Baxter's delight as 30 agree new deals at Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:21am

The forward-thinking of Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, has today hit a new level with confirmation that he has signed 30 of his senior squad to new long-term deals at Sandy Park.

With Premiership Rugby clubs agreeing last month to cut the salary cap by £1.4m from the 2021/22 season, Baxter and the Chiefs management wasted little time in securing the future of their crown jewels, including the likes of Stuart Hogg, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Henry Slade and the Simmonds brothers, Joe and Sam.

It’s a huge statement of intent from the Devon club and...

Princesshay reveals new rainbow art installation: Hope

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 6:21pm

A new art installation has been unveiled in Princesshay today. The giant rainbow installation, entitled Hope, will brighten the canopy of the centre, high above shoppers’ heads, this summer.

Created using over 2,000 metres of rainbow coloured ribbon, hand sewn in the UK, the artwork is a gesture of thanks to key workers for their brave contribution throughout the crisis and represents the unity and sense of community that has been shown by the people of Exeter.

Michelle Menezes, Princesshay Centre Manager, says, “We wanted to mark the reopening of non-essential stores in...

East Devon District Council to re-open 12 play areas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 5:37pm

East Devon District Council will be re-opening 12 play areas from Monday (13thJuly) following the relaxation of restrictions around the coronavirus lockdown.

The district council manages 71 play areas and eight outdoor gyms which were all closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the coming weeks, the council will assess the remaining 59 play areas and outdoor gym equipment and will phase the re-opening of these sites once safety inspections, risk assessments and mitigation measures have been put in place.

The following sites will re-open from Monday:...

New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 9:43pm

A brand new helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is now open, thanks to a £1million donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads.

The hospital’s previous helipad was unable to receive night landings, but the new helipad is equipped with lighting so air ambulances will be able to land during darkness hours. The new helipad, which has been built on the same location as the previous one, has also been enlarged to enable the latest generation of air ambulances to land. These bigger aircraft...

Walsh joins the Chiefs

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 8:25pm

Exeter Chiefs have today added to their playing ranks with the capture of promising fly-half Jack Walsh.

The playmaker has agreed an initial one-year deal with the current Gallagher Premiership leaders, arriving in the Westcountry from Australia where he has been playing his club rugby at Manly Marlins.

Welcoming the 20-year-old on board, Chiefs’ Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, said: “He is one of those guys who has ended up here probably on the flip side of what was going on with COVID-19. We were looking at seeing what options were around and what would fit in and Jack...

Celebrity chef Michael Caines launches new website inviting holidaymakers to enjoy a Devon staycation

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:57am

Holidaymakers looking to spend a summer staycation in Devon will soon find all the information they need at the click of a mouse.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE is spearheading a new initiative which he hopes will encourage those who would usually be planning a foreign break to look closer to home.

His new website, Destination Devon, will feature guides, reviews, tips, advice and a whole host of other information.

Michael has teamed up with publisher Nick Cooper, whose team produce a range of food and drink magazines and websites, including Food Magazine and...

Exeter City Futures appoints new Managing Director

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 8:17pm

Exeter City Futures has announced the appointment of their new Managing Director, Andrew Hardwick.

Having previously worked as Regional Stores Director for Tesco (Westcountry), Andrew brings 20 years of senior executive management experience across retail, hospitality, leisure, and not-for-profit sectors.

Andrew takes up the role from Liz O-Driscoll, and joins following the curation and publication of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan . As the new Managing Director, Andrew’s focus is to ensure Exeter City Futures delivers effective collaborations that facilitate Exeter’s...

‘Don’t suffer in silence’ – help at hand for anyone in Devon feeling anxious about leaving lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 4:31pm

People in Devon who are worried or anxious about coping with the newly relaxed lockdown measures are being offered help and support.

A further easing of lockdown measures on Saturday, 4 July, has left many people concerned about going back to pre-Covid social situations, such as visiting a restaurant, or about the catching virus itself while out and about.

Livewell Southwest and Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), the providers of mental health services in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth, are reminding people that mental health services are open for business and available to...

RSPCA braces for summer surge in abandonments after 282 calls in Devon last year 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:16pm

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the Covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.

During the summer months the charity received 282 reports about dumped animals in Devon.

This included a poorly rabbit who was abandoned on a roadside in Brixham last summer. Found in July (...

Drivers can help shape Devon's low carbon future in electric vehicle questionnaire

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/06/2020 - 3:25pm

Drivers are being asked to help deliver a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Devon by revealing their driving habits and attitudes towards EV in an online questionnaire.

Devon County Council (DCC) is working with district councils and the private sector on two projects which aims to deliver more than a 100 EV charging points across Devon.

Now DCC has launched three online questionnaires, each one targeted to a specific group, to gauge the public’s attitudes towards EV.

Drivers are asked to choose a questionnaire that best describes their...