Exeter traders' CCTV delight

Authored by KORCommunications
Posted: Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:15pm

Independent traders on Magdalen Road in Exeter can now sleep easy at night as their campaign for CCTV security cameras has been answered by local security firm, Marsh Barton Security Services (MBSS). A group of traders launched the campaign for new CCTV cameras on the bustling road near Exeter city centre, following a spate of criminal activity earlier this year.

Many of the shop owners have been faced with smashed windows and doors, damage to the inside of their properties and repeated burglaries of items such as iPads, handbags and charity boxes. Their cry for help was heard loud...

Award winning choir host Black Voices

Authored by krufolo
Posted: Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:42pm

St Thomas Gospel Choir have won a national award for "Contribution to the UK Gospel Music Industry" in the choir catagory of the PraiseTek Gospel Music Awards 2014. Each year, these awards acknowledge the work of various singers, musicians, choirs, rappers, bands and media personnel working in the UK gospel music scene.

Choir director, Kathy Rufolo and her fiance, Dale Hurrell, who sings bass in the group, went to London to receive the award on behalf of the choir with nearly 50 members.

St Thomas Gospel Choir was established in 2006 and has grown steadily over...

Community woodland day

Event Date: 
01/11/2014 - 10:00am
The Knapp, Sidmouth

Community woodland day at the Knapp, Sidmouth If you would like an introduction to woodland management on a small scale, or if you would just like a bit of exercise in the open air, there's an event just for you!

Join the East Devon District Council Countryside Rangers at the Knapp Community Nature Reserve on Station Road, Sidmouth, on Saturday 1 November – drop in between 10am and 3pm.

Experts and enthusiasts will be coppicing and thinning to benefit woodland flowers and butterflies.

All you need is a reasonable level of physical fitness.

Getting ready for winter, whatever the weather

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:45pm

The Met Office will once again be hosting the 'Get Ready for Winter' web pages on behalf of a range of Government Departments and voluntary organisations.

The pages offer advice and links to a range of information to help individuals, families and communities prepare for every aspect of the winter season. By taking simple steps, such as signing up to The Met Office's National Severe Weather Warning Service, members of the public can ensure they keep warm, healthy and safe this winter. The campaign will build on last year's initiative which saw thousands of people get the...

Campaigners' knitting exhibition reveals incinerator is not a woolly issue

Authored by Diana Moore
Posted: Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:28am

An innovative community art installation goes on show next week to bring alive the impacts of Exeter’s new ‘Energy from Waste’ incineration facility.

Members of the community have been knitting larger than life versions of the particles that will be emitted from the new facility.

The exhibition which will be on display at the Real Food Café in Paris Street, is designed to tell people about the incinerator, encourage Devon County Council to ensure it is operated properly over its 25 years contract and think harder about their future waste management strategy.


Community group to put solar powered vegetables on the menu

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:16pm

A local energy co-op have signed an agreement with Exeter veg-box scheme and online farm shop Shillingford Organics to set-up the city’s first ever source of community-owned electricity – and in turn create an income for much needed community projects.

Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) is getting local people to team up and invest in solar panels which will supply the farm with cheap electricity. By selling electricity to the farm, they will create an income which can be used for community projects that tackle fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

The two parties signed a heads...

Charities come together to transform the lives of more people with complex needs

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:29pm

Two charities are coming together to help improve the independence and well being of more people with complex needs.

Community Care Trust, a mental health charity based in Devon, is set to join St Loye’s Foundation within a newly-formed group structure.

The move will enable the delivery of enhanced specialist support, training and employment services to more people in the future.

Chris Knee, Chief Executive, St Loye’s Foundation: said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that the Community Care Trust is joining us in a mutually beneficial relationship. By...

Trust scoops national healthcare award

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:50am

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has won a national award for outstanding efficiency and improvement in developing community services.

The Trust’s stroke therapy team added to its growing trophy collection with victory at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards on Tuesday night (23 September).

The team beat seven other finalists in the Value and Improvement in Community Health Service Redesign category.

The nomination related to the ongoing success of the team’s early supported discharge (ESD) and VISTA projects.

The team has introduced home visits and...

First anniversary for social media cafe

Authored by Mandy Pearse
Posted: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:14am

The Teignmouth and Dawlish Social Media Cafe is one year old this October.

Over the past year it has helped over 50 local businesses and community organisations with help and advice in using social media to promote themselves.

The birthday cafe will be held at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish on Tuesday 7 October and experts will be on hand to provide advice on which social media to use and how to set up accounts.

The social media cafe runs from 5pm to 7.30pm and provides a free drop-in event where people can pick up tips and hints on using social media, ask...

Police Partnership honours volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:34am

Volunteers who support the work of Devon and Cornwall Police in the communities it serves will be honoured at an awards ceremony tonight (Friday). The Devon and Cornwall Police Partnership Community Volunteer Awards will be held at Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chiefs rugby team. Awards will be presented by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg and by Julie Dowton, Chair of Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (DaCCWA). In previous years DaCCWA held an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the activities of watch schemes and their...