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Olympic silver medallist Mary King was met with a familiar sight in the Californian heat on a recent trip to America - as she was greeted with a copy of the Sidmouth Herald.

Jonathan Marshall

A celebrity falconer’s media career is in ruins after he forged an animal passport for his Golden Eagle so he could appear on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show.

Head teacher of Newton Poppleford Primary School, Stuart Vaughan. Ref shs 3049-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

The £2.5million rebuild of Newton Poppleford Primary School will be good for the pupils and the community as a whole, according to its headteacher.


Small-scale developers will no longer have to compensate communities for the extra pressure their new homes will place on schools and leisure facilities, under new rules announced by central government.

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

More than £1million is being invested in flood prevention to protect homes in Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford and Branscombe.

Beer Scouts and Ax Valley Explorers collect money after packing bags at Tescos in Seaton.

Every little helps for Beer Scouts as they continue to raise money to refurbish their hut.

Red Arrows

Sidmouth’s seafront ‘amphitheatre’ could once again play host to the Red Arrows – after an RAF commodore revealed the elite display team would be open to returning to the town.

EDDC's Knowle headquarters

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) proposed move to Honiton and Exmouth is likely to cost around £11million - it was revealed this week.

Cllr Ian Barlow is seeking to install more buildings at Sidmouth Garden Centre. Ref shs 9069-45-14AW Picture: Alex Walton

A Sidmouth businessman has withdrawn his application to build two green units in the Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), after failing to win the town’s support.

UKIP's parliamentary candidate Andrew Chapman

UKIP’s parliamentary candidate believes he has a real chance to unseat incumbent East Devon Tory MP Hugo Swire in May’s General Election.

Sidmouth Boxing Day swimmers in 2013. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 8548-52-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

Organisers of Sidmouth’s traditional Boxing Day swim have warned that the popular event may not take place this year.

EDDC's Knowle headquarters

More than 60 Sid Valley residents packed in to Sidmouth’s Old Unitarian Chapel last week to express their strong opposition to East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) proposed move from the town.

The SVA meeting at the Old Unitarian Chapel

Sid Valley residents had the chance to quiz district council representatives about their views on the authority’s proposed move away from Knowle and the town this week.

Members of the Max Grainger family Olly,Ed,Freya,Emma,Richard and Millie the dog. Ref sho 9883-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

The family of a man, left in a coma after an accident in Thailand, have been left ‘speechless’ after a campaign to bring him home netted £16,000 in a week.

Sidmouth late night shopping. Brian Fletcher and Sarah Brook enjoy a festive ice cream. Ref shs 2248-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

True community spirit proved the secret to Sidmouth’s late-night shopping success last week.

“We owe you a debt of gratitude …” Ed Harrison, new chairman of Sidmouth RNLI at the presentation to John Govier together with committee members and guests Dave Nicoll, RNLI regional manager, Steve Hockings-Thompson, coxwain of the Exmouth Lifeboat and operations manager Kevin Riley.

Volunteer fundraisers for the RNLI were hailed as the unsung heroes of the lifesaving charity at a presentation in Sidmouth to honour the remarkable long service of three members of the town branch.

Sidmouth Concert Society chairman Stephen Huyshe-Shires presenting the book to Sidmouth Museum curator Bob Symes

The complete history of Sidmouth Concert Society’s first 40 years has been put on the page and presented to the town’s museum.

Emma Bowring presenting the painting to DWT at the Trust’'s Cricklepit Mill HQ

An environmental charity is ‘getting closer to securing a future’ for a family of beavers living on the River Otter thanks to support from an East Devon wildlife artist and a popular television presenter.

Ruth and Ben Ray with Ted, Irminie and 'baby Jesus'

A five-day-old baby had big bootees to fill when she played Jesus in a Nativity scene at Sidmouth’s late-night shopping event.

Lamb and Flag, Ottery St Mary

A kind-hearted pensioner from West Hill is hoping to spread some festive cheer by treating lonely people to Christmas lunch.

Sidmouth Skate Park. Ref shs 2844-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

A judge has warned of the danger of knife crime after locking up a 17-year-old boy who stabbed a drunken man at a skate park in Sidmouth.

Fesitve fundraising at Ottery eatery

Friday, December 12, 2014
Robin Rea

An award-winning Ottery St Mary eatery is to host a festive fundraising feast next week in aid of a good cause.

Winter Solstice at academy

Friday, December 12, 2014
Neil Hampson

An exhibition featuring work from several West Country artists reopens tomorrow (Saturday, December 13) at East Devon Art Academy in Old Fore Street, Sidmouth.

Surf’s up at the seafront on Boxing Day

Friday, December 12, 2014
Action from Sidmouth's 2013 Boxing Day swim. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 8555-52-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

Residents have been challenged to brave the winter waves this Christmas and support Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club by taking part in a Boxing Day surf.

A Stuart Line cruise boat prepares to dock at the beach in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 5040-19-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

Spiralling costs and a lack of investors to foot the bill have forced tourism bosses to pull the plug on their bid for a Jurassic Coast ferry – despite ‘amazing enthusiasm’ from the public.

Police appeal after home burgled

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from a Sidmouth home.

A heart-attack victim could one day be saved by a quick-thinking first aider after civic leaders backed plans for a public-access defibrillator for Sidmouth.

The Sidmouth Victoria Hospital have received plant pots paid for by the Keith Owen Fund and planted for free by Sidmouth Garden Centre. Ref shs 3256-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Four plant pots are in place to lift the spirits of patients and visitors at Sidmouth Victoria Hospital after a donation from the Sid Vale Association.

Linda’s a champion businesswoman

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Linda Dillon and the other winners of the Devon Venus Awards

A Sidford pilates instructor is in the running for a national award after she was recognised as one of Devon’s most ‘inspirational, driven and successful’ businesswomen.

West Hill Wasps Under-12s after their stunning success at reigning champions and age group cup holders CS Tigers of Sampford Peverell.

Ottery’s young footballers could finally have basic changing and toilet facilities if a request to use a currently redundant pavilion is granted.

Tourists will completely bypass Sidmouth if a long-awaited ‘superhighway to the South West’ goes ahead as planned.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A parliamentary candidate’s blog has been reported to the police after a comment on one of her posts called for a ‘cull’ of all Tory councillors.

National Trust's Head Ranger for East Devon Peter Blyth is pictured receiving a cheque for £29,700 for SVA Hon Treasurer Neville Staddon this week. Also pictured are Rev'd Handel Bennett, Ed Harrison and Peter Moss. Ref shs 1135-47-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Britain’s oldest civic society has turned a banker’s £2.3million legacy into more than £3million – and every year tens of thousands of pounds benefit his beloved Sidmouth.

Sidmouth Youth Centre is set to be re-opened as a Christmas gift to the town's youngsters. Ref shs 2335-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Christmas has come early for Sidmouth’s youngsters as civic leaders have stepped in to reopen the youth centre – and it could be back in action as early as January.

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