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Hours of patience resulted in wildlife photographer Rob Chidgey capturing these stunning shots of a beaver along the River Otter. Since lockdown Rob, from Exmouth, has been buoying spirits by sharing his scenic photos of East Devon to help those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus. He said capturing these images of a beaver was one of his photography highpoints – after he had almost given up hope of seeing the creatures. Rob, who began his passion for photography five years ago, said previous attempts to photograph the River Otter beavers had fallen short of expectations. His latest attempt…

A group of East Devon footballers footballers who take to the pitch every week in Ottery St Mary are most certainly on the ‘planning to never grow old’ list. It’s highly likely that players of a particular age across East Devon and Exeter will have heard of the ‘Golden Boys’ and someone who is involved with them. They are a set of former footballers who have been coming together each week for more than three decades. Prior to the lockdown, they had continued to meet up each Thursday evening. You will not find any of them playing in a league, indeed,…

Belinda Bennett’s breast cancer journey is now under way with chemotherapy. This is a personal account of her first round of chemo, which started yesterday and concluded today (Tuesday, February 18). She has five further rounds to complete at 21-day intervals before she can have the breast removed. I never thought I would find myself hovering over a loo handle waiting for the toilet cistern to fill enough to allow for a second flush. That was until today! But, then again, I never thought I’d have to bare my private bits to a parade of complete strangers, have small parts…

Over the years, I have written countless stories about brave, inspirational people who have taken on cancer and won. I have also covered a few stories about people who weren’t so lucky. I never thought that, one day, I’d be fighting cancer myself. On Thursday I got the news I had been dreading – but it wasn’t a complete shock. Like many people waiting for biopsy results, I researched the possibilities. In all honestly, there was only one likely outcome – a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer. It was still hard to hear the news, though. Trust me to get…

Steeped in history and considered ‘The Friendly Town’, Honiton has pulled out all the stops in 2019 to highlight everything good in the community. From hosting a second highly successful Gate to Plate event to staging a heatwave Honiton Show, it has thrown the spotlight on what makes this ancient market town truly special. In this look back at 2019, we review some of the events that captured the imaginations of both Honitonians and visitors. We also underline the changes and challenges facing the town. *EastDevonNews.co.uk went ‘live’ in July and our review of the year starts one month before,…

It has become a running joke in Exeter that whenever anything in the city closes then student flats will replace it. And, for the most part in recent years, it has been proven true – pubs, shopping centres and green spaces have all been turned into, or will be turned into, large tower blocks of student accommodation. More than 5,000 units of purpose built student accommodation had been built in the city since 2007, providing beds for 7,750 students, with another 3,600 in the pipeline over the next three years. But in 2019, Exeter City Council did not give planning…

It can take one small tealight candle to turn your Christmas celebrations into jingle hell. I was lucky enough to invited by Exmouth firefighters to watch up-close how quickly fairy lights or a candle can set fire to a Christmas tree, decorations and presents – and it is an experience I will never forget. You might think you would have time to deal with the emergency if your Christmas tree caught fire. But it takes seconds for a tiny flame to engulf a tree and for poisonous smoke to build and kill. The smoke alone was enough to kill –…

We all know that Christmas is a time of excesses. While it is easy to regret over-indulging in festive treats, not everyone thinks about how – or what – to recycle. That is why East Devon District Council has come up with clever ideas to help you ‘reduce, refill, reuse and recycle’ over the festive period. Whilst we want to recycle as much as possible, we also need to preserve the quality of the materials to make them easy to use in these ways. So quality as well as quantity counts in recycling – EDDC With the countdown to the…

In the midst of the melee known as Ottery’s tar barrels there is an elite gladiator-like group of men and women. These are the chosen few bestowed with the annual honour of running burning tar barrels through the crowded streets of Ottery. It is their ‘calling’ – a tradition passed down through the generations, from great-grandfathers, to sons, daughters, grandchildren. Their passion for the annual spectacle is palpable, buried deep in their DNA. No threat of injury or burn – they run with flaming barrels the weight of a person – will stop these hardy men and women who year…

If Sir Hugo Swire knows the identity of the next Conservative parliamentary candidate for East Devon he’s remaining discretely tight-lipped. This week is Sir Hugo’s last as the Tory elected member for East Devon and with just today left in the House of Commons, he is busy packing up his office of the last 18-plus years and saying goodbye to his staff, making them redundant. After almost two decades of mostly behind-the-scenes battling for his East Devon constituents, Sir Hugo recently announced he would not stand at the next election, throwing the question out there – who will replace him?…

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