The Exeter Christmas pop-up shop is back: Help raise vital funds for charity this Christmas

Cards for Good Causes, the charity Christmas card and gift retailer, had opened its doors in Exeter. The pop-up shop is in St. Martin's Church and is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

The not-for-profit organisation always has a huge selection of charity Christmas cards and seasonal gifts with proceeds donated back to local and national charities. In the last 10 years alone, they have raised over £40 million for charity and last year, the Exeter community raised an incredible £10,400 with the sale of charity cards and gifts in the pop-up shop.

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Devon ready for winter

With temperatures tumbling this week, Devon is prepared and ready to cope with the challenges of winter on the county’s roads.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below -2C in some parts of Devon tonight and gritters will be out on all of the county’s primary salting routes from 6pm this evening.

The County Council is starting the season with its gritting depots fully stocked with the usual amount of around 24,000 tonnes of salt.

Six gritters have been replaced with newer models to continue the ongoing upgrade of the authority’s winter fleet of 37...

Free school meals holiday vouchers doubled for Christmas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/22/2021 - 4:57pm

Families in Devon on low-incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

Over the past Devon County Council has provided supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holidays to families who qualify for free school meals, so their children don’t go hungry.

We’re doubling that for Christmas, with an extra one-off £30 supermarket voucher, so families will receive a £60 voucher per child for the two-weeks to help with the additional financial pressure the festive period...

£75,000 grants available to support employment and skills projects

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:11pm

Charities and community groups in the South and South West of England are invited to apply for a share of £75,000 funding for employment and skills projects.

Sovereign Housing Association, working with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange, has grants available for community projects that focus on supporting people to upskill, access training, find work or better work, or self-employment opportunities.

Projects need to be based within three miles of a Sovereign home and could be anything from community learning programmes and job clubs to homework...

Grants available to help people through self-isolation

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 9:49pm

With the high rate of positive coronavirus cases across Devon right now, there are growing numbers of people required to self-isolate.

For many fortunate enough to experience only minor symptoms and with people to help them, ten days self-isolating is OK. It's work round-able.

But for others, self-isolating can be very difficult, especially if they live alone, they’re unwell, or have other responsibilities outside the house.

Devon County Council is making small to medium-size grants available to local voluntary and community groups who can help people during...

André Rieu, Cliff Richard and more at Vue this Christmas

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 1:00pm

André Rieu, Cliff Richard and Sutton Foster take centre stage at the home of Big Screen Entertainment, as a selection of musicals, orchestras and concerts fill Vue with music in the coming weeks.

For those who were unable to attend the most fabulous big screen party of the year, another special encore screening of Sir Cliff Richard’s live Royal Albert Hall performance: Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour, will be screening at Vue on Tuesday 16 November and Wednesday 17 November. Fans who missed out have another chance to catch Sir Cliff’s most exciting tour yet as he plays a...

LadBaby urges Devon shoppers to support Tesco Food Collection

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 12:28pm

Triple Christmas chart-topper and social media star LadBaby has launched this year’s Tesco Food Collection, urging shoppers Devon to donate at their local store. The LadBaby family’s charity singles have reached Christmas No.1 for the past three years. They are only the third act in UK history – after The Beatles and Spice Girls – to have three consecutive number ones. Ladbaby, aka Mark Hoyle, is keen to use his platform to raise awareness of poverty and to support food banks. During the collection, which is under way in Express stores until November 20 and is taking place in larger...

People in Devon praised for having Covid booster vaccinations

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:02pm

People in Devon have been thanked for taking up their invitation to have a booster Covid-19 dose.

Walk-in clinics have been very busy and extra appointments are being offered, where possible, to meet demand.

During peak demand, people who have booked appointments may be given priority and walk in clinics may be paused temporarily to maintain safe numbers and social distancing.

People are being asked to book, if possible, and come prepared for a wait.

NHS Devon’s Chief Nurse, Darryn Allcorn said: “I want to thank everyone who has booked or had their...

Gone Wild Festival 2022 headliners announced

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/18/2021 - 7:45am

Nature Valley Gone Wild, the ultimate fun family festival, will return to Powderham Castle in Devon in August 2022.

Created in partnership with Bear Grylls, the festival promises experiences families will never forget including the chance to dance to live music including The Script, All Saints and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, see famous explorers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and take part in many exciting outdoor activities.

The festival, sponsored by Nature Valley, raises money for RMA - The Royal Marines Charity, proudly supporting serving and former Royal Marines and their...

New Eastgate Market launching in Exeter

Three-day weekly market launches in Sidwell Street

Eastgate Market, a brand-new street market for Exeter city centre, is launching on Friday 19th November. The event, running from 2pm – 8pm will see live music, street performers, makers, crafters, and traders in a real celebration of Sidwell and Paris Street.

Following the launch market, Eastgate Market will operate year-round every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 2pm – 8pm and take place on Sidwell Street.

Lottie Stanley, InExeter’s Markets Manager says “We’re thrilled to bring Eastgate Market to Sidwell Street as...