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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…

Remains of a Roman fort have been discovered by archaeologists working on the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Exeter bus station. Experts have hailed the find as ‘very important and completely unexpected’ – but  it will not impact on the ongoing construction work at the site. The Exeter Office of Cotswold Archaeology is working with Kier Construction to record remains of the city’s Roman history ahead of a new bus station and leisure complex being built. Coins and local pottery made in the area for the military have been uncovered. Fine red Samian tableware imported from France will also be studied, with…

Swiss-born painter Paul Klee once famously described drawing as ‘taking a line for a walk’ – Exmouth artist Mike Reece takes his dog for a walk when looking for inspiration. Truck driver Mike, aged 39, of Danby Terrace, has been overwhelmed by the recent reaction to his digital drawings of Exmouth. The self-taught artist said he was ‘knocked off his feet’ by praise for his urban images of Exmouth after ‘nervously’ sharing his work on social media. Until recently, married dad-of-two Mike worked on pet portrait commissions but within 24-hours of sharing his drawings of Exmouth, he was booked for…

East Devon residents are being urged to help protect the environment and continue to improve Devon’s top recycling rate –  by getting things right. The call comes during National Recycle Week, lead by Recycle Now and supported by Recycle Devon. What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way – Cllr David Harvey With high-profile protests, inspiration drawn from TV programmes like Our Planet and activists including Greta Thunberg, environmental concerns have never been so important to…