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Eastleigh shed, 8 May 1959 (c) C Boocock

Enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to invest in part of Sidmouth’s rail heritage as a £300,000 locomotive restoration project has been put back on track.

New Kennaway House manager, Nikki Dawkins, with Michael James, David Leach, Bryan Dawkins and Michael Gordon-Lee. Ref shs 4446-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A new manager and chairman have taken the helm at a charity-run arts centre with a growing reputation in and beyond the Sid Valley.

Betty Williams with Lamb and Flag landlord, Ron Miles, and Ottery mayor, Glyn Dobson. Ref sho 4475-52-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A widow, whose generous gesture to people facing Christmas alone last year touched hearts around the world, has spoken of her delight that preparations are under way for another festive feast.

An ariel view of the PegasusLife plans for Knowle.

A developer lined up to buy the East Devon District Council (EDDC) offices at Knowle has unveiled its vision for a retirement community on the site.

The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The loss of Sidmouth’s Samaritans support group will have a ‘major impact’ on the running of the service, says the leader of the charity’s Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch.

MP Hugo Swire visit the King's School this week where he is pictured meeting students in the Teen Health Group. Ref sho 7123-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hugo Swire praised students for their ‘passionate determination’ to address important issues

Sally Neal has become Sidmouth's first female Crew Manager. Ref shs 7512-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A firefighter has made history after becoming the first woman in Sidmouth to reach the rank of crew manager.

Plans have been lodged for Hillside House

A former hotel and restaurant in Newton Poppleford could be converted into a 13-bed care home.

A temporary tariff of £2 per day will be introduced at Sidmouth’s town centre car parks next week.

Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

The dip in Temple Street, Sidmouth. Ref shs 7614-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon County Council has announced drainage works will take place along Temple Street for five weeks from Monday, January 18.

Cranbrook Railway Station. Ref mhc 3523-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

AFTER many postponements, Cranbrook railway station will finally open on Sunday, December 13.

Police are appealing for help in finding the culprit responsible for recent graffiti tags

One man has been questioned in connection with a recent bout of vandalism and officers are asking for more information or witnesses

DCC's proposed cycling and walking route between Sidbury and Sidford

County Hall chiefs will soon be submitting plans for a long-awaited walking and cycling trail between Sidbury and Sidford.

Sainsbury's apologised after new signs were erected wrongly stating its car park is for customer use only

Sainsbury’s confirmed car park is open to everyone and blamed error in wording for misleading notices

Simon Harris (pictured with his son Noah) has launched a campaign to raise funds for defibrillators in Ottery

‘It’s a no-brainer’ - stark statistics prompt pair to take the initiative and start fundraising bid

Providing accommodation for gypsies and travellers is a legal requirement that East Devon District Council must meet through its Local Plan

IN A significant development in the proposals to locate a large gypsy and traveller site in Cranbrook, East Devon MP Hugo Swire has urged East Devon District Council to rethink its plans.

Victoria Hotel's head chef, Stuart White, wins the Seaside Chef of the Year award. Ref shs 4442-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Stuart is named the country’s top seaside chef

Exeter Magistrates' Court

A carpet cleaner, who offered rock-bottom prices to homeowners – including a vulnerable dementia sufferer – before hiking up his charges by up to 5,400 per cent, has pleaded guilty to seven offences.

Sidmouth independent bsuiness men and women are gearing up for the festive season and in particular the late night Christmas shopping event. Ref shs 5600-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A campaign aimed at boosting independent business and celebrating what makes Sidmouth’s retail experience unique is under way for the third year running.

Kirsty Trent completed her first ever marathon and raised £547.57 for Sidmouth Hospiscare

Runner completed a 26.2 mile distance to raise more than £500 for charity that provided ‘invaluable’ care to her family

Snails ate Sarah Sanders' letter

Royal Mail apologises to East Devon resident, saying hungry snails love to feast on envelopes and stamps

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A developer behind plans to redevelop East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle is to reveal its vision for the site at an exhibition later this month.

Sid Vale Africa Link has restored friendship with a remote village in Malawi

Group asks for support in providing IT equipment for school to help ‘kick-start rural development’

Sidmouth Running Club member John Perratt pictured at the Sid Vale Athletics meeting back in 2014. Ref shs 2693-21-14SH Picture by Simon Horn

Tributes have been paid to an ‘inspirational and modest’ founding member of Sidmouth Running Club - remembered as a family man whose attention to detail was admired by many.

Alistair Cope with his son and daughter, Sebastian and Rachel, lead the Exmouth Velo Vintage ride earlier this year. Ref exe 9044-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

They say fashion comes in cycles. Well, that will certainly be true when Sidmouth’s first Velo Vintage bike ride rolls into town.

Two German ID cards were found in a safe in the wall of Dukes

Renovations at a seafront hotel revealed that safes can protect valuables from even their owners.

New bakery for Sidmouth?

Friday, November 20, 2015
Sally and Grahame Hill from Hills Bakery.

A bakery chain appears to have its sights set on opening in Sidmouth.

Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Ref shs 3264-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

A South West MEP is calling for a re-think over recruitment practices following the closure of Sidmouth’s minor injuries unit (MIU).

Road closed

Reconstruction and resurfacing work for Trow Hill

Tribute left to remember late homeless men

Friday, November 20, 2015
A tribute left to two homeless men who lost their lives near Alma Bridge. Ref shs 4421-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Tributes were left by Alma Bridge this week to two homeless men who sadly lost their lives in Sidmouth this year.

Barclays Bank in Ottery closed its doors for good on Friday, November 13.

The closure of Barclays Bank was branded ‘another nail in the coffin’ for Ottery - but the company says it is evolving to meet changing needs.

Vandals hit independent shopping campaign

Friday, November 20, 2015
Sidmouth independent bsuiness men and women are gearing up for the festive season and in particular the late night Christmas shopping event. Ref shs 5600-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The organiser of Sidmouth’s independent Christmas Shopping Challenge was ‘greatly saddened’ to find that a banner advertising it had twice been vandalised.

Ian Lawes, Brian Mainwaring, Gareth Hughes, Fluff Preston and Louis Hill are pictured in front of the new Sidmouth Scout HQ which is currently under construction. Ref shs 6213-46-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The 1st Sid Vale Scouts are forging ahead with their new HQ after a seven-week wait to modify its planning permission – and their long-awaited base could be ready by Easter.

History of a once-famous landmark

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sidmouth High Street back in the past.

The Sid Vale Association (SVA) has purchased part of the two-storey building above the Trump store in Fore Street, writes Nigel Hyman.

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