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The family of a newlywed mum from East Devon who died from brain cancer are campaigning for better treatment and funding in the hunt for a cure for the devastating disease. Some three months after the wedding of her dreams, Michelle Noakes, aged 38, who grew up near Honiton, in East Devon, was in November 2019 diagnosed with an aggressive and inoperable brain stem glioma. Her family is honouring her last wish – to share Michelle’s story and raise awareness of the Brain Tumour Research charity amid its work to fund better treatments and find a cure. They recently met…

Hospiscare has announced the return of its seven-mile Summer Walk, setting off from East Devon in July. Walkers taking part will help raise vital funds for the hospice charity; it needs to raise £9.7million annually and has been forced to reduce its services because it is facing a £2.5 million funding deficit. A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Hospiscare is facing a £2.5 million funding deficit and we were recently forced to close four beds on our ward and reduce our weekend community services. “We hope to have a record year for sign-ups to raise as much money as possible…

The show must go on – an East Devon music and arts festival at Poltimore House is set to go ahead in May despite a huge fire ripping through the property earlier this month. Tickets are now on sale for the Poltimore Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, starting at £35. Funds from the event will be used to help rebuild what was destroyed by an overnight blaze – suspected to be an arson attack. Because the emergency services have left a 10-metre exclusion zone around the house, the festival will now take place…

Is this saddest rabbit in Exeter? White bunny Casey has spent most of his life waiting for a forever home, spending two years in a rescue centre. Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, in Exeter, are appealing for a loving home to be found for the furry chap, who arrived at the rescue centre when he was still a kit, and has now grown into an adult rabbit who needs a girlfriend bunny. White rabbit Casey is only two years and six months old – so he has been patiently waiting for a new home most…

These photos show the fun had in Sidmouth when the town turned out to celebrate St George’s Day (April 23). Professional photographer Simon Horn took his camera down to the seafront for these images of the day’s celebrations, dancing, and entertainment. Residents and visitors to the town were invited to join Sid Vale Community Productions to join in the family fun, celebrating St George with the help of the Sidmouth Giants, George and Sabra, who wowed the crowds as they strolled along from Blackmore Gardens through the town to the seafront. Adding to the party mood were the Sidmouth Steppers…

Police investigating a suspected arson attack in East Devon have arrested two teenage boys in connection to an overnight blaze that destroyed an historic home. Devon and Cornwall Police said a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy had been arrested in connection to a fire at Poltimore House, in East Devon. They have been released on bail until July 4, 2024, while investigations continue. Poltimore House has now launched a £100,000 Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to begin repairing the extensive destruction caused by the blaze. Funds have already started pouring in from ‘heartbroken’ well-wishers keen to support the charity…

Musical giant Billy Ocean, popular girl band B*Witched and rock band Reef are heading for East Devon when the Festival on the Hills returns to Honiton Showground, May 30 – June 1. Tickets for the event – now in its fourth year- are now on sale, with festival organisers promising an ‘unforgettable experience, blending top-tier musical talent with a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere’. Headlining this year’s festival are Billy Ocean, B*Witched, Reef, DJ Sash, plus Roman Kemp, Marvin Humes, with a DJ set, Hermes House Band, Tunde Baiyewu, of The Lighthouse Family, Nathan Carter, and Faith Louise. Local talent being showcased…

Beautiful Days Festival has announced its 2024 line-up, with names heading for East Devon including Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Levellers, The Damned, Inspiral Carpets, Badly Drawn Boy and New Model Army. This year’s festival’s dates are AUGUST 16-18, 2024, where scores of music lovers will head for East Devon for a packed line-up of fun and entertainment. The three-day festival, at Escot, near Ottery St Mary, has music and entertainment over six stages plus walkabout theatre, site art, a huge children’s area, a vast selection of food and traders plus real ale bars. The festival’s annual tradition of a…

Santa hats and festive fancy dress was worn by a host of hardy swimmers who took the plunge for the 2023 Exmouth Christmas day dip. All photos Ⓒ East Devon News All photos Ⓒ East Devon News The Exmouth Christmas Day swim attracts hundreds of people each year to watch or take part. Ahead of the countdown to running down the beach into the chilly December sea, the crowd sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas, accompanied by a lone kilt-wearing bagpiper. As in previous years, the swim set off at 11am sharp, with hundreds dashing down the beach and…

A brown bear living on borrowed time has been saved from certain death and found temporary refuge at a wildlife centre in East Devon. Diego, the last remaining bear at Sweden’s Orsa Predator Park. Orsa, faced death because the facility is on the brink of closing to make way for a leisure facility – and staff have been ordered to euthanise any remaining animals. Diego – saved when Wildwood Trust and Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park in Suffolk stepped in and teamed up to rehome Diego – is expected to arrive in East Devon in early November. Once the brown…

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