as Peter and Barbara Truesdale – as a mark of respect for the siblings’ support for the town’s lifeboat station. The poignant naming and blessing ceremony took place at Sidmouth Lifeboat Station at 11am – an event witnessed by crew members, lifeboat supporters and invited guests. The purchase of the new lifeboat was made possible thanks to a generous donation in trust from the late Surgeon Captain Peter Jeffrey Truesdale and his sister, Barbara Members of the public waited on The Esplanade as the new vessel was…

Exmouth’s young life savers have been celebrated with top awards from St John Ambulance. Bassetts Farm Primary School pupils Lottie Blundell, Kaitlyn Hardy and Dylan Wesley were presented with Super Badger awards; the highest honour for St John Ambulance young volunteers aged seven to 10. St John cadets Victoria Lee, an Exmouth Community College student, and Lucy Rose, a student at Torquay Grammar for Girls, achieved their BTEC Level 2 Peer Education, which allows them to share their first aid skills and train young people in how to save lives; the girls have already been teaching local Scouts and Beavers.…

Tesco has secured the go-ahead to install a cashpoint outside its soon-to-open store in Budleigh Salterton town centre. The supermarket giant’s proposals for an ATM at 10 Fore Street, which include CCTV and external lighting, have been approved by East Devon District Council (EDDC). Work is currently under way to convert 1 Ocean House – formerly SM Prior and Son furnishers – into a Tesco Express outlet. The proposed ATM will provide a service for visitors to the Tesco Express store and other local businesses, as well as local residents…One nearby resident objected to the cashpoint plan and expressed concern…

A new takeaway will open in Budleigh Salterton town centre if a planning application is successful. Proposals for a change of use at 42 High Street, from a solicitors’ office to an eatery, have been submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC). The hot food takeaway would be open from 3pm to 10.30pm Monday – Friday and from 1pm to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, according to the application. The change of use is not felt to adversely effect any neighbours or cause any impact to its surrounding…Plans state the new business would create one full-time job and…

The grounds of Honiton Community Hospital have been given a makeover – thanks to young people carrying out voluntary work as part of the National Citizen Service scheme. Taking part in National Citizen Service offers young people the opportunity to embrace new experiences, succeed in new challenges, expand skills and give something back to the communities they live in. It was really great to see these wonderful young people working together to enhance the grounds and add a bit of colour and cheer for all those attending the hospital Team Leader for the group, Monica Duque said how delighted they…

Two men from Honiton, one of whom donated a kidney to his son earlier this year, are preparing to cycle 1,200 kilometres in the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur. Live kidney donor Richard Salisbury, 53, and fellow cyclist Ian Hennessey, 66, qualified for the ride after completing a 600 kilometre cycle between Exeter and Leighton Buzzard and back.  It will be the sixth time Mr Hennessey has taken part in the French event. Being staged between August 18 and 22, the epic cycle through France has to be completed in just 90 hours. “The organisers expect nearly 7,000 riders to take part,” said…

The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, is celebrating ‘outstanding’ A-level results for 2019, continuing a long tradition of academic success in its sixth form. Receiving outstanding results of a clean sweep of A and A-star grades across all their A-levels were seven students. Some nine students achieved A-stars in at least one full A-level course and 22 students achieved an A-star in the Extended Project Qualification. The school said it was ‘delighted’ that 79 per cent of all grades were A-star to C and 31 per cent of grades were at the highest level of A-star and A. The King’s…

Sidmouth College is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate for all its 2019 A-Level students. The college said overall, sixth form students had achieved above their target grade across all subjects, with 30 percent of students achieving A*-A grades, some 54 per cent achieving A*-B, and 87 per cent of students achieving A*-C grades. Overall progress data shared by the college shows an increase from +0.02 to +0.25 meaning, on average, students achieved above their target grade across all subjects. They thoroughly deserve these fantastic achievements today and I would like to wish all of our students continued success…

Honiton Rugby Club has been hailed as a ‘shining example of grassroots rugby at its best’ in celebration of an outstanding season. The club’s historic season, including their RFU Senior Vase final victory, has been celebrated at a reception at East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Blackdown House headquarters in Honiton. The event, attended by officials and players from Honiton Rugby Club and local dignitaries, was organised by EDDC’s chairman Councillor Stuart Hughes and Honiton ward member, Councillor Phil Twiss. The pair congratulated the club for their outstanding season and acknowledged the contribution that grassroots rugby has made in helping put…

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