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Developer and estate agent come together for local charities

A five-star builder is supporting an Exeter-based estate agent in their charity drive for two local charities.

Persimmon Homes South West donated £1,000 to Right At Homes Estate Agents’ Christmas charity event this year, which will go towards helping Pete’s Dragons and Andy’s Man Club.

The event was held at Birchy Barton Hill in Exeter on Sunday (3rd December). Local residents decorated the outside of their homes for the nighttime event, which saw stalls on the agent’s driveway as well as those of the other shops on the street.

A grotto, raffle, and letters-to-...

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Andrew Simmonds, chairman of the Experts in Property network

One chapter closes and another begins for the Experts in Property network

This week marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter for Southwest estate agency network, the Experts in Property, with a change of chairmanship and new directors on the board.

Cornwall-based former estate agent, Steve Moir has stepped down as chairman of the ‘super group’ and Bristol property specialist, Andrew Simmonds has taken the reins. Honiton estate agent of more than 30 years, Roger Hemming has also joined highly respected, Okehampton-based James Stevens and the long-standing Andy Pounsberry on the board of directors.

The well-known network of...

Exe Estuary Trail repairs to be completed in new year

Devon County Council says it’s committed to completing repairs on a section of the Exe Estuary Trail near Lympstone as early as possible in the new year.

Work to replace the timber on Courtlands Boardwalk, between Lympstone and Exmouth, is currently ongoing and has now passed the half-way stage.

The timber structural beams and deck planks on all 72 wooden spans of the boardwalk have deteriorated and become unsafe, so they are being replaced with a more durable fibre-reinforced material.

A delay to the production and delivery of this material at the start of the...

New fleet of Canon Medical ultrasound machines supporting 300% increase in patient throughput at NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter

Equipped with Aplio i800 / Prism Edition , the Devon hospital – a Covid-19 response unit turned community diagnostics hub – has helped reduce the local NHS patient waiting list from six weeks to less than two weeks.

With a quarter of the population now on the NHS waiting list, reducing the backlog is critical. To ease the pressure on acute care, Professor Sir Mike Richards published a report in November 2020 calling for community diagnostic centres (CDCs) to be made available across England.

Utilising a share of £11.3 million funding awarded by the National Accelerator...

Sandford Orchards Partners with Wooden Spoon Charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/07/2023 - 8:05pm

Award-winning cider maker, Sandford Orchards, is relaunching its rugby charity cider, Rib Tickler, with donations from its sale going to Wooden Spoon, a charity whose aim is to positively transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people through the power of rugby.

Chief Cider Maker, Barny Butterfield, explains: “Rib Tickler began life as a collaboration between Sandford Orchards and the Rugby Players Association to encourage professional rugby players to gain experience outside of sport. Working with a group from the Exeter Chiefs, which included international players...

A year of transformative delivery in the Heart of the South West

Authored by Program
Posted: Thu, 12/07/2023 - 11:16am

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) looks back on a year of impactful funding commitments and initiatives.

Since January, the LEP has continued to work with stakeholders to provide funding and support for local businesses, skills, and job creation.

To date, LEP-funded activities have created over 7,800 new jobs, helped over 18,000 businesses to grow, and connected over 9,500 homes and businesses to superfast broadband.

Major business support projects include the launch of the British Business Bank’s £200 million South West Investment Fund...

A generous gift results in the 6,000th bike donated to Exeter Cycling charity

Exeter-based charity ‘Ride On Cycling for All’, is delighted to be gifted a Voodoo Mountain bike making it the 6000th bike donated since the charity was formed.

Located on Exeter Quay, ‘Ride On’ was established in 2011 by bike ability instructor, Martyn Laxton. Working at a school in Teignmouth at the time he was concerned that many of the pupils either didn't have bikes, or they were of very poor quality. Martyn persuaded some friends to donate bikes and to help do them up and it proved so successful that he felt it would be a great idea for a social enterprise. Starting the...

Exeter church distributes Christmas hampers to people struggling in the cost-of-living crisis

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2023 - 11:51pm

An Exeter church which is distributing over 700 Christmas food hampers, says it has been overwhelmed at the requests for help across the community.

Rediscover Church in Northernhay Street, Exeter, has run the hamper project every year for the last 8 years to help people who are struggling and in need, but this they’ve been inundated with requests for help, as people struggle to make ends meet, as the cost of a weekly food shop continues to increase.

The effects of the cost-of-living crisis seem to be having a significant impact on people’s lives, with some of the hamper...

West Country Women Awards Winners 2023 Announced

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2023 - 7:49pm

WINNERS of the West Country Women Awards were announced at a sold-out glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth this weekend.

More than 320 guests, finalists and sponsors from all across the South West attended to celebrate winners across 16 categories.

The West Country Women Awards celebrate and recognise women all across the peninsular in all walks of life from women in arts and culture, women in sport, combatting violence against women and girls to green business of the year and many more.

Hosts for the evening’s inspiring celebrations were Alexis...

Coldplay-backed British Microfibre Filter Company Wins Prestigious International Green-Tech Ocean Impact Award Held in Australia

  • Cleaner Seas Group’s circular solution to capturing, harvesting and recycling microfibres from domestic washes wins Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2023
  • Cornish green-tech’s retro-fit filters prevent up to 91 million microfibres from entering our oceans per household per year

South West start-up Cleaner Seas Group (CSG) has won one of the world’s most prestigious awards for improving the health of our Oceans, thanks to its pioneering work on a groundbreaking circular solution to capturing and recycling microfibres filtered out from domestic and commercial washing...

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust launches Christmas membership drive

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/05/2023 - 11:54pm

In a push to redefine festive giving, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is encouraging the public to move beyond traditional gifts and embrace a present that not only brings joy to loved ones but actively contributes to the preservation of a cherished heritage pony— the Dartmoor Heritage Pony.

Membership gifts directly play a role in safeguarding Dartmoor's iconic Heritage ponies, offering individuals a chance to contribute to preserving our much loved traditional breeds, protect Dartmoor’s landscapes, and champion biodiversity through innovative conservation grazing projects....

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