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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…

A charity in Exeter that supports vulnerable adults through refurbishing bicycles has been given a second chance after folding last year because of a lack of funding. Bike Bank is to return thanks to Ride On – Cycling for All, and Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI), who will work in tandem to run the workshop where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills by refurbishing bikes. The ECI Bike Bank will be run from Ride On’s base on Exeter Quay, offering hands-on training, teaching adults to fix bicycles, while boosting confidence. Exeter Community Initiatives helps people facing poverty, inequality and homelessness get…

Businesses ‘angry’ at a temporary one-way system for Budleigh Salterton High Street want it scrapped believing it will harm already Covid-hit trade. More than 45 traders and the public have hit back at the town council-agreed scheme, signing a petition to oppose the move. The one-way system, to run the entire length of Budleigh High Street, aims to keep shoppers safe and boost social distancing. The town council said it was continuing to look into the one-way system and was reviewing the petition and the comments made. It said the temporary widening of the pavements was to safeguard pedestrians and road…

Hundreds of rusty nails capable of piercing a bare foot or dog’s paw were picked up by volunteers clearing rubbish from Budleigh Salterton beach. The clean-up group returned to the coast for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown and were ‘devastated’ to find barbecue debris, melted metal and glass, long rusty nails and metal staples hidden among pebbles. The Clean Beach Budleigh Salterton group picked up more than a kilogram of broken glass in addition to more than 2kg of nails from five fire pits. Marta Marcote, organiser, said the beach debris collected by clean-up volunteers was ‘not the…

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…

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