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South Devon College Graduation

South Devon College awards own degrees for first time.

South Devon College with campuses in Paignton, Newton Abbot and Torquay celebrated the achievements of its University Centre students at a joint ceremony held over two days at Torquay’s Grand Hotel.

The event was hailed a double celebration as the college awarded its own degrees for the very first time.

The two-day event (14th and 15th October) was held to ensure that both the classes of 2020, and 2021 were formally congratulated. Last year’s graduation ceremony was held virtually due to Coronavirus.

This is the first year that students from University Centre South...

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Confused about booster jabs and flu vaccines? Here’s what you need to know

People in Devon are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter.

The COVID jab does not protect against flu so it is vital to have both vaccinations to reduce your chances of becoming unwell and needing hospital treatment. Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing extreme pressures in the run up to the very busy winter season.

Each winter, on average, 11,000 people in England die from flu and new government research suggests that adults in England are...

Charity events return with a bang in support of Devon Air Ambulance

With the cancellation and postponement of so many fundraising events since the start of the pandemic, it’s been a tough couple of years for charities.

Now Devon Air Ambulance is delighted to return to public events with a bang byreleasing tickets for Exeter Round Table’s 38th Fireworks Extravaganza; the charity’s first public scale event since 2018.

The fireworks display, which has been on-hold for a year, is a big support for Devon Air Ambulance’s lifesaving 365-day a year service, attracting visitors from the local area and beyond who are keen to enjoy the spectacle...

Bookery Redrow

Redrow partner with The Bookery to provide child reading opportunities

National housebuilder Redrow is proud to announce its recent sponsorship of community owned bookshop, The Bookery.

The Bookery is an Exeter based, community owned bookshop run by a passionate team dedicated to changing lives through the power of books. The bookshop hosts a range of events and actively pioneers programmes that support literacy, community well-being and access to cultural and learning opportunities.

The Bookery run a school’s outreach programme to assure children are provided with books as they have found that only a third of children will ever have money to...

Connaught@Christmas team on recce to Connaught Gardens

Connaught@Christmas team recce as plans firm up for illuminated event

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:30pm

Three people key to the creation of the new illuminated walk at Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth this Christmas met onsite recently to make final plans for the lit event.

Event manager John Radford, designer Robin Shephard-Blandy and technical manager Greg Howell visited the gardens to discuss zones, lighting styles and plans for the ‘big finish’.

During the recce the team deliberated the creation of nine specific zones within the gardens, making use of the existing architecture, trees, flora, structures and flower beds to create very different looks for the enjoyment of...

Rugby star, podcaster and best-selling author to delivery hilarious and outrageous one-man show

Former England and British and Irish Lions rugby player, number one podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author James Haskell is taking to the road with his very own one-man show.

The James Haskell Show promises to be a side-splitting funny and ruthlessly honest show and is visiting Exeter Corn Exchange on Sunday November 21.

Tickets are on sale now from www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/james-haskell

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary global experience of the game and has boatloads to say about...

University of Exeter signs agreement with city partners to drive economic and social change

The University of Exeter has signed a landmark Civic University Agreement with city partners – the first in the South-West – to improve opportunity, prosperity, wellbeing and the environment for local communities.

Following local consultations, Exeter City Council, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter College and the University of Exeter have set out their joint mission to drive progress in five areas:

  • Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
  • Delivering a Net Zero Exeter
  • Aspiration and Opportunity
  • Culture and Tourism
  • ...

A partnership made in Devon: Co Bikes and Wollens spread a little colour across the city

Co Bikes, the on demand electric bike hire scheme in Exeter has announced its latest partnership with Wollens Solicitors with the sponsorship of thirty Co Bikes in Exeter.

The full spectrum law company based in Cathedral Close, Exeter formed a working partnership following a recent introduction at one of the popular ‘coffee in the city’ events hosted by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce.

Charlotte McGregor, partner at Wollens Solicitors says; “Wollens are delighted to be partnering with Co Bikes and are looking forward to seeing the branded bikes around the city. We are...

FORCE Cancer Charity Shop front in Heavitree

Volunteers needed at FORCE charity shop

The FORCE Cancer Charity shop in Heavitree has launched a recruitment drive for new volunteers.

It’s a great chance to join the charity’s dedicated team and help raise funds to support local people affected by cancer.

FORCE has a variety of volunteering roles on offer at the shop - out front or behind the scenes - and you can be flexible with time you have available.

They are particularly keen to for new volunteers to operate the till. Experience is a bonus but not essential. We’ll give you all the training you need.

There is also a need for volunteer van...

New partnership between Places for People and ilke Homes to create 165 new homes at Exmouth Junction, Exeter

A new development of 165 homes is being proposed as Places for People and ilke Homes announce they have entered into their second site partnership to deliver new homes on vacant land at the former Exmouth Junction, Exeter.

ilke Homes and Places for People have submitted a planning application for new homes to Exeter City Council and are working together to set a new standard for development in the city and provide affordable homes in this prime location. The homes, which will be constructed largely using modern methods of construction, will provide much-needed affordable homes...

Lord-Lieutenant launches tree planting initiative in Devon to mark 2022 Platinum Jubilee

The Devon launch of a national project to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 took place at an Exeter primary school on Tuesday (October 12) with a ceremonial tree planting.

The Queen’s representative in Devon, the Lord-Lieutenant David Fursdon, and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lady Arran presented a Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer, also known as a Chanticleer Pear, to Wynstream Primary School.

The tree was accepted on behalf of the school by Head Teacher Gill Brown and School Governors Peter Vickery and Poppy Daly.

The school is the first in the county (...

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