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Birdhouse café flies high!

The Birdhouse café in Exeter’s Pinces Gardens has soared to success since new management took over in April.

Visitors are flocking there to enjoy the delicious takeaway food and drink on offer, taking advantage of the longer opening hours.

Owned by Exeter City Council, the café was originally a derelict gatehouse, transformed in 2022 by singer songwriter Abbe Martin into a takeaway and community hub. After Abbe decided to leave due to commitments to her family and career, the Birdhouse was swooped on by Exeter based social enterprise company Garland Support, which set up...

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33rd Annual Dartmoor Charity Motorcycle Run

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 07/14/2024 - 11:17pm

The Exeter Classic Motorcycle’s 33rd AnnualCharity Run takes place on Sunday 28 July.

Starting from Exeter Quay, the run covers around 90 miles over Dartmoor before returning to the Quay for prize awards.

Funds raised are shared between the Lord Mayor of Exeter’s charity, which this year is FORCE Cancer charity, Okehampton Community & Recreation Association (OCRA) and Princetown Community Centre.

The run is open to all types of motorcycle and sidecar combination.

Usually around 100 bikes participate in the event which is marshalled by members of the...

Darts Farm's flagship restaurant rated outstanding by Trencherman's Guide

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/13/2024 - 9:41pm

Darts Farm is delighted to announce that its flagship restaurant, The Farm Table has just been awarded ‘higher member’ status by The Trencherman’s Guide, following their first visit. This fantastic accolade, which is only given to restaurants scoring over 87%, follows hot on the heels of an AA Rosette, which was awarded at the end of last year.

Michael Dart, who runs Darts Farm alongside his two brothers, James and Paul, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled with the review that The Farm Table has received from The Trencherman’s Guide. To be featured in the guide is one thing,...

£2m research study is a global first for lung condition

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been successful in its application for £2m of funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to carry out research into respiratory disease, aiming to shed light on a health condition that adversely affects the lungs.

The first of its kind globally, the study will explore treatment for a condition known as fibrotic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (FHP). The condition affects 11 in 100,000 people, with approximately 2000 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year. People with the condition experience...

Local homebuilder signs Homes for Nature commitment to support wildlife

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/11/2024 - 9:22pm

The Homes for Nature commitment, a major new initiative to support wildlife from the Future Homes Hub, has been signed by local housebuilder Persimmon Homes.

The commitment will see a bird-nesting brick or box, commonly known as a swift brick, installed in every new home as well as hedgehog highways created as standard on all new developments taken through the planning system from September 2024.

Persimmon Homes has signed the commitment along with 19 other homebuilders who collectively build over 90,000 homes each year. It is estimated that 300,000 nesting bricks or...

Preparing a Backup Smartphone for Safety

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Thu, 07/11/2024 - 4:50pm

As ubiquitous as smartphones are in Exeter, and across the world, we tend to forget some of their most useful features. So often we use them for social media and streaming that we overlook their safety implications, and this can be problematic. A broken mobile in an emergency can be a dangerous thing, and it's an experience no person should have to experience.

With that said, we want to explore the benefits of keeping a cheap backup phone in your home for emergencies. You won’t break the bank, and this approach can ensure that whether it’s a natural disaster or an unexpected...

Two new Deputy Directors join the Great South West Executive team

Authored by Program
Posted: Thu, 07/11/2024 - 11:51am

James Fairbairn and Sajid Butt have joined the Great South West Partnership as Deputy Directors

The Great South West Partnership is delighted to announce the appointments of James Fairbairn as Deputy Director of Investment & Growth and Sajid Butt as Deputy Director of Business Insights.

The Great South West, representing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and the Isles of Scilly, stands as the powerhouse brand dedicated to driving investment and showcasing the region's exceptional industries, businesses, and workforce.

James Fairbairn joins the Partnership from...

Exeter care home embraces flower power

Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Wed, 07/10/2024 - 1:52pm

Residents at Cumberland Grange in Exeter celebrated British Flowers Week which took place from 03-09 June. Founded by New Covent Garden Market in 2013, British Flowers Week is an annual celebration of the wealth and variety of British flowers, plants and foliage.

Residents took part in their favourite flower-based activity which was a wonderful flower arranging session which everyone really enjoyed. Their collective knowledge about flowers gained from years of gardening experience was very impressive. Residents then proudly dotted their beautifully arranged flowers around the...

£1.7 million for new network to improve lives of people affected by dementia

Funding of more than £1.7million will enable researchers at the University of Exeter to set up and lead a new national Dementia Network Plus – one of only four in the country.

The new network will aim to reduce dementia risk and improve people’s experience of living with dementia by supporting new projects and engaging with communities, with hubs in Wales, Scotland and England.

A Dementia Network Plus is a strategic investment by the Economic Social research Council (ESRC), the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and Alzheimer’s Society. The new...

Exeter’s Tyler Grange named SME Employer of the Year at InsideOut Awards 2024

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/08/2024 - 5:00pm

Exeter-based B Corp four-day week environmental consultancy Tyler Grange has just been named SME Employer of the Year at the InsideOut Awards.

The prestigious annual awards - powered by the InsideOut LeaderBoard® charity and Wellbeing@Work Summits - recognises and celebrates excellence in promoting mental health, wellness, and overall wellbeing.

The accolade was awarded to Tyler Grange as the UK SME that the judging panel - comprising a broad spectrum of industry experts - believed to have implemented the best mental health and wellbeing programme over the last 12 months...

Prestigious speakers announced for major South West business conference on region’s role in powering up the UK economy

Authored by Program
Posted: Mon, 07/08/2024 - 12:00pm

Leading figures from business, politics and academia to spotlight why the South West matters to the UK economy

The ' Delivering for the UK ' conference taking place on 13 September at Sandy Park in Exeter has announced the first set of leading speakers and panellists, who will be showcasing the national importance of the Great South West region and why it matters to the future success of the UK economy.

It will be the first major event in the region following the general election, and provides the ideal platform to hear about the plans of the new Government and what the...

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