Devon Venus Award winners revealed at glamorous gala evening

Following thousands of votes and over 1,432 nominations and applications the Devon Business Women Awards announced the 2013 winners at the University of Exeter's Great Hall on 5 September 2013, hosted by Celia Delaney and Tara Howard.

From the moment you walked into the room you could feel the thrilling and exciting emotions coming from so many influential women of Devon all awaiting their awards. Each winner was announced and presented with their awards after they enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal, with some exceptional entertainment, topped off with a wonderful song performed...

Cleaver-weilding man arrested in Barnstaple

A man has been arrested by police after wielding a large meat cleaver in a Barnstaple street.

At around 1.45am on Tuesday 27 August, police were called to a report of a man hitting lamp posts with a cleaver in Hughes Avenue.

On arrival, officers were confronted by the suspect who was still using the cleaver to damage lamp posts as well as other street furniture.

Officer were forced to withdraw after being threatened by the armed suspect and ensured any residents who had ventured onto the street to go back indoors while they awaited backup from firearms officers....

YouGen founder up for two prestigious Devon Venus Awards

YouGen founder Cathy Debenham has reached the final three in the Green Business and Inspirational Woman categories of the Devon Venus Awards . She will find out whether she has won at a grand awards ceremony in Exeter University’s Great Hall on 5 September 2013.

Cathy started YouGen in 2008, having noticed that it was difficult to get the practical information she needed to assess whether renewable energy was suitable for her house. Since then, the website has had nearly a million visits, and 2.5m page views.

“Just being nominated in two categories of the Devon Venus Awards...

Local vineyards excited about 2013 harvest

Authored by yearlstone
Posted: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 8:56am

It may not be a bumper but local vineyards are excited about a good 2013 harvest.

" We've got good crops on most varieties" says Yearlstone's vineyad manager Roger White. " The sparkling wine grapes are dripping bunches and even our cool climate reds are well laden. Yearlstone is expecting around 10 tons from it's own grapes, compared to a target of 15.

" Vines go in two year cycles so last year's washout reduced the potential , " says Roger. " But not only will local vineyards be able to restock empty cellars but the hot...

Why I love Exeter

Authored by Peter Sharpe
Posted: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:23pm

About a week ago I saw a man kneeling down at the side of the road near to my house. Wondering what he could be doing I got closer and realised there was some litter on the road, which the gentleman was picking up piece by piece and putting into a bin bag. At the time I walked on by humming along to my music and didn’t think any more about it.

Later on in the evening, though, I started thinking about what I had seen earlier that day. I thought about the area I was from in Birmingham and whether someone would do this there. The short answer is probably not.

I get a real...

DWCA Country Fair

Event Date: 
01/09/2013 - 10:45am
Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary

DWCA (Devon Wildfowling Conservation Association) Country Fair.

Take part in various activities on the day, such as, clay pigeon shooting, dog scurries and archery!

Visit a huge variety of traditional country stalls including: the cider stall, stick makers, artists, blacksmiths, wildfowlers, gunsmiths, wood bodgers, fox hounds, BASC, clothing stalls and much more!

Free entry to the country fair.

Haytor deaths: Family pays tribute to Katherine Hooper and sons Josh and Sam

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/16/2013 - 10:31am

The family of Katherine Hooper has paid tribute to the young mother and her two sons, Josh and Sam, following their tragic deaths on Friday 12 July.

Katherine Hooper, 24 and Josh Patterson, aged five were killed after they fell from rocks at Haytor on Dartmoor on Friday morning. Police later discovered the body of two-year-old Sam Patterson at Ms Hooper's address in Paignton.

The family have released the following statement, including a tribute to the deceased:

“We are finding it very hard to come to terms with the tragic deaths of Katherine, Josh and Sam. All were...

Mariam Badavi shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the Venus Awards 2013

It's an honour to announce that Mariam Badavi has been nominated for the well-deserved Venus Awards - Devon 2013 for Employer of the Year, sponsored by Cathedral Appointments.

Even after seven months of personal setbacks, she got right back up and displays inspiring strength as a businesswoman and mother. She balances her role as a mother to her family and as owner and director of Purity Boutique Spa with grace and vigour.

While making sure to put her clients' needs and expectations first, she creates a loving environment for her beauty and skincare staff who are happy to...

Public voting now open for Devon Venus Awards: Heart FM Business Mother

Recognising the achievements of extraordinary women in business, the shortlist for the NatWest Devon Venus Awards has been announced and you are now invited to vote for your favourite Business Mother, sponsored by Heart FM.

The Shortlist is as follows:

  • Alexis Bowater (Bowater Communications)
  • Alison Benney (EnlightenHR Limited)
  • Debbi Moore (Big Wave Media)
  • Donna Baker (Here For A Day Ltd)
  • Elaine Isaac (Convallis Software Ltd)
  • Janette Davey (Your Baby and You)
  • Julia Bramble (BrambleBuzz)
  • Julie
  • ...

Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally

Event Date: 
23/06/2013 - 10:00am
Nutwell Court Estate, Lympstone

This year's Fire engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally is being held at Nutwell Court Estate, Lympstone on 23 June 2013.

The Rally will raise funds for the Firefighters Charity and will take place from 10am-5pm.

This will be a great family day out with children's rides, face painting and bouncy castle.