Budleigh Salterton Review of the Year - January to June

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 December 2011

Budleigh Salterton St Peter's School royal wedding celebrations. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 9133-17-11AW

Budleigh Salterton St Peter's School royal wedding celebrations. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 9133-17-11AW

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Take a look back at events in Budleigh Salterton from January to June 2011.

January

The New Year started badly for Budleigh pensioner Norman Bolt, who was trapped in his Bedlands Lane home for 10 days when the county council failed to grit the road.

The 71-year-old, and his wife Jenny, were unable to leave their home for more than a week.

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The town council said it was ‘disappointed’ the county council deemed Bedlands Lane a ‘minor road’ requiring no grit, while the county council said it was ‘committed to doing its utmost’ against the cold snap.

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Highways chiefs bowed to public pressure, when plans to roll out parking meters in Budleigh Salterton were scrapped.

After Devon County Council received almost 4,500 objections from residents, it pulled the plug on the proposal, apart from Coastguard Hill. Former mayor Councillor Courtney Richards blamed the U-turn move on a financial ‘blunder’.

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Bad behaviour in Budleigh called for action at the start of the year after the police reported an increase in vandalism.

The police impressed upon residents the importance of immediately reporting anti-social behaviour in a bid to catch the culprits.

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February

Hard-working Budleigh Salterton councillor Ray Franklin was ‘elated’ this month when he scooped a prestigious award at London’s Westminster Hall.

The then Budleigh ward member landed the Partnership Achievement Award for his involvement in a raft of schemes aimed at providing homes and employment on the edges of Exeter and East Devon.

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East Budleigh proved community spirit was alive and kicking when the community shop announced it had made a profit in its second year.

Residents said the shop had provided a ‘lifeline’ during the earlier cold snap and snow.

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A kind-hearted secret millionaire remembered Budleigh Salterton in his will with a windfall of £2 million.

Thanks to the generous legacy of John ‘Mac’ McBurnie, of Copp Hill Lane, Budleigh’s cricket club, croquet club, the Shandford Residential Care Home, RNLI, PDSA and Guide Dogs for the Blind were each awarded £300,000.

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A 14-year-old schoolgirl was the driving force behind a charity variety show in memory of her much-loved nan.

Sophie Knowles, of Brook Road, organised the event as a tribute to Ann Meadows, who died aged 59. Money raised by the show was due to go to Hospiscare.

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MARCH

A BBC coast expert joined the debate over the future of the Longboat Café.

Professor Mark Horton, a presenter on the BBC’s popular Coast programme, urged English heritage to reconsider its decision against listing the historic building, saying the Longboat building was the only example left in the British Isles.

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The town welcomed new vicar Anne Charlton this month when she became the community priest for Budleigh Salterton, Knowle, East Budleigh and Otterton.

The Reverend Charlton took over the role following the retirement of the Reverend Robert Charles.

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A journalist from Colaton Raleigh recalled the horrific scenes that resulted from the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Julian Ryall, a former Journal reporter, was the Japanese correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

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Two Clinton Devon Estates bosses were set to influence the future of England’s forests following the government’s aborted attempt to sell off woodland. John Varley and John Wilding were appointed to the Forestry Regulation Task Force.

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APRIL

Hundreds of Budleigh Salterton residents backed campaigners battling to save Greenway Lane’s allotments from development.

A fortnight of petitioning drummed up almost 1,000 signatures from residents determined to retain the plots.

The campaign was the result of a proposal by allotment owner Clinton Devon Estates to build up to 50 homes, some affordable, on the site.

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Otterton residents fighting a battle of the buses celebrated victory after Stagecoach’s U-turn decision to cut the village service.

A campaign group, called The Kings Men – regulars from the Kings Arms pub – successfully challenged the bus company’s decision to cut all services to and from Otterton. The bus company said it was working with the county council to fund a service.

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Budleigh Salterton joined the rest of the country celebrating the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

The party lasted all weekend as revellers danced in the street when Friday’s disco celebrations ran on into the early hours.

Scores turned out for the community picnic on The Green.

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MAY

The town celebrated recruiting its youngest-ever councillor, when 19-year-old Michael Hilliar was selected to sit on the public hall and planning committees.

Council clerk Jo Vanstone said it was ‘fantastic’ to have a younger member on the council to represent the town’s younger population.

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Budleigh Salterton’s newly-crowned carnival queen, Mollie Harrison, amazed carnival organisers when she handed over her own cash to charity.

Instead of pocketing a percentage of the cash she raised for the town’s carnival club as part of the process of becoming the town’s royalty, the eight-year-old pledged to donate all her funds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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A new NHS dentist, who could take around 1,000 patients, was set arrive in Budleigh.

Newly qualified dentist Dr Amy Bailey was due to start work at the Budleigh Salterton Dental Practice in August.

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A Budleigh Salterton institution was granted a cash grant from the town to preserve its future for generations.

The Salterton Drama Club was awarded £1,500 by the town council.

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JUNE

The Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours stretched as far as Budleigh Salterton when the town’s charity champion, Lions Club member Geoff Paver, was appointed MBE for his services to the community.

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Clinton Devon Estates forester John Wilding was also appointed MBE for services to the environment.

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Budleigh Salterton vineyard owners Alan and Faye Pratt scooped awards at the prestigious Winemaker of the Year competition.

The Lily Farm owners won a silver and three bronze awards for their wines after competing against other wine growers in the UK and Wales.

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A move made by the town council to back controversial plans to build up to 48 homes on allotments at Greenway Lane was made to buy the council more time.

Councillor Steve Hall said the town council’s hands were tied when members voted in favour of outline planning permission.

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Volunteers spent hours braving the rain in a bid to preserve plant life along the River Otter.

The group was there to pull up Himalayan balsam plants, which were starting to take hold.

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