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‘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,…

A mobile testing centre for people with coronavirus-like symptoms opened in Honiton on Monday, June 8, and is expected to remain until at least Thursday, June 11. The temporary site, at the Lace Walk car park, in Dowell Street, Honiton, is open from 10am until 4pm, and is likely to continue to operate over the weekend. These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply. Mobile test centres can only see people arriving in their own vehicles. Tests – a…

All are invited to take part in a free online dance fitness class in aid of Hospiscare being held tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 9. The virtual fun event for charity has been organised by Hannah Butland, aged 29, who lives in Exmouth and owns mobile beauty and personal training business, Beauty and the Booty. Hannah is inviting all to join her live dance fitness class tomorrow, starting at 6pm, and to donate to Hospiscare through a JustGiving page set up for the cause. Hannah said: “I lost both my Dad and Grandad to cancer so this charity means a lot…

Firefighters from Honiton and Colyton tackled a blaze in East Devon woodland after a bonfire spread, prompting the crews to remind the public not to light fires during lockdown. Crews from Honiton, Chard, Colyton, Tiverton, and the water bowser from Danes Castle, Exeter, were called to an area of woodland in the Upottery area, East Devon, on Tuesday, June 2, to stop any further spread. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) has urged the public to compost rubbish as an alternative to lighting bonfires during the coronavirus lockdown, in a bid to avoid callouts by crews. A fire…

A teenage dancer from Axminster is to follow in the footsteps of film stars Lily James, Daisy Ridley and Thandie Newton after landing a place at a top performing arts school. Katy Roy, aged 16, will study dance at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, in Hertfordshire, whose past students include Lily James, who starred in Disney’s Cinderella, and Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again, Daisy Ridley, known for her roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Last Jedi and Murder on the Orient Express, and Thandie Newton, star of Crash, Mission: Impossible II; Westworld; and Line…

Cheerful dotty pots filled with plants and messages to make people smile have been dreamed up by a family from Exmouth in aid of charity. James Tetlow, aged 31, who came up with the idea of painting dots on pots while he was shielding at home from the coronavirus, is raising funds for the Exmouth Gateway Club. James, who was born with Down’s syndrome, has been painting pots with his dad, Paul, who is also shielding, ready for mum, Michelle, to fill them with plants. The family welcomes donations of pots painted with dots that can be sold to give…

Pensioners sent a hate letter after clapping for the NHS cried tears of joy on their Exmouth doorstep when paramedics and strangers turned up to applaud with them. Marion and Jock Roberston, of Churchill Road, Brixington, were targeted this week after they left their home for a short seafront drive, returning to find the handwritten note pushed through their front door, calling the couple ‘fu****g pr**ks’ and ‘tw*ts’ for the way they clap on Thursdays. After last night’s clapping had died down, Jock, aged 80, was seen at his window raising a glass to thank the well-wishers who had rallied…

What a difference two months makes – these images show the East Devon coast and the contrast between seafronts from lockdown to the first bank holiday after restrictions were relaxed. When the Prime Minister put the UK in lockdown on March 23, to stop the spread of coronavirus, seafront webcams in East Devon showed empty beaches and promenades as the public heeded advice to stay indoors. Two months after lockdown was introduced, and restrictions have been relaxed, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts and beaches have shown an increase in public and traffic. These webcam images show the seafronts at lunchtime…

Hours of patience resulted in wildlife photographer Rob Chidgey capturing these stunning shots of a beaver along the River Otter. Since lockdown Rob, from Exmouth, has been buoying spirits by sharing his scenic photos of East Devon to help those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus. He said capturing these images of a beaver was one of his photography highpoints – after he had almost given up hope of seeing the creatures. Rob, who began his passion for photography five years ago, said previous attempts to photograph the River Otter beavers had fallen short of expectations. His latest attempt…

‘Don’t be too proud to ask for help’ during the coronavirus crisis is the message to residents from the Budleigh Hub. The Hub, and its partners, is supporting more than 200 households each week across the Exmouth, Budleigh and Woodbury areas, with shopping, prescription collection, cooked meal delivery and befriending by telephone. Marc Jobson, Budleigh Hub manager, urged those needing support during the pandemic, to put pride aside and ask for help. The Hub is currently completing 350 ‘acts of kindness’ a week. This includes collecting prescriptions, shopping, delivering samples, transporting people to appointments at GP surgeries and the Royal…

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