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.

Paul Courtney, Operations Director – Southern Healthcare said: “We believe that you...

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.

The family-friendly event will be held in Hayes Square from 10:30am-4pm and will feature a range of activities including guided cycle rides and free bike hire, Active Mums cycle rides, cycle skills sessions with local cycle group Adventurecize, and Rollapaluza will bring its static bike sprint races to Devon for...

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.

Finalist Jack, aged 17, made the shortlist for the young tenant of the year category at the finals having been nominated for the award by Victoria Robinson, East Devon Community Development worker and lead worker of the Millwey SWITCH club. She was determined that Jack should receive...

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.

Claire Stepney, BHBA Coordinator, said: ‘The Blackdown Hills are well connected on the borders of East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset. Local companies recognise the importance of supporting one another,...

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.

Staff accumulated 833 hours of work in total. In addition to the hours spent directly working on the community projects, Midas were...

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...

£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.

Community Road Wardens can act as their town or parish’s primary point of contact...

New Exe-Arts season of creative workshops

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/29/2016 - 8:46pm

Superact is pleased to announce that they have been successful in securing funding to support a second phase of their 2015 project Exe-Arts.

The new project, Exe-Arts Plus, will be delivering open community creative workshops from both Exeter Community Centre and St. Sidwell’s Community Centre.

Exe-Arts Plus will offer taster courses in a variety of art forms at a very accessible price during the Autumn 2016 and Winter/Spring of 2017, including workshops, such as painting, ceramics, graffiti art, photography, story telling, sculpture and fabric arts. Superact is a not for...

Fete raises over £1,000 for Balloons charity

Authored by Naomi J Ryan
Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:48pm

The figures are now in from the Late Summer Fete, held on Saturday 17th September at Magdalen Court School and Kinderkare Nursery. This unique community event, spearheaded by Southernhay-based estate agents Naomi J Ryan , has raised an incredible £1,295.49 for bereavement support charity, Balloons .

Based at Basepoint Business Centre in Marsh Barton, Balloons provide much needed support for children, young people and their families before and after the death of someone significant in their lives. Speaking about the success of the day, Naomi of Naomi J Ryan said “Balloons is a...