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An animal charity based in Sidmouth has donated £10,000 to feed and water donkeys in drought-hit and fire-ravaged Australia. The Donkey Sanctuary’s one-off donation was made in response to an urgent request for help from The Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary (GSDS), which is running out of food for its animals because of drought and bushfires. The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth agreed to pay for 21 tons of barley straw and fund two weekly water collections until the end of April 2020. Simon Pope, spokesman at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We have all seen the utterly heart-breaking scenes unfolding in Australia…

Sidmouth will next week become the first place in the UK to trial a glass flood shield next to a shingle beach. As part of work to progress the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan, a temporary glass splash defence test panel will be installed sometime next week, January 20, on top of Sidmouth’s existing sea wall, mid-way between the York Street and Fore Street road junctions. The glass panel will for three months, until April, be exposed to the elements to see if it is a sufficiently robust form of flood defence for Sidmouth, said East Devon District Council…

Exmouth’s mayor was seen jumping for joy when he celebrated the opening a new kids’ park in Withycombe Raleigh. Cllr Steve Gazzard on Thursday morning was spotted trying out a trampoline installed at Redgates play area following £100,000 worth of improvements by the district council. East Devon District Council (EDDC) worked closely with Exmouth youngsters to design the new-look park. EDDC said it included all that was requested from the children. It said a castle and pirate theme makes the play area unique across the district. Some of the children now playing on the equipment can say that they helped…

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club presented Exmouth RNLI with more than £1000 from a beach collection at December’s festive dip. Exmouth RNLI said the donation of £1169 would help fund training and equipment for the volunteer lifeboat crew. The Lions said the club hopes to make the donation annually after Budleigh’s Christmas Day swim. The club presented the cheque to Exmouth RNLI on Tuesday evening, January 14, at the Dog and Donkey, Knowle. Peter Holmes, president of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, said: “It’s been another great pleasure for Budleigh Salterton Lions to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI at our town’s Christmas…

A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to disabled adults from Exmouth by an East Devon business championing a cardiac arrest awareness charity. Staff at Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, presented a defibrillator to Exmouth Gateway Club, a friendship group for adults with learning disabilities, to highlight the work of Jays Aim, a charity raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young. The lifesaving equipment will be carried on Exmouth Gateway Club’s minibus, which the group uses to transport its football team to matches, and for group residential trips. After finding out about the Exmouth Tiger…

A low energy high design seafront development in Seaton has won double recognition in the International Property Awards. The property has been named Best Apartment Devon for its penthouse and Best Sustainable Residential Development in the UK. It is the first multi-block development in the UK to be certified as Passivhaus Plus. Mike Webb, Seaton Beach managing director, said: “To be recognised by our industry peers for our Passivhaus apartment block is a great honour.  “Not many UK developers build to this standard from Germany – now over 30 years old and globally recognised. “We could have taken the traditional…

Ottery St Mary is gearing up to enter its first South West in Bloom competition in a decade after judges’ comments about Mill Street’s derelict factory let the town down. Ottery in Bloom hopes the community will get behind the team to spruce up the town and keep it competition-ready for the judges’ visit in July. Brian Nelson, Ottery in Bloom’s chairman, is keen the town’s competition entry marks 100 years of the Ottery St Mary Silver Band, which celebrates its centenary this year. At the time, the judges, they came for half a day in July. One of the…

Supermarket carrier bags have given a boost to an East Devon charity which uses sport to encourage young people to talk about mental health. Paula Baker, from Exmouth, said the £15,000 awarded from the Tesco Bags of Help fund, will be used to take free mental health awareness sessions into schools, youth clubs and youth sport teams across Devon. We want to empower young people to look after their mental health and that of their peers, helping to build the resilience they need for their future…Paula, who set up the HeadsUp Mental Health Awareness charity in February 2019, thanked Tesco…

A Coldplay-backed charity rower from Exmouth has revealed she ate mince pies and sipped Prosseco in the middle of the Atlantic on Christmas Day. Claire Allinson, of Moreton Crescent, set off on the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on December 12, 2019, with the Oarsome Foursome, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree space charities. We thought we were going to capsize at a couple of points. It was quite hairy…Yesterday the team celebrated reaching the half-way mark, successfully rowing more than 1,300 miles. Married Claire briefly put down her oars to speak to the…

Budleigh Salterton’s mayor said the town will be vulnerable without its fire station and is urging residents to ramp up the pressure to keep it open. Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt said residents must write individual objection letters, to reach the Fire Authority before Friday, January 10, ahead of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service passing on its recommendation to close Budleigh’s fire station. We need now to pressure the Fire Authority. I think closing Budleigh is very, very short sighted. I can’t see the logic…Cllr Sismore-Hunt said a petition, launched last week by concerned residents, may not be enough to…

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