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Cheerful dotty pots filled with plants and messages to make people smile have been dreamed up by a family from Exmouth in aid of charity. James Tetlow, aged 31, who came up with the idea of painting dots on pots while he was shielding at home from the coronavirus, is raising funds for the Exmouth Gateway Club. James, who was born with Down’s syndrome, has been painting pots with his dad, Paul, who is also shielding, ready for mum, Michelle, to fill them with plants. The family welcomes donations of pots painted with dots that can be sold to give…

An Exmouth firefighter has spoken of his ‘privilege’ of working in the fire service, hanging up his boots and retiring after 30 years. Watch manager Nigel Snowshall – known as Snowy – said saying goodbye to his crew had been emotional because the fire service was like a family. Nigel, aged 52, of Brixington Lane, Exmouth, plans to spend his new-found freedom helping out more with another passion – Exmouth Beach Rescue Club. He has not completely turned his back on the fire service – after a short break Snowy will continue firefighting with the on-call crew in Exmouth. He…

Pensioners sent a hate letter after clapping for the NHS cried tears of joy on their Exmouth doorstep when paramedics and strangers turned up to applaud with them. Marion and Jock Roberston, of Churchill Road, Brixington, were targeted this week after they left their home for a short seafront drive, returning to find the handwritten note pushed through their front door, calling the couple ‘fu****g pr**ks’ and ‘tw*ts’ for the way they clap on Thursdays. After last night’s clapping had died down, Jock, aged 80, was seen at his window raising a glass to thank the well-wishers who had rallied…

Running a marathon a week until a coronavirus vaccine is found is a challenge set by a nurse from Budleigh Salterton. Debbie Newson, aged 45, has been joined in her quest to raise £10,000 for vaccine research by members of Budleigh Runners. The group are encouraging more people to take part in the challenge, running 26.2 miles a week until a vaccine is found. Debbie, who originally planned a solo challenge, has set up a VirginMoneyGiving page so people can donate to the cause. After taking a few months away from nursing to write a book, Debbie has been closely…

A foul-mouthed poison pen letter pushed through the door of Exmouth pensioners clapping for carers and the NHS has been slammed ‘cowardly’ by their family. Marion and Jock Roberston, of Churchill Road, Brixington, were targeted after they left their home for a short seafront drive, returning to find the handwritten note pushed through their front door, calling the couple ‘fu****g pr**ks’ and ‘tw*ts’ for the way they clap on Thursdays. The family of Marion, aged 79, and Jock, 80, say the pair have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support shown by the Exmouth community, who rallied to defend the couple. Granddaughter…

A charity single and video to raise funds for Force Cancer Charity has been made possible thanks to a musical couple from Exmouth. Shelley and Ian Poole, from Withycombe Raleigh – lead vocalist and lead guitar with wedding and function band Quite Brazen – rallied local musicians and medics to take part from the safety of their own homes. The video is to raise money for Force Cancer Charity, which has continued to support local people throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The youngest performer was 12-year-old Georgia Carroll. Ian and Shelley, who own music rehearsal and recording space Brazen Sound Studios,…

Early-morning kayaker Dominick Horrell, from Sidmouth, photographed these Barrel jellyfish when he was on the water today, Tuesday. Dominick, aged 50, from Peaslands Road, was kayaking towards Ladram with his wife, Lynn, when they spotted the creatures just off Big Picket rocks, near Lade Foot. The couple set off at 7.30am and had been kayaking for almost an hour when the large jellyfish, measuring more than three-and-a-half feet wide, appeared. Dominick, who was out on the water for around an hour-and-a-half, said: “We regularly kayak this time of year and like to get out early in the morning before it…

Suicide-bereavement charity Pete’s Dragon’s, with its HQ in Exmouth, has received £500 from the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund. The supermarket giant set up a £2million fund to support charities and community groups hit by funding losses because of the coronavirus. Pete’s Dragon will use the grant to stay in touch with families and beneficiaries across Devon and Cornwall being supported by the charity after suicide bereavement. Alison Jordan, Pete’s Dragons CEO, said: “The grant will be used to cover the cost of video calls to support those most in need of our help at what is a…

Hours of patience resulted in wildlife photographer Rob Chidgey capturing these stunning shots of a beaver along the River Otter. Since lockdown Rob, from Exmouth, has been buoying spirits by sharing his scenic photos of East Devon to help those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus. He said capturing these images of a beaver was one of his photography highpoints – after he had almost given up hope of seeing the creatures. Rob, who began his passion for photography five years ago, said previous attempts to photograph the River Otter beavers had fallen short of expectations. His latest attempt…

Staff dressed as land girls and memories were shared when supported housing residents in Honiton  joined the rest of the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Recent VE Day celebrations held at Abbeyfield’s Stanhope House, in Honiton High Street, included a traditional lunch of fish and chips wrapped in newspaper, potato scones and home-grown salad. Residents reminisced about the end of World War Two, playing games, listened to the songs of force’s sweetheart, Vera Lyn, and enjoyed an indoor street party. Manager Bev Faulkner and catering staff, Helen Keefe and Clair Roberts, dressed as land girls while…

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