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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…

Sidmouth’s Boxing Day Swim has been cancelled due to the wild weather – with a festive dip in Seaton also called off. The December 26 tradition had been set to take place at 11am, but organisers announced this morning that it could not go ahead over safety fears. They have pleaded with the public not to enter the water as the conditions are dangerous. Please, please, please do not go into the water as it’s not safe. Please share this message. Thank you, sorry for the disappointment – Sidmouth Regatta and Boxing Day Swim committeeThe Boxing Day Swim in Seaton…

A hardy bunch dashed down the pebbles into the sea at the Budeigh Salterton swim to kick-start their Christmas Day celebrations. Festive hats galore were worn by swimmers and onlookers as hundreds ran into the chilly December sea. Well-wishers stood at the top of Steamer Steps to applaud and cheer on the swimmers who braved the winter water. Budleigh’s mayor, Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt, and her husband Glenn, were among the festive hat wearers cheering on the Christmas Day swimmers. Screams and shouts of shock could be heard as the swimmers were hit by the freezing winter water. The Budleigh swim…

Hardy swimmers were cheered on by onlookers as they took the plunge for Exmouth’s annual Christmas day dip. The swim – a firm favourite on Exmouth’s calendar – attracts hundreds of people each year to watch or take part. A group who swam for the first time said their festive dip was to pay tribute to their sick friend who was no longer able to take part because she has end-stage pancreatic cancer. She would have loved to be with us. We did it for her. We all love her very much…Friends of Julie Brown, 48, who lives in Withycombe…

Forget ripping open presents on Christmas morning, hundreds of swimmers will be heading for the sea for their festive dip in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. Budleigh Salterton’s Christmas Day swim starts at 10am, from the bottom of Steamer Steps. Exmouth Christmas Day swim 2019 starts at 11am, near the clocktower. Sidmouth’s Boxing Day swim, on December 26, starts at 11am. Sign-in from 10am, from under the Sailing Club – UPDATE 26/12/19: The event has been cancelled due to the weather. Read more here. The hardy lot plunging into the chilly waves of Exmouth’s December sea, are keeping alive a tradition…

It is not too late to book your place for Sidmouth’s community lunch if you face spending Christmas Day alone. Sidmouth has hosted a festive meal for all ages on December 25 for the last eight years for those who have no one at home, or without families or loved-ones. No one will be turned away. I would rather people weren’t going to be on their own on Christmas Day and hope they have the courage to pick up the phone and say ‘please can I come?…There are already 55 people expected at St Teresa’s Hall, in Connaught Road, but…

A returning New Year’s Eve party in Ottery St Mary will help a family boost the suicide bereavement charity that supported them after the loss of a loved-one. Gemma Youlden is putting on the December 31 celebration at the town’s cricket club for the second time to raise money for Pete’s Dragons. Last year’s inaugural event, in memory of her late brother Rob, raised nearly £1,000 for the cause. I’ve come to realise just how important it is to have amazing support just when you need it the most. It can be very comforting in such a distressing and vulnerable…

It can take one small tealight candle to turn your Christmas celebrations into jingle hell. I was lucky enough to invited by Exmouth firefighters to watch up-close how quickly fairy lights or a candle can set fire to a Christmas tree, decorations and presents – and it is an experience I will never forget. You might think you would have time to deal with the emergency if your Christmas tree caught fire. But it takes seconds for a tiny flame to engulf a tree and for poisonous smoke to build and kill. The smoke alone was enough to kill –…

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