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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…

An archivist who grew up in Sidmouth is inviting you to take a trip down memory lane and remember your worst school dinner, your favourite TV advert and your family’s first car. The History Begins at Home campaign, to connect people with their past, has been launched by Gary Tuson, 54, was grew up in Sidmouth but now lives in Norfolk. The aim of the project is to connect families and friends of all ages with their history, spark conversations and combat loneliness. Photographs, food, cars and transport, music, travel, school dinners, games, television adverts and programmes are just some…

A 200-strong gathering of youths drinking and fighting on Exmouth beach has prompted a police vow to  ‘do whatever is necessary’ to protect the community from crime and disorder. The message comes from Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler after it was revealed officers had to break up and disperse a mass brawl at Orcombe Point on Wednesday evening, June 24. Some 200 young people gathered on the sand to party and drink, and a fight broke out, causing police to impose a dispersal order to gain control. Ch. Supt Lawler said police would not tolerate a repeat of the youths’ antics…

A lifeline bus and support service for the elderly and disabled in the Exmouth area gave its service free of charge during the coronavirus lockdown, at a loss of £14,000 to the charity. Exmouth and District Community Transport ring and ride support – which for many elderly and disabled people means the difference between loneliness and isolation at home and day trips out and friendship – was unable to secure any grant help during the crisis so used its reserve fund to operate a 12-week free shopping, prescription pick-up and medical appointment service. The charity, which celebrates 30 years in…

A five-year-old coronavirus survivor from Sidmouth has received a special delivery from Boris Johnson, full of praise for his ‘fantastic’ model Lego Nightingale Hospital. Freddie Taylor was ‘ecstatic’ to learn the Prime Minister had written to thank the Sidmouth Primary School pupil for his ‘great effort’. The youngster went to great lengths to create the detailed model after watching Mr Johnson unveil Nightingale Hospital plans on the news. Freddie was presented with the personally-signed letter today, Saturday, June 13, by East Devon MP Simon Jupp, who made a social distance special delivery to the schoolboy’s home. Freddie’s mum, Katie Turner,…

Axminster medics have thanked Exeter Brewery for delivering vital supplies of PPE during the COVID-19 crisis. The brewery, in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, has packed its vans with thousands of items of PPE and delivered them to 100 health centres and GP surgeries throughout the length and breadth of Devon. And as a thank you for the difficult work being done by frontline workers, it has also donated complimentary cases of its Avocet beer. Axminster Medical Practice, in Church Street, Axminster, who received supplies from the brewery, said: “Thank you very much to Exeter Brewery who has kindly supplied us…

‘It came with a quiet creeping, like a sunrise, or a sunset. We knew it was coming, and yet it took us by surprise. Leaving us standing still and silent. It’s not violent, but it’s deadly’ – a poignant poem echoing Sidmouth in lockdown has been written for a moving new video. Photographer and videographer Kyle Baker, aged 22, of Sidford, spent the coronavirus lockdown filming Sidmouth’s empty streets, putting together a three-and-a-half-minute movie of the town, which has been viewed more than 60,000 times across the world. And lockdown images of Sidmouth, photographed by Kyle, of Fleming Avenue, Sidford,…

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