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Police are appealing for information after vandals threw clumps of grass and turf onto a green at Honiton Bowling Club. The Honiton neighbourhood police team are to check CCTV footage to identify the culprits, believed to be youths. Police were called to the Bowling Green Lane club at 9.35pm on Monday, July 6, after turf was thrown from a nearby field. The local police team are appealing for witnesses and are keen to hear if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the bowling club area at the time the turf was thrown. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said:…

Honiton Bowling Club hailed July 1 a ‘great day’ when the players returned to the green for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. The indoor green closed at the end of March, before the end of the season, and the outdoor season was put on hold while the club, and the rest of the UK, followed the Government’s lockdown rules and stayed at home. The club said it sprang into action and put safety measures in place for members as soon as the Government gave the green light for bowling to begin. The first members on the green after…

Colyton Football Club’s goal of having ‘one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon’ has been handed a £5,000 boost. Cash from the Pitch Preparation Fund means the Devon and Exeter league outfit can have its Peace Memorial Field home match-fit when the grass-roots game returns. The Football Foundation grants scheme – led by the Premier League, FA and the Government  – is aimed at helping clubs whose revenue has been hit during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and…

Parents with young children in Exeter and East Devon are invited to sign youngsters up for a free virtual bike ride for charity. Whizz Kids Toys, based in Exmouth, has launched the Little Wheels Lockdown Ride 2020 for children aged between two and six years old, mapping out four routes suitable for little legs. The aim of the event is to give East Devon youngsters who might be missing school and nursery a boost, while raising funds for nationwide charity Whizz-Kidz, who work to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK. The event is thought to be the…

‘Mindless’ vandals have trashed seating at Budleigh Salterton Football Club for the second time in a month. The coronavirus lockdown means the club has been hit with no income while still paying out for rent, bills and maintenance. Now it has to find funds to pay for repairs to six seats, ripped clean off their mountings. The club, in Greenway Lane, has logged the deliberate damage with police and is urging anyone with information about the destruction to report it. Police said they were treating the incident as arson and appealed for information from the public. Keith Wood, Budleigh Salterton…

The CEO of Premiership Rugby table-toppers Exeter Chiefs says there is a ‘real desire’ to ensure the 2019/20 season is finished. Tony Rowe OBE is confident that, despite the Sandy Park side not having played a competitive fixture since early March, a return to action is not far off. Of course, we will adhere to the advice of the Government and the various medical professionals, but as a club we have a real desire to finish this season – Tony Rowe OBE His optimism comes after the Government and health bosses agreed elite combat and team sport can resume full-contact…

Honiton Gymnastics Club gold medal winners have shared their disappointment of missing the chance to represent the South West nationally at finals cancelled because of the coronavirus. Catie Lee and Hallie Bennett, and Enzo Migliari and Devon Roe-Lavery, who won the regional acrobatic gymnastics heats in Yate in March, had been set to compete at a national level over the weekend. With all competitions cancelled for the foreseeable future, because of the pandemic, the Honiton gymnasts have been continuing to train – but with a difference – with coach-led Zoom sessions held several times a week. James Reddy, a board…

This year’s Tour of Britain cycle spectacular – which had promised a stage finish in Exeter – has been postponed until 2021. Organisers of the eight-day September race have had to put the brakes on because of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Stage two was set to take place in Devon. Of course, we understand a lot of people will be disappointed, but safety for spectators, the riders and the organisers of the race is paramount… Some of the planet’s top cyclists were due in the county on Monday, September 7, with the leg beginning at Sherford, in…

A firefighter brought the landmarks of London to Sidmouth when he tackled a marathon with a difference during lockdown. The London Eye, Shard, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and Cutty Sark appeared at the Manstone Recreation Ground when Allan Kay, 46, ran his alternative London Marathon in Sidmouth, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Married Allan lapped past painted pictures of London busses and black cabs, a jar of Lidl gherkins, the Cutty Sark made from a full-size surf board, and a bicycle wheel London Eye for his 26.2 challenge of laps around the pitch. His alternative 26.2 lap ‘marathon’…

An Exmouth-based football club which gives disabled players a shot at sporting glory has netted £2,000 to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England has awarded the sum to the Exmouth Tigers in National Lottery cash from its Community Emergency Fund. The cash will allow the club to keep going, continue to lease its multi-adaptable minibus, and ensure its members extra support and guidance through the virus crisis.  Chairman Paul Baldwin said: “This very generous grant of £2,000 from Sport England will ensure that Exmouth Tigers will be able to carry on providing support and football for our disabled…

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