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L-R: James Dart, Roger Whiffin, Susie Healey and Jennifer Whiffin

Darts Farm continues to raise funds for local charities

During the summer months Darts Farm is renowned for its vibrant yellow fields of pick-your-own sunflowers and it’s superb ‘Maize Maze’. The beautiful flowers have raised a total of £5,034 this year for Darts Farm chosen charity, Hospiscare and the ‘Maize Maze’; a maze that’s constructed entirely out of the maize crop grown in the Darts Farm field, has raised a total of £3,061 for local charity ELF (Exeter Leukaemia Fund). 

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The best autumn wear to compliment your fave Denim

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:38am

Denim is a great material for the colder months. Jeans are comfortable, warm, and flexible. Denim jackets are the perfect light outwear choice for early fall and can be worn underneath thicker coats for a layered, chic look. From denim shirts to denim skirts, the fall season is a great time to share your love for all things blue. 

In order to really make your denim pop, however, you are going to want to invest in an autumn wardrobe that pulls everything together, helps you stay warm, and makes you the best dressed on the street. 

L to R - Fiona Longhurst, RVS; Gloria Hunniford; Fab Marcarian, Inspired Villages

Inspired Villages and Gloria Hunniford OBE champion ‘101 Ways to Enjoy Getting Older’

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 9:23pm

On Friday 27 September, Millbrook Village, the retirement village in Exeter, Devon, hosted a special event with veteran broadcaster Gloria Hunniford OBE. 101 Ways to Enjoy Getting Older was an inspiring, interactivediscussion panel event, exploring the many ways to embrace the ageing process, chaired by Gloria Hunniford, who shared her experiences.

The event, free for all was held jointly with Legal & General, partners of Inspired Villages, the developer and operator behind Millbrook Village.

Cllr Bialyk

New purpose-built student accommodation in Exeter should be available to all

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 5:50pm

New purpose-build student accommodation should be available to all members of the community, according to City Council Leader Phil Bialyk.

The council has been talking to developers about its proposals for co-living to create balanced and sustainable communities in the city centre.

Co-living would see room space made available for anyone to rent alongside students in new purpose-built accommodation.

Cllr Bialyk said: “Exeter is a thriving community and we need to keep it that way. We are very happy to talk to anyone who wants to come and invest in Exeter.

 ‘Spooktacular’ Half-Term Tricks and Treats at The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:37am

Have a scream this Halloween by exploring the Donkey Trick or Treat Trial and try your hand at Pumpkin Carving at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

When: Saturday 19 October - Sunday 3 November (9am – 5pm)

Where: The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

What: Have a scream this Halloween and discover a packed programme of ‘spooktacular’ fun at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth during the October half term.

Sea change for women in water sports

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:07am

The Teignmouth-based company and the regional variation of the UK’s viral #ThisGirlCan campaign are encouraging more women on the water by offering ladies-only half price taster sessions in sailing. 

According to Sport England, there are 62% more men than women taking part in regular water sports across the country (source: Active Lives Survey 17/18, 397,700 v 247,500).

The sailing sessions build on a successful ladies-only paddle boarding event hosted by SeaSports Southwest and Devon Girls Can earlier this year, in May.

County Council Reuse Officer wins national award for 'outstanding contribution to recycling

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:00am

Devon County Council’s Reuse Project Officer Catherine Causley has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to recycling at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Catherine was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Recycling Award 2019 at the recent annual Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Conference in Birmingham.

The LARAC represents local government recycling officers across the UK.

Electric car charge points to be installed in East Devon car parks

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 10/13/2019 - 9:13pm

A two-year £1.3m joint project to install at least 25 electric vehicle charge points for public use in car parks across Devon begins in October 2019

Once complete the Devon Low-carbon Energy & Transport Technology Innovator (DELETTI) programme will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

The project follows Devon County Council securing a grant of £817,712 from the European Regional Development Fund.

Tina Grose (centre), with Interim Chief Nurse at the RD&E, Dave Thomas, and Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May.

RD&E nurse receives prestigious award in recognition of major contributions to patients

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:01pm

A cancer nurse at the RD&E has received one of the country’s top nursing awards for her contributions in improving patient care.

Tina Grose, Lead Cancer Nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has received a prestigious Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Silver Award by Ruth May, CNO for NHS England and NHS Improvement, during a visit to the Trust last week.

Volunteers needed in Exeter for Christmas food collection

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:02am

Leading charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing to people in Exeter to volunteer to help in the UK’s biggest food collection for people in need.

From 21-23 November, the two charities will be collecting food in Exeter’s Tesco stores during the annual Tesco Food Collection. They are looking for local volunteers to encourage shoppers to donate so that as much food as possible can be collected.

Love playing the lottery? These are the local causes that benefit

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sat, 10/12/2019 - 7:28am

More than 32 million UK adults play the lottery every week. That’s an incredible 70 percent of the adult population. There’s plenty said about the popularity of casino games and sports betting in the online age, but the lottery remains far and away the most popular form of gambling.