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"It was so amazing just to hear her voice", says granddaughter

Norah Arscott, aged 77 and from Devon, was on her fourth visit to Nepal when the earthquake struck over the weekend.

Norah first visited the country seven years a go where she trekked to Mount Everest's base camp - she was back visiting friends.

Her granddaughter Claire Watson has spoken of her relief after a long wait for news:

More feared missing in Nepal have made contact with relatives

Nora Arscott, 77, from Somerset but believed to be living in Devon has made contact with her family after she was listed as missing on the International Committee of the Red Cross website.

Gary Williams, from Plymouth, listed as missing in Nepal is safe and well. The travel tour company he was with have said all of his party are out of harms way.

After a tense and anxious couple of days it was with great relief that we finally had positive confirmation that John and his trekking party were safe. It was a quick 10 second call from a sat phone.

Fortunately they were out of Kathmandu when the quake struck. We will probably not hear anything new for a couple of days.

We will be informing family and friends first on their progress. We will however keep this page updated thereafter. Many thanks for the emails and texts.

– Spirit of Adventure


Thousands of twitchers spot rare bird in Somerset

Hudsonian godwit spotted on the Somerset Levels Credit: ITV News

In Somerset more than 1,000 people turned out to see a rare bird that hasn't been seen in the UK for more than 30 years.

The Hudsonian godwit usually spends the winter in South America before heading north, but somehow it took a 4,000 mile detour to the Somerset Levels. It's thought to be just the third recorded sighting here ever - the last was in the early eighties near Exeter.

Alan Ashman was one of the lucky bird watchers who saw the bird at the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve.

Cornish charity to help relief effort in Nepal

Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal Credit: Nabin Subedi

The Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal to help set up shelters for those made homeless by the earthquake.

The charity says it already has a number of its boxes, stocked with emergency aid, in the country and will send out more if they are needed.

One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure

– Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator


Exeter teenager makes contact with family

Michael Walker from Exeter has been found safe and well. The 18 year old was feared missing after the earthquake in Nepal.

Michael has now been in touch with his family.

Philharmonic Orchestra inspiring next generation

The Philharmonia Orchestra is on a mission here in the West Country to introduce classical music to more people.

They are touring the region with their Music Lab truck, which is filled with the latest digital technology, and parking it at different locations and inviting the public and schools to come and try out instruments.

Wilf Petherbridge Credit: ITV News

We love to see that new audiences can experience the orchestra especially the young kids who are coming and seeing the new instruments for themselves and they get to try them out they get to learn about everything this is to do with the orchestra."

– Wilf Petherbridge, Music Lab

Somerset businesses say road closures are damaging trade

Businesses in a Somerset village say they're losing a huge amount of trade after the third road closure in twelve months.

The A372 is shut at Bere Wall while the road is raised and new culverts are dug to allow flood water to escape. Villagers in Aller say road closed signs in Langport 4 miles away means tourists are giving them a miss. Visitors are down 80%.

I'm losing a lot of trade because this time of year I would have a lot of passing trade, people who are out for a few nights and they see the sign and pull up and come in and this field should have four, eight, ten units in here, people just passing by, this is the trade I'm losing out on.

– Ken May, Caravan Park Director
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