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An East Devon couple’s May marriage will make history and be televised because it is the first to be held in the 247-history of their wedding venue. Mark Perry and Jemma Page, from Coombe, will marry in Belvedere Tower at Powderham Castle, two years after meeting online. The couple, who got engaged in lockdown March 2020, have revealed their wedding will appear on American television channel Smithsonian TV, who is filming a documentary on romantic British estates and castles when the ceremony takes place. Jemma, who moved 200 miles to East Devon to create a bubble with Mark ahead of…

Police are warning Exmouth residents about reports of a man going door-to-door selling housewares from a backpack. Devon and Cornwall Police said the salesman, described as young and white, has been offering ‘low grade’ items for high prices. Officers are urging against buying any goods, or striking up a conversation with the cold-caller, telling residents to call 999 if he becomes abusive or threatening. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “There are reports of a young white male going door to door in the Exmouth and surrounding areas selling housewares from his back pack. “The items are usually of…

Firefighters from Honiton tackled a bin store blaze in Wilmington on Wednesday night (February 10) after ‘multiple’ calls to raise the alarm were received. When the crews arrived shortly before 11pm they found a bin store well alight. Fire crews wore breathing apparatus and used jets to tackle the blaze. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received multiple calls to a fire at Wilmington, Devon. “Fire control immediately mobilised two fire appliances from Honiton to attend this incident. “On arrival the incident commander confirmed a small fire involving a…

Graffiti vandals in Seaton caused police vehicles to be taken off the road after culprits targeted a force car and van. Vandals hit Seaton Police Station over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, daubing force vehicles and property with anti-police graffiti. Officers appealing for information about the vandalism said the damage could have impacted on the public because the vehicles had to be taken off the road. Sergeant Roy Hutter, of the Seaton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These acts of mindless vandalism have resulted in police vehicles being removed from service, which could potentially be at a cost to innocent members…

Community focused projects in Axminster have been given a cash boost of thousands of pounds thanks to crowdfunding help and council grants. A pair of projects earlier this year launched successful crowdfunding campaigns, which won financial backing from the community, plus district and county councils. The not-for-profit Community Waffle House is celebrating raising £18,040 for its On The Move campaign, which included £5,885 from Crowdfund East Devon and £1,000 from Devon County Council’s community chest. Pippins Community Centre, home to more than 40 groups and organisations, raised almost £8,000 to maintain and repair its building, with the sum of £3,500…

A car fire in Seaton on Thursday night (November 19) is not being treated as suspicious, police said. Seaton firefighters were called to Scalwell Mead shortly before 10.30pm where they found a vehicle well alight. The crew’s fast response stopped the spread of the blaze to a nearby property. Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze. The vehicle was partly destroyed by the blaze and completely smoke damaged. A Seaton Fire Station spokesperson said: “Seaton’s crew were mobilised to a car fire in the local area last night. “A quick response meant that we were able to…

The closed Budleigh Salterton Shandford care home will be auctioned next week with funds going to a new East Devon charity set up for old people. The Abbeyfield Society, site owners, said proceeds from the Tuesday, November 3 sale of Lot 68 will be given to newly-formed registered charity The Shandford Trust, to support older people in need who live within the area of Budleigh Salterton and the villages of East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh and Bicton. The charity will be managed by a board of trustees drawn from the local community and one from The Abbeyfield Society. When the…

Coast watchers in Exmouth are flying the flag for water users in a safety bid to highlight wind direction and strength. Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has raised a new flag on its Queen’s Drive lookout building to raise awareness of the organisation and to help water users. Ivor Jones, Exmouth NCI station manager, said: “Although Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution is well-known and respected among the town’s residents, we wanted something that would raise our visual profile. “As part of the area’s search and rescue capability, we also decided that the flag would be an easy-to-see point of reference for…

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is gearing up to reopen to the public at the end of October. The museum and art gallery, which closed at the end of March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will open its doors to the public from Saturday, October 24. New Covid safety measures introduced by the museum include a timed ticketing system that can be booked in advance from Thursday, October 1. Cllr Amal Ghusain, Exeter City Council’s lead for communities and culture, said: “We are delighted that the Royal Albert Memorial Museum will be reopening its doors in October. “The…

The annual 9/11 service held in Exmouth to remember those killed in the Twin Towers terrorist attack has been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Organiser Dave Morley, who recently took over the ceremony reins from Lionel Howell, said he hopes the service will return in 2021, in time for people to mark the 20th anniversary of the 2001 New York terrorist attacks. Prior to the Covid-cancelled event, Exmouth residents have annually paid their respects, going to Phear Park since 2001 to remember those killed on 9/11. Dave Morley, a retired Exmouth firefighter, said: “Unfortunately the fire crews, buglers and pipers…

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