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A founder of TRIP Community Transport Association has today (Thursday, August 1) been honoured for her commitment to the care and welfare of others in Honiton. Val Royle, who has helped to improve the lives of thousands with no access to transport, was presented with the Kirstie Tancock Perpetual Memorial Shield at Honiton Show. Val is still involved with TRIP, considered a pioneer of community transport not just in Devon but nationwide. Presented every year in memory of the late cystic fibrosis sufferer, the shield was handed over by last year’s winner, Heather Penwarden. At the same time both Val…

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Honiton Show today (Thursday, August 1). The event, which usually attracts around 20,000 visitors, was heaving by this afternoon. More than 850 livestock entries have been on show among a packed programme of entertainment. Highlights have included a stunning display by Viperaerobatics in the skies over the showground. It completed death-defying stunts, including looping the loop. After the first display at around mid-day, it departed the local airspace leaving a heart in the sky. It returned for a further display later in the day. In the main ring, children met very friendly hounds and…

This incredible footage gives a cracking close-up of Sidmouth’s crumbling cliffs – after pioneering technology involving drones was tested along the coastline.   The 3D imagery, which details the red sandstone rock face along East Beach with remarkable accuracy, has been made a reality thanks to specialist mapping software. Exeter-based ISCA Drones has shared its Sidmouth scoping exercise with East Devon News.co.uk – and it came about thanks to an afternoon visit to the in-laws. The company is utilising existing mapping software, mostly used at mining and agriculture sites, and has adapted it for use in environmental and heritage projects. Founders…

Ottery has celebrated the reopening of a much-loved shop – 10 months after its firefighter owner battled to save the business as a blaze raged above. Martin and Lyn Shaw said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by support when The Pine Store, in Broad Street, was relaunched as Otter Furniture on Saturday. The store had to shut down due to water damage after fire destroyed an upstairs property in the autumn last year. Jets used to stop the blaze spreading through the building damaged stock downstairs at The Pine Store, leaving Martin and Lyn with no choice but to close. The…

With the countdown to Honiton Show in its final days, now is the time to plan your day. A full site map is available online, to help you decide where you want to be and when. The highlight of the local social and business calendar, Honiton Show usually attracts around 20,000 visitors, so planning your day in advance has a lot of advantages. Look out for Viperaerobatics. They are set to perform two spectacular flying displays in an iconic Pitts S2B Biplane Discover where on the showground you will find everything from vintage tractors to donkey rides. The showground map…

Building work has begun on the new state-of-the-art seafront Sideshore centre, putting Exmouth into the global lead as a top destination for watersports. Developer Grenadier Estates said it had appointed Clyst St Mary-based firm Devon Contractors to build the Exmouth Watersports Centre, on Queen’s Drive, a community hub where visitors can learn to paddleboard, kitesurf, power kite, and sea swim, or relax and eat at Michael Caines’s new restaurant and café. We trust they will deliver a high-quality, sustainable building that will help distinguish Exmouth as a leading watersports destination on the national and international stage.Grenadier Estates said Sideshore would…

Exmouth’s football community is mourning the loss of a ‘one-in-a-million’ true character of a game he carried on playing well into his 80s.   Tributes have been paid to Frank Delling, who was renowned for his huge contribution to the sport in the town for many decades. He celebrated his 80th birthday with a veterans game at St James’ Park. I think the occasion finally got the better of him, as all the opposition were still on their feet at the end of the game and the referee was able to keep his cards in his pocket…Frank, aged 84, had bravely…

Repairs to mindless vandalism to a seafront shelter in Budleigh Salterton could force a rise in council tax, the town is warned. Budleigh’s seafront Jubilee Shelter had windows smashed, the water fountain damaged, and an arson attempt made during an overnight attack at the end of June. Shelter windows adjacent to the Longboat café were smashed in the vandalism spree; the culprits tried to set fire to the structure and damaged a recently-installed water fountain. Thanks to whoever did it, the damage is going to cost the people of Budleigh Salterton; they are going to have to pay for it…

Praise and thanks has been heaped on an Exmouth RNLI volunteer who went the extra mile and ran the London Marathon for the charity. Des White, an Exmouth volunteer tour guide at the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station, presented the charity with £776 after he successfully ran the London Marathon in April. Everyone at the lifeboat station is grateful to Des for going the extra mile to raise funds for our local lifesaving charity and I would like to publicly thank him for his outstanding effort. This week Exmouth RNLI publicly thanked Des, aged 65, for his efforts raising sponsorship, running…

After years of debate over what to do with an eyesore in Honiton town centre, a solution may have finally been found. The town council has announced this afternoon that it has entered into talks with the Thelma Hulbert Gallery over the future of the corner of Dowell Street. It is hoped that this area will soon be revitalised – town council At the junction with High Street, the strip of land has proved a headache for a succession of councils. Projects to paint the wall and tidy up the space have provided temporary respite from unsightly mass of concrete.…

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