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    Local News

    Devon News

    • Special Constable found guilty of gross misconduct

      On Tuesday 20 July 2021, a Special Constable was dismissed without notice from Devon and Cornwall Police after members of the misconduct panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct

    • Covid 19 weekly update

      Covid cases have fallen in every part of Devon except Torridge. In the latest seven-day period (up to 25 July) cases fell by 2,335 across the county, a drop of almost 35 per cent on the previous week.

    • Review of scheme cracking down on irresponsible dog owners

      A clampdown on irresponsible dog owners in Teignbridge could continue after the success of a pilot ‘Asbo for dogs’ scheme. Teignbridge District Council’s dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is under review, and councillors need to decide whether it should be renewed before it expires next March.

    • 60% of GP appointments are back to face to face.

      As GP practices in Devon work to manage their response to the pandemic and try to return to normal, the region’s NHS says almost 60 per cent of GP appointments in the county are now face-to-face.  At the height of the pandemic, such appointments in GP practices in the NHS Devon clinical commissioning group (CCG) fell to 52 per cent in April 2020, compared with 78 per cent in October 2019.

    • The new £16million Marsh Barton rail station is starting to become a reality

      The new £16million Marsh Barton rail station is starting to become a reality Concrete has been laid on one side of the tracks where a platform for Newton Abbot bound passengers will be constructed and on the other side of the line’s groundwork is well under way for the approach to the station.

    • Covid weekly update

      Covid infection rates are falling in some parts of Devon, mirroring the national picture.

    • Councillors want Diver Tom Daley to be Freeman of City after Winning Gold

      After Plymouth’s Tom Daley won an Olympic gold medal, some of the city’s councillors are calling for the diver to be made a freeman of the city; the highest honour the city can bestow.  On Monday morning Tom Daley and diving partner Matty Lee made history by winning Great Britain’s first gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10 metre platform.  Cllr Tudor Evans OBE (Labour, Ham Ward) wrote to the council’s chief executive Tracey Lee to request that Daley, 27, is made a freeman.

    • Former Axminster football pitch to be turned into Housing

      Plans are proceeding to build affordable housing on a former football pitch in Axminster. A few years ago, land at Millwey Rise was returned to East Devon District Council and is now currently designated as land for council housing.

    • Plumber charges a woman 10 times his original estimate

      A unscrupulous plumber with a gambling addiction charged a client 10 times his original estimate after she hired him to do up her bathroom. James MacMartin claimed the boiler at her Exeter home was leaking and replaced it twice and then invented other unnecessary work as a way of inflating the charges.

    • NHS CCG report

      The proportion of people in Devon seeing their GP face-to-face, rather than online or by phone, is higher than the national average.

    • Children’s services report - Ofsted describe cautious signs of improvement after previous 'inadequate' rating

      Improvements to children’s services run by Devon County Council are starting to be made but ‘nothing is completely fixed’ according to inspectors. That was one of the findings in a letter from inspector Nigel Parkes to Melissa Caslake, the county’s recently appointed chief officer for children’s services, following a two-day visit from Ofsted in May.

    • Federation Statement Following Attempted Murder of Two Devon and Cornwall Police Officers

      Andy Berry, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation said: “This incident brings home the dangers that officers face during every shift - even in incidents like this where their objective was the welfare of the male who had been reported missing by his family.

    Community News

    • What is your experience of using and accessing an emergency department?

      Due to the increased pressure on emergency departments (ED) across our local hospitals, Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay has been asked by the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and local hospital trusts to find out from people what brought them to the ED today and whether they accessed other services beforehand. Have Your Say Today

    • New guide to enjoying countryside dog walks launched for Heath Week

      The first film featuring dog behaviourist Natalie Light, is the first in a series of five bite-size films featuring top tips to be released over the summer.  In each film Natalie shares some valuable advice on how to get a better recall, new games to make walks more fun and some great ideas for working on your dog’s behaviour to cope with distractions when out walking.

    • Manor Lodge Residential Home donate £1,000 for Exmouth RNLI

      Exmouth’s Manor Lodge Residential Home recently donated £1,000 to the local lifesavers in lieu of their annual Garden Party fundraiser, cancelled due to the Coronavirus restrictions. The well respected residential home, owned and managed by Ray and Gina Lovegrove, are stalwart supporters of Exmouth RNLI and, until the recent Coronavirus outbreak, have held annual Garden Parties at the home to raise funds for the charity.

    • App helps Air Ambulance crews pinpoint patients location

      Devon Air Ambulance supports what3words national week of action to help crews #KnowExactlyWhere to attend

    • Sidmouth Folk Festival 30th July – 6th August 2021 – Full Programme Now Available!

      A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival 30th July – 6th August 2021 The Festival organisers are thrilled to announce that Sidmouth Folk Festival will return to Sidmouth this year with a celebratory event primarily based in the heart of the town at Blackmore Gardens with Open Air evening concerts and all-day entertainment. The Ham remains a great place to eat, drink and socialise. It feels like proper summer! With the sun shining and outdoor living in mind, it’s a great time to look forward to a great Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival both live and Online.

    • Keeping cool at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

      The donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth cooling off with an ice block treat. Not only does this help to keep them cool in the sweltering heat, it also provides valuable enrichment. The donkey ‘ice lolly’, made from fruit and vegetables in water, provide a healthy treat for The Donkey Sanctuary’s resident herds to cool down during these sizzling summer temperatures.

    • Devon Air Ambulance crews contend with brutal heat

      The heat of the summer months coupled with wearing level 3 PPE provides an additional challenge for our crews, who are already facing the busiest summer yet in 2021. With the country's Covid restrictions lifted and with many more people out and about keen to enjoy the outdoors and associated activities, summer 2021 continues to be the busiest summer yet for Devon Air Ambulance crews.

    • Need to contact the police this summer? Why not go online?

      Devon & Cornwall Police are reminding people that might need non-emergency help and advice over the summer months to consider using their online contact channels whenever possible. The timely reminder comes at the start of the summer school holidays as it is expected the number of people visiting and staying in Devon and Cornwall over the next few months will increase significantly and therefore the number of people needing to contact the police may also rise. Last week, the force received around 24,000 telephone calls or digital contacts into 999 Emergency and 101 Non-Emergency.

    Sport News

    • Exmouth Town FC beat Okehampton 1-0 this weekend

      Exmouth Town backed by over 130 supporters completed a narrow 1 -0 victory over Swpl side Okehampton.

    • Exmouth Town in action last night in a preseason friendly

      Exmouth Town took on Southern League Bideford last night (Wednesday 21st July) in front of a decent crowd of 110 in towns third preseason friendly . Exmouth Town were 1 nil up through a bullet header from Deans Billingsley after 36 mins, but Bideford pulled level with 3 minutes from the end. Exmouth Towns next game is on Saturday against Okehampton Argyle with a 2pm kick off.

    • British Rowing Offshore & Beach Sprints Championship 2021 Comes to Exmouth This Weekend

      The British Rowing Offshore Championships and Beach Sprint Championships are a celebration of coastal rowing, aiming to support their development in Great Britain are scheduled to take place in Exmouth on 16-17 July and 18 July 2021 respectively (subject to government restrictions). Competitors begin with a beach start before rowing off the shore, heading out along the 4km course in the heats. There will be a deep water finish near to Exmouth Rowing Club. For the finals, crews take on a longer 6km course with the same deep water finish.

    Today's Weather

    • Exmouth

      Light rain

      High: 19°C | Low: 11°C

    • Sidmouth

      Light rain shower

      High: 19°C | Low: 12°C

    • Exeter

      Light rain

      High: 20°C | Low: 12°C

    • Dawlish

      Heavy Rain

      High: 20°C | Low: 13°C

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    • Sidmouth Folk Festival

      Organisers of The Sidmouth Folk Festival aim to put on a week of music, dance and family entertainment this summer. Billed as A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival, the event from July 30 until August 6, will be an ‘authentic taste’ of the traditional event. John Braithwaite, festival director, said: “We are looking forward to this special celebration, as we thank everyone who helped the festival survive last year’s cancellation and to secure its future.

      at Blackmore Gardens
    • An Adorably Curious Adventure

      Are you curious? Do you like adventures? Then get ready to explore The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon with this fun family activity trail. Feed your curiosity and discover all things adorable with a donkey adventure like no other. Simply find the A-Z of fun donkey facts around the sanctuary and complete the trail activities as you go to claim a prize and sticker. The adventure is split into two parts – one short trail and one a little longer. For the first part, locate eight donkey facts around the main sanctuary and find the hidden letters to complete the missing word. Why let the fun stop there? For the super inquisitive and serious explorers among you, follow the trail around the sanctuary’s wider walkways to complete the second part of the adventure (optional), finding 18 more hidden letters to complete the missing phrase. This entertaining activity combines family fun, exercise and brainpower and is just £5 per trail, including the prize and sticker. Head to The Shed to pick up a trail sheet and away you go on your adventure. Plus with daily talks, scenic walks, engaging exhibits, award-winning gardens and, of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys to meet, there’s so much to explore with your own herd, whatever the weather. Take sanctuary in the Taste of the West award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen, and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Breakfasts, lunches and tempting afternoon treats are served daily, with every penny of profit helping donkeys and mules around the world. Before heading home, browse the Gift Shop at leisure in the knowledge that every purchase goes towards helping donkeys in need. Packed with unique donkey-design items and souvenirs, you will find something for everyone. Make the day your own, but above all else, fall in love with the herds of donkeys. From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission over 50 years ago, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown into one of the world’s largest equine welfare charities. The sanctuary is open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Entry and parking is FREE (donations welcome), and dogs on leads are welcome. A range of safety measures are in place to protect visitors, staff, volunteers and donkeys, and full details on visiting can be found on The Donkey Sanctuary website. Further information www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/sidmouth | 01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.

      at The Donkey Sanctuary
    • Day Trip to Sidmouth

      Have a great day out in Devon by taking a boat trip to enjoy the Regency town of Sidmouth. Sailing from Exmouth Marina take time to relax as we travel along the Jurassic Coast taking in all the sights and sounds of Britain’s only natural World Heritage Site. Landing onto the pebbled beach at Sidmouth you will have around 3 hours ashore to explore the gardens, cafes, boutiques and shops before we return you back to Exmouth just after 5.00pm.

      at Exmouth Marina