Browsing: Axminster

Residents were evacuated from flats in Axminster on Friday morning (January 15) because of a ‘strange smell’ and carbon monoxide alarm sounding. A fire crew from Axminster was called to Stewart Court at around 10.30am where they led residents to safety and checked the building with gas monitoring equipment. The fire crew found no carbon monoxide leak and found the cause of the alarm was down to a low battery in the carbon monoxide detector. An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “This incident highlights the importance of regular testing and maintenance of not only your smoke alarms but also your…

A trucker at Axminster was told to stay inside his lorry for safety after his vehicle became entangled with a high voltage electrical cable on Thursday afternoon (January 7). A fire crew called to help was delayed by several minutes after a parked car blocked the road, stopping the engine from passing and prompting a warning from firefighters. Firefighters from Axminster and Chard plus neighbouring Dorset crews from Charmouth and Bridport, police and Western Power Distribution were called to Abbey Gate, on the A358, at around 4pm The road between the junction of the A35 and Boshill Cross was closed…

A personal training business shining the spotlight on maternal mental health and motherhood has launched in East Devon. Funmumsfitness recently launched classes and sessions in Axminster and Colyton in a bid to promote body confidence to mums in East Devon. The workout sessions aim to help mums recover after birth, lose weight, get fit, feel strong and make new friends. The East Devon classes are held at the Reece Strawbridge Community Centre, in Colyton, and at Axminster Football Club. In September 2020 a new private studio for personal training sessions was set up in Axminster. Founder Dora Szentivanyi said: “Very…

East Devon residents looking to get rid of their Christmas trees can take them to be ‘recycled’ at a host of drop-off points across the district from Monday, January 4.  The now-forlorn festive items can be left at nine designated sites in Axminster, Broadclyst, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth. They will be composted and used as a natural fertiliser by local farms or in the district’s parks. East Devon District Council is holding new year Christmas tree recycling events in: Axminster: West Street car park – Monday, January 4, 12.30pm to 2.30pm; Broadclyst: -…

Thirty Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in a fortnight – with case ‘clusters’ of the virus identified in all but one of the district’s wards. Devon was today (Wednesday, December 30) moved up to Tier 3 of the Government’s pandemic restrictions. County health chiefs say a rise in cases among all age groups meant the move was ‘inevitable’. Seaton is the only part of East Devon where a coronavirus ‘cluster’ has not currently been identified. Nineteen wards – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid…

The risk of flooding has reduced in areas of East Devon after rain-swollen river levels fell during Saturday (December 19). The Environment Agency (EA) said the risk of flooding from the Rivers Clyst, Culm, Axe, Otter and Sid had reduced after water levels dropped below the level of concern. Water levels in the Lower Exe area remain high but have peaked and will continue to fall overnight, the EA said. And a flood alert for the River Exe, at Exeter Quay, has been removed. An EA alert for the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area was downgraded after it…

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter. And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38. Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections. Clyst, Exton and…

Cancer support in Axminster and Lyme Regis has been given a much-needed boost with the launch of a new fundraising cook book. Chefs and restaurants in the towns have donated their top recipes for the new cookbook, in aid of Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support. Recipes with Love costs £10 and is the first community cookbook to be published by the charity. The coronavirus pandemic has thwarted the support group’s fundraising efforts, cancelling all planned events for 2020. Profits from the charity cookbook will be ploughed back into supporting those in Axminster and Lyme Regis recovering from, or living with…

A silver cup presented to a heroic sailor by the 19th President of the United States has been discovered in a house near Axminster. The solid silver cup, awarded by Rutherford Hayes – USA President from 1822 until1893 – was discovered in a home near Whitford, near Axminster, when Chilcotts Auctioneers, from Honiton, cleared the property. The cup was awarded to Captain Thomas Tolson Edwards of the British steam ship Illyrian for his efforts in rescuing the crew of US Clipper Isaac Webb, after it got into difficulty on a voyage across the Atlantic. It was reported Capt. Edwards and…

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