Historic Bickleigh Bridge to reopen earlier than planned

Bickleigh Bridge to reopen earlier than planned

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/28/2021 - 12:27pm

Bickleigh Bridge on the A396 in Mid Devon will reopen to traffic on Bank Holiday Monday, a week earlier than planned.

An articulated lorry hit the parapet wall on the downstream side of the Bickleigh Bridge in the early hours of May 18.

When the driver realised he had taken the wrong line onto the bridge, he attempted to reverse - it was this reversing manoeuvre that caused the damage.

The bridge has been closed to traffic since the accident, although pedestrians and cyclists have been allowed access.

The same day engineers assessed the damage and a...

Tiverton boarding school turns over new leaf with new grounds equipment

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/15/2021 - 9:58pm

A Tiverton boarding school has purchased a new fleet of grounds equipment after securing a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK as part of a wider overhaul of the grounds within the school’s 120-acre site.

Blundell’s School switched banks to HSBC UK in October 2020 and has used additional funding from the bank to purchase a fleet of high-quality grounds equipment, including tractors, a four-meter-long mower and a turf conditioner. Head Groundsman Graham Cox, who joined Blundell’s last January, has seen improvements on many fronts thanks to the new equipment.

The new...

Martin Kemp: The Ultimate Back to the 80s DJ set

Event Date: 
25/09/2020 - 7:00pm
Tiverton Community Arts Theatre

TCAT in association with Comedy Hall presents... Martin Kemp!

Get Ready for the Biggest 80s Singalong Ever!!

Grab your dancing shoes and prepare to enjoy a night of pure ‘Gold’ at the biggest 80s night to hit Devon!…Yes, fancy dress is encouraged!

Since his role in the global success of Spandau Ballet, Martin Kemp has gone on to have a truly distinguished career. From playing lead roles in likes of The Krays and Eastenders, and more recently starring on Channel 4`s Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls plus with his famous son Roman on Celebrity Gogglebox, it’s fair to...

MP backs new ACE Tiverton special school as it welcomes first students

MP backs new ACE Tiverton special school as it welcomes first students

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 2:10pm

Local MP Neil Parish has backed ACE Tiverton to provide high-quality education to young people in Devon with special educational needs.

The special school, which opened its doors on Monday, will cater for 70 young people aged 11 to 16 years old who have identified needs relating to Autism, Communication Social, Emotional and Mental Health. The new staff have been busily preparing their classrooms in the newly refurbished building, ready for the first day of school. The building used to be a care home and has been converted by Devon County Council in a £4.5 million project.


Urgent repairs on River Exe Viaduct near Tiverton

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:20pm

Overnight road closures will be needed on the A361 near Tiverton next week to carry out urgent structural repairs on the River Exe Viaduct.

An expansion joint at the eastern end of the viaduct, near Bolham roundabout, is failing and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

The A361 will be closed overnight between Bolham and Ashmill for two nights on Wednesday 26 June and Thursday 27 June from 7pm to 7am for the repairs to be carried out. If the work is not completed in two evenings, an overnight closure is also provisionally booked for the evening of Friday 28 June....

Resurfacing due to start on Lea Road in Tiverton

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/12/2019 - 2:11pm

Essential resurfacing will start on Lea Road in Tiverton on Monday (13 May) and is expected to take around two weeks to complete.

The road will be temporarily closed during the daytime, from 9am to 3:30pm, in order to carry out the work, but the road will re-open each evening and at the weekend.

No work will be carried out on site on Thursday 16 May, Thursday 23 May and Monday 27 May, and the road will be open to traffic on these days.

The scheme, which will be carried out by contractor SWH, is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday 28 May - subject to favourable...

Freemasons donate £800 to Hospiscare's Pine Lodge

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:42am

This year as part of their annual support of hospices throughout the country the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury can be seen presenting a certificate denoting the £800 given on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Denise Hook, Sarah Burns and Chris Webber at Hospiscare’s Pine Lodge Day Hospice in Tiverton.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will this year give grants totalling £600,000 to the 245 hospices in England and Wales, including nearly £7,000 to seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £12 million...

ACE Special School Tiverton appoints Headteacher prior to September 2019 opening

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/25/2019 - 10:11pm

A successful school leader has been appointed as the new Headteacher of ACE Special School Tiverton (ATSS) prior to their opening in September 2019.

Hannah Smart has worked in Somerset for 10 years as a Deputy Principal, firstly of a large comprehensive school and most recently in a special school for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH) needs. She began her career as an English teacher in Bristol, progressing to Head of Year before Assistant Principal with oversight of pastoral care, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and student...

Burns Night supper at Huntsham Court makes a unique Christmas gift

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:17am

Huntsham Court, near Tiverton, will play host to a Burns Night ceilidh on 24 January when the estate holds their celebration of the Scottish bard’s birth in aid of Hospiscare. Those stuck for the perfect Christmas gift for that special person need look no further.

Huntsham Court’s owners, Chris Badham and Damian Llambias, have generously made the venue available for the occasion, and the splendour of this Victorian-Gothic country house provides the perfect backdrop for what promises to be an evening of stirring spectacle.

There will be Scottish music and dancing and a...

Jail for farmer who ignored animal welfare advice

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/15/2018 - 8:54am

A Devon farmer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal has been given a custodial prison sentence and banned from keeping cows and sheep.

William Douglas Dolley, of Holwell Farm, Collipriest, Tiverton was also found guilty of failing to dispose of animal carcasses in a timely manner and ordered to pay £2335.

Appearing at Exeter Magistrates, Mr Dolley pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to dispose of animal by-products without undue delay, one charge of failing to ensure animal by-products were kept in a way to prevent other animals having access to...