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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…

Every week in East Devon rubbish is dumped on roads, in lay-bys or in the countryside. Sometimes it is left by those too lazy to drive to a recycling centre or use a bin. On other occasions it is fly-tipped by unscrupulous waste contractors. There are strict laws governing fly-tipping in the UK. When you consider that clearing up the mess costs the public purse around £60m a year, you will understand why. Incidents of fly-tipping in England have risen by almost 40 per cent over the last six years. The Local Government Association has raised concerns, saying some councils…

It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the UK go camping every year. With its world-famous scenery and beautiful beaches, East Devon is a popular destination. If you are planning a camping, glamping or caravanning holiday – either locally or further afield – this summer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has some timely safety advice. Would you know how to cut yourself out of a tent in an emergency? And are you aware that carbon monoxide poisoning is a real risk even in an awning? Staying in a tent poses serious fire and other risks, if you…

Did you know these famous names have roots in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton? From small acorns, mighty oaks grow – and Exmouth has certainly played its part in shaping some well-known, household, names. While Budleigh Salterton has tugged so hard at the heartstrings, famous names have made it their home. Alistair Brammer Actor, born November 12, 1988. Former Exmouth Centre Stage member Alistair first appeared on the BBC in 2007 on Any Dream Will Do, hoping to impress Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to win the coveted lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since then, his star has…

On the day that East Devon District Council considers a report that “concerns matters of life and death” for future generations, you may be asking yourself how the climate change emergency is impacting you and your environment. The fact is that climate change is already making a difference to all of our lives – even in East Devon. Causes of global warming include an increase in greenhouse gases, deforestation, population growth, and the destruction of ecosystems in our seas. There are long-term health implications as a result of the impact on air quality and risks associated with flooding. But there…

This ghostly image depicts a woman seemingly ‘in service’ in true Upstairs, Downstairs fashion. One striking anomaly is that she appears to be wearing a veil. Standing in the conservatory of a grand house, the unknown female is flanked by views of open countryside and what looks like a row of relatively modern houses in the far distance. Plants can seen be around the window ledge and a table is set. A chair is pulled away from the table, giving the impression that it has been vacated for the purpose of capturing the scene. The grainy photograph was found wedged…

SPECIAL REPORT: £12million, 1,800 properties, three sites and key dates – everything you need to know about the Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme Work is under way on a £12million project to protect 1,800 Exmouth properties from flooding. The Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme will slash the flood risk in the town to just half-a-per cent in any year – with the protective measures lasting until 2045. The Environment Agency (EA) is working in partnership with East Devon District Council (EDDC) to deliver the scheme. It will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to more than 1,400 residential and 400 commercial properties.…

In the winter of 1962 Acker Bilk was topping the charts with Stranger On the Shore, Jackie Kennedy was still influencing fashion trends and Lawrence of Arabia was the toast of the big screen. The world was in awe of the men who first travelled into space and relieved that the Cuban Missile Crisis ended without a nuclear war. But none of those things mattered in Honiton, not when winter arrived… That was the year that ended on a decidedly chilly note. Arctic blizzards blew in mountainous snow drifts that brought every-day life to a gruelling standstill. At the turn…

There are very few villains in East Devon’s history who captivate the imagination quite like William Jennings, the Honiton highwayman. He is, after all, a legend. In April 1752, a little over 267 years ago, the bandit was hanged at Heavitree Gallows in Exeter. His single known crime was unremarkable other than it highlighted his sheer stupidity. Often romanticised by the popular press of the day, highwayman were both feared and revered. History has likened them to Robin Hood but, in truth, there was nothing benevolent about these horse-riding thieves. They struck terror into all those they accosted.While highwayman had…