Browsing: Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th birthday celebrations continue with the launch of a special edition anniversary cider. Axminster-based Lyme Bay Winery has teamed up with the charity to produce Donkey Sanctuary cider. Proceeds from sales will help to support the work of the international animal welfare charity. Labels on the sparkling cider bottles feature two donkeys standing beneath an apple tree. The special edition cider is on sale from the gift shop at the Sidmouth headquarters and in its restaurant. Bob Harding, from Lyme Bay Winery, said: “We’re very proud of everything we offer our customers at Lyme Bay and being…

East Devon District Council has responded to a Planning Inspectorate decision to overturn its ruling for a business park in Sidford, saying it is ‘very disappointed’. It says the decision, made following a three-day public inquiry last month, goes against the Local Plan. This decision goes against the Local Plan allocation and imposes the impact of additional HGVs on the local community when the Council was trying to avoid this. The Planning Inspectorate allowed the planning appeal for an employment site at Two Bridges Road, Sidford. However, a claim for the council to cover the applicant’s appeal costs was rejected.…

The police helicopter was over Sidmouth on Tuesday night searching for a missing man from Woodbury. The helicopter was heard hovering over the Manstone Avenue and Howarth Close areas of Sidmouth at around 11pm as police searched for the man, who was in his 30s. Devon and Cornwall Police said the helicopter search was called off after the missing man was found safe and well nearby. A police spokeswoman said: “The helicopter was up to assist in the search for a missing man in his 30s from Woodbury. “He was located safe and well near Newton Poppleford.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after the driver of a pick-up truck failed to stop following a collision with a dog in Sidmouth. The cross-breed Yorkshire terrier / Jack Russell died as a result of the crash in Drake’s Avenue, which was reported at 6.40pm on Sunday (August 18). The owners of the dog are devastated by the death of their much loved family pet and any assistance to bring the offender to justice would be greatly appreciated – Police Police Constable Stephen Lee, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Sidmouth, said: “The poor dog had slipped its lead near to the…

The new Arctic 24 Sidmouth lifeboat has been officially named today (August 17) as Peter and Barbara Truesdale – as a mark of respect for the siblings’ support for the town’s lifeboat station. The poignant naming and blessing ceremony took place at Sidmouth Lifeboat Station at 11am – an event witnessed by crew members, lifeboat supporters and invited guests. The purchase of the new lifeboat was made possible thanks to a generous donation in trust from the late Surgeon Captain Peter Jeffrey Truesdale and his sister, Barbara Members of the public waited on The Esplanade as the new vessel was…

Sidmouth College is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate for all its 2019 A-Level students. The college said overall, sixth form students had achieved above their target grade across all subjects, with 30 percent of students achieving A*-A grades, some 54 per cent achieving A*-B, and 87 per cent of students achieving A*-C grades. Overall progress data shared by the college shows an increase from +0.02 to +0.25 meaning, on average, students achieved above their target grade across all subjects. They thoroughly deserve these fantastic achievements today and I would like to wish all of our students continued success…

The bank holiday and regatta weekend in Sidmouth will get off to a flyer when an air extravaganza takes place above the town on Friday, August 23.  Timings of the air show have been announced today – with huge crows expected to descend on The Esplanade to marvel at performances from five different display teams. And visitors and residents are being asked to give generously so that the Red Arrows can return to Sidmouth in 2020. Collectors are also still being sought for August 23. The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Strikemaster Jets Pair…

Hero Al Baker has described the moment he heard an elderly woman, who had fallen into a river, calling out for help as he jogged through the Byes in Sidmouth. Mr Baker, who has been credited with saving the woman’s life, was yesterday being sought by police – who want to thank him for his actions. I heard a lady’s voice shouting ‘Help me! Help me!’ – Al Baker He and a female jogger got into the River Sid and pulled the OAP to safety. Our story on the river rescue prompted a raft of comments identifying Mr Baker as…

Work to replace Sidmouth’s historic Alma Bridge is set to start at the end of this month. Mac Plant Construction Limited has been awarded the contract for the work by Devon County Council. The plan was given the green light by planners last year. Sidmouth’s original Alma Bridge was designed by local architect R.W. Sampson in the early 1900s. Its replacement will be around 40 metres upstream from the existing structure. The existing structure will be closed for the duration of the work, with a signed inland diversion route. Emergency access steps from the east beach will be maintained at…

Police have issued an appeal to trace a male jogger who summoned help when an elderly female fell into the River Sid in the Byes, Sidmouth, this morning. They say, without his quick-thinking, the woman would not have been found alive. The unknown jogger was in the Byes between 7.15am and 8.30am today (August 12). Police say the man found the elderly female and flagged down other joggers to help him recover her from the water. A spokesperson said: “Between them, they managed to rescue the lady from the river. An ambulance was called and the lady was taken to…

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