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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?…

Did you know that Harry Potter, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and even the Lord’s Prayer have roots in Exeter  – and Charles Dickens was known to frequent the corner of one of its pubs?  After the city was awarded prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status – making it the only place in the UK to get the honour this time around – we have taken a look at its famous literary connections. The capital of Devon now joins 65 other cities across the world who have become part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Exeter’s bid for the honour was a…

A blueprint for development in the Sid Valley is set to be given the final seal of approval next week. More than 90 per cent of residents who voted were in favour of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan at a referendum East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet will next week officially ‘make’ the plan, so it will become a legal planning document to help shape any development in the area for the next decade and beyond. The plan says there will be a presumption against any development proposal within the ‘green wedges’ and calls for the protection of open spaces such as…

Tails will be wagging all the way to Dunkeswell – if plans for a doggy day centre get the green light from planners. Walking Woofs, which was established in the village in 2016 by Jenny Rowland, is now so popular it wants to expand to the Flightway Business Park. I started out just doing the odd dog walk, but the demand was definitely out there. Soon, I was walking every day and then doing home boarding also – welcoming dogs into our home literally with open arms – Jenny Rowland “The demand for day care is huge just now,” said…

Nine in ten people locally say money problems have impacted their mental health. That is something, in Mental Health Awareness Week, EastDevonNews.co.uk wants to highlight. Running until Saturday (October 12) the national event has spawned the launched of Every Mind Matters. Practical and non-judgemental tips to help you get through a difficult time This is a new way of empowering people to manage and improve their mental health, launched by Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS and TSB. Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs.…

Russell Kane is more than just a stand-up. He’s like a comedy David Attenborough who, instead of the animal kingdom, focuses his attention on the way blokes from the south-east behave. Raised in Essex, he was a bookish wallflower in a world of geezers. “I was a weedy boy at school and my dad was a rugby player” he says. People just don’t want to analyse the prejudice that’s out there – Russell Kane And he is poised to bring his award-winning brand to Exeter. The star of TV shows like Stupid Man, Smart Phone and Live At The Electric…

At a time when health experts are urging people to exercise more, we visit Honiton Bowling Club’s superb indoor facilities – and discover how a gentle sport can keep you fit, help you make new friends and be lots of fun. We also discovered this is a great place for team building and corporate events. Forty-plus years ago, skateboarding down the garden path came as second nature. Fast forward to an unflattering age, too much time sat in front of a screen and a fear of undertaking any kind of sport that poses a serious injury risk and you will…

In a week’s time Deborah Parsons will shave her hair off in public in readiness for chemotherapy while telling women ‘check your boobs, it saved my life’. Since June, the 52-year-old Sidmouth mum-of-three has been on a ‘rollercoaster ride’ of hospital appointments, breast cancer diagnosis – bereavement when her mum died unexpectedly – and a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. If that was not enough Deborah is facing a year of chemotherapy, meaning 12 months of money worries because, fearing her treatment will make her sick, she has given up her successful cleaning business, Maid in Sidmouth. I am apprehensive about…

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