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Paul and Donna Berry, Owners of The Swan, which is taking part in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The Swan to take part in Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 - 1:08pm

DEVON folk are invited to an award-winning pub in Devon next month (August 2020) to take advantage of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The Swan, in Bampton, will give customers 50% off all food and drink every Tuesday and Wednesday, excluding alcohol, from August 4 until 26.

Paul Berry, Co-owner of The Swan with his wife and fellow award-winning chef, Donna, said: “The Government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme runs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, however we are closed on Mondays, so will be offering customers 50% off all food and drink every Tuesday and...

Stagecoach South West

Stagecoach South West continue to keep passengers safe

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 - 8:07pm

As more parts of the country's economy and daily life continues to re-open Stagecoach South West are continuing to put customers, communities and employees first and ensure people can use public transport services safely and confidently.

Through these challenging times, the bus operator has continually kept the wheels turning, keeping essential bus services running, communities connected and provided transport for fellow key workers.

With the UK government advice now that everyone can begin using public transport again, Stagecoach are doing everything they can to give...

Success for Exeter College Medical and Oxbridge Applicants

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 - 11:15am

Students from Exeter College applying to study medical-based courses at university are celebrating as a massive 70% of applicants to these courses have been successful in securing offers on these highly sought-after courses.

Applications to study medical-related courses at university generally begin earlier in the academic year than normal courses and can be a demanding process as students outline their ambitions in the field.

Fortunately, thanks in part to the work of Exeter College’s exemplary Reach Academy, students have excelled in their applications, with 22 students...

Dartmoor Folk Festival

Virtual Dartmoor Folk Festival includes traditional competitions

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:23pm

DESPITE the postponement of the full 2020 Dartmoor Folk Festival this August, the festival's traditional competitions and some fun activities will still be going ahead on-line.

The festival was due to take place at South Zeal near Okehampton on August 6, 7 and 8.

Instead, on Saturday, August 8, the traditional Dartmoor Step Dance and Broom Dancing competitions will take place via zoom meetings.

For further details and to enter either of the competitions, please visit: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

The website also has instructional videos on how to...

Exeter student creates 40 pieces of artwork for the 40 million people trafficked into modern slavery

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 9:58pm

Megan Buchanan-Smith, a student at the University of Exeter, learned about the transatlantic slave trade during her History degree. She was shocked to realise that there are now more people in slavery than ever before. Megan decided to use her passion for art to raise money for anti-slavery organisation, International Justice Mission.

This Thursday 30th July is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – a day to raise awareness of human trafficking and increase action to end it.

Megan spent most of her History degree studying the transatlantic slave trade, including...

Parents urged not to use facemask on their baby

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 8:58pm

Parents and guardians of babies under 12 months are advised not to cover their mouths with facemasks as it could cause breathing difficulties. While there have been no reports of ‘baby masks’ being sold in Devon, Torbay or Somerset, parents and guardians are urged not to buy them as they could harm their baby’s health.

The advice comes from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

It follows reports that face masks for babies, also known as 'baby masks' or 'cute masks', are being sold in some parts of the country and online.

Currently Government...

Planet Earth Games goes live

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 4:25pm

With travel restrictions, social distancing and leisure opportunities severely limited due to the pandemic, families will be forgiven for wondering how to fill their summer this year.

The Planet Earth Games offers a unique opportunity throughout August for everyone to get active, learn more about environmental sustainability, help the planet and win prizes. And it’s all virtual and free to enter!

The event is an evolution of the South West Youth Games and was born out of a desire to address the climate crisis. Last year’s launch event took place in Exeter, billed as the...

Work to start on £55M infrastructure project

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 4:22pm

The first phase of a £55 million infrastructure project on the outskirts of Exeter will get underway next month.

A series of new infrastructure improvements are needed to help unlock the development of around 2,500 homes, employment land, and a primary and secondary school to the south west of Exeter. The scheme includes the construction of new roads and junctions, upgrades to existing routes, development of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge and a new public park

Work will start on the Eastern Junction on Monday 10 August - the first junction to be delivered as part of...

Ride On – Cycling For All

Bikes wanted in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 3:58pm

Ride On – Cycling For All is busier than ever! And likely to get busier now there are plans to boost the government cycling strategy. The charity is looking for bike donations in the Exeter area.

Ride On is a bike recycling charity based at Exeter Quay. We refurbish second-hand bikes and get them back on the road – In 2019 we put 681 bikes back into use in Devon.

The Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules have created a growing demand for bicycles. Public transport cannot run at full capacity and if everyone took to driving private cars Exeter would grind to a...

Redrow launches new nature-friendly biodiversity strategy in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 2:55pm

Leading housebuilder Redrow has launched its ‘Nature for People’ biodiversity strategy, established as part of a long-standing partnership with charity The Wildlife Trusts .

The strategy sees the housebuilder commit to objectives under three key themes - Nature Gains, Rewilding Lives and Flourishing Legacy - including:

  • Contributing to existing or potential nature recovery networks so wildlife, including hedgehogs and barn owls, can move freely through their developments and the wider landscape
  • Enabling and inspiring community connection with nature
  • ...