What you can do to help your local community

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Tue, 08/22/2017 - 6:01am

There are few things as rewarding as helping your local community, particularly when you can be sure that your actions have altered someone else’s life for the better. The simplicity of a smile can often be enough to make another person’s day, so imagine how valuable your time would be to someone less fortunate. Indeed, there are numerous reasons why you might want to pitch in and support your local community, including the opportunities to make new friends, learn a new set of skills, and further your own career. You’ll also discover a new sense of self, and uncover a little more about...

New street art improves look of community hub

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:46pm

Three former offenders have helped to brighten up a previously dull car park at a community hub in Exeter.

The group, who are all being supported by Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC) as part of their sentences, have taken part in a street art course as they look to pick up new skills. They are helping to transform the old car park at Wat Tyler House community hub on King William Street into a ‘paradise’ garden area and have spray painted pink flamingos onto the wall. The group has also undertaken courses in horticulture and woodwork. Laura...

Pinhoe community project overwhelmed by offers of support from volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 08/13/2017 - 4:28pm

When a community project in Exeter asked for people's views and ideas for a new building they didn’t quite expect the overwhelming number of volunteers who came forward to help. People behind plans to create a Community Hub in Pinhoe received 75 offers of help after sending out a survey asking for suggestions on what should be in the building and where it should be located. “With all sorts of skills and new ideas it's very exciting to see this level of support and makes the new Community Hub even more within reach,” said Cllr Duncan Wood, who has backed the initiative right from start....

Axe Valley Community Choir strikes a chord with former member at Seaton Care Home

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:16am

A total of 28 members of the Axe Valley Community Choir joined former bass singer 92-year-old Ron Styles, now a resident at The Seaton Care Home, for a special reunion performance. The 85-strong Axe Valley Community Choir, was formed in 2009 to bring people of all ages and abilities to enjoy singing together, as well as participating in fundraising events within the community. Ron had been a popular member of the choir before setting up residence in the care home in February and has been sorely missed.

On the day, the choir even brought their own piano and filled the home with...

Nominate projects to receive £1,000 Community Fund

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:06pm

RGB Building Supplies has reopened its Well Built Community Fund and is calling out to schools, charities and community groups to tell it about projects that have an autumnal theme for the chance to receive £1,000 worth of building materials.

This will be the builders’ merchants’ 20th Community Fund giveaway and whatever the reason for the nomination, RGB would like to hear about it. Maybe a charity needs to make repairs to ensure a building is safe for winter, or perhaps an amateur dramatic group needs help with staging for an autumn performance.

Paul West, Branch Manager...

Stalls and attractions bring crowds to Honiton Community Festival

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:14am

Around 500 people visited the Honiton Community Festival where many local community groups held stalls and attractions.

A number of demonstrations were held throughout the day at the event which was held at Allhallows Playing Field.

These included displays by SYTL Karate, which included a very useful Stranger Danger message, the SPS Kickboxing group who showed off their skills, the lively Honiton Twirlstars who put on a great performance and musicians from the Honiton Youth Orchestra provided some great music for the event.

Officers from Wild East Devon made...

Learning from Exeter's past to shape its future

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 07/15/2017 - 8:13am

Are there lessons to be learned from Exeter’s past to take into its future? Can we discern characteristics from its history to enlighten the next few generations of this more than two-thousand-year-old city?

From its first beginnings as a prehistoric hill settlement, what has really determined Exeter’s wealth and well-being has been its geographical location – its underlying geology, its climate, and its estuary position east of Dartmoor.

On a promontory overlooking the river valley, Exeter has enjoyed a position of strength against potential invaders, access to water for...

Nominate unsung heroes in our community

Authored by Naomi J Ryan
Posted: Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:36am

Naomi J Ryan is on the search for someone who deserves recognition this summer. Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to improve the lives of those around them and who merit to be thanked for it? Then make sure to enter our ‘Nominate Your Local Hero’ summer award.

If your nominee is a winner, they will be invited to meet the Naomi J Ryan team and collect their bespoke gift from their office in Southernhay, Exeter.

If you would like to nominate someone, please visit our website , or our Facebook page . Alternatively pick up a nomination form from the...

Millwey community lunch proves a hit for all ages

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 06/18/2017 - 1:59pm

A recent community lunch organised by East Devon District Council’s Landlord Services team at the request of the charity HALFF (Health and Local Food for Families proved a tremendous success with 25 young people from Millwey, Axminster, their families and sheltered tenants, who sat down to eat together after a morning of arts, crafts and cooking.

The event, which was held at Millwey community centre on Tuesday 30 May, aimed to bring different ages of the community together and East Devon Community Development Worker, Victoria Robinson, who was responsible for co-ordinating the...

Brownies learn about the community value of Hospiscare

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:32pm

Hospiscare’s latest shop opened in Heavitree in March and is already doing a roaring trade in a range of electrical goods, homeware, clothes, and second-hand books.

Recently, however, the shop took on a more educational role as the manager Bonnie Gilbert was invited to visit the Heavitree Brownie Troop to share the importance of the work that Hospiscare does.

“The Brownies, all between the ages of seven and ten, were studying the theme of ‘community’, so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to teach them about the importance of Hospiscare and how the charity supports local...