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SEA DOG: Beer Coastguards pulled a dead pit bull terrier out of the Rixer Axe near Seaton on Saturday, June 30. The dog which seemed to have been in the river for a few days, had a collar but had not been reported as missing, said Beer Coastguard, Terry Hoare. Recovering dead canines is unpleasant but it is all in a day’s work, he added.

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ALLOTMENT BREAK-INS: Police have warned of a “spate” of recent break-ins to allotments in East Devon, and urged users to keep valuables locked up and out of sight. They will soon be holding a session for gardeners to bring their items to be permanently marked by police, as a deterrent to thieves. Date to be announced.

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POLICE PATROLS: Police have stepped up in Beer as a result of two incidents of vehicles having their bodywork scratched.

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BRANSCOMBE WALKS: Two new downloadable walks around Branscombe have been have been made available by the National Trust. The first, named Historic Branscombe, is one mile long and highlights the village’s orchards and evidence of Branscombe’s lace-making past. The second, longer at five miles, features great views and a wide variety of wildlife, These, and another ramble at Salcombe Hill are available at http://nteastdevon.wordpress.com/walks

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PARKING SUCCESS: Beer Parish Council’s taking over of the coach park at Townsend has been heralded a “huge success” as all nine parking permits have been sold. They may not always be renewed so contact the Parish Clerk, Annie Dallaway, on 01297 680244 or clerk@beer.eastdevon.gov.uk to join the waiting list.

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WILDLIFE EDUCATION: Information sheets to guide curious young minds around two new nature activity trails at Beer’s cliff top gardens have been made available on Beer Parish Council’s website. Brass rubbing sheets, featuring dunnocks, pyramidal orchids, common blue butterflies, horseshoe bats, dormice, roe deer and lapwings, and a Jubilee Pebble quiz sheet can be downloaded at http://www.beerparishcouncil.org.uk/fp.php?id=1247

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HANDRAIL: Beer Parish Council are considering installing a handrail up to the rose garden at Jubilee Gardens.

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NATIONAL TRUST MILL: Manor Mill water mill in Branscombe has opened for summer- every Wednesday from 2 to 5pm until the end of August. This is in addition to the Old Bakery and Old Forge. .

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CONCERT: King Alfred Concert Band, an all-ages wind band from Somerset, will be performing at Beer Pecorama’s “top spot” stage on July 14 from 1pm. They will be playing a variety of music from “classical overtures to popular songs”, said the organisers.

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FILM: Beer Film Society will be showing Mao’s Last Dancer on August 6 at 7.30pm at Steamers. The drama details the story of a child plucked from poverty in rural China to study ballet in Beijing, who later defects to America and ends up a star with the Australian Ballet. Based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin, the subject of the movie.

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