A Sliding Doors Moment

Authored by SCOUT77
Posted: Sat, 07/30/2022 - 8:31pm

Dedicated to the man in his mid-fifties that hopped on the GWR train 24.7.22 in the afternoon that embarked around Truro and hopped off at Exeter. Wearing a black, long sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and brown shoes. Sitting in coach H seat 62 on the aisle.

£5k lighting make-over up for grabs for community projects

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/28/2022 - 1:12am
Groups urged to nominate shining examples for national campaign

Communities across the country are being invited to put their local projects in the spotlight – and win a £5,000 lighting installation to improve their facilities.

Leading lighting manufacturer, Ansell Lighting, has launched the Shine a Light campaign to recognise and reward the work of projects and initiatives which have provided vital support and services to local people during the recent challenging times.

It is now calling on local communities in all regions to nominate projects whose facilities would...

DCW Polymers transforms beach clean litter into recycled plastic bench for Kenn C of E Primary School

Year five and six pupils from Kenn C of E Primary School collected over several bags of litter during a beach clean which will now be transformed into a recycled plastic bench for their playground.

Independent commercial waste management firm DCW partnered with Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project, supported by South West Water, to organise the beach clean in Exmouth. The clean was set-up to give local school children a valuable lesson in recycling and the dangers plastic litter can have on the coastal landscape and its wildlife.

After a short talk on safety and ocean...

Care home residents help local families cook up a treat at Westbank

Local people of all ages have taken part in a community cookery event organised by the Devon-wide health and well-being charity Westbank Community Health and Care

Residents from Exeter care home Cumberland Grange joined local families in the kitchen at Westbank’s community hub in Exminster, where they prepared a healthy two-course meal together.

The idea behind the Ready, Steady, Cook-style event was to bring together people of different ages and backgrounds to share a fun experience and learn (or refresh) their skills in the kitchen. The three generations of cooks prepared...

Jade Rouse, one of Westbank's younger volunteers, recommends volunteering

Devon health & well-being charity launches campaign to recruit more volunteers

As UK Volunteers Week begins (1 - 7 June) , a local health and wellbeing charity is launching a campaign to swell the ranks of its existing army of award-winning helpers. Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster near Exeter, relies on over 600 volunteers to help deliver a range of support services to individuals and communities across Devon.

Last year, Westbank’s Neighbourhood Friends volunteers received royal recognition for their service during the pandemic with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This year, the charity hopes to take on even more volunteers...

Tesco shoppers in Devon asked to continue supporting life-saving fundraising campaign

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/15/2022 - 5:44pm

Generous shoppers in Devon are being encouraged to support a fundraising campaign for three leading health charities.

Last year Tesco's ‘Helping you to live healthier’ campaign raised more than £1million after customers rounded up their shop to the nearest £1 at self-service tills.

The money raised is helping Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK to continue their vital work to improve and save lives.

As the charities fight back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Devon shoppers are again being urged to round up their shopping to...

Community in Topsham supported with fibre broadband connections

People in Topsham are celebrating after the completion of a scheme to connect around 120 homes and businesses in the town to Gigabit capable fibre broadband.

Local resident Andy Rook led a community effort for fibre connections to the Greatwood Terrace area of Topsham, which previously suffered from poor connectivity.

Andy admits his local community wouldn’t have been able to get better broadband without the support of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme.

He said: “Around Christmas 2019 I was reading all sorts of erroneous comments on our local...

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...

Vigil held in city centre to remember Channel deaths

Authored by exeterstar
Posted: Wed, 12/01/2021 - 9:57pm

On Wednesday 24th November, in one of the worst incidents since 2014, 27 migrants lost their lives trying to cross the Channel. The group, who were travelling from Calais to Dover, were crammed onto a small inflatable dinghy in their attempt to reach the UK.

To honour and remember all those who tragically lost their lives, Exeter STAR held a vigil at St. Petrock’s Church in Exeter the following Saturday evening (27th) which lasted 27 minutes; a minute for each person who died. Members of the Exeter community came together with Student Action for Refugees (STAR) for the event, with...

Mecca Exeter donating hamper to local community this Christmas

Following last year's success, Mecca Bingo Exeter is launching its second unique Everyone Deserves a Christmas appeal to help individuals and families in need this Christmas.

Mecca's renowned UK-wide Christmas appeal involves all 71 clubs across the country and aims to provide hampers to those most in need, allowing them to go through the Christmas season more comfortably. Last year, the original bingo brand partnered with 52 charities to raise an incredible total of £185,000 in cash and hamper donations, providing 3,800 hampers across the UK.

This Christmas, Mecca is...