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Rumours global superstar singer Ed Sheeran was in Exmouth on Sunday turned out to be a prank. Social media went into overdrive from lunchtime when posts appeared saying the star had been spotted on Exmouth seafront and in the town. The claims were made after the singer was photographed in Exeter on Saturday at the university’s Streatham campus where it is reported he was watching his wife, Cherry Seaborn, in a hockey match. Ed Sheeran was never in Exmouth and all it took was a simple screenshot and an apparent sighting from me on here and it went mental… Darrell…

Point-to-point report and results. Dunsmore Club, Silverton. Sunday, November 17. A new season, a new course, and a newly-formed club meeting gave a fresh feeling to the launch of the 2019/20 British point-to-point season at Dunsmore near Silverton, Devon, writes GRANVILLE TAYLOR. Clerk of the course Norman Chanin, and his team, had worked hard to combat the recent bad weather to get the course ready.  They were rewarded with a good-sized crowd and commendations about the track and the fences from jockeys. Even the sun made an appearance The Dunsmore Club meeting hosted runners from far and wide, but it…

Devon County Council has been ordered to apologise and pay more than £5,000 in compensation after failing to provide support to a family forced to home educate their autistic daughter. The Local Government Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made against the council after they failed to provide full-time or sufficient education for the child and they failed to draft a plan that clearly set out the provision the child needed. The Ombudsman ruled that Devon County Council should apologise to the family and pay £5,700 towards the cost of tuition, for the unnecessary distress, and to acknowledge the time and…

Councillor Geoff Pook has cut a ribbon at Beer Men’s Shed to mark the end of a successful crowdfunding campaign. The new facility aims to help mental health and combat isolation among local men. The project raised more than £10,000 through crowdfunding to build a workshop. East Devon District Council gave £4,500, £700 came from Devon County Council’s Community Chest and £500 was donated from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Community Resilience Fund. The result is that we received more donations that took us beyond our target, and we now have a Men’s Shed that is even better equipped than we…

Garlands of handmade poppies on display outside Exmouth fire station were donated after firefighters had an idea to display an emblem on the front of the fire engines. The knitted and crocheted poppies, on display at the entrance of the Liverton Business Park fire and ambulance station, were donated by Stacey Waterhouse – she launched the idea to decorate Tower Street Methodist Church with a curtain of the red flowers. Firefighters said Stacey, 39, of Rosebery Road, Exmouth, offered some of the spare flower garlands after hearing Red Watch discuss displaying a poppy on the fire appliances. Exmouth firefighters said…

Tesco is celebrating the opening of its store in Budleigh Salterton on Friday by giving away cash and food to charities. The Tesco Express store, in Fore Street, officially opens to the public for the first time at 8am on Friday, October 25. To mark the opening, the store is donating £250 to Debbie Newson, of Budleigh Salterton, who is running the London Marathon for Hospice UK. We have recruited a lot of new colleagues from Budleigh and they are looking forward to opening our new store and welcoming customers…Food donations will be given to local charities and community groups…

Help turn Exmouth into a giant nature reserve by pledging space for wildlife in your garden, allotment or window box. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Wild Exmouth team is urging the town to make room for nature with the aim of creating a map of wildlife-friendly gardens and green spaces. The Heritage Fund and local councils have funded My Patch for Nature Exmouth, with free seeds available to scatter by households committed to creating new homes for insects, birds and wildlife. This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to make a genuine difference for wildlife. By pledging a space, no matter…

Community artist Anna Fitzgerald has thanked Exmouth youngsters for their help creating the colourful watersports centre seafront hoardings. Anna, of Gussiford Lane, was earlier this year tasked by developer Grenadier Estates to work with five Exmouth schools to a brief of producing striking images to decorate hoardings around the Queen’s Drive Sideshore site. The finished hoardings were unveiled this autumn after Anna took away the youngsters’ drawings and spent the summer turning the children’s ideas into larger-than-life paintings. She said: “I absolutely loved doing the work. I love collaborating with people, but collaborating with children, it’s probably the best ever…

Safety concerns over kitesurfer ‘dopes on ropes flying in front of boats’ at Exmouth have been raised by the new Exe Estuary chief. Grahame Forshaw, who was appointed to the role of Exeter Harbour Master in July, this week announced his agenda for keeping Exmouth’s water users safe. He told Exmouth Town Council he aimed to educate on sailor and kitesurfer safety, and tackle anti-social behaviour on the water. “I do have normal basic safety concerns about dopes on ropes flying in front of boats…Mr Forshaw, employed by Exeter City Council, said he planned to ‘look carefully’ at the current…

Positive messages of compassion and kindness were written in chalk by Exmouth Community College students marking World Mental Health Day. The Exmouth students took part in #LetsChalkAboutMentalHealth – shining the spotlight on mental health awareness across the UK. The college said it was ‘proud’ of its students, who took time to research their messages of support in the hope of helping those who may be struggling. They were really conscious their messages were positive and not brushing off a problem…Nathan Wright, Exmouth Community College PHSE coordinator, who organised the event, said students tackled what can be seen as a difficult…

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