Devon

Hop along to Redrow's big red egg hunt this bank holiday weekend

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Posted: Thu, 04/14/2022 - 1:28am

A local home builder is hosting an egg-citing – and weather-proof – Easter egg hunt for families across the South West patch over the bank holiday weekend (April 15-18).

Chocolate lovers must find the hidden ‘red egg’ inside one of the Redrow show homes or show home gardens in the South West to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of luxury chocolate.

Everyone who successfully locates the red egg will win an Easter egg on the day, while those who snap a “shell-fie” with it, and upload it to social media, will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 voucher from...

Why wellbeing strategies for business are more important than ever 

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Posted: Wed, 04/13/2022 - 6:14pm

By flexible office space provider Clockwise Chief Operating Officer Alex Brunner.

Despite the challenges we have experienced over the past two years, the importance of occupational mental health and wellbeing is often still overlooked completely by many businesses or is pushed right down the pile of priorities.

Considering the impacts that good mental health and wellbeing can have in the workplace for performance, productivity, recruitment, and retention, this can be a significant oversight on the importance it should hold amongst business leaders and HR departments....

Getting the help you need this Easter weekend

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Posted: Tue, 04/12/2022 - 10:49pm

With Easter fast approaching, Devon’s NHS leaders are calling on people to be prepared ahead of the bank holidays and the two-week school holiday period.

The long Easter weekend traditionally puts extra pressure on health services when most GP practices are closed and more people are outdoors enjoying everything Devon has to offer.

Most GP practices will be closed for Easter for four days from Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April, with normal opening hours resuming on Tuesday.

Each Easter sees many patients calling the NHS 111 helpline because they have run out of...

New Exeter builders merchant to bring community and charity boost

One of the UK’s leading builders merchants will bring a £3,000 boost for charities and community groups when it opens a new branch in Exeter later this month.

Selco Builders Warehouse will open the doors to its 73rd UK branch on Filmer Way in Marsh Barton on Tuesday, April 26.

The opening will produce an economic boost for the local area, with 30 jobs being created.

To mark the new opening, Selco is also inviting charities or community groups from in and around Exeter to submit an application for its Selco Community Heroes scheme for the chance to win £1,000....

Number of companies In Devon passes 60,000 milestone for first time

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Posted: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 8:49pm

Latest figures show that Devon is home to more than 60,000 companies for the very first time – highlighting its popularity as a place to do business.

There are now 60,428 businesses registered in the county according to company secretarial software specialists Inform Direct, based on statistics from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics.

The milestone announcement follows Devon enjoying a record year for company formations during 2021, when it recorded 6,825 new businesses.

John Korchak, Director of Operations at Inform Direct said: “These...

Foot Anstey cyclists hit the road in support of Ukraine

A team of riders from national law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, will be swapping their suits for lycra for a two-day bike ride in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Appeal.

The two-day bike ride will start on 5 May from Foot Anstey's Truro office and see the team cycle to Foot Anstey's offices in Plymouth, Exeter, and Taunton before finishing at the firm's Bristol office on 6 May.

The fundraisers will be able to make use of the firm's CSR Hours initiative, which allows employees to take two additional days off per year to support local charitable...

Free holiday time activities and meals this Easter

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Posted: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 4:37pm

Hundreds of children across Devon aged 5 to 16, who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, begin an action-packed Easter holiday this week, as part of Devon County Council's government-funded Holiday Activities and Food programme.

The programme is to provide free activities and healthy meals during school holidays, and the council has joined up with activity providers to arrange the activities across Devon.

And with a very wide range of activities on offer, organisers say that that young people are in for a treat this Easter.

Activities include a...

Boo to a Goose Theatre bring Shipwreck Sam to Devon libraries this Easter

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Posted: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 3:26pm

Exeter Living Award winners Boo To A Goose Theatre, start a tour of Devon libraries this Easter with their latest show: Shipwreck Sam - Return to Dead Ghost Island.

Expect pirates, puppetry, sea shanties and hornpipes as the audience are trained up as the ship’s crew. Bonny Betty, named after her grandma’s ship, takes on terrible naughty pirate, Big Bill Bucketbelly, in a race to recover her grandma’s buried treasure (with the children’s help of course).

This interactive adventure, full of of fun and participation, will be coming to a library or venue near you between...

Oil theft warning for South West homeowners as prices soar

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Posted: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 7:54am

Rural residents with oil storage tanks are being warned to check their security amidst increased fears that thieves could target them.

William Nicholl, client director at rural insurance broker Lycetts, said people are stockpiling oil supplies before the sanctions imposed on Russia cause even greater price increases.

“Storage tanks can contain hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of pounds of oil, so they are an obvious target.

“In recent weeks there have been a number of nationwide thefts by organised gangs who have siphoned-off oil. This is no hi-tech,...

Take a virtual tour of The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth before you visit 

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Posted: Sun, 04/10/2022 - 8:58pm

A brand-new virtual online tour, that allows people to discover The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth before they visit, is now available on the charity’s website.

Featuring stunning 360-degree colour images and helpful informative panels, the virtual tour means people can discover the highlights of the sanctuary and plan their visit before they arrive.

The tour guides people around the most popular areas of the sanctuary, which is set in the heart of the East Devon countryside, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The main attraction for most will be...

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