Browsing: East Devon

Mindless vandals have smashed part of the new Sidmouth ampitheatre, sparking anger in the town. Parts of the stone steps have been smashed, prompting the call for witnesses to come forward to identify the culprits. The ampitheatre in the grounds of Knowle, Sidmouth, which has been open for less than a year, is part of a £1million flood alleviation scheme designed to protect the town in the event of a serious flood. Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council (DCC) cabinet member for public health, communities and equality, said: “This is mindless vandalism of something that is a unique and vital…

A deaf teaching assistant from East Devon who has been nominated for an industry award is being celebrated for her 25 years of service to the profession. Mum-of-two Nikki James, who lives near Ottery St Mary, has been deaf from birth and dedicated her life to helping children through her work at the Deaf Academy, based in Exmouth. Nikki, a former pupil at the Royal School for the Deaf, in Exeter – now the Deaf Academy- has been shortlisted for a Tes School award in the Teaching Assistant category. During her time as a teaching assistant, Nikki has been a…

Work is to begin on a much-awaited town centre for Cranbrook, with the completion of a supermarket and nursery by summer 2023. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced it has approved funding of up to £5.5million ‘for the acquisition’ of town centre land in Cranbrook, as well as approving three planning applications for a supermarket, high street shops with apartments above, a town square and a children’s day nursery. Work on the supermarket and nursery is due to be completed by summer next year, followed ‘soon after’ by the high street shops, apartments, town square and children’s day nursery.…

Global flavours are on the menu for the return of the monthly summer Seaton Eats Boutique street food markets, which began in May. Monthly dates have been announced for the Friday events being held in Jubilee Gardens, Seaton, with the next street food market being organised for June 3, from 4pm until 9pm, or sunset. Entry is free. Further markets are also planned for July 1, August 5 and September 2. New for 2022 is the launch of Seaton Eats Boutique pop-up pub, The Salty Arms. A spokesperson for the markets said: “Enjoy world cuisine made for you by local…

A driver and passengers were treated for minor injuries on Tuesday afternoon (May 10) after the car they were in was involved in a crash near Honiton. The emergency services  were called to Farway Common Road, near Honiton, shortly after 3.30pm after two cars, a Ford Fiesta and a Hyundai, crashed. The main road at Farway, over the common, was closed in both directions for several hours, reopening at around 6pm. Devon and Cornwall Police said the two vehicles were recovered from the scene during the afternoon. The ambulance service and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service also attended,…

A man stranded on a sandbank in the River Exe on Monday night (May 9) was rescued by Exmouth RNLI. The inshore lifeboat launched at around 8.45pm after scores of 999 calls were made to the Coastguard, in a bid to raise the alarm. The uninjured man was taken back to shore, where he was met by the Coastguard team from Dawlish. An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The casualty was helped on board the lifeboat and taken to the safety of shore where he was seen by the Coastguard Rescue Team. “He was uninjured and did not require medical attention.…

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash near Honiton that left a teenage boy seriously injured and a younger child with chest injuries. Devon and Cornwall Police said the emergency services were called at around 3pm on Friday (May 6) to a two-car crash between a green Toyota Hilux and a black Vauxhall Corsa on the A30 at Monkton, near Honiton. Officers said a teenage boy travelling in the Corsa was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, with serious injuries and a younger child went to Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital with chest injuries. The driver and a passenger in the…

Council tax energy rebates totalling more than £5million has so far been paid out to thousands of eligible East Devon residents. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging those able to receive the £150 to claim the return in the coming days – the first phase of the rebate was rolled out in April to more than 34,000 direct debit payers. Now those living an A, B, C or D band property who pay by other methods will be able request the allowance when letters are sent out on Monday (May 9) giving residents details of how to claim online.…

A woman left with an injured face after she fell on the coast path near Beer beach on Saturday lunchtime (May 7) was helped to safety by coastguards. Beer Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Whitecliff, east of the beach, at around 1pm where they helped the injured woman to a waiting ambulance. The Coastguard team treated the injured woman at the scene before she was left with an ambulance crew. A a Coastguard spokesperson said: “A lady tripped and fell on the coast path east of Beer, sustaining a facial injury. “We located the lady, gave initial treatment, and…

Free entertainment, live music, circus workshops, theatre and a host of family activities have been announced for the 2022 Exmouth Festival. The full line-up of entertainment and programme of events has been revealed by festival organisers bringing the event to Exmouth’s Imperial Recreation Ground, on the Jubilee bank holiday, from Thursday, June 2, until Sunday, June 5. A spokesperson for Exmouth Festival said: “Running across the extended bank holiday weekend you can expect a family friendly atmosphere throughout the day, with lots of activities for children to get involved in, plus a fairground for the adventure-seekers. “The festival remains free…

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