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Exeter shop takes to the road

Backworld, formerly an ergonomic office and home seating shop on the Topsham Road in Exeter, is now mobile.

Rethinking the business model following the succession of Covid-related non-essential retail closures, owner Paul Skinner made the bold move to shut up shop and take to the road. Backworld is now a fully mobile retail operation.

Customers no longer have to visit the shop to browse and make a purchase. The shop goes directly to them! Bringing a selection of suitable products, the customer can try each one in their usual home or work environment at a time to suit. With...

Work starts to build 74 new homes at two former school sites

Work has started to build 74 new homes across two former school sites in Exwick.

Exeter City Councillors gave the go-ahead last June for LiveWest to build 43 homes on the former Exwick Middle School site in Higher Exwick Hill and 31 homes on the site of the former Foxhayes School in Gloucester Road.

Now work has begun to build a mixture of social rent and shared ownership homes across both sites.

LiveWest, the largest housing association across the South West, has joined forces with Classic Builders on the 18-month project.

The development will benefit...

Charity shop volunteers come to the rescue - by searching through bins!

Charity shop volunteers come to the rescue - by searching through bins!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/08/2021 - 11:42pm

Items donated by accident to a charity shop by a generous visitor to Devon were retrieved four days later - thanks to volunteers searching through dustbins.

Tania Stewart-Davies, an optometrist from east London, was in Devon clearing a property after her mother sadly died last month.

Tania donated much of the contents to the Samaritans charity shop in Sidmouth, giving items ranging from everyday household objects to an original painting. The donations were handed over rapidly at the shop, with Tania having to sort some items on the pavement in bad weather.


Kinder Exeter festival to get underway with message to ‘wake up to kindness, compassion and play’

Kinder Exeter festival to get underway with message to ‘wake up to kindness, compassion and play’

Look out for ‘kindness ninjas’ roaming the streets of Exeter next week as part of a new festival that aims to create cities of compassion and playfulness.

The Kinder Exeter festival is a week-long event from 14 June that aims to give local residents a playful experience to reimagine what a city of kindness, compassion and wellbeing could be like, and a glimpse into how things could be different for everyone – especially those who are most often excluded.

Co-organised by University of Exeter education incubator The Playful University and local arts organisation Maketank,...

Volunteer and rock out at retro festival for FREE

LOVE LIVE music? Love the 80s? Then why not volunteer at Let’s Rock Exeter retro festival this summer and enjoy the event for free?

By signing up to do a four-hour shift with festival charity partner Child Bereavement UK, ticket scanning and selling wristbands and raffle tickets on the day, you’ll not only be helping a great cause, you’ll also be able to enjoy the festival free of charge.

Let’s Rock Exeter takes place at Powderham Castle. Exeter on the 3 July 2021 and will include live performances from Adam Ant, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde,...

Dr Alex George calls for nominations for the British Citizen Youth Awards

On the lookout for Devon’s inspirational youngsters

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 6:10pm
Dr Alex George calls for nominations for the British Citizen Youth Awards – do you know a young person who has made an impact in your community?

TV PRESENTER and mental health campaigner Dr Alex George has joined forces with the British Citizen Youth Awards and Specsavers to shine a light on the most inspirational young people.

The Awards honour youngsters who have positively impacted their communities in what has been a challenging time for everyone.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards programme has partnered with Dr George, whose mission to make mental health education...

The UK’s leading training provider launches in Exeter

Authored by Jacob Turner
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 11:21am

To the delight of adult learners across Devon and Cornwall, Pitman Training, the UK’s best- recognised training provider, is set to officially open its first training centre in Exeter on Friday 2nd July. The centre will provide students access to over 250 self-paced, flexible training courses and aims to help people improve their prospects, gain promotions or get back into work.

Pitman Training has enjoyed an unrivalled reputation as an elite training provider for over 180 years, most famously known for offering the first course in shorthand. With courses ranging from business...

South West innovators and tech start-ups invited to apply to Pitchfest at SW Innovation Expo

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 10:23am

Early stage start-ups, innovators and tech entrepreneurs are invited to apply for Pitchfest, a pitching competition run as part of South West Innovation Expo on 14th October 2021 at Sandy Park, Exeter. Successful applicants will have the chance to present their start-up or innovation to an audience of investors, business leaders and other entrepreneurs.

Pitchfest offers start-up companies 5-minute slots to present their business as well as a free exhibition stand providing them with additional opportunities to meet and network with SW Innovation Expo delegates.


Exeter artist Adam Garratt is part of a new portrait series ‘Ticket To Your Happy Place’

Exeter resident, Adam Garratt, is part of a new portrait series called ‘Ticket To Your Happy Place’ shot by photographer Tom Oldham and commissioned by The National Lottery. The portrait series celebrates all the places that make us happy, that we love to visit, and have missed over the past year. Adam’s happy place is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter.

The portraits have been commissioned to celebrate The National Lottery Open Week, which offers discounts and free entry at participating venues from 5 -13 June, and The National Lottery Cinema Weekend,...

NHS Doctors get on their bikes for home visits thanks to Co Bikes

NHS Doctors get on their bikes for home visits thanks to Co Bikes

During June, NHS doctors from Pinhoe and Broadclyst Medical Practice have opted to leave their cars at home in favour of using Co Bike e-bikes for home visits and travel between practices.

Dr Emily Hay, GP registrar and Dr Harry Edwards, GP, together with eight other doctors from the surgery, are keen to look at alternative, carbon neutral ways to travel. With home visits on the rise and journeys often short, the practical and sustainable solution is to travel by bike.

The GPs therefore approached Co Bikes about conducting a trial with surgery staff. Because the bikes...

Devon County Council is ‘making caring vsible and valued’ this Carers Week

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/04/2021 - 4:45pm

New figures suggest that there are now more than 130,000 people in Devon who are carers, the figure having risen by half again because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Worryingly though, just 21,000 of that number – roughly only one in every six – are accessing vital information and support that is available to them. 

This week is Carers Week, and Devon County Council, NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Devon Carers are shining a light on it to encourage people who are carers for friends and family to recognise themselves as unpaid carers, and to come forward...

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