Sidmouth news review 2012 - July to September

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 December 2012

Lizzie Sanders,Mollie Williams and Helen Shelly at Sidmouth rugby club for the Rally For Sally event. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0598-34-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Lizzie Sanders,Mollie Williams and Helen Shelly at Sidmouth rugby club for the Rally For Sally event. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0598-34-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Some of the news from the Sidmouth area between July and September

July

SHOCKED residents labelled a vision revealed for Knowle as a ‘thunderbolt’.

Early proposals by the district council showed how dwellings and a care home were earmarked for the site’s car parks and a wedge of its green space.

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KIND-HEARTED complete strangers from Sidmouth helped a young mum with incurable cancer realise her wedding dream.

Newlyweds Naomi and Graham Thomas said words couldn’t describe their gratitude.

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TRIBUTES were paid to ‘legend of Sidmouth’ Mike Sambati, 71.

Mike was ‘chuffed’ he lived to see his family resurrect a High Street café that now bears his name.

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EMERGENCY intervention was needed to save one of Sidmouth’s oldest buildings when it was dealt a near fatal blow after being clattered by a lorry.

Repairs were needed when the collision, combined with lashing rain and forceful gales left the old Unitarian Meeting House in danger of collapse.

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WILD weather chaos ripped through Sidmouth when a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours brought East Devon to a standstill.

Roads turned to rivers and a 100m-wide raging torrent swamped the Byes.

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A SIDMOUTH shop worker became a flood victim after she abandoned her car when the road home turned into a river – and was slapped with a parking ticket.

Shocked Mandy O’ Donnell eventually saw the fine overturned following a story in the Herald.

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SUN-SEEKERS diced with death beneath dangerous Sidmouth cliffs that suffered a massive landslip – as a holidaymaker was killed by a rock fall 20 miles along the coast.

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BEACH-GOERS enjoying a scorching summer Sunday got a shock when hundreds of jellyfish seemingly invaded waters at Jacob’s Ladder.

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EX-SIDMOUTH dentist Paula Fernley was raising money to travel to the Himalayas and help treat communities with no access to dental care.

She was due to spend a fortnight with a team of volunteers from the UK and New Zealand, in Leh, a Buddhist enclave in India.

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SIDMOUTH Lifeboat’s senior coxswain and longest serving current crew member bade a fond farewell when he stepped down from the role.

Simon Sparrow said it was time for someone else to take on the key role, after serving for 15 years.

August

A SEVERELY disabled widow, who parked on double yellow lines for two minutes to post a birthday card in Sidmouth, was horrified to find a parking ticket slapped on her windscreen.

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SIDMOUTH’S Mary King played a crucial role in Team GB’s eventing team silver medal at the London Olympics.

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DEDICATED former Sidmouth town clerk Trina Jarrett Kemp was awarded the freedom of Sidmouth FolkWeek.

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SIDMOUTH College celebrated excellent A-Level results – with a 98 per cent pass rate.

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THOUSANDS of ecstatic people lined the streets of Sidmouth to celebrate Mary King’s London 2012 silver success.

The six-time Olympian and three-time medallist was made an honorary freeman of the town during the unprecedented event.

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FEARS were expressed for Alma Bridge, as Sidmouth knows it, after experts decided to dismantle the damaged landmark and replace it with a temporary alternative.

A detailed inspection of the iconic link revealed it had been dealt a blow and left potentially unsafe by storms and flooding.

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SIDMOUTH College students achieved ‘outstanding’ GCSE results despite government interference in the exams system over English results.

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HEALTH chiefs pledged to minimise job losses after agreeing plans to standardise catering, portering and cleaning services in East Devon’s community hospitals.

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CYCLING siblings Sam and Ollie Turner got the royal seal of approval from Prince Charles as they prepared to ride the length of the UK for a trio of charities.

The boys were gob-smacked to receive a letter from Clarence House that hailed them as an ‘inspiration’.

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A SIDMOUTH writer’s touching story of her wartime evacuation and struggle for survival propelled her very first book onto the Sunday Times Best-Seller list.

Iris Jones Simantel, 74, never though Far From The East End would ever even be published.

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THE 15-year-old daughter of Sidmouth College’s head of drama was gearing up to make her West End debut.

Hannah Thompson’s mum, Angela Davies, said she’d still be the rising star’s harshest critic.

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SIDMOUTH builder Alan Steele caught more than he bargained for on an all-night fishing trip.

He uncovered a set of messages in a bottle.

September

BIG brother tactics to curb ‘out of control’ use of the car park at Sidmouth Conservative Club saw a shocking £5,000 of fines handed to oblivious drivers in just three days.

Members felt they had no choice but to resort to a CCTV number-plate recognition system.

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MARRIED life for Sidmouth couple Helen Baker and Rob Davidson began with the perfect wedding deception.

Friends and relatives arrived in tuxedos and posh frocks at Kennaway House to what they thought was a Hollywood Oscars-themed party to mark Helen’s 40th birthday – to be told by Rob the event was in fact their wedding.

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MUSIC fans united against cancer at a Sidmouth pub’s annual fundraiser – but fears were expressed it could be the last after a complaint over noise.

Rock the Volley raised £1,800 for Cancer Research but organisers were worried for its future if they were forced to move it indoors.

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‘DISGUSTED’ residents demanded answers from developers who promised children a play area after building on a space they loved – but only delivered a big hole in the ground.

Youngsters were still waiting for a kick-about area in Stowford Rise two years after it was lost to a 133 home development.

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YOUNG bike riders celebrated the opening of a new £50,000 cycle link from the Byes to Sidmouth College.

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A PEOPLE-powered ‘fighting fund’ set up to derail controversial plans for the future of the Sid Valley had netted more than £19,000.

Save Our Sidmouth had received up to 25 contributions a day to pay for an expert to challenge proposals to build on Knowle and for an employment site north of Sidford.

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TRIBUTES to a much-loved Sidbury teenager continued to come in all shapes and sizes – including a totem pole.

The Sidbury Players wanted a home for the Native American monument, built in memory of Jordan Cross, with the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club taking it in.

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THE new all-action principal at Sidmouth College set out his vision for the school.

“For me, good isn’t good enough,” said Kenny Duncan. “It’s up to me to take us from good to outstanding.”

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OLYMPIC medallist Mary King put a smile on the face of five-year-old Ellen Cox, who missed the big parade in Sidmouth, by visiting her school in Newton Poppleford.


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