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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…

Safety concerns over kitesurfer ‘dopes on ropes flying in front of boats’ at Exmouth have been raised by the new Exe Estuary chief. Grahame Forshaw, who was appointed to the role of Exeter Harbour Master in July, this week announced his agenda for keeping Exmouth’s water users safe. He told Exmouth Town Council he aimed to educate on sailor and kitesurfer safety, and tackle anti-social behaviour on the water. “I do have normal basic safety concerns about dopes on ropes flying in front of boats…Mr Forshaw, employed by Exeter City Council, said he planned to ‘look carefully’ at the current…

Bag yourself a bit of Budleigh in time for Christmas – the Budleigh Bag will be back on sale within weeks. The handmade bags, lovingly made and stitched together by Budleigh Hub craft group members, proved so popular when they were launched in the summer they sold out within two days. Now the crafters are looking ahead to the festive season and plan to have another batch of Budleigh Bags on sale at The Hub in time for present buying. Budleigh aprons and tea towels will be added to the handmade line later on thanks to the Hub’s Memory Café…

Free lifesaving CPR training sessions are being held in Budleigh Salterton and at an East Devon farm shop on Wednesday, to coincide with The British Red Cross’s Restart a Heart Day. Budleigh Hub, in East Budleigh Road, is offering free defibrillation and CPR training sessions on October 16, at 2pm, 4pm and again at 6.30pm. Places are still available. Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, is running free CPR and defib training in its cafe on Wednesday, October 16, 6pm-7pm in conjunction with charity Jay’s AIM. Training at Greendale is limited to 30 spaces, by ticket only.…

Positive messages of compassion and kindness were written in chalk by Exmouth Community College students marking World Mental Health Day. The Exmouth students took part in #LetsChalkAboutMentalHealth – shining the spotlight on mental health awareness across the UK. The college said it was ‘proud’ of its students, who took time to research their messages of support in the hope of helping those who may be struggling. They were really conscious their messages were positive and not brushing off a problem…Nathan Wright, Exmouth Community College PHSE coordinator, who organised the event, said students tackled what can be seen as a difficult…

Street lights could be switched off and new roads scrapped as Devon County Council (DCC) bids to become carbon neutral by 2030.  A new shuttle bus to transport council workers from Exeter train stations to County Hall is also among the ideas to  help reach the climate change-busting aspiration. The council’s cabinet unanimously on Wednesday agreed to revise the authority’s energy and carbon strategy in response to the climate emergency which they declared earlier this year. It will also no longer be the authority’s default position to build new roads to tackle congestion, while discussions with town and parish councils will…

An extensive document, setting out the history of the dispute between Honiton Town Council and the charity that runs the Beehive, will be considered at a meeting next week. As well as looking at the council’s current position, of having to retain the services of a barrister because of an arbitration process it says it has been forced into, the report considers how things can be moved forward. Legal fees have, so far cost the council £15,000. The report states: “It would seem that HTC (Honiton Town Council) is now caught up in the position where it is faced with…

A cycle challenge by Sidmouth College students is under way to help build classrooms for children in Africa. Toby Wells, Sam Harris, Jacob Green and George Anning at the weekend cycled the Coast to Coast route from Barnstaple to Plymouth to raise funds to finance a trip to Kenya where they will help build classrooms for village children. Village communities in southern Kenya have very few of the things we take for granted here in the UK…The students each need to raise £4,320 – a total of around £17,000 – so they can volunteer with Camps International once they finish…

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