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The Tour of Britain will make a welcome return to Devon in September – with a gruelling 115-mile route ending with a thrilling finish in Exeter. Some of the world’s top cyclists will be heading to the county on Monday, September 6, for Stage Two of the race. It will start in the new town of Sherford and culminate in a high-speed finale in Queen Street in the city. I’m sure the finale in Queen Street will be a thrilling end to the Devon stage and something for us all to look forward to…The route takes in the South Hams,…

Plans for a giant new electronic screen at Exeter City Football Club’s St James Park ground have been submitted to the city council. As part of major improvements this summer, the Grecians plan to install the 29ft by  17ft LED scoreboard towards the corner behind the St James Road away end. It would be near to the recently built Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Subject to approval by Exeter City Council’s planning department, the screen could be installed before the opening home League Two fixture of the season against Bradford City on Saturday, August 7. Following…

East Devon gold round-up – June 7: There was weekend action at East Devon Golf Club and Axe Cliff Golf Club.  This article is brought to you in partnership with East Devon Sport – click here for in-depth local coverage. East Devon Golf Club The 2020 knockout competitions were finally decided at East Devon Golf Club on the final Sunday of Mat, writes Helen Chivers. After a challenging year with the competitions being suspended twice because of Covid lockdowns, the sun finally shone on the Captains, competitors and spectators on Finals Day. The 2020 Captains, Malcolm Pressey and Jill Dunsford,…

Devon League cricket round-up from matchday six of the season: In East Devon, Sidmouth suffered more weather woe and Exmouth were beaten, but Budleigh and Honiton both netted big wins. This article is brought to you in partnership with East Devon Sport – click here for in-depth local coverage. Rain halts Sidmouth tie In the Tolchards Devon Cricket League, Sidmouth were unable to play to any sort of a finish for the fourth time over the first six weeks of the season when rain hit their game at Plymouth. Sidmouth had batted and opener Isaac Thomas top scored with a…

Free taster sessions to try your hand at bowling are being held during open days held in Honiton at the end of May. Honiton Bowling Club is offering pre-booked taster sessions for anyone aged 10-years-old and over, keen to try out a new sport. The organisers said the weekend sessions, available on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, from 10am until 2pm, will be Covid-19 secure. There will be refreshments available on the day. Anyone wishing to take part will need to wear trainers or flat shoes to be allowed onto the green. A spokeswoman for the club said:…

Off-road running in the snow! It doesn’t happen very often in the Sid Valley. But the light dusting of snow which fell on parts of the week two off-road challenge route meant a new experience for some Sidmouth Running Club members, writes Alexa Baker. Possibly the most dangerous part was getting out of the house after the rain which had followed the snow froze and the pavements and roads were decidedly dicey! Mighty Green’s Brigid McSmith and Ann Cole, Tracy Scannell and Beccy Johnson, Christine and Karen Farnham took up the Chairman’s challenge and ran up through Buckton plantation. MG…

When Sidmouth Running Club member Allan Kay heard about the first UK-wide Blue Light Challenge and saw The Fire Fighters Charity was a beneficiary, he quickly signed up.  The cause is one close to Allan’s heart, writes Alexa Baker. He was set to run the London marathon last year on behalf of the supportive charity and had been busy raising the money required by holding coffee mornings, quiz nights and beetle drives. When the first lockdown disrupted the event, he joined in the 26.2 challenge – running around the town’s football field alongside improvised landmarks from the capital. The Blue Light Challenge…

Exeter City Football Club has submitted plans for state-of-the-art new facilities at its Cliff Hill Training Ground to East Devon District Council (EDDC). The scheme would see ‘dated and run-down buildings’ redeveloped at the site off Sidmouth Road, near Cyst St Mary. A ‘dilapidated’ pavilion’ dating back to 1974 will be demolished and replaced by a modern building boasting a larger gym and physiotherapy rooms, dining areas, classrooms and offices. They will serve both the club’s academy and professional team. The plans state: “Across the country, football clubs are developing new grounds and training facilities of superb quality and are…

Sporting clubs and groups across Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have joined forces to boost a charity helping feed families in need this Christmas.  Withycombe Rugby Football Club has led a bid to net donations to the Exmouth Community Larder. It has resulted in a huge haul of food and non-perishable items being collected at Raleigh Park. We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which….grew so quickly to draw support from clubs across the local sporting divide Withycombe RFC’s Adam Curtis said: “We have had an absolutely incredible response to the idea, which was formulated by our very own…

Honiton Town Football Club manager Liam Raybauld has endured something of a frustrating time since joining the Mountbatten Park men. The former Cullompton Rangers ‘gaffer’ took charge of the Hippos for the first time back on October 21 when he watched his new charges lose 6-3 at Bovey Tracey. In the seven-and-a-half weeks that have followed since that first outing, Raybauld has seen his team play twice. Town have actually played three games since the outing at Bovey, but the Hippos boss missed the 17-2 mauling of Stoke Gabriel. He did, however, oversee the narrow 1-0 loss at Torpoint Athletic…

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