Devon couple invent products to stop Seagulls landing on roof tops

Authored by Proteus
Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:31am

A Devon couple have invented two new seagull deterrents which humanely prevent gulls from landing on roof tops. 

The two new products, the Defender® Roof Ridge Bird Spike and the Defender® Chimney Pot Bird Spike, were devised by husband and wife team David and Kursty Jones. The products attach around chimney pots or directly to roof ridges and stop seagulls landing without hurting them.

The growing nuisance value of noisy seagulls is a well-recognised social problem and, until now, opinions have differed on how to handle the problem.

Exeter City took stand against homophobia for 10th year

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 9:30am

EXETER City Football Club said “no to homophobia” at its home game with Bury on Saturday, February 16.

The match was designated as the Club’s annual “Football v Homophobia” fixture and a number of initiatives were organised by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust, its One Game One Community (OGOC) Group and Exeter City Community Trust.

It is 10 years ago since the international initiative was founded and the 10th time that a designated Football v Homophobia (FvH) match has been held by Exeter City.

HRH The Duke of York meets Met Office apprentices

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:40am

HRH The Duke of York met with some of the current Met Office apprentices on Monday (18 February), while visiting Exeter to hold a Pitch@Palace On Tour event, an initiative founded by The Duke in 2014.

The Met Office’s apprenticeship programmes are run with training from a number of providers including Exeter College and the University of Exeter, and are aimed at developing the next generation of data engineers, scientists and technology experts, as well as other business skills needed in the Met Office and industry as a whole.

Network Rail announces Exeter and Torquay drop-in events to update on South West rail resilience progress

Authored by SarahatAbsolute
Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 6:11pm

Network Rail has announced community drop-in sessions in Exeter and Torquay to update local communities on ongoing work to improve resilience of the stretch of railway that connects the South West with the rest of the country. 

The community drop-in events follow on from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s recent announcement that £80m will be made available to increase the height of the sea wall at Dawlish to protect this vital rail artery for the region.

Events will be held in Exeter and Torquay on:

Darts Farm hosts chef royalty

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/17/2019 - 10:11pm

Raymond Blanc OBE and the world’s most prestigious hotel club, Relais & Châteaux, visited Darts Farm earlier this week. The group was hosted by Michael Caines MBE from neighbouring Lympstone Manor and was welcomed by the Dart brothers who proudly showcased the region’s exquisite artisan produce in their award-winning farm shop.  

This impressive visit follows an announcement that Darts Farm has been shortlisted for the Guild of Fine Food ‘Shop of the Year’ Award 2019. The finalist will be announced on 11th March.

East Devon MP visits The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:53pm

The Donkey Sanctuary welcomed the Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire to its international headquarters in Sidmouth last week, where he met the charity’s chief executive officer Mike Baker and was given a tour of the sanctuary.

The Member of Parliament for East Devon was given a brief history of the organisation and how it plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Mr Swire heard how The Donkey Sanctuary contributes exponentially to the local economy by being one of the largest employers in East Devon and a leading regional tourist attraction.

Grayling announces new Dawlish sea wall as part of £2 billion investment in SW

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 2:39pm

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today (15 February 2019) announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new sea wall at Dawlish, providing better protection for the railway and homes behind it.

Upgrades to the sea wall will increase its height by 2.5 metres and include wave returns to reduce the impact of waves and the likelihood of the line being closed during adverse weather. This will help ensure the serious damage and disruption seen during storms in 2014 is not repeated.

Logo for Cyber Security Awareness Week - a week of free events designed to educate and inform local businesses about cyber crime.

Free business networking event

Event Date: 
05/03/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel, EX1 1QF

Join Bluegrass Group at their networking event during Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) 2019, and you could win a brand new laptop computer!

On Tuesday 5th March Bluegrass is hosting a business networking evening with a short cyber security quiz. They'll be sharing tips on cyber security and testing your knowledge with an interactive quiz. The prize for the winner will be a Dell Latitude laptop computer.

Torquay Boys' Grammar School present Les Miserables

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 4:15pm

There’s only a few rehearsals left before the staging of the ever popular musical Les Misérables at Torquay Boys' Grammar School from 5-8 March, and it’s shaping up to be spine-tingling.

Once again, students from both the boys and girls schools have joined forces to make a huge and highly-talented cast to do this much-loved story justice.

Exeter wins significant cash boost to explore ways of regenerating land around St David's Station

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 2:44pm

A vision to regenerate land around Exeter’s St David’s Station has won a significant boost today with the government injecting thousands of pounds into the initiative. The news comes a week after the area was featured in the Council's bold new vision to create 12,000 homes in the city over the next 20 years.

A new gateway to the city, including plans to create new homes, offices and retail in St David’s, is part of £505,000 coming to the south west for projects in Devon and Torbay.