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Exeter School pupil wins place with National Youth Theatre

A talented Exeter School pupil has been selected for the prestigious National Youth Theatre. Emily who is in Year Ten, is taking Drama at GCSE and recently started LAMDA acting lessons which are offered at school. She has taken part in many Exeter School productions since joining in Year Three, including the recent performance of ‘The Odyssey’.

Emily attended an NYT audition day held at Exeter School for pupils in March. This involved a three-hour workshop followed by an individual audition with a NYT director where she had to perform a monologue of her choice. Emily found out...

Renowned Exeter Craft Festival is back for 2022!

Madeleine Millington, current Chair of the volunteer committee that has run this event for over 40 years, told us how delighted everyone was to be able to stage the festival this year after the pandemic had made it impossible for the past two summers.

‘We will have the usual array of high-quality work from Westcountry craftspeople and artists on Exeter’s beautiful Cathedral Green on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July, and all the exhibitors are really excited to be back in front of the public again,’ she said.

Crafters featured include Becky Crawford, who makes joyful mobiles...

Tax credits customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/24/2022 - 4:05pm

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning tax credits customers to be aware of scams and fraudsters who imitate the department in an attempt to steal their personal information or money.

About 2.1 million tax credits customers are expected to renew their annual claims by 31 July 2022 and could be more susceptible to the tactics used by criminals who mimic government messages to make them appear authentic.

In the 12 months, to April 2022, HMRC responded to nearly 277,000 referrals of suspicious contact received from the public. Fraudsters use phone calls, text messages and...

Devon business helps fleets slash speeding by over 80%

Lightfoot, the Exeter-based cutting-edge driver coaching and rewards platform, has launched a new driver-focused feature that has the ability to cut speeding incidents experienced by fleets by over 80%. Unveiled at The CV Show, Live Overspeed Alerts is the latest addition to Lightfoot’s suite of pioneering fleet management technology, which delivers safer, more efficient driving styles through real-time, in-cab coaching and rewards.

The new development, which is available as an add-on to Lightfoot’s system, notifies drivers whenever they exceed the speed limit. Using Lightfoot’s...

Senior Associate Solicitor Grace Bradley in her office

Family law finalist in 2022 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 10:11am

The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards shortlist has been announced and flying the flag for the South West is Senior Associate Solicitor Grace Bradley from The Family Law Company who is a finalist in the Family Law category.

Grace joined the company in 2009; her work focuses on complex legal aid cases including child abduction and honour based violence that frequently involve international elements.

This type of case often runs for years, and Grace is tireless in the pursuit of justice for all her clients. She is a skilled linguist and during the pandemic conducted...

South West organisations failing to cut £1,200 from water bills

South West businesses with flushing urinals are costing their organisations over £1,200 in unnecessary bills, and are also failing to cut avoidable CO2, warns Exeter-based Smarti Environmental. The business, which provides eco-friendly waterless urinal technology to the NHS, tourism businesses, hospitality businesses and other organisations, has released its findings to coincide with Water Saving Week 2022 (23-27 May), during which it is launching the world’s first eco-enzyme waterless and PH neutral urinal solution, the Vortex triple seal valve (TSV).

Ending the need for water,...

Call for volunteers to survey Devon churches for bats this summer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/22/2022 - 3:44pm

The Bats in Churches project is appealing for volunteers in Devon to come forward and help with the final year of the National Bats in Churches Survey, an ambitious citizen science project to discover more about how and why bats are using churches.

It’s thought at least 60 per cent of pre-16th Century churches in England house bat roosts, but the true figure could be much higher. Bats in Churches, a partnership between heritage and conservation organisations is now calling for intrepid volunteers to search for serotines, peek for pipistrelles, hunt for greater horseshoes and nosy...

Environment Agency calls on roofers and builders to follow duty of care 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 05/21/2022 - 6:22am

The Environment Agency is reminding roofers and builders in Devon and Cornwall to take responsibility for their waste.

Most roofers and builders are law-abiding and take their duty of care seriously when it comes to waste management. But the reminder comes after agency officers found a large amount of buried asbestos waste when executing a search warrant at a site in the South West. The operator of the site was arrested by the police and questioned.

Asbestos and other hazardous waste require disposal by specialist contractors at sites that can legally and safely handle...

UK's biggest veterinary recruitment agency plans for growth in Exeter

An Exeter based business that was founded in 2016 has quickly grown into the UK’s biggest recruitment agency for the veterinary industry and is on track to double in size over the next 12 months, as well as establishing an overseas client base.

JHP Recruitment was founded by Justin Powlesland and now employs a team of 12 at offices at Airport Business Park. The company specialises in recruiting both permanent and locum vets and nurses, as well as other staff, for veterinary practices throughout the UK and is now winning an increasing amount of work in both Europe and the USA....

Expert tips for final marathon preparations

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 11:53pm

WITH just one month to go until runners toe the start line, Runners Need is sharing its expert tips and advice on the final preparations to help for a successful race.

Christian Allen, Product Trainer at Runners Need, explains more about the final stages of training:

What should your last month of training look like?

In the final weeks leading up to race day it is important not to cram in too many runs and factor in more rest days as the event nears.

While training plans are different for every individual, as a general guide you should look to do your...

Long-serving councillor Yolonda Henson elected new Lord Mayor of Exeter

By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter

Long-serving Councillor Yolonda Henson is the new lord mayor of Exeter.

The member for St Loyes (Conservative) will perform the politically neutral, ceremonial role for a year after being elected at the historic Guildhall on Tuesday [18 May].

Councillor Rob Newby (Conservative, Topsham) was elected deputy lord mayor. He previously served as lord mayor in 2012/13.

Born and raised in the city, Cllr Henson is the first city councillor to hold the office of deputy mayor, mayor, deputy lord mayor and now lord...

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