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An East Devon woman whose teenage son was killed in a car crash has spoken about her decision to meet the driver who caused the collision. Jane Ure, of Uplyme, said her ‘world shattered’ when she was told sensitive, kind-hearted and sociable Will had died in the early hours of December 17, 2016. Tragically, the 17-year-old apprentice carpenter lost his life when the Honda Civic he was a passenger in came off the A3052 in East Devon and hit a tree. I was away visiting family when my husband phoned to tell me the news that Will had died in…

A crowdfunding bid has been launched to help Exmouth become the first place in East Devon to offer beach wheelchairs to disabled residents and visitors. Campaigning Councillor Pauline Stott has set her sights on raising £30,000 for a trio of the all-terrain items. She hopes they will allow people with mobility issues to access the seafront’s sands and has been backed by her town council colleagues. I’ve met individuals who have never been on the beach and families that no longer go to the seaside as they can’t go onto the beach together – Cllr Pauline StottThe crowdfunding effort is…

These photos show the progress of a new lifeline centre being built at Lympstone for injured Royal Marines and their families. The £2.4million support hub, being built opposite the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone (CTC), is expected to open in January 2020 and will be the first of its kind in the country for Royal Marines. Devon County Councillors Jeff Trail and Richard Scott, representing the Exmouth area, were invited to the new build to see the progress made since work began in May 2019. The family ethic of the marines, and desire to protect and support each other, is…

England and Exeter Chiefs rugby star Ben Moon will spend his testimonial year boosting a pair of good causes. The 30-year-old prop is marking a decade at Sandy Park by organising a host of fundraising events during the 2019/20 season. They will benefit The Beacon Centre and the Exeter Chiefs Foundation I have never had to do anything like this before. Walking out at Twickenham is less daunting as at least I know what I’m doing on the rugby field – Ben Moon on organising his testimonial yearBen said this week: “I am really looking forward to my testimonial year’s…

A generous helping of kindness and compassion is on the menu at a Sidmouth cafe serving free hot drinks and cake on Christmas Day. The Dairy Shop owner, John Hammond, and his family, are to spend Christmas afternoon in the Church Street café and delicatessen serving free tea, coffee and cake to anyone coming through the door. We know people who are bereaved or by themselves and the last thing they want to do is to celebrate…John said Christmas Day can be a difficult time for a number of reasons, and the café offered a place to escape, relax and…

Star of the stage and silver screen Alistair Brammer is gearing up for a ‘likely’ final gig for Exmouth next month when he comes home, bringing his baby son for his first visit. Alistair, who is currently playing the role of Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked, is at Exmouth Pavilion with two shows on Sunday, December 1, with his Back from Broadway concert. This is likely to be my final gig in Exmouth, what with our twelve-week-old baby…This could be the last chance to see Broadway and West End star Alistair perform in his hometown of Exmouth…

Families and friends can remember their loved-ones at a service being held in December at St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton. The Hospiscare Light up a Life service, on Wednesday, December 4, starting at 6pm, has poems, candles and carols. Our Light up a Life services are a beautiful way to remember someone special as Christmas approaches…The charity, which gives free specialist care to terminally ill patients, has organised the services throughout Exeter, mid and East Devon for friends and families to remember those who have died. The charity, which supports terminally ill people and their families, said Christmas can be…

A gold badge and certificate has been presented to nine-year-old Theo James to celebrate him reading 100 books. Theo recently completed the Devon Libraries Book Track reading scheme at Budleigh Salterton Library, choosing books and discussing the stories with the librarian, collecting stickers and badges after each read. Theo received his gold badge and certificate from Budleigh’s mayor, Cllr Caz Sismore-Hunt, along with a gift from the town council to congratulate him on his extensive reading. Jane Cordy, library supervisor at Budleigh, said Theo read books by many different authors but finished his Book Track with several of the Treehouse…

December’s late night shopping evening in Budleigh Salterton has fun for all the family with circus skills for kids, street performances, stilt walkers, live music and Father Christmas in his grotto. This year’s festive fun goes hand-in-hand with supporting Budleigh’s High Street as the town champions its traders and the unique buys that can only be found through shopping locally. Organisers say the widely-anticipated late night shopping evening of traditional family fun, on Friday, December 6, from 6pm until 8pm, will be ‘bigger and better’ than before. In a change from previous years, the procession through the town has been…

Dad of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined send-off celebrations for an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Anthony Martin on Saturday evening joined a going away party held at The Point Bar and Grill, on Exmouth dockside, raising a glass to the Oarsome Foursome team tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Coldplay financially backed the Oarsome Foursome for an undisclosed amount after rower Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, plucked up the courage to tell Chris Martin’s dad about the 3,000-mile ocean adventure at a…

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