Browsing: East Devon

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…

A new pot of funding has been announced for residents living in Devon who are struggling to afford food, utility bills or other essential costs. Devon County Council (DCC) said the county has been allocated £5million for a government-backed Housing Support Fund, helping those on the lowest incomes. DCC said there were conditions on how the money could be used, but £200,000 would be allocated to support Devon residents on prepayment, or ‘pay-as-you-go’ meters, to help with rising energy bills. The majority of the funding will be handed out to families with children and people of pensionable age, who are…

Exmouth lifeboat volunteers are gearing up to go head-to-head with a keep fit challenge in a bid to raise funds for the RNLI. Some five lifeboat crew members will on May 14 pull on full rescue kit or dry suits and compete against each other in a series of CrossFit exercises. Taking part in the challenge is Steve Hockings-Thompson, Nick Wright, Dougie Wright, Dixie Dean and Rory Carrig, who hope the fundraiser, at CrossFit Gym, in Tower Street Church, Exmouth, will raise £2,000 for the town’s RNLI through a JustGiving page. The crew’s charity event is part of the RNLI’s…

Responsible dog ownership in East Devon falls under the spotlight with a series of monthly roadshows designed to tackle a host of canine concerns. East Devon District Council is hosting the Responsible Dog Owners’ roadshow across five locations between May and September, in a bid to educate, inform and tackle any issues surrounding the pets. The roadshows, which began this week in Exmouth, will also be held once a month in Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Sidmouth. An EDDC spokesperson said: “East Devon District Council will be holding events between May and September to inform and educate dog owners who…

Blood bike volunteers battled blisters to walk 21 miles and raise £200 in aid of the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton. Married Amy and Anthony Ewens, volunteers for Devon Freewheelers, recently walked the Tavistock and Plymouth Drakes Trail, raising funds for the blood bikes service, which supports the NHS and community for free. The Plymouth couple, who were joined by ex and serving military friends, completed the trail in eight hours and were ‘hobbling’ with blisters when they limped across the finish. Amy, aged 29, said: “It’s the furthest I have ever walked in my life. My legs started…

Tory Neil Parish has formally quit as MP for Tiverton and Honiton after he admitted watching pornography in the House of Commons in ‘a moment of madness’. Mr Parish, 65, resigned after he admitted twice watching adult content on his mobile phone in Parliament. The resignation announcement will trigger a by-election for the MP’s seat of Tiverton and Honiton, with a date yet to be announced. A statement from the Treasury posted on May 4 said it had appointed Mr Parish a Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead – a formal term used that allows MPs to resign…

A vehicle ‘hanging precariously’ down a steep embankment with a man still inside was spotted by a passer-by in a lane in East Devon. Crews from fire stations across two counties were called to Cathole Lane, Uplyme, in East Devon, on Monday morning (May 2) where they found the driver had made their way to safety. Firefighters said the man inside the vehicle had been left shaken but was uninjured. An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Control took a call from a member of public reporting a vehicle that had left the road way and was hanging precariously down an…

Household rubbish burning in a field on the edge of Axminster was at risk of spreading to nearby trees and hedgerow, firefighters said. Fire crews from Axminster and Colyton were called to the field on the outskirts of town on Sunday morning (May 1) after reports of a blaze and smoke from a large fire of household rubbish and other burning waste. Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze and stopped the flames from spreading to the hedgerow. The Axminster crew called for additional help from Colyton firefighters because the rural location meant the nearest water source was more than half a…

A trio of East Devon six-year-olds have mirrored the distance an Exmouth ambulance would travel while raising funds for crew welfare. The children, Bea, Emily and Ophelia, were invited to Exmouth ambulance station to meet off-duty paramedics, present £500 raised by the youngsters, and receive their challenge medals. The girls raised the funds by running and walking 109 miles – the distance travelled by an Exmouth emergency vehicle during an average shift – taking part in the Outrun an Ambulance challenge, in aid of South Western Ambulance Charity. Emily’s mum, Sarah, said: “We are massively proud of the girls. They…

UK ‘queen of soul’ Mica Paris is the headline act to rock the first-ever Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival coming to the town in June. The organisers have promised ‘the best’ Jazz, Blues, Roots, RnB, Soul, Funk, and Latin music across the festival weekend, Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5, plus free live music at a host of fringe venues across the town. Headline afternoon and evening ticketed concerts will take place in Sidmouth Parish Church, in Church Street, while free live performances from local and regional talent will perform on their own outdoor stage. Headline act and…

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