Save your broken possessions this Christmas for UK's largest-ever repair café

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 - 11:42am

Devon’s residents are being urged to hang on to their broken possessions over the Christmas holidays so they can be fixed at what promises will be the largest repair café ever held.

The Big Fix 2020 will be held on Saturday February 15, and will see up to 109 repair cafes across the UK being held simultaneously.

The national event is being coordinated by Devon County Council and follows the success of The Big Fix last year when volunteers broke the record for the number of items repaired at a single repair café.

Food waste report endorsed by Cabinet

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/20/2019 - 9:34am

An action plan to help reduce the amount of food waste in Devon was endorsed by Devon County Council's ruling Cabinet. 

It follows a Food Waste Spotlight Review being commissioned by Devon County Council’s Corporate, Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Commitee earlier this year.

Representatives from food charities, councils and anaerobic digestion plants attended the review to discuss why food is wasted, how to reduce it and ways to improve its collection.

SSAFA donate Christmas hampers to local armed forces community

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 12/15/2019 - 1:50pm

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has donated 60 hampers to local members of the Armed Forces community in need this Christmas.

The SSAFA Devon branch has donated 60 hampers and 28 gift cards across the county to those in need this Christmas across the local area.

On Tuesday 10th December, the charity hosted a hamper presentation at the Exeter Guildhall where the Lord Mayor Councillor Peter Holland presented ten hampers to local beneficiaries.

RGB launches last Community Fund for 2019

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 9:09am

Through its Well Built Community Fund, RGB Building Supplies has already donated £5,000 for groups, charities and schools to spend at its branches this year. It has one last giveaway for 2019 and is calling for nominations for the chance to win £1,000 to purchase building materials or tools. 

RGB's Community Fund aims to help groups complete much-needed projects that they would not otherwise be able to.

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Social enterprise fights fuel poverty in Exeter - here's how you can help

Authored by Joe Clarke
Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:16am

Fuel poverty levels in Devon have been on the increase in recent years and whilst projects like Healthy Homes for Wellbeing, run by Exeter Community Energy (ECOE), have been tackling this issue head-on with drop-in energy clinics and in-depth home visits across the region, there is still a lot more that could be done.

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Planning workshop for town and parish councils

Event Date: 
15/10/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Hatherleigh Community Centre

Do you sit on a town or parish council in Devon? If so, you need to know how to respond to planning proposals affecting your community. Your response, as consultees in the planning process, can significantly influence the outcome and make a real difference to what the local planning authority decides. CPRE Devon invites you to a special ‘planning workshop’ for Devon’s town and parish councils. Experienced, independent Planning Consultant, Jo Widdecombe, will guide you through the process and explain what’s important.

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Honiton Resident’s Amazing Story from Health Scare to Business Success

Authored by 26Rings
Posted: Fri, 09/13/2019 - 1:54pm

Honiton business owner Lucy Wakefield is this month celebrating the 5th anniversary of running her  dog sitting business, Barking Mad. Despite her business success, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The story of why she started the business revolves around giving up a career she loved due to a health scare and losing her beloved Newfoundland, Kodiak.   

Social lunch club

Event Date: 
16/04/2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Buckerell Lodge Hotel

A social lunch at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel on the third Tuesday of the month starting 16 April 2019 at 12.30pm. Come and meet others in your community. All ages welcome. The hotel is offering 2 meals for £10. Come along on your own or with a friend/family member/neighbour. Please telephone the hotel to confirm your place. 0330 390 0490

Bags of help centenary grants to deliver huge funding boost in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 02/25/2019 - 2:26pm

Tesco is marking its centenary by offering community projects in Exeter the chance to bag their share of a huge £100,000 funding pot.

As part of the supermarket’s anniversary celebrations, community organisations from across Exeter are being invited to share in the funding during two special Bags of Help voting rounds.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. So far in Exeter Bags of Help has awarded £110,408 to 32 local projects. 

Work being carried out at Exmouth’s Warren View Sports Ground as part of pioneering sports hub proposals

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 01/13/2019 - 12:55pm

Investigation work is being carried out at Exmouth’s Warren View Sports Ground by East Devon’s contractor Geotechnics Limited over the next few weeks to give reassurance that the site is suitable for all-weather pitches and other multi-sport facilities.

East Devon District Council is working with the Devon-based charity Exeter CITY Community Trust to develop a pioneering sports hub at the Ground, which is one of a number of sports and recreation sites owned and protected by the council in Exmouth and across the district.