Overlooking Sidmouth from Connaught Gardens

Connaught@Christmas has green light to return in December – with extended run

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Mon, 04/04/2022 - 7:08pm

The magical event that set Connaught Gardens alight with illuminations last year has been confirmed for the start of festivities for Christmas 2022.

This time the event will run for longer, spanning two weekends from Friday December 9 to Sunday December 18 with the first session starting at 4.30pm and last entrance at 8pm.

Event organiser John Radford said: “We were totally overwhelmed with the feedback we received after the first Connaught@Christmas, we had so many positive comments about the event and how it was such a lovely addition to Sidmouth.”

“So many people...

Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete to present an original panto adventure - Robin Hood!

Exeter’s flagship theatre and the city’s very own merry men, Le Navet Bete, are to collaborate on the creation of a brand-new Christmas production of Robin Hood . Exeter Northcott has an established reputation for presenting large scale, quality pantomimes, with more than 18,000 people of all ages enjoying Beauty & The Beast in 2019.

While the pandemic closed many theatres through 2020 and 2021, the Northcott was able to keep its doors open at Christmas by working with Le Navet Bete to revive their comic take on Treasure Island - which went on to win Exeter Living’s Best...

Aldi donates 9,350 meals to charities in Devon over Christmas

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Sun, 01/09/2022 - 9:19pm

Aldi has supported local charities, community groups and food banks in Devon by donating 9,350 meals to people in need this Christmas.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local organisations to make the most of unsold fresh and chilled food after stores closed on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as part of its pledge to donate 1.8 million meals to families experiencing food poverty during November and December.

Around 550,000 meals were donated nationwide and more than 700 UK causes benefitted from the initiative over the festive period.


Housebuilder team shares Christmas cheer by donating all gifts to local foodbanks

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/03/2022 - 9:07pm

The South West's largest housebuilder is delivering all Christmas gifts received from suppliers to local foodbanks in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall this week, along with a financial donation.

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes' Exeter team will be dropping off items including food, toiletries and children's toys and books to The Lord's Larder in Chard which supports the community around Blackdown Heights , Chard; Crediton Foodbank, on the outskirts of Exeter and near Victoria Heights , Alphington, and Launceston Foodbank, near to the new community of Chapel Gate .


Tilia Homes collects gifts for local Salvation Army Christmas appeal

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/03/2022 - 7:16pm

Tilia Homes’ Western region has delivered 75 gifts to Salvation Army centres in the south west, as part of the charity’s Christmas Present Appeal.

The Exeter-based business brought together its employees, contractors, and home buyers to donate toys to the appeal, which Tilia Homes collected at its development sales offices and delivered to its nearest Salvation Army centres. Tilia Homes Western Region has also bolstered the collection of gifts by donating an additional £500 to the charity to support their causes throughout the year.

The Salvation Army is a Christian...

Devon GP surgery Christmas and New Year opening times

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 12/25/2021 - 11:38pm

Patients across Devon are being reminded that most GP practices will be closed over the festive and New Year period and that if they need medical advice to make use of alternative services such as 111.

Most GP practices will close at the end of the day on Friday 24 December and will re-open again on Wednesday 29 December until Friday 31 December. They will then be closed again from Saturday 1 January until Monday 3 January due the New Year bank holiday.

The NHS in Devon is asking people to do what they can to prevent themselves becoming unwell and to choose the right NHS...

Exeter Dunelm and customers deliver joy to Sainthill House Care Home this Christmas

Residents at Sainthill House Care Home in Exeter this week received Christmas gifts, courtesy of Dunelm’s generous colleagues and customers.

The donation was the result of the retailer’s Delivering Joy campaign, which saw Exeter shoppers purchase gifts for people in need in their local community.

First launched last year, the initiative saw almost 20,000 gifts donated UK wide in 2020, and Dunelm is on track to donate even more gifts this year.

Shoppers in Exeter were encouraged to select a gift tag in-store detailing the age, gender and interests of a recipient...

Exeter church distributes 1,300 Christmas Hampers to people in need

A church in Exeter has distributed over 1300 hampers packed full of food to people in need across the community.

Rediscover Church in Northernhay Street, Exeter, has run the hamper project every year for the last 7 years, but this is the most it has ever put together to rise to the need across Exeter but also wider Devon, with some going even to Kingsbridge, Axminster and South Molton.

The church worked with local charities and organisations to identify recipients, who, when they had the hamper delivered to their door were often overwhelmed, with some even crying at the...

Local Samaritans here to listen over the festive period

Samaritans volunteers in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch will be among those on hand across the country over the festive season to listen to anyone having a tough time.

Thousands of volunteers across the UK and Ireland will be working shifts for the charity to ensure its helpline is open around the clock - even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. And that includes volunteers from across Exeter, Mid and East Devon too.

Mental health, family issues, isolation and loneliness are expected to be the top concerns - along with worries over the pandemic. Relationship...

Driving home for Christmas? National Highways lifting and completing roadworks for festive getaway

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 12/19/2021 - 12:10pm
Roadworks will be lifted on motorways and major A-roads from Tuesday 21 December to help keep traffic flowing

National Highways will be working round the clock to remove more than 900 miles of roadworks ahead of the festive getaway.

This means nearly 98 per cent of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for those travelling to see loved ones or making other journeys for Christmas.

National Highways travel-time data from the past couple of Christmases suggests next Thursday - the day before Christmas Eve - is likely to be one of the busier travel days...