Browsing: Sidmouth

A kayaking birthday treat turned into a rescue for two men when they capsized at Axmouth on Sunday morning (August 2) and struggled to swim to shore. The pair capsized after they paddled down the River Axe and were taken by the tide out to sea. The two men, left ‘shaken’ and ‘tired’ by their ordeal, swam back to shore with one kayak, while the other vessel was picked up by Sidmouth Lifeboat. A Beer Coastguard Rescue spokesman urged kayakers to check the tide before paddling through a river mouth. Sidmouth Lifeboat volunteers said the two men’s lifejackets ‘undoubtedly’ helped…

A driver suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on the A375 near Sidbury this morning (Saturday, August 1), police have confirmed.  Emergency services were called to a stretch of the road north of the village, near to Putts Corner, at around 6am. Firefighters had to cut the trapped casualty free and he was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The road was shut for several hours by the incident. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “On Saturday, August 1, police were called to a single-vehicle collision on the A375 just north of Sidbury, Sidmouth. “The male driver…

Wildlife has thrived under lockdown at the international HQ of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth while it remains shut to the public.  Paths, walkways and verges at the attraction – which normally welcomes 400,000 people a year – have become a riot of pinks, purples, blues and yellows. Wildflowers have reaped the benefit of quieter conditions after the charity decided to temporarily close to visitors in March. Grass-cutting along many of the access paths, verges and walkways has been reduced, allowing nature to bloom in its ‘wild spaces’. The abundance of wildflowers – such as chamomile, ox-eye daisy, vetch, cornflower and…

Firefighters had to cut a trapped casualty free from a car which left the road in a crash on the A375 near Sidbury this morning (Saturday, August 1). Emergency services were called to a stretch, close to Putts Corner, at around 6am. Police say a man had suffered ‘potentially life-threatening’ injuries. Fire crews from Sidmouth and Middlemoor in Exeter, police and the ambulance service attended the scene. The incident involved a single vehicle. One male adult has been left with potentially life-threatening injuries – Devon and Cornwall Police Hydraulic cutting equipment was used to free the trapped person. A Devon…

Sidmouth Black Lives Matter protesters gathered for the town’s second silent rally, shining a spotlight on ‘normalised racism’. The peaceful protesters took to Sidmouth seafront on Saturday, July 25, after concerns were raised there had been incidents of ‘targeted racism’ in the town from residents and visitors. Organisers of the latest peaceful protest said there was ‘much to do’ to raise awareness of racism in Sidmouth, and change attitudes. The Sidmouth Black Lives Matter group has almost 300 members, of all ages. A spokesperson for the group said: “It’s not about black versus white; it’s about everybody versus racism. “We…

An emergency coronavirus fund has been set up by a Sidmouth charity to help struggling donkey and mule owners in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The Donkey Sanctuary has launched its Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to support the most vulnerable, and make sure their animals have what they need to stay happy and healthy. The Sidmouth-based charity will work with partners and international development organisations to fund interventions that directly change the lives of working donkeys and their owners. Mike Baker, The Donkey Sanctuary CEO, said: “The global coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the livelihoods of working…

The Grade II listed 46-bedroom ‘hidden gem’ Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth has gone on the market for £1.9million. The hotel, in the Elysian Fields area of Sidmouth, is in a secluded position within 5.2 acres of private gardens and grounds. Estate agent Savills said the hotel, which dates back to 1826, is on the market for offers in excess of £1.9million. It has 46 en suite rooms, a separate block of 25 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a detached building with an indoor swimming pool and a three-bedroom bungalow for a manager or owner. There are also additional games facilities including…

A potential influx of visitors for unofficial ‘fringe events’ – despite this year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival being cancelled – has seen highways chiefs issue a parking plea for the town. The seaside resort’s streets and venues will be lacking the annual event’s colourful scenes and music the for the first time in 65 years come July 31 – August 7. Organisers had to pull the plug because of the coronavirus pandemic and an online version of the tradition will take place instead. There’s no telling how many people could turn up for any unofficial fringe performances that may occur on…

Elections will be held to fill two vacancies on Sidmouth Town Council – but residents won’t be able to go to the polls until at least May 2021. The roles representing the east and south wards are up for grabs following a pair of resignations rom the authority last month. Under current Covid legislation, there are no elections in the UK until May 2021 at the earliest unless the legislation changes…Enough householders have since requested an election to trigger public votes to decide on who fills the posts. However, current Covid-19 legislation means no elections will take place in the UK until May…

Organisers of an online Sidmouth Folk Festival are promising a ‘diverse and memorable’ virtual event – as a fundraising bid to secure the tradition’s future topped £70,000. The official fun will see shows performed from a ‘secret location’ in the town on August 1 and 2 among other festivities throughout the week. They will ‘harness the spirit of the annual seaside music and dance party’ in the absence of the real thing. And a crowdfunding appeal to secure the future of Sidmouth Folk Festival in 2021 and beyond has been going from strength-to-strength. It smashed its initial target of £30,000, hit…

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