Bodrington Hall

Àclèaf Restaurant at Bodrington Hall reopens

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 - 2:22pm

Àclèaf, which opened in January this year, is now reopen. A few things are new, although the ethos of the restaurant remains the same: menus driven by the plethora of fine produce grown and harvested in Devon, matched with simple, yet delicate cooking by Head Chef Scott Paton.

Àclèaf Restaurant reopens with a four-course tasting menu

A delightful demi-tasting menu consists of four dishes of Scott’s creation. Priced at £80, for both vegan and regular menus, dishes include the likes of Curried Devonshire crab with mango ; Scallop taco with coriander ; Duck terrine with...

Stagecoach South West

Stagecoach South West continue to keep passengers safe

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 - 8:07pm

As more parts of the country's economy and daily life continues to re-open Stagecoach South West are continuing to put customers, communities and employees first and ensure people can use public transport services safely and confidently.

Through these challenging times, the bus operator has continually kept the wheels turning, keeping essential bus services running, communities connected and provided transport for fellow key workers.

With the UK government advice now that everyone can begin using public transport again, Stagecoach are doing everything they can to give...

Dartmoor Folk Festival

Virtual Dartmoor Folk Festival includes traditional competitions

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:23pm

DESPITE the postponement of the full 2020 Dartmoor Folk Festival this August, the festival's traditional competitions and some fun activities will still be going ahead on-line.

The festival was due to take place at South Zeal near Okehampton on August 6, 7 and 8.

Instead, on Saturday, August 8, the traditional Dartmoor Step Dance and Broom Dancing competitions will take place via zoom meetings.

For further details and to enter either of the competitions, please visit:

The website also has instructional videos on how to...

Exeter student creates 40 pieces of artwork for the 40 million people trafficked into modern slavery

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 9:58pm

Megan Buchanan-Smith, a student at the University of Exeter, learned about the transatlantic slave trade during her History degree. She was shocked to realise that there are now more people in slavery than ever before. Megan decided to use her passion for art to raise money for anti-slavery organisation, International Justice Mission.

This Thursday 30th July is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – a day to raise awareness of human trafficking and increase action to end it.

Megan spent most of her History degree studying the transatlantic slave trade, including...

Parents urged not to use facemask on their baby

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 8:58pm

Parents and guardians of babies under 12 months are advised not to cover their mouths with facemasks as it could cause breathing difficulties. While there have been no reports of ‘baby masks’ being sold in Devon, Torbay or Somerset, parents and guardians are urged not to buy them as they could harm their baby’s health.

The advice comes from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

It follows reports that face masks for babies, also known as 'baby masks' or 'cute masks', are being sold in some parts of the country and online.

Currently Government...

Planet Earth Games goes live

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 4:25pm

With travel restrictions, social distancing and leisure opportunities severely limited due to the pandemic, families will be forgiven for wondering how to fill their summer this year.

The Planet Earth Games offers a unique opportunity throughout August for everyone to get active, learn more about environmental sustainability, help the planet and win prizes. And it’s all virtual and free to enter!

The event is an evolution of the South West Youth Games and was born out of a desire to address the climate crisis. Last year’s launch event took place in Exeter, billed as the...

Redrow launches new nature-friendly biodiversity strategy in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 2:55pm

Leading housebuilder Redrow has launched its ‘Nature for People’ biodiversity strategy, established as part of a long-standing partnership with charity The Wildlife Trusts .

The strategy sees the housebuilder commit to objectives under three key themes - Nature Gains, Rewilding Lives and Flourishing Legacy - including:

  • Contributing to existing or potential nature recovery networks so wildlife, including hedgehogs and barn owls, can move freely through their developments and the wider landscape
  • Enabling and inspiring community connection with nature
  • ...
Ladram Bay Holiday Park

All smiles as top Devon park's delighted guests return

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 - 3:41pm

They may now clap their hands instead of shouting "Bingo!", and order their food on apps - but guests at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon couldn't be more delighted to be back.

That's the finding of director Zoe House who says that she and her team have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and thanks received from customers since re-opening.

The Budleigh Salterton park, family-run for over 75 years, believes its beautiful coastal location and surrounding tranquil countryside provides just the tonic people are now looking for.

There is soon likely to be a...

Topsham’s summer like no other

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Sun, 07/26/2020 - 9:28pm

If it’s summer, sunshine and safety you want, then come down to Topsham - the estuary town just outside Exeter is open and welcoming everyone throughout the holiday season.

Many already know that Topsham is packed with independent shops, distinctive cafes and restaurants, waterside pubs and beautiful maritime architecture. All of them have been upgraded to ensure social distancing and complete safety over the summer.

But now there’s even more to discover thanks to a series of Quick Guides created by some of the town’s residents.

These Quick Guides are short...

Exeter closes the loop on throwaway plastic bags

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:23am

Exeter has become the first council in the UK to turn plastic bags collected from the kerbside into litter bin sacks, it has been revealed.

Green-thinking Exeter City Council has partnered up with plastic recycling company Jayplas for the UK first.

The ‘closed loop’ project sees waste polythene bags collected from households across the city and trade customers, sent to Jayplas’s new film sorting plant in Smethick.

Once there it is sorted into polymer type and colour, before being turned into recycled granules by washing and compounding the materials.