Nearby: Sidmouth

'The Branscombe Project began more than twenty years ago. A group of people, some of whom have lived all their lives in Branscombe, others relative newcomers, decided they wanted to find out more about their village and the wider landscape ... We put on biennial exhibitions, winter talks, documentary dramas and "disappeared houses" walks.'

'The Ottery St Mary Heritage Society is located in the parish of Ottery St Mary in East Devon, UK. The Society is a charity founded in 1999 which promotes the wider knowledge and understanding of our local history and culture. We run 10 meetings a year where specialists address members on topics of varied interest. We publish a quarterly Journal and, less frequently, books on the history of the locality. We also undertake archaeological field work in the parish and arrange outings to places further afield.'

'The Sid Vale Association is the oldest Civic Society in Britain. On September 18, 1846, the first meeting of the Sidmouth Improvement Committee took place. This was the first expression of concern by our "founding fathers", to conserve the charm and attractiveness of Sidmouth and the Sid Valley.  Later the SVA was registered as a charity: "… for the Protection of the Beauties and Amenities of the Neighbourhood and to promote and aid its Cultural Development".  The SVA has been active since that time. Over the years we have bought land in the Valley and opened a Museum, maintaining them both through volunteers, organised walks and talks and generally helped to both preserve and improve the appearance and amenities of the Valley.'

'Sidmouth Science Festival started in 2012 with a weekend of science events in Sidmouth and at the nearby Norman Lockyer Observatory as well as a single day in local schools and art in the local gallery. Since then it has grown to a 10 day event with over 120 activities: visitor numbers have increased, visitors have been drawn from a larger area including overseas and more schools have been involved with hundreds of East Devon students taking part.' Normally held Mid October.

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