Browsing: Exmouth

Police have warned of a cold-caller in Exmouth approaching a property with a motorhome, asking to buy the vehicle. Officers said the man, who spoke with an Irish accent, claimed he was in the Rivermead Avenue area to buy a motorhome, then spotted another parked campervan, knocked at the door, uninvited, and proposed to buy it from the owner. Officers believe the query was a scam way to dupe the owner into selling a vehicle at a lower price. The man left after he was told the motorhome was not for sale, said police. The cold-caller was spotted in the…

Yellow wellies at the ready – a pair of Exmouth RNLI volunteers are gearing up to run a relay wearing lifesaving kit. Crew members Dougie Wright and Geoff Mills on Saturday, May 15 will relay run 72 kilometers along the seafront to raise funds for the lifeboat station. Each kilometer run by the volunteers will represent an Exmouth RNLI lifesaving emergency in 2020 where the lifeboats were launched. The pair plan to run part of the challenge in RNLI kit of lifejackets and waterproofs. The crew members have set up a JustGiving page and hope to raise £3,000 for the…

An appeal has been made for new players and committee members to join Exmouth Town Concert Band. The band is inviting musicians of all ages and abilities to join, and non-musicians to fill some of the vacant committee positions. The band is especially keen to hear from trombone players saying it has a ‘particular need’ for the instruments. An Exmouth Town Concert Band spokeswoman said: “Whether you’ve been playing for twenty years or just two, the band welcome musicians of all ages and ranges of experience and have a particular need for trombone players at the moment. “If you’re looking…

A police ‘unsung hero’ who once walked the beat in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exeter is retiring after 55 years of service. Jim Shand’s five-and-a-half decades with the force has been hailed as ‘unparalleled and unprecedented’ – and he’s been nominated for a lifetime achievement award. Jim has spent the last quarter of a century working in the city’s Middlemoor control room after 30 years as an officer. I was three years old and the Prime Minister was only two years old when Jim was first keeping the streets safe – Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer“It has…

Applause rang out on the seafront as the town showed its respect for Exmouth ‘lifeboat legend’ Tim Mock, who crossed the bar on April 10 after a short illness. Retired coxswain Tim made his final journey along the seafront on Thursday (April 29), where crowds waited to pay their respects and wish him fair winds and following seas. His funeral service was attended by family and close friends only, because of the coronavirus restrictions limiting numbers. Tim’s family invited all who knew him to line Exmouth seafront to say their goodbyes to the man who had given more than 34…

The spotlight is on Exmouth tide times in a bid to save the public from being caught out and cut off by high water. Exmouth RNLI and Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) have teamed up to boost public safety, creating easy-to-read tide tables displayed prominently on the seafront. Ivor Jones, NCI Exmouth station manager, said: “We are working hard together to try and increase public awareness of dangerous situations and hope that these initiatives will help both locals and visitors to stay safe this summer.” The new tide tables can be found: Outside Coastwatch House. The display cabinet on the…

Exmouth RNLI volunteers are gearing up to relay run 72 kilometers to mark the number of emergencies attended in 2020. Crew members Dougie Wright and Geoff Mills will set off on Saturday, May 15, in a bid to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI. They aim to take part in the charity’s Mayday Mile campaign – and run a relay of 72 kilometers – one for every lifesaving emergency the Exmouth lifeboats were tasked to attend in 2020. The pair have set up a JustGiving page and hope to raise £2,000 for Exmouth RNLI. Tom Mansell, RNLI lifesaving lead for the…

An out-of-control speedboat with engine failure at risk of drifting out to sea off Exmouth was towed to safety by the RNLI. The Exmouth all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 11.30am on Tuesday morning (April 27) after a 999 call was made reporting a drifting speedboat with three onboard in difficulty off Orcombe Point. The stricken vessel was towed to the marina. No one onboard was injured, the RNLI said. Steve Hockings-Thompson, Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, said: “This was an unfortunate incident where a speedboat had suffered a serious engine failure in difficult sea conditions. “The vessel and its occupants, who all…

A landmark hotel overlooking Exmouth seafront is set to re-open next month – a year after it went into administration. The Imperial Hotel, on Exmouth Esplanade, was  one of four Shearings Hotels to close  in May 2020. Now under new management, the Imperial Hotel will reopen in May 2021 and is looking to recruit staff. The Esplanade in Paignton, The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth, and The Torbay and Tor Park in Torquay, are set to reopen as part of the Coast & Country Hotel Collection, a newly-formed group of former Shearings Hotels. All four hotels went into administration in May…

Retired Exmouth RNLI coxswain Tim Mock will take his final trip along the seafront when his funeral cortege departs on Thursday (April 29). Tim’s family is inviting all who knew him to line the route of Exmouth seafront at 12.25pm, as the cortege drives between the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station to the former lifeboat station – now Exmouth Rowing Club. The arrangements have been made to comply with current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, which limits the numbers at funerals. An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The funeral cortege will be driving along the seafront between the new lifeboat station in Queens…

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