Sidmouth News

Fearful shoppers and businesses say plans to extend Ottery’s town bus service cannot come quick enough - as traders and residents suffer its loss.

Derelict Ottermill Switchgear building in flames on Saturday

Crews fought the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Sidmouth, Port Royal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0934-03-12AW

Anger at plans to redevelop a car park for social housing is a ‘battle’ that risks distracting residents from the ‘war’ over eastern town, a representative has warned.

Plans for King Alfred Way

Concerns about affordable housing, flooding and the environmental impact are all addressed in revisions to a major application for Newton Poppleford.

Comedian Daniel FitzHenry will be compering a night at The Marine.

A comedian thinks the crowd at a forthcoming event will be in ‘Fitz of Giggles’ thanks to a stellar line-up he has brought together for his paralysed friend.

Ursula Makepeace and Beer volunteers with their awards from south west in bloom. Ref shb 4274-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Beer has reached the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition for the first time in its history.

Chairman of the Sid Valley Food Bank Renee Forth accepts a cheque for £1,000 from Vicki Campbell from the Sidholme concert. Also pictured are pianist Oskar Hammond, trustee and Sidmouth Lion Ian Skinner with fellow Lions Chris Rignall, John Doe and Alan Shoesmith. Ref shs 2355-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Organisers of a sell-out performance held in aid of a Sidmouth charity have thanked everyone who helped the event raise £1,000.

Opening of the Cordelia Gallery, Cross Lane Sidmouth, 17th Sept 2015. 
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A new Sidmouth gallery, opened in memory of an amateur painter, has proven to be a huge hit with artists and visitors.

Big plans for The Balfour

Friday, October 2, 2015
Balfour Arms has re-opened

Carnival night went with a bang for one Sidmouth pub that reopened its doors just in time for Saturday’s festivities.

Officers are appealing for help in catching culprits

Alcohol confiscated by police during Sidmouth and Seaton carnival.

A decline in booze seized from under-age drinkers during Sidmouth’s carnival night is ‘reassuring’, says the town’s police sergeant.


The extra facilities will be in place for Saturday’s crunch match - England vs Australia, which is being shown on a large screen in the Exeter Fanzone from 8pm.

Author, comedian and actress Helen Lederer is interviewed by Helen Taylor at the Temple Methodist Church as part of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. Ref exb 1122-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The seventh Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has been hailed as a great success by organisers.

People in the community are being encouraged to take an active role in providing help and support for Syrian refugees.

Suzanne and Andrew Whitby at the post office at Sidford. Ref shs 3810-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The couple who run Sidford Post Office have thanked customers for their loyal support as its relocation marks the end of an era.

‘Carnage’ clinches UK 1

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ottery's Adam 'Carnage' Nickels with medal winners at World Artistic Pool Championships

A trick-shooting pool star secured his place as Britain’s number one and improved his ranking on the world stage at a recent contest.

Buyout won’t stop business

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ron Miles behind the bar at the lamb & flag in Ottery. Ref sho 3816-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pub landlords who invested six years and around £200,000 in their business face having it ‘ripped out’ from under them.

Ottery St. Mary library. Ref sho 3398-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Civic leaders have defended spending £139,500 on a town centre facility, amid claims they are out of touch with Ottery’s economic needs.

Council warns of roadworks

An emergency closure will be carried out in Temple Street on Sunday (October 4).

Bob’s World War One find

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Bob Graham with his grandfather's war medals. Ref shs 8829-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A family trip to a Sidmouth antique shop for a coin valuation turned up lost medals dating back to World War One.


District councillor Matt Booth, a Sidmouth town ward member, said the first he saw of the ‘bombshell’ Mill Street proposals was in the Herald – and claimed the authority showed a ‘lack of transparency’.

Chamber pans Mill St plan

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Mill street carpark. Ref shs 6858-21-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Proposals to build social housing in an underperforming car park have been met with dismay by business leaders – who have questioned how the ‘absurd’ idea ever surfaced.

SVA launches £200,000 appeal

Monday, September 28, 2015
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 is reaching out to residents to help raise £200,000 so it can develop its first HQ in its 169-year history.

How’s that for a sunflower!

Monday, September 28, 2015
Marion and Barry Perry with their unusual multi-headed sunflower. Ref shs 9297-39-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A green-fingered couple from Sidford have dazzled their neighbours with their tower of sunflowers.

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

Sidmouth in Bloom volunteers have proven they still have the Midas touch - claiming their third gold award in a row in the South West in Bloom competition.

An artists impression of the site at Furzehill

Sidbury’s population could grow by more than 10 per cent, if proposals for a new development in the village go ahead.


Runners of all standards could soon have their own weekly event in Exmouth to participate in, if organisers can find much-needed volunteers.

The Sid Valley Cyclo-paths handing over their cheque to Dream-A-Way

A quintet gave it their all on a gruelling 1,000-mile cycle ride to net £13,000 for a local success story.

Margaret Adams with the painting that will be used for a christmas card charity. Ref shs 3699-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A self-taught artist from Sidmouth is hoping her work will bring some festive cheer to the Admiral Nurse Campaign, as she unveils her design for the cause’s charity Christmas card.

Classic cars draw the crowds

Sunday, September 27, 2015
A summer car rally was held at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the weekend. Grace Jeffrey, nine, with her dad Colin by the Sidmouth Toastrack. Ref shs 9236-39-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Vintage motors met modern technology in what proved to be a recipe for success at Sidmouth’s Classic Car show last Saturday.

Sidmouth High Street reopened

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sidmouth High Street has now reopened after an accident earlier this morning (Saturday),

Jeannie Alderdich and John Wycherley of Sidmouth Gifts with Sam Abrahams of La La Choir held a teddy bear raffle in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Ref shs 9308-39-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A couple touched by prostate cancer say they were humbled by the response to a cuddly fundraiser for the charity that supported them.

Sidmouth gears up for carnival night

Friday, September 25, 2015
Sidmouth Carnival 2012. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2623-39-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to and click on myphotos24

Information on this year’s carnival procession and parking restrictions.

Sidmouth prepares to cheer on Tonga

Friday, September 25, 2015
Red and white Tongan flags are flying in Sidmouth

Red and white Tongan flags are flying over Sidmouth as the town gears up to cheer on its adopted team in the Rugby World Cup.

The Revd Handel Bennett is pictured presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mary Buckley with cllr John Dyson and driver Carol Lockton on being the 15,000th Hopper Bus customer. Ref shs 2244-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The 15,000th passenger of the season on a shuttle that takes tourists and residents around the Sid Valley was a 90-year-old who uses it on a daily basis.

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