Sidmouth news review April to June 2012

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 December 2012

Brian May officially opened the Connaught Dome at the NLO on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 1212-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Brian May officially opened the Connaught Dome at the NLO on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 1212-21-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Here are some of the stories that made the news between April and June

April

IT was revealed that the Queen reads the Sidmouth Herald.

Church warden Annette Newman organised a special tea to commemorate Her Majesty’s accession to the throne at Salcombe Regis Parish Church.

She sent the monarch a copy of the Herald’s coverage and got a reply.

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ALCOHOL-fuelled teen vandals and tarnished ‘the jewel of Sidmouth’ when 100 youths invaded Connaught Gardens.

Police seized booze and blamed a minority for causing £500 of damage.

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Britain’s oldest civic society joined forces with traders and hoteliers to issue an SOS – ‘Save Our Sidmouth’ over controversial plans for the future of the valley.

A campaign group was launched that saw the Sid Vale Association team up with the chamber of commerce and hospitality association.

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A SHOCKED dog walker made an unsavoury discovery when he found stinking ‘effluent’ had blighted part of The Byes.

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THE BRAVERY of an ‘inspirational’ little girl from Sidmouth with cystic fibrosis saw her family unite to tackle a triathlon with difference - and boost a cause searching for a cure.

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EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Erin Kirley’s divorced mum and dad, Sandra and Mark, respectively ran the London Marathon and cycled the length of the UK for charity in her honour. Big sister Jenna, 10, took on a sponsored swim.

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SIDFORD woman Naomi Garrick ran into the record books after completing the fastest ever marathon in a wedding dress.

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STARKERS Sidmouth fundraisers showed their naked ambition to raise money for charity in memory of a friend’s mum.

The twenty-somethings posed in the nude for a calendar they hoped would benefit three causes to honour Sally Roberts.

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A DRIVING force behind Sidmouth’s floral features for the last four decades was named Sidmouth’s Citizen of the Year.

Joy Seward, 78, described the Rotary Club of Sidmouth honour as ‘unbelievable’.

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CIVIC leaders vowed to fight for Sidmouth when record numbers turned out for a debate on the future of the Sid Valley.

More than 200 people packed Sidford Social Hall for Sidmouth Town Council’s annual assembly.

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TALENTED Sidford singer Luanne Hoare was set to join five other young people who were heading to the Middle East to perform at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix championship.

May

YOUNG families launched a bid to save Sidmouth’s seafront Drill Hall from demolition.

A group of friends-turned-campaigners wanted the community to decide the fate of the 117-year-old building.

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SIDMOUTH seafront looked like it had been hit by a blizzard when a foamy phenomenon deluged The Esplanade.

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MEAT thieves trashed a popular Sidmouth farm shop and made off with hundreds of pounds of meat.

Criminals who targeted East Hill Pride Farm Shop used its own equipment to hack up the haul.

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A BUSINESS owner revealed a ‘Teletubbies’-style alternative to controversial proposals for an employment site on Sidmouth’s outskirts.

Ian Barlow and a farmer neighbour said an industrial estate could be ‘hidden’ under green roofs and by the landscape at a plot off the A3052.

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CARING Sidmouth 12-year-old Todd Whitrow launched a campaign to help others before an incurable condition robs him of the use of his arms and legs.

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SIDMOUTH got the seal of approval from the BBC’s Jeremy Vine who said the town has ‘limitless charm’ in a piece for a national newspaper.

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THE 1st Sid Vale Scouts launched an appeal for £200,000 to land themselves a new headquarters that would also hand the community a new amenity.

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DOCTORS earmarked Stowford Lodge as the solution to their ‘torturous’ search to provide the Sid Valley with medical facilities fit for the 21st century.

GPs were in negotiations with NHS chiefs to purchase the Sedemunda Road premises and proposed to redevelop the site as a purpose-built health centre.

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THE Norman Lockyer Observatory celebrated its centenary with a bit of help from rock legend and astronomer Brian May.

The Queen guitarist officially opened the Connaught Dome at the astronomy centre.

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AN infestation of rats at the Byes alarmed nearby residents.

Environmental health chiefs said the problem, near Sidford, had been made worse by members of the public putting down ‘human food’ and ‘encouraging’ the animals.

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CONCERNED residents called for speed bumps or a roundabout to be introduced at the Bowd - despite claims by Devon’s highways chief that accidents there were caused by ‘Driver error’.

Campaigners said a proposed 40mph limit was not enough, and should be 30mph.

June

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons declared an interest in the Alexandria Industrial Estate, the fourth generation family firm that owns half of the site revealed.

But Fords of Sidmouth said the destiny of the site was as much in the hands of other business owners there as theirs.

They also revealed their vision to invest £5million to create jobs with a sustainable business park ‘fit for the 21st century’ north of Sidford.

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JUBILANT Sidmouth celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as only it could – with thousands of people enjoying a host of community events.

Revellers clad in red, white and blue lit up the town during gloomy weather with a huge street party.

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A PROUD Sidmouth mum and dad said they’d never forget Britain’s bumper weekend of royal revelry – after celebrating the arrival of their very own jubilee bundle of joy.

Little Poppy Elizabeth Harvey gate-crashed Laura Southcott and partner Jamie Harvey’s peaceful family festivities by arriving a week early.

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A PIONEERING plan for a marina at Port Royal was set to be revived due to a groundswell of unsolicited public support, according to the brains behind the historic project.

The Carter family said they were reconsidering a scheme for a 200 to 300-berth boat yard at the eastern end of the seafront.

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A VISION for a boutique hotel and cookery school were suggested as an alternative to controversial proposals for a jobs hub on Sidmouth’s outskirts.

The Eley family said 30 acres of their land, at Fortescue, could be used to boost tourism and prevent the need for a business park in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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RESIDENTS turned out in force to Spruce Up Sidmouth at an inaugural event.

Sidmouth in Bloom leaders issued a call to arms for the tidy-up ahead of the town’s Britain in Bloom judgement day.

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FUNDING concerns for a project to provide a safe place for Sid valley teens to socialise were allayed when it was awarded £5,582 to keep it running for another 12 months.

The money meant the Arches Youth Project could afford two youth workers.

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TEENAGE singer and actor Matthew Colson was selected to appear in a National Youth Theatre production in Halifax.

Matthew, 18, who was studying musical theatre at university, hoped the move would pave the way to a career in acting.


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