Browsing: Exeter sport

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…

Police investigating a clash between football fans at a match in Exeter have thanked the public for helping to identify men they believed could have information to help. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating an incident of public order between Exeter City and Port Vale at St James Park, Exeter, on Saturday, May 7, where it was said fans stormed the pitch and threw smoke bombs, coins, bottles, and a metal spanner. Police said the successful appeal had identified three men who it was thought may be able to help with the investigation. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said:…

Storm Eunice severely disrupted the local football schedule in East Devon on the penultimate Saturday of February.  None of the district’s four teams playing in the South West Peninsula League Premier East saw any action, writes Stephen Birley. A level above, Exmouth Town – at Step Five – did manage to play their latest Toolstation Western League game which resulted in a 1-0 Southern Road win over Wellington. A Levi Landricombe goal in the 75th minute saw Town to a third successive home clean sheet success. Town were one of just two clubs to host Western League Premier Division games…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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