Sidmouth News

The latest politician to drop in at the Sid Valley Food Bank was the Conservative vying to be re-elected as East Devon’s MP – who insisted that the issue is not a political one.

Three fire crews from Sidmouth, Ottery and Exmouth were called to a property in Fortfield Terrace last night (Monday) after reports of smoke coming from a downstairs window.

Woolbrook News. Ref shs 6180-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Part of a Sidmouth newsagents could be transformed into a community hub featuring a café as well as space for cookery workshops and life skills training.

Elections take place on May 7

East Devon’s election chief has apologised after an error was identified in the postal voting papers sent out to some electors.

The smaller of the two new minor injuries rooms. Ref shs 7706-40-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Health bosses announced this week that talks to decide the future of community hospitals in East Devon will be temporarily suspended.

Large barrel jellyfish washed up on the beach at Sidmouth,

This large barerel jellyfish caught the attention of passers-by when it washed up on Sidmouth beach yesterday (Sunday).

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

Tireless fundraisers this week launched a bid to create a £400,000 dementia centre at Sidmouth Victoria Hospital.

Pete Lowres

Devon Freewheeler volunteer Pete Lowres, 46, knows every penny that drops into the charity’s collection pots is vital to continue its lifeline work.

Providing a vital lifeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Devon Freewheelers operates daily ‘hand-to-mouth’, never knowing where its next penny will come from.

Exeter Crown Court.

An alleged professional criminal funded a jet-setting lifestyle by masterminding burglaries across Devon, including in Ottery St Mary and Beer, it was claimed at Exter Crown Court.

The health watch has already seen success in several communities including Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone and Newton St Cyres.

A recent decision which saw Sidmouth miss out on the chance to trial a pioneering support scheme was down to a lack of necessity for the project - not a lack of interest.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Ottery St Mary Hospital entrance. Ref sho 7454-44-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

Campaigners have accused health authorities of leaving a ‘veil of secrecy’ over discussions to determine the future of Ottery’s hospital - and are appealing for support.

Angry Sidmouth residents gathered at Knowle Gardens in 2013 after having their application for a public footpath to run through the grounds rejected. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5623-26-13AW

Walkers may still be able to enjoy a stroll through the ‘upper terraces’ area of Knowle, even if proposals to build a retirement community on the site go ahead as planned.

Paul Johnston of The Old Post Office, Fairmile, is appealing to motorists to slow down. Ref sho 3361-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A resident who has been battling for two years for measures to stop speeding traffic on Ottery’s outskirts says lack of action could ‘cost a life’.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a news conference in London where he announced his party's plans for the public sector. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millions of teachers, nurses, police officers and other public sector workers will be spared further pay cuts under Liberal Democrat plans set out by Nick Clegg as he promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” after years of austerity.

Back on solid ground; Barbara with her three grandchildren.

‘Well done, Barbara, you did it!’

Devon Freewheelers is always keen to recruit new volunteers to promote the charity and raise vital funds.

A disabled parishioner has been left £200 out of pocket after tools he was using to repair a vandalised church notice board were stolen in broad daylight.

A pensioner - with less than two years to live - faces dying in prison after being warned to expect 11 years behind bars for admitting a catalogue of historic sex offences, including rape, indecent assault and child cruelty.

The spectacular Red Arrows pictured performing at Lyme Regis. Ref shs 8629-31-12AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Civic leaders have unanimously agreed to underwrite the £15,000 cost of bringing the Red Arrows back to Sidmouth – after the project leader swore to raise two-thirds of that cost.

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

An environment quango has been accused of putting plants and fossils before people after it blocked a bid to protect Alma Bridge.

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

The planning protest in the Knowle, Sidmouth. Ref shs 5750-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Residents have a chance to give feedback on a blueprint for future development across East Devon in an eight-week consultation launched this week.

Richard Page competing in 2015's Marathon des Sables.

A former Sidmouth College head boy says he is ‘over the moon’ after finishing among the top 10 per cent of runners in a week-long endurance race across the scorching Sahara Desert.

The Exeter Morris Men performing at Exmouth's Bicton Inn. Photo: Paul Strange.

Morris dancing is one of the most English of pastimes, so it’s only fitting that people attending a St George’s Day festival should have a chance to see it in its full glory.

Barbara Hodge celebrated 20 years with Fields

A hard-working employee and the second of four family generations to work in Fields’ department store has celebrated 20 years’ service.

Ducks are part of a new animal husbandry project at Sidmouth College

Caretakers have vowed to ‘outfox a fox’ after Sidmouth College’s flock of chickens and ducks was decimated by a wily predator this week.

Weather prompts wildfire warning

Friday, April 17, 2015

With the recent warmer weather set to continue, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision in Sidford which left a 65-year-old pedestrian with life-threatening injuries.

District bosses are warning residents about a council tax refund scam.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers’ founder Daniel Lavery explains what prompted him to sell the family home to start up a charity that would become a vital lifeline throughout Devon

Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1280-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers operates ‘hand-to-mouth’, with founder Daniel Lavery checking the daily bank balance through his fingers. Find out how you can help the lifeline charity.

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