UK Premiere of Taiko Composition 'A Good Death' to take place in Exeter

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:56pm

Jonathan Kirby, Artistic Director of performing arts company Kagemusha Taiko, has produced a new piece of music with three taiko (drum) compositions entitled:  Dignity, Love, and Legacy.

The inspiration for ‘A Good Death’ came from an interview about end-of-life care which Jonathan heard on the radio. 

“When the interviewee said that a good death involved dignity, love and legacy, I knew immediately that I had to compose something for taiko on that theme,” said Jonathan.

M&S to open new Exmouth foodhall

Authored by MandSSW
Posted: Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:28am

The new Marks & Spencer (M&S) Foodhall in Exmouth is set to open at 10am on Wednesday 29th March. Located on Royal Avenue, a stone’s throw from the railway station, the M&S Foodhall will feature a 24 seat Café, as well as the very best of M&S’s innovative and delicious food and drink products.

Local community gets into the ‘spirit’ of giving to care home

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:07am

Long-established independent nursing care provider, Southern Healthcare has four homes across Devon, specialising in complex nursing, dementia and residential care. The company’s Old Rectory care home, based in Exeter, has brought the ‘outside in’ for residents and families, as a part of their developing dementia care programme.  Within the home, they have created a country-style pub/ beer garden offering beer and spirits, and a contemporary café serving specialist roasted coffee and light snacks. 

Community fun day

Event Date: 
11/03/2017 - 10:30am
Hayes Square, Cranbrook, Exeter

A community fun day will be held in Cranbrook on Saturday 11 March.

Devon County Council, Action East Devon and Cranbrook Town Council are planning the event to inspire as many people as possible to walk, cycle or take the bus or train to travel to work or school.

Devon youngster recognised for community spirit

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:41pm

Jack Bennett, a young person from East Devon District Council’s SWITCH club on the Millwey Rise Estate in Axminster, had his outstanding service to sport in the community rewarded by a place at the regional final of the prestigious Tpas awards 2017, which was held at a ceremony in London on 3 February.

Business booming in the Blackdowns

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:12am

A THRIVING business support group has reported excellent growth for its members this year.

The Blackdown Hills Business Association, which was formed around 30 years ago, supports a range of companies, including new business start-ups, sole traders and SMEs, right up to large corporations all providing key services, based in the area on the Devon/Somerset border.

Professional touch as community takes the stage for Christmas classic

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Wed, 11/23/2016 - 1:18pm

An ambitious production of Scrooge the Musical – based on the Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’  - promises to be a festive treat for audiences.

The song-filled community performance, which features actors, singers and dancers from Kentisbeare Performing Arts, takes place at Kentisbeare Village Hall from Tuesday December 6 to Saturday, December 10.

The production has been co-ordinated by musical director/producer Alan Boxer, director Rob Pudner, choreographer Leanne Perkins and designer Chris Speyer. James Wakefield steps into the miserly shoes of the title character.

Midas Group donates 800 hours of work during community engagement week

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:43pm

Staff working for The Midas Group, one of the largest independent construction companies in the South West, have donated 833 volunteer hours to help support good causes across the South of England and Wales.

The company’s annual Community Engagement Week initiative, saw hundreds of staff volunteer to work on projects in the South West, South East and Wales, carrying out a variety of work from undertaking building makeovers to harvesting apples.

An Unusually Good Book Sale, with live musical accompaniment

Event Date: 
26/11/2016 - 11:00am
St Michael & All Angels Church, Mount Dinham, St David's, Exeter EX4 4EB

St Michael & All Angels Church in St David's -- the church with the tallest spire in Exeter, home to peregrine falcons -- is hosting An Unusually Good Book Sale on Saturday 26th November from 11am to 3pm in aid of the St David's Neighbourhood fund and the St Michael's Redecoration Fund.  The sale includes cards and prints, cds, dvds and records and will feature live musical accompaniment by two highly esteemed local musicians, Matthew Wright, pianist (from 11am), and Nigel Browne, organist (from 1pm), who will also guide those who would like to play the church's Victorian pipe organ the

£100,000 funding to roll-out Community Road Warden scheme countywide

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:24pm

Devon County Council is committing more than £100,000 to its Community Road Warden scheme as it extends the roll-out of the initiative.

As part of a pilot in five parishes and towns across Devon earlier this year, trained volunteers repaired almost 200 minor potholes. The County Council supplied Road Wardens in Bradford and Cookbury, Broadclyst, Clyst Hydon, Plymtree, and Sidmouth, with a simple-to-use pothole repair material, Instarmac, to patch up small potholes in their parishes and towns.