Honiton cat volunteers celebrate farm free of feral kittens

A group of cat volunteers are celebrating the successful homing of the final group of kittens from a farm near Honiton.

Cats Protection’s Honiton Branch had a busy year, rehoming more than 40 cats during 2021 and neutering 163 cats by October. However, it has been the most recent humane trapping of a pregnant female cat at a farm outside Monkton that has been cause for most celebration.

Originally contacted when three young kittens and some feral adults were seen around the farm, the branch set humane traps and was able to catch the kittens and take them into care. Two...

Devon Freewheelers volunteer Des Senior with some of the bears. Photo: Devon Freewheelers.

Exeter mum's crochet challenge keeps Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers blood bike on the road for 1,000 miles

An Exeter mum’s festive challenge to make a charity Christmas mascot for the Devon Freewheelers, based in Honiton, will fuel a blood bike for 1,000 miles.

Tammy Tudor, of Beacon Heath, Exeter, raised £140 by crocheting Christmas coats for teddy bears for the charity to sell at fundraising events.

Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers deputy CEO, said: “The festive teddy bears went down a storm with our supporters, all thanks to the clever finishing touches created by Tammy. We could have sold them several times over.

“We are so grateful to Tammy for taking the time to...

Dementia Friendly Honiton increases crucial support thanks to new funding

Dementia Friendly Honiton increases crucial support thanks to new funding

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:22pm

People with dementia have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In East Devon, new funding from South West Water is enabling Dementia Friendly Honiton to help more people to find out about the fantastic initiatives it offers in the region.

The volunteer-run organisation has had to make significant changes to continue to support the local community over the past 12 months. The usual weekly meet-ups for those with dementia, essential for creating routine, were completely on hold due to Covid-19. The removal of this regularity has seen the impact of dementia on the...

Honiton gymnast Hallie wins silver in global acrobatics competition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:54pm

Last weekend, four Honiton gymnasts took part in the global Acrobatic Blocks Competition (ABC) where they performed virtual handstand events against some of the best acrobatic gymnasts and circus performers in the world.

Hallie Bennett, Max MacDonald, Sky Shute and Oscar Felice took part in the event, which was held on Zoom and broadcast live on YouTube, featuring more than 350 competitors from 25 countries in four age-group categories. Competing hand-balancers were from countries including Japan, USA, Russia, Portugal, Australia, Israel and Iran. The competition ran from 7am...

Bloodbikes ride away with £1,000 from the Freemasons

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/08/2020 - 10:41pm

At a recent meeting (at a safe distance) the Devonshire Freemasons donated £1000 to the Devon Freewheelers also known as the Devon Blood Bikes to enable them to continue the important work they are doing in transporting Covid 19 samples from test centres and hospitals to laboratories in addition to their other important duties.

Last Saturday two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters Peter Keaty and Craig Cox met up with Dave Cook and Mick Scaife to present them with the grant and congratulate them on the courage and determination they show as volunteer riders, this makes a total of...

Connecting with nature during isolation

As part of their Culture + Climate programme 2020, THG has teamed up with East Devon AONB to share NATURE SHORTS: an online series showcasing art practices which inspire, build creativity and deepen our connection with nature.

NATURE SHORTS explores how we can connect with nature during isolation, sharing different artistic approaches to land and space. The highlighted artists work across a range of materials and processes including land art, photography, printmaking and performance.

THG Curator, Ruth Gooding, explained “As we move our public programme into the digital...

Asleep at the Wheel

Event Date: 
28/08/2020 - 10:45pm
The Beehive, Honiton, Devon EX14 1LZ

This is a coup for the Beehive in booking one of the great Americana bands. An 8 piece line up featuring pedal steel guitar, fiddles and horns fronted by founder, and lead vocalist Ray Benson, a big presence and a big voice to match. The band were featured on the first ever episode of Austin City Limits and have appeared eleven times since. Their history - 10 Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Touring Band of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association. They have released 31 albums and had 20 singles in the Country Music charts. You can find out more...

Woman and man in shop

New home for Honiton auctioneers after 'best ever' year

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Tue, 12/17/2019 - 7:22am

Honiton auction house, Chilcotts, has announced its fifteenth year in business as the ‘best ever’ as the family-run business prepares for major change in the near future.

After running a variety of celebration events to mark the anniversary, the icing on the cake was the realisation that not only was 2019 the most successful year in terms of trading, with auction turnover increasing by 6 percent against the 1.2 percent increase in overall UK trade figures, but also that the November 30 sale was the highest selling single auction yet.

Auctioneer, Duncan Chilcott says “We’d...

Devon-based Simpkins Edwards is celebrating with its team after being accredited as one of the UK’s ten best accountancy employers by judges at the British Accountancy Awards (BAAs).

Simpkins Edwards celebrates being accredited as top ten employer by British Accountancy Awards

Devon-based Simpkins Edwards is celebrating with its team after being accredited as one of the UK’s ten best accountancy employers by judges at the British Accountancy Awards (BAAs). The firm, which has offices in Exeter, Okehampton, Holsworthy, Bovey Tracey, Barnstaple and Honiton, has now been shortlisted for the BAA’s Best Employer title 2019, and will discover if it has won later this month.

This is the second successive year that Simpkins Edwards has reached the finals of the British Accountancy Awards - widely regarded as the industry’s most prestigious accountancy accolade....

Come see, come try, come buy at Honiton Gate to Plate

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:12am

Top programme of on-street cookery demonstrations, tips from food experts, live musical entertainment and around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers selling their wares

Honiton’s High Street will be buzzing on Saturday (10 August) as around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers will be joined by top chefs, food experts and talented entertainers for this year’s Gate to Plate.

A great programme of events are lined up throughout the day with live music on the entertainment stage and a cooking stage featuring chefs and food experts giving live demonstrations.