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Firefighters made a teatime call to a pensioner’s flat in Withycombe Raleigh to put out a microwave fire. The Exmouth crew responded to sheltered home, Dening Court, in Withycombe Village Road, shortly after 5pm on Wednesday, July 3, after the fire service was alerted to the fire by a pensioner careline. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “A careline called to say an alarm was sounding. “The crew found a fire in the microwave involving food. “The fire was quickly extinguished and the heavily smoke-logged flat ventilated naturally.”

The deadline is looming for Honiton residents to have their say over the potential introduction of pay and display parking charges at The Beehive. East Devon District Council hopes to lease the car park from the town council and raise revenue of up to £10,000 a year. If given the green light, the cash will be equally shared between the two authorities. The plan was mooted following complaints over unauthorised use and after the district council realised the town authority should have been paying business rates for the spaces. A public consultation is now under way. A pay and display…

Hospiscare is hoping to attract a full house for a forthcoming bingo session in Honiton. The Mackarness Hall is the place to be on July  26 – if you fancy your chances. Taking place on a Friday night, the event aims to raise cash to fund the charity’s many local services. Doors will open at 6.15pm, with ‘eyes down’ at 7pm. The charity recently won an award for its end of life care. It recognised the commitment, compassion and professionalism of the Hospiscare@Home teams. Hospiscare spends £6.4m a year to provide a wide variety of services. The NHS contributes £1.25m…

Oyez! Oyez! Honiton’s ancient Hot Pennies ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 23. Town crier Dave Retter will lead the event at noon in High Street. Dating back to the 13th century, the annual celebration emerged around the time the town was granted a royal charter. Mr Retter will be accompanied by civic leaders as he starts the event at the Volunteer Inn. He will raise the feted garland pole topped with a gloved hand and declare:  “No man may be arrested so long as this glove is up.” From its inception, the ceremony aimed to encourage people into…

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is preparing to stage a highlight in its calendar – an exhibition featuring the winner of the Evolver Prize 2019. Also on display will be work by 49 runners-up. The Evolver Prize is open to artists, photographers and designers, and the winning entry is featured on the cover of Evolver magazine’s July/August edition. The publication is the leading Wessex Arts and Culture Guide and the competition offers £1,000 in prize money. This year’s selection panel comprised Simon Barber (Editor of Evolver), Adrian Boot (Photographer), Ruth Gooding (Manager/Curator, Thelma Hulbert Gallery) and Dr Fran Norton…

Car park restrictions are in place at Honiton Community College, local residents have been reminded. Vehicular access to the school is controlled for public safety reasons. Principal Glenn Smith has thanked motorists for not using two staff car parks at the college. However, in a newsletter, he has pointed out that efforts to minimise traffic flow and make the area safer include pedestrians. He said minimising pedestrian use of vehicular access to the school will further improve safety. “Obviously, the car park outside of reception may be used for pre-arranged visits and to pick up students who are too ill…

Public rights of way in an East Devon parish are currently being reviewed and a consultation is under way. Devon County Council is carrying out the review, relating to public rights of way in and around Talaton. If you are interested in this this topic, you can be part of the discussion. A short talk will be given about the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way and how changes can be made. It is being staged in the village early next month. The event will be immediately followed by a discussion, which you can participate in. The talk will…

Six vacancies on Honiton Town Council will remain unfilled for another month after co-options were postponed. Local residents turned up at the last full council meeting on Monday, June 10,  but were told an error meant the co-option process couldn’t go ahead. It is customary for candidates to submit written information about themselves and their reasons for wanting to serve on the council in advance. This is to help councillors reach an informed decision and to ensure applicants are eligible to sit on the council. On this occasion, protocol was not followed – meaning the hopefuls could not be considered.…

Residents have raised concerns about the impact of a mixed 150 home development on land in Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton. East Devon District Council is currently considering reserved matters for the plan, including the design and appearance of the proposed properties. Outline planning permission was granted to Spen Hill Developments for up to 150 dwellings on the site, used as a business park, in 2014. The current application has been submitted by Taylor Wimpey UK Limited and includes a range of property types including houses and apartments. There is a five year window in planning for outline approval and three…

‘Developer greed’ has been blamed for plans to slash affordable new homes on land earmarked to help families buy in Budleigh Salterton. In 2011 a public consultation prompted ‘positive’ responses to proposals to build up to 30 affordable homes on a 59-strong development on Evans Field, between the B3178 and Hooker Close. Now the applicant is seeking to reduce the number of affordable homes to just five – which have already been built and snapped up by a housing provider. A call has been made for the developer to step aside if he cannot deliver more affordable housing, with town…

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