Devon’s recycling heroes celebrated at the Recycle Devon Thank You awards

Devon’s super recyclers are being recognised in a special ceremony to thank them for their hard work in helping to protect Devon’s environment.

This will be the second year of the Recycle Devon Thank You awards which last year marked the 10 year anniversary of the Don’t Let Devon go to waste campaign.

Devon enjoys a recycling rate of 55% (2011/12) making it one of the highest recycling counties in the country. To celebrate and thank the residents of Devon, Recycle Devon is hosting the special event.

Chairman of the Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling...


Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 12/24/2013 - 1:21pm

The A380 between Splatford Split, Kennford and Kingsteignton has been closed in both directions because of an unsafe building as strong winds and torrential rain continue to batter the region.

Other roads affected:

A358 Devon - A358 Weycroft Bridge in Axminster closed in both directions near the Lodge Lane junction, because of flooding.

A38 Devon - A38 Tamar Bridge in Plymouth closed to high sided vehicles between The Toll Booths, St Budeaux, Plymouth and Saltash, Cornwall, because of strong winds.

A380 Devon - Debris on the road on A380 Torquay Road in...

Exeter teen talent Holly Morwenna through to Open Mic UK Grand Final!

Authored by pik
Posted: Fri, 12/20/2013 - 10:54pm

16 year-old Holly Morwenna Rawlings from Exeter has made it through to the Grand Final of the national music competition Open Mic UK! The finalists will now perform in front of an audience and celebrity judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham! Young singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Holly Morwenna, says the competition has opened up so many new opportunities for her and thanks her family, music teachers and committed friends and fans for supporting her throughout the competition. She also thanks Robert Williams Estate Agents for sponsoring a fan bus to the finals at the NEC! Watch...

Budleigh residents can choose outdoor gym design

East Devon District Council has been working with Budleigh Salterton Town Council and healthcare professionals to provide Budleigh residents with the free-to-use outdoor gym that they want.

Now the partners would like Budleigh Salterton residents of all ages to decide how it should look by voting for the design they like best.

The voting event will be held during the Budleigh Salterton late night shopping event on Friday 6 December between 5.30pm and 8pm. The stall will be outside the old Co-op shop on the High Street if the weather is fine; if wet it will be just under the...

Radiance MediSpa Showcases Local Independent Retailers

Radiance MediSpa hosted ‘A Radiant Christmas’ in aid of The Lady Taverners and Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) with complimentary taster sessions by therapists and stylists at their luxurious venue. BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers compered the evening with models showcasing the latest Steampunk clothing courtesy of Velveteen Clothes Emporium. The conference centre was transformed into a mini Christmas Fair with unusual and exciting gifts from local independent retailers and Casino Select hosted a roulette table raising further funds for the charities.

A grateful thanks to all...

Road Traffic Collision at Countess Weir

Fire Services from Middlemoor and Topsham were called to Bridge Road in Countess Weir on Sunday following a three car collison.

The collision caused fuel spillage on both carriageways.

Crews from Middlemoor made the vehicles safe and Topsham crews were not required at the incident.

All vehicles were made safe and the scene was left in the hands of the Police.

Devon businesswomen win national awards

Three Devon winners of the county’s inaugural NatWest Venus Awards have triumphed in the national finals of the competition. Mariam Badavi, who runs Purity Spa in Exeter, won the Employer of The Year title. East Devon businesswomen Sarah Cressall, of The Creation Station, was named was named Entrepreneur of The Year and Cathy Debenham of YouGen, won the Green Business Award.

The trio were up against regional winners from all over the south of England.

The prize-giving ceremony was held at Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest. The event was hosted by the founder of the...

Your guide to what's on this weekend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:05pm

Don't make any plans until you have checked out our essential guide to what's on in and around Exeter this weekend:


English Touring Opera: Agrippina Friday & Saturday, 7.30pm, Northcott Theatre, Exeter Widely regarded as Handel’s first operatic masterpiece, Agrippina stands out for the quality of its music, full of freshness and musical invention. Sung in English. Tickets: £17-£32.

A Fool's Proof Friday & Saturday, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter A Fool’s Proof takes inspiration from the true story of Jessica McClure, who at...

Two from Devon bailed in Russian court

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:18am

Update: Alexandra Harris and Kieron Bryan have been granted bail- set at 2m rubles each

Before the judge Kieron Bryan said: "To be accused of hooliganism for doing my job as a reporter is the same as suggesting that every journalist who works in a warzone is a soldier or that the court reporter here today is somehow responsible for the outcome."

Also bailed was the Arctic Sunrise captain Peter Willcox.

Anthony parrett case is also currently being heard.

Greenpeace has posted bail for the 9 activists processed yesterday but doesn't expect their release until...

Chiefs side to face Bath

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sat, 11/16/2013 - 11:13pm

Ricky Pellow says Exeter Chiefs will look to attack from the outset when they face rivals Bath in Sunday's LV= Cup battle at the Recreation Ground (1pm).

A 19-5 win over holders Harlequins - courtesy of a Sireli Naqelevuki try and 14 points from the boot of Ceri Sweeney - gave the Chiefs the ideal start to their domestic cup campaign at Sandy Park a week ago.

Now, though, the Devon club will make the short trek up the M5 this weekend not only looking to maintain their winning formula, but at the same time record a first win over their hosts since 1978.

It's a grim...