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A Coldplay-backed charity rower from Exmouth has revealed she ate mince pies and sipped Prosseco in the middle of the Atlantic on Christmas Day. Claire Allinson, of Moreton Crescent, set off on the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on December 12, 2019, with the Oarsome Foursome, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree space charities. We thought we were going to capsize at a couple of points. It was quite hairy…Yesterday the team celebrated reaching the half-way mark, successfully rowing more than 1,300 miles. Married Claire briefly put down her oars to speak to the…

Firefighters in Honiton are to stage a fundraising car wash for Prostate Cancer UK. The event, taking place at the fire station on January 19, has been organised in support of a colleague and friend who was recently diagnosed with the cancer. All the money raised will be donated to the charity, which funds vital research into prostate cancer and supports those diagnosed with the condition. It also raises awareness about prostate cancer so more men can receive life-saving treatment. Firefighters from other stations across East Devon are also raising money for the cause. The car wash will run from…

Budleigh Salterton Library is holding a host of talks and events throughout January. Jane Cordy, library supervisor at Budleigh, said the activities have been organised as part of Devon Libraries Active Life, Active Mind month and all events are free, apart from seated yoga. Monday, January 6, 4pm-5.45pm The Budleigh Woolpack is holding its monthly meeting. For keen knitters and crochet enthusiasts. Drop in, knit and chat or just collect some yarn hooks, needles and patterns. The idea behind this group is to create colourful throws for local charities, groups and individuals. Friday, January 10, at 2pm Avoiding Falls and…

Truckloads of leftover carrots and parsnips have been donated to The Donkey Sanctuary by a supermarket giant. The sacks of vegetables were given by Marks & Spencer, at Exe Bridges, Exeter, for the hundreds of donkeys and mules cared for by the Sidmouth-based sanctuary. I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing all the veg away…The carrots and parsnips were near their sell-by date and at risk of going to waste if an alternative use for them could not be found. The vegetables have been shared among the sanctuary’s farms in Sidmouth and at Town Barton, in Tedburn St Mary. The…

Exmouth’s annual Boxing Day fun run was this year held in tribute to Raleigh Rotary Club past president Stewart Long, who recently died. Some 350 runners set off on the Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club event after the fun run was officially started by Mr Long’s widow, Jan. The Rotary Club must sincerely thank everyone who took part in the event – the sporting runners, firefighters, and all who supported and kindly donated, making this event a success, and fun, on Boxing Day…After a warm-up the runners, led by Exmouth’s white watch firefighters, were cheered on by onlookers as they ran…

A driving force of health and wellbeing initiatives in Honiton and a gymnastics coach have been recognised in the New Year Honours List. Heather Penwarden is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her work as chair of The League of Friends of Honiton Hospital and for services to the community. Helen Reddy is to receive an OBE for her services to educational gymnastics. Heather, the figurehead of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance and the town’s acclaimed Memory Café, is a tireless advocate for those with dementia and their families. She is also a stalwart of the WI. In her…

A move to introduce pay and display parking charges in Dowell Street car park, Honiton, is likely to move a step closer early in the New Year. East Devon District Council’s cabinet is being recommended to include the car park in its Off-street Parking Places Order. The inclusion would take place once the facility is leased to the district by Honiton Town Council. There is demand for additional public car parking in the town and at present the use of the car park is unrestricted – report Councillors will hear at a meeting on January 8 that the council is…

A Grinch has stolen a Christmas tree from Sidmouth on the same day unique handmade decorations were pinched. Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce this month gave the town the gift of nine Christmas trees, costing around £750, from the proceeds of September’s classic car show. A fortnight after the Christmas trees arrived, chamber members noticed an East Street one was missing. The more I think about it, I think someone stole it to sell it. It must have been a common thief…The illuminated trees, each costing £70, were secured to posts by cable ties, meaning the thief cut through straps to…

A nurse from Budleigh Salterton running the London Marathon for Hospice UK is holding a dedicated fundraising day in town’s new Tesco Express store. Debbie Newson, aged 45, is inviting all to her Hospice UK Day on Saturday, December 14, in Budleigh’s Tesco Express, Fore Street, where visitors can leave a donation for the charity, and be in with the chance to win raffle prizes. Debbie wants to thank those in Budleigh and beyond who have donated raffle prizes for Saturday; The Gentlemens Room, Granny Gothards, Findlay Wines, Something Lovely Pottery, in Sidmouth, and Nikki Smith – Women’s Client Centred…

Budleigh Salterton’s school has become the first in Devon to declare a climate emergency, winning praise from an ally of environmental activist Greta Thunberg. St Peter’s Primary School pupils on Friday turned champions of saving the planet, setting out to the community the action they will take in tackling climate change. Not only are you leading the way in a new way of teaching about the environment, but as far as I’m aware you’re the first school in Devon to declare a climate emergency. That is very cool…The pupils’ trailblazing efforts earned the praise of a teenage climate champion from…

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