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Keep Britain Singing with Rock Choir

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:38pm

Rock Choir is the largest contemporary choir of the UK and remains unique with over 32,000 Members participating in approximately 400 local communities across the UK. With coronavirus gripping the country and with many of their Members in isolation, Rock Choir Founder and Creative Director, Caroline Redman Lusher , has pledged that Rock Choir will ‘Keep Britain Singing’ .

Rock Choir is known for its unique formula that leads to a natural high and change of mood experienced by its Membership on a weekly basis and confirmed by a singing experiment featured on BBC2’s Trust Me I’m A...

New family walking trail MonsterHero Safari comes to Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 - 3:38pm

A new interactive family story-trail around Exeter will launch on Saturday 4th July. The MonsterHero Safari Trail works on smartphones, challenging families to find hidden ‘MonsterHeroes’ around the city which appear on the phones when you reach their hiding place.

Families and households in Exeter can search the streets for 10 cute and colourful ‘MonsterHeroes’. Using only smartphones, the safari allows players to learn each of the MonsterHero’s name, story, and superpowers. Once all 10 MonsterHeroes are found, a free e-book, that tells the story of their first team-up, will be...

Cardyard: Giftcard Technology Company Pivots from Plastic in COVID-19

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:08am

The UK’s number one gift-card exchange platform, Exeter-based Cardyard, has used the COVID-19 crisis to push ahead on major changes to support near-instant delivery, consumer safety, and less handling of plastic cards.

The company, that buys and sells second-user giftcards at discounted rates, has now launched their service so supplies of physical plastic cards are switched into digital vouchers for use online and in-store when trading gift cards online

This was a planned upgrade for 2021/2, and the safety implications for handling plastic (where COVID-19 virus may...

Chudleigh-based Lightfoot helps UK’s leading water cooler supplier slash fuel bills and emissions while enhancing driver well-being

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 - 2:24pm

AquAid, the UK’s leading water cooler supplier, has announced the successful implementation of Chudleigh-based Lightfoot’s award-winning in-cab technology within its fleet, leading to increases in fuel economy of over 15%.

Utilising Lightfoot’s pioneering driver rewards platform, AquAid has also seen an 83% fall in instances of over acceleration, a 40% fall in severe breaking and a 38% drop in harsh cornering. Lightfoot has also brought about a 9% fall in vehicle idling.

The organisation, which delivers and services water coolers, dispensers and water boilers for over 30,...

St Nicholas Priory goes green

Authored by stnicholaspriory
Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:05am

Exeter’s oldest building is hotting up with an environmentally friendly heating system.

St Nicholas Priory in Exeter is probably the oldest building in Devon, boasting rare Norman architecture, but a brand-new heating system will soon see it brought bang up to date without impacting on the historic structure.

After years of closure, Exeter Historic Buildings Trust took over St Nicholas Priory in 2018, with the intention of painstakingly restoring the ancient building and adapting it for public use. Since reopening, it has become a thriving community venue hosting an...

Devon is in a good position to welcome back visitors

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:42pm

Devon is in a good position to start welcoming back visitors from July 4th in line with the Government’s target providing the low trend in Covid-19 cases continues.

John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, one of England’s 11 Beacon Councils who will be leading the future local management of Covid-19 in partnership with the Government, said: “All the evidence from our Public Health experts shows that because we were able to get an early grip on the virus Devon continues to have one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 cases in the country.

“Thanks to a brilliant Team Devon...

Household vans able to use recycling centres this week

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:17pm

Restrictions at Devon’s Recycling Centres are to be eased further this week, with personal vans allowed to bring household waste from Wednesday 24 June. Vans will need to pre-book their visit at three of the county's busiest sites.

To ensure the recycling centres have enough capacity to serve as many people as possible, and to keep unloading times to a minimum, vans will only be able to bring the same amount of waste that would fit in a normal sized family car or trailer.

For example, standard vans such as a Ford Transits, VW Transporters or Vauxhall Vivaros should be no...

Thelma Hulbert Gallery to reopen its doors in July

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 4:03pm

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Honiton plans to reopen its doors on the 11th July with the relaunch of its acclaimed exhibition: ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long Being in the Moment . This ambitious exhibition, which examines our relationship to the natural world is kick-starting East Devon District Council’s programme of cultural recovery. It will be accompanied by an inspiring new creative programme of art activities, projects and workshops coming soon to a neighbourhood near you.

The gallery has reconfigured the visitor experience to ensure the safety of visitors and staff following...

Staying safe: Local firm adapts to marketplace changes

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:56am

Southwest company SSG Training and Consultancy have had a very busy 12 weeks – keeping local delegates trained and helping many local businesses return to work.

Not unlike many other companies, SSG had to quickly adapt when COVID-19 meant training venues closed their doors in March. SSG understood the need to broaden their service delivery to meet the needs of a changing environment. This included the provision of online training to help those working from home or remotely to still meet their training needs and to allow companies to return to work with a skilled and informed team...

A false dawn for the Exeter housing market?

Authored by Anthony Codling
Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:23am

Estate agents will be telling all with ears to hear that the Exeter housing market is open for business, but their words may well turn out to be a false dawn

House prices are meaningless without meaningful levels of housing transactions

We believe that now is a dangerous time to either be buying or selling a home, because there is currently no reliable indicator of house prices. The proof point for house prices is the level of housing transactions, without a firm foundation of housing transactions house prices are as secure as houses built on sand.

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