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The chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tony McCollum, has personally welcomed three new businesses to the town centre. He visited the owners of the shops to welcome them to the town and to raise the profile of what Honiton has to offer shoppers – not just in the run-up to Christmas but all year. Among the new shopkeepers is Dean Auton, of East Devon Lock and Key. The shop is located at 126 High Street and specialises in domestic and commercial locks. Previously Power Shoes, it also sells watch batteries and straps, engraved pet tags,…

Late-night shopping in Budleigh Salterton attracted crowds in their hundreds to soak up and evening of festive fun. Budleigh’s High Street was packed on Friday (December 6) as families and shoppers mingled and browsed for unique gifts for their loved-ones while enjoying the evening’s varied entertainment throughout the town. Budleigh Salterton and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Hilliar said his hopes the 2019 late-night shopping event would be bigger and better than ever before had exceeded expectations. They all came out, they all care, and that’s what it’s all about – supporting the High Street… Now he is…

Exmouth Town Football Club has launched a bid to net donations for a charity helping families struggling during the festive season. The Southern Road outfit is placing a collection box outside its ground at home games during December in an effort to boost Exmouth Community Larder. Run by Christians Together in Exmouth and supported by the Salvation Army, the food bank says demand has increased by 30 per cent in 2019. We are hoping that players, officials and supporters will get involved – Town’s Martin CookWhen family dependents are added to the ‘people served’ by the cause, the rise amounts to 50…

The community came together in celebration of Exmouth’s trees, planting new species and saplings for future generations. The celebrations, held over two days, brought the community together – young and old – to join in a host of activities and fun, while planning Exmouth’s future treescape. It’s very important that we come together to make space for nature and to make a positive difference to our climate by planting young trees in suitable locations…There was a host of tree-themed activities of storytelling, trails, mapping and planning – all with wildlife and the environment in mind – plus tree planting on…

Budleigh Salterton’s school has become the first in Devon to declare a climate emergency, winning praise from an ally of environmental activist Greta Thunberg. St Peter’s Primary School pupils on Friday turned champions of saving the planet, setting out to the community the action they will take in tackling climate change. Not only are you leading the way in a new way of teaching about the environment, but as far as I’m aware you’re the first school in Devon to declare a climate emergency. That is very cool…The pupils’ trailblazing efforts earned the praise of a teenage climate champion from…

A Sidbury family facing their first Christmas without a beloved dad-of-eight have called on people to support the charity that cared for him in his final days. Jayne Horler’s partner Dave was told he had terminal cancer late last year– with the diagnosis coming as a huge shock to him and his loved-ones. His health rapidly deteriorated and Dave was admitted to Hospiscare’s ward at Searle House in Exeter just before the festive season. This Christmas, there will be other families like ours who will be saying goodbye to someone they love – Jayne HorlerJayne is backing the charity’s Christmas Appeal after…

An Olympian from Exmouth has finally received a bronze medal from the Sochi Winter Games – five years after competing in the event.   The quartet of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon initially finished fifth in the four-man bobsleigh in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. The legacy is I can show this to my kids and that means more to me than when it would have been presented in 2014 – John JacksonBut the two Russian crews who finished ahead of them have since been disqualified for doping offences, lifting the British team into third place.…

Rumour has it this is the man who ‘brings’ the famous to Exmouth through pranks that get the whole town talking. Darrell Trigs, from Brixington, is responsible for telling the town Ed Sheeran was on Exmouth beach at the end of November – sparking a social media frenzy and a surge of seafront visitors. Now Darrell wants to come clean – he has pranked the town with famous names before, but has paid the penance for his latest gag through a donation of sleeping bags to charity. Darrell, 33 years old, said his latest wind-up – spinning a yarn Ed…

Beach clean volunteers have seen a reduction in litter left on Budleigh Salterton’s shoreline. Beach Clean Budleigh volunteers took part in the latest nationwide beach litter pick organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Plastic and polysterene made up more than half the litter picked up by volunteers clearing Budleigh Salterton beach. “It is really nice to see the beach cleaner every day. I’m not sure if it’s because of our efforts, if because people are becoming more conscious – or both – but it’s working… After scouring 100 metres of beach, the Budleigh team collected a bag of litter…

Young nature lovers in Budleigh Salterton are gearing up to begin exploring a new outdoor classroom for children. Pensioner Brian Shackleton, of Fore Street Hill, Budleigh Salterton – St Peter’s burial ground manager – raised more than £2,000 to create a community wildflower meadow and wildlife sanctuary before he retires. St Peter’s Primary School pupils were presented with i-Spy nature books to use when the youngsters explore the outdoor classroom in the spring. We are planning on some trips to the burial ground in the spring term, when the flowers have started to bloom and the insects are busy at…

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