Browsing: East Devon

An East Devon man who was a champion of local government has died at the age of 87, having served as a councillor for more than 50 years – writes his friend David Cozens, former editor of the Lyme Regis News. Stanley Williams, who lived in Whalley Lane, Uplyme, near Axminster, was first elected to the local council at neighbouring Lyme Regis in 1969 and was in office at the time of his death on Sunday (January 16), after continuous service apart from a break of 18 months several years ago. Mr Williams, mayor of Lyme Regis for two years…

A host of fundraising events held over 2021 by garden centre staff in Ottery St Mary has raised more than £14,000 for Hospiscare. The business this week thanked all who had supported the events to raise much-needed funds for the charity, totalling £14,700. It was the third  consecutive year the garden centre in Ottery has backed Hospiscare through fundraising. Jacqui Taylor, Otter Garden Centres managing director, said: “This is, quite simply, a brilliant total. It shows just how much this local charity means to our team and customers. “We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and enthusiasm shown…

A town in East Devon is celebrating better broadband for 120 homes and businesses previously left with poor connectivity. People in Topsham living and working in the Greatwood Terrace area, the High Street, and surrounding streets,  have successfully been connected to a Gigabit capable fibre broadband after a two-year campaign. The community effort was led by Topsham resident Andy Rook, supported by funding from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Andy said: “Around Christmas 2019 I was reading all sorts of erroneous comments on our local Facebook group about broadband in Topsham, because whichever supplier you went to it…

A 33-year-old man from Honiton has been arrested by police on suspicion of arson after fire crews were called to a blaze in the town in the early hours of Thursday morning (January 20). A crew from Honiton was called to Littletown Road, in the town, shortly before 5am, after a report two parked cars were on fire. Police attended the scene and made an arrest after officers carried out enquiries. A 33-year-old man from Honiton is in custody, Devon and Cornwall Police said. A police spokeswoman said: “Police were notified just after 5am to reports of two vehicles on…

Generous donations from supermarket shoppers in Seaton and Honiton will be used to replace 50 much-needed high-visability jackets for Devon Freewheelers blood bike volunteers. Recent collections held outside Tesco in Honiton, Seaton Tesco, and Morrisons, in Bideford, raised a total of £6,129 for the charity, whose volunteers support the NHS for free. Shoppers at Tesco in Honiton donated £1,919 over two days in November 2021, and £1,476 over 2022 New Year weekend; in December Seaton Tesco customers gave £2,133; some £600 was collected outside Bideford Morrisons, in North Devon. Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers deputy CEO, said the shoppers’ generosity would…

Residents living in Cranbrook have six weeks to make their views known on a plan that will shape the town for the next 10 years. Those living in the town have from now until Monday, February 28 to comment on proposed changes made to the Cranbrook Plan. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the Cranbrook Plan will highlight sites in and around the town for housing, employment development, new schools, sports areas and community buildings. An EDDC spokesperson said: “It will also help to secure financial contributions towards healthcare services, a special educational needs and disabilities school, improvements to lower…

Climate change and flooding affecting an area of East Devon will be discussed this week at the Coastal Futures conference. The Lower Otter Restoration Project, at Budleigh Salterton, is working in tandem with a similar scheme in France. Both will feature at the online meeting where organisations will look at how climate change is affecting our coasts. The Coastal Futures conference, being held virtually, is supported by the Environment Agency – the lead partner in the Promoting Adaptation to Changing Coasts project (PACCo) project. A spokeswoman for the conference said: “Estuarine and coastal habitats are among our most valuable natural…

Police have released a description of a man who has stolen tools from building supply shops in East Devon and Exeter, hiding them in his coat. Officers are urging businesses to be aware that tools were concealed and stolen at two business in Honiton and Exeter on Friday, October 29, 2021. One suspect is described by police as being a white male thought to be in his mid-to late-20s, is approximately 5ft 10in tall, of a stocky build, with short dark hair, a small moustache and possibly a beard or stubble. He was wearing black trousers, black trainers with white…

These feral kittens were among 10 found on a farm in East Devon who now have new homes, prompting celebrations from Honiton animal sanctuary volunteers. The Cats Protection Honiton branch stepped in to help set some humane traps when a farmer called the charity after spotting three young kittens and some feral cats on land outside Monkton. The branch praised the farm owner for contacting the charity quickly, and as a result 16 cats and 10 kittens were neutered – some found new homes and others were returned. When three young kittens and some feral adults were seen around the…

A five-year-old girl has died after a car crash on the A35 at Wilmington, near Honiton, on Sunday afternoon (January 16), police have confirmed. Emergency services were called to the two-vehicle collision on a stretch of the road at Fern Lane at around 2.35pm. It involved a white BMW 318 and blue Land Rover Discovery Sport. All four occupants of the BMW are a family from the Saltash area of Cornwall… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said this morning: “The driver of the BMW, who is a man in his 30s, plus a female passenger also in her 30s, were…

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