Hedgehog turns up at the polls in Exeter

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 4:38pm

Election staff had to deal with a particularly prickly ‘voter’ in Exeter yesterday.

A hedgehog turned up unexpectedly at a polling station in the city whilst voting for the General Election was taking place.

The hedgehog appeared at the polling station at the Sea Cadets premises in Haven Banks.

Poll Clerk Maggie Keenan said the visitor caused quite a stir amongst voters, climbing the steps and walking past a teller.

“He casually strolled in and members of the public were very intrigued with him and took lots of pictures,” said Maggie.

Christmas returns to Castle Drogo after 7 years

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:30am

Castle Drogo will be open for Christmas for the first time since a major conservation project began seven years ago to make the building watertight.

Although the building work now has the end in sight, there is still much work to be done to restore the castle’s grounds and interiors back into the Drewe’s family home, which is likely to continue into 2020. However, the building is now watertight, meaning that Christmas can return to the castle once again.

RGB launches last Community Fund for 2019

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 9:09am

Through its Well Built Community Fund, RGB Building Supplies has already donated £5,000 for groups, charities and schools to spend at its branches this year. It has one last giveaway for 2019 and is calling for nominations for the chance to win £1,000 to purchase building materials or tools. 

RGB's Community Fund aims to help groups complete much-needed projects that they would not otherwise be able to.

Joel Dommett wins £11,200 for charity Brain Tumour Support

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:11pm

Comedy star Joel Dommett is familiar with challenges after his memorable runners-up spot in the 2016 ‘I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here’. His most recent challenge saw him go head-to-head with fellow former campmates Dean Gaffney and Rosemary Shrager, not in the jungle but on a Catchphrase celebrity special last weekend. 

Joel’s unique humour and quick wit sparkled again as he won £11,200 for charity Brain Tumour Support, a charity that runs support groups in Exeter and Plymouth (see below). 

Title & Deed

Event Date: 
15/02/2020 - 7:30pm
Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Living Room Theatre
Will Eno’s

Directed by Polly Whitfield

Performed by Philip Robinson

Title And Deed, an astonishing piece of contemporary drama: laugh out loud funny, powerfully poignant. A monologue on mortality, home, family, love, language, and a tuba. “Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us” Robert Burns In this play a man who is “not from here” wanders on-stage and speaks directly to us, talking about what divides and unites us. We are not him, but is he, in some mirror-like way, us?

Six Nations Super Saturday

Event Date: 
14/03/2020 - 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Sandy Park, Exeter

Guarantee your seat to watch the final day of the Guinness Six Nations on Sandy Park's top of the range HD screens.

As well as the international rugby playing on our four 4m x 2.25m screens, two 2.4m x 1.8m screens and five plasma TV screens, enjoy punditry from members of the Exeter Chiefs players.

You can reserve a table of 10, which are on sale for £140, or individual tickets can be booked for £15.

Comedy at the Park

Event Date: 
07/02/2020 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm
Sandy Park, Exeter

The first Comedy at the Park of 2020 will be on Friday 7th February. The line-up is yet to be announced, however the Comedy Surgery are sure to come up with four brilliant comics. Tickets are available for £10, or £15 including hot food on the evening. Early bird tickets are available until Friday 20th December. To book, please visit https://tickethub.sandypark.co.uk/selection/event/date?productId=1013386...

Council backs construction of park and change site at Exeter Science Park

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:03am

Councillors have given the go ahead for a "park and change" site to be built on the outskirts of Exeter.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet approved the construction of the £2.2 million scheme to the east of Exeter Science Park on Wednesday (11 December).

The site aims to relieve traffic congestion on the A30 Honiton Road and Moor Lane roundabout, enabling drivers to park on the edge of the city and then switch to sustainable forms of transport - bus, bicycle or car share – for their journey into the city.

Thomas Westcott raises over £690 for Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by sarahhoyle
Posted: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:30am

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants has presented Devon Air Ambulance with a cheque for £691. The donation brings the total the firm has raised for the charity over the last 15 years to £5,641.

Research team lead Dr Katharine Edey

FORCE funds exciting new research project

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:22am

FORCE Cancer Charity is funding an exciting new research project at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Its trustees have agreed a grant of up to £25,000 for an 18-month study into monitoring blood for signs of ovarian and bowel cancer during pregnancy.

The number of women over 40 having babies is increasing and although cancers in pregnancy are extremely rare, the risk of ovarian and bowel cancers increases with age.

Ultrasound scanning is a well-established part of early pregnancy care and has led to a rise in the number of ovarian masses identified.