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Building suppliers in Exmouth were crowned top team after winning a firm’s South West charity golf day. The Exmouth RGB Building Supplies team took home the trophy after winning the tournament, held at Bovey Castle. The golf event, now in its 10th year, raised £2,470 for the builders’ merchant’s chosen charities, Cornwall Mind, Devon Mind and Mind in Somerset. Some 18 teams, made up of suppliers, customers and staff, competed in the four-ball competition. The Exmouth team won the Andy Shinner Memorial Trophy, presented by his wife, Karen, and daughter Nicola, in memory of the former Paignton branch manager, who died in 2013. Kevin Fenlon, RGB…

First-time London Marathon runners Tanya Robinson, from Exmouth, and Kelly Lawson, from Exeter, each completed the 26.2 miles in just over four hours, to raise vital funds for the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton. Exmouth resident Tanya, who is married to Devon Blood Bike volunteer Jim, secured a place to run the marathon in London, finishing the race in four hours and 58 minutes. Mum-of-three Kelly completed the virtual London Marathon in four hours and 44 minutes, forging her own route in Devon, which included beauty spots close to her heart, in memory of her dad. Tanya, aged 41,…

Female footballers in Axminster are making history as the first team from the town to make it to the FA Cup.  The Tiger Way ladies take on Budleigh Salterton Ladies in the second qualifying round of the competition in what will be an East Devon derby on Sunday, October 3. And the side say grass-roots teams like theirs are ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ thanks to women’s football setting new records for attendance, support, sponsors and media coverage. We have exciting times ahead… with the ladies being the first team from Axminster Town to be entered into the FA Cup…Axminster Town…

The second Saturday of September was not kind to many of our East Devon football teams, but it was better for local rugby, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley.  FOOTBALL Exmouth Town suffered a fourth successive defeat when they went down 1-0 to Shepton Mallet in a Toolstation Western League meeting. ‘The Mallet’ are now the only unbeaten side in the Western League top flight and the Town defeat means that, in the past 14 days, they have exited the FA Cup and FA Vase and lost back-to-back league games. In the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Ottery…

Driving forces behind bringing the Tour of Britain to Devon and Exeter have hailed it a great success after thousands of people lined the streets to watch the event. The spectacle on Monday, September 6, saw more than 100 riders race from Sherford to a packed Queen Street, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Their 115-mile route also took in the South Hams and Dartmoor and American Robin Carpenter was first across the finish line to win the stage. The race was broadcast live on ITV4 and around the world. Devon County Council (DCC) leader John Hart said: “We could…

There is plenty of football and rugby sporting action in East Devon on the first Saturday of September, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley.  FOOTBALL Exmouth Town are away in FA Cup action on Saturday, September 4, and travel to Plymouth Parkway FC where they will meet Cornish side Truro City (3pm) in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Meanwhile, in terms of games in our area, two of our four East Devon clubs playing in the South West Peninsula League Premier East are in home action with Ottery St Mary, who moved up to fourth with…

A bid to build a new cricket pavilion in Branscombe has been handed a £3,000 boost by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority’s Community Grant Panel awarded the four-figure sum to the project for new facilities including toilets and changing rooms. Branscombe Ravens Cricket Club also hopes the scheme will enhance the experience for players and visiting teams. The village primary school will use space in the pavilion as an outdoor classroom and it will be available for community groups and activities. The Ravens had applied for a £5,000 grant, but councillors felt they could not stump up that amount…

A giant new electronic screen at the St James Park home of Exeter City Football Club is finally on the way and could be in place within weeks. The Grecians will install a 29ft by 17ft LED screen towards the corner behind the St James Road away end, nearest the recently-built Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, as part of major improvements. Approval was granted by Exeter City Council’s planning department after no objections or comments were received, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. It is likely the screen will go up in the next few weeks, possibly in time for League…

The final Saturday of August saw matchday 18 bring the curtain down on the 2021 Tolchards Devon Cricket League and there were very mixed emotions for clubs across East Devon. Exmouth travelled to Hatherleigh knowing only a win would see them retain their Premier status, writes East Devon Sport editor Stephen Birley. The home side won the toss, batted first, and closed on 260-6 after 50 overs. Second change George Greenway was the most successful of the Exmouth bowlers with his return being 2-51. The Maer men were given a century start thanks to James Horler (48) and Andrew Buzza…

There is plenty of football this bank holiday weekend for East Devon clubs – with a host of fixtures on Saturday, August 28.  Top billing locally goes to the Toolstation Western League game at Southern Road where Exmouth Town will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season in both league and FA Cup when they entertain Cadbury Heath (3pm). The top local game in the South West Peninsula League Premier East is at Washbrook Meadows where Ottery St Mary, who have made an unbeaten start in terms of home games at the higher level, entertain Torridgeside with this game…

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