Browsing: Sidmouth

Sidmouth has fulfilled its promise to ‘pull out all the stops’ with a ‘bigger and better’ display of Christmas lights decorating the town this festive season. Professional photographer Simon Horn, who lives in the town, captured these illuminating images shortly after the lights were switched on. The Christmas lights were quietly activated earlier this month, after the coronavirus pandemic robbed the town of its traditional switch-on celebrations. Sidmouth Town Council said the Christmas lights display was ‘important’ in showing community spirit remained amid the pandemic and second lockdown. Councillor Ian Barlow, council chairman, said: “This year, with so many challenges…

A further 244 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ remaining in all but one of the district’s wards. Nineteen areas – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections. The highest numbers are in Exmouth Brixington (23), Exmouth Littleham (19) and Ottery and West Hill (18). In fact, Exmouth’s six wards are in the district’s top seven areas for current infections. Axminster is the only part of East Devon where there is not a ‘cluster’. The new cases…

A man in his 50s was airlifted to hospital suffering serious leg injuries on Tuesday evening (November 17) after a car and a cyclist were involved in a crash at Sidbury. Police said the crash happened at around 7.30pm on Sidbury Hill, closing the road for several hours. The air ambulance flew the casualty to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. The road was reopened at around midnight, police said. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police were informed of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Sidbury Hill, Sidbury, yesterday evening at about 7.30pm. “The air ambulance took a…

A team of council workers who sparked a ‘mud bath’ at a Sidmouth beauty spot have admitted an ‘error of judgement’, cutting grass on wet ground. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said grass cutting carried out at the start of November at The Byes had been delayed by several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. EDDC said it appreciated the grass at the Sidmouth riverside park ‘looks a little unsightly’ but assured the public it would quickly recover. An eye-witness walking in The Byes claimed the mower became stuck and had to be pushed free by three workers. An EDDC…

A Sidmouth runner who raised more than £1,000 for armed forces veterans said he felt ‘humbled’ by the generosity of those who sponsored his efforts. Sidmouth Running Club member Adrian Horne took part in the month-long Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) Tommy 10k challenge – raising funds for armed forces veterans, helping them back to work. He aimed to end his run on Armistice Day (November 11). A spokesperson for Sidmouth Running Club said: “Adrian, feeling very humbled by people’s generosity in such difficult times, would like to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart who shared his Facebook…

Coronavirus ‘clusters’ have been identified in every ward in East Devon – with 217 new cases confirmed across the district in the past week.  All 20 wards in the area – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections. The highest numbers are in Exmouth Town (22) and Ottery and West Hill (18). And the new cases recorded in East Devon in the last week represent an increase of ten when compared to the previous seven-day period. There were 189 new cases in Exeter – a small…

Sidmouth showed its respect for its war dead on Armistice Day, (November 11) with poignant tributes of remembrance. Photographer Simon Horn, from Sidmouth, captured these images of a single wreath of rosemary – for remembrance – displayed on railings on Sidmouth seafront, and wooden crosses honouring the fallen, placed near the town’s war memorial, in the grounds of St Giles and St Nicholas Church. Simon, a professional photo-journalist, said: “I quite like the poignancy of the single wreath tied to railings on the seafront being blown by the wind, particularly during these times.” Nationally, the coronavirus pandemic called a halt…

A duo in a dinghy had to be rescued when their venture onto rough seas ended up on the rocks at Beer Head. Emergency services called to the scene yesterday morning (Wednesday, November 11) said the pair were ‘lucky to walk away’ from the jaunt in force seven winds. Coastguard teams from Beer and Lyme Regis, Sidmouth Lifeboat and police were alerted to the incident, first reported at around 8.30am. The two men, who were said to be trying to retrieve a fishing net, were given ‘a lot’ of safety advice by rescuers. These people went out in conditions that…

A rescue package of £732,000 is set to be handed to LED Leisure to help save sports centres and swimming pools across East Devon.  District council chiefs last night (Wednesday, November 11) heard that the coronavirus crisis has left facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Colyton, and Broadclyst under threat. We are walking the tightrope between keeping this going and not wanting to write a blank cheque – EDDC leader Cllr Paul ArnottTalks heard that, while the Government has pledged to invest £100million to support public leisure centres this winter, no details of the scheme have yet been…

Schoolchildren and toddlers from Sidmouth will be asked to help with the facelift of two of the town’s play parks. Sidmouth Town Council has announced refurbishment plans for the Ham and Long Park, and has a total of £155,000 to spend across the two play areas. Sidmouth councillors leading the project said it was ‘crucial’ children’s views were heard when designing the new look of the two parks. Youngsters are being invited to give their views until the deadline of Friday, December 11. Town Councillors Louise Cole and Denise Bickley said: “Children’s’ participation in the project is crucial to its…

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