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Have you got a working mobility scooter or electric or manual wheelchair you no longer use? So many people in Honiton are in desperate need of mobility aids that the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has today (August 9) issued an urgent appeal for scooters and wheelchairs. Many people are waiting in need – Carol Gilson It wants to help more people escape the isolation of being trapped in their own homes and enable them to get out and enjoy life again. Set up in memory of the late Joe Gilson, the initiative has already helped countless local people with mobility…

A seafood restaurant group has today revealed its £1million vision for Sidmouth’s historic seafront Drill Hall –  which could create up to 40 jobs. Rockfish has formally submitted a planning application to turn the long-vacant premises on The Esplanade into an eatery. Restaurateur Mitch Tonks says he hopes to make the venue a ‘leading seafood destination and community asset’. We are very much looking forward to making Rockfish Sidmouth a leading seafood destination and a community asset…His firm was named as the preferred bidder in a recent tender scheme which invited bids from businesses and the community. Rockfish says designs…

A severe weather warning has seen Sidmouth Folk Festival’s popular Friday night torchlit procession and fireworks cancelled. Organisers announced the decision today (Thursday, August 8) and said it was ‘in the interests of public safety’. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for Friday and Saturday – with the South West the subject of a yellow warning for gusts of up to 60mph. A folk festival spokesperson said today: “Due to the forecast weather conditions, The Sidmouth Folk Festival has, with regret, cancelled Friday’s torchlight procession and fireworks, in the interests of public safety.” Huge crowds normally line The Esplanade…

A new garden has been formally opened at the Honiton 55-Plus Centre. The area, boasting a water feature and beautiful planting, was made possible by fundraising by the hub and much-appreciated help from district councillor Phil Twiss. Today’s special occasion also helped mark the fourth anniversary of the opening of the centre off Orchard Way. We’re extremely grateful for all that Cllr Twiss has done for us, to the contractors and everyone who has helped this project come to fruition…The garden was officially opened by mayor Councillor John Zarczynski, who is also chairman of the day centre. Work on the…

A redundant part of Honiton’s history could be brought out of storage and given a new lease of life on Dowell Street corner. If plans mooted by Honiton Town Council in co-operation with the Thelma Hulbert Gallery come to fruition, the town’s famous Copper Castle toll gate could form part of a mural. …it could ‘bring the beauty of the Honiton hinterland to this site, creating a relief-style mural involving painting, a 3D object, planting and seating’ Currently thought to be in an East Devon District Council storage facility, the toll gate has served as a reminder of Honiton’s significance…

A severe weather warning for the weekend has seen the hotly-anticipated Honiton Gate to Plate event postponed until September 28. Unfortunately due to weather forecast on Saturday, Gate to Plate has been postponed until sept…The all-day event was due to take place in High Street on Saturday, but has been put off ‘as a safety precaution’. An East Devon District Council (EDDC) spokesperson said this afternoon: “Due to the adverse weather conditions that are forecast over the next few days, in the interests of health and safety, East Devon District Council has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone Honiton Gate to Plate.…

Police are appealing for information after a huge haul of silverware, jewellery, medals and coins was stolen in the burglary of a house in Sidmouth. Offenders forced entry into the property, in the Laskeys Lane area, sometime between 3.30pm on Wednesday, July 3, and noon on Thursday, July 4. Police have today released a list of 35 items taken on the hope of reuniting them with their owner. Numerous items of silverware, jewellery, medals and coins were taken from the home. Devon and Cornwall Police has released this extensive list of the stolen items: Two Victorian silver pint mugs individually dated 1867…

Budleigh’s burial ground guardian is leaving a lasting legacy of an outdoor nature classroom for children. Pensioner Brian Shackleton, of Fore Street Hill, Budleigh Salterton, has managed St Peter’s burial ground for six years and is campaigning to create a community wildflower meadow and wildlife sanctuary before he retires. Widower Brian, aged 82, has begun fundraising to pay for wildflower seeds along the boundaries, bird and bat boxes, hedgehog houses and feeders. He hopes to buy nature books for St Peter’s Primary School pupils for outdoor countryside classes. Everyone is excited. It’s bowled me over. I didn’t think initially it…

Sidmouth is brimming with song, dance and music as thousands of people enjoy its annual folk festival.  The event is celebrating its 65th birthday this year, and to mark its milestone anniversary, it has returned to its roots and undergone a rebrand. As a nod to its past, The Sidmouth Folk Festival returns in place of Sidmouth FolkWeek, and with a new logo. Visitors in their thousands will be flocking to the town from now until Friday, August 9, to enjoy more than 700 attractions, performances and activities; top name concerts, family entertainment and colourful dance displays. Festival first-timers can…

Broadcaster and TV presenter Jeremy Vine has given the thumbs up to Exmouth Escape Rooms, calling the game ‘brilliant’ and vowing to return. The Eggheads quiz host said he ‘absolutely loved it’ after he and his family were challenged to solve The Game’s Afoot puzzles, stepping into the world of Sherlock Holmes to foil Moriarty’s plans in a race against time. Jeremy Vine said he planned to return to Exmouth Escape Rooms to decipher the clues and puzzles of E=MC Scared – a new challenge opening soon, set around a mad scientist professor. The Radio 2 presenter has been staying…

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