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Sidmouth Air Show 2021 is gearing up to be a ’record year’ for fundraising, prompting the council to thank all who gave generously to ensure the event’s future. The 2021 Sidmouth air show attracted around a 35,000-strong crowd who gazed skywards to watch as the Red Arrows and a host of aerial entertainment wowed visitors and residents. Cash from donation buckets is still being counted and is expected to top previous years. Christopher Holland, Sidmouth Town Council clerk, said: “Sidmouth Town Council is delighted to announce the success of the 2021 Sidmouth Air Show, which is looking to be a…

Urban beavers have been spotted in Honiton and could breed over the winter, wildlife experts have said. The first beaver activity in an East Devon town has been confirmed in Millers Way community orchard after a felled apple tree reported by a passer-by prompted an inspection of the site, and found the presence of at least one beaver in the River Gissage. Devon Wildlife Trust beaver officer, Jake Chant, said the beavers were likely to breed over the winter if they remained on the river. He said regular monitoring of the river would now take place, and safeguard measures to…

A charity champion for Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers is continuing to honour her dad’s memory through a raffle to win a signed Exeter City football. Kelly Lawson, aged 43, from Exeter, recently completed a trio of gruelling challenges for the Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers as a tribute to her dad David Meyer, from Chelston, in Torquay, who died from coronavirus in March 2020, aged 62. Mum-of-three Kelly, of St Leonard’s, Exeter, will announce the winner of the raffle on September 29, to coincide with the 18-month anniversary of her dad’s death. She said the prize would make an ideal gift for a football…

Celebrations have been held in Exmouth after a new community fridge opened in Littleham, where people can take free food and donate for others. Exmouth mayor Cllr Steve Gazzard took along his own food donation to leave for others when he officially opened the community fridge last week. The free community fridge, at the Bidmead Community Centre, in Littleham Road, is open on Wednesdays, 3pm until 5pm, Thursdays, 9am until 11am and Fridays, 4pm until 6pm, to take and bring food donations. The Littleham Community Fridge was the idea of Baptist minister Sam Burnett, who lives in the area. Sam,…

‘Superstars’ in their hundreds from East Devon and Exeter helped raise more than £30,000 for Hospiscare by taking part in last month’s Twilight Walk. The charity has revealed around 600 walkers from Exeter, East and Mid Devon took part in the annual walk, which because of Covid-19 restrictions had participants this year setting off from home instead of the traditional group event in Exmouth. The charity said those taking part in the 2021 Twilight Walk, in mid-July, ‘came out in force’ to support Hospiscare. Tori Vince, Hospiscare event manager, said: “Every one of our Twilight Walkers was an absolute superstar…

An all-women group has successfully tackled the Three Peaks Challenge to raise awareness and funds for Exmouth mental health community group RV-ONE. The 20-strong team of women from East Devon hiked up the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours – raising more than £11,000 for the community organisation. It is hoped the RV-ONE Three Peaks Challenge will become the organisation’s flagship annual fundraiser, giving people the chance to take on the feat fully supported. Funds raised will go towards securing a base to store communal physical training equipment,…

Devon Freewheelers volunteers were invited to Exmouth to showcase the charity’s work as part of the town’s Organ Donor and Transplant Awareness Day event. Visitors to The Strand, in Exmouth, spent time learning about the work of the Devon Blood Bikes in the community, meeting the volunteers and having a look at some of the vehicles used by the charity when delivering essential medical supplies to support the NHS. The event, organised by Exmouth Mayor, Councillor Steve Gazzard, was to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation (BLF), in memory of his daughter, mum-of-three Sarah Wright, who died in November…

‘Imagination and adventure’ sparked 10-year-old William West’s thirst to read 100 books for the second time around at Ottery Library. It was a double celebration for the youngster when this month he was presented with his second Book Track Award certificate and gold badge, which also coincided with him finishing his Summer Reading Challenge. William, pictured here at Ottery Library with his Book Track Award and Summer Reading Challenge certificates, medal and badge, told library staff he read books for ‘imagination and adventure’. An Ottery Library spokeswoman said: “William completed his Book Track on Saturday 24th July and at the…

The Red Arrows, Spitfires, Lynx helicopters, an RAF Dakota, and biplane aerobatics have been confirmed to appear at this year’s Sidmouth Airshow. The air display, on Friday, August 27, will begin at 5.30pm with the Royal Navy’s solo wildcat helicopter display team, and Sidmouth is ‘lucky enough’ to be one of ‘a handful’ of events where they will appear in 2021. Returning to fly over the town after a two-year absence, is the Red Arrows display team, while performing in Sidmouth for the first time is Rich Goodwin with his ‘high energy muscle aerobatics’. Councillor Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Town Council…

Devon Freewheelers volunteers have been in Exmouth giving away free face masks and highlighting the work of the charity. The Devon Blood Bikes volunteers donated face masks to schools in the town, for staff and students to wear. Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers Deputy CEO, based in Honiton, said the younger children had been keen to learn more about the charity, its volunteers and the work of the Devon Blood Bikes. He said the pupils and students could be Devon Freewheelers volunteers of the future. He said any school, playgroup, organisation or club keen for a visit from the Devon Freewheelers…

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