Sidmouth News

Yesterday, 13:00

A specialist retirement community developer is lined up to buy the district council offices at Knowle, if the authority gives the go-ahead later this month.

Yesterday, 11:02
Barrel rolling as part of Beer Regatta Week. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 1105-33-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

New blood is being sought to join the ranks of the Beer Regatta committee for this year’s event.

The public bus currently makes a regular visit to Slade Close. Ref sho 7132-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Ottery’s town bus has been saved after strong opposition was voiced over its proposed withdrawal – but funding is still needed to secure its long-term future.

Tue, 06:20
Marlene Coachman and Helen Gibson-West with their camper vans. Ref shs 3484-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A one-woman campaign to lift the ban on campervans in Sidmouth’s central car parks spiralled into a town-wide debate this week, writes Eleanor Pipe.

Mon, 16:30
Port Royal in 1956

A project to tackle cliff erosion and protect Sidmouth’s shores needs residents to act as its ‘eyes and ears’ - and share their memories.

Mon, 13:00

An amphetamine user has been jailed for attacking a tourist with an axe in a completely random attack as he filmed flower displays at a seaside resort.

Mon, 08:22
Straitgate quarry plans aerial view

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of construction and infrastructure materials says it is looking to secure jobs in Ottery and East Devon, ahead of consultation meetings about its development of a new quarrying operation at Straitgate Farm.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Reverend Sam Connolly.

Tributes have been paid to ‘a wonderful mission man’ and Methodist minister, who was so popular that two services were held in his memory.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Newton poppleford resident, Danielle Howlett, will be running this year's London Marathon. Ref shs 7475-07-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A youth worker from Newton Poppleford will finally have the chance to take part in one of the world’s most iconic races – after five years of trying to secure a place.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Mow Mow is pictured in the arms of Paul with his wife Chie and their son Li Xian at their Sidford home this week. Ref shs 8310-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A family had already started mourning their missing cat before people power pulled together to reunite them.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
40 Acts of kindness.

A pair of churchgoers took it upon themselves to whitewash over ‘cruel’ graffiti on a long-empty Sidmouth shop as part of a drive to do good this Lent.

Friday, February 27, 2015
The 50 Shades of Grey premiere benefited Sidmouth Hospiscare and Hospiscare Exeter

An evening of glitz and glamour netted nearly £1,200 for charity when the silver screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey made its dazzling debut in Sidmouth.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Felicity Jones stars in The Theory of Everything

The buzz surrounding an Oscar- winning film has helped a loving husband to raise more than £1,000 in the fight against motor neurone disease in memory of his late wife.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Emergency services from across East Devon are tackling a major blaze in Honiton.

Friday, February 27, 2015
NHS logo

Campaigners fighting to ‘save the NHS’ from cuts and privatisation will take to the streets in Sidmouth tomorrow (Saturday).

Friday, February 27, 2015
Patients, Hospiscare staff and volunteers relaxing in the comfy, homely lounge.

A warm welcome greeted patients arriving at East Devon’s new £1.2million Hospiscare Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton, after it opened last week.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Shams Uddin from the Star of India on Mill Street. Ref sho 8286-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

‘Less spice and more taste’ proved a winning formula for an Ottery curry chef, who has gained recognition as East Devon’s finest.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Manor Road car park was damaged by a vehicle

This Sidmouth ticketing machine took a wallop when a driver accidentally reversed into it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Town council candidate Matt Booth

A trio of community-minded citizens are ‘answering a call to action’ and standing as civic representatives when Sidmouth goes to the ballot box in May.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Food bank volunteers gave out 22 festive hampers and 23 goodie bags over Christmas. Ref shs 3448-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Organisers of the Sid Valley Food Bank have praised the generosity of residents whose donations allowed the service to help more than 860 people last year.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Brian Ludford at the Boxing Day swim 2014. Ref shs 3657-53-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Friends, family and Freemasons have all helped boost a Sidmouth Boxing Day swimmer’s fundraising total to nearly £1,500.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Dementia cases are rising.

Patients are being urged to check their prescriptions as Sid Valley GPs reveal that ‘vast’ quantities of unwanted medicines are destroyed every week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4525-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

A £92,000 appeal to replace Sidmouth Lifeboat’s tractor got off to a flying start before it was even announced – when a substantial bequest arrived ‘out of the blue’.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
What appears to be the entrance to a cave in the cliffs. Ref shs 7259-08-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A gaping hole on Sidmouth’s eastern cliffs will keep expanding if nothing is done to protect the seafront, according to one of the town’s last fishing families.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Otter Rotter recycling collection operative, Rufus Duffin (centre) who won a recycling award, with his colleagues Jay Mallon, Paul Bastyan, Dean Mallon and Paul Darlow. Ref mhh 8110-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Members of Otter Rotters’ eco-team have been hailed ‘recycling heroes’ after receiving recognition for working against the odds to protect Devon’s environment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Graffiti in Ottery

The exploits of vandals risking life and limb to deface property in Ottery have been condemned as ‘disgraceful’.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The next step in the process to complete a blueprint for future development in East Devon is unlikely to take place until after May’s elections, according to the district council’s leader.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Geoffrey Burnand died while resident at Arcot House in Sidmouth

The death of a retired banker at a Sidmouth residential home could have been prevented if he had received the correct professional care, a coroner has concluded.

Monday, February 23, 2015
John and Gildor, in the summer of 2014

Funds have been pouring in for traveller John Treagood, after the sad death of his much-loved horse, Gildor. John is appealing for help to find a new wagon; sentiment is preventing him from using Gildor’s equipment. Can you help?

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sidmouth library hosts a monthly police surgery. Carol Pentacost from the library with Janet Quinn from Trading Standards and PCSO Chris Bolsover. Ref shs 7749-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Dog fouling, boy racers and cycling in the dark with no lights were some of the concerns Sidmouth residents voiced at the first ‘Have Your Say’ surgery.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Damaged flood wall in Ottery

‘Ottery’s flood barriers will work as designed’, the Environment Agency assured residents, after it was revealed some of the defences failed recent inspections.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Marlene Coachman and Helen Gibson-West with their camper vans. Ref shs 3484-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A campervan driver with mobility problems is campaigning against ‘draconian’ parking measures that ban the vehicles from Sidmouth’s town-centre car parks.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Councillor Claire Wright and East Devon MP Hugo Swire

The pre-election war of words has begun after independent candidate Claire Wright accused incumbent Tory MP Hugo Swire of ‘not standing up’ for East Devon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Zeeland fishermen from around 1900

Fishermen in bygone days sported sweaters to identify them if their bodies were washed ashore – a morbid necessity organisers want to pay homage to when Sidmouth Sea Fest returns on May 1 and 2.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Handel Bennett of The Sid Vale Association with professor Brian Golding who was invited to talk to the group about the history of Sidmouth street names. Ref shs 8471-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A few years ago, Ann Liverton came up with the idea of making a record of the origins of the street names of Sidmouth, at about the same time that I had started collecting interesting names.

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