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InExeter announces backing for nine city centre events and projects

InExeter has announced funding support for a series of events and projects.  Six events have secured funding from the city’s business improvement district, each of which add vibrancy to Exeter’s cultural offering.  

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Seen in a Union Street window

Authored by Michael F W Walshe
Posted: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 6:47pm

Someone has put a really helpful summary of EU candidates up in their window today.  It shows which parties are Remain and which Leave and gives a few words from their manifestos.

Except the Conservatives have not issued an EU Election manifesto to date and only one of the Independents, Neville Seed, has done so. 

In an election with eight Parties, two of which are just-formed, and three Independents, any clarification is good and this one looks to have no bias.

Taking the broadest category - LEAVE or REMAIN - the poster shows:

Activa Contracts celebrates safer driving with first winner of Lightfoot Sponsored League

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 9:40am

Paul Peers of Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, has become the first winner of Activa Contracts’ latest risk management initiative run in partnership with Lightfoot, which recognises and rewards road safety skills.

The ‘Activa Contracts Lightfoot Drivers’ League’ encourages smoother, safer driving among the many fleets using both Activa contracted company cars and vans, and Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology.   

Miss Devon becomes the youngest RSPCA trustee in the UK

Authored by claraccouture123
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 7:33am

The current Miss Devon, 23 year old Clara George, has become the UK’s youngest RSPCA trustee after having been co-opted to the board of the local branch, Little Valley Shelter in Exeter.

Bed Habits: Sleep Loss Epidemic Hits Brits

Authored by Rebeccacheesman
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 3:46pm

One in ten Brits get less than four hours sleep per night.

The nation is suffering from a ‘sleep-loss epidemic’ according to alarming new research* released to coincide with World Sleep Day (Friday 15th March).

New woodworking space opens in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 - 1:37pm

A new community woodworking facility, The Woodspace UK, has opened this week in Marsh Barton, Exeter, with a mission to provide flexible and affordable access to a professional workshop space, with equipment to support small businesses, freelancers and hobby woodworkers.  

Row for the Ocean finish Atlantic Challenge (Photo, Ben Duffy)

Devon's rowers finish Atlantic challenge to build plastic-free legacy

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 2:08pm

Row for the Ocean has completed the world's toughest row to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution for South West charity Surfers Against Sewage. 

The four-woman team, three of whom belong to Exeter Rowing Club, were the first all-female crew to reach the finish line of the 2018/19 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

With 3,000 miles behind them, the ocean adventurers arrived in Antigua after 43 days, 2 hours and 20 minutes at sea. 

Car parking charges set to increase in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 01/10/2019 - 1:15pm

Car parking charges in Exeter are set to rise by 10 per cent from April to support the City Council’s aim of reducing congestion, while helping it to balance its budget.

A report due to be discussed by councillors next week reveals that the council cannot support its aim of reducing congestion in the city centre without “reasonable and regular increases in tariffs”.

A key strategic priority for Exeter is to tackle congestion and accessibility, where sustainable means of travel are safer, cheaper, quicker and more convenient than private car ownership.

Rock and roll flirting is a fishy first

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:02am

Fish at Living Coasts in Torquay have been observed performing a mating behaviour that zookeepers think has never before been recorded. Animal experts filmed female four-eyed fish (Anableps anableps) rocking from side-to-side; this appeared to attract the male to come and mate.

Rare toads arrive at Devon zoo

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:58am

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has become the only institution in the UK to keep a rare and special type of South American toad.

The Devon zoo is now home to around 30 harlequin toads, Atelopus spumarius, after adding more individuals from Manchester Museum to its existing group.

Police appeal for witnesses to attempted robbery in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:54pm

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following reports of an attempted robbery in Exeter.

The incident is reported to have happened on Tuesday 30 October between 5.30pm - 5.45pm in the area of Ferndale Road and Sydney Road, St Thomas.

Three young female victims were approached by a male who demanded money from them. The male stated he had a knife however no knife was seen. The male assaulted one of the victims and the walked off empty handed in the direction of Barton Fields.