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An 88-year-old Exmouth woman dedicated to tackling a marathon in a month for Hospiscare has left the charity in ‘awe’ of her efforts. Jenny Richardson, of Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, signed up to the hospice charity’s latest fundraiser in a bid to beat the lockdown blues, and has set up a JustGiving page for donations. The pensioner, who will be accompanied by her pet dog, 11-year-old Alfie, said she was motivated to take part knowing her efforts would help others. Jenny, who has an arthritic hip and uses a stick to walk, said: “Since March, Alfie and I haven’t had much…

Condoms, bags of dog muck, nails, used facemasks and underwear was among the latest haul of litter picked up from the beach and town by Budleigh Salterton Lions Club. The Budleigh Lions’ members have been holding weekly clean-ups since July, focussing their efforts on the Lime Kiln car park, the seafront, beach, plus the High Street, The Green and other residential areas. The club is inviting donations of litter-pick equipment, or funds, so members can continue with the community clean-ups. Richard Allen, club president, said: “We get lots of positive comments and people thanking us during the walks. “We find…

Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton has honoured its last-surviving co-founder to celebrate her 100th birthday. The Costume Room at the Fore Street attraction has been renamed after Joy Gawne – who becomes a centenarian on September 26. Visitors will be able to find out about the origin of the celebrated collection when the history-packed hub is able to reopen safely. Still taking an interest in all matters concerning her beloved museum, Joy is a mine of information and enjoys sharing her knowledge with us…Joy is one of a quartet of local women who bought Fairlynch more than half a century…

Celebrations have been held by Exmouth Rowing Club, showcasing a new boat bought thanks to help from a town council grant. The group, which came out of lockdown in August, recently bought a Lightboat single skull with a £750 gift from Exmouth Town Council, added to club funds. The club said new boat will help its rowers boost their technique and skills in the water. Joe Stafford, Exmouth Rowing Club captain, said the club was ‘enormously grateful’ to the town council for its grant help. He said: “The new addition to our fleet will help us with coaching to encourage…

A pensioner from Gloucestershire who fell in her local churchyard is seeking the Good Samaritan from Ottery St Mary who stayed with the 80-year-old until the ambulance arrived. Alison Weller fell and hit her face on Saturday, September 12, while walking through the Holy Trinity churchyard, in Minchinhampton, near Stroud. Alison, who was left with a bloodied nose needing hospital treatment, is keen to trace the two physiotherapist friends – known only as Sarah and Susannah – who were meeting in the Cotswold town because it was halfway between their homes in Ottery, and Birmingham. The pensioner said the contact…

Life behind the lens in East Devon was highlighted when professional photographers Simon Horn and Steve Pope separately showcased these shots. Simon focussed on the cruise ships seen off the coast of Sidmouth, capturing these images as the vessels were spotted in the bay. Seen here is P&O cruise ship Azura and Ventura and transatlantic passenger liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. Steve was at Exeter Airport earlier this month, when the Red Arrows visited on their stopover ahead of their appearance at Guernsey air display. As well as the aerial display team, in the frame was a Chinook helicopter, light…

Gold badges and certificates of congratulations have been presented to two young readers who each finished 100 books at Budleigh Salterton Library. Isobel Akers, aged eight, and six-year-old Henry Duriez were presented with their Book Track awards by Budleigh mayor, Councillor Mike Hilliar. The St Peter’s Primary School pupils each read and discussed 100 books to achieve the Devon Library reading scheme award. Jane Cordy, Budleigh library supervisor, said: “Congratulations to Isobel and Henry, who have both completed Book Track recently, which means they have read, and talked about, one hundred books – either in person or by email. “They…

An Exeter man’s pedal power has raised more than £1,000 for Hospiscare in memory of his much-loved Exmouth dad. Paul Howden and his daughter Abby, aged 21, have taken part in Hospiscare’s Tour de Devon challenge, cycling their own routes to raise funds for the charity. Paul was inspired to cycle 100 miles in memory of his dad, Tony, who was looked after by Hospiscare during his four-year cancer battle. Hoping to raise £300 for the charity, Paul and Abby were ‘blown away’ by their total of more than £1,000, saying it was ‘fantastic’ to exceed their goal. Paul said:…

The Deaf Academy has officially opened its £10.5million new home in Exmouth. Its ‘cutting edge’ campus – on the site of the former Rolle College – will welcome students, aged from five to 25, from across the UK. The academy has moved from its former home of nearly 200 years in Topsham Road, Exeter. This is an incredible new space where our students will thrive and grow – Deaf Academy principal Sylvan DewingCovid-19 had delayed the completion of the project earlier this year while it was in its final stages. The new Deaf Academy features cutting-edge Deafspace architecture and technology…

Play park wish-lists of zip-slides, trampolines and more – totalling £175,000 – have been granted to children living in Seaton and Honiton. Seafield Gardens play area, on Seaton seafront, has been given a £100,000 facelift while Cherry Close park in Honiton boasts £75,000 of new equipment. The cash injections to transform the parks was made possible thanks to East Devon District Council who teamed up with children from Seaton and Honiton to kit out the play areas. Cllr Cathy Gardner, East Devon District Council (EDDC) chairman, said: “Both the play areas look fantastic and I’m sure they will be enjoyed…

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