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Tickets have gone on sale for the 2021 Devon County Show after ‘overwhelming’ public support for the event to go ahead. This year’s three-day show, at Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, is due to take place over Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The 2020 show was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Event organisers said more of the show will take place outside this year, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. County show organisers said the outcome of a survey carried out over Easter to gauge public response to holding the event produced…

Police are investigating an arson attack on a barn in Southleigh, East Devon, which destroyed three antique tractors worth £35,000. Officers believe the culprits could have set fire to the structure in the village near Colyton on Sunday night (April 11) after failing to steal the vintage vehicles. Firefighters from Sidmouth, Seaton and Danes Castle in Exeter tackled the blaze at Wiscombe Farm, off Seaton Road. Three antique tractors, worth more than £35,000, which were stored in the barn, were completely destroyed in the blaze…Seaton’s crew was ‘saddened’ that a police ‘road closed’ sign and blue, flashing warning light –…

A solar farm the size of 79 football pitches has been proposed for an area of East Devon between the village of Clyst Hydon and hamlet, Lower Tale. The plans, put forward by Lightrock Power who develops large-scale solar farms, cover an area of around 64 hectares – approximately158 acres – which could power the equivalent of 15,000 homes or 19,000 electric vehicles. The developer said it will hold an online public exhibition in late spring in a bid to consult the community on the application. The solar farm developer has launched an online information point for early feedback, which…

Police are appealing for information to the whereabouts of a vintage tractor stolen overnight from a farm near Axminster. The 1983 red and white David Brown tractor, worth around £6,000 was stolen from woodland on the Membury Road, sometime between midnight and 2am on Sunday, February 28. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the 38-year-old vehicle, or who has CCTV from the area, or dashcam footage. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “It was stolen from woodland near a farm on Membury Road between midnight and 2am on Sunday 28 February. “It is worth around…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary successfully rescued a calf that fell into a slurry pit in Whimple on Sunday evening (February 21). The East Devon crew, called to a farm on the Talaton Road shortly before 6pm, were joined by officers and the rescue unit from Bridgewater, where they found the stricken animal stuck in an underground slurry pit. The rescued calf was uninjured and reunited with its mother, the fire service said. An Ottery Fire Station spokesperson said: “Crews were mobilised to a large animal rescue for a calf stuck in a slurry pit. “Crews ensured that the calf…

Firefighters brought a tractor blaze under control at Farway, near Honiton, using water stored on the fire engines because of the isolated location. Crews from Colyton and Honiton fire stations were on Monday called to a field where a tractor towing a trailer was on fire. Firefighters urged the public to immediately call 999 if they spot fire, and move to safety. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The crew from Colyton joined up with the Honiton team to deal with an agricultural vehicle on fire in Farway. “They quickly got it under control using both tanks of water from…

A free farming mental health and wellbeing online seminar is being held in February, organised by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service. The evening of talks about mental health and wellbeing support for the farming community is on Tuesday, February 3, at 6pm, and will include speakers from the Gay Farmer Helpline, an Accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT), Market Chaplin, Farming Community Network and Kingsbridge Young Farmers. Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support. In addition to the speakers there will be an…

A farm worker has been handed a suspended jail sentence for dangerous driving after a cyclist was left brain-damaged by an unsecured hay bale which fell from a trailer in East Devon. Matthew Shapcott, aged 39, from Silverton, was convicted on Tuesday, January 12, after entering a guilty plea at Exeter Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 140 hours of unpaid work. Shapcott admitted dangerous driving by loading a trailer with the round bales and failing to secure them – although he had ratchet straps in his vehicle. While driving along…

An ‘ethical supermarket’ that launched in Branscombe last year amid the pandemic has branched out to offer home delivery across East Devon. After two years of planning, In My Back Yard (IMBY) began in April 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown, sourcing as many products as possible within a 30-mile radius of its East Devon hub. Now the cooperative business, which is run largely by volunteers, is offering home delivery to customers living within a 15-mile radius of the ‘ethical supermarket’. A spokesperson for the cause said: “In My Back Yard – also known as IMBY – is a local,…

A public consultation has been extended to give people more time to consider plans for a huge new regional park spanning the Clyst Valley in East Devon. The closing date for the Clyst Valley Regional Park public consultation has been extended by more than a week to 9am on Monday, January 18, 2021. The extension has been made to give people more time amid coronavirus restrictions to comment on proposals for the large green space. The green space will take in Clyst St George, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Killerton, Ashcylst Forest, Cranbrook, Whimple and Bishops Court. Many areas proposed for the Clyst…

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