Sidmouth News

A girl guides leader is finding her sea legs as she prepares to embark on a five-day sailing voyage in the Rolex Fastnet Race later this year.

The official launch for Claire Wright's campaign to become elected as an East Devon Independent MP took place in the Unitarian Chapel in Sidmouth this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 4039-23-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

East Devon’s independent parliamentary candidate has pledged to support the region’s ‘lifeblood’ traders and businesses if she is elected in May.

Sidford Valley. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 2244-39-12TI

Divisive plans for a 12-acre business park between Sidford and Sidbury look set to be scrapped after an eleventh-hour bid from Sid Valley representatives.

Yesterday, 16:14
Siblings Joseph and Hope Baker aged two and eight pictured at home this week after their seagull ordeals. Ref shs 0789-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Dad calls for fines after children’s ‘flying rodent’ terror

Yesterday, 11:10
Lily Thomas is raising money for the Menigitis Research Foundation.

A former Newton Poppleford primary pupil will be climbing to the peak of the world’s largest freestanding mountain to raise money for meningitis sufferers.

Yesterday, 07:30
Set in delightful grounds, the headquarters of EDDC at Knowle. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7658-15-12SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

Controversial plans to sell Knowle to a developer and relocate the district council from Sidmouth have been given the final go-ahead.

The Coleridge Medical Centre

Fearful residents have questioned how Ottery’s medical services will cope with potential hospital bed closures and the growing population due to swell by hundreds of people.

Wed, 11:00
The spectacular Sid Vale float-Legend of the Crystal Skull at the Sidmouth carnival on Saturday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 0303-40-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders.

Members of the most successful carnival club in East Devon’s history will be back on the road with a float this year, after they secured a new home.

The police Land Rover was out on Sunday morning as part of the crackdown

Police are cracking down on the illegal trail bike riders who destroy the tranquillity of Sid Valley beauty spots and give legitimate riders a bad name.

Tue, 15:59
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was taken from a property in Newton Poppleford.

Helen Poyntz gave up alcohol for a month.

A WESTON student was inspired by her grandfather to give up alcohol for a month to raise money for charity.

Tue, 12:30
Surfers Against Sewage held a litter pick last year. Area representative, Ross Curwen with helpers Jemma Starmore and Mike Newton with some of the waste collected from the beach. Ref shs 7352-43-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A quartet of green organisations is calling on 5,000 beach-lovers to clean shores in Sidmouth and around the South West.

Mon, 12:37
Hugo Swire

East Devon’s Conservative MP, Hugo Swire, has welcomed ‘common sense’ measures to make sure drivers are treated more fairly when parking in the region.

Mon, 12:34
The spectacular Red Arrows pictured performing at Lyme Regis. Ref shs 8596-31-12AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The Red Arrows are coming back to Sidmouth!

Mon, 12:29
An image taken by the fixed wing drone on Thursday.

A project to create a beach management plan for Sidmouth has taken to the skies as new aerial photographs could be the final ‘piece of the puzzle’.

Mon, 11:54
Claire Wright launched her manifesto this week. Ref exe 6325-05-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Independent parliamentary hopeful, Claire Wright, revealed this week the policies she hopes will see her voted in as East Devon’s MP in May.

Mon, 11:47
Stuart Mole

The fight to become East Devon’s next MP is now a four-horse race, after Exmouth academic and retired diplomat Stuart Mole

Mon, 11:41
Steve Race

Charity campaigner and former Red Cross worker Steve Race has been picked by Labour to contest the East Devon seat in May’s General Election.

Mon, 11:35
Steve Race

Labour’s parliamentary hopeful for East Devon, Steve Race, has backed banning MPs from holding ‘second jobs’.

Mon, 11:29
UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for East Devon, Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman, UKIP’s parliamentary-hopeful, believes he has a real chance to unseat East Devon Tory MP Hugo Swire in May’s General Election.

Mon, 11:02
Marlene Coachman and Helen Gibson-West with their camper vans. Ref shs 3484-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A ban on camper vans in Sidmouth town centre car parks was officially overturned on Thursday, but over night stays are still outlawed.

Mon, 10:49
Alma Bridge. Ref shs 8755-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Work to protect the temporary footway at Alma Bridge is scheduled to go ahead later this year, the county council’s highways chief has confirmed.

Mon, 10:46

Sid Valley Rotary Club will be raising money to send special survival kits to cyclone-hit Vanuatu.

A pair of Sid Valley representatives have made a last-ditch effort to see controversial proposals for 12-acres of employment land between Sidford and Sidbury scrapped.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Launch of Ottery Food and Families Festival

Fine local fair, a father-daughter cook-off and a treasure hunt are all on the menu for this year’s Ottery Food and Families Festival.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
MP Hugo Swire was joined by councillors, staff and representatives to officially open the new WESC charity shop on the High Street this week. Ref shs 0060-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A social enterprise that offers visually impaired people real opportunities has been hailed as ‘more than just another charity shop’ in the town.

Friday, March 20, 2015
View of Sidmouth seafront. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref Sidmouth view 1

Sidmouth is one of the top places in the country to live, according to The Times newspaper.

Friday, March 20, 2015
The solar eclipse as seen from Cranbrook. Ref mhc 1254-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

This morning’s partial eclipse took place in East Devon around 9.25am.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Solar eclipse

Celestial phenomenon in pictures

Friday, March 20, 2015
The eclipse over Barnstaple Pannier Market. Picture: John Fisher

Despite a hazy start to the morning, people across North Devon are getting set to watch first major solar eclipse since 1999.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne set out his final budget before May’s General Election.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In this political sketch, political editor Annabelle Dickson takes a look at the pre-election budget.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Cllr Claire Wright with the Otter Rotters team.

Community green waste recycling group Otter Rotters’ new site has finally opened in Bowd after doubts about the group’s operational future.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Ford in Sidmouth during the floods on Saturday. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 8169-28-12TI

A flood protection scheme that could benefit up to 259 Sidmouth properties, at a possible cost of £436,000, was approved by councillors this week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Quiet Philanthropist has returned to give charities in Sidmouth a boost for their cause and encourage other people to do the same.

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