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East Devon will face ‘difficult decisions’ surrounding its leisure and sports facilities as it prepares to kick-off a review into what it can afford to keep running, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. It looks set to hire external consultants Strategic Leisure to explore what actions it might need to take to protect existing services. Liz Taylor, a consultant from the company, noted that the council had an “ageing stock of facilities” and that many were in schools, which “brings its own challenges.” She told East Devon’s leisure strategy delivery forum: “There’s also been recently an affordability issue with the…

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…

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…

A donation from a trio of Honiton Golf Club captains to the Devon Freewheelers charity will ensure the ‘helpful’ free service continues in the community. Sarah Loader (current Ladies Captain and representing the outgoing Ladies Captain Vera Richardson), Neil Pulman (outgoing Men’s Captain) and David Scott (outgoing Senior’s Captain) presented a cheque for £4,283 to the Devon Freewheelers blood bikes charity, inviting CEO Russell Roe and volunteer Dave Cook to receive the donation. Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers CEO, said: “We are so grateful to the Honiton Golf Club captains for their kind-hearted donation. “The funds will be used to maintain…

The final Saturday of March saw a mixed bag of results for East Devon teams playing in steps five, six and seven, writes Stephen Birley. Exmouth Town had to settle for a point after their match visit to fellow Toolstation Western League Premier Division (step five) title hopefuls Mousehole, but there was a South West Peninsula League Premier East (step six) clean sheet win for Axminster Town while, at the same level, Sidmouth Town went down to a heavy defeat against top-of-the-table Okehampton and Honiton Town drew their home meeting with Cullompton Rangers. In the Scott Richards Solicitors Devon League…

Mixed fortunes for our East Devon clubs on the third Saturday of March with Exmouth Town failing to win their home meeting with Street, writes Stephen Birley. But a point was good enough to take Town top of the Western League table while, in the South West Peninsula League Premier East, Axminster Town ended a 12-game winless run with a superb single goal success at fourth-placed Newton Abbot Spurs while Sidmouth Town were 2-0 winners on their visit to Torrington. However, both Honiton Town and Ottery St Mary did not see action – Honiton owing to an unfit playing surface…

Both Axminster Town and Honiton Town were forced to sit out another weekend when their respective home games in the South West Peninsula League Premier East fell foul of the weather. Sidmouth Town did see action and they picked up a very respectable point from a 1-1 draw with high-flying Newton Abbot Spurs, writes Stephen Birley. The Vikings are now unbeaten in seven games (four wins and three draws) as their bid to avoid a bottom-two finish gathers pace. Liam Carey scored the Town goal and next up for Billy Rouse and his men is a Saturday, March 12, visit…

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…

Wins for Exmouth Town and Honiton Town, a draw for Sidmouth Town, and defeats for Axminster Town and Ottery St Mary featured in fixtures for East Devon football sides on Saturday, February 12.  Stephen Birley reports on teams in the district playing at Step Five and Six on the second weekend of the month. Exmouth Town triumph in front of big turnout Another huge turnout, the biggest of the day in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division (Step Five), was at Southern Road. It saw Exmouth Town strike early in their meeting with Shepton Mallett. Indeed, it was a first-minute goal…

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