Local community invited to consultation for new Exeter Maths School

The first consultation for the new Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) will be held on 28 August at the University of Exeter.

The new school will be a mathematically oriented, academic sixth form, providing an environment in which those with an interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics can be stimulated, developed and stretched.

The EMS is due to open in September 2014, with 30 year 12 students drawn from Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset and is co-sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College.

One of only two specialist mathematics schools in the UK, the...

Wheelie good news for Exeter Community Bikes!

Authored by mattbell
Posted: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:26am

Amazing news! ECI and Exeter Community Bikes has been chosen by the Big Give to take part in its Christmas Challenge. The Challenge is a 7-day donation extravaganza. Every donation is doubled. We have a target of £3,000, so we could get £6,000 for Exeter Community Bikes!

First we need to raise £1,500 in pledges between now and 11 October. Pledges are used to match the online donations. The minimum pledge is £100. Please spread the word far and wide and ask people to pledge to support our project.

Shoppers invited to ‘Share a Coke’ at Princesshay

Visitors to Exeter’s Princesshay will be able to get their name printed on a bottle of Coca-Cola as the Share a Coke tour arrives on Wednesday 14 August.

Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero bottles with 250 of the nation’s most popular names on them have been flying off the shelves this summer with people searching for their name on the iconic bottles.

The tour, which is travelling across the country, will allow people to visit and receive a personalised Coca-Cola or Coke Zero bottle.

Wayne Pearce, Princesshay Centre Director said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Share a...

Devon's schools helping to make music at this year's Mix

A diverse mix of professional and community musicians will come together with young people from across the county at one of Britain’s biggest school music festivals, organised by Babcock LDP Music Service on behalf of Devon County Council.

Today (Wednesday 26 June) at Westpoint, Exeter, thousands of young people from schools across Devon will take part in this year’s Mix - now in its 9th year.

Young people will take part in large-scale workshops with; The Magnets Trio, Samba Marcianas, Kagemusha Taiko and The Collective, as well as large scale ensemble workshops as part of...

Cubs clean up at Trinity Hill

1st LYM Valley Cubs kindly offered their services to the local community on Sunday 9 June when they carried out a sponsored Litter Pick on the Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve. The event was part of Scout Community Week, allowing an opportunity for groups across the UK to raise the money needed to deliver what Scouting does best – adventurous activities locally, every week.

The event was led by Nature Reserves Ranger Jim Hunter of the East Devon District Council Countryside team, who said: "We are very grateful to the Cubs for their help and their enthusiasm in keeping this Nature...

Young Cranbrook residents invited to have their say

East Devon District Council are inviting all young residents of Cranbrook to choose the new play equipment for Cranbrook’s first play area.

The finished open space, which should include a play area for children of early school age, a play area for older children and a multi use games area designed for young people up to the age of 18, provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to have a real say in how their now town is shaping up.

Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “There is a lovely community spirit at Cranbrook...

WESC celebrates the work of its volunteers during national volunteers week

Angie Lunn, from Exeter, talks about her experience volunteering for WESC Foundation and why she wishes she had done it years ago.

What led you to volunteer for WESC Foundation?

I had been toying with the idea of volunteering for about four years before I took action to make it happen.

I was talking to a friend about her son who has attended WESC Foundation for the past ten years and met him on a sponsored walk and had such a lovely time in his company that I decided to enquire whether I could use some of my spare time and skills to help at WESC.

I was...

Silverton to host Coronation knees up and celebrates new playground and skate park

A right old royal knees up is set to take place in Silverton as the village celebrates Her Majesty’s Coronation and new community facilities.

This Sunday, 2 June, will see a host of events and activities taking place on the mid-Devon village’s Big Recreation Ground and all are welcome to join in.

The day will also mark Silverton Parish Council officially opening the village’s new playground and skate park. A newly designed Jubilee garden will also be dedicated in the park to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Activities in the afternoon include a giant...

What Are We Giving Back?

Here at The Plum Consultancy we were recently discussing the Giving Pledge initiative founded by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, in which the world’s wealthiest individuals pledge to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. This elite set has recently been joined by the first person from India - Azim Preji, the chairman of the Technology company Wipro whose net worth is estimated at $16 billion. This is welcome news as the divide between rich and poor continues to grow especially in countries across Asia.

‘Corporate responsibility’ has also become high on the world’s...

Leading female a cappella quintet to perform in Exeter

Black Voices, a Birmingham-based performance ensemble renowned for its rich, powerful harmonies and stunning arrangements, are coming to Exeter on Saturday 8 June to do a concert and public workshop supported by St Thomas Gospel Choir.

Black Voices was founded and is led by its musical director Carol Pemberton. Since 1987, she has steered Black Voices in becoming a unique performance ensemble, focused on promoting singing the black oral tradition (SBOT). The group, inspired by Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Take Six, has forged its own dynamic way of distilling and re-presenting...