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Putting down roots at the Devon County Show: 100 trees to be planted at Westpoint

Devon’s famous Lucombe Oak among 100 new trees to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary year at the showground in May.

The Forestry Commission is providing100 new trees at Westpoint Showground, home of the Devon County Show, as part of its centenary year celebrations. 

Mary Youlden



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Topsham welcomes longer days with Spring Forward Saturday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:30pm

The picturesque estuary town of Topsham, just four miles from Exeter, will be celebrating the end of winter with Spring Forward Saturdayon the 30th March. Just before the clocks go forward to welcome warmer days the town will be buzzing with a fair-like atmosphere, with the majority of shops, cafés and restaurants taking part, and live music around the town. 

The event is in its second year and is set to be a fabulous, vibrant day, full of offers from local businesses, Spring treats, children’s activities and foot-tapping sounds from talented local musicians. 

RSPCA inspector takes on biggest challenge yet

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 9:59am

An RSPCA inspector is set to trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for animals in need.

Marije Zwager, an inspector based in Exeter, will be taking part in the trek this September with a group of like-minded animal lovers to raise much-needed funds for the RSPCA.

Everyday Marije experiences first-hand the cruelty that is inflicted on innocent animals and the work the RSPCA does to prevent this. She says this is why she is pushing herself to the limit to raise funds to help even more animals.

Celebrated journalist to discuss landmark investigative work at University of Exeter event

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:26pm

Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.

Mr Davies, also a documentary maker, has been involved in uncovering the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire; initiating the alliance of news organisations which published US war logs and cables obtained by Wikileaks; and working as part of the team which handled the British end of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the US National Security Agency.

Devon and Cornwall police boss urges more women to stand for public office

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 6:18pm

“We must do everything we can to encourage more women into public office.”

That’s the message from Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, who has just taken a lead role in promoting the cause of Conservative women across the South West.

Alison was elected deputy chairman of the South West Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO) on International Women’s Day.

The CWO supports women in the Conservative Party in a variety of ways and encourages women to stand for office at all levels.

What connects wood, fashion and 100 years of the Forestry Commission?

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 5:23pm

A new fashion exhibition, the ‘Tree of Life,’ is celebrating the connection of the National Trust’s Killerton estate to the founding of the Forestry Commission in 1919.

Exeter Could Be Getting a New Casino - Here's What We Know So Far

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 2:26pm

Owing to the small size and tight-knit nature of this town, every new or potential opening, be it a concert venue or a nightclub, is seized upon by frenzied locals eager to speculate, complain, or rejoice over something new. In the past couple of years, however, things have been different.

Exeter is no longer the stranger to change that it once was, as dozens of new developments and businesses have sprung up across every corner of town. News of the latest development to be announced may well be the biggest yet: Exeter could soon be getting a new mega-casino.

Pharmacy Technician Training – Courses for Success

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:49pm

A pharmacy technician is a healthcare provider working under direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians conduct various pharmacy-related tasks. Although they usually work in the community, retail, or hospital pharmacies, they can as well work for long-term care facilities, third-party insurance companies, academe, grocery stores, general merchandise stores, computer software companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, or in government.

Other functions of a pharmacy technician include:

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Barratt Homes appoints new managing director to spearhead growth in the south west

Authored by Property News
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:41pm

Barratt Developments, which includes Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes has appointed Huw Llewellyn as managing director of its Exeter-based division.

Huw moves to the five star developer from roles in Wales which included technical director with Barratt Developments and spells with two other housebuilders.

He said he was delighted to be joining at such an interesting time for the division which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Bike fan celebrates winning a £35,000 Ducati … for a fiver!

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:37am

It will probably turn out to be the best £5 motorcycle fan Blair Swinhoe will ever spend –  after it won him a £35,000 Ducati mean machine.

The 25-year-old was named the winner of a unique competition which was run by a Devon couple who are also offering the opportunity for someone to win their £2.3m mansion for £10 a ticket.

Blair collected his limited edition Ducati Penigale V4 Speciale from GT Motorcycles in Plymouth.

Checking account alternatives: Your options when you can't get a bank account

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:33am

Everyone wants financial security, and for most, that starts with a bank account. For some people, though, this isn’t an option.

There are many reasons why a person can’t or doesn’t want a bank account. Luckily, there are plenty of checking account alternatives available.

Money makes the world go around. If you want to buy something online or don’t have cash on hand, a check or debit card would be a great choice. You may think you've lost many financial avenues without a bank account, but that’s not true.