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Devon to open two mass vaccination centres next week

The NHS in Devon is making final preparations ready to welcome the first patients to two new large-scale vaccination centres from 26 January.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, and exhibition and event venue Westpoint Exeter will be hosting their first booked appointments to people aged 80 and above from next Tuesday.

The Home Park and Westpoint Exeter sites mean thousands more vaccinations will be given every week in Devon and provide local people have a wider choice of options when they receive their invitation for an...

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Exeter, Summer Lane

Summer Lane in Exeter re-opened

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:42am

Summer Lane in Exeter has re-opened to through traffic (Wednesday 20 January) as the finishing touches are applied to the new pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The bridge will open to pedestrians and cyclists next month, once the installation of handrails and guardrails has been completed.

The new 18-metre span structure will link the first two kilometres of Devon County Council’s E4 cycle route. This section of the cycle route links seamlessly with the high-quality segregated cycle route already completed along Cumberland Way, Pinhoe Road and Exhibition Way, providing a...

Tolu Agbelusi, Quay Words and Libraries Unlimited Digital Writer-in-Residence

Tolu Agbelusi announced as Quay Words and Libraries Unlimited Digital Writer-in-Residence

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 9:20pm

Quay Words and Libraries Unlimited are delighted to announce the acclaimed poet Tolu Agbelusi as our shared writer-in-residence during the months of February and March. Tolu will be running a series of exciting workshops, events and chances to meet-the- writer online, all with a focus on exploring the stories of Exeter’s women. She is seeking contributions from the general public.

Over the next two months, we invite you to share your stories. Tolu is inviting members of the public in Exeter to share stories about remarkable women from the city and surrounds. This could be your...

Snowdrop Festival, The Garden House

UK's First Virtual Snowdrop Festival launched in Devon to help garden lovers in lockdown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 8:59pm

The Garden House in Devon is to offer snowdrop lovers across the UK a chance to enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular displays of snowdrops at their first ever Virtual Snowdrop Festival - providing daily treat and a welcome relief from lockdown.

Following the increasing severity of the pandemic, the team had been forced to cancel the world famous Snowdrop Festival, allowing only the local community into the hardens to enjoy the seasonal display.

But there was such an outcry of dismay on social media, the team decided not to be beaten and have come up with a Virtual...

Storm Christoph could cause flooding issues

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 5:16pm

Take extra care on the county’s roads – that’s the message from Devon County Council with Storm Christoph set to hit on Wednesday (20 January).

A Yellow Severe Weather Warning has been issued by the Met Office, with heavy persistent rain forecast from the early hours of Wednesday until around midday on Thursday.

Higher ground across the county is most likely to be affected but up to 50mm of rainfall could impact widespread areas, potentially leading to surface water and flooding.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway...

In hard times, Exeter shows the way to capture the magic of weddings

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 4:49pm

2020 was a hard year for those tying the knot, and amid continued lockdowns, 2021 has been no easier thus far. However, Exeter is making strides to try to find that wedding magic where it can, with the recent reopening of the Guildhall among measures the local authorities have taken to instil a little normality into the area. Finding those little ways that can help to make your big day a special one is hard, but there is quality to be found everywhere with a little bit of digging.

Focusing on the small stuff

Even if a wedding isn’t the big and bright grand affair that...

King Aethelstan (924-939) Silver Penny, struck at Lydford by Ecglaf

Lifting the Lyd! Chance discovery in Warwickshire field rewrites known history of Lydford

Authored by GregEdmund
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 12:04am

A 10th Century silver Penny is forcing historians to reconsider the known history of Lydford, and in particular their understanding of its Anglo-Saxon coin mint.

Prior to discovery, it was thought no coins were struck in the ‘burh’ town of ‘Hlidanforda’ prior to King Edgar’s reform of the coinage in 973. That was until a chance discovery by a metal detectorist on 24 August 2020 whilst searching a Warwickshire field.

Posting the find to social media, Senior Coin Specialist, Gregory Edmund of Spink advised the unnamed finder of the importance of the discovery. Having...

roadworks, A382

Overnight road closures on A382

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 - 5:40pm

A series of overnight road closures on the A382 near Newton Abbot will get underway this evening (Monday 18 January) to enable final surfacing and road markings to be completed.

Overnight closures will be in place on Ringslade Road to Whitehills Cross each evening from 7pm-6am, starting tonight (Monday 18 January) and continuing until 6am on Thursday (21 January).

Ringslade Road to Forches Cross will then close from 7pm-6am each evening, from Thursday (21 January) until 6am on Saturday 23 January.

Work will then return to Ringslade Road to Whitehills Cross for...


Stagecoach becomes first UK bus operator to invest in national roll-out of new bridge alert technology

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 - 5:04pm

Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus operator has announced that it will become the first bus operator in the country to invest in the national roll-out of new bridge alert technology across its fleet.

The £4m project will strengthen existing measures in place to prevent bridge strikes and build on Stagecoach’s industry-leading use of the GreenRoad driver safety and fuel efficiency system.

GreenRoad’s core safety system is installed on all of Stagecoach’s 8.000 buses in England, Scotland and Wales. The technology also serves professional drivers from companies across Europe...

Moving House Boxes

Authored by BHTNews.com
Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 - 12:16pm

It takes time and effort to relocate to a different place. You must plan everything right for the entire process to take off smoothly. The first thing you should do before moving is to buy the proper packing boxes. The kind of boxes you choose can make a big difference in how the relocation goes.

How to Buy Boxes for Moving?

Moving boxes come in a wide range of sizes, which is why it is always advisable to pick the ones you feel are right for your needs. Strong but lightweight boxes make the process of packing easy and simple. Large boxes, on the other hand, will allow...

Devon Air Ambulance

Because of you… Devon got a new Heli!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/17/2021 - 8:43pm

The New Year brings with it new and exciting projects and plans for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA). The past year has been challenging in many ways for everyone and the team at DAA certainly met and overcame some significant challenges.

But there have also been many developments, highlights and celebrations which wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering determination of those who kindly give to Devon Air Ambulance in so many ways.

The biggest development operationally was in November when the new Airbus H145 helicopter went into service. After many years of planning...