The 19 faces of Exmouth for 2019: What do you love about our town?
PUBLISHED: 08:30 16 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:13 17 January 2019
With 2019 spreading out before us the Journal has brought together 19 of the town's fiercest champions to talk about what they love about Exmouth.
The 19 Faces of Exmouth in 2019 celebrates the creation of a new website and community group being setup by the Journal called Enjoy Exmouth More.
Enjoy Exmouth More is a new group highlighting all that is positive about the town. We want to reflect what a vibrant place Exmouth is, raise awareness of local businesses, organisations, clubs and events while spreading even more local pride.
Antonio Badcott – Owner of Antonios café on The Strand
“It’s a special place full of community champions - people who love Exmouth and are selfless in keeping Exmouth Special - sports clubs, charities, community groups you name them Exmouth has them. We also have the best unspoilt beach in the South West!”
Lisa Hamer, AKA Mrs Snuggles – Indoor Market Trader
“I love Exmouth, it is a wonderful friendly seaside town, with a beautiful two mile stretch of golden sand, with so much to see and do, all within a commutable short distance.
“I cannot think of anywhere else in the UK I would rather live, so much so I launched my own business here!”
Nigel Snowshall - Watch Manager, Exmouth Fire Station
“Having lived here all my life, for me Exmouth has everything, from the rural delights of The Common to our fantastic beach and estuary.
“If you have seen sunrises over Orcombe Point or sunsets silhouetting the distant hills from the estuary you will understand. I am very much an outdoor person who especially loves the sea, spending much of my free time on, in or under the water.”
Inspector Antonia Weeks – Exmouth Police
“Exmouth is a community where everyone can have a place. We look after each other and welcome newcomers along with our seasonal visitors who come because of where we are and what we have.
“We get to enjoy our wonderful setting and the natural beauty of the coast all year so why wouldn’t we want to share it? I’m proud to be part of this town and to work with my team to do what we can to make it even better and keep everyone safe.”
Ian MacQueen – Chairman, Exmouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce
“Exmouth is a great place to live with its wonderful coastal position at the head of the Exe Estuary and the western gateway to the Jurassic coast. A mile long uninterrupted sandy beach on one side and the beautiful Woodbury Common on the other. Immediate rail access to the county city of Exeter and all main line routes and within 20 minutes of the M5. Dartmoor is only 30 minutes away.
“Friendly people abound and a vibrant business community makes for a really exciting and dynamic place to live and work.”
Jeff Trail - town mayor and town and county councillor
“The town and surrounding area’s has a lot to offer from recreational ventures to fine dining.
The town’s folk are very friendly and always happy to chat about local news and views. Its strong links to the Military (Royal Marines and The Rifles) are as strong now as they were 47 years ago when I came to Exmouth. They bring employment and much needed and appreciated finance to the town.”
Gill Smith - chief officer for Age Concern Exmouth
“I love the community spirit and friendship shown by and to each other and how we pull together to support each other.
Gerry Bassett - chairman of Exmouth in Bloom
“Exmouth is a great seaside town for visitors and residents alike, with its superb seafront, well maintained gardens and open spaces. Exmouth in Bloom is proud to be able to enhance some of these areas with its many floral displays”
Caron Sprake – Caron Cares
“I love Exmouth because the people here are great; it feels like a small village in a big town. I love the views, I run along the seafront everyday and it always looks different.
“I’ve lived in Exmouth for 30 years and never tire of it. The live music scene is fantastic and we have an amazing range of excellent eateries.”
Steve Gazzard - town and district councillor, charity champion
“Exmouth is an amazing place to live, we have a wonderful beach which is are jewel in our crown and everyone is so warm and welcoming.
“There is always something going on in and around the town which is abundant with community spirit, we also have an massive array of local talent of all ages.”
Roger Bourgein - town crier
“Exmouth, you Star, you Queen, you shall always be the beginning of my journey, never the end.”
George Nightingale - Exmouth pub landlord and entrepreneur
“I love Exmouth because living here all my life I know a lot of people and it’s wonderful to see Exmouth starting to grow into its potential.
“Many other towns in the south west have done this and it feels that Exmouth could be next. If anything I can achieve adds to this then all the better in this wonderful location in the country.”
Paul Balbi, Exmouth RNLI crew volunteer and mechanic. Also runs Rice’s Garage, in Clinton Square.
“I love Exmouth because it’s a good size seaside town with lots of opportunities.
“There’s something here for everyone of all ages to get involved with.”
Jasper Westaway – co-founder of Propeller, a co-working space for entrepreneurs, creatives, problem solvers and engineers.
“I think this is a difficult time for towns because they get squeezed between cities for culture and a rural lifestyle made easier by the internet.
“However, Exmouth has a unique opportunity to carve a real identity for itself that combines the best of both, using its location and natural resources to forge a modern, fun, dynamic town where you can be working hard but windsurfing at lunchtime or cycling in the evening.”
Rob Chidgey, photographer.
“What I love about Exmouth has to be, since I’m in to photography, the landscape from the beach and the sea to beauty spots like Woodbury Common.
“Also the people of Exmouth are mostly friendly.”
Jason Sedgemore, photographer
“I love living in Exmouth as it’s such a beautiful town with a great community, and with such amazing scenery along the estuary, Bystock Pools and the start of the Jurassic Coast to name a few.”
Trevor Brice, publicity co-ordinator for Exmouth Players
“On the whole, Exmouth does have a good community spirit. I meet a lot of friendly people there and like listening to their stories, some of which are quite interesting looking back at Exmouth’s past.
“I have really enjoyed treading the boards at both the Pavilion and Blackmore Theatre and performing for Exmouth people and those visiting Exmouth.”
Alison Jordan, founder of Pete’s Dragons
“I have lived in Exmouth since 2001. I grew up in Cornwall and first moved to Exeter to attend the university. While living there I fell in love with the beautiful town of Exmouth and its lively, sunny feel so moved over straight after graduation. The best thing has to be access to nature.
“I love the sea and make sure I see it everyday. I also love the countryside and within five minutes I can be on Woodbury Common. Pick the right walk on the common and I can have a view of all of my favourite things at the same time - perfect!”
Lisa Boucher, Exmouth Slimming World consultant and team developer
“It’s so pretty and we are lucky to have access to so much beautiful areas.
“But mainly it has to be the people. I love feeling and being part of the community of Exmouth.”