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WHEN the coronavirus pandemic broke out Axminster Town Council moved quickly to set up a strategy to support the community.

The council hosted a meeting of community groups with town, district and county councillors in attendance which has led to the formation of ACER (Axminster Community Emergency Response) to support vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis.

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Flashback to June 2019 when Mervyn Symes and Anne Kilford received a cheque for £350 from the Yarty Party festival

Coronovirus lockdown is costing Axminster Care Service between £600 and £800 a week – but that has not stopped them providing much-needed funding to local groups and good causes.

ACS is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and since formation in 1986 it has raised tens of thousands of pounds to support numerous charities and local events as well as funding community services.

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Councillor Ben Ingham has stood down as leader of East Devon District Council

East Devon District Council will elect a new leader on Thursday, after Councillor Ben Ingham and his entire Cabinet stood down last week.

The mass resignation came after defections by eight members of the ruling Independent Group – seven to the Independent Progressive Group and one to the Democratic Alliance, a group formed of the East Devon Alliance, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, and now three Independents.

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The fire at Wareham Forest has been burning for six days (photo credit: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service)

Axminster fire brigade is among 24 crews called back to Wareham, in Dorset, as emergency services tackle a forest fire for the sixth day.

The fire at Wareham Forest, affecting 100 hectares of heathland, was sparked on Monday, May 18th and is now believed to have been accidental, after multiple disposable barbecues, campfires and glass bottles were found in the area.

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