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More Tea, Topsham?

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:26am

Topsham has turned on the (socially-distanced) style with its first Big Afternoon Tea.

This was a town-wide celebration of a Devon summer with classic sandwiches, cakes and cuppas taken in streets, gardens and parks throughout the town.

The idea emerged from Topsham resident, Hilary Bush. Hilary’s farming background along with the fun her street had on locked down VE Day, meant she could see this as a great idea to support food businesses whilst boosting spirits in town.

With the help of Love Topsham - a not-for-profit community group set up to promote the town...

Exeter researcher set to compete in the frst ever virtual Miss England semi final

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:42pm

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, like many other events, the Miss England contest was forced to cancel a series of events scheduled to be held between March ande June 2020.

The semi final was due to take place at Kelham Hall & Country Park on 8th June but due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions, this was not possible.

“After much deliberation I decided the best way forward was to run the contest online," said organizer Angie Beasley. “The Miss England semifinal will now be held as a virtual event, with the judges meeting at a central location (socially...

RSPB asks Devon residents to share how nature has supported them during lockdown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:10pm

Between 1st and 31st July, the RSPB is inviting people from Devon and across the UK to share the new things they have noticed that’s different in their world, and what they have started to value more during these unsettling times as part of a nationwide celebration of nature and wildlife

Since the UK first went into lockdown it’s been a unique time for most of us. This spring has been unlike any other and, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our health and wellbeing.

From enjoying the uplifting sound of birdsong through an open window, to...

A&E doctors urge public to stay safe ahead of ‘Super Saturday’

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 9:59pm

Ahead of what is being dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – when bars, pubs and restaurants reopen – The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is urging the public to act sensibly to not risk overwhelming A&Es.

President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Katherine Henderson said: “To many Saturday will come as a welcome release from an unprecedented nationwide lockdown and it is understandable that people want to let off steam.

“But we urge the public to be careful and use common sense. The NHS has coped admirably during this period, but staff are exhausted, and the...

The Donkey Sanctuary remains closed to visitors

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 3:52pm

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday July 4.

The charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year, and with such a large number congregating on site from across the UK, there is the heightened risk to the charity’s staff whose main priority is to care for the resident donkeys.

Faith Burden, Executive Director of Equine Operations at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Unlike other visitor attractions, we have numerous entry points to...

How to save money on and make money from your phone

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 6:36am

If you’re feeling the pinch in lockdown, you’re not alone. Although restrictions are slowly being lifted, meaning that for many people, life is getting back to normal, others are still recovering financially from the impact of being unable to work for the past few months. If you were not eligible for furlough at the beginning of lockdown, or were self-employed and not eligible for financial support, cutting down your monthly expenses might be a priority for you right now. Even if you have been furloughed from your job, living on 80% of their regular wage can be quite tight for some....

7 Ways to Surprise Your Partner on a Budget

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 6:02am

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found themselves suffering from budgetary constraints. With mass employment spending is at its lowest, and many people have found themselves seeking government aid. Having a family member's birthday or a special occasion crop up at a time like this is certainly nightmarish. Still, if you have to surprise your partner on a budget, there are ways you can do it that are unique and providing you have a small amount of money afforded to you, you should be able to give them the treat they deserve.

Knowing what to surprise your...

Emergency budget to balance the books following coronavirus crisis 

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:42pm

Details of how the City Council intends to set a balanced budget this year despite suffering a heavy loss in income due to the coronavirus crisis are due to be discussed by councillors.

An Emergency Budget report to be discussed by the Council’s Executive next week highlights measures the Council will need to take to ensure it stays within its agreed budget between now and April.

The Council needs to make a substantial reduction of £1.7million in spending in the current financial year. It will also need to make further budget savings of £5.8million over following years,...

Big Issue sets out plan for vendors’ safe return to selling the magazine on Exeter streets on 6th July

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:40pm

The Big Issue Group has confirmed details of its plan for vendors’ return on Monday 6th July to selling the magazine in Exeter, with measures including the provision of extensive PPE, contactless card payment equipment and the introduction of stringent health and safety procedures in all distribution offices.

The Big Issue, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK a means by which to earn a legitimate income, took the decision to safeguard its network of vendors and the public by asking that they stop selling on streets across the whole of the UK with...

Get on your bike for wheely great discounts in Magdalen Road!

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 - 2:06pm

A group of independent traders in Exeter’s Magdalen Road have come up with a scheme to encourage cyclists to visit their shops.

The idea for the ‘All You Need is Local’ campaign arose after a temporary one way system was introduced as part of Exeter City Council’s ‘pop up’ improvements to give better access to walkers and cyclists.

The businesses taking part are Nourish Zero Waste, Smith’s Wines, The Sandwiched Inn, The Common Beaver and Ben’s Farm Shop, with more expected to join as the campaign gathers pace. Throughout July, cyclists will enjoy a 5% discount at the first...