Our Sponsors

Keith Owen was a Canadian Investment banker who had relatives in Sidmouth. On a visit to Sidmouth in May 2007, he discovered that he had a terminal illness with only months to live. He contacted the Association to tell us that he wished to place his life savings into the care of the SVA so that the income could be used as a permanent endowment for the benefit of the people and organisations in the Sid valley. Thus was established the Keith Owen fund, with a then capital of £2.256m. The income generated, (some £150,000pa), is administered through the SVA. The fund has increased its capital considerably since that time.

Sid Vale Association was founded in 1846 to:
• Conserve and promote the Valley’s Architecture and the Built Environment
• Protect and enhance the Valley’s Landscape and Amenities
• Record the Local History of the valley
We are a charity and we:
• Own and manage over 40 acres of land in the Sid Valley for the benefit of the public
• Own and run the Sidmouth museum
• Maintain nearly 60 miles of public rights of way and the River in our land
• Run events, walks and talks
• Produce newsletters and other publications of local interest