Inaugural St Thomas Community Festival planned for 2013

The inaugural St Thomas Community Festival will take place in and around St Thomas Pleasure Grounds on Saturday 14th September 2013. The festival is the brainchild of the recently formed St Thomas Community Association (STCA) and is intended to be a celebration of the St Thomas area as a vibrant, diverse and exciting part of the city.

The organisers hope that the event will build community cohesion, bringing together residents of all ages and backgrounds in a celebration of the variety of sporting, creative and musical talents that flourish in the area.


Exeter theatre takes award-winning Bunnies to London

The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter has been awarded Arts Council funding to tour to Bristol, Salisbury and London.

The award-winning play Bunnies – which will tour from the end of October – was written specially for the Bike Shed by young playwright Kieran Lynn. It was first performed in the Theatre last year and received a Peter Brook Empty Space Award.

The tour will help the Bike Shed develop links with other venues and national companies, raising their profile across the country.

The Bike Shed opened two...

Independent retailers magic up a 'Christmas Crawl' map

A group of Exeter Independent Retailers have got together to create a 'Christmas Shopping Crawl' based on the model put forward by the Independent Retailers Month UK, to encourage shoppers to do their Christmas shopping in Independent shops and experience the unique and exciting products they offer as well as fabulous customer service.

Shoppers will be given a leaflet showing them the local retailers who are taking part, along with a map so they can easily find them. The shoppers can get a tick, or stamp from the shop when they visit and on completion will be put into a...

John Lewis Exeter gets off to a flying start

Shoppers from Exeter and the surrounding areas celebrated as John Lewis opened the doors to its first shop in Devon on Friday 12th October. Within hours of opening, thousands of customers descended on the new shop, the retailer’s first flexible full line department store.

The Fashion department saw strong sales over the weekend, as Devon residents looked to update their winter wardrobes with brands such as Barbour, Mint Velvet, White Stuff and Phase Eight flying off the shelves.

For the home, John Lewis’ newly launched House range proved popular, with bedding and...

Free Landlord Expo, Plymouth Guildhall, 25 October

Since April 2009 Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have attended domestic fire incidents causing eight fatalities within the West Devon area. In fact, in the same time period there have been 694 domestic fires in Plymouth, causing not only injury to 50 people, but also immeasurable suffering and disruption to people’s family and personal life.

The biggest cause of these accidental fires is cooking related. For the period from April 2009 until March 2011, 54% of Plymouth’s domestic fires were cooking related. Of these only 8% were attributed to faulty cooking...

Taylor Wimpey Is a Home From Home For Nicky

When Nicky Patch bought her dream new home at Taylor Wimpey’s Sylvan Heights development in Exeter, she loved the experience so much she joined the homebuilder’s sales team.

Nicky is now enjoying a new lease of life working at Taylor Wimpey Exeter’s Cranbrook development, a new town that is set to become a vibrant community in East Devon.

She moved from an older property in Exeter, which she had lived in for 20-years, and bought a four bedroom townhouse at Sylvan Heights in January.

And by July, Nicky had joined the ranks at Taylor Wimpey...

French tourism bosses tour Devon's cycle trails

French tourism chiefs enjoyed a Red Coat Tour in Exeter as part of a tour of Devon to see how the county is successfully promoting cycling tourism.

The group of 32 business people were given a tour of some of the county’s cycle trails in a visit arranged through the Cycle West project, which has helped connect cycle routes in Devon and South West England with Brittany, and Normandy.

The visit was an opportunity to highlight how Devon County Council is establishing a county-wide network and how it is working with Britanny and Normandy on the Cycle West...

Trophy design competition launches with £5,000 prize

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has launched a competition in association with the Tate, the Design Museum and the Science Museum, for young people in the UK to design the iconic trophy that will be presented to the winner of the prestigious £1 million international prize.

16 to 24 year olds are being invited to submit a design that represents the wonder of modern engineering. Anyone in that age group can enter, with particular interest expected from those studying or working in art, design, fashion and technology, as well as those studying or working in...

Diabetes UK president to talk at Exeter meeting

The president of Diabetes UK will talk about the ground-breaking treatment he underwent to gain control of his diabetes at a meeting in Exeter.

Richard Lane, 68, was among the first people in the country to receive a transplant of insulin-producing islet cells in 2005. Following three transplants, he was the first person in the UK with Type 1 diabetes to come off insulin altogether.

Richard will be discussing his own experience of diabetes and the work of Diabetes UK at the meeting at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry on October 18....

South West Property sees a jump in asking prices

This month sees a jump in new seller average asking prices of 3.5% (+£8,310), the biggest increase for eight months, with a regional boost of 4.8% (+£21,834) and a 6.2% increase on last year's prices. This goes a long way towards reversing the Olympic-induced price lull over the summer, which saw asking prices of property coming to market fall by 4.6% (-£11,377) over the three months between June and September. This price rebound indicates the market is not performing as badly as some feared.

However, sellers looking to try for a higher price should note Rightmove research which...