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Schools out for summer in Devon – Six free nature activities for children

As schools break for summer the RSPB invites families to enjoy their FREE summer Wild Challenge activities to help children connect to Devon's nature and have fun.

Rosalind Allen, RSPB Education and Families Development Officer, said: “As schools in Devon break up for the summer, many parents are worrying about the increased cost of living and how they will be able to afford to have fun and quality family time over the long break. Fortunately, the RSPB’s FREE Wild Challenge scheme includes 30 nature-based activities, inspiring families to get closer to nature, discover ways to...

Rediscover The Donkey Sanctuary this summer for a free family day out

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2022 - 9:55pm

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has something to keep the whole family entertained this summer, including a summer trail and a new natural play area.

The new play area, located in the heart of the sanctuary, brings children of all ages, social groups and abilities together to use their imaginations, explore and have fun.

Set among a landscaped area, surrounded by native trees, shrubs and plants, the play park offers a safe natural environment for younger members of the family to let their imaginations run free.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Summer Quiz Trail ‘Who...

IKEA hosts free Summer Funhouse event for families

IKEA Exeter will be hosting the Summer Funhouse event to coincide with the school holidays, which will include a number of free in-store activities, offers and deals for the whole family to enjoy.

Taking place from Monday 11th July – Sunday 14th August 2022, the event includes drop-in and bookable sessions led by IKEA co-workers. Each activity has been designed to promote creativity that is both affordable and fun, by using items that can already be found within the home.

Putting their creativity skills to the test, children can design and decorate their dream bedroom...

Navigating pregnancy as a LGBT+ person

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/29/2022 - 11:08pm

Parenting Brand of the Year 2022 'The Positive Birth Company' has today released a free workshop 'Navigating pregnancy as a LGBT+ person’.

The free workshop is hosted by Laura-Rose, Founder of LGBT Mummies, an organisation that provides education, training and consultancy to establishments including the NHS to help better support the LGBT+ community through healthcare, workplace and society.

In the workshop, Laura-Rose provides practical guidance for expectant LGBT+ parents, helping you to feel more confident and empowered as you navigate pregnancy. Walking you through...

Get help with summer holiday childcare costs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 10:04pm

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding thousands of parents and families in the South West not to miss out on financial support that can help pay for childcare during the summer holidays.

Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. And it is available for children aged up to 11, or 17 if the child has a disability. The money can help towards the cost of holiday clubs, before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, and other approved childcare schemes...

Cygnet Theatre Celebrates Forty Years with Open-Air Performance in Farringdon

Multi-award winning Cygnet Theatre is celebrating a phenomenal forty years of its acting training and drama school. To mark the occasion, they are staging the Cygnet Dream Festival, launched with the help of a celebratory cake baked in the shape of a swan.

Founder of the Farringdon Society of Arts and managing director of LittlePod vanilla, Janet Sawyer, is playing host to the Cygnet Theatre with an open-air performance of Twelfth Night in her garden at LittlePod HQ on July 20.

“We are thankful and privileged to have such an outstanding theatre company in our midst, and...

Council announces even more free holiday activities and meals for this Summer

Children from across Devon aged 5 to 16, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, are invited to take up an action-packed Summer holiday this year, as part of Devon County Council’s government-funded Holiday Activities and Food programme.

The programme is to provide free physical activities and healthy, nutritional, hot meals during school holidays, and the council has again joined up with activity providers to arrange the activities across Devon.

During the Easter holidays, more than 5,000 young people eligible for benefit-related free school meals took...

Pets in paddling pools! RSPCA centres help animals cool off in the heatwave

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 06/18/2022 - 10:35pm

As temperatures soar, the RSPCA is providing advice to pet-owners on how to keep their animals cool and to make sure they are doing everything possible to keep them safe this summer.

The RSPCA’s animal centres have planned ahead for the heatwave by following the charity’s own advice on caring for animals in hot weather .

The charity is asking owners of all pets1 - from cats and dogs to small furries, horses and farm animals - to follow hot weather advice, and is also calling on animal champions to help look out for wildlife in the hot weather too.

Included in...

Common reasons Singaporean couples seek marriage counselling

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Wed, 06/15/2022 - 5:17am

Singapore is a great place to live, work and raise a family. But like any other country, it isn't immune to problems in relationships. Couples may seek marriage counseling for a variety of reasons, including financial difficulties, communication issues, parenting challenges, and extramarital affairs. Whatever the reason, professional help can often be the key to saving a relationship.

It is not uncommon for couples to seek marriage counseling at some point in their relationship. In Singapore, there are a number of reasons why couples may seek professional help to resolve marital...

Letter to the editor: Celebrating those who play a paternal role in children’s lives this Father’s Day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/12/2022 - 10:38pm

This month, we celebrate Father’s Day: a joyous day for so many celebrating those who play a paternal role. However, Father’s Day can also be a painful reminder for people across Exeter who are not part of a ‘traditional family’, including children in care.

It can be difficult to comprehend that there is an increasing number of children coming into foster care, with over 80,850 children currently looked after away from home in England alone.

Yet despite seeing how quickly our country can rally to help those most in need, and with the media’s backing, many are unaware of...

Exeter Home released to the market

Substantial Grade II listed family residence released to Exeter property market

Situated in the Devonshire countryside a short distance from the thriving city of Exeter resides Peamore Cottage, a stunning Grade II listed family residence which has just been released onto the property market.

Constructed in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century and later extended, this picturesque home is comprised of four wings surrounding a beautiful central courtyard and offers dual aspect living overlooking the gardens and countryside.

There’s even a wonderfully tranquil conservatory with a grape vine trained overhead, providing shade and an abundance of fruit with a...

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