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South Devon College Graduation

South Devon College awards own degrees for first time.

South Devon College with campuses in Paignton, Newton Abbot and Torquay celebrated the achievements of its University Centre students at a joint ceremony held over two days at Torquay’s Grand Hotel.

The event was hailed a double celebration as the college awarded its own degrees for the very first time.

The two-day event (14th and 15th October) was held to ensure that both the classes of 2020, and 2021 were formally congratulated. Last year’s graduation ceremony was held virtually due to Coronavirus.

This is the first year that students from University Centre South...

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Dog lovers asked to ‘Paws for a Picnic’ this half term

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/07/2021 - 3:17pm

The number of homes with animal family members is at an all-time high and many people are craving new opportunities to get involved with their local community, so Humanimal Trust is calling on dog lovers to ‘Paws for a Picnic’ this half term.

Mental health issues and loneliness are just two of the many challenges faced by people across all age groups during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For some, this was the first time they had experienced such problems whilst for others, existing issues were exacerbated during periods of lockdown and self-isolation.


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Buckfast Abbey helps kids across the country cope with mental wellbeing

Online festival launched to help primary school pupils manage mental health

Buckfast Abbey is readying itself to lift the mood and mental wellbeing of primary school children across the UK with the launch of its largest ever festival to help children cope with the stresses of daily life.

Starting on Monday 11th October, the Take 5 Festival - a virtual event created by the Abbey’s Education Department - builds on the success of last year’s inaugural, week-long event, which saw schools from as far as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Kent getting involved.

This year, the...

University of Exeter announces Festival of Compassion aiming to ‘make people feel better’

How can we make sure compassion is embedded in our lives, institutions and communities?

In a week-long festival run by the University of Exeter this November, renowned experts will address this question by exploring compassion in its broadest sense, through art, yoga, music, photography, therapy, spiritualism, guided nature walks and much more.

The Festival of Compassion, which runs from 19-28 November and coincides with the celebration of World of Compassion Day, is open to all and will feature free activities online, on campus, in Exeter itself and at the University’s...

New plans to boost bus services and cut fares in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/06/2021 - 10:54pm

Ambitious proposals to upgrade bus services and cut fares across Devon have been unveiled by the County Council. Devon's ruling Cabinet is set to approve a £34 million bid to the Government under its post-Covid improvement programme, Bus Back Better. The plans will form part of a major public consultation exercise to be launched in Devon in November. They aim to make buses cheaper to use, greener, more frequent and more reliable and they are being developed in partnership with Devon's bus companies. An additional £7.5 million could be spent on bus priority measures to speed up journey...

Exeter builders merchant calling out to charities

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/06/2021 - 10:19pm

For its latest Surprise Supplies giveaway, RGB Building Supplies is inviting charities from across the area to get in touch and explain how a donation of £1,000 worth of building materials would be of benefit to them.

Whether a charity needs to complete some essential repairs, update an outdoor area, give their space a lick of paint, or create an accessible bathroom, RGB would like to hear about it.

The builders merchant will choose a selection of finalists and ask the public to vote for two charities to each receive £1,000 to spend at their local RGB branch to help...

London Marathon, runners, Devon, Freewheelers

London Marathon runner from Exeter races in memory of dad who died from Covid-19

First-time London Marathon runner Kelly Lawson, from Exeter, completed the 26.2 miles in just over four hours, to raise vital funds for the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton.

Mum-of-three Kelly completed the virtual London Marathon in four hours and 44 minutes, forging her own route in Devon, which included beauty spots close to her heart, in memory of her dad.

Accountant Kelly ran her route in Devon, setting off from Haldon Forest and finishing at Cockington Court country park, in Torquay.

Using the official race App, Kelly had three-time London...

Success for Foot Anstey's fraud team in £70 million classic car conspiracy claim

The Fraud team at national law firm, Foot Anstey LLP has obtained judgment in favour of one of its clients on its application to strike out of a £70 million fraud claim.

The claimant, Maranello Rosso Limited, was a Guernsey special purpose vehicle which had been set up to acquire a collection of classic cars - comprising 33 Ferraris and 38 Abarths - from the owners of the Violati Maranello Rosso Museum in San Marino.

Maranello Rosso Limited had purchased the collection in 2014 (using loan monies provided by the Dutch company Lohomij) and had subsequently entered into an...

Red Roses set to inspire the next generation of female rugby players

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/06/2021 - 12:59am

England’s Red Roses will take on New Zealand’s Black Ferns at Exeter’s Sandy Park at the end of the month in a fixture that could “inspire the next generation of female rugby players.”

England Women take on New Zealand in the first of their autumn internationals at Sandy Park on Sunday 31 October - kick-off 2.30pm. Tickets have already gone on sale.

It’s the first of a double-header against the Black Ferns who England then face in Northampton a week later before taking on Canada (14 November, Twickenham Stoop, London) and USA (21 November, Sixways, Worcester).


The Lord Mayor of Exeter opens new Elysium Healthcare service

The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Trish Oliver, has performed the official opening ceremony at one of two new healthcare services in Exeter.

Elysium Healthcare, a young and dynamic independent provider of Mental Health, Neurological, Learning Disabilities & Autism, Children & Education and Private Patient services, added Pinhoe View and Spring House, both in Exeter, to its growing portfolio earlier this year.

Pinhoe View, in College Way, was opened in April and provides a purpose-built acute inpatient service in a safe and stabilising...

Enjoy a big wild Halloween at RSPB Exe Estuary

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/05/2021 - 9:55pm

This Halloween families are invited to discover the strange things that go bump in the wild at RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserve in Devon with their spooky nature-themed activities.

The Bats at RSPB Bowling Green event on Saturday 16 October is a chance for families to discover the elusive mammals that take to the skies after dark. Led with the Devon Bat Group, visitors will learn all kinds of fascinating facts about their behaviour, ecology, and what makes bats so special. Families will use their night vision as well as sound detectors to work out exactly which species make their...

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