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A low energy high design seafront development in Seaton has won double recognition in the International Property Awards. The property has been named Best Apartment Devon for its penthouse and Best Sustainable Residential Development in the UK. It is the first multi-block development in the UK to be certified as Passivhaus Plus. Mike Webb, Seaton Beach managing director, said: “To be recognised by our industry peers for our Passivhaus apartment block is a great honour.  “Not many UK developers build to this standard from Germany – now over 30 years old and globally recognised. “We could have taken the traditional…

Ottery St Mary is gearing up to enter its first South West in Bloom competition in a decade after judges’ comments about Mill Street’s derelict factory let the town down. Ottery in Bloom hopes the community will get behind the team to spruce up the town and keep it competition-ready for the judges’ visit in July. Brian Nelson, Ottery in Bloom’s chairman, is keen the town’s competition entry marks 100 years of the Ottery St Mary Silver Band, which celebrates its centenary this year. At the time, the judges, they came for half a day in July. One of the…

Supermarket carrier bags have given a boost to an East Devon charity which uses sport to encourage young people to talk about mental health. Paula Baker, from Exmouth, said the £15,000 awarded from the Tesco Bags of Help fund, will be used to take free mental health awareness sessions into schools, youth clubs and youth sport teams across Devon. We want to empower young people to look after their mental health and that of their peers, helping to build the resilience they need for their future…Paula, who set up the HeadsUp Mental Health Awareness charity in February 2019, thanked Tesco…

A Coldplay-backed charity rower from Exmouth has revealed she ate mince pies and sipped Prosseco in the middle of the Atlantic on Christmas Day. Claire Allinson, of Moreton Crescent, set off on the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on December 12, 2019, with the Oarsome Foursome, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree space charities. We thought we were going to capsize at a couple of points. It was quite hairy…Yesterday the team celebrated reaching the half-way mark, successfully rowing more than 1,300 miles. Married Claire briefly put down her oars to speak to the…

Budleigh Salterton’s mayor said the town will be vulnerable without its fire station and is urging residents to ramp up the pressure to keep it open. Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said residents must write individual objection letters, to reach the Fire Authority before Friday, January 10, ahead of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service passing on its recommendation to close Budleigh’s fire station. We need now to pressure the Fire Authority. I think closing Budleigh is very, very short sighted. I can’t see the logic…Cllr Sismore-Hunt said a petition, launched last week by concerned residents, may not be enough to…

Exeter’s Lord Mayor joined in the celebrations for the 100th birthday of a former city council employee. Geoffrey Pyne celebrated his 100th birthday on December 28, with a party at Exminster Golf Club, surrounded by family and friends. The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland, presented Geoffrey with a card and gift on behalf of Exeter City Council, saying it was his ‘privilege and honour’ to mark the milestone birthday. “It was a privilege and honour to meet Geoffrey as he reached this amazing milestone in his life… Geoffrey is thought to be the oldest surviving past member of…

Businesses from East Devon have welcomed some otterly adorable new arrivals born at Dartmoor Zoo. The Ottery Brewery, at Luppitt, near Honiton, and Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, with offices in East Devon and Exeter, were invited to name two of the four otter pups born at the zoo in October after they donated funds to back the babies’ new home. The Otter Brewery has named its baby otter Tarka, after its premium lager. Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants will announce the name of its otter shortly. Local businesses can still sponsor and name a pup, with funds helping to build the…

A rocking horse in Exeter Library played on by generations of children is at the centre of a fundraising campaign to preserve her for future fun. The grey rocking horse, known as Jubilee Beauty, has been part of the furniture at Exeter Library for more than 40 years. Generations of library-goers have played on her, loved her, grown up and then brought their own children – grandchildren – in to play on her…Now the library has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise £1,000 to pay for rocking horse renovations. Exeter Library said the money will help bring Jubilee Beauty back…

Budleigh Salterton litter pickers held their last beach clean of the year for the Marine Conservation Society. The Beach Clean Budleigh Salterton group, on Sunday, December 29, had volunteers clearing from the Lime Kiln car park towards town, while some helpers focused on the area around the River Otter mouth. Volunteers picked up driftwood and debris washed up by tide, netting and dog mess. Marta Marcote, Beach Clean Budleigh Salterton spokeswoman, said: “We always do our clean-ups at low tide, in order to cover as much beach as possible. “This time it was full of driftwood and pieces of wood…

Exmouth’s annual Boxing Day fun run was this year held in tribute to Raleigh Rotary Club past president Stewart Long, who recently died. Some 350 runners set off on the Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club event after the fun run was officially started by Mr Long’s widow, Jan. The Rotary Club must sincerely thank everyone who took part in the event – the sporting runners, firefighters, and all who supported and kindly donated, making this event a success, and fun, on Boxing Day…After a warm-up the runners, led by Exmouth’s white watch firefighters, were cheered on by onlookers as they ran…

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