Browsing: Exmouth

Children, adults and a dog caught in a rip-tide off Exmouth Marina had to be rescued by the RNLI. The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched at around 5.50pm on Friday, August 12, over reports a group of paddle boarders had got into difficulty. Only one member of the party was wearing a buoyancy aid. Volunteer Exmouth RNLI crew soon found the group and their four-legged friend in the water and they were taken to safety. The lifesavers located the casualties; three adults, three children and a dog, all of whom were in the water. Only one of the group had…

A charity giving care and support to children with short lives needs more volunteers for its Exmouth shop. The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) town centre charity shop, on The Parade, is recruiting new volunteers who can spare a few hours to help out – selling and sorting stock and other store duties. The charity, which cares for young people with life-limiting conditions, said the flexible roles were suitable for all ages, adding the help would make a difference to the youngsters and their families who rely on the care and support given by the Children’s Hospice South West. Christine…

An optician in Exmouth has launched a community campaign appeal for donations in a bid to boost the town’s food bank. Staff at Specsavers Exmouth, in Exeter Road, are appealing for donations of tinned goods and other non-perishable items to help people in need. Donations of pasta, rice, tinned food, coffee, tea and other long-life food items can be dropped off at the store until August 15, ahead of distribution locally. Kim Swinbourne, dispensing optician at the optician, said: “The Exmouth Food Bank is a wonderful charity doing amazing work, and we felt that we had to help them now…

A pair of paddle boarders stranded on a sandbank off Budleigh Salterton had to be be rescued by the RNLI.  The Exmouth inshore lifeboat was alerted when a 999 call was made over the stricken pair – stuck 300 metres off Brandy Head – at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 2. Both were taken to safety and were uninjured. Neither were injured or required medical attention and the Exmouth RNLI lifesavers stood down at 8.20pm… An Exmouth RNLI spokesperson said: “The volunteer lifesavers launched at 7.39pm and sped to the locality, quickly locating the two stranded individuals. “Crew conducted a safety assessment…

An out-of-control motorboat with engine failure seen drifting towards swimmers at Exmouth was towed to safety by the RNLI. The inshore lifeboat launched on Saturday afternoon (July 30) and recovered the stricken vessel, towing the motor boat to Mamhead slipway, on Exmouth seafront. The town’s RNLI said the out-of-control motorboat with engine failure off Exmouth seafront ‘was likely to be a hazard to water users.’ A spokesman for the town’s sea safety charity said: “The volunteer lifesavers, who were at Exmouth lifeboat station about to go on exercise, launched immediately and went to the aid of the vessel that was…

Exmouth lit its lifeboat blue on Monday night (July 25) as the RNLI shone the spotlight on World Drowning Prevention Day. The town’s all-weather lifeboat, and lifeboat station, turned neon blue as the sea safety charity crew joined forces with RNLI colleagues across the country to highlight the impact drowning can have, internationally, on families and communities. Shining as a beacon of blue, the Exmouth lifeboat station and all-weather vessel was lit by Stage Engage Limited, in Exeter. Further along the seafront, Ocean, in Queen’s Drive, was among other UK locations to illuminate blue in support of the campaign. Steve…

A prize-winning quilt has been donated to Exmouth RNLI by a holidaymaker keen to boost the lifeboat service. Sue Butcher, from Winchester, won a national award for her crafted scenes of lifeboats in Exmouth when she scooped second place in the Quilts UK 2022 competition, held in Malvern earlier this year. The regular visitor to East Devon spent 18 months creating the quilt, which she entered into the fundraising category of the UK-wide competition. Sue’s creation will be auctioned at a later date and the funds used by Exmouth RNLI for training and equipment. She said: “Myself and my family…

A new project aimed at teaching children to swim safely in the sea has been launched in Exmouth. Littleham Primary School pupils announced the start of the Swim to the Sea project, when the youngsters took part in the first session, on Exmouth beach. The aim of the scheme is to teach a life-saving skill to children who live near the sea. The swim safe scheme has been made possible thanks to LED Community Leisure’s community engagement team, Exmouth Leisure Centre and Sideshore teaming up. Sarah Padbury, head of learning at Littleham Primary School, said: “The first session of our shore…

A retired kitchen fitter from East Devon has turned his hand to create a famous flying car for children visiting a hospice. Kevin Edge, aged 72, from Lympstone, near Exmouth, East Devon, spent two years and used a host of everyday household items to build a model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which he donated to the Children’s Hospice South West charity (CHSW). Children at the charity’s Charlton Farm hospice, near Bristol, have hailed the Chitty model ‘a huge hit’. Karen Greaves, head of care at Charlton Farm, said: “Kevin’s beautiful car takes pride of place at the family entrance…

A group in Exmouth supporting survivors of a stroke have extended a warm welcome to include the lonely, or those struggling to make friends. The Exmouth Stroke Survivors and Family Club meets weekly, 10.30am until 12.30pm, every Wednesday at the Bidmead Community Centre, Bidmead Close, Littleham. The group, which organises a host of fun activities, events, away days and club holidays for members, is inviting more people to come along and get involved. The club is also keen to hear from businesses and organisations in the East Devon area willing to donate raffle prizes, and volunteers to help with group…

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