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Charities in Exeter urged to bid for a £25,000 prize pot offered by insurance specialist

Charities in Exeter urged to bid for a £25,000 prize pot offered by insurance specialist

Charities in Exeter have a chance to win a share of a £25,000 prize pot offered by specialist charity insurer Ansvar’s Community Campaign.

Many good causes in the region have been struggling to raise funds during the pandemic and Ansvar, which has insured charities, churches and voluntary groups for more than 60 years, is offering help.

The money will be split three ways: £15,000 for the overall winner with £5,000 each going to two additional charities.

The competition opens on 10 May, the deadline for entries is 30 June and winners will be notified by 23 July....

May opening for The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth 

May opening for The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth will reopen to visitors on Monday 17 May, with the launch of a new family activity trail.

The new trail, 'An Adorably Curious Adventure', gives visitors the chance to explore the sanctuary and discover the A-Z of fun donkey facts, while completing trail activities along the way.

John Crouch, Visitor Engagement Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: "We have all been looking forward to this day for some time, welcoming back our loyal supporters and visitors. The sanctuary always comes alive when it's open, there is always such a nice...

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Exeter Agency Optix Solutions Recognised in Campaign's Best Places to Work 2021

Optix Solutions has been recognised by Campaign as one of the top marketing agencies to work for in the UK.

The survey and award programme, created by Campaign and Best Companies Group, was designed to identify and honour the best places of employment in marketing, advertising and media in the UK. Optix was ranked at number 59 in the list of the top 90 agencies and the top agency from Devon.

Organisations from across the UK entered the two-part survey process to determine Campaign’s Best Places to Work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's...

Businesses affected by pandemic have chance to win £1,000 worth of building materials

Businesses affected by pandemic have chance to win £1,000 worth of building materials

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/14/2021 - 10:43am

As part of its Community Fund initiative, RGB Building Supplies is delighted to be launching a new campaign called ‘Surprise Supplies’. Every quarter, two businesses, charities, schools or community groups will receive £1,000 each to spend at an RGB branch.

RGB’s campaign aims to help organisations with projects that could remain uncompleted without the much-needed materials the scheme will provide.

For its first Surprise Supplies giveaway, RGB is inviting local businesses that have been closed for large parts of the past 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic to get in...

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Exeter Phoenix secures National Lottery support for Cinema Heritage Project

Exeter Phoenix has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £26,000 for its Exeter Cinema Heritage project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to document the physical and cultural changes to the landscape of Exeter through its lost cinemas and by recording the stories of its older residents and their earliest memories of visiting the cinema.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will create a series of short documentary films that capture some of the city’s cinema history, recording the individual and...

Sing it Out! - Topsham’s going green

Sing it Out! Topsham’s going green

Sing it out and sing it loud! A Devon town is boosting its green credentials by encouraging people to take reusable cups to local cafes - and there’s even a special song created to celebrate the initiative.

Residents and visitors in Topsham, sitting on the Exe estuary near Exeter, buy an estimated 10,000 takeaway drinks weekly during the busiest times of the year, with most of those single-use cups ending up in bins and then in landfill or incinerated.

Now people are being encouraged to either bring their own reusable cup or buy a stylish and eco-friendly Love Topsham...

Top benefits of online shopping

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Wed, 05/12/2021 - 7:47am

Online Purchases have become very popular due to the increase in access to the internet through mobile phones and computers or laptops. Nowadays, most people prefer online shopping due to its various advantages. It has currently been hectic to go shopping at physical stores since it comes with several inconveniences. Are you still stuck with physical shopping and wondering why people are running online shopping ? Below are the benefits of doing shopping online that you never knew about?

Saves on Time

Shopping at physical stores means that you have to create time to go to...

Exeter COSY Routes project in the spotlight for Dementia Action Week

The hills, valleys, and viewpoints around Exeter get a national television spotlight this month on the BBC’s Songs of Praise, in a programme coming from the city on Sunday 16th May.

Hosted by presenter Aled Jones, one of several projects chosen for filming was Exeter COSY Routes, launched last year by the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

The COSY project is a mapped 26.2-mile marathon distance route around the city, comprising eight shorter circular routes of between four and seven miles.

It was created by keen runner and walker Jo Earlam, a board member of the...

Emergency services join forces for ‘My Red Thumb’ Day 2021 road safety awareness campaign

Emergency services join forces for ‘My Red Thumb’ Day 2021

Starting today (12 May 2021), Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service – with partners from Devon and Somerset County Council, the Devon Air Ambulance, Devon and Cornwall Police, Avon and Somerset Police and Highways England (and others) – will take part in a social media road safety campaign My Red Thumb Day.

My Red Thumb Day is a national campaign aimed at drivers and passengers. It highlights the importance of not being distracted by a mobile device while driving.

Drivers and their passengers are being asked to break the habit of looking at or using mobile devices...

Unprecedented advance ticket sales for Devon County Show 2021

Unprecedented advance ticket sales for Devon County Show 2021

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:59pm

The Devon County Show have announced unprecedented demand for their Advance Show Tickets, with sales up 600% year on year, as people rush to secure their attendance at this year’s Show after a 26 month absence.

The Show this year on 2, 3 and 4 July will be the 125th in the Show’s history and will be the first County Show to make an appearance on the circuit in 22 months.

‘People are champing at the bit to go to an event’ says Sam Mackenzie Green, Devon County Show Manager. ‘This has been entirely reflected in our advance ticket sales which are by far and away the best we...

Data reveals that Exeter is in the top 10 WORST UK cities for Blue Badge parking

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/11/2021 - 10:18pm

A new study has revealed which UK towns and cities offer the most, and least, accessible parking for blue badge holders. Nationwide Vehicle Contracts analysed Parkopedia data for 56 car parks to calculate the percentage of accessible car parks available in each location.

Since the UK government announced that those with hidden disabilities could also apply for a blue badge back in 2019, there has been a surge in demand for disabled parking. But which cities are falling short?

Over 40% of Exeter's car parks do not have disabled spaces

Of the cities analysed,...

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