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Sidmouth Lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday) following concerns for the safety of two adults and five children.

Gypsies are being blocked from occupying land that adjoins East Devon’s Pebblebed Heaths in an ‘unprecedented’ move to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

The murals at Sidmouth swimming pool car park. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5931-09-14AW

A full complement of murals depicting life in our seaside resort is in place thanks to the hard work of Sidmouth College artists.

Police are carrying out enquiries following a vehicle blaze in the early hours of this morning.

John Vinnicombe with his son Mark on their farmland near Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 4774-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A farmer is warning people to be aware of potential dangers on public footpaths after he said a runner caused his cattle to stampede.

Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar

Forgetting any mythical connotations, mention of The Mermaid evokes one thing for a certain generation – flares, groovy tunes and the most happening place in town.

an overflowing rubbish bin at Newton Poppleford playing fields. Ref shs 3132-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A volunteer who helped secure funding for Newton Poppleford’s play park says parents have a ‘social and moral responsibility’ to clear-up their rubbish.

Graham Liverton has been a Sidmouth town councillor for 30 years

Sidmouth’s longest-serving town councillor has resigned after 30 years’ service because he found it ‘impossible’ to deal with colleagues who ‘publicly humiliated’ his wife.

Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pair of tattooists will be holding a unique fundraising event to help a cause that is close to their hearts.

The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Red Arrows could be secured for next year if every Sid Valley resident gave just £1.

Sidmouth In Bloom judging took place at the weekend. Ref shs 3596-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The ‘creativity and innovation’ of hard-working volunteers havs seen them showered with praise by South West In Bloom judges.

Graham Green and Graham Watson

A grandfather-of-five is appealing for £50,000 so he can continue his charity’s good work in Africa – because he has no plans to retire any time soon.

Maggie Radford celebrated her 100th birthday at Bindon Residential home at the weekend. Ref shs 3672-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A 100-year-old who brushed shoulders with royalty and film stars says the key to a long life is to ‘just do what you want’.

Keith Knight recieves his gold award

One of the longest serving members of the Sidmouth branch of the RNLI, has been awarded its Gold Badge in recognition of his outstanding service.

Knitwear goes to Uganda

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Rosalin and Duncan Watt,Jean Bridgeman and Joan Bennett with some of their knitted items for Uganda. Ref shs 1366-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Knitters across Sidmouth and Sidford have united to keep babies and young children warm in Africa.

An intruder has been warned he faces a jail sentence after he broke into a house and terrified a seven-year-old boy.

The Lions Club of Sidmouth held their annual duck race at The Byes. Ref shs 4138-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Thousands of brightly coloured plastic birds made their way down the River Sid on Sunday in the Lions Club of Sidmouth’s Great Duck Derby – which raised a record £5,700 for charity.

Sidmouth Twinning Circle garden party. Ref shs 4291-30-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Twinning Circle held its annual garden party at the weekend.

Mike Grant witht the film reel

A chance visit to the tip has seen a movie-lover unearth what could be one of just two surviving copies of an 87-year-old silent film.

Jimmy’s bus stop plea

Friday, July 24, 2015
Jimmy Small navigates his way along the B3176. Ref shs 1303-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pensioner, who suffers from mobility issues, is appealing to bus drivers to stop closer to his house consistently - to save him a half-mile journey down a busy road.

A Sidmouth man, who was arrested on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old woman in a Berkshire hotel this week, has been released without charge after police found no offence had taken place.

Sidmouth view from Peak Hill. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref sidmouth view

A Sidmouth ‘think tank’ has begun collaborating with an environmental group that is striking a ‘blue new deal’ for communities along the coast.

The Sid Vale Association hand over a donation for the Sidholme Organ Appeal. Ref shs 3141-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

An ongoing appeal to restore a 160-year-old musical instrument at a Sidmouth hotel has had a £7,500 boost from Britain’s oldest civic society.


A review in to how May’s elections were run has identified failings in the way East Devon’s returning officer handled issues with postal voting.

Jacobs ladder beach in Sidmouth. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shs 1237-24-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Expert recommendations on how to safeguard Sidmouth’s coastline are due in September – but their implementation will be dependent on funding being secured.

Surgery’s care wins praise

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The new Beacon Medical Centre. Ref shs 7755-23-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The quality of care at Sidmouth’s Blackmore Drive health centre has been praised by independent regulators - but inspectors described the building as ‘not fit for purpose’.

This photograph of Pennington Point and East Cliff was taken for the BMP by a drone at lower altitude. If you look carefully you can see circular waves with their centre at the end of the river training wall. This is wave diffraction and it can cause erosion.

A long-awaited solution to protect Sidmouth’s coastline has moved a step closer to completion.

Dr Bob Symes with members of the Sid Vale Association outside their new HQ. Ref shs 1224-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Britain’s oldest civic society will finally gain an HQ for the first time in its 169-year history, after it launched an ‘urgent’ bid to relieve pressure at Sidmouth Museum.

Philip Minshall, 23, could be in Devon.

Concern grows from 23-year-old who has been missing for more than 20 days.

The Sid Valley Food Bank will be help 25 families this summer

Organisers at the Sid Valley Food Bank are preparing to launch an initiative aimed at helping low-income families over the summer holidays.

Jake Pengelly with the six cyclists fundraising for power-assisted wheels for his wheelchair

An appeal to fund power-assisted wheels so a paralysed builder can regain some independence has raised more than £1,600 in its first week.

The former SES stationery shop of Sidmouth. Ref shs 7145-42-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Revised plans are in for a ‘dilapidated’ building that will keep it truer to its current layout after concerns were raised by a conservation officer.

Graham Martin the oraniser of an anti-slavery party at the saddlers arms in Lympstone with Michaela Alfred-Kamara the education officer for anti-slavery International. Photo by Terry Ife ref exv 9218-31-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

The Exeter Anti-Slavery Group is holding its annual summer party on Sunday, July 26, 2pm-6pm, at the Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone.

Stowford Rise residents appeal to the public to slow down. Ref shs 3423-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Residents near ‘Sidmouth’s most dangerous road’ fear they are running out of options after Whitehall rejected a plea to improve safety.

an overflowing rubbish bin at Newton Poppleford playing fields. Ref shs 3132-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Parents have expressed disgust at rubbish from an overflowing bin that they say is rendering a children’s play park a ‘health hazard’.

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