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Douglas Hull, former mayor and Honorary Alderman of Devon

I STARTED my journalistic career as a cub reporter in 1965 at the same time Douglas Hull was elected to the old Axminster Rural Council representing the parish of his home village, Hawkchurch.

The rural council was chaired by the frightening (at least to a rookie reporter, aged 17) and highly respected Mr D.F. Baker, owner of the tannery at Colyton, who had occupied the chair for many years.

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An appeal has gone out to help feed the animals at the Axe Valley Wildlife Park

AXE Valley Wildlife Park, one of the most popular attractions in the Axminster area, especially for children, is likely to be closed due to coronavirus for another month and is running out of food for its animals.

The owners are appealing to the public to provide them with foodstuffs for the many animals at the park.

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