Devon NHS staff beneift from support of Schwartz Rounds

Over 600 staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership NHS Trust have benefitted from the emotional support provided by jointly run Schwartz Rounds. The Schwartz Rounds are ‘grand round’ style confidential sessions for NHS staff to discuss social and emotional difficulties created by their work and to explore the human side of medicine. Each round is centred on a particular aspect of patient care and is attended by staff from all disciplines. The underlying premise for rounds is that the compassion shown by staff can make all the difference to a patient’s...

Acknowledgement: Kurt Ernest

The family of the late Kurt Ernest would like to thank everyone who attended his funeral, for the cards and messages of sympathy, for the floral tributes and the donations received.

We also thank the staff from Culm ward, RD&E Hospital for their care and kindness to Kurt and his family, Dr Smallwood for his care and help, to the staff from the Lane Club Day Centre and to Kurt's Carers.

Thanks to Canon John for making the service so special and finally to M. Sillifant & Sons funeral directors for their care and attention.

Chagword Festival

Event Date: 
13/03/2015 - 8:30pm to 15/03/2015 - 8:30pm

Dartmoor's Literary Festival

Poetry and literature readings and visiting authors staged in the wonderful countryside around the pretty old stannary town of Chagford on Dartmoor - just a few miles from Exeter.

Full details here:

HOLDWAY Audrey Kathleen

Passed away peacefully at Landscore House on 22nd February 2015, aged 90 years.

Dearest mum of Tim, David and Peter. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Funeral Service on Tuesday 17th March at Exeter Crematorium, 2.30pm (St Paul's Chapel).

Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Rowcroft Hospice by retiring collection or c/o M. Sillifant & Sons, Funeral Directors, 19-20 Holloway Street, Exeter. EX2 4JD

HILL Eileen

On 7th March 2015 peacefully in Alphington Lodge, Exeter aged 96 years formerly of Gulval.

Beloved wife of the late Bert, dearly loved Mum of Maureen & Jim and a loving Gran of Nick, Stephanie and family, Malcolm, Mandy and family.

Funeral service on Wednesday 18 March at Exeter Crematorium, 12 noon, St Paul's Chapel.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Dementia UK by retiring collection or c/o M. Sillifant & Sons, Family Funeral Directors, 19-20 Holloway Street, Exeter. EX2 4JD or online at

Countrywide invests £12m in SW rental market

Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest integrated property services group including the largest lettings agency, has capitalised on the growth of the UK rental market and significantly increased its regional footprint in the South West by investing £12.6 million in acquiring 26 lettings businesses in five years.

These acquisitions are part of Countrywide plc’s strategic growth plan with the aim to stand as the largest and effective player within the residential lettings industry. Countrywide’s acquisitions located in Devon and Cornwall include Jayne & Moss a well established...

Deadline looms for applications to Social Enterprise Fund

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:43am

Time is ticking for South West social ventures to apply to a £600,000 investment and support programme which has been launched by Dartington Trust, Plymouth University and South West Investment Group.

Just days remain for social entrepreneurs to get on to the cutting edge Seedbed programme, which will provide the expertise and finance to help social ventures grow, create sustainable jobs and contribute to the local economy and community.

Last month dozens of potential applicants attended a series of taster events held across the region, where they got to meet the team and...

Community involvement making the difference to recruiting nurses in Axminster

153 prospective employees have attended two recruitment days at Axminster and Seaton hospitals in February as work continues to re-open the inpatient beds at Axminster community hospital.

Members of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the League of Friends in Axminster and Seaton have been working together to recruit full time and part time nurses to safely re-open 16 beds in Axminster, the equivalent of 11 extra nurses are needed and this new way of working is bringing us closer to our target. The beds at Axminster have been temporarily closed in January due to concerns...

MAJOR Richard

Passed peacefully away at Exeter Hospiscare on 20th February 2015. aged 66 years.

A much loved Husband to Anne. Father to Christopher. Grandfather to Kayne and Oscar and Brother of Julia and Alan.

Richard was born in 1948 and was an altar server at St Ives Parish Church and Sergeant at Mace for 20 years.

He was a proud supporter of Cornish Rugby and a member of Mousehole Male Voice Choir before moving to Starcross, Devon.

The Funeral Service is to be held at St Paul's Church, Starcross (EX6 8QB) on Monday 9th March at 11.30am followed by committal at The...

SWAIN Daisy (nee Berry)

Peacefully on 16th February 2015 at The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Daisy aged 82 years.

Beloved wife of the late Bill, loving mother to Eric and Roy, daughter-in-law to Stella, much loved nannie to Adrian, Kay and Chris, great-nannie to Isobel, Jake and Evelyn. Funeral service at the Exeter & Devon Crematorium on Friday 6th March at 3.15pm St. Paul's Chapel.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Arthritis Care may be sent to: LeRoy Funerals 10 Alphington Road Exeter EX2 8HH