12:15 p.m. September 4, 2022
Mike Dibble, retired estate agent and sports enthusiast, writes for the Herald about his passion for East Devon
This year’s Sidmouth Air Show was excellent, but the cancellation of the Red Arrows was obviously a big disappointment for most attendees.
I only heard about the cancellation when we were parking cars at the cricket ground and have to say the vast majority of people there were very understanding of the late withdrawal.
As of this writing, I’m not aware of the financial arrangements the City Council had with the Red Arrows, but it would be nice to think they’ll be back next year.
There’s been a lot in the national press about morale within the team and it’s no secret they’re performing well with just seven jets due to some pilots being unavailable. Hopefully they will return to full roster next year with nine jets.
Preparations are underway for the Sidmouth Classic Car Show which is due to take place at the cricket ground on Saturday 17th September from 11am.
The weather has been very favorable to the event in recent years and we hope this trend will continue.
The event is organized by the Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce expertly led by Mike Lavers.
The team involved worked hard and the donations received that day are extremely important in raising valuable funds in the city.
Please support the event if you can. All car spaces have been reserved, so it will be a cracking display.
It’s a serious problem for any business to be short of employees, but when it comes to your local doctor’s office, the circumstances become all the more urgent.
Hopefully the firm can soon find the four new GPs they are advertising for as soon as possible.
This will not only relieve stress on other physicians, but also greatly improve morale in the office.
It appears that every business in the country is currently short of employees and with ongoing nationwide strikes it will be difficult for the new Prime Minister to keep busy at the start of his term.
You may have read that East Devon District Council is due to undertake work on Jacob’s Ladder Seawall from September 19.
Apparently this will restrict public access along the Millennium Walkway and Undercliff for several weeks. The work should be completed in early November.
Sportingly, Sidmouth CC 1st XI picked up a well-deserved victory last Saturday at Hatherleigh.
Experienced players such as Anthony Griffiths, Luke Bess, Charlie Miles and Will Murray made significant contributions.
It means they enter the final round of Devon Premier League fixtures this Saturday with a 13-point gap between them and the relegation zone.
Sidmouth are at home against bottom club Plymouth so hopefully they will get the eight points needed to avoid relegation.
Hatherleigh themselves have a tough game in North Devon which they must win to have any chance of survival.
Sidmouth 3rd XI also picked up a vital victory last Saturday at Bradninch and the 2nd XI, without several regulars, were beaten by Uplyme.
On the football front, Exeter City drew 0-0 last Saturday at Accrington Stanley.
This weekend they are at home to Milton Keynes Dons. On the rugby front, Sidmouth RFC start their league matches this weekend on Saturday against Newton Abbot at the Blackmore.
Kick-off is at 3 p.m. Exeter Chiefs start their league campaign on September 10 with a home game against Leicester Tigers.
Finally, I had two people approach me this week asking me to publicize local charities to help the homeless and also to help provide a meaningful Christmas for those in need.
I hope to be able to provide more information on these good causes in the coming weeks.