South West farmers to have a say on European policy

Farmers in the South West are being given the chance to tell local MEPs what they think of European policy for agriculture (CAP) at an event this week with the European Parliament.

‘Sowing the seeds of a new Common Agricultural Policy’ will take place on Friday 23 November 2012 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at the National Farmers Union (NFU) South West office in Exeter .

The event has been organised by the European Parliament in association with NFU South West and the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service. Feedback from the South...

Exeter's indies put themselves firmly on the map

As you head down the High Street it is easy to forget that along some of the side streets, and even hidden in amongst the big names in Princesshay, are some marvellous outlets with pretty, unusual and unique gifts, just waiting to be discovered.

And to give customers a gentle nudge in their direction, a group of 30 independent retailers have come together to offer you an interesting Shopping Trail where you can discover delightful shops and then, for fun, be entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes, which have been donated by the participating shops....

Kruger coins and laptops stolen during Sidford burglary

Two distinctive 10 oz South African Kruger coins have been stolen during a burglary at Sidford. Police are appealing for witnesses after the home in Drakes Avenue was entered between 8.55 and 15.40 on Friday 16th November 2012 when the thieves managed to break in through a PVC door. In addition, they stole several items including electrical items, jewellery and camera equipment. It is likely that this was carried away in a distinctive black Sidmouth Rugby Club kit bag. Among the electrical items, two Asus 11” Shellbooks, an HP laptop and an ACER laptop were also stolen...

First year celebration for Devon academy trust

Every teacher from 14 primary schools across Devon got together to celebrate the successful first year of the biggest primary academy trust in the country.

The Primary Academies Trust educates 2,300 pupils across Devon with 120 teaching staff and 280 support staff.

The Trust encompasses the six schools in the First Federation – Blackpool, Chudleigh Knighton, Salcombe, Newton Ferrers, Aveton Gifford and Lady Seaward’s near Exeter – and the four schools in the Children First Federation – Wilcombe in Tiverton, Sidbury, Sampford Peverell and Hemyock – as well...

City College wins national awards for ‘culture of excellence’

It's official, Exeter College is the leading Further Education (FE) college in the country after winning Outstanding Provider of the Year and Outstanding Leadership of Learning and Skills Awards at the prestigious Times Educational Supplement FE Awards yesterday.

The city’s college has been awarded the accolades, beating hundreds of submissions from Further Education providers across the country, in the competition that recognises outstanding provision in all aspects of FE. Gerard Kelly, TES editor said “The entries were of an unbelievable high standard and reflected the...

Temporary home sought for Police puppy Betty

Police dog handlers are trying to track down a temporary home for a new puppy before she begins her police training.

Betty, an 11-week-old German shepherd, needs a home for nine months to help with socialisation prior to embarking on her new career.

She is too young to start intensive training, so police require a family to home her with until her first birthday.

Once a fully trained general purpose police dog she will be able to assist tracking missing people, locate stolen property, chase and detain suspects and keep order in crowd...

Tony Hogg welcomed as new Police & Crime Commissioner

Devon & Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, who received 64,419 votes in last week's election, has said that he believed his military background helped him gain the winning votes.

Mr Hogg said he was keen to start working with police at all levels "to tackle many challenges our police face at this time".

Having previously been the commanding officer of Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Helston, managing 3,000 personnel and a budget of £81m, Hogg said: "I think people were attracted to the military background. I think it sat well...

Artists channel their inner CALM through 3D printing

Unique works of art created using specialist equipment at the University of Exeter are on display in an exhibition that showcases the diverse potential of the technology.

The University’s Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) invited 30 professional artists to work with its engineers on its “3D printers”, which build up an object layer by layer.

Dr Sara Flint , commercial manager of CALM, said: “This collaboration was an extremely exciting opportunity for us to work with 30 artists who all had very different creative ideas about how they could...

What to do in and around Exeter this weekend

After all the drama of the PCC elections and the heartmelting Children in Need fundraising efforts, you'll be happy to know that there are still plenty of ways to keep you entertained over the weekend.

John Court 'The Work Between The Lines' Event Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10:00 to Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 17:00 Venue: Spacex

In The work between the lines, John Court’s first UK solo exhibition, new works will be shown alongside drawings and performances produced over the last fifteen years. His output includes performance, sculpture and...

Tony Hogg new Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner

After a painfully drawn out count, with Devon and Cornwall the last in the country to declare, our new Police and Crime Commissioner has been announced as former naval officer Tony Hogg (Conservative).

The Leader of Devon County Council, John Hart, has welcomed Devon and Cornwall's first Police and Crime Commisioner. He said: "I congratulate Tony Hogg on his election and I look forward to working with him to help reduce crime and to work jointly for the benefit of our communities within Devon."

The result was declared following a count of second preference...