Have your say over community services framework

Authored by NEWDevonCCG
Posted: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:46am

NHS healthcare commissioners in Devon want to hear from the public after they published a proposed framework to ensure services are right for the future.

The publication of the report, ‘Integrated, personal and sustainable; community services for the 21st century’ comes after 12-months of discussions with public, clinical and professional communities about what patients really need.

It was produced by NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) and offers proposals to change the way community hospitals, community nursing and urgent...

Free kit 'Boxes' available near Honiton

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:19pm

Equipment for a wide range of activities is now available free of charge near Honiton following a successful bid by the town council. The bid for £12,500 funded a series of ‘boxes’ containing kit for a wide range of activities, such as the film-making and screening ‘box’, including items like camcorders, laptops, microphones, projector and tripods. This and other equipment is now available free of charge within the parishes of Yarcombe, Plymtree, Broadhembury, Honiton, Stockland, Upottery, Awliscombe and Payhembury. Councilllor David Foster, the Mayor of Honiton Town Council added “We were...

Accolade for Devon communty project

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:38pm

A Devon community project has won this year’s Prince of Wales Award for its work in tackling isolation, loneliness and ill health in rural communities.

The Community Support Group, based in the village of Newton St Cyres near Crediton and sees volunteers offered assistance to local people as part of the Neighbourhood Health Watch Scheme. The project, part of the Neighbourhood Health Watch Scheme, is the first community health project to win the accolade which is normally awarded to local services or the environment. The award, which will be presented at the Devon County Show (May...

Nature reserve will bear fruit

Volunteer nature lovers in Honiton came along on Thursday to help with the planting of new trees at EDDC’s Honiton Bottom community nature reserve.

Alex Gibson from the Council’s SWITCH project and Nathan Robinson from EDDC’s Countryside team were supervising the planting of fruit trees that will form a new orchard in the reserve to attract bees and butterflies, as well as wildlife.

There are also plans for a hay meadow with some wild flowers and a series of ponds. There may also be some beehives and hopefully a community garden.

There will be a chance for...

Sing for Fun with Forever Young on Mondays in Exeter

Event Date: 
03/03/2014 - 7:00pm
St Sidwells School York Road Exeter

Why singing in Exeter on Mondays is bad for you and how Forever Young can help.

Possibly the best community sing-for-fun session in Exeter.

Mondays 7-9pm £3:50 pay-on-the-door for 2 hours of fun.

Bringing colour back to Mondays

Bringing colour back to Mondays is from a photo on the website of Exeter's unique community singing group Forever Young Sing for Fun - - Have a look and see why people spend two hours in a darkened room on a Monday evening.

Come along to St Sidwell's School at 7pm and ask those who enjoy a sing-for-fun session (£3.50 pay-on-the-door).

Can a community singing group survive if it does not depend on a leader, is not a choir and does not rehearse, nor give public performances or have auditions or have any expectations that you can read...

Neighbourhood improvements a community effort

Authored by MB
Posted: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:57am

Residents in a DCH housing scheme in Exeter have come together for a ‘community clean up’. Arena Park’s Green Group braved the cold weather to get out on their estate to clean up their local park and hedgerows.

Lesley Browne, Community Development Worker at DCH, said: “Following the recent storms lots of litter has been blown around the estate and the residents wanted to proactively give the area a clean up. All ages came together to help out, DCH provided litter picks, protective gloves and collection bags to support the event.”

“The Green Group at Arena Park are active...

Buddies offer support for those in recovery

Authored by RDavies
Posted: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:34pm

A new project in Exeter has launched 'recovery buddies' – volunteers who are ready to work alongside those recovering from addiction, and provide them with friendship and support.

The buddies are now ready for referrals from a variety of local agencies.

The initiative, formed with Addaction, Devon Drugs Service, Devon Drug and Alcohol Team, Exeter Drug Partnership and other local recovery agencies, includes partnering churches in the city. It was recently awarded a grant from the Office of the Crime and Police Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall to extend its work.


New Year New You - Make 2014 a year to remember

Event Date: 
01/01/2014 - 8:45am
Througout Exeter

If your Christmas was fun but brimmed with excess Lots of chocolate and wine and you feel a mess And your waistsline is tighter filling you with distress There's no need to panic just come and visit one of our friendly groups in Exeter. Check out our website or download our amazing free App A Taste of Slimming World for a free 7 day menu plan and group finder. At Slimming World our plan is unique, we are 1 of a kind and the best news is nothing is forbidden, there's no counting calories, points or fat content; there's no special food and NO HUNGER! There is a World of...

South West Exeter proposals shock local community

Authored by Diana Moore
Posted: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 7:36pm

Members of Alphington Village Forum met with Bovis Homes on Monday (10/12/13) to express their views and objections to the Developer's new plans in the strongest terms. The meeting took place before Bovis Homes' opened their exhibition to show the public their plans for the South West Exeter 1-3 part of the Teignbridge Local Plan. The Forum members were shocked at what they saw, with the plans completely different from those in the original 'Plan Teignbridge'.

One of the biggest differences that upset the Forum are Bovis' plans to develop some 700 new...