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Darts Farm continues to raise funds for local charities

During the summer months Darts Farm is renowned for its vibrant yellow fields of pick-your-own sunflowers and it’s superb ‘Maize Maze’. The beautiful flowers have raised a total of £5,034 this year for Darts Farm chosen charity, Hospiscare and the ‘Maize Maze’; a maze that’s constructed entirely out of the maize crop grown in the Darts Farm field, has raised a total of £3,061 for local charity ELF (Exeter Leukaemia Fund). 

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Headteacher reveals truth behind ‘super-size’ classroom story

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/18/2019 - 2:23pm

Parents have hit back at what they claim were significant inaccuracies in a news story.

These were also addressed by Jonathan Bishop, Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Academy Trust (TCAT) in Devon after the Ofsted-outstanding Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) was portrayed in media reports as being ‘cash-strapped’ and ‘cramming’ children into a classroom.

Secretary of State Visits Exeter College to Talk T Levels

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:23am

The Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson MP visited Exeter College to learn more about the impact new T Level qualifications will have on the region’s learners.  

As a government-selected ‘early adopter’ of the new technical-based qualification, Exeter College is the only provider in Devon offering T Levels for 2020 delivery, with courses initially available in Construction, Digital and Education and Childcare. Further T Level courses will launch from 2021 as part of a national roll out.

Mary of Exeter, the hero pigeon who wouldn’t give up

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:34am

A new animated film commemorating the bravery of a World War Two hero pigeon is being premiered in Exeter this November. 

'Mary of Exeter' has been created by young people in collaboration with Double Elephant Print Workshop, a leading local arts organisation. The project was made possible by National Lottery players through a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It celebrates the largely forgotten tale of Mary, a brave bird who flew for the National Pigeon Service and was housed in the pigeon loft of boot maker Cecil Brewer on West Street in Exeter.

Cashmere Wraps and Shawls Style Guide

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 10/18/2019 - 8:12am

Are you excited for Autumn, and all the stylish accessories that come with it? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the must-have fashion piece of the season that will have you dressed to impress like a bonafide style icon! 

Here’s a rundown of ways to style the Cashmere wrap and shawl! 

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Network Rail invites local schools to decorate Dawlish sea wall hoardings

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 5:20pm

Network Rail is inviting Dawlish schoolchildren to take part in an art competition that will brighten up hoardings around the new sea wall works at Colonnade underpass, close to Dawlish station. Winning pictures, based on the theme ‘What Dawlish means to me’, will be reproduced on the hoardings, remaining in place until the works are complete in spring 2020.

Tickets to be launched for sell-out ideas festival

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 3:22pm

Organisers of TEDxExeter, the South West’s leading ideas festival, have announced that tickets for TEDxExeter 2020 are soon to be released for sale.

The 9th annual TEDxExeter event will take place on Friday 17 April 2020 at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre and will be simultaneously livestreamed to venues across the city and beyond.

Tickets, which usually sell out in minutes, will be released at 10am on Friday 29th November 2019 via Eventbrite. For those wishing to beat the queues, a limited number of VIP tickets will be available from 10am on Wednesday 27th November.   

Construction begins on £10million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:57am

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare. 

The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will form part of the University of Exeter Medical School clinical research infrastructure. It will transform research and diagnosis of dementia and other neurological diseases, funded by part of a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation. 

FORCE Cancer Charity Vintage Fair quirky items

Vintage fair at the FORCE shop

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:39am

The FORCE Cancer Charity shop in Heavitree is holding a special vintage sale day next month.

All sorts of retro goodies from 80s knitwear to tin toys and vintage books will be on offer at the FORE Street store on Saturday November 2.

There will be bargains galore including collectable books at half their marked price.

“We’ll have some great deals for lovers of all things vintage plus our usual amazing selection of goods and there’ll be a bake sale. What more could you want,” said FORCE Shop Manager Anna Heard.

Institute of Technology Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College Gets the Green Light

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 9:16am

The South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College has been signed off as part of a wider plan to revolutionise digital, engineering and manufacturing technology education across the region. The new £11million building will be at the heart of the college and located on its Hele Road site in what is great news for the college, city and region.  

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New installation unveiled at Killerton to highlight effects of climate change

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 8:52am

From global climate strikes led by Greta Thunberg to forest fires, environmental issues have never been so topical. Although many of us know we need to make sustainable changes, it can be difficult to grasp what the effects of climate change will look like, if we don’t take action.

But now, a new installation at Killerton in Broadclyst, Devon is offering visitors the chance to travel into the future to 2050 and experience the impact of climate change for themselves.