'Good news - a new restaurant in Sidmouth!'

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The new restaurant is due to open on the Esplanade - Credit: Ales Walton

For those of you that enjoy going to the On The Waterfront restaurant, on the quay in Exeter, there is some very good news on the horizon. 

The owners are about to open a restaurant in Sidmouth, in the Marine Bar premises on the Esplanade. Apparently the restaurant is due to open this Saturday, January 15. 

This certainly fills the gap for an Italian-style dining experience in the Sid Valley. 

Did anyone watch the live stream of Jethro’s funeral on January 3? You can see it on his Facebook page.

Comedian Jim Davidson did an excellent eulogy recounting many hilarious moments that they shared together. This included the much-seen episode of The Generation Game, where they had to do countless retakes after bursting into giggles while talking about the dykes of Norfolk.

He also recounted how Jethro hated being away from home. On a rare holiday in The Algarve he got so bored that he started to help the local workers with new paving outside his hotel! 

The dreadful weather last Saturday did not stop Sidmouth Rugby Club playing their game against Newent. 
However, the match had to be transferred to Sidford as The Blackmore was under water. The change of venue saw a change of fortune for the team as they ran out winners by 24-10. And another bonus is that without a public address system at Sidford the spectators were spared hearing my announcements! 

This weekend they play this evening (Friday) under the lights at North Petherton. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

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On Saturday evening, Exeter Chiefs have a home European game against Glasgow Warriors. Kick off is at 5.30pm. 

The Chiefs will be looking to recover from their last-minute defeat in the league at Harlequins last Saturday. The team played the whole of the second half with only 14 men after prop forward Alec Hepburn was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Joe Marler. 

The commentators did hint that they thought Hepburn might have reacted to Marler’s sledging in the opening 40 minutes. He is certainly very good at winding up his opponents. It was an interesting dilemma for the referee, as Sam Skinner was also involved in the two man tackle. However his part was not deemed to be dangerous. 

On the cricket front, it was great to see England avoid a whitewash in The Ashes. The team have had a terrible time recently and it was good to see players such as Johnny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Zac Crawley and Jack Leach make a meaningful contribution. The final test started today in Hobart. 

On the property front, there have been very few properties coming onto the market since Christmas in the Sidmouth area. 

Hopefully more will become available over the next few weeks to give buyers more choice. This time of year is a good time to sell with internet searches peaking. Among new properties coming to the market early in the New Year are a detached bungalow in Darnell Close, an apartment in Powys House, a ground floor apartment in Bickwell Valley and a detached bungalow in Burrow Lane, Newton Poppleford. 

Finally, I would like to suggest a walk that I think you might enjoy. 

Start from anywhere in Sidmouth and take the path that leads from Bickwell Lane and continues all around Bulverton Hill. It eventually brings you close to the top of Four Elms Hill. 

Walk from here up towards Mutters Moor and you come out by Keble’s Seat. Continue down past the golf course and you eventually come out near the top of Bickwell Valley. 

From here you can take your own route back to where you started. To help you, you might consider purchasing one of the large scale ‘Around & About’ OS maps that are available in various outlets. They have a plastic coating and are perfect for inclement weather.