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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?…

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…

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