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A Honiton pensioner on lockdown with lung disease was reduced to tears by HSBC bank leaving her without money for days when she forgot her debit card pin number. Sandra Monk, 70, of Minifie Road, had to borrow funds from friends when the Honiton branch of HSBC closed for three weeks and her phone calls to the bank went unresolved. After East Devon News.co.uk stepped in to help, HSBC staff called Sandra, ordered her a reminder of her pin number, promised to check it had arrived and said the Honiton branch would reopen today (Thursday). Sandra called HSBC’s service a…

An anguished son fears his 100-year-old mum will die from coronavirus as her closing Budleigh Salterton care home forges ahead to move vulnerable pensioners out during lockdown. Richard Gannon is appealing to Abbeyfield, which is closing Shandford care home, ‘If my mother is to die, please let her die in relative peace in the home she loves’. The Abbeyfield Society and Devon County Council said Shandford’s elderly could be safely moved out during lockdown on the advice of Public Health England. Mr Gannon, 69, from Payhembury, has not seen his mum, Jessie, since the Budleigh home went into lockdown several…

Sightings of a runaway red squirrel in the Ottery St Mary area have prompted a call from wildlife experts not to feed the animal because it could kill her. Thistle has escaped from Wildwood Escot. She is on the run around Ottery and a rescue mission is in place to bring her safely home. The public are being asked to report any sightings of the runaway red squirrel, so Wildwood Escot can set a live trap to catch her before she contracts fatal disease, squirrel pox. It’s really important that we do recover her. While she’s out she’s at risk…

Pensioners keeping mobility scooters in council flats in Exmouth for two years in a battle over parking are frightened they will die if the vehicles catch fire. Residents of Dray Court, in Rolle Road, have spoken out about their ongoing frustration over the district council’s refusal to give them undercover storage outside where they can safely park their scooters. Money has been offered to part-pay for permanent outdoor storage, but East Devon District Council (EDDC) denies any knowledge of the financial aid. For the last two years pensioners have obeyed written council advice to keep mobility scooters inside their homes…

Budleigh firefighters moving to Exmouth when the station closes will not have an engine to ride on. The fire service said the Budleigh crew will help keep the Exmouth retained pump fully-operational, and have its own fire engine ‘removed’. If an additional fire engine is needed it will have to come from the next nearest available crew. We’re constantly moving our appliances around so it hasn’t been confirmed now where Budleigh’s pump will go once it is absorbed into the fleet. It will go where it is required… Currently Budleigh’s on-call crew and fire engine is two-and-a-half miles away from…

A mystery donor turned a coffee morning fundraiser into a celebration when she gave £21,000 in memory of her husband to Exmouth and district’s ‘Ring and Ride’ new bus appeal. The 93-year-old widow was attending Friday’s coffee morning at Bronte Court, Salterton Road, which had been organised to boost funds for Exmouth and District Community Transport’s replacement bus. The community bus charity recently set up a £30,000 crowdfunding campaign to replace an ageing bus at a cost of £57,000. I was shocked. I wanted to cry. It’s been such a worry thinking ‘how on earth are we going to raise…

A main roundabout could be given a maritime makeover – with a trio of eight-feet-high steel sculptures – in a bid to net Exmouth national glory. The ambitious vision for the Parade has been proposed with the town set to represent the South West in the Britain in Bloom contest this summer. Exmouth in Bloom says it hopes to create something ‘really spectacular’ – and has called on the community to support the scheme. Time is running by to get this project off the ground. We are working really hard to do something really spectacular – Marion Drew of Exmouth…

Try your pluck at Darts Farm’s silent auction to win the turkey prepared by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his campaign visit to East Devon. Boris’s campaign trail led him to Devon on Thursday and a stop at Darts Farm, Clyst St George, where he was invited by master butcher Alastair David to lend a hand preparing a turkey. Michael Dart, Darts Farm co-owner, said Boris’s latticed, bacon-covered, oven-ready turkey is now up for grabs and can be won by going into the shop and leaving a bid in a silent auction – with the proceeds going to the Devon…

Dad of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined send-off celebrations for an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Anthony Martin on Saturday evening joined a going away party held at The Point Bar and Grill, on Exmouth dockside, raising a glass to the Oarsome Foursome team tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Coldplay financially backed the Oarsome Foursome for an undisclosed amount after rower Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, plucked up the courage to tell Chris Martin’s dad about the 3,000-mile ocean adventure at a…

Parking problems in Exmouth come under the spotlight next week with the launch of a public consultation proposing residents’ permits, on-street pay-and-display and waiting restrictions.   The proposed parking shake-up starts when hundreds of consultation cards are sent to homes in some of Exmouth’s most congested streets, including The Colony, Withycombe Raleigh and the town centre. Devon County Council’s residents’ parking consultation runs from Friday, October 4 until October 25. It was prompted by complaints from those living in streets considered problem areas. This is not going to be quite the magic wand everyone thinks it’s going to be. There…

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