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Di and Sammi Rosser on the Twilight Walk

Hospiscare's Twilight Walk: Di & Sammi Rosser's Story

In 2016, Di & Sammi Rosser took part in the Twilight Walk simply because it sounded like a fun event and they felt that Hospiscare was a charity worth supporting. They could never have imagined two years later they would be walking in memory, having placed a photo of their much loved husband and dad Jeff on their memory star and displaying it, with so many others, within the special memory tent at The Maer, Exmouth.

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Traffic signals to be replaced at Sidford Cross

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:37am

Traffic signals at Sidford Cross are due to be replaced later this year, with preparatory work scheduled to be carried out next month.

Devon County Council is currently finalising the scheme which will upgrade the traffic signals at the junction of the A3052/A375 Sidford Cross, as well as the pedestrian crossing on the A3052 near to the junction.

Initial work to replace traffic detection systems, located in the road and pavements around the crossroads, is expected to start in mid-June and will take up to three weeks. 

Funding secured for Bikeability cycle training in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:57am

More than 8,800 school pupils across Devon will be able to receive Bikeability cycle training this year after a successful funding bid by Devon County Council.

Just over £283,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport in order to deliver Bikeability and adult cycle training.

Why smart cars are better than traditional cars

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:50am

When smart cars were first introduced into the automotive world, a lot of people had mixed feelings concerning these cars. While some accepted them, others found faults in the seemingly smaller yet cooler cars. However, the increased number of smart cars on the road is a clear indication that the cars are here to stay. It is fair to say that smart cars represent the needed growth in the automobile sector. On top of that, they have qualities that are better than those found in the traditional cars. Here are some of the things that make smart cars better than traditional cars.

Paul and Donna Berry of the award-winning Swan in Bampton, which has won the AA’s ‘Inn of the Year’ award 2019-20, receiving their award from Paul Hackett Senior Inspector from the AA (left).

Swan wins AA’s national ‘Inn of the Year’ Award 2019-2020

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:39am

THE AA named The Swan in Devon as the nation’s ‘Inn of the Year’ at a star-studded awards event in London recently (April 30, 2019).

The Bampton pub, which is no stranger to accolades, having already this spring been declared for the third year running as one of the top 50 gastropubs in the country, is now celebrating again.

Ashes to Diamonds: The New Era of the Funeral Industry

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:08am

Cremation is one of the more popular options people rely on when someone they love passes away. So, it was only natural that ash urns would eventually go out of fashion, so to say.

Moreover, now you can actually turn the ashes into diamonds that you can wear around your neck or on your fingers.

Most individuals still store the ashes in urns or sprinkle them on a field or in the water. However, it seems that more and more people want to leave the aforementioned behind and, instead, commemorate their loved ones by wearing them, so to say.

Millionaire Mansion van set alight in arson attack

Charity hating arsonist strikes again

Authored by KayleighW8
Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 - 8:57am

Mansion competition targeted for the 2nd time in 3 months

In the space of three months, the family behind the Millionaires Mansion competition have fallen victim to multiple targeted arson attacks as a result of their bid to raise funds for charity and local communities.

Back in February, fire crews were called to a bridge over the M5 at Junction 28 near Cullompton in Devon to put out a fire which was raining burning debris onto the motorway, wreaking havoc and causing drivers to swerve out of its path.

The Lord Mayor of Exeter and Exeter Pride trustees and the Mayor of Axminster before the march started in 2018. Photo: Alan Quick.

Lord Mayor to lead 11th Exeter Pride march

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 - 5:57pm

THE Lord Mayor of Exeter will lead the march and give a speech to mark Devon’s biggest free celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities in the region.

Councillor Rob Hanford will start the largest rainbow flag parade the city has seen as part of Exeter Pride at noon on Saturday, May 11.

Organisers say it will be the biggest event to-date, with thousands of people taking part in the march in Exeter’s High Street and watching the parade.

Am I at risk of a fall?

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 - 7:39am

Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people in the UK, with around 220,000 fall-related emergency hospital admissions in England among patients aged 65 and older each year. 

As many as 1-in-3 people over 65 will fall this year, with the numbers increasing to half of those aged 80 and above suffering a fall. In fact, thirteen people aged 65+ die every day in England and Wales because of a fall or fall related injuries.

What has replaced buy-one-get-one-free offers?

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 05/08/2019 - 5:57pm

Standing out in business can be difficult, especially with so much saturation in certain sectors between local independents, larger corporations and global multinationals. But, it doesn’t mean that business owners can’t be savvy in order to ensure they are communicating to the right customers. One way in which this can be done – and can help attract a wider cache of custom – is through sales promotions.

Mum-trepreneur takes the plunge as Devon swim school goes nationwide

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:24pm

Local mum-trepreneur Laura Skilton celebrates her baby swim school business going national having already helped more than 5,000 children in Devon and Hampshire learn to swim since launching seven years ago.

Laura Skilton, who runs swim sessions in Exeter and Crediton, has rebranded her successful Baby Paddlers swim school this month launching as a national franchise programme which is already gaining interest from all over the country.