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One Million Bulbs to be planted in Sidmouth

Keith Owen

An incredible gesture of gratitude to the town that he loved to return to from his world travels, investment banker Keith Owen has left his 2.3 million pound fortune to Sidmouth.

National news and newspapers have been telling of the story of Keith Owen, who died in 2007 from cancer, that he wanted his fortune to be spent on something special. He instructed the Sid Vale Association (SVA), which is Britain's oldest civic society, that he wanted some of the money to be spent on planting one million flower bulbs around the town.

Phase one will see around 130,000 plus daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses and other bulbs planted in more than 40 areas across two months with the aid of volunteers. One of the outcomes will be a shared achievement through a community effort said SVA president Handel Bennett.

Keith's will stated that the capital should remain untouched but each year the estimated £120,000 interest should be spent on projects in Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury.

He married in 1970 but unfortunately this only lasted a few years and in 1976, after 20 years of RAF service, he retired and set up home in Ottawa, Canada.

The Clock Tower Restaurant

The Clock Tower Restaurant in Connaught Gardens

It will be an amazing sight to see all of these bloom in the spring along with the already spectacular award winning displays around the town. Connaught Gardens is a notorious Britain in Bloom winner for many years running!

Sidmouth Garden Centre is in the process of stocking the massive amount of bulbs to achieve this feat. We will be keeping a keen eye on the results of and have a gallery dedicated to the blooming bulbs when they have sprung!

One Million Bulbs - That's a lot of flowers!

The Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Crash Box Club of Devon are pleased to present the 2nd Sidmouth Classic Car Show & Family Day out.

After the great success of this event last year, and by kind permission of the Sidmouth Cricket, Tennis and Croquet and, we have been allowed yet again to take over their ground to enable us to hold a static Classic Car Show & Family Day Out. If we suffer adverse weather the Show will be moved to the Manor Road car park.

This year as an added attraction we are being joined by The Sid Valley Energy Action Group who have organized within our event an Alternative Energy Vehicle Show. On display will be a selection of the latest Alternative Fuel Vehicles providing a contrast to the large and diverse range of Classic & Vintage Cars. It will be a unique meeting of the old and the new.

This will provide a real treat for motoring enthusiasts as it will be a rare chance to see the best of the past and future technology in one glorious setting overlooking the sea and at the same time we will also be supporting a number of good causes.

The event is taking place on Saturday 21st September 2013 at Sidmouth Cricket Club, Fortfield Terrace, Sidmouth starting at 11 am. For further information or to obtain an entry form to enter a Classic or interesting vehicle, contact Mike Lavers on 01395 516292 (after 7 pm) or go to

The picture is of two cars outside the Cricket Club Pavilion, both cars will be on display at the Show.

Sidmouth's 2nd Classic Car Show

Beautiful classic cars on show at the Sidmouth Cricket Club.

The 2nd Sidmouth Classic Car Show & Family Day out.

You can keep up to date with all the Folk Festival happenings throughout the week.