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Virtual votes will be cast when Budleigh Salterton Town Council elects its next chairman and deputy after the coronavirus lockdown’s halt on ceremonial duties prompted the mayor to step down. The move to voting virtually was prompted by the coronavirus crisis halting all face-to-face council meetings for the foreseeable future, in favour of talks held over Zoom. During Monday’s council Zoom meeting, June 29, it was announced Budleigh mayor Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt had stepped down from the chairman role after serving an extended term, triggered when COVID-19 stopped the annual town meeting, and mayoral voting, taking place. Cllr Sismore-Hunt said…

An archivist who grew up in Sidmouth is inviting you to take a trip down memory lane and remember your worst school dinner, your favourite TV advert and your family’s first car. The History Begins at Home campaign, to connect people with their past, has been launched by Gary Tuson, 54, was grew up in Sidmouth but now lives in Norfolk. The aim of the project is to connect families and friends of all ages with their history, spark conversations and combat loneliness. Photographs, food, cars and transport, music, travel, school dinners, games, television adverts and programmes are just some…

A 200-strong gathering of youths drinking and fighting on Exmouth beach has prompted a police vow to  ‘do whatever is necessary’ to protect the community from crime and disorder. The message comes from Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler after it was revealed officers had to break up and disperse a mass brawl at Orcombe Point on Wednesday evening, June 24. Some 200 young people gathered on the sand to party and drink, and a fight broke out, causing police to impose a dispersal order to gain control. Ch. Supt Lawler said police would not tolerate a repeat of the youths’ antics…

A lifeline bus and support service for the elderly and disabled in the Exmouth area gave its service free of charge during the coronavirus lockdown, at a loss of £14,000 to the charity. Exmouth and District Community Transport ring and ride support – which for many elderly and disabled people means the difference between loneliness and isolation at home and day trips out and friendship – was unable to secure any grant help during the crisis so used its reserve fund to operate a 12-week free shopping, prescription pick-up and medical appointment service. The charity, which celebrates 30 years in…

A five-year-old coronavirus survivor from Sidmouth has received a special delivery from Boris Johnson, full of praise for his ‘fantastic’ model Lego Nightingale Hospital. Freddie Taylor was ‘ecstatic’ to learn the Prime Minister had written to thank the Sidmouth Primary School pupil for his ‘great effort’. The youngster went to great lengths to create the detailed model after watching Mr Johnson unveil Nightingale Hospital plans on the news. Freddie was presented with the personally-signed letter today, Saturday, June 13, by East Devon MP Simon Jupp, who made a social distance special delivery to the schoolboy’s home. Freddie’s mum, Katie Turner,…

Axminster medics have thanked Exeter Brewery for delivering vital supplies of PPE during the COVID-19 crisis. The brewery, in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, has packed its vans with thousands of items of PPE and delivered them to 100 health centres and GP surgeries throughout the length and breadth of Devon. And as a thank you for the difficult work being done by frontline workers, it has also donated complimentary cases of its Avocet beer. Axminster Medical Practice, in Church Street, Axminster, who received supplies from the brewery, said: “Thank you very much to Exeter Brewery who has kindly supplied us…

‘It came with a quiet creeping, like a sunrise, or a sunset. We knew it was coming, and yet it took us by surprise. Leaving us standing still and silent. It’s not violent, but it’s deadly’ – a poignant poem echoing Sidmouth in lockdown has been written for a moving new video. Photographer and videographer Kyle Baker, aged 22, of Sidford, spent the coronavirus lockdown filming Sidmouth’s empty streets, putting together a three-and-a-half-minute movie of the town, which has been viewed more than 60,000 times across the world. And lockdown images of Sidmouth, photographed by Kyle, of Fleming Avenue, Sidford,…

A mobile testing centre for people with coronavirus-like symptoms opened in Honiton on Monday, June 8, and is expected to remain until at least Thursday, June 11. The temporary site, at the Lace Walk car park, in Dowell Street, Honiton, is open from 10am until 4pm, and is likely to continue to operate over the weekend. These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply. Mobile test centres can only see people arriving in their own vehicles. Tests – a…

All are invited to take part in a free online dance fitness class in aid of Hospiscare being held tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 9. The virtual fun event for charity has been organised by Hannah Butland, aged 29, who lives in Exmouth and owns mobile beauty and personal training business, Beauty and the Booty. Hannah is inviting all to join her live dance fitness class tomorrow, starting at 6pm, and to donate to Hospiscare through a JustGiving page set up for the cause. Hannah said: “I lost both my Dad and Grandad to cancer so this charity means a lot…

Firefighters from Honiton and Colyton tackled a blaze in East Devon woodland after a bonfire spread, prompting the crews to remind the public not to light fires during lockdown. Crews from Honiton, Chard, Colyton, Tiverton, and the water bowser from Danes Castle, Exeter, were called to an area of woodland in the Upottery area, East Devon, on Tuesday, June 2, to stop any further spread. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) has urged the public to compost rubbish as an alternative to lighting bonfires during the coronavirus lockdown, in a bid to avoid callouts by crews. A fire…

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