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Extinction Rebellion has hit out at ‘plastic pitch’ plans for Exeter claiming the move to artificial turf could harm birds relying on ‘up to 2.5 million worms’ living under a rugby ground. Exeter environmental campaigners have made another move in their ongoing protest against an artificial turf pitch planned at a city green space, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The city’s Extinction Rebellion group has attached what it called a “hard-to-remove” banner high above Flowerpot Playing Field, near St Thomas, where Exeter College is planning to install a new playing pitch. The campaign group’s banner reads “Save our green…

A mega round-up of news from across East Devon – including community stories and photos from Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Cranbrook, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, plus crime, business, farming, what’s on.  Honiton Affordable homes have been announced for Honiton after 90 were sold by a developer to Sovereign Network Group (SNG). SNG bought the homes in a deal with housing developer Baker Estates on the 291-home site at the Hayne Lane area of the town. The properties are a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats, plus two and three-bedroom houses. Of the new homes, SNG has made…

Exeter Chiefs has been accused by ‘horrified’ residents of ‘moving the goalposts’ in its bid to bring more big-name music events to its Sandy Park stadium. The Chiefs has been given permission to host up to six music concerts a year, with crowds of up to 15,000 for each one, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Ronan Keating, Rick Astley and Will Young were among the artists playing to big crowds in the first Party on the Pitch concerts this year. And now Sandy Park could now emulate Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium with regular bigger names. The Chiefs say…

A football pitch for youngsters in Exmouth is to get a makeover after district planners agreed its surface could be levelled. Young footballers in Exmouth will soon be able to play on a flat pitch after a successful bid to level their sloping ground, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Exmouth Youth Football Club sought permission for work at Warren View Sports, Ground in Halsdon Avenue, to provide a flat playing surface, and to help reduce drainage issues on a section which frequently floods in winter. The works will involve raising the ground by one metre in a west to…

Work has started to build new football pitches and a sports pavilion in Exmouth, funded by a retirement homes developer investing more than £1.58million in the town. Exmouth Town Football Club said the investment will put the town ‘on the footballing map’. Developer Blue Cedar Homes aims to boost facilities for the youth teams, building a new club house and three football pitches for a range of players to train, compete, and ‘achieve their full potential’. The purpose-built sports pavilion and three new football pitches – expected to be ready early next year – have been designed by the developer, in consultation…

Going into their final match of the season, Honiton Under-14s knew that only a win away to local rivals Colyton would be enough to see them crowned Exeter Youth League Division Two champions, writes Stephen Birley. Honiton made a superb start, scoring twice inside the first 10 minutes and extended their lead on 25 minutes when they pounced on an error by the home side. Colyton got a goal back after the break, but Honiton were not to be denied and they added another three goals to finish 6-1 winners. The victory meant they were crowned Divisional Champions. What made…

Children’s netball in Honiton has been given a boost after a housing developer funded new kit for a club’s under-11 team. Honiton Netball Club, founded in 2011, said was ‘thrilled’ to have the backing of Taylor Wimpey Exeter, who donated £350 to help pay for the team’s new kit. The developer, building in the town, said it hoped the donation would help the under-11 team during its upcoming season. The housebuilder firm added it was ‘keen’ to support the communities where it builds new developments. Jenny Kelly, Honiton Netball Club secretary, said: “We are so thrilled to have Taylor Wimpey…

Workmates from Exmouth are celebrating successfully tackling the ‘biggest challenge of their lives’ – the first-time London Marathon runners entered in aid of two children’s charities. Mum Lauren Clark and Karis Lang, who both work for Stuart Line Cruises, in Exmouth, pounded the 26-mile marathon in aid of charities ‘close to their hearts’ – the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Kith & Kids. Karis completed the ‘enormous personal challenge’ London Marathon 2023 in five hours and 32minutes and Lauren crossed the finish line in four hours and 46minutes. The pair have set up online fundraising pages – continuing to take donations -…

Cash seized from criminals by police has been used to boost young West Hill Wasps footballers.  The community-based club successfully applied to Devon and Cornwall Police for £1,717 from the Proceeds Of Crime Act to pay for a new goal. It’s good that confiscated drug dealers’ money is now being put back into the community and that they won’t see the benefit of it… It puts on training, activities and matches for around 150 children aged between six and 18 every week. West Hill Wasps Junior Football Team coach Allen Morgan said: “We applied for the funds to help us get…

Celebrations have been held in Honiton after a group of ‘exceptional’ gymnasts scooped gold among a haul of medals won at a regional competition. Some 23 competitors from Honiton Gymnastics Club recently returned from the South West Club Development Competition, in Bristol. The group brought back three partnership golds, two silvers and a bronze after competing across 11 acrobatic gymnastics partnerships. Many of the gymnasts who represented Honiton Gymnastics Club’s Squad Acro 4 and Squad Acro 5 groups were competing in their first event away from Honiton. James Reddy, Honiton Gymnastics Club spokesman, said: “It’s great to have all of our competition groups back in…

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