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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.

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.

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

NHS logo

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

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.

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.

East Devon’s share of residents’ annual council tax will not increase in the next year, after district leaders announced a freeze this week.

The Manor Road car park was damaged by a vehicle

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

Graffiti in Ottery

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Toilet seat toddler

The mum of a West Hill toddler, who was rescued by firefighters after getting a toilet seat stuck around his neck, has been forced to defend her actions in dialling 999.

Otter Valley Festival hope

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Otter Valley Festival sponsors outside the Hospiscare building

A major new family cycle and music festival could put Ottery on the map this May – if plans are given the green light.

GALLERY: Sidmouth pancake race

Friday, February 20, 2015
Dukes were the victors once again at the Sidmouth Pancake races. Ref shs 3326-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Children enjoyed a ‘flipping’ good pancake day as they took part in the Sid Valley Rotary Club pancake race.

Dorothy Luxton celebrates her 100th birthday with Sandra Dekle, Jill Bamber, Margaret Greenhalgh and Ibby Harper. Ref shs 3400-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

An ‘independent’ and ‘amazing’ 100-year-old celebrated her birthday in style, with family flying in from South Carolina for her special day.

One of the River Otter beavers. Picture: Devon Wildlife Trust

A group of beavers living wild on the River Otter will be trapped and tested for disease ‘within weeks’, a wildlife charity has confirmed.

Steve joins election race

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Labour candidate Steve Race

Charity campaigner and former Red Cross worker Steve Race has been picked by Labour to contest the East Devon seat in May’s General Election.

Police search for driver

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Police are conducting an ongoing search for the driver of a yellow Ford Escort that was found ablaze in Sidbury.

The key to keeping elderly residents safe from scammers out to take their hard-earned cash is to raise awareness of their devious tactics.

Lib Dems reveal election hopeful

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Stuart Mole

The fight to become East Devon’s next MP is now a four horse race after academic and retired diplomat Stuart Mole was picked to stand as the Lib Dem candidate to contest the General Election on May 7.

A pair of new parking permits designed to save disabled residents from trekking across town and to boost the guesthouse trade has been given the green light.

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