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We are delighted to be advertising Sports Republic on the Sidmouth Town Website.

Opened in spring 2011, Sports Republic is an exciting new sports shop, based in Sidmouth, Devon run by Chris Hargreaves, a professional footballer for twenty years. He now coaches at Exeter City Football Club with view to getting into football management.

Chris approached us to advertise Sports Republic on using our Gold Advertisement which gives his business a full custom design of a web page. He will be taking advantage of custom Meta information for Search Engine Optimisation to help improve his presence on the web.

Sports Republic Sidmouth

Sports Republic is a family business run by Chris Hargreaves and two local partners. The doors are open and we invite you to come in and look around our contemporary new shop.

You can see the Gold Advertisement here... Spots Republic Gold Advertisement. Or visit the Sports Republic website here...

Victoria Hotel Photographs

This book comprises a selection of poetry and prose inspired by my holidays in the West Country, illustrated with colour photographs of some of my favourite haunts.
I have always loved this part of England, some of my earliest childhood holidays being spent in West Bay, Dorset where I stayed with my parents and brother at the George Hotel, over-looking the quay. Later holidays were spent in Cornwall, and at Exmouth and Sidmouth in Devon, and most of the anthology features these locations, especially the delightful Regency town of Sidmouth.

“Would you like clotted or pouring cream, Sir?” asked the waiter politely. “Why do they have to ask so many questions?” demanded the elderly gentleman guest irascibly to his lady companion after the waiter had gone. Over-heard conversations in a restaurant can be funny, fascinating and revealing. The above was spoken by a guest at the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth in May 1987. My brother Anthony and I were staying there for 10 days and there was an interesting variety of visitors there at that time. Many of them knew each other and returned for the same week year after year. We often speak of that particular holiday.

We first visited the Victoria Hotel in May 1982 when the Falklands War was on. All the guests were watching the progress of the war on the television in the sun lounge. Our mother was alive then and she loved the hotel immediately. The luxury of the surroundings, although not too opulent and overwhelming, the beautiful flower arrangements, the excellence of the cuisine and the friendliness of the staff all combined to make it a perfect holiday hotel. The very building itself has a solid, welcoming appearance, inspiring confidence and ease as one enters the revolving door into the panelled warmth of the hall. Afternoon tea is a favourite at the Vic, when everything stops for that special pot of freshly-brewed tea with accompanying home-made cakes and scones.

“Bemused passers-by watched as the tidal wave of terriers swept up the front path, through the front door into the hall and out into the small back garden”. We have owned dogs in the family since I was eight. At the time of acquiring our house in Temple Street we owned five and of course they all accompanied us there on each holiday; it would not be the same without them, and we wouldn’t dream of leaving them behind. When we had holidays at The Victoria we always took Thomas our wire-haired fox terrier; he became very well known to the regular guests and staff.

My interest in writing poetry began in 2002 after a short stay in hospital. I found writing to be very therapeutic and enjoyable. All of my poems are easy to read and understand, and I hope they appeal to people who like poetry to be light, descriptive and at times amusing. I do not write gloomy, dark poems with a depressing miserable theme.
People come on holiday to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves, and these are the people to whom I hope “Tea at The Victoria” will appeal.

Future project. I have recently featured in an article in the “Sidmouth Herald” requesting readers to send in stories and photographs of rescued dogs in the East Devon area to enable me to prepare a book describing these re-homing tales. The response has been good and I thank everyone who has written to me, but I still welcome more stories to put in this book. I am also hoping to get sponsorship from local businesses in order to keep printing costs low. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to ARC (Animal Rescue Centre).

Town Band Photographs

The Sidmouth Town Band was formed in the mid 1800s with the earliest picture of the band taken in 1862. The band became a brass band just before the First World War. The band was forced to put their instruments away in 1914, but reformed in’ 1919, winning prizes in 1929-30 and 1931 at Crystal Palace. In addition to competing in contests and civic duties, regular summer concerts are held in the Connaught gardens in Sidmouth at 8pm every Sunday night from June to September. The recording of our first CD ‘Soundwaves’, last year is a testament to the band’s hard work. New players are always welcome, young and old. Rehearsals are every Tuesday and Friday and there is also a beginner’s band on Friday night at 7pm. If you have just moved to the area or just want a blow whilst on holiday come and join our friendly, ambitious band. The band consists entirely of volunteers and all proceeds go back into instruments and sheet music. For concert bookings, learning, playing and any other band information including sales of the bands CD, contact the Band Secretary Janet Diamond 74 High Street, Honiton 01404 42052

Town Band Photographs