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Residents at a Sidmouth care home are being reunited with their loved-ones for the first time in three months thanks to a state-of-the-art ‘Covid-proof’ visitors’ room. The pioneering area at Holmesley Care Home has been designed to defy the pandemic and allow its 41 OAPs to have face-to-face contact with their families. It has led to heart-warming and emotional scenes this week with spouses, children, grandchildren and friends making up for lost time. We are seeing incredibly emotional and heart-warning scenes of loved-ones being reunited in this safe setting – Holmesley Care Home manager Jo BurchellThe home in Fortescue Road has…

Public skate parks and games areas across East Devon will reopen next week and children’s play zones are expected to follow this month. Skate parks in Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton can be used from Monday, July 6, after they were closed at the end of March because of the coronavirus lockdown. Some 12 games areas across Exmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton will also welcome back the public from July 6. East Devon District Council (EDDC) announced the move today (Friday, July 3) adding it ‘anticipated’ reopening play parks on Monday, July 13, in Exmouth,…

Patients needing scans and tests for cancer and other treatments will be seen at the Exeter Nightingale Hospital until the building is needed by coronavirus medics. This week it was confirmed there was no immediate need to use the newly-built Nightingale hospital for COVID-19 patients so it would support local GPs and medics to offer faster access to tests and CT scans. The hospital, in Moor Lane, Sowton, will remain ready to receive coronavirus patients if the number of cases in the region rises significantly. Across the UK thousands of patients have had NHS treatments stopped, or delayed, and scans…

An archivist who grew up in Sidmouth is inviting you to take a trip down memory lane and remember your worst school dinner, your favourite TV advert and your family’s first car. The History Begins at Home campaign, to connect people with their past, has been launched by Gary Tuson, 54, was grew up in Sidmouth but now lives in Norfolk. The aim of the project is to connect families and friends of all ages with their history, spark conversations and combat loneliness. Photographs, food, cars and transport, music, travel, school dinners, games, television adverts and programmes are just some…

Exmouth seafront is flying the flag in celebration of the VE Day 75th anniversary and the British Olympic team, thanks to a Union Jack made entirely from flowers. Members of Exmouth in Bloom planted the floral tribute once coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted, in honour of the VE and VJ 75th anniversary and British athletes who had been due to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before events were cancelled amid COVID-19. Exmouth in Bloom, chosen to represent the South West in the 2020 national Britain in Bloom competition until it was cancelled due to the coronavirus, said members were…

Rare footage of pod of ‘show off’ dolphins was last week filmed by an Exmouth man and his partner when they jet-skied off Dawlish. Andrew Mann, 56, and his partner Anna Reichel, 45, spotted the pod of around 20 dolphins in the distance and took this video when the mammals turned to follow alongside the jet-ski for around half an hour. The couple, who were jet-skiing a mile off between Dawlish and Teignmouth when they were joined by the dolphins, said they had been amazed at the animals’ antics. Andrew, of Manchester Street, Exmouth, who controlled the jet-ski while Anna…

A 200-strong gathering of youths drinking and fighting on Exmouth beach has prompted a police vow to  ‘do whatever is necessary’ to protect the community from crime and disorder. The message comes from Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler after it was revealed officers had to break up and disperse a mass brawl at Orcombe Point on Wednesday evening, June 24. Some 200 young people gathered on the sand to party and drink, and a fight broke out, causing police to impose a dispersal order to gain control. Ch. Supt Lawler said police would not tolerate a repeat of the youths’ antics…

RNLI lifeguards will begin patrols on Sandy Bay beach in just over a week’s time as the sea safety charity continues to increase its service as the coronavirus lockdown eases. Lifeguard patrols returned to Exmouth earlier in June, as the RNLI announced its intention to have cover on more than 70 per cent of beaches across the South West by the start of July. From Saturday, July 4, lifeguard patrols return to Sandy Bay beach, near Exmouth. The RNLI this week announced that from Saturday, June 27, lifeguards will be patrolling Dawish Warren and Teignmouth North, in Devon, and Kennack,…

Colyton Football Club’s goal of having ‘one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon’ has been handed a £5,000 boost. Cash from the Pitch Preparation Fund means the Devon and Exeter league outfit can have its Peace Memorial Field home match-fit when the grass-roots game returns. The Football Foundation grants scheme – led by the Premier League, FA and the Government  – is aimed at helping clubs whose revenue has been hit during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and…

A lifeline bus and support service for the elderly and disabled in the Exmouth area gave its service free of charge during the coronavirus lockdown, at a loss of £14,000 to the charity. Exmouth and District Community Transport ring and ride support – which for many elderly and disabled people means the difference between loneliness and isolation at home and day trips out and friendship – was unable to secure any grant help during the crisis so used its reserve fund to operate a 12-week free shopping, prescription pick-up and medical appointment service. The charity, which celebrates 30 years in…

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