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Television star Bear Grylls has been spotted in Exmouth filming a fresh challenge with former SAS soldier Phil Campion. Onlookers said former SAS soldier and adventurer Bear was joined on Exmouth seafront by Phil Campion, also a past Special Forces military veteran, and Royal Marine. A spokeswoman for Bear Grylls confirmed it was the wilderness survival expert who had been filming in the town. She said: “They were filming with all Covid restrictions in place.” The TV stars and ex-soldiers were spotted sitting together on the dockside, near Mamhead slipway, at Exmouth, where they were being filmed. Earlier Phil Campion…

A good Samaritan motorcycle mechanic from Honiton has been working for free to keep the Devon Freewheelers on the road. Jessi Little, owner at BJS Engineering, in Offwell, East Devon, for the last four years has waived his MOT fee for the Honiton-based charity’s motorbikes. And when other Devon garages closed during the first Covid-19 lockdown, Jessi stayed open for the Devon Freewheelers and took on the charity’s servicing, mechanics and MOTs from other areas of the county. Dad-of-one Jessi, aged 41, from Honiton, learned about the Devon Freewheelers through a friend who fundraised for the charity. He said the…

A running dinosaur spotted on Exmouth seafront on Saturday (April 3) raised more than £850 for the town’s RNLI. Roar-some RNLI volunteer tour guide Jay King dressed as a Tyrannosaurus Rex to run a 25-kilometre distance around Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton in aid of the sea safety charity. Jay ran the distance in four hours and 50 minutes, setting off at 9am and crossing the finish line shortly before 2pm, raising more than £850. He thanked all who supported him along the running route. Donations for his running efforts were made through a crowdfunding page, which is still taking funds.…

‘Shocked’ EuroMillions winners from Seaton have pledged some of their £1million jackpot to a charity which helped the couple when their son was in hospital. Neil Smart, aged 50, and his 51-year-old wife, Sue, could not sleep after learning they scooped £1million on a Friday night lottery draw earlier this month. Dad-of-three Neil initially thought the message to say they had won £1million was a hoax. The couple plan to splash the cash on their family – and help the Ronald McDonald House charity, a cause close to their heart. The pair plan to make a donation to the Ronald…

A helpful Honiton handyman husband has been thanked for his service and dedication to the town’s Scout group. Ray Turner, married to Honiton Scout leader Helen, was presented with a certificate of thanks by Nancy Craven, the newly-appointed East Devon Scouts District Commissioner, in recognition of his DIY and gardening help to benefit the group. Sue Wright, who recently finished her training as Beaver leader, was awarded a ‘wood badge’ of beads – a tradition dating back to 1919. Helen Turner, 1st Honiton Scout Group leader, congratulated the pair on their awards. She said: “Ray was awarded his for his good…

A seven-year-old Seaton girl has achieved her dream of owning a specially-adapted trike thanks to community generosity. Jaydi Hawker – who was born with ligase IV microcephalic primordial dwarfism, a condition affecting her growth – means she cannot ride a bike like other children her age. Thanks to a successful community fundraising campaign the youngster’s wish for a bike has been granted, with the help of charity Children Today. Jaydi, who resembles a four-year-old in size, had been dreaming of her own specially-adapted trike, telling her mum ‘that looks fun’ when spotting other kids riding bikes near her home. The…

The centuries-old Honiton Charter Day tradition is set to go ahead this summer, event organsiers have announced. The team planning the Charter Day 2021 said it was ‘more optimistic’ of holding the event in Honiton on Saturday, July 31, as a result of the Government’s announcement to relax lockdown restrictions. This year Charter Day will also celebrate the 800th anniversary of the town’s other tradition, Hot Pennies, dating back to when a royal charter for Honiton’s fair was first granted in 1221. Free pitches are available for charities to have a stall at this year’s event. Full details of Charter Day 2021 will be…

An Exmouth chemist owner has been recognised nationally for her work developing a service so pharmacists can spot early signs of cancer. Dr Jackie Lewis, who with her husband owns and runs Lewis Pharmacy in Exeter Road, Exmouth, was last month named winner of the Innovation category in the Independent Pharmacy Awards. The service, called Not Normal for You, was judged a success by 10 East Devon pharmacies. Dr Lewis hopes someone will take on and further develop her idea, rolling it out nationally. The results were presented at a joint conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and…

A new community larder offering free fresh, frozen and tinned food is being launched in Seaton in a bid to tackle waste. People living in Seaton can use the community larder and take free food without the need for a smartphone or app, said SAVE food hub, the community group fighting food waste in East Devon. The larder will be open above the Natural Worx shop, at 1, Vintage Court, The Square, Seaton, from 10.30am to 1.30pm every Wednesday and Saturday, starting from Wednesday, March 10. Aileen Heal, trustee for SAVE food hub, said “We will have fresh bread, eggs,…

Tins of paint have been donated by decorating giant Dulux to a Budleigh Salterton community project where people can share and learn new skills, and make friends. Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) thanked the paint supplier for its donation, which will be used the finish the refurbishment of the town’s former fire station, in Station Road. With the transformation of the main workshop starting shortly, BCWT chairman Bill McDermott said the improvements to the building were ‘progressing well’. He thanked all who had donated materials, supplies and were helping to make the project a success. Mr McDermott said: “The development…

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