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Farmers and consumers across East Devon can take part in the first major review of the UK’s food system for more than half a century. The government has launched a ‘call for evidence’ so that everyone has a chance to shape the way food is produced, sold and consumed. Views shared will inform the country’s biggest review of the food system in almost 75 years. We really need to grasp the nettle and do something radical. The National Food Strategy is an opportunity not to be missed, for our generation and for our children and grandchildren – Prue Leith CBE Led…

Ask Alistair Brammer what makes him more nervous, the arrival of his first child at the end of the month or his latest West End gig, playing Fiyero, and he will tell you it is the baby. He has performed for royalty, recently finished filming in Prague with Sir Michael Caine, cracked America and Broadway, has numerous successful West End roles under his belt, and is a household name thanks to his TV stint in BBC One’s Casualty, but I am pleased to report Alistair, 30, is still as down to earth as ever. I’m one hundred per cent nervous.…

In the second of our features throwing the spotlight on Honiton Gate to Plate participants, we meet India In A Jar – with a dash of Devon, of course. An Indian-themed food boutique, this brand has gained momentum with ‘tastefully yours’ chef Collin Pereira at the helm. Its ‘instant’ product range features a collection of over 45 innovative, versatile and pioneering Indian food products with a distinctly Devon twist. Mr Pereira says India In A Jar is all about ‘redefining and reinventing Do-Indian-Yourself’ – his take on DIY. He offers easy to follow DIY recipes on his website, which are…

Moving to a country cottage in East Devon spawned an award-winning cider brand for enterprising couple Mark and Sharon Venton. Venton’s Devon Cyder is revered for its consistent quality, achieved using traditional production methods. It has won a string of top prizes at major competitions. A natural, artisan brand, it came about completely by accident – something that started when the Ventons discovered their overgrown garden hid a long-forgotten orchard. That was in 2006 and, just four years later, the couple took first prize in the Dry Farmhouse Cider class at the Devon County Show. Fast forward to 2016 and…

This incredible footage gives a cracking close-up of Sidmouth’s crumbling cliffs – after pioneering technology involving drones was tested along the coastline.   The 3D imagery, which details the red sandstone rock face along East Beach with remarkable accuracy, has been made a reality thanks to specialist mapping software. Exeter-based ISCA Drones has shared its Sidmouth scoping exercise with East Devon News.co.uk – and it came about thanks to an afternoon visit to the in-laws. The company is utilising existing mapping software, mostly used at mining and agriculture sites, and has adapted it for use in environmental and heritage projects. Founders…

The ‘summer slide’ isn’t a corny name for a new East Devon theme park ride. It is a phrase used to describe the impact of the school summer holiday on children’s learning. Extensive research suggests the six week break can extend the inequality gap, especially impact those from rural areas and leave children already struggling at a significant disadvantage come September. Children from low income families are known to suffer the most. They can lose up to two months of maths skills alone. So, how do busy parents manage to juggle the already not insignificant challenges posed by the holiday…

Parents and young people under the age of 18 are being targeted by a new multi-agency campaign which spells out the dangers of sexting. The aim is stop young people from getting criminal records or losing control of images. Sexual, naked or semi-naked images – either selfies or of someone else – can break the law. Did you know, nobody is legally allowed to take, send, receive or share such images of anyone under the age of 18? Devon and Cornwall Police says both males and females are victims as well as perpetrators of sexting offences. It says it is…

Loneliness can kill. It can be as dangerous as obesity and as bad for your health as smoking – and it is most harmful to those aged over 75. In East Devon, where the average age is higher than many other parts of the country, the percentage of residents who are pensioners is expected to rise from around 30 per cent to 32.5 per cent by 2027. If you are feeling lonely, this story is for you. It contains helpful information to get you the right support. Yesterday (July 20), the Campaign to End Loneliness responded to a new report…

Fowler’s Free Range Eggs has been a feature of Honiton street market for 13 years. Its smart vintage sales wagon occupies a pitch between WH Smith and St Paul’s Church. The business was established 16 years ago and is run by Honitonian Tony Fowler and his wife, Helen. It delivers free range eggs to customers across East Devon. Located at Putts Corner, near Sidbury, the business has always strived to put animal welfare and quality first. This is a place where chickens really do roam free – not just for cameras but every day. It’s hard to see how we can…

Beer Albion Football Club will mark its centenary year with a match against Axminster Town – opposition with special significance.  The Fishermen will hope to tame The Tigers at The Furzebreak in the one-off contest on Saturday, July 20 (kick-off 3pm). Here, Beer Albion’s Richard Honnor writes about the upcoming fixture and the rich history of the club – on and off the pitch.  2019 is a special year for Beer Albion as it marks the centenary of the founding of this thriving village football club. Beer Albion are delighted that Axminster Town have accepted an invitation to take part…

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