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Members of Honiton Garden Club are set to learn about Bristol Botanic Garden. Mike Wray will be giving a talk about the garden which, by the way it has been planted. tells the story of plant evolution. It is strongly supported by the University of Bristol and attracts thousands of visitors a year. Mr Wray will be giving his talk at St Paul’s Church, Honiton, on July 18. The event will run from 6.30pm to 8pm. All are welcome. There is an entry fee of £1 for members and £3 for non-members.

Honiton’s Hot Shot bowlers have received their Bowls International Award. The team, comprising Y Williams, C James and H Chambers, gained a hot shot in their Triples Mixed Friendly game at Budleigh Salterton. To join the Bowls International Hot Shot Club is very rare as it means that all their nine bowls had to count for the end being played. Honiton were invited to enter a men’s team in Exonia’s Victory Cup match played on a round robin basis.  The team representing Honiton were M Critchley, G Kille, G Osborne and G Richards, who won five of six games and…

READER PHOTO: Claire Davey, from Exmouth, sent East Devon News this photograph she took of the Devon Air Ambulance landing near Brixington church on Wednesday afternoon. South Western Ambulance Service confirmed a paramedic had attended an address nearby on Wednesday, July 10, shortly after 4pm. It is understood a land ambulance was used to transport a patient to hospital and the air ambulance responded to another call. Join the East Devon News community, like Claire Davey, and send us your photos, news, events, wedding reports and milestone anniversaries; 100th birthdays, sports and club news, match results, and more – the…

An award-winning garden design that shines a spotlight on the importance donkeys make to the world’s poorest communities is on show in Sidmouth. The Donkeys Matter artisan garden scooped the people’s choice award, and a silver medal in the judges’ awards, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May. Now the garden has returned home to The Donkey Sanctuary, where it has been painstakingly rebuilt and will be on show, for free, from Monday, July 15. The garden design highlights water and how donkeys are pivotal to supplying it to some of the world’s poorest and vulnerable communities.…

East Devon District Council is set to take the lead on zero carbon growth. Its cabinet is due to move forward with a long-held ambition to achieve ‘clean’ development in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, including the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone. The strategy for zero carbon growth has been in place since plans for Cranbrook were first agreed. Now future plans will be put before councillors at a meeting on Wednesday (July 10) – as another milestone in Cranbrook is reached. The new community now boasts 2,000 homes. Councils are being encouraged to take the lead in the…

Two generations of Exmouth RNLI crew have been thanked by the same family for their rescue skills some 26 years apart. Janet Dawkins, from Bristol, recently thanked inshore lifeboat helm Henry Mock for his help rescuing her when she dislocated her hip at Easter, sitting on a rock at Dawlish Warren; the praise came 26 years after Janet’s partner, Nick Clayton, was rescued by Henry’s father – retired Exmouth RNLI coxswain, Tim Mock. Nick was rescued in 1993 by Exmouth lifeboat Brede class Caroline Finch. I discovered that helm, Henry Mock’s father, Tim, was on that service, so I could…

Police are appealing for dashcam footage after a 27-year-old man from Colyton died in a collision involving a bicycle and a van on the A35. The collision happened at Raymonds Hill near Axminster at 5.30am on Thursday, July 4. The dead man was riding the bicycle at the time of the incident and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Devon and Cornwall Police say his next of kin have been informed. A spokesman said: “Police remain on the scene and the road is expected to remain closed in both directions for several hours. “Motorists are advised to avoid the area…

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…

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