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Staff and pupils at a local school received a special delivery when the team from the Amazon Delivery Station in Exeter stopped by with a £2,000 donation. Stansfield Academy in Exeter, which is part of the WAVE Multi Academy Trust, received the donation as part of the ‘Amazon In The Community’ programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK. To have a business like Amazon behind us is really encouraging. This donation will help many more children in our community – Emily Johnston WAVE Multi Academy Trust works with young people across Devon and…

Lessons in farm safety to save lives and boost mental and physical wellbeing have been offered to Bicton College’s newest agriculture students. The college teamed up with the Farm Safety Foundation on Wednesday (October 9) in a bid to encourage young farmers aged between 16 and 40 to think about their physical and mental wellbeing, in the hope of decreasing accidents and saving lives. Farm safety training included scenarios based on potential accidents caused by machinery, livestock, working at height and forklifts. Mock accident scenes were set up around the college’s working farm with students spending time dealing with each…

Honiton Town Council is to be asked to consider a climate emergency report that underlines the need to work towards a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. The council declared a climate emergency last month and is aiming to set up a Climate Action Working Group to push forward with plans to make Honiton carbon neutral. Its first actions could be to call a public meeting to set out the scale of the emergency, as well as to request help from local residents and to unite the town in tackling the climate emergency. The aims of the terms of reference…

Work has begun on Exmouth seafront’s new Queen’s Drive watersports centre, Sideshore. Grenadier Estates, site leaseholder, said it was ‘delighted that preparatory work is underway’. Work has begun removing the existing road surface, excavating the site and laying the foundations in readiness for the next steps. We have begun laying the foundations for the main building and expect the steel works to be in place in the coming weeks…Building firm Devon Contractors said ‘work was progressing well’. Grenadier Estates said the centre, which is due to open for business next summer, said local building firm Devon Contractors was ‘on track’…

A smell of burning coming from the loft area of a property saw fire appliances from two stations attend an address in Uplyme last night (October 8). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Lyme Regis and Charmouth, of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, responded and went to a two-storey house in Rhode Lane. Reported shortly after 6pm, an initial crew identified the source of the smoke as coming from an electrical shower unit on the first floor. A spokesperson for the fire service said in an incident report: “Crews set to work isolating the…

“We really do need the help of the people of Sidmouth and the South West to prevent another fatberg forming.” That is the message from South West Water (SWW) after the ‘autopsy’ of Sidmouth’s giant fatberg, found under the Esplanade last December. Even though the Sidmouth fatberg made headlines all over the world, South West Water has warned fat can still be seen entering the sewer. Andrew Roantree, South West Water’s director of wastewater, said: “Please only flush the 3Ps – pee, paper and poo – down the loo and to dispose of fat, oil and grease in the bin…

Police are warning residents to be aware a rogue doorstep seller has been reported in Exeter. Trading Standards has received reports of a doorstep seller offering cleaning products, and claiming to be on a young offender rehabilitation scheme, operating in Exeter. Police are urging people to report rogue sellers and are advising against opening the door if in doubt. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Trading Standards have received reports of a doorstep seller offering cleaning products, and claiming to be on a young offender rehabilitation scheme, in the Exeter area. “If you are concerned someone is at risk, always call…

At a time when health experts are urging people to exercise more, we visit Honiton Bowling Club’s superb indoor facilities – and discover how a gentle sport can keep you fit, help you make new friends and be lots of fun. We also discovered this is a great place for team building and corporate events. Forty-plus years ago, skateboarding down the garden path came as second nature. Fast forward to an unflattering age, too much time sat in front of a screen and a fear of undertaking any kind of sport that poses a serious injury risk and you will…

Councillors raged for nearly two hours at proposals to hike car parking charges and introduce tariffs for the first time at East Devon’s free car parks. Proposals that went before East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night would have seen eight car parks have parking charges imposed for the first time, a 50 per cent increase on tariffs in 12 car parks, and night charges introduced in 12 car parks. In total, a record breaking 24 councillors spoke to slam the plans. After nearly two hours of debate, the cabinet agreed to put forward plans for consultation that would see…

Parking problems in Exmouth come under the spotlight next week with the launch of a public consultation proposing residents’ permits, on-street pay-and-display and waiting restrictions.   The proposed parking shake-up starts when hundreds of consultation cards are sent to homes in some of Exmouth’s most congested streets, including The Colony, Withycombe Raleigh and the town centre. Devon County Council’s residents’ parking consultation runs from Friday, October 4 until October 25. It was prompted by complaints from those living in streets considered problem areas. This is not going to be quite the magic wand everyone thinks it’s going to be. There…

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