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A community health and wellbeing hub similar to Budleigh Salterton’s successful service is in the pipeline for Ottery St Mary. The announcement comes after East Devon’s MP Sir Hugo Swire yesterday received formal confirmation from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care that Ottery St Mary Hospital will not close. Now the hospital is set to transition towards becoming a health and wellbeing hub, offering mental health and dementia support, gym classes, and a place for the community to access practical help and a range of services and support. Sir Hugo Swire has steadfastly supported the forum’s efforts…

A bid to build ‘mini-mansions’ on the historic Mount Radford Lawn in St Leonard’s, Exeter, has been unanimously rejected.  Burrington Estates this week saw its proposals for seven executive family homes at the green plot panned as ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘a grossly inefficient use of the land’, and had ‘no redeeming features at all’. The site is currently owned by the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, which has decided to sell the site to help fund its relocation to Exmouth. Exeter City Council planners rejected the blueprints after receiving some 225 objections to them.  Building mini-mansions instead of the affordable housing…

A Sidmouth mum-of-three facing a year of chemotherapy has shaved her head to raise more than £500 for cancer support. Earlier this month Deborah Parsons, 52, of High Meadow, urged women to attend their NHS mammogram invitations after her routine examination revealed she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. The charity has been so good to me. I wanted to do something for them.. To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month, nan-of-two Deborah had her head shaved in the lingerie section at Fields of Sidmouth to raise funds for Sidmouth Living with Cancer support group, who has been helping…

East Budleigh churchyard has been crowned the best in Devon after beating off stiff competition to win the top spot. The recent Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) competition focussed on maintenance, planting, habitat, and conservation in its judging criteria. We have very much enjoyed visiting every corner of the county visiting all the churchyards who have entered our competition in its second year… Churchyards flying the flag for East Devon were Littleham-cum-Exmouth and Dalwood, who were both highly commended by judges. East Budleigh was named joint runner-up in the 2018 competition. Prizes were presented to the 2019 winners at…

Help turn Exmouth into a giant nature reserve by pledging space for wildlife in your garden, allotment or window box. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Wild Exmouth team is urging the town to make room for nature with the aim of creating a map of wildlife-friendly gardens and green spaces. The Heritage Fund and local councils have funded My Patch for Nature Exmouth, with free seeds available to scatter by households committed to creating new homes for insects, birds and wildlife. This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to make a genuine difference for wildlife. By pledging a space, no matter…

A detailed breakdown of reported crimes in communities around East Devon has been revealed by police.  A total of 6,149 offences and incidents were logged across Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Axminster between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. This compares to 5,988 in the corresponding period in the previous year and is a 2.6 per cent rise. They range from violence, sexual offences and burglary, to drugs, criminal damage, possession of weapons and public order offences. Honiton saw a 20.2 per cent increase in reported crimes, while there was a 3.6 per cent drop in…

Glorious garden displays were celebrated by Exmouth in Bloom at an annual awards ceremony applauding local green-fingered talent. Some 61 entrants competed in eight classes to find Exmouth’s best hanging baskets, front and rear gardens, vegetable plot, wildlife garden, residential care home, community effort or sports club. Certificates of merit were presented to all taking part. The overall class winner had the highest mark from entrants achieving a Gold Standard of 85 per cent or more. The overall winner was Chris Strong, who was also awarded the Exmouth in Bloom trophy for his wildlife garden. Class winners: Class 1.  PETER…

Supermarket giant Lidl wants to relocate its Sidmouth store elsewhere in the town and also open new outlets in Cranbrook, Axminster, Seaton and the centre of Exmouth. The firm lists the five places – and a trio of locations in Exeter – among 31 locations on a wish-list of sites for Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. In a document detailing the retailer’s ‘store requirements’, it appeals to plot owners to ‘talk to us about your land and development opportunities today’. Lidl adds: “Help us find great quality locations for our new stores.” The supermarket giant says it is looking for ‘prominent…

Exmouth in Bloom this year went head-to-head against other South West in Bloom cup winners to bring home the Gold. Exmouth’s previous wins – in 2018 the town scooped the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Award and brought home the St. Bridget Cup – meant the in-bloom team was elevated into a tougher champion of champions category for 2019 – but volunteers remained hopeful of a win. Now, far from resting on their laurels, the volunteers are already thinking ahead to next year’s competition – they will compete on the national stage in Britain in Bloom. You are never quite sure…

A cafe and restaurant in Exmouth’s Magnolia Centre is on the market with a leasehold asking price of £50,000. Wine of Araby occupies a prime trading position with a visible frontage within the shopping centre. It has been in the same ownership for more than two decades. Being marketed by business transfer agents Stonesmith, the business is said to be ‘well placed to take advantage of the high footfall, with a pay and display car park directly to the rear’. A spokesperson said: “The premises consist of a main cafe comfortably seating 39 customers on the ground floor, with an…

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