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HRH The Duke of York meets Met Office apprentices

HRH The Duke of York met with some of the current Met Office apprentices on Monday (18 February), while visiting Exeter to hold a Pitch@Palace On Tour event, an initiative founded by The Duke in 2014.

The Met Office’s apprenticeship programmes are run with training from a number of providers including Exeter College and the University of Exeter, and are aimed at developing the next generation of data engineers, scientists and technology experts, as well as other business skills needed in the Met Office and industry as a whole.

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Sir Steve Smith to be awarded Freedom of the City

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:33pm

Exeter University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, will be awarded the Freedom of the City on Tuesday (5 February).

Professor Sir Steve Smith is to be honoured for his outstanding service to the city of Exeter during his 16 years as Vice Chancellor at the University of Exeter.

The private ceremony will take place at Exeter’s historic Guildhall.

Over recent years, the University of Exeter has grown considerably, bringing financial benefits to the city and has become one of the top universities in the country and indeed the world.

Per Mare Per Terram Lodge support the Royal Marines

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:30pm

The Royal Marine Lodge in Exmouth “Per Mare Per Terram” recent made a grant of £300 to the Royal Marines charity based in Lympstone towards their planned new Support hub. This will help both Serving and retired Royal Marines and their families who are for whatever reason going through difficult times. 

The cheque is being presented by their Worshipful Master Tom Devin together with W. Bro. John Langford their charity steward to Zan Whale the Royal Marines Charity Events coordination Manager. 

Exeter College tutor awarded Technical Teaching Fellowship

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 8:28am

At an event held at The Royal Society (Thursday, 31 January 2019) Stephen Mariadas was awarded a Technical Teaching Fellowship from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding practitioners who are recognised for their high impact teaching practice and the delivery of effective outcomes for learners. 

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Swan in Gastropub top 50 again - this time into the top 20

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:51pm

THE SWAN at Bampton is celebrating after being named for the third year running as one of the top 50 gastropubs in the country at an industry-wide awards ceremony in Maidenhead recently (January 28, 2019).

The multi-award-winning pub has polled in at number 20 this year. It received a special award as the highest climber in the list in 2018 when it was rated 28th and in 2017 it was positioned just inside the chart at 50.

Want to help break a World Record? Bring your broken gadgets to the Big Fix!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:04am

Residents across Devon are being urged to hold on to any broken electrical items to help break a world record in Exeter next month.

The Big Fix is on Saturday 23 February and is the headline event of the 3rd Annual Reuse Week, which showcases the work of Devon’s many and varied Reuse organisations. 

All the events, including the Big Fix, are run by local reuse charities and community groups, and this year it will run over the February half term and will have a family focus.

Devon’s public shows their appreciation to the services that don’t stop for cold weather

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:29pm

Roads across the county have generally improved throughout the day, as highways teams have been working hard to clear them.

On high ground, good progress has been made with gritters, tractors, ploughs and snow blowers, such that access to the moors tomorrow (Saturday) should be resumed.

But with temperatures across the county set to dip significantly tonight, dropping to minus 5 degrees in places, minus 3 degrees in Exeter, Devon County Council is reminding people to take care.

Exeter brothers praised for emergency response

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:05pm

Two young brothers have been commended for knowing what to do in an emergency. 

Their dad, March Le-fey, had a seizure caused by hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) at the family home in Whipton, Exeter. 

He had collapsed, was unconscious, and needed urgent medical help. 

Six-year-old, Isaac, called for help from his nine-year-old brother, Elliot who dialled 999. 

Elliot told South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) 999 Call Handler Lucy Frith exactly what was wrong. 

Have your say on plans to close public toilets in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:49pm

People will have a chance to have their say on proposals to close a number of public toilets in Exeter as part of online consultation which begins today.

The consultation will last three weeks and the Council is urging people to give their views on the proposals by filling in an online survey. Those who do not want to go online can pick up a paper version from the Council’s Customer Service Centre in Paris Street.

The survey can be found at www.exeter.gov.uk/toiletconsultation

Motorists advised not to travel unless essential

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:52pm

Devon County Council is urging people across snow-hit areas of the county not to travel tomorrow morning (Friday 1 February) unless absolutely essential.

Heavy snow has caused traffic disruption in parts of the county earlier this afternoon and this evening.

The A380 was completely closed at Ideford Dip due to a vehicle blocking the road, and the A38 Telegraph Hill has been blocked by stationary traffic but work is underway to reopen the A38 and free south bound traffic from the M5.

Warning of possible travel disruption as heavy snow forecast for parts Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:07pm

Devon County Council is warning of the potential for travel disruption in parts of the county this afternoon (Thursday 31 January) and into tomorrow morning.

A band of rain and sleet is forecast to hit Devon from midday which could fall as snow from around 3pm today. 

Snow response plans for Haldon/Telegraph Hill and the North Devon Link Road are being activated from midday.

Although the amount of snow is expected to vary across the county, areas of high ground could see up to 10cm of snow over a five-hour period.