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New guidance produced for visitors to the South West

Tourism businesses, public health and local authorities from across the South of England have banded together in a broad partnership to produce guidance for visitors about COVID19.

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People welcomed back into city centre as pubs and restaurants reopen

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:34pm

City Council Leader Phil Bialyk has welcomed people back into the city as a number of restaurants and bars open up for the first time since ‘lockdown’.

But the Leader has urged people to be sensible and vigilant in an attempt to stop a second wave, as well as be patient, as some businesses are not ready to open.

The City Council has been at the heart of work to ensure the city centre returns to some form of normality following the pandemic.

The Council has been working with partners in the public and private sector as part of a City Centre Recovery Group which...

Devon Air Ambulance opens shops next week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 2:13pm

As Devon Air Ambulance prepares to open their shops next week, they explain the significant changes that have been made to the way you can shop and to their donation of goods process.

The safety of everyone including shop staff, volunteers and supporters is paramount and they must be ‘Covid Secure’ before finally opening their doors.

The Government announced that to ensure the utmost safety of everyone connected to the retail outlets, including those just visiting the premises, that FIVE mandatory steps must have been followed before they can resume trading or operating...

The Exeter College graduate behind one of art’s biggest lockdown trends 

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:33am

An Exeter College art graduate has been the inspiration behind one of lockdown’s more unique art trends.

Since the Government’s lockdown of the country in March, a number of artists have been looking for an outlet for their creative flair and have taken to recreating classic pieces of art from the comfort of their own home using photography.

But Anna Grayson, from Teignmouth, has been producing work like this for years, having originally experimented with this photographic art style while studying an Access to Higher Education Art course with Exeter College in 2012....

Devon’s biggest ever community movement challenge set to launch

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:01am

Following a difficult period for many, Active Devon, Travel Devon and Devon County Council are launching a new, digitally enabled community movement challenge. Beginning 6 July and running over the summer, Let’s Move will offer Devon’s communities a chance to move more, celebrate our local communities and to win great prizes.

In overcoming these challenges and moving beyond the obstacles life throws at us, Let’s Move is also an inclusive celebration of every community across Devon, as well as how physical activity and movement can help us all, as both individuals and as...

Are Short Term Loans the Answer When You Have a Bad Credit Rating?

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 9:47am

Even if you keep track of your finances, any kind of emergency can put you in difficulty. At that time, you might need to look at options that can get you out of the deep end. If your friends or family members aren't able to give you the funds, then you will probably look into loans.

When emergency situations arise, and your credit is not the best, then you might be looking at short term or payday loans. These are pretty easy to get for people that have bad credit, and many lenders approve them quickly.

But are short term loans the right choice even if you have a bad...

5 Most Popular Destinations for Brits to Move to

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 6:13am

With around one-tenth of Brits living abroad, it can be tempting to leave rainy Britain behind for a new life. Whether you want to settle somewhere peaceful to raise a family or are in search of adventure, living abroad can be a fantastic decision.

While packing up your life and moving overseas is not easy, it could possibly be the best decision of your life! If you are considering emigrating, there are a huge number of places in the world to choose from – below, we have detailed the five most popular destinations for Brits moving abroad!

5: Ireland

If you are...

BBC sets out plans to transform its local services 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 7:19pm

The BBC has set out plans to transform its local services in England as it seeks to serve audiences better, respond to lessons learnt during the COVID-19 crisis and make savings to tackle its financial challenges.

BBC England, home of the BBC’s local radio stations and regional TV news, will undergo a significant reinvention.

The new vision for regional and local services includes:

  • Modernising the BBC’s regional TV centres - investing in the latest technology and introducing a new, consistent operating model for each newsroom with digital story telling at
  • ...

Planet Earth Games going viral

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:12pm

Devon-based charity Planet Earth Games are going virtual this summer with a month-long series of sustainable challenges through August.

Formerly the South West Youth Games, the event was revamped and relaunched in 2019 to help address climate change crisis with the first ever Planet Earth Games at Flowerpot Playing Fields, Exeter.

Described the world’s first environmental multi-sport Games, the event had no single use plastic, recycled medals and zero waste, including activities such as paddle boarding, plogging (picking up litter and jogging), group cycling and nature...

Celebrity chef Michael Caines launches new website inviting holidaymakers to enjoy a Devon staycation

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:57am

Holidaymakers looking to spend a summer staycation in Devon will soon find all the information they need at the click of a mouse.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE is spearheading a new initiative which he hopes will encourage those who would usually be planning a foreign break to look closer to home.

His new website, Destination Devon, will feature guides, reviews, tips, advice and a whole host of other information.

Michael has teamed up with publisher Nick Cooper, whose team produce a range of food and drink magazines and websites, including Food Magazine and...

New moves to contain coronavirus in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 8:14am

New measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon and safeguard the health of local people have been revealed.

They detail plans to provide a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus across the county and help prevent it spreading.

The plans involve close partnership working between local organisations like health, councils, police, schools and care homes alongside businesses and key industries such as tourism.

And they will provide additional support for people who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 such as the elderly, those with...