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Exeter Phoenix celebrates their creative community with a week of free events

In celebration of Exeter’s cultural community, city-centre arts charity Exeter Phoenix is set to host to a range of free activities and events this August.

With a focus on spotlighting Exeter artists and creatives, ‘Reason to Create’ is a pop-up festival in which Exeter Phoenix celebrate and showcase the incredible versatility, resilience and creativity of members of Exeter’s cultural community.

They have thrown their doors open for a week of free, low cost and pay-what-you-like events created by artists from Exeter Phoenix’s Creative Hub, that span a range of art-forms...

Jenny and Milly keep volunteering in the family

Jenny Berryman and Milly Evans are already exceptional because they give up time to volunteer with Samaritans - but what makes them really special is that they are mother and daughter.

The pair are the first mother-and-daughter volunteers in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity, having joined the organisation during 2019.

Jenny, 46, says her biggest challenge was overcoming a worry of becoming too involved when listening to others’ problems. “However, the training we receive is exceptional - it gives us the confidence to listen without becoming an...

Exeter is crowned as one of the friendliest cities within England

Authored by Frank Parker
Posted: Sun, 07/25/2021 - 12:57pm

From a survey initiated by the holiday park operators Parkdean Resorts, Exeter is named the second friendliest city within the region of the UK. Within the top 50 cities mentioned, Edinburgh came in first place and swiftly after, came the city of Exeter. Coming in within the third and fourth positions, was the cities Oxford and Glasgow, and fifth being the city of Bournemouth.

These cities came to their positions due to it being primarily down to the sense of ‘community’ that was experienced there by holiday makers. Yet we can all agree that due to the challenging past year and a...

New apprentices set to take to the promenade and bring back seaside entertainment this summer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/24/2021 - 8:50pm

New apprentices are training to take to the promenade as they get ready to resurrect traditional seaside entertainment in Britain this summer.

Beachside shows with slapstick, songs and Punch and Judy have become rare as holiday habits change. Now a group of young people are being trained in the art of family seaside entertainments so this entertainment can be seen again, and skills passed down to future generations.

The performances will bring joy to locals and holidaymakers in Devon this summer, as well as providing employment and training for new performers,...

New Exeter Bus Station set to open

The new Exeter Bus Station will open to passengers on Sunday 25 July, it has been revealed.

The new station – a striking glass-fronted building in the heart of the city centre - replaces the current bus station which was constructed in the 1960s.

This new, fit-for-purpose modern facility will promote green public transport in the city and rural communities for decades to come.

The new Bus Station will offer a massive improvement for passengers, with features such as glass-fronted covered waiting and boarding areas and high quality facilities.

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RBL seeks new Poppy Appeal organisers in Devon

The Royal British Legion is seeking new volunteers for this year’s Poppy Appeal in Exeter, Exmouth, Okehampton, Barnstaple, Sidmouth, Chudleigh and Kingsbridge as the RBL celebrates its centenary in 2021, they have approached the Devon Freemasons for help but will still require more manpower. Last year, the RBL lost millions of pounds in donations after face-to-face collections were cancelled for the first time in the charity’s history due to the Covid pandemic. But now the charity is looking for new Poppy Appeal Organisers to cover the above areas. The Poppy Appeal last year was forced...

Heart of the South West LEP awarded further £1.8m for Skills Bootcamps to support thousands of people across the region into high quality jobs

The Heart of the South West LEP has secured £1.8 million of funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to extend its current programme of Skills Bootcamps across the region.

Comprising flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks’ duration, the 22 technical Skills Bootcamps offer adults aged 19 or over the opportunity to build up or retrain in specific skills required by employers across the Heart of the South West LEP area as well as in Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and the West of England.

Part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee,...

Pop-up cycle route to become permanent

A number of temporary road layouts which helped form a pop-up cycle route in Exeter are to be made permanent after receiving backing from councillors.

The changes at Dryden Road, Wonford Road, Ludwell Lane and Magdalen Road were introduced last year, part of emergency transport measures to provide safer routes for higher numbers of pedestrians and cyclists while capacity on public transport was significantly reduced by social distancing.

The E9 cycle route is a two-and-a-half mile cross-city route that provides access to over 50,000 jobs located in the city centre, RD...

Leading housebuilders triple recent donations to local children's charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/21/2021 - 11:09pm

Leading housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have tripled donations made earlier in the year to 5 local children's charities. The additional £15,000 donation brings the total donations made to £20,000.

The charities set to receive an additional £3,000 each include Home-Start Exeter, East & Mid Devon which supports parents and families from all backgrounds or situations, such as those struggling with mental health issues or with children with disabilities. Home-Start trains volunteers experienced in parenting and matches them to families, to offer emotional and...

Devon preparing to welcome The Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain will be making a welcome return to Devon in September with a gruelling 115-mile route awaiting some of the world's top cyclists.

Devon will host Stage Two of the 2021 Tour of Britain on Monday 6 September, starting in the new town of Sherford and finishing in Exeter.

The route takes in a number of communities on its way from the South Hams and across Dartmoor, including Ermington, Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Modbury, Ivybridge, Cornwood, Yelverton, Tavistock, Princetown, Moretonhampstead and Dunsford.

There are three ŠKODA King of the...

Alternative Green Games Good To Go

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/20/2021 - 11:49pm

As international attention turns to Tokyo 2020 in the summer of sport, a Devon-based charity is preparing to deliver an alternative sustainable Games this August for the wider public.

The virtual Planet Earth Games consists of a series of challenges that encourage people towards active, sustainable lifestyle.

The Planet Earth Games was first launched as an event in Exeter in July 2019 and has grown hugely in the pandemic in a new virtual format, reaching over 1m with participants from right across the UK and beyond.

Working with national supporters such as...

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