Hospiscare's Diamond Champion happy to help

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 11/05/2012 - 8:54am

When the letter from the WRVS landed on her doormat, Mary Bolshaw, from Honiton, almost dropped it straight into the recycling with some leaflets. But something made her open it - and to her surprise she discovered she had been appointed one of the charity’s 60 Diamond Champions from across the South and South West of England, an area stretching from Cornwall to Oxfordshire.

The WRVS celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by searching for the UK’s Diamond Champions - older people (over the age of 60) who give their time to...

Caroline Charles celebrates 50 years in fashion

British designer Caroline Charles celebrates 50 years as a leading London designer with the launch of a glossy hard-back book full of vibrant imagery, press cuttings, sketches and diary extracts. Published by Antique Collectors Club and available to buy this November, Caroline would be delighted to share her quips, life-lessons and career highlights with you.

Caroline Charles will be at the Exeter store on Tuesday 20th November, 2012 from 2.30-3.30 giving a talk on her 50 years and signing copies of her book.

Caroline Charles is one of London's most...

Animal welfare at crisis point, warns RSPCA chief

Animal cruelty, neglect and suffering are reaching unprecedented levels in modern times according to the RSPCA, the UK’s largest animal welfare charity.

Gavin Grant, CEO of the RSPCA, issued a stark warning today, stating that animal rescue charities are being overwhelmed with animals in dire need, stretching them to breaking point – all at a time when public generosity is under real pressure.

He said: “The recession may be over but these are very dark times for its silent victims – the animals. They have never needed our help so desperately.

“This is a real...

Chris Ramsey starts new tour at Exeter's Phoenix tonight

As seen on Celebrity Juice , Never Mind the Buzzcocks , 8 Out of 10 Cats , Russell Howard’s Good News , Argumental and soon to be playing the lead role in brand new BBC Two sitcom Hebburn , Foster’s Comedy Award Nominee, Chris Ramsey, brings his hugely anticipated new show to venues nationwide on his biggest ever live tour, following his complete sell-out 2012 spring tour, Offermation .

How did we get here? Elaborately laid plan, or just pure fluke? Who knows… do you feel lucky? Perhaps you should.

'Ramsey has the potential to be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or...

Exeter Commercial Property Consultancy Company, Space, expands

Space expands as William Hammond joins the Exeter based team as a Commercial Property Consultant.

William previously worked for Ashfords LLP in Exeter and is a solicitor with, amongst others, commercial property and construction law experience. With William’s excellent background and local commercial property knowledge, he is able to view client requirements from a different angle to fulfil and exceed their expectations. William commented “This is an exciting opportunity for me with this dynamic and highly client focused company and I look forward to the challenges that this change...

Hard work, efficiency and customer service is key to a local firms' growth

Authored by AndyPayne79
Posted: Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:53am

Northcott Beaton Insurance Brokers have been trading in Heavitree’s Fore Street for over 20 years. Set up by Keiron Northcott and Nick Beaton, originally they specialised in personal lines insurance (your house, your car, travel etc) but as time passed and with the abundance of insurance companies progressing to an online presence, Northcott Beaton diversified and can now claim to be one of the largest and “most loved” commercial insurance brokers in Devon and the region. They still maintain their range of personal lines although this accounts for only 15% of their business.


Can you help light up Fore St this Christmas?

Members of the Fore St Collective - a group of local independent traders based on Fore St and the West Quarter area of Exeter - are working hard to raise the profile of this part of town. Their first mission is to try and light up the street this Christmas. Here they talk about what their hopes are for Christmas...

"As you may know the Council has withdrawn funding for the Christmas lights down here and rather than just sit in the dark like the poor relations we thought 'let's do it ourselves'.

"The idea is to install individual Christmas trees with pretty...

Devon’s libraries celebrate Hilary Mantel

Devon author Hilary Mantel recently became the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction twice, after her novel Bring up the Bodies was named the best book of the year.

To celebrate her success Devon County Council’s Library Service is ordering additional copies of her books, and offering free reservations on all her titles until Christmas.

Devon’s full library catalogue can also be accessed online at . The website offers full search facilities to help people find and reserve books, films, music, audio books...

Westcountry MP raises awareness of flash flooding in Tavistock

Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox visited Tavistock yesterday to help raise awareness of the dangers of flash flooding, part of the Environment Agency’s nationwide flood awareness and action campaign.

The Environment Agency has identified Tavistock and Horrabridge as being at risk of flash flooding from rivers and is keen to help these communities prepare for possible flooding. Flash floods can happen very quickly – much faster than other forms of flooding – and with massive force. Often there’s no time to issue flood warnings in advance

Geoffrey Cox...

Badger cull to be postponed for up to a year

The environment secretary, Owen Paterson, will announce today in Parliament that the government is postponing the controversial cull of thousands of Badgers, which was intended to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis. The cull is now unlikely to take place until next June at the earliest, amid growing concern about the cost and effectiveness of the controversial scheme.

This news comes to the great consternation of many farmers in the South West, who believe the cull is essential to stop the spread of bovine TB, which is leading to the slaughter of many of their cattle...