Local News

    • EDDC remind visitors of the importance of water safety this summer

      At the start of summer school holidays and the recent heatwave there has been a sobering reminder of the dangers of drowning with more than 20 people losing their lives across the UK. East Devon District Council wants to remind people making a trip to the seaside this summer that this should be a time to remember and enjoy, please do not let it turn into a tragedy.

    • Council suggests Pinhoe moves into new 'Exmouth and East Exeter'

      Exeter Councillors have recommended that Pinhoe be moved into a proposed new parliamentary constituency with Exmouth. It follows proposals for a shake-up of England’s electoral map for general elections from 2023. The South West has been allocated an extra three seats, including one in Devon that also strays into parts of Somerset.

    • Councillors Angry at New Road Markings on Four Elms Hill


      A number of councillors in East Devon have asked the committee responsible for roads to take urgent action in order to improve safety at an accident black spot near Newton Poppleford.  Members of East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) were discussing Four Elms Hill, on the A3052 Exeter to Sidmouth road, after it was suggested that the county council had failed to act on a decision made in July 2019 to paint double white lines along the Four Elms stretch.  The move would have prevented vehicles from overtaking.

    • Wanted Simon Turner Aged 35

      Has links to Newton Abbot and Exeter

    • Lifeguards Raise Warning of Easterly winds which will create choppy conditions along our coastline today

      Lifeguards will be patrolling our beaches today between 10am and 6pm Please swim between the red and yellow flags and ask the lifeguards for any advice

    • No date for glass collections but food waste pilot due soon in Exeter

      Exeter residents will have to keep taking their glass to bottle banks after the city council delayed the rollout of a kerbside collection service indefinitely. Councillors heard that the pandemic was the main reason for the delay, along with setbacks in buying the electric vehicles needed to operate the service. They voted to retain fortnightly recycling and waste collections and begin a pilot food waste collection service in at least one area from the autumn.

    • College Junction Deferral as Councillors Questioned How Many Students would use it

      Plans to alter the road layout near Exeter College’s main centre to improve pedestrian safety have been deferred. Following a number of objections from the public, councillors critcised the proposed loss of parking spaces and questioned whether enough students would use the improved junction on Hele Road and Queen’s Terrace.

    • Exmouth road extension backed in parliament as East Devon MP raises Dinan Way cash bid in Commons

      An extension to  Exmouth’s Dinan Way – an idea that’s been fermenting for 40 years – has been raised in parliament by East Devon MP Simon Jupp, in a debate involving the secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick. Mr Jupp is supporting Devon County Council’s bid for £15 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund, a £4.8 billion kitty for the town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, as well as cultural and heritage assets.

    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.

    Community News

    • 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.

    • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station visits information and appeal for volunteer Guides

      Exmouth RNLI have recently updated their Lifeboat Station Visits criteria to advise schools that they can now book guided visits to the station and are looking for volunteers to fill a number of Visits Guides vacancies. With a gradual return to normal life Exmouth Lifeboat Station is keen to advise schools that now is the time to book a visit to the Station for the summer term 2022.

    • The annual East Devon Heath Week will go ahead next week

      A hugely popular activities week celebrating the wildlife, history and landscape of East Devon’s new National Nature Reserve, is to go ahead this month. The annual East Devon Heath Week had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but it’s now set to take place on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths from Sunday 25th July until Saturday 31st July.

    • A Field for Flying

      There has been a model airfield on the Pebblebed Heaths since before World War Two, originally located on Aylesbeare Common. Now located near Uphams plantation, this site provides a flying ground for members of the East Devon Radio Control Club who maintain the open field area and have a license with us to use the site. They are asking dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead whilst walking around or on the airfield.

    Devon News

    • 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.

    • DEVON/PLYMOUTH/TORBAY: weekly covid update - Cases have risen but hospitalisations remain low

      Covid infections have risen sharply across much of Devon, with Teignbridge’s rate more than tripling in the past week. According to data for the week to Wednesday 7 July, Torbay has the region’s highest rate, doubling in a week to 474 cases, a rate of 348 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the national rate is 312 after another 34,471 cases were recorded across the country. At district level in Devon, Teignbridge rate grew most, with the number of people tessting postive this week more than tripling to 422 (315 per 100,000).

    • Sikh campaigner asks PCC to recognise Sikhs in crime reports

      A campaigner for Devon’s Sikh community says the region’s police and crime commissioner needs to take Sikh victims of hate crime more seriously by ensuring they are recognised as an ethnic group when reporting alleged crimes.  Councillor Chaz Singh (Ind. Drake Ward, Plymouth) raised the issue as a member of public at the Devon and Cornwall police and crime panel on Friday.  He said: “I would like to raise my concerns about not being able to record my ethnicity when recording a hate crime.   “When I have reported a hate crime and it asks me what my ethnicity is it doesn’t allow the option.” 


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    Today's Weather

    • Exmouth

      Light rain

      High: 19°C | Low: 14°C

    • Sidmouth

      Light rain

      High: 19°C | Low: 15°C

    • Exeter

      Light rain

      High: 20°C | Low: 14°C

    • Dawlish

      Thunder storm

      High: 19°C | Low: 15°C

    What's On

    • Exmouth Town V Tiverton Town

      Towns last preseason friendly against a team two divisions higher . Turnstiles open at 6.30PM

      at Exmouth Town Fc
    • Active Minds - Dementia & Memory Loss Group 10.30 til 12.30 & 1.30 til 4pm

      Do you know someone with dementia or memory loss in East Devon? Active Minds group sessions offer fun and stimulating activities for brain health and wellbeing. At Budleigh Hub every Wednesday & Friday (10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm). Groups of around 5 people 2.5 hour sessions Enjoyable, interesting and stimulating activities Maximises your brain health and well being Perfect for making new friends Transport available Offers respite for carers Run by Atlas Care dementia specialists Book a FREE taster session now. For more info visit our website or call: 01626 774 799

      at Health And Wellbeing Community Hub
    • 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