Browsing: Sidmouth

An object seen floating on the water off Sidmouth beach on Saturday morning (January 1), prompted a search by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team. The team searched the shoreline from the top of Salcombe Hill but stood down after nothing was found. It is thought a member of public reporting the object could have spotted a seal in the distance, coastguards said. A Beer Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: “A member of the public reported an object floating about 200m off shore just outside the surf “On arrival we did a visual search from the shore and from the top of…

One of the UK’s rarest fungi, which looks like an underwater coral, has been unexpectedly found in woodland in Sidmouth The violet coral, Clavaria zollingeri, was recently discovered by one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s conservation officers, Helen Cavilla, at Paccombe Farm, Sidmouth. The sighting is only the second time this fungus has been recorded in Devon, while other records show finds across just a handful of UK sites. The rare find was spotted in a broadleaved woodland which is managed by the charity’s conservation team. Helen Cavilla said: “I spotted something looking oddly like it was from an aquarium nestled amongst moss…

While East Devon residents hunker down to enjoy Christmas, grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary, in Sidmouth, remain dedicated to caring for their 232 charges. Grooms at charity will be working on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and over the holiday period, feeding, watering and caring for the animals living at the animal sanctuary. The Donkey Sanctuary is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, December 25, but is otherwise open throughout the holiday period, every day from 9am to 4.30pm. Last entry into the car park is at 4pm. Although the facilities are closed on Christmas Day, the Sidmouth sanctuary has many…

A new walking group for people in East Devon living with autism or Asperger syndrome will meet monthly in Sidmouth. The Aspie Walking Group has been formed by ‘like-minded people’ with the aim of sharing experiences and exploring Sidmouth. The first walk has been planned for Friday, January 7, 2022, setting off at 11am from The Triangle bus shelter, in Sidmouth. The organisers said there is no need to book, and a ‘warm welcome’ awaits. The walking group is for those with autism or Asperger syndrome as their prime diagnosis, or for people who identify as such. However, you do…

The Boxing Day swim in Sidmouth has been cancelled ‘with regret’ by its organisers amid ‘risks’ posed by the Omicron strain of Covid-19. Organisers of the annual event have urged those planning a festive dip after Christmas to stay away from Sidmouth beach, because of a lack of safety cover. Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat and the Sidmouth Lifeboat Beach Lifeguards said the groups’ volunteers are not providing any safety cover for swimmers, because of coronavirus concerns. The decision to cancel the 2021 swim was taken on the advice of insurers, the event organisers said. Swim organisers posted on social media: “Following…

Councillors felt ‘between a rock and a hard place’ as they agreed to the size of buildings at a controversial business park at Sidford. East Devon planning chiefs backed a reserved matters application for the plot at Two Bridges Road ‘through gritted teeth’. It means the development will mainly consist of six-metre-tall structures, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. There will also be a pair of 7.5-metre-high buildings, roughly two storeys in height, next to its entrance. This is not something that we’re all happy just to wave through. It’s incredibly frustrating…Applicant 0G Holdings Retirement Benefit Scheme says the visual impact will be…

Fees in council pay-and-display car parks in East Devon have been slashed until the end of March 2022 in a bid to boost winter trade. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced a £2 all-day deal from now until the end of March 2022, valid at its car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone and Colyton. Tickets bought in one town can be transferred and used in another area’s car park on the same day, the council said. The council said its parking cost cuts were as a result from feedback from…

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has announced it will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ with its return for summer 2022, boasting an ‘eclectic’ line-up of artists and performers. Tickets have gone on sale for the next year’s festival, as organisers have revealed the return of the Bulverton marquee at the top of the town – the ‘high energy hub’ for ceilidhs and evening shows. Organisers said the 2022 festival will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event to be held online, and last year’s gathering was scaled-back. Festival organisers said the 2022 line-up, from July…

Major roadworks lasting months are set to start in January until April for the town centre and main route into Sidmouth, the county council has revealed. Devon County Council has announced major resurfacing and drainage improvements will begin on the A375 in Sidmouth, from Monday, January 10, with some evening and overnight road closures. The 12-week roadworks will cover around a 1.2km distance, be carried out in 10 sections, closing stretches of highway as the repairs are carried out, with the finish date expected to be Friday, April 1, 2022. The county council has launched a dedicated webpage highlighting work…

These photos show how Connaught Gardens at Sidmouth have been transformed into a wonderland of light and illumination. There was a day’s delay in opening Conaught@Christmas, caused by Storm Barra, but the gardens – lit by thousands of colourful LED lights – welcomed visitors from Wednesday evening (December 8). The festive event, in Peak Hill Road, runs until Sunday, December 12, from 4.30 until 9.30pm, and there is a free-to-enter covered Christmas craft and food village, in Manor Road car park, opening daily at 1pm. A spokeswoman for the event said: “Although the first night was cancelled due to Storm…

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