Disruption to Stagecoach services due to bad weather

Due to the heavy rain overnight and this morning we are experiencing the following disruptions to our bus services:

Current update from Stagecoach:

Service 57 now operating the full route between Exeter and Brixington, although customers should allow for some delays as we return the service to normal

Service 56 is currently operating a shuttle service between Exeter and Exeter Airport only Service 58 is expected to be operating by lunchtime Service 157 is now running but with some delays whilst we return the service to normal and cannot currently...

Devon battles with the floods after heavy rainfall

Heavy rain and flooding overnight in Devon has cut off some villages, closed roads and disrupted rail services. And things are set to get worse with further rain and wind forecast.

East Devon has been worst hit. Drivers commuting to Exeter from Exmouth continue to face long delays, and drivers are experiencing severe problems with surface water. If your journey is not essential, please avoid using your car until the situation eases up.

Currently Sidford Primary School, Sidmouth Primary School and Hemeock are closed due to difficulty in getting staff in and...

Caroline Charles looks back on 50 years of fashion

Caroline Charles, one of London's most respected womenswear designers, was visiting her Exeter store today (20th November) to meet a select group of her customers and to celebrate the launch of her new book 'Caroline Charles - 50 Years in Fashion'.

Having developed her business over the past five decades, the Caroline Charles label is now sold and marketed throughout the world to a loyal fan base.

Caroline explained how she began in the world of fashion art school followed by a couture apprenticeship and a stint as a photographer's assistant; she then...

Two Exeter Police officers included in honours list for long service

Police officers and staff from Devon and Cornwall Police have been honoured for their years of service at a special ceremony at Padbrook Park, Cullompton. Included in the honours list are Exeter-based Detective Constable Pippa Davies and Fingerprint Expert Emma Parsons.

The ten officers and staff were recognised for 20 years’ service by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Sir John Cave, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Devon.

Officers and staff receiving long service and good conduct awards at the ceremony on 29th October 2012 were:


Church of England says no to female bishops

The Church of England's governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate.

Following a day-long debate, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod.

The defeat was a setback for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who retires at the end of December, and his successor, Bishop Justin Welby. Both had strongly endorsed a proposed compromise that they had hoped would end decades of debate....

Exeter unites to celebrate Inter Faith Week

As part of a national initiative, Inter Faith Week is being marked in the UK, including Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay, and will see a number of local events in the county.

The week helps to strengthen positive relations between faith and belief communities and highlight the contributions they make to our wider society, recalling that all people have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

On Friday 23rd November an open silent vigil will be held at Bedford Square in Exeter to remember those who suffer intolerance and violence for their...

Say 'hi' to a magpie via a new app to help key research

A new app that encourages people to say “good morning Mr Magpie” via their mobile phone will help scientists evaluate the benefits that birds bring to the quality of human life.

Whether you view them with sorrow or joy, using your smart device to help build up a national database of sightings of the distinctive black-and-white birds will feed into wider research by the University of Exeter to assess how much value people place on having birds in their gardens.

Dr Richard Inger, at the Environment and Sustainability Institute on the University’s Cornwall...

South West schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

Students from schools in the South West will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems.

  • On Tuesday 20th November, John Bentley School (Calne) will host a Faraday Challenge Day. Teams from St Johns Marlborough (Marlborough), Abbeyfield School (Chippenham), Sheldon School (Chippenham), The Springfields Academy (Calne) and The Clarendon College (Trowbridge), will also take part.
  • On Wednesday 21st November, teams from Chilton Trinity School (Bridgwater) will take part in a Faraday
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New International Westpoint Antiques & Collectors Fair

If Antiques are your thing, then don't miss the New International Westpoint Antiques & Collectors Fair at Westpoint Arena this weekend.

With up to 400 stands from all over the UK, offering an extensive range of Antiques & Collectables, the fair provides a great day out for people who love all things Antique. With dealers from all over the UK there will be a huge selection of Antiques & Collectables, including furniture, porcelain, silver, gold , jewellery, glass, textiles, vintage clothing, paintings, lighting, militaria, kitchenalia, toys, stamps, collectables...

Exeter-based Chatham steps into the country

Exeter-based Chatham has unveiled its new winter country footwear collection - a selection of waterproof, high leg country walking boots featuring the highest quality leathers and styling, and leather country walking boots that look just as good in town.

The new men’s Chargot country boot in high quality red brown leather, combines comfort with style. The Chargot has the practicality of a technical, waterproof country walking boot, whilst fitting like a glove and boasting luxurious under-foot foam padding for utmost comfort. Features include a ‘sticky’ recyclable rubber...