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Pioneering University of Exeter research nominated for higher education “Oscars”

Two pioneering University of Exeter research projects which will help bring about major reforms to divorce law and improve lives for people with dementia in care homes have been nominated for prestigious awards.

Work by academics at the university’s Law School and Medical School has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education awards, known as the “Oscars” of higher education.

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Majority of South West shoppers want to ‘buy locally’

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:47am

New research has revealed that the South West of England is in favour of rejecting the supermarket in favour of  doing their shopping at local produce providers.  

Research from AO.com into the attitudes of the UK around local produce found that 77% of people in our region believe that they should be shopping locally, with respondents citing the fact that it’s better for the local economy, the environment and quite simply, the food just tastes nicer! 

Reasons for wanting to buy locally in the Southwest

Bryony Frost supports LOVE Devon’s charity dinner

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/11/2019 - 5:16pm

One of the UK’s most famous sportspeople, jockey Bryony Frost, is supporting LOVE Devon’s charity dinner that will raise funds for the Devon Communities Together on Friday, October 4 at the Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton.

Staunch Devonian Bryony, who is a LOVE Devon Ambassador, will be joined by Simon Weston MBE, a British Army veteran known for his charity work and recovery from severe burn injuries suffered during the Falklands War, with the evening hosted by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald.

Creative Craft Show returns to Exeter

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:27pm

TheCreative Craft show returns to Exeter this September bringing the hottest new supplies and latest trends to crafters. An unmissable date in any crafter’s calendar in the South West, the Creative Craft Show will be at Westpoint from Thursday 26thto Sunday 29thSeptember 2019.

A crafter for the last 20 years, The Creative Craft Show’s Head of Features, Jane Bolsover, shares five highlights of this year’s show:

Co Bikes are back on the streets of Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:10am

Co Bikes, the UK’s first electric on-street bike hire scheme, today officially celebrated its return to Exeter’s streets with a launch and city centre ride through.

Guests were invited to County Hall where the first 25 of the brand new bikes were lined up prior to being deployed at stations around the city. A number of gueststhen joined Co Bikes representatives for a bike ride through city centre locations including Princesshay and the High Street. Here, they attracted lots of attention from lunchtime shoppers and office workers.

Staff at Hayes Travel branch in St Thomas, Exeter

Travel agents embark on cycle challenge to send 6-year-old to Disney

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 09/07/2019 - 11:20am

STAFF from eight Hays Travel branches are taking part in a cycle challenge alongside the firefighters from Middlemoor Fire Station who are cycling from Exeter to Basingstoke over a two day period in September.

The travel agent staff will match the firefighters’ miles using exercise bikes in the eight shops along the route.

On 30th May this year, firefighters from the Exeter group of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service rescued Amelie Aitken from a terrible road traffic collision. Tragically her father passed away at the scene.  

Do you know how much water you can take?  

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:43am

With river levels and groundwater falling, landowners and businesses with boreholes, wells and springs are being urged to take a few simple steps to make sure they aren’t taking too much water. 

One of the first things people should do is check their abstraction licence. Restrictions can come into force after periods of dry weather so it is important licence holders know when to stop or reduce the amount of water they abstract. They also need to be aware of any specific conditions that apply.

Time travel to medieval Dartmoor during Heritage Open Days 2019. Photo: Dartmoor National Park authority

Time travel to medieval Dartmoor during Heritage Open Days 2019

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Sat, 09/07/2019 - 9:07am

Dartmoor National Park is pleased to once again take part in England’s largest festival of history and culture and will be shedding a light on how people lived in the 14th Century.

From 13-22 September 2019 the Heritage Open Days festival returns to Dartmoor with a packed programme of medieval-themed activities. Every September places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

This is your chance to try out new experiences - and they're free!

Get involved

HRH Duke of Cambridge to visit The Fire Fighters Charity in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 09/07/2019 - 8:42am

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will visit The Fire Fighters Charity’s Harcombe House centre in Chudleigh on 9 September – Emergency Services Day – to recognise the work of the Charity in supporting the UK’s fire services community.

His Royal Highness will be taken on a guided tour of the Charity’s newly renovated centre, which supports individuals, couples and families recovering from or living with poor mental health, injury and chronic illness,or supporting those adjusting to everyday living following a life-changing event.

5 features to visit at The Creative Craft Show this September

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:40pm

The Creative Craft show returns to Exeter this September bringing the hottest new supplies and latest trends to crafters. An unmissable date in any crafter’s calendar in the South West, the Creative Craft Show will be at Westpoint from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th September 2019.

A crafter for the last 20 years, The Creative Craft Show’s Head of Features, Jane Bolsover, shares five highlights of this year’s show:

Work set to restart on new sea wall at Dawlish which will help protect vital rail artery to the south west for next 100 years

Work set to restart on new sea wall which will help protect vital rail artery to the south west for next 100 years

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:23am

Network Rail is set to restart work on a new bigger sea wall at Dawlish, in Devon, on 9 September which will provide greater protection to the railway and town from rising sea levels and extreme weather for generations to come.

The upgrade, which stopped throughout the peak summer tourism season to minimise disruption on the local community, will now continue through to its completion in spring 2020.