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Pensioners keeping mobility scooters in council flats in Exmouth for two years in a battle over parking are frightened they will die if the vehicles catch fire. Residents of Dray Court, in Rolle Road, have spoken out about their ongoing frustration over the district council’s refusal to give them undercover storage outside where they can safely park their scooters. Money has been offered to part-pay for permanent outdoor storage, but East Devon District Council (EDDC) denies any knowledge of the financial aid. For the last two years pensioners have obeyed written council advice to keep mobility scooters inside their homes…

Belinda Bennett’s breast cancer journey is now under way with chemotherapy. This is a personal account of her first round of chemo, which started yesterday and concluded today (Tuesday, February 18). She has five further rounds to complete at 21-day intervals before she can have the breast removed. I never thought I would find myself hovering over a loo handle waiting for the toilet cistern to fill enough to allow for a second flush. That was until today! But, then again, I never thought I’d have to bare my private bits to a parade of complete strangers, have small parts…

Families of vulnerable pensioners being cared for at a soon-to-close care home in Budleigh Salterton came out in support for an SOS campaign to Save Our Shandford. A drop-in public meeting held on Friday evening at Budleigh’s football club was to glean interest in forming a Friends of Shandford group with the aim of setting up a Community Interest Company, to allow the care home to continue, and its residents to remain. The town has come out in support of Shandford since Abbeyfield, who took over the site in 2012, announced its decision to close the care home, saying it…

Vets in Sidmouth treating a dog for a suspected case of Alabama Rot want to reassure owners the disease is rare. Jurassic Vets, in Woolbrook Road, said they have identified a suspected case of Alabama Rot in a patient, and are urging dog owners to wash their pets thoroughly after walking in muddy woodland. This disease is given this horrible name Alabama Rot. It’s actually not that common and I think that’s what needs to be emphasised so people don’t panic…There have been two recent confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Budleigh Salterton. City Vets Exeter this week confirmed a…

A Honiton pensioner who knows the importance of having your five-a-day has set up a fruit and veg bank from her garden shed. Sue Vaughan, 70, and neighbour Dave Holland, came up with the idea of fresh produce for free when the keen garden growers gave away their surplus veg, leaving it on a wall for passers-by to pick up. Now the pair run a fresh food bank from a shed in Sue’s Queen Street garden, stocked with home-grown fruit and vegetables, donated produce, plus tins of pulses, eggs and wholemeal pitta bread. Some people come along and say ‘I…

People in East Devon affected by cancer are being offered a new course in Honiton to help cope with anxiety after a diagnosis. The programme is part of Force Cancer Charity’s support service in Honiton. Sessions in learning to understand and manage anxiety through relaxation will begin at Honiton Hospital on Friday, April 3. The monthly drop-in group will be held on the first Friday of each month from 1-2pm. Run by a qualified oncology support specialist, there will be a continuous rotation of four structured sessions for patients, families and carers affected by cancer. Each session stands alone and…

Tributes are being paid to traveller John Treagood, who died peacefully on Sunday night, February 9, 2020. The pensioner, his horse, Misty, and brightly-coloured caravan, was a familiar sight on the roadside and grass verges of East Devon. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to raise £3,000 to pay for John’s funeral. Earlier today, Monday, it was announced John Treagood died at 10pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020. His horse, Misty, will be cared for by Sasha Elson, a regular helper over the last few years. John’s dog, Poppy, also has a home. Sasha has set up a fundraising…

An Italian restaurant in Newton Poppleford which has been closed for almost two years has gone on the market. La Rosetta, on the A3052, has been run as a licensed Italian restaurant for around 40 years until it closed in April 2018. Agents Stonesmith said the ground floor restaurant premises is being offered by way of a nil premium lease. Alternatively, the property freehold – with a two-bedroom flat upstairs – is available with a guide price of £225,000. The premises has a main restaurant in two areas, a commercial catering kitchen and off-road parking for staff to the rear. A…

Budleigh firefighters moving to Exmouth when the station closes will not have an engine to ride on. The fire service said the Budleigh crew will help keep the Exmouth retained pump fully-operational, and have its own fire engine ‘removed’. If an additional fire engine is needed it will have to come from the next nearest available crew. We’re constantly moving our appliances around so it hasn’t been confirmed now where Budleigh’s pump will go once it is absorbed into the fleet. It will go where it is required… Currently Budleigh’s on-call crew and fire engine is two-and-a-half miles away from…

The Tipton Players and Panto Society (TIPPS) is in Detention as the cast and crew’s first production of 2020 promises ‘something completely new’. As these photographs show, rehearsals are well underway for Detention!  – written and compiled by Natalie Anning, directed by Natalie Anning and Claire Devin. The story begins when the children at the village school are in detention, with history teacher ‘Boring Bolton’ in charge. History comes to life for the children as Boring Bolton talks of times gone by. For the audience there is plenty of historical re-enactments, songs, music and the commemoration of two world wars.…

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