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Chelsea gold medal and Best in Show for Devon florist

The British Academy of Floral Art are excited to announce that one of their top tutors, Amanda Randell-Cox, has just received Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for her stunning exhibit inspired by ‘British Blooms’.

Amanda absolutely excelled at Chelsea this year and picked up the 'Best in Show' award for her category!

She has previously been awarded Gold for her outstanding pieces of floral art but as they had changed the criteria this year she wanted to prove that great floristry can also be sustainable.

Her masterpiece this year stood as a celebration of 21...

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Ready for the off at the FORCE Santa Cycle

Sign up today for the FORCE Santa Cycle

The FORCE Cancer Charity Santa Cycle is back on Saturday November 27.

The festive ride is described as a must for your family calendar.

Starting at The Topsham School, the six-mile route follows the stunning Exe Estuary cycle path to Exmouth.

Riders then join a Stuart Line Cruises boat for an enjoyable trip back up the River Exe to Topsham Quay.

Mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks are served on board as families celebrate a fun and festive ride.

Spaces are limited to around 130 cyclists so early booking is advised.

It’s £15 for...

Co Cars and Co Bikes awarded the first ever double accreditation by national shared transport charity

Car club and bike share operators Co Cars and Co Bikes have been awarded joint accreditation by the UK’s shared transport charity.

Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK) runs the national scheme which provides assurance to local authorities on an agreed set of standards expected by operators when providing services.

South West England operators Co Cars and Co Bikes have received the first double accreditation across shared cars and bikes from CoMoUK, having fulfilled the robust application process.

Co Cars is the South West’s leading shared mobility organisation....

Bird & Blend Tea Co. opens first store in Exeter

Independent tea company Bird & Blend Tea Co. arrives in Exeter with a tea-licious bang. The fourteenth retail store in its portfolio, the Exeter store is the fifth retail outlet opening in the last 18 months, following its launch on to the high street in 2013.

Creating at least six new jobs, those that are customer facing will be an integral part of the imaginative and magical customer journey offered in store. Bird & Blend Tea Co. create a fun, interactive in-store experience, mixing tea-based drinks including flavours as inventive as Birthday Cake and Blue Raspberry to...

Where can I have my second Astra Zeneca dose?

People across Devon are being reminded it’s not too late to have the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

More than thirteen thousand people across Devon are not fully vaccinated more than twelve weeks after their first dose. They include over seven and a half thousand people who initially had a first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

A study funded by Public Health England found that having only one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine gives around 30% protection against the predominant Delta variant but protection rises substantially after a second dose.

Where can I...

David Olusoga joins ‘incredible’ Black History Month programme at University of Exeter Business School

What it means to be Black and British will be the focus of a wide-ranging talk by the historian and broadcaster Professor David Olusoga OBE to mark the start of Black History Month at the University of Exeter Business School next month.

The British-Nigerian historian, a Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, is a prominent cultural commentator, Guardian columnist, and award-winning author and documentary maker.

His BBC documentary series A House through Time and the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners have helped Professor Olusoga become...

Booster vaccination programme begins in Devon

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Posted: Wed, 09/22/2021 - 12:36pm

The first Covid-19 booster vaccinations have been administered in Devon.

Roy Warnes was among the first to have his booster dose at the Home Park vaccination site. Roy has volunteered at Home Park since it opened and explained why it was so important to get his booster vaccination today: “I think some people are getting a bit blasé and taking less care. I would say don’t hesitate to get your booster. I’ve got lots of friends who can’t wait to come.”

In line with JCVI advice people will receive either one dose of the Pfizer vaccine or half a dose of the Moderna vaccine....

Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg win Gold medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Posted: Tue, 09/21/2021 - 10:13pm

The M&G Garden , designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, has won a coveted Gold medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021. While the two designers have both won individual gold medals for Main Avenue gardens at Chelsea before, this is their first Chelsea Gold medal together.

The M&G Garden stands for the importance of beautiful and restorative green spaces in the places we need them the most - our towns and cities. The garden is imagined as a pocket park - a public space for people and wildlife to share and enjoy all the benefits of being in nature. Unusually for Chelsea...

Grants available for stair lifts and other works to adapt homes

People who may need a stair lift in their home are being encouraged to apply for a grant.

Disabled Facilities Grants are available from Exeter City Council for those who cannot use their homes freely or safely.

People who are registered or could be registered disabled can apply for grants to adapt their properties.

Grants are also available for works including widening doors, installing ramps or bathroom adaptions.

Applications for stair lifts are no longer means tested, making funding more accessible for those in need.

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Latest consultation launched on Heavitree and Whipton streets

A second round of consultation has been launched on changes to streets in the Heavitree and Whipton areas of Exeter.

More than 570 people took part in the initial consultation last year. This raised a number of key issues including the need for priority to be given to walking and cycling and to reduce the impact of vehicle traffic on a number of residential roads, including Ladysmith Road, Hamlin Lane, Sweetbrier Lane and Thornpark Rise. There were also calls for measures to improve safety on the roundabout at Sweetbrier Lane and Whipton Lane, as well as requests for electric...

stories at the end of the world by Yet To Be

Yet To Be: South West Artists Join Forces

New Exeter Theatre Company launches at this year’s Exeter Fringe Festival

Two South West based artists have come together to found a brand-new theatre company, Yet To Be, which will launch with two original shows, The Geneva Convention of Human F**ks and stories at the end of the world, at the Exeter Fringe Festival this October.

The driving aim for founding the company was born out of a desire to see more original work created here in the South West and to give more opportunities to artists based in the region. Something that is ever more relevant, after the year the arts...

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