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Quarantine karaoke roused Beer village in a giant sing-song in a bid to cheer up residents amid the coronavirus lockdown. As this video shows, loud music full of family favourites was piped through Beer village on Saturday evening for a residents’ sing-a-long from doorways, windows and gardens. The village came together, while staying apart, bopping to well-known songs such as Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now and Abba’s Mama Mia. They swayed and sang along to Gerry and the Pacemaker’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Bill Withers Lean on Me as a tribute to NHS staff, keyworkers, and Beer residents who…

An Exmouth beach clean ahead of the lockdown highlighted to helpers the amount of unseen rubbish left on the coast. Volunteers picked up plastic pellets and beads – known as nurdles – and a host of debris, plus fishing hooks, twine and ‘huge’ amounts of baby wipes. The event, organised by Plastic Free Exmouth, attracted almost 50 volunteers of all ages to clean the beach. The group plans to organise more clean-up events once the lockdown is lifted. Scott Burgan, event spokesman, said the team removed razors, condoms, nurdles, huge volumes of baby wipes, fishing twine, fishing hooks, Lego, scarves,…

The sign-up has begun of an army of volunteers needed in Exmouth to help those at risk during the coronavirus crisis. Organisers say the service ‘desperately’ needs help to lead neighbourhood groups in Exmouth, willing to coordinate area volunteers, and people to operate soon-to-go-live phone lines. Those keen to help coordinate neighbourhood groups are asked to show their interest today (Wednesday) in the hope of joining a telephone briefing call tomorrow (Thursday, April 2). Without volunteers, the support group faces a delay in setting up a central hub and rolling out a service in Exmouth. Chetna Jones, Exmouth Town Council…

This video shows how the Donkeys at Sidmouth were glad to see the back of the long, wet, winter when they were let out into their summer grazing paddock for the first time this year. The Donkey Sanctuary has closed its doors to the public during the coronavirus lockdown, but wanted to share the donkeys’ joy at their first taste of spring grass. Staff who continue to care for the animals behind closed doors said this week’s sunshine proved the perfect time to open the gates to let the herd run free, roll and let off some steam. Maxine Carter,…

A coronavirus helpline has gone live in Honiton offering an advice, shopping, food and prescription service. Trained volunteers have teamed up with organisations and groups to help keep the town safe and informed during the pandemic. Alongside the Honiton coronavirus information line is a shopping and cooked meal delivery service, aimed at the vulnerable, and help for those needing prescriptions collected. The town is also setting up a network of volunteers who can check on neighbours, collect shopping, or become on-the-phone befrienders. The neighbourhood support system will be built upon in the coming weeks as the situation develops, organisers said.…

Coronavirus survivor Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein last night rang his bell ‘for those that saved my life’ when he joined the country in applauding the NHS. Applause, cheers and music erupted from the towns and villages of East Devon on Thursday night, when the UK came together at 8pm to pay public tribute to frontline coronavirus carers. Roger, aged 72, survived the virus but not before his family was told on day six of illness there was nothing more medics could do. Last night Exmouth’s town crier stood on his doorstep in his dressing gown to ring out his…

Hospiscare has launched an ‘urgent’ fundraising appeal after the charity predicts it will lose £1million in donations because of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity, which gives specialist end-of-life care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, is asking people to donate to the cause as Hospiscare keeps its doors open during the coronavirus crisis. It predicts it will lose £1million over the next three months due to Covid-19, and is seeking urgent financial help from the public. Hospiscare said donations would be down this year now its charity shops…

“On day six I nearly died. My signs began to dip and dip. My family were told ‘there’s nothing more we can do’.” Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein has spoken of his brush with death as he lay in a locked hospital isolation room battling coronavirus. Roger, aged 72, who has underlying health conditions, spent 11 days in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, falling ill at home. “I am still in that phase of thinking what an amazing man I am,” said Roger. “We never see ourselves as others see us, so I…

An Ottery St Mary woman is speaking out about Down’s syndrome in a bid to raise awareness of those living with the condition. Emma Bishop is championing World Down Syndrome Day, on Saturday, March 21, in the hope of busting some of the myths and to help stamp out the stereotypes. Emma, who said having Down’s syndrome does not define her, is asking Ottery and East Devon residents to join her in the celebration of people later this month, and turnaround the negativity she, and friends, have experienced first-hand. Emma said she wanted people to know she was not a…

Honiton Bowling Club hosted the 2020 South West Area Disability Bowls England Interclub Competition, where eight teams took part. Competing this year at the Streamers Meadows clubhouse were teams from Dunheved Bowling Club, Cornwall, Taunton Deane Bowling Club, Somerset, Honiton Bowling Club, and three teams from Plymouth Life Centre. The teams were divided into two groups of four playing against each other. Each of the three matches played by the team consisted of eight ends, with a time limit of one-and-a-quarter hours. The teams gained two points for a win and one for a draw. The winner of group A…

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