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Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer and Budleigh Salterton have been named as having some of the best beaches in the UK, scooping prestigious awards for East Devon. Seaton is celebrating its first-ever win of the coveted Blue Flag Award, while Exmouth has retained the accolade for the fourth year running, and Sidmouth, three years. In addition, Exmouth and Seaton celebrated winning a Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award for the fifth year running, while Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth each retained the accolade for the fourth consecutive year. Beer joined the list of Seaside Award winners for the first time. Councillor Geoff Jung,…

A deaf teaching assistant from East Devon who has been nominated for an industry award is being celebrated for her 25 years of service to the profession. Mum-of-two Nikki James, who lives near Ottery St Mary, has been deaf from birth and dedicated her life to helping children through her work at the Deaf Academy, based in Exmouth. Nikki, a former pupil at the Royal School for the Deaf, in Exeter – now the Deaf Academy- has been shortlisted for a Tes School award in the Teaching Assistant category. During her time as a teaching assistant, Nikki has been a…

Free entertainment, live music, circus workshops, theatre and a host of family activities have been announced for the 2022 Exmouth Festival. The full line-up of entertainment and programme of events has been revealed by festival organisers bringing the event to Exmouth’s Imperial Recreation Ground, on the Jubilee bank holiday, from Thursday, June 2, until Sunday, June 5. A spokesperson for Exmouth Festival said: “Running across the extended bank holiday weekend you can expect a family friendly atmosphere throughout the day, with lots of activities for children to get involved in, plus a fairground for the adventure-seekers. “The festival remains free…

A trio of East Devon six-year-olds have mirrored the distance an Exmouth ambulance would travel while raising funds for crew welfare. The children, Bea, Emily and Ophelia, were invited to Exmouth ambulance station to meet off-duty paramedics, present £500 raised by the youngsters, and receive their challenge medals. The girls raised the funds by running and walking 109 miles – the distance travelled by an Exmouth emergency vehicle during an average shift – taking part in the Outrun an Ambulance challenge, in aid of South Western Ambulance Charity. Emily’s mum, Sarah, said: “We are massively proud of the girls. They…

UK ‘queen of soul’ Mica Paris is the headline act to rock the first-ever Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival coming to the town in June. The organisers have promised ‘the best’ Jazz, Blues, Roots, RnB, Soul, Funk, and Latin music across the festival weekend, Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5, plus free live music at a host of fringe venues across the town. Headline afternoon and evening ticketed concerts will take place in Sidmouth Parish Church, in Church Street, while free live performances from local and regional talent will perform on their own outdoor stage. Headline act and…

A photojournalist from Sidmouth who has been in war-torn Ukraine covering frontline fighting will donate funds from his Defending Kyiv lectures to three ‘desperately in need’ families left behind in the stricken country. Over the last two months photographing the war in Ukraine, dad-of-one Iain Burns, from Sidmouth, was mistaken for a Russian spy and threatened with arrest and deportation. He witnessed death and the true horrors of the conflict; overhead bombing and gunfire. Now safely back in East Devon, Iain is sharing his experiences of war with two nights of lectures being held in Sidmouth, in aid of three…

All eyes will be on the skies above Sidmouth in August when the Red Arrows return for the town’s summer airshow. Sidmouth Town Council said the airshow will return in summer 2022, with the event being held on Friday, August 26, starting at around 5pm. Councillor Ian Barlow said: “This is great news that the Red Arrows are to return to the best possible place to watch them in the country, along with some great other teams.” This year’s arial attractions includes two Supermarine Spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Rich Goodwin in his aerobatic Pitts Biplane.…

Exmouth has kick-started its Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations by planting an oak tree in Phear Park. The tree was one of 70 oak saplings donated by the district council for planting in locations in East Devon to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Exmouth Town Council said the tree planting was the first of a host of plans to take place in the town to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. A jubilee beacon trail launches in Exmouth on April 30. And beacon lighting and a big lunch are among the royal celebrations being held in Exmouth, planned for…

The return of the Hospicare Twilight Walk to Exmouth has been announced after a two-year break when the pandemic forced the event to turn virtual. The pink-themed sponsored walk, in aid of Hospiscare, this year takes place on Saturday, July 9, with a new walking route of either six or 13 miles. Entry to the event is now open, with early-bird discounts of £15 per person, and a reduction for teams, if you sign up to take part before April 11. Hospiscare said the six-mile route, setting off from Manor Gardens, is mostly on the flat and along even paths.…

Children in Axminster celebrated the launch of a new community shop that helps save the planet by selling pre-loved toys.   No Toy Left Behind, run by volunteers, sells donated toys that have been saved from landfill and restored. The not-for-profit venture, set up by Beth Steele, aims to reduce waste by encouraging people to buy recycled and second-hand toys, instead of new. She said: “The launch was great fun. It was brilliant to be able to welcome so many people to our lovely community centre and to showcase everything we’ve achieved so far with No Toy Left Behind. “We…

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