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Tuesday, 07/Jul/2015

BANKING?is not what it used to be.

Tuesday, 30/Jun/2015

THE resignation of former Seaton Mayor Gaynor Sedgwick from Seaton Town Council, with immediate effect, came as a surprise.

Friday, 26/Jun/2015

AS?a critic of local government, people have often said to me “instead of moaning about it, why don’t you put up for council yourself”?
That would be a bit difficult in East Devon as I don’t live in the area - but I did try it once in my home town, serving for one four-year period and rising to the dizzy heights of mayor for one year.

Thursday, 18/Jun/2015

WHEN it comes to planning applications the adjoining parishes of Uplyme and Lyme Regis have clashed on numerous occasions.

Friday, 12/Jun/2015

I?WORKED in football publishing in the dim and distant past and met many of my boyhood heroes.

Tuesday, 02/Jun/2015

EAST Devon’s ebullient leader Paul Diviani, my spies at Knowle informed me this week, has been boasting about how the “bias” local press got it wrong in the local elections.

Thursday, 28/May/2015

THE malaise that has permeated local government in recent times was reflected to a degree at district council level with the emergence of the East Devon Alliance and 16 seats falling to independents at the recent election.

Tuesday, 19/May/2015

THE news that 16 in-patient beds are to return to Axminster Hospital was received with great delight, if not a little surprise, and the renewed hope that there is a future for the hospital after all.

Tuesday, 12/May/2015

THE Tories retained control of East Devon District Council, albeit with a slightly reduced majority.

Wednesday, 06/May/2015

IT’S ?been one of the longest and certainly the dirtiest elections campaigns of modern times (don’t we say that after every election?).

Tuesday, 21/Apr/2015

I’VE? spent most of my adult life involved in sport in one way or another.

Tuesday, 14/Apr/2015

Pulman’s comes home

THIS week we welcome three new titles to the Pulman’s View stable - Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster.

Wednesday, 08/Apr/2015

EASTER is my favourite time of year.

Tuesday, 31/Mar/2015

DEVON and Cornwall’s Police Commissioner Tony Hogg is tonight (Tuesday) visiting Honiton
– yet another “entering the Lion’s Den” experience, but one I would have thought to which Mr Hogg is now accustomed.

Tuesday, 24/Mar/2015

FUTURE development plans will turn Axminster from a market town into a medium sizedtown with more employment opportunities.

Tuesday, 17/Mar/2015

GOOD news this week for regular rail users in East Devon and South Somerset.

Wednesday, 11/Mar/2015

IN A little less than nine weeks time we shall be going to the polls and it is generally accepted that this General Election will be the dirtiest fought for some time.

Tuesday, 03/Mar/2015

WHEN? I first came back from London to edit Pulman’s Weekly News, I thought that anyone who took part in the Grizzly had to be mad.

Tuesday, 24/Feb/2015

CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers of the first ever Seaton beer festival.

Wednesday, 18/Feb/2015

BY?THE time you read this column the future of Axminster Chamber of Commerce will be known.

Wednesday, 11/Feb/2015

I?CAN’T recall a story that has stimulated such a reaction than the one we broke last week about the East Devon Alliance forming into an official political party and fielding at least 40 candidates to take on the Tory domination at East Devon District Council at the May elections.

Tuesday, 03/Feb/2015

THIS week we exclusively reveal that the East Devon Alliance, the pressure group formed in 2013, jumping on any hint of maladministration at Knowle, has formed into an official political party and will be fighting at least two-thirds - probably more - of the district council seats at the next election.

Tuesday, 27/Jan/2015

THESE are challenging times for Axminster, and it is no wonder that an air of gloom has descended over the town yet again.

Tuesday, 20/Jan/2015

WHEN I heard that the NHS?Trust, so determined to close hospital beds in Axminster come what may, had gone back to the High Court to achieve that goal, the first thing I did was to instruct reporter Anders Larsson to ask how much the legal proceedings were costing.

Tuesday, 13/Jan/2015

GREAT disappointment in Axminster that despite herculean attempts to make the North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust see sense, the decision was made to temporarily transfer all in-patient beds at Axminster Hospital to Seaton.

Tuesday, 06/Jan/2015

THIS?is an important week for Axminster and Seaton hospitals - a week when we should know which way the land lies with regards to the future of in-patient beds in the Axe Valley.

Tuesday, 16/Dec/2014

IT’S just over a year since we launched our charity campaign with a commitment to raise £10,000 over two years for the Rotary-led Water Survival Box.

Tuesday, 09/Dec/2014

Community spirit shines in Axminster

MANY of our readers in?Axminster would have been thrilled to read last week that the town’s Flamingo Pool won its bid for a share of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘People’s Millions’ to go towards their aqua gym project.

Tuesday, 02/Dec/2014

SOME?good news for Axminster this week - hopefully.

Wednesday, 26/Nov/2014

I’VE OFTEN heard my boss remark in the build-up to a general election, that you “could tie a blue ribbon to a pig around here and it would get in”.

Tuesday, 18/Nov/2014

AFTER months of trying to breathe life into Axminster Chamber of Commerce, new chairman Lisa Lyman and her deputy, Chris Tipping, have decide to stand down from their posts at the end of the year.

Tuesday, 28/Oct/2014

IN the end it’s going to come down to what no one wants to admit.

Tuesday, 21/Oct/2014

IN all the years I have been doing this job (too many according to my critics out there), I can’t remember a time when there was so much dissatisfaction with local government.

Tuesday, 14/Oct/2014

IF I was a district councillor in East Devon I think I might be asking a pertinent question or two about why elected members had no previous knowledge that chief executive Mark Williams had been summoned before a Government select committee.

Tuesday, 07/Oct/2014

THE people of Axminster and district voted with their feet on Saturday afternoon when around 700 attempted to get into the Guildhall in support of efforts to stop the NHS closing all in-patients beds Axminster Hospital.

Wednesday, 01/Oct/2014

Devolution for the West Country?

WITH the result of the Scottish referendum, the future of the United Kingdom seems assured - at least for now - but it also raises the question of home rule for England.

Thursday, 25/Sep/2014

SO the fight is on to save the in-patient beds at Axminster and Ottery St Mary hospitals.

Tuesday, 16/Sep/2014

THE sorry story over funding of our local hospitals was summed up by the Mayor of Axminster, Councillor Jeremy Walden when he said: “It’s a sad state of affairs when NHS services have to be paid for by a charity.

Tuesday, 09/Sep/2014

I?STARTED my journalistic career in Honiton in a dingy room above Arthur Dimond’s shop in the High Street.

Thursday, 04/Sep/2014

ALL?credit to Axminster Town Council for stepping in with a bid to save the Pippins centre, home of Axminster Youth Club for so many years.

Thursday, 21/Aug/2014

I’VE?always looked upon Colyton and Colyford as one community - and indeed it is.

Tuesday, 12/Aug/2014

THE?decaying frontage of Woolworth’s old shop has been a blight on the shopping centre of Seaton for too long.

Thursday, 31/Jul/2014

IT?MAY?have been the heat or perhaps it was the general apathy which seems so prevalent among the trading community in Axminster of late, but last week’s meeting of Axminster Chamber of Commerce was a very fractious affair.

Thursday, 24/Jul/2014

MANY?thanks to those of you who have contacted me by telephone or email to congratulate us on our new publication, The Seaton, Beer & Colyton Experience.

Tuesday, 15/Jul/2014

THE?past few weeks have been highly emotional for those who lost loved ones in the D-Day landings and the subsequent battle for Normandy as the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Europe has come and gone.

Tuesday, 08/Jul/2014

I’VE been rapped over the knuckles by a few Seaton traders after the comments in my column last week about longer opening hours and not going into bat for them over the many concerns surrounding the regeneration site.

Thursday, 03/Jul/2014

THE news that the much lauded Jurassic Centre visitor attraction, planned for Seaton’s regeneration site, has won its final funding (£620,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund) will be met with enthusiasm in most quarters.

Tuesday, 24/Jun/2014

THE six editions of this week’s Pulman’s View are dominated by fears for the future of our community hospitals.

Tuesday, 17/Jun/2014

IT?WAS pleasing to see such a large turn-out at last week’s town council meeting in support of Axminster Library, underlining the great strength of feeling felt by the people of Axminster and district that they don’t want to see the library’s operation diminished in any way.

Thursday, 12/Jun/2014

ATTENDING the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Axminster on Friday brought one very poignant memory flooding back.

Thursday, 05/Jun/2014

RESIDENTS concerned about the future of Seaton came out of the Town Hall last week shaking their heads in disbelief.

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