Sidmouth aims to support Sport Relief and other news

More than 150 people have entered the Sidmouth Mile event at The Byes. Read this and more.

SPORTS RELIEF: More than 150 people have entered the Sidmouth Mile event at The Byes on Sunday, to raise money for Sports Relief.

Entries close tomorrow, Saturday. Both the club’s website: and have links to the special Sidmouth Mile page and information on how to enter.

The event starts at 10.30am near the Toll House and takes in a one-mile course that will be marked and marshalled.


BROADBAND: A campaign to bring super fast broadband to properties across Devon and Somerset is proving extremely successful, says the county council.

The authority says 15,000 individuals and businesses have responded to a survey being run by the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.

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Councillor Will Mumford said the more people that respond, the more leverage the consortium has with broadband suppliers. He added: “We’re delighted that so many people are taking part in our survey. If we can evidence really strong demand for super fast broadband, then we’ll be a much more attractive proposition for private sector investment in the network. To take part visit


CHICKEN COUP: A new on-farm training centre in East Devon aims to help the region keep its growing chicken population healthy and productive with the introduction of its first ‘Backyard Hens’ course.

Increasing numbers of people are keeping chickens in gardens and spare patches of land, say Colliton Barton organisers.

The centre, near Broadhembury, has designed its poultry course to be both hands-on and practical. For information visit


SCHOOLGIRL SKYDIVE: Sidford teenager Abbi Lee plummeted 10,000ft from a plane for the Alzheimer’s Society on Sunday.

The 16-year-old, of Sid Road, was inspired to take part in the sponsored skydive after her granddad died while suffering from the illness.

She was joined by friend and fellow St Margaret’s School pupil, Holly Atkinson, 16, of Lympstone, who has seen her gran suffer from the condition.

The pair hope to have raised more than �250 by taking part in the parachute jump at the Netheravon military base in Wiltshire.

Abbi said: “We wanted to help a cause that is personal to us so that less people have to suffer like our grandparents.”