Open Day and Ask the Funeral Director in conjunction with Dying Matters Week

Event Date: 
13/05/2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
W H. Squires & Son, 29 Exwick Villas, Exwick Road, Exeter, EX4 2AS.

On Saturday 13th May 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., W H. Squires & Son (Exwick premises) will be having an open day and an opportunity to ‘Ask the Funeral Director’ any questions you may have – however strange you may think they are! This will be free entry but donations for Hospiscare will be welcomed for Cakes and refreshments.

This will be in conjunction with ‘Dying Matters’ week. Dying Matters is a coalition of over 32,000 people nationwide trying to get more people talking about death, dying and bereavement. As well as ‘Stanley’ our vintage hearse , different types of coffins on...

Work begins on new £2m Community Hub

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:28pm

Construction is about to begin on a brand new Community Hub for Topsham, one of the area’s most important buildings of recent years - and the organisation behind it is seeking volunteers to help champion its work and plan how it will develop.

The new hub, being built on the site of the former ‘pre-fab’ Topsham library, aims to be the pride of the local community.

It will be the base for many of the services provided by the Estuary League of Friends, a long-standing and much-loved charity serving the town and communities stretching from Countess Wear to Exmouth.


Tesco Bags of Help funding available in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:29am

Community projects in Exeter could receive a cash injection thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly roll-out of its funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4000 projects up and down the UK and the supermarket is now calling on community groups in Exeter to put themselves forward for a grant. Three groups in each local area will be awarded grants every other month....

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.

“Taiko seemed to me to be the perfect medium for expressing these ideas because of the way...

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.

Opening just in time for Easter, the team at Exmouth will be delighting shoppers by handing out Easter eggs to the first 20 customers in store to celebrate opening day. Shoppers will also be able to discover the mouth-watering range of products for Easter from M&S’s Spring...

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....