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More Otters are back

Moor Otters are set to return to Dartmoor National Park next summer – and this time, they’ve got company.

Dartmoor National Park is delighted to announce that the hugely successful Moor Otters arts trail is coming back in 2020.

From May to October visitors can expect to see over 80 sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by artists and local talent, dotted across Dartmoor and surrounding areas.

This time, the otters will each be accompanied by their cub and there’ll be some special surprises and competitions too.

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Six over 50s are following a Nordic walking leader up a hill

Over 50s invited to Love Later Life and get active in nature

Authored by Haldon Forest Park
Posted: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:35am

Age UK Devon, Forestry England and Active Devon invite people aged over 50 to join a day of FREE taster activities at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter. It is a well-known fact that being active in the natural environment can be beneficial to both physical and mental health. A walk or a jog through the woods will increase activity levels, improve overall fitness and boost wellbeing.

'Time for Tea!' as Exeter retirement development hosts open day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:17am

Exeter retirees are invited to the Pinnoc Mews Retirement Living development on Bakers Way in Exeter on Thursday 26th September, when McCarthy and Stone hosts a special Cream Tea Open Day.

As well as a complimentary cream tea, the event – which will take place between 11.30am until 2.30am – will provide the opportunity for guests to find out more about age-exclusive Retirement Living.  They will also be able to view the facilities, speak to current homeowners and meet the friendly estates team at the development.

Exeter to host stage 2 of the Jaguar XK Club Round Britain Coastal Drive

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:15am

The Round Britain Coastal Drive, created in 2016 as a one-off event to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, is to run again in 2019 for the fourth successive year.  Stage 2 will see Jaguar XK owners set off from the Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Dunchideock, Exeter EX6 7YF at 9.30am on Tuesday 17 September.  The aim this year is to raise £45,000, in support of the shocking statistic that one man dies every 45 minutes as a result of prostate cancer.

The Round Britain Coastal Drive is open this year to all XK-badged and XK-engined Jaguars.

Free nostalgic bus rides in Torquay

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 2:47pm

A free bus ride event is being held to celebrate Devon General’s centenary, organised by the Devon General Society and supported by Stagecoach South West,

On Sunday 8 September, from 10am to 4pm, preserved Devon General buses will give free nostalgic bus rides along Torquay seafront to members of the public.

Seaton Town Council declares a carbon neutrality date and community meeting

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 2:47pm

2030 is the target date for Seaton to achieve carbon neutrality with the support of the community.  The decision made by Seaton Town Council, follows East Devon District Council’s declaration with a target of 2040 and Devon County Council’s declaration with a target of 2050.

Ashfords LLP announces Associate & Senior Associate promotions for 2019

Authored by SK
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:34am

Law firm, Ashfords LLP is delighted to announce the promotion of Real Estate lawyer,  Stephanie Gillam, to Senior Associate and the promotion of ten new Associates across the firm’s Exeter, Bristol, London and Plymouth offices.

This latest round of promotions boosts the number of Senior Associates at the firm to 15 and Associates to 59.

Young people on a site visit with Kier

Exeter College and Kier host work experience week to encourage careers in construction

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:25am

Exeter College and Kier recently teamed up to deliver an intensive one week, pre-Apprenticeship work experience programme, designed to give local youngsters an insight into the construction industry and inspire them to pursue a career in the varied and vibrant sector.  

Six learners who are considering the Apprenticeship route with Exeter College spent the week gaining knowledge and insight, as well as hands on experience behind the scenes with Kier at some of the company’s flagship developments.   

Gardener Sam checking an Atkins Stuffing tomato at Knightshayes. Photo: NT Liz Abdey

‘Living library’ offers chance to taste a piece of history at Knightshayes’s heritage tomato day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:55am

Veg lovers are being invited to ‘taste a piece of history’ at Knightshayes, near Tiverton, at a celebration of all things tomato on Saturday 7 September.

As caretakers of around 150 varieties of heritage tomato seeds, the garden team at the National Trust property have been growing 29 varieties this year. These 29 varieties will be the stars of the show at the ‘Terrific Tomato Day’ in September and the public are invited to see, smell and taste some of the tomatoes grown from the ‘living library’ kept at Knightshayes. 

Bovis Homes colleagues training for Cardiff Half Marathon

Housebuilder employees run Cardiff Half Marathon in memory of colleague

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 9:56am

Colleagues at a national housebuilder will run the Cardiff Half Marathon in memory of 32-year-old Dean Fletcher, who tragically died last year after taking part in the event.

The husband and father - a management accountant at Bovis Homes’ South West region - passed away following a cardiac arrest after completing the course last October.

In his honour, eight Bovis Homes’ colleagues will be running the 2019 event to raise funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity that aims to reduce the risk of cardiac arrest in those aged under 35.

New director of people appointed to the RD&E and NDHT

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:27am

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Foster as joint director of people following a rigorous selection process.

Hannah joins the NHS from Flybe, the Exeter-based airline, where she was director of people. Prior to her Flybe role, Hannah also held top strategic posts for the Church of England and global educational provider Pearson, helping both organisations develop key culture and organisational growth programmes.