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Police present in Sidmouth

Regina
inactive
in Sidford
Why all the police cars and large vehicles in Sidmouth today. At least 7/8 police cars at the station along with other cars involved ?.
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We've made the Daily Mail !

Mary W-T in Salcombe Regis
Video of the cliff fall is worth watching. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4200762/Resident-cliffside-street-sees-shed-disappear-sea.ht... EDDC can't just sit and watch this happen, we need the BMP now
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Shed falling into sea at Sidmouth

Jan in Sidford
My first thought at seeing this on the news was why hadn't the shed been demolished already as it was so close to the cliff edge? The house owner must have known it was at risk some time ago. One report stated that he was just about to get/had ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
She has good steady hands, she should be proud of her skill as well as being thankful that she was there at the right time.
Wenttomow
most modern cameras (and phones) have anti-shake features, I find they work very well.

Kitchen fitters

Old Boot in Cotmaton
A friend is seeking recommendation about a certain kitchen fitter, and asked me to post this: "The company is Martha Mockford, and they are at Buckerall, just beyond Honiton. The fitter is called Neil Wilson, and the guy running the company is ... [ more ]
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Old Boot
Barbara...would you be willing to speak directly to my friend, please, as direct word of mouth and maybe answering a few questions, as that is what she is hoping for. The company couldnt/wouldnt give any references, which seemed a bit strange.. ... [ more ]

Two kittens need home

Debbie
in Stowford
Two female kittens ( about 7 months old) need a loving cat friendly home.  If you can offer one, please pm me.  Thank you.

Recommendation Podiatrist/Chiropodist

Karen S
in Stowford
Please does anyone have a recommendation for a podiatrist/chiropodist in the sidmouth/exmouth/ottery/honiton area?  Anywhere that's within a 30 minute drive. 
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PennyPincher inactive
Sue at the Beacon Medical centre is the only podiatrist has solved a long standing problem of an ingrowing toenail. I have seen 4 Chiropodists in town over the years.

Sidmouth parking laws

Emily R in Sidmouth
Welcome to Sidmouth , Please note we have completely different driving laws here . You are allowed to park ANYWHERE , especially on the pretty zig zags that are painted near zebra crossings and even better if they are near a small roundabout. Please ... [ more ]
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Jan
If it t was turning right (as some comments state), the driver missed the turning. It looks to me that the car is outside the Sue Ryder shop; the only right turns are at Newtown at the corner of SR and after that, at Salcombe Road. As you can see ... [ more ]

Horse Riding in Town

Gordonius Maximus
in Sidmouth
Just a question rather than a criticism. Can anyone clarify what the Law is regarding horse riders riding through town at two abreast?
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Ann L
Maybe the horse on the inside was inexperienced and was being shielded. In view of the stupidity of some motorists most horse riders don't ride two abreast without good reason.
Jan
I've seen a horse or two being ridden through the town and enjoyed the sight (I was walking, not driving) and two ladies on horses came through Salcombe Road, single file, last week. I loved seeing them and hearing the clip clop..........

Handyman Needed Urgently

Marnie
in Bridge End
Does anyone know of someone who could or help me put together a Hutch/Chicken Run combo. It is W.6ft x L.9ft x H.5ft. Includes Apex roof. Having a degree in reading the worst instructions I've ever had the misfortune to come across would be a great ... [ more ]
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Marnie
Thank you Ian, I'll keep you in mind for any more jobs I need doing. He asked for £250 to start with, but I said i would rather pay an hourly rate. I was prepared to pay up to £150 to get the job done in a hurry. I'm not usually that generous though.
John M
I would like to know of a handyman too - not urgently required. For lifting  and moving heavy things, cleaning gutters, etc. John M.

NHS in Crisis. Book early for coach to Mass Rally in London on Sat 4th March.

Jackie G in Newton Poppleford
Healthcare campaigners from across the whole country will be joining together for a mass protest in London on 4th March, 2017. East Devon Alliance (EDA)are organising a coach, at modest cost, for those attending from East Devon. Details to be ... [ more ]
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Jackie G
Going back to the reason this thread was started, here's a quick recap:  The NHS is in crisis. There are staff shortages; closures already of GP surgeries, pharmacies, community hospital beds, and hospitals; and more cuts coming. Social care budgets ... [ more ]
George E
On the BBC News last night, if I heard correctly,  it was said that there would soon be a 1.3 Billion shortfall in the NHS funding . Coincidentally I read in the morning paper that the Government plans to spend 1.3 Billion on aid to "middle income" ... [ more ]

Drill Hall, not an argument

Mary W-T in Salcombe Regis
I thought I remembered someone on here recently saying something about people congregating around the back of the Drill Hall but I can't find the info now. Does anyone know where the comment can be found please? Or know anything about such activity?
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Mary W-T
Rozzy, that is very interesting. I can't PM you for further details as I refuse to verify my address; I am not keen on website bodies 'knowing my business' as my Mother-in Law would have said. She was a Lancastrian and obsessed with the fact that she ... [ more ]

Flooding

Stuart H
Not in the Sidmouth /Sid Valley area Sam yesterday we only had 7.4mm with highest hourly rate of 2.4mm. It is when we get storm events and more than 25mm falling we could get problems. We had some further problems in Sidmouth last week during the ... [ more ]

Sidmouth Crafters

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Leigh Browne Room, Unitarian Church (opp. Tesco), Sidmouth
Gillian O in Weston
Sidmouth Crafters * Crafts * Create * Coffee and Chat * Beautiful handmade items for sale or try one of our taster sessions in various crafts (£5 with materials provided). FREE CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE

Pancake Races Tuesday Feb 14th

Sid-Valley in Stowford
Once again, Sidmouth Esplanade will be the venue for the annual Pancake Races organised by the Sid Valley Rotary Club in it’s role of being involved with the local community. The races are open to both juniors who race for fun (and perhaps a ... [ more ]

Electrician Required

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Terry Y
I hope Drakes Avenue  is local enough for you  RS and as a youngster was much closer to the town centre.

Dog sitter

Cake baker in Sidford
I'm looking for someone to come and live in our house and care for our dogs when we go on holiday, any recommendations?
Daffie
I've used "mindmyhouse" Excellent website and had lovely people house sit and took the dogs walking ... never any problems You pen your needs and wants ... then wait to b contacted as opposed to emailing from the list I always asked for a mature ... [ more ]
Kim L
Thanks Daffie.  I have used a house/dog sitting agency for several years.  Very happy with people who come to stay and look after my dog, but now very expensive (Plus 20% VAT) so am looking for an alternative.  I will definitely look at "mindmyhouse".

Cinerama Search for Paradise

Sidmouth Methodist Hall
Michael E
in Sidmouth
Showing at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  A charity Cinerama Screening on the giant Omniscope curved screen with full stereophonic sound.  Admission Free - non obligatory retirement collection.

Chippy

Adrian G
in Bulverton
I like my weekly 'fix' of chips from the chippy, my regular being Bloaters. Tonight (Friday) they were closed until the end of the first week in February. Went to the Rickshaw in Newton Pop, where we love their Chinese takeaway, to try their chips ... [ more ]
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Dishwasher repairs

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NHS in crisis: government's 'cure' already putting patient care at risk?

Jackie G in Newton Poppleford
That's why healthcare workers and campaigners from across the whole country, including East Devon, are assembling in London (Sat 4th March).  As Cllr Dr Cathy Gardner says in her letter in the Sidmouth Herald (27 Jan), “.. a review of the true ... [ more ]
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Peter S
Jackie G  Got agree with you Jackie on this one ! Also think that something as big as this, should also be non political because they all use it as a political football, which sometimes is not in the best interests of the patients.

Fire Brigade Scam

Peter S
in Stowford
Dear All, Please be aware of the following Community Alert recently sent by Police in relation to bogus Fire Officers. Please be aware of bogus callers from the Fire brigade: On Saturday 21st January 2017 a male and female, claiming to be ... [ more ]

BT Call Protect - a warning

Derek H
in Sidmouth
In response to a letter from BT inviting me to access the free service Call Protect I followed the instructions on their website feeling happy that I would no longer be bothered by cold callers.   However, I then discovered that my 1571 service for ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
Article in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/01/openreach-chairman-says-bt-should-have-invested-bette... They think BT may be about to start investing.

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Bedford Steps

hibou in Sidford
The access to the beach from the West side of Bedford Steps is not very attractive now that you have to wade through the water coming down from under Station Road. It wouldn't take much to make sure the water didn't flow all over the steps. Who is ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
One of the discussion groups at the Neighbourhood Plan event was about commercial and tourism matters. I think this problem is something which should be mentioned in the NP because I have seen many people with children and pushchairs, or with sticks, ... [ more ]
Real Sidmouthian
I don't think the neighbourhood plan will include this type of thing as that's a planning and land use document. But it would be good to see if during the beach management plan process these changes could be considered. If we are changing beach ... [ more ]

Transport and help with part house clearance

William F
in Sidmouth
I wonder if anyone out there could help with transport for my brother in Sidmouth when it is required in say 3 weeks time with regards to clearing out some of his possessions perhaps to charity shops

Drill Hall

Mary W-T in Salcombe Regis
Yes, I know, some people want to knock it down! If you are one of these please stop reading now or you will get annoyed ;-) For those who want to save it or who haven't made their minds up yet I just wanted to say I have put up a companion site to my ... [ more ]
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Hamfisted
Real Sidmouthian  Sorry mate. It is now owned by EDDC, the local authority, which is not at all the same thing as "the public". EDDC make this distinction very clear, very often. See the notice at the entrance to the Knowle about the Public Right of ... [ more ]
Real Sidmouthian
Well that's exactly the point HF. It's theirs to make the most out of on our behalf and as you quite rightly say: We do the electing.....and on my behalf they can go ahead and replace it with something much more fitting and in harmony with our town.

Credit card found

Irene H
in Salcombe Regis
This is a message for Jamie Stone, I have found your Nat West card on Beatlands road this morning whilst walking the dog. I will take it into the bank tomorrow unless you pm me. If anyone knows Jamie please pass on this message.
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Dogs and children and young people on the Ham

ST in Sidmouth
Last year I took the grandchildren to the Ham on a few occasions who rolled around on the grass in the sun and played ball games. Recently I have walked pass the Ham and it seemed that people are taking and letting their dogs foul there. Is this ... [ more ]
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Ali B S
There will always be people that do not clear up after their dogs. So this being the case, when out walking, why not just pick up after those people. I know it's not very nice but it least it gets the mess in the bins where it should be. My ... [ more ]
Barnacle Bill
............. and the birds Ali B S - not just the seagulls but the sparrows and starlings. Hung my smalls out t'other day and a sparrow hit it on the wing! Something needs to be done - a cull perhaps?

Former pet shop in Church Street....

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The Knowle and Pegasus

Mary W-T in Salcombe Regis
I have just seen on the Herald website that today EDDC have agreed to abide by the Information Commissioner's ruling and release information, which is excellent. However, I was surprised by this quote  “Furthermore, we can confirm that there has ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
I read them on the http://futuresforumvgs.blogspot.co.uk/  and was surprised at how much Pegasus increased its offer after the 'interviews' mentioned in the Savill's report. I wonder what was said in person that Pegasus had not been aware of ... [ more ]
Mary W-T
It has just been pointed out to me that my previous post could be seen as suggesting something untoward went on at the 'interviews'. This was not my intention. I was simply thinking that some more information must have come to light to account for ... [ more ]

Thank you to those who helped.

John
in Sidmouth
Just to say thank you to the people of Sidmouth who helped or showed concern for my 90 yr old Mother in Law who stumbled and fell outside 'Pure Indulgence' this morning. Also to the staff in 'Graze' who allowed her to sit and recover at one of their ... [ more ]

Crafts at Kennaway

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Kennaway House
Gillian O in Weston
Did you make a New Year Resolution to learn a new craft? We can help you. Try one of our taster sessions in needle-felting, crochet, knitting, sewing, appliqué, quilting, drawing and more. (£5 per session, materials provided) There will also be ... [ more ]

Drivers ignore road closure!

Jan in Sidford
Work is being done on Salcombe Road near the Toll House (there was a huge pothole). It has finished for the day and is yet to be resurfaced. There are signs 'road closed' plus traffic cones across the road and you'd think this meant that the road was ... [ more ]
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Real Sidmouthian
I'm surpsrisrd a reality TV programme hasn't been made on Sidmouth drivers. Some of the things done would be quite unbelievable!
Colin M
There is a footpath from St Nicholas & St Giles Church to May Terrace clearly marked "NO CYCLING" - need we be surprised that I witnessed cyclists ignoring this instruction and cycling down the path. I am not anti-cyclist, I cycle myself. It's ... [ more ]

The Garden

Kate C
in Stowford
Would anyone like a collection of the RHS journal "The Garden" dated from 1976- 1986 approx. Also some copies of the journal for the Alpine Garden Society. Free to anyone who would like to collect.

Used UK stamps

Jan in Sidford
Does anyone know of a charity (or anyone) that can make use of stamps. These are stamps we've cut from our post over the years and have quite a lot. Wanted to check before I bin them. Thanks
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Blocked Drain

Michael H
inactive
in Bridge End
Happy Birthday! the drain on the corner of Glen Road and Manor Road has now been blocked for three years (possibly a lot longer) ! Perhaps 2017 is the year it will be unblocked -if not perhaps we can sow some seeds and turn it into a mini -garden.
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Stuart H
I believe this gulley is on the system and if it has now been blocked as you say for three years should be cleared.

Ducks

Anne S
in Sidford
Can anyone tell me why we do not have any ducks on the River Sid ? We have lived near the Byes for several years and never seen any wild fowl.
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Diana N
Sid flows through our garden ..mummy duck and babies floated by one day last summer ..never seen again tho .. I think the otters eat them too!

Frederick Tharby

Joan D in Sidmouth
With the recent posts concerning some of the history of the area, I wonder if anyone has any information about a gentleman called Frederick Tharby who lived in Sidmouth from the mid 1950s - mid 1960s.  I understand he was an American and had ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
As an aside, good to see you back posting Denise S, I have missed your input. ( assuming it is the same Denise S of course :-) )

Stairgate needed

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Sowton Park n Ride

Old Boot in Cotmaton
I went into Exeter this morn. .i usually leave here at 0900 for Sowton park and ride, so can catch first free (bus pass) bus at 0930. It now doesnt work out that way...as "they" have craftily rescheduled to leave 0928.....2 mins before free ride! So ... [ more ]
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Gordonius Maximus
Totally agree BB and eloquently put, it is usually those who do not possess the Benefit who bemoan it  until........ they receive it!!
Linda W
Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great benefit and definitely not be-moaning it... as you say BB the off-peak buses are largely subsidised by the council through use of passes.  I was just making the point that it can be very trying when some ... [ more ]

Recommendation for a dog sitter

Gemma M
in Sidmouth
Hi, We are planning a long weekend away and need to find a dog sitter for our French bulldog as we'd rather not use kennels. Can anyone recommend someone in Sidmouth or nearby. Thanks

£12m infrastructure plan for Sidmouth

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******
Just goes to show where the money goes... £600,000 for Port Royal and £1,000,000 for a new entry to Alexander Rd industrial estate??? It's about 40 feet from Station Rd near the Bulverton Park entrance to Fords car park... and £100,000 per km for a ... [ more ]
Peter M
You need to read the history of the so-called Ransom Strip to see how those costings might have come about for the new access road. I still think the whole Infrastructure Development Plan is a wishlist, for discussion! Great  you are discussing it. ... [ more ]

Cycle shop

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Empty residential properties!

Grumpy Gramp
in Bulverton
Sorry, Soapbox time! Why are there so many empty houses & bungalows in Sidmouth? We continuously here of the need for more new builds to relieve the UK housing crisis but has anyone stopped to look at what is actually available around us? I ... [ more ]
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tricky dicky
Go to EDDC website and the section - Report an empty property. The council have powers to work with the owner to either sell the property, bring it up to rental standard and if this fails, to take the property over and let it out until the owner ... [ more ]
Marazion87
We contacted the Council about a property that has been empty for 20 or so years when looking to buy our first home last year. The person we spoke with was aware that it is empty and said they have had many people contact them about it. The house in ... [ more ]

Half a ton of hardcore

Ollie W in Sidmouth
Hello everyone, I'm assuming someone out there needs some hardcore. If interested in  approx half a ton, contact me. My father is visiting on the 22nd Jan with his truck and we'll either be getting rid of it then or on the 23rd... more likely the ... [ more ]

Lamp Shades

Sid Ford in Sidmouth
Free Several small glass/china lampshades diameter 6" by 4" in height. 15 x 10 cm approx.  Going to divide into lots.

Cinderella

hibou in Sidford
Went to Cinderella with the grandchildren last night at Manor Pavilion. Absolutely great - may not have been perfect (they are amateurs), but was what "village" pantos are all about. The performers did their best (and it was at the least good enough, ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
Fair enough Hetty, you are right that I should have specified 'some'. However, what I was trying to get across was that encouraging children, or people generally, to feel attacked because they can't please all the people all the time is setting them ... [ more ]
Hetty
Mary W-T  Know what you mean about your back - with me it'd be a race between my back and  my knees trying to give out first

Christmas cards

Merrivale
in Sidmouth
Can any tell me where one can recycle Christmas cards? Not sure whether one can put them in the green recycle bin?
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Old Boot
Thanks for encouragement, Maria. I do indeed make cards, but not usually from salvaged ones. Agreed, card making very therapeutic. I have however saved the "pretty bits" from recent cards, and will put them to use somehow...if only to make gift ... [ more ]

Looking for a company to knock down a garage and level and turf a garden

Jenny R inactive in Cotmaton
Has anybody got a recommendation for a company or person to give us a quote to: - knock down a garage - level the back garden - turf the back garden - and build a boundary wall or fence Many thanks, Jenny
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Bass guitar teacher

TIB
in Sidbury
I'm looking for a bass guitar teacher in the Sidmouth area. I'm not looking for beginners tuition, but I'm aware my playing is ragged and needs tightening up a lot. I play almost exclusively folk.

Plumber

Adrian G
in Bulverton
Need a plumber to fix a wonky tap in the kitchen. Can someone suggest one (I'm in the Woolbrook area Sidmouth).
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Adrian G
Just had Al Swann and his son (07974 223585) come to replace my old wonky tap in the kitchen. Came quickly and changed the tap very professionally. We bought the tap ourselves from his recommendation, so no mark-up. Very friendly and reasonable ... [ more ]

Virus warning

Mary W-T in Salcombe Regis
On Sunday I went to the Google app store to find an app to let me back up sms messages, what I got as well was a virus which has completely killed my phone. I am a cautious person, I have virus protection enabled and run regular scans. I had the ... [ more ]
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Mary W-T
Thanks Peter, I have got the Stubborn Trojan Killer on my new phone! I couldn't download either of the killers for my old phone as I couldn't get things from the App store because my wireless was completely clogged by the Ghost Push activities!! I ... [ more ]
Mary W-T
Are there any computer experts who can help me find a safe site online to download something to my computer to allow me to get into my old phone? I have found a site ( symptomdb dot com, I'm not putting the link on here in case it is rogue) which has ... [ more ]

Railcard found

Ann W
inactive
in Sidford
Just found a Senior Rail Card for M.Gold (possibly Mark Gold) by the bus stop on Temple Street. Would like to reunite it with its owner.

Tickets available for New Year's Eve dinner dance at Dartington Hall

Debbie
in Stowford
I know this is very short notice but if anyone is interested in tickets for a black tie dinner dance and overnight stay at Dartington Hall today please let me know.  There will be a set menu as we had to choose.  Drinks are not included but everything ... [ more ]

Old towels

Sam H
in Northmostown
Can anyone make use of 4 bath towels- ( 2 white, 1 cream, 1 yellow)- they are thick good quality ones that I don't have a need for anymore- but wondered if anybody with muddy dogs would like them.
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Sam H
Diana N  I've been trying to private message you but until streetlife have verified my account by post it won't let me sen messages - so I'm not ignoring you - will contact you once I can.

Xmas card

Paul L in Cotford
Does anyone know or know of a Mr & Mrs W Allen, in Sidmouth or Sidford, We have had a card delived to our address for them from the USA, this is the second year this has happened
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Paul L
Thanks to various members of this group, this card has found its way to who it was sent to, many thanks and a happy new year

Skye's Christmas list!

Ray S
in Sidmouth
Found on Knowle car park. Reads as follows:  To Santa, for Xmas please could I have a toy doggy or a teddy doggy a build it bear reindeer or a santa (with clothes) a boy monchichi electric toothbrush a pink small electric car a big santa teddy glitter ... [ more ]
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Missing Bench

Grumpy Gramp
in Bulverton
Anyone know the whereabouts of the bench from the top of 'heart attack hill' (top of Balfours). Seems to have gone walkies ....aliens may be. Can't believe the council can be repairing it, wouldn't think there's enough budget for that! Someone ... [ more ]
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Stuart H
The bench was removed for renovation and I suggest you go and take a look as it has been expertly carried out. As for the litter bin removal this was done to prevent the abuse of folk filling them with domestic waste and setting them alight which ... [ more ]
Marnie
Thank you Stuart for your help with this problem. Have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2017.

A new choccy shop...

****** in Salcombe Regis
I just spotted a new choccy shop, tucked away in a small unit behind Temple st, off Lawn Vista, called "Chocolatiers". All hand made, taste and look gorgeous. Just bought a few as an early Christmas prezzie for the wife...
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Are there any events going on Christmas Eve?

Jenny R inactive in Cotmaton
We will be in Sidmouth for Christmas for the first time this year and want to know if there are any events going on Christmas Eve? Preferably during the day. Many thanks in advance 😃
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Black Eye Friday.

Barnacle Bill in Trow
Just a few days until Black Eye Friday - maybe the approaching weather will calm things down a bit on the streets.
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Barnacle Bill
Concerns would be more accurate - couldn't say though as hatches were battened down. A little seasonal screaming around Carina's kick out time but it sounded like only a few little girlies that couldn't hold their mulled wine. Don't know how the ... [ more ]

Bad parking

Victor P
in Sidmouth
For over a week or more several vans have been parked at the top of Manstone Lane , just before turning into Sidford Road, one van in particular is parked right on the corner making the visibility  of turning in either direction dangerous. Could ... [ more ]
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Vintage Dame
Victor P, I know the vans you mean, parked all day, every day for a few weeks, silver with pink/purple writing, sometimes up to five of them, right on the corner making turning very difficult indeed. I believe they are working on a house nearby. ... [ more ]
John M
Blue badge drivers are not allowed to park within 30 metres of a junction.  If they obeyed that prohibition it would dispose most of the parking problems. If they ignore it they are just as likely as anyone else to receive a parking ticket.

Appeal for help.

Mark lindsey Earley in Sidmouth
If anyone could help spread the word about this we would be hugely grateful, thank you x https://www.gofundme.com/stouffies-medical-care-fund-x

Shared taxi to Southampton ?

Janet N
in Sidford
Hi I'm going to the IOW for NY and had planned to go by train to Southampton. I'm a bit concerned about the disruption on southern trains so considering finding a shared taxi . Does anyone kmow of a local taxi company who operates such a scheme? I ... [ more ]
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Paul
Also  put in your Diary,   Deans Taxis of Sidmouth . They do Airport runs.
Hayley D
Just so you know. My husband is in the Navy and gets the train every week back to Portsmouth. It often takes 4-6hours (meant to take 3hrs 15mins) train from honiton is always delayed meaning that he misses the connection at Salisbury.