People welcomed back into city centre as pubs and restaurants reopen

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:34pm

City Council Leader Phil Bialyk has welcomed people back into the city as a number of restaurants and bars open up for the first time since ‘lockdown’.

But the Leader has urged people to be sensible and vigilant in an attempt to stop a second wave, as well as be patient, as some businesses are not ready to open.

The City Council has been at the heart of work to ensure the city centre returns to some form of normality following the pandemic.

The Council has been working with partners in the public and private sector as part of a City Centre Recovery Group which...

Trowers promote two from Exeter office to partnership

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:23am

National and International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has promoted two lawyers from its Exeter Office Dispute Resolution and Litigation team to partnership. They form part of the 10 promotions into the partnership across the firm's offices in London, Manchester, Exeter and Abu Dhabi.

The new partners are:

Tom Sampford – who advises on Travel, Tourism and Insurance claims

Oliver Williams – who advises on construction disputes

The new partners are also the first to benefit from the firm's Pathways to Partnership programme. This programme required...

Devon’s biggest ever community movement challenge set to launch

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:01am

Following a difficult period for many, Active Devon, Travel Devon and Devon County Council are launching a new, digitally enabled community movement challenge. Beginning 6 July and running over the summer, Let’s Move will offer Devon’s communities a chance to move more, celebrate our local communities and to win great prizes.

In overcoming these challenges and moving beyond the obstacles life throws at us, Let’s Move is also an inclusive celebration of every community across Devon, as well as how physical activity and movement can help us all, as both individuals and as...

Exeter part of national project to support disadvantaged students affected by COVID-19 to enter higher education 

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:04pm

The University of Exeter has joined a national project designed to offer pivotal support to disadvantaged students, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to enter higher education.

The new online hub, called ‘Uni4Me’, will see 50 organisations from the higher education sector across the country provide around 250 free, interactive online activities for the students.

The activities include virtual courses in a range of subjects led by university academics; online tuition and support in core GCSE/A Level academic subjects; live events involving leading academics...

Planet Earth Games going viral

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:12pm

Devon-based charity Planet Earth Games are going virtual this summer with a month-long series of sustainable challenges through August.

Formerly the South West Youth Games, the event was revamped and relaunched in 2019 to help address climate change crisis with the first ever Planet Earth Games at Flowerpot Playing Fields, Exeter.

Described the world’s first environmental multi-sport Games, the event had no single use plastic, recycled medals and zero waste, including activities such as paddle boarding, plogging (picking up litter and jogging), group cycling and nature...

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

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 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...

More Tea, Topsham?

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:26am

Topsham has turned on the (socially-distanced) style with its first Big Afternoon Tea.

This was a town-wide celebration of a Devon summer with classic sandwiches, cakes and cuppas taken in streets, gardens and parks throughout the town.

The idea emerged from Topsham resident, Hilary Bush. Hilary’s farming background along with the fun her street had on locked down VE Day, meant she could see this as a great idea to support food businesses whilst boosting spirits in town.

With the help of Love Topsham - a not-for-profit community group set up to promote the town...

Exeter researcher set to compete in the frst ever virtual Miss England semi final

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:42pm

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, like many other events, the Miss England contest was forced to cancel a series of events scheduled to be held between March ande June 2020.

The semi final was due to take place at Kelham Hall & Country Park on 8th June but due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions, this was not possible.

“After much deliberation I decided the best way forward was to run the contest online," said organizer Angie Beasley. “The Miss England semifinal will now be held as a virtual event, with the judges meeting at a central location (socially...

Big Issue sets out plan for vendors’ safe return to selling the magazine on Exeter streets on 6th July

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:40pm

The Big Issue Group has confirmed details of its plan for vendors’ return on Monday 6th July to selling the magazine in Exeter, with measures including the provision of extensive PPE, contactless card payment equipment and the introduction of stringent health and safety procedures in all distribution offices.

The Big Issue, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK a means by which to earn a legitimate income, took the decision to safeguard its network of vendors and the public by asking that they stop selling on streets across the whole of the UK with...

Council considers bringing the running of leisure facilities back in-house

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:52pm

Council Leader Phil Bialyk has announced that he wants the running of the city’s leisure facilities to be brought back under the control of the City Council.

The current leisure contract with operator Legacy Leisure runs out in September, and the Council had been in the process of procuring a new operator.

But, due to the impacts of Covid-19, councillors will now consider ending that procurement process and bringing the services back in-house.

Staff working at the city’s leisure sites, which are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, would transfer to...